Get to Know: Kiana Mosley

Minted Artist Q&A: Kiana Mosley

To celebrate Mother’s Day, we chatted with Minted artist—and mother of three!—Kiana Mosley, who’s been a part of the Minted community since 2012. She currently lives in Eugene, Ore., but will be moving back to Hawaii (where she’s originally from) in June with her three children Mahlia (11), Khalil (7), and Ayanna (5) [ see photo 1 below ]. Here, Kiana shares her inspirations, what Minted has meant to her as an artist and working mother, and her idea of the perfect Mother’s Day (hint: it involves ice cream!).

How did you first hear about Minted?
I saw a gorgeous wedding invitation on Pinterest back in 2011 or 2012 and signed up for the Minted newsletter; later, I found out they were seeking fine artists, as well!

What mediums do you most enjoy working with?
I really love all mediums, as well as more experimental mediums and tools. Most prevalent in my current work is watercolors, but I also have a very deep affection for oils and acrylic.

Who are some of your favorite Minted artists?
I really love everything Kelly Ventura does—she is definitely my Minted idol! I own Kelly’s piece “Meena.” I’m also a fan of Emily Jeffords’ gorgeous landscapes; her pieces—like this one—remind me of breathtaking coastal sunsets. And Annie Seaton’s impressionistic surfers (like “Surfer Bae 1“) just sing to my ocean-loving heart.

What does Minted mean to you as a working mother and artist?
Minted has been instrumental in my career, especially in such a competitive and saturated new art market. And Minted’s support, marketing, and commitment to community reflect my personal values, as well. There are many other artists who share some of the same challenges I face, so being around people who “get it” is a big encouragement and relief. I’ve always felt very safe and encouraged in their care and platform.

How do you balance work and family time?
Um, sporadically! Well, my studio/office hours have to coincide with the children’s school hours, but I’m technically always in and out of the studio (which is easy since my studio is in my home!). The challenge is trying not to work sometimes.

How would you like to spend Mother’s Day?
I would love to spend Mother’s Day with my keiki outside, perhaps at the park having a delicious picnic, followed by a trip to get ice cream!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 
My grandmother gave me the best advice, not so much through words, but through her constant encouragement and support to develop my skill in the visual and performing arts.

How do you encourage creativity in your own children?
I always have art supplies on hand, but if we run out (which isn’t very often!), we look for alternative or natural mediums to play with. We love designer Justina Blakeney’s “Face the Foliage” pieces
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where she creates beautiful portraits out of leaves and flowers. Children are just so naturally creative, they don’t need much help—my kids’ abilities to role play or come up with unique and imaginative scenarios is just incredible and inspiring, and reminiscent of my own childhood! It creates a wellspring within myself as I watch them learn, grow, and create—they constantly inspire their mama and I tell them so! When we share encouragement, we all grow.

Do you get feedback from your kids before submitting art for design challenges?
Yes, sometimes! But they aren’t very critical, they just say they love everything, the little loves! So I really have to look as objectively as I can at a piece before entering.

Kiana’s Favorite Things
We asked Kiana to share her current favorite art, style, and home décor inspirations.

Who inspires you: I’m inspired by people who help others with their gifts.
Favorite place in the world: Though I’ve never been, Thailand looks like heaven on earth.
Favorite charity: Waves for Water, Casa, ICAF, Boys & Girls Club
Favorite movie: The Princess Bride
Favorite colors: All the colors! But I do tend to gravitate toward muted tones and earthy pastels.
Fashion idol: Donna Karan
Daily website read: The Jealous Curator and The Jungalow. Does Pinterest count?
Song in your head: “Ain’t Nobody” by Chaka Khan
Favorite Instagrammer: Ooh, that’s a tough one! You have to check out photographers @john_hook and @masonrosephoto. Then, there’s also @happymundane and his visual treats! Gah, don’t make me choose!

