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Blog | hi note – custom invitations and stationery Opus by hi note

FINALLY! We’ve made you wait long enough for this BIG announcement, and why??? Because this my dear fans is a LOT of work! As you probably know, we created hinote to provide custom, from-scratch designs for weddings, businesses and individuals for all types of graphic and stationery needs. We worked tirelessly for 5 years to bring fresh, innovative ideas to our clients, and while a huge success, realized that we needed to expand our business to other outlets. With 90% of our work being wedding related stationery, we felt that we needed to offer another tier to those clients that either didn’t have the budget for a fully custom suite or that just didn’t necessarily need us to reinvent the wheel for them. Therefore, after months (let’s be honest – YEARS) of curating timeless designs, seeing what’s popular amongst our custom clients, as well as watching outside trends in the wedding world, we dreamed up Opus. Now, the idea of ‘templated’ stationery isn’t a new one, but what sets Opus apart is the idea of your event being branded. If you’ve gone through the process of planning a wedding, you know by now, it is very hard to find a one-stop-shop for your stationery needs if you aren’t looking to use a custom stationer, and that is what we’re bringing to the table.

Currently, comprised of six compositions of work, Opus will take you from start to finish for your wedding day. Clients will still receive one-on-one personal guidance, the ability to apply their color palette and wording, items sold a la carte and printing and paper upgrades will still be available on all suites. We’re now taking orders for 2015 events and plan to continue to add to the Opus collection of work throughout the year, so be sure to contact us to find out more!



With the holidays quickly approaching, we cannot forget to recognize this week’s upcoming Halloween. While many people may not consider that a holiday, we take it very seriously in the Palermo household and thought it would be fun to share a personal project today on the blog – last year’s Spook-tacular house party we hosted! We hope everyone has a safe and joyous Halloween Weekend (and stay tuned for pics from this year’s fest)!

In honor of soon approaching All Hallow’s Eve

We decided to flashback on our last Halloween

We had pumpkins, witches, and food galore

Be sure to check out our portfolio to see more

A night of fun, laughter, and trying something new

Stay tuned for what we have stirring in our witches brew

This year we are in a new house that we call home

So instead of just having a house warming theme

We decided to tun this into an annual Palermo-ween!

 Photos Courtesy of Willett Photography


Stock the Bar Party

It isn’t often that I post personal content on our blog (much less blog at all!), but I was cleaning out drawers a couple weekends ago in preparation for Michael and my upcoming move. We bought a house! Hooray! We’ve moved a lot, and anytime we do, I find the strangest things that we have saved or tokens of what we have experienced together in the past, and it gets me all nostalgic (and makes it hard to purge!). Deep down, in a flat file drawer, I found this invitation Michael and I created together for our first shower as an engaged couple – a stock the bar party thrown by a dear friend of ours who will be moving overseas soon. With this sentimental backlog of thoughts, I began to reflect on the day Michael and I made this invitation. We