Where do you live: Soon, back where I was born, Hawaii.
Favorite pieces of art in your home: I have a few, but one true treasure is a painting by my father. He did it in the ’80s and was too poor to buy canvas, so he would stretch bed sheets over hand-built stretcher bars, and then gesso the crap out of it until he could pile on the textural oil paint!
China: Simple. White. Minimalist.
Stationery: Floral watercolor (of course!)
Pets: Soon! I plan to adopt a dog and a hedgehog.
Favorite gadgets: iPhone and my Mac computer
Favorite neighborhood restaurant: Currently Cafe 440 and Mame Sushi in Eugene
Favorite drink: Coconut mocha
Favorite dessert: Shave ice [ 3 ]. Macarons and ice cream. Chocolate.
Favorite snack: Candied ginger and black licorice
Favorite flowers: Tuberose [ 4 ], plumeria, and stargazer lilies
What’s in your Netflix queue? Umbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Once Upon a Time, The Goldbergs
Coffee-table book: Flower by Andrew Zuckerman [ 5 ], Creative Block, The Art Book

Favorite artist: Henri Matisse, Helen Frankenthaler, Rothko
Favorite art supply store: Oregon Art Supply, Jerry’s, Michael’s
Favorite watercolor paints: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus Fine Art Watercolors  [ 6 ]
Favorite brushes: Various sumi brushes and artisan handmade brushes such as Rosemary & Co.
Favorite paper: Arches watercolor paper (cold and hot press)

More from Kiana Mosley:
Kiana’s Minted Store
Kiana’s Instagram
• “Spotlight – Fan Palm” art print
“Spotlight – Sago Palm” art print

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Get to Know: Jill Means and Her Daughter Ali

Graphic designer Jill Means is a longtime member of our Minted community—she entered her first design challenge way back in 2010. She lives in Lodi, Calif., with her husband Scott and their five children—Sydney (18), Ali (16), Connor (15), Ryan (13), and Natalie (9)  [ see photo 1 below ]. Each of her kids has caught the design bug in their own way, including daughter Ali, who has submitted several of her own pieces to Minted’s challenges. To celebrate Mother’s Day, we chatted with this Minted mother-daughter duo to talk about balancing work and family, fostering creativity in your children, and what the Means kids are planning to do for Mom this Mother’s Day (so sweet!).

Jill Means and Ali Means

Jill, you’re a longtime Minted designer—how did you first hear about us?
Jill: I had been recommending Minted to people who approached me to do their wedding invitations and other stationery projects that I didn’t have time to take on. One day, I was browsing Minted’s website and thought, “Maybe I should submit something for a design challenge—just for fun!” Now more of my income comes from stationery design than my corporate design.

How do you balance work and family time? 
Jill: This is the question I get most often. It’s never perfect. Sometimes I’m scrambling to meet a deadline or working on a school project with the kids late into the night. My husband is very supportive and my kids have become very self-reliant in ways to allow me to work more. They also know that the extra income I make allows us take some fun family trips!

Right now I try to get most of my designing done from my home office while the kids are at school. After school, we have a lot of sports and activities happening (usually at the same time!); then, I sometimes do more work at night. I don’t work on Sundays, which gives me a day to breathe and plan for the week ahead. My family and faith always come first, but design is something I just can’t quit, no matter how busy my life gets. It’s a part of me, I’d do it even if I wasn’t paid for it.

Is your mother also design-oriented? Does it run in the family?
Jill: My mom isn’t a designer, but she is creative in different ways. She’s a retired teacher and has always encouraged me in every thing I do. I credit her as my first client. When I was very young, around five years old, she asked me to draw a banana tree for a project she was working on. I didn’t even know what a banana tree looked like—I think my drawing looked like an apple tree with bananas instead of apples. But when I handed her my illustration, she told me how wonderful it was and what an amazing artist I was becoming. I believed her and have had confidence in my artistic skills ever since.

It sounds like several of your children have inherited your design genes! Please tell us more.
Jill: Yes! I’m teaching Sydney a little bit of photography, Ali does hand lettering and painting, and Connor comes up with ideas for designs. He sketched out the concept for my Candy Cane Banner holiday-party invitation [ 2 ], I executed it in Illustrator, and it won second place in a Minted challenge! I shared the prize money and commission with him! My son Ryan is taking a graphic design class at school and Natalie does a lot of drawing (mostly of dolphins!), so they’ve all caught the design bug in some way.

Do you and Ali work on projects together?
Jill: Right now Ali is busy with school, sports, and activities so she isn’t doing a lot of her own work, but she paints a lot of the backgrounds and elements I’ve used in my designs [ 3 & 4 ]. Ali painted the background in my “School of Fish” classroom valentine [ 5 ] and right now she’s doing some lettering, watercolors, and paper marbling for some holiday designs I’m working on this month.

Get to Know: Minted Designer Jill Means and Her Daughter Ali

Ali, what grade are you in? And what’s your favorite subject?
Ali: I’m a junior at Tokay High School and my favorite subjects in high school have been AP Environmental Science, Ceramics, and French.

What careers are you considering once you’re done with school?
Ali: I would really like to follow my mom’s footsteps as a graphic designer. I’m so glad she started teaching and encouraging me early so I can feel more prepared and confident as I pursue design!

Jill, how do you encourage creativity in your own children?
Jill: I try to teach them that creativity is not something you have or you don’t, it’s a skill you learn and develop your whole life. Creativity is more than just art, it’s a way of thinking, whether it’s approaching a challenge, staying on a budget, or packing a suitcase. We also try to do new things and go new places to give them lots of experiences to fill their “creativity bucket.”

Ali, how does your mom inspire you?
Ali: She is always striving to help and make time for me and my four other siblings. Her love and dedication is something I really try to emulate. She’s understanding, funny, beautiful, and my best friend. I love her designs and she has really helped me to appreciate simplicity and balance in art.

What are you and your siblings doing for your mom for Mother’s Day?
Ali: On Mother’s Day, me and my siblings wake up early to prepare a yummy breakfast with my dad that we enjoy as a family. Everyone makes cards and little gifts to make her feel special and appreciated.

Most important thing/best advice you learned from your mom?
Ali: One of the most important things my mom has taught me is to set goals and focus on priorities. She works hard and makes sure to spend her time meaningfully with our family. She carefully plans her projects and work hours in a way that suits her and our family. Some of that time is also spent teaching and helping me to become a better designer—it’s a time I cherish and will remember.

More from Jill Means:
Jill’s Minted Store
Crash Course Creative (Jill’s blog)
“Candy Cane Banner” holiday-party invitation  [ 2 ]
• “School of Fish” classroom valentine  [ 5 ]

Photos: All courtesy of Jill Means and Minted


Dove-Themed Baptism Party

Celebrate your little one’s baptism or christening with a dove-themed party complete with matching aviary details and accessories.

Baby Christening Ideas: Dove

1. SEND // this invite
Invite guests to the baptism and any following festivities with this elegant-yet-sweet invitation (“Little Dove” by Susan Asbill).

2. DIY // these decorations
Hang a flock of cut-paper doves to enliven the party space. (Learn how to make the paper-dove garland here.)

3. DISPLAY // these place cards
If you’re hosting a post-baptism luncheon, designate guests’ seats by embellishing their glasses with a paper-dove place card.

4. GIVE // these favors
Thank everyone for coming by sending guests home with pretty dove-shaped sugar cookies.

5. WEAR // these moccasins
Outfit your little one in these darling (and adorably tiny!) leather moccasins.

Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

More Baby Party Ideas
• DIY Baby Shower Favor: Fabric-Wrapped Votive
• Baby Memory Box and Printable Keepsake Tags
• Moon-and-Stars Baby Shower


Wedding Inspiration: 8 Creative Ways to Say Thank You

Letting your guests know you appreciate them is one of your most important responsibilities as newlyweds—a simple, heartfelt thank you will mean so much to your guests. Here are eight creative and unexpected ways to thank your loved ones for being a part of your wedding day.

1. Have your photographer snap a picture of you and your groom holding a fun thank-you sign; after the wedding, turn the photo into a custom thank-you card to mail to guests.

Creative ways to thank your wedding guests

2. Display your thank-you message in a prominent spot where all your guests will see it, like at the entrance to the reception.

3. Another clever way to thank your guests: Print your message on the cocktail napkins—guests will see it once they hit the bar for their first drink.

4. This couple hand-wrote letters to each guest thanking them for attending their wedding (perfect if you’re having a small, more intimate celebration). The letters were displayed at each guest’s place setting at the reception.

5. For your parents, we love the idea of framing a handful of your favorite wedding portraits for them to display at home.

Wedding Ideas: Creative Ways to Say Thank You

6. Wedding favors are a small token of your appreciation, so make sure the packaging expresses your thanks.

7. Don’t forget to properly thank your wedding-party VIPS: For bridesmaids, give them a cute clutch (something they’ll definitely use again) loaded with all the essentials, like lip gloss, sparkly nail polish, bobby pins, hair ties, and tissues.

8. For the guys? Give ’em something they really want, like a hand-rolled cigar to enjoy with the rest of the boys at the reception.

Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8


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Get to Know: Minted Artist Kerry Doyle of Paper Dahlia

It’s our birthday! Minted turns seven this week and, to celebrate, we’re featuring a series of blog posts dedicated to the ins and outs of our company, customers, and artists.

Kerry Doyle of Paper Dahlia, who lives in San Francisco, has been a part of our Minted artist community since the very beginning (she joined in June 2008, right after the company launched). Since then, she’s participated in countless challenges and won a ton of awards (111, to be exact!). We chatted with Kerry about the evolution of her career as a designer and artist, the things she’s inspired by, and what Minted means to her.

Minted Artist: Kerry Doyle of Paper Dahlia

You’ve been a part of Minted since the very beginning! How did you first hear about us?
I remember stumbling across a blog post about a Minted design challenge—it sounded so fun. I just wish I could remember who the blogger was so I can thank them! At the time I was a full-time stationery designer working with brides, mainly, on wedding invitations. I had just starting teaching myself Adobe Illustrator but was still designing in Quark, so Minted’s Illustrator/Photoshop file requirement was just the motivation I needed. I ended up submitting a handful of designs for the “Fabulous Thank-You Card Challenge.” Right away, I loved getting feedback on my designs and giving feedback as well. I received two editor’s picks awards from that challenge and was hooked!
[Ed note: See those editor’s picks wins below  [ 1 ]  from our archives!]

Tell us about your favorite Minted piece.
Right now my favorite piece is my art print “Dance” [ 2; pictured below ]. I was inspired by light shimmering and dancing on top of water. Abstract is my personal art aesthetic and I’ve been working with blue a lot lately (for example, “Currents” [ 5; pictured below] ), so I made a conscious decision not to use blue here, even though it would have been the logical choice. I really love the shimmery feeling of the piece, I feel like it all came together quite nicely.

Meet a Minted Artist: Kerry Doyle of Paper Dahlia

How has Minted influenced your journey as an artist?
It’s funny because I have a BFA in painting, but over the years I gravitated more towards design. I was feeling pretty comfortable in my design life when Minted announced “Untitled: The First-Ever Art Print Challenge.” Not really knowing what Minted was looking for, I entered a few designs (I don’t feel comfortable even calling them art now!) but didn’t receive any wins or picks. That stung a bit. But it was also a wake-up call to get real and dig a little deeper if I wanted to be successful. I’m still striving to do that and I am so thankful to the Minted artist community for their invaluable support. But what I truly value most are the friendships I’ve made along the way. I have an amazing group of Mintie friends that I can count on for support, advice, and laughs when we need them.

Tell us about your most recent collection. How has your artistic point of view changed over time?
When I was in art school, and for years after, I did representational art such as portraits. My artwork now is mostly non-representational and I believe participating in Minted’s challenges has been a great opportunity to experiment. That’s true of the stationery challenges, as well—I love trying new things in both areas, and the feedback I get from challenges is so helpful in letting me know if I’m on the right track or not. Lately, I’m all about simple, hand-drawn patterns and I love mixing repetitive patterns with organic elements. I love the haphazard quality of hand-drawn patterns, so perfectly imperfect.

How has being a Minted artist changed or enabled your business?
It’s hard to fully express everything in words. So many positive things have happened since I entered my first challenge. My earnings with Minted have continually increased—I’m no longer working with custom-design clients and now earn as much as I did when I had a full-time job, yet I’m able to spend more time with my family. That is a wonderful thing!

Minted Artist Kerry Doyle, Paper Dahlia


Get to Know: Minted Customer Jennifer Fileccia

It’s our birthday! Minted turns seven this week and, to celebrate, we’re featuring a series of blog posts dedicated to the ins and outs of our company, customers, and artists.

We love learning about our customers and how they incorporate Minted into their lives, homes, and celebrations. So when we heard about longtime customer Jennifer Fileccia, who lives in Bristol, Conn., and has been a loyal Minted shopper since 2010, we were so tickled and wanted to learn more! We asked Jennifer to dish on all of her past Minted purchases (all 13 of ’em!), starting with her wedding save-the-dates in 2010 to, most recently, the invitations for her twin daughters’ first birthday party.

Minted Customer Profile


Get to Know: Mariam Naficy, Founder & CEO of Minted

It’s our birthday! Minted turns seven this week and, to celebrate, we’re featuring a series of blog posts dedicated to the ins and outs of our company, customers, and artists.

Minted is celebrating our seventh birthday this week and, to mark the occasion, we sat down with founder and CEO Mariam Naficy to chat about the company’s humble beginnings, how she chooses her family’s annual holiday card (can you imagine how hard that must be?!), some of her favorite things (including the design she uses for her personal stationery!), and where the company is headed next.

Mariam Naficy, CEO & Founder of Minted

Minted is seven! Looking back, what are some Minted milestones you’re most proud of?
I started Minted on my own, in the attic of my home in San Francisco. When I started the company, I incorporated it as “PaperLove, LLC” so that I could buy myself some time to find a permanent name. Over the past eight years of building this business (I started working on the company the month my daughter was born, one year before we launched), I’ve realized that it’s the journey that will matter the most at the end. I’m most proud of the team and artist community that we have built at Minted, and our decisions that involve generosity to others:

• Although we’re not a large company, we realize how lucky we are and want to give back to our community. We’re very proud of our relationships with Every Mother Counts, an organization dedicated to saving the lives of women and girls in pregnancy and childbirth around the world, and with Plant-It 2020, a nonprofit that helps us plant seven times more trees than our paper products consume. We donate a generous portion of our revenue each year to these groups.

• During our first year, I hired a student named Melissa Kim (pictured below at far left) out of Stanford Business School to join the company as Director of Finance and Strategy. Three years later, I wanted to thank her for her commitment to Minted simply because it was the right thing to do: I asked her if she wanted to be known as a co-founder of the company, and she said “Yes!”

Mariam Naficy, Melissa Kim, Annie Clark | Minted

• We’ve identified very talented early-career individuals at Minted, rotated them throughout the company, grooming them and developing their skills. Pictured above (at far right) is Annie Clark—Annie started with us in 2008 as a customer service associate when she was let go from her job at a stationery store for participating in Minted challenges. I noticed she was hugely talented and began to work with her on more and more design projects, and over time, she has become our Associate Creative Director. Annie and I made assortment picks in every single challenge for more than five years together, and she has always been superb at remembering and advocating for emerging designers. Plus, she knows every cool place to shop and eat in San Francisco (lucky for me that our desks are still just a few feet apart!).

• We decided early on that we would always under-promise and over-deliver to our community, our employees, and our investors. We have never rolled back a promise to the independent artists in our community and we never will—they are at the center of our mission and our company. Here’s an early photo (below) of me with Amy Ehmann of Design Lotus, who I consider one of the ‘godmothers’ of the Minted community.

What’s coming down the Minted pike that really excites you?
The artists in our community continually awe us with their talent—we really feel there is no form of content or design that they cannot tackle successfully. We know our artists have incredible style and taste, and we’re very excited about how their designs can be brought to decorate the home.

How in the world do you decide which holiday card design to send for yourself and your family?
It’s agonizing—I spend so much time shaping the holiday assortment, and then to pick only one… it’s like choosing between children you love. I typically don’t choose “full bleed photo” cards, though—I like cards with a significant design component, I feel that they’re more differentiated.

You have two young children. What does work/life balance look like in your own life?
It is difficult—the truth is that I had to sacrifice a huge amount of my time with my children to build a great company and be a responsible leader to our team. However, I still manage to spend the same amount of time with my kids as other working mothers throughout the country, who are working just as hard as I am—about 60% of moms in the U.S. work to support their families. I get a huge amount of help from my husband, who has always been extremely supportive and progressive, and my parents, who moved to the Bay Area once our children were born and who spend two nights each week at our house.

Describe your perfect day.
My perfect day would be a sunny day in San Francisco. I would head over the Golden Gate Bridge with my family, stop at the San Rafael Farmer’s Market, have brunch at Farmshop at the Larkspur Country Mart, and then window-shop at the cute shops there. We’d come back to the city and my husband and I would trade off for some personal time. I’d go for a five-mile run starting near Fort Mason, going all the way to Fort Point and back with beautiful Golden Gate views. Ideally, the day would end with a “date night” where my husband and I go try a restaurant in San Francisco—we like small, casual restaurants and we love to eat! Our rainy-day version would probably involve taking the kids to SFMOMA with their notepads so they can sketch as they make their way through the museum; then, we’d end up up at the café on the top floor for a nice, leisurely lunch.

Interview: Mariam Naficy, Founder and CEO of Minted
Mariam’s Favorite Things
We asked Mariam to share her current favorite art, style, fashion, and home décor inspirations.

Her Inspiration
Who inspires you: My dad, for his equal parts intelligence and kindness
Favorite places in the world: Big Sur, CA; Williamstown, MA (Go Ephs!); and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Favorite charity: I serve on the board of Every Mother Counts, which was founded by Christy Turlington Burns. Earlier this month, I flew to Tanzania to run the Kilimanjaro Half Marathon with Christy and our EMC team to commemorate the five-year anniversary of our organization;
I snapped this photo of local women as I ran by during Mile 9.  [ 1 ]
Favorite works of art: Almost anything made by Helen Frankenthaler or Robert Motherwell  [ 2 ]
Favorite poet or poem: “The Road Less Traveled” by Robert Frost
Favorite colors: This changes every few weeks, but right now on my pinboard at work I have this gold, grey, and coral-colored swatch that I love.
Fashion idol: Christy Turlington! (And this is before I started working with her at EMC!)
Daily website read: Medium, The Information

Her Style
T-shirt: J. Crew  [ 3 ]
Day bag: Lo & Sons (Style: The O.M.G.)  [ 4 ]
Favorite accessory: Inexpensive beaded necklaces
Favorite designers: Zero + Maria Cornejo
Favorite boutiques: Steven Alan, Intermix
Shoes: Right now, any type of clog from the brand No. 6  [ 5 ]
Sneakers: I wear sneakers to work a lot and I love the distressed versions by Golden Goose.
Shopping mecca: Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA; Fillmore Street in San Francisco

Her Home
Favorite piece of art in your home: This piece of art that my son made at school—I love how it looks like primitive art.  [ 6 ]
China: I love this brand Mud Australia—I’m slowly building my collection.  [ 7 ]
Stationery: Minted (of course!)—my favorite is “Wanderlust Wreath” by Grace Cobb in gold foil.  [ 8 ]
Favorite apps to play with my kids: Human Body, Elevate, Paper
Favorite apps of my own: Uber, MapMyRun, Ted Talks, Dropbox
Favorite drink: Cappuccino from Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters on Union Street  [ 9 ]
Favorite dessert: Persian sherbet called faludeh
Favorite healthy pursuit: Long-distance running or yoga
Favorite snack: Anything with seaweed—seaweed sheets, seaweed-wrapped crackers, sushi, etc.
Favorite flowers: Peonies  [ 10 ]
Favorite shows to DVR: I have very little time to watch TV, but I do watch Downton Abbey!


Minted Real Wedding: Diane & Kaelem in Toronto

The picturesque Toronto Islands is the setting for today’s Minted Real Wedding, where Diane Carvalho and Kaelem Cahill exchanged vows in a charming historic church amid a downpour (so romantic!) before their 150 guests.

Are you a Minted bride? If you’d like to submit your wedding for consideration, please email a brief description of your celebration and a link to your wedding photos to

Minted Real Wedding | Toronto, Canada

Bride and groom: Diane Carvalho and Kaelem Cahill
Based in: Toronto, Ontario
Wedding date: July 27, 2013
Ceremony location: St. Andrews Church, Toronto Islands
Reception location: Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands
Number of guests: 150
Minted wedding invitation: Chalkboard” by Alethea & Ruth
Florist: Peter Pauls Flowers
Wedding planner: Ellie Martires from Laura & Co. Events
Photographer: Tara McMullen Photography

Minted Real Wedding | Toronto Islands

How did you and Kaelem meet?
At a bar initially. But our friends started dating and we both became friends throughout the year and started dating a year later.

Tell us about the proposal!
Valentine’s Day while ice skating at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, with U2’s “With or Without You” playing in the background.

How did you find your wedding venue?
The Toronto Islands is one of our favourite places in the city. It’s a short boat ride away from the city and feels like you’re in the North, away from all of the hustle and bustle. We had private boats for the bridal party and we rented a private charter boat to bring all of our guests to the island. We also had a late-night boat party on Lake Ontario after the reception.

Click through to see more details from Diane and Kaelem’s beautiful wedding…


Elements of Style: Citrus Punch

Add some fresh-squeezed fun to your wedding celebration with these vibrant and fresh orange, lemon, and lime-themed ideas.

Citrus wedding ideas

1. SEND // this invite
This cheerful invitation (“Citrus Crush” by Emily Ranneby) will perk guests right up and get them to mark their calendar.

2. MAKE // this escort-card display
Turn fresh tangerines into clever escort-card stands.

3. TUCK // these into welcome bags
Your travel-weary guests will appreciate these zingy orange-flavored Italian candies.

4. CUT // this cake
Decorate a simple “naked” layer cake with fresh kumquats and greenery.

5. DECORATE // with these centerpieces
For an easy DIY idea, fill wooden pint baskets with fresh blooms and your favorite citrus fruit.

6. GIVE // these wedding favors
Just stick this nifty Citra Sipper doodad into an orange or grapefruit and drink!

7. SERVE // these during cocktail hour
Pour champagne over orange popsicles for a deliciously grown-up treat.

8. CHOOSE // this dress for your bridesmaids
This flowy lemon-yellow dress by Lela Rose is perfectly simple and sweet.

Photos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8

More Wedding Style Ideas:
Wedding Trend: Island Escape
• Wedding Trend: Dark Florals
• Wedding Trend: Delft Blues
• Wedding Trend: Bold Brushstrokes

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Minted Real Wedding: Megan & Leo in Los Angeles

The historic Carondelet House in Los Angeles is the setting for today’s Minted Real Wedding, where Megan Pinto and Leo Reilly—who met on the train riding back to New York City (so Before Sunrise!)—invited their 110 guests to a warm and intimate celebration amid the venue’s exposed brick walls, fireplaces, and lantern-lit courtyards.

Are you a Minted bride? If you’d like to submit your wedding for consideration, please email a brief description of your celebration and a link to your wedding photos to

Minted Real Wedding / Carondelet House, Los Angeles

Bride and groom: Megan Pinto and Leo Reilly
Based in: Los Angeles
Wedding date: April 25, 2014
Location: Carondelet House, Los Angeles
Number of guests: 110
Minted wedding invitation: “Just Lovely” by Sara Hicks Malone
Florist: Peony & Plum
Photographer: Mi Belle Photography

Minted Real Wedding / Carondelet House, Los Angeles

How did you and Leo meet?
We met on a train six years ago when we were living in New York City. We were both coming from our parents’ houses (who coincidentally live less than an hour apart from each) and we were taking the same train back into the city. Leo sat next to me on the train, asked for my phone number, and the rest is history!

Tell us about the proposal! 
Leo and I had plans to go to dinner one night and he suggested we leave a little early to take a walk by the beach in Santa Monica. When we got there, he said he had brought me there to ask me something, and got down on one knee and proposed! Afterwards, we went to dinner just the two of us, but Leo had asked our close friends to meet us afterwards to celebrate. It was such a good day!

How did you find your wedding venue?
I had seen Carondelet House in an issue of Martha Stewart Weddings and we set up an appointment to see it. As soon as we walked in, we both loved it. It felt so warm and intimate—like we were in someone’s beautiful home (it was originally a house built in the 1920s). We especially loved the exposed brick walls, fireplaces, and courtyards.

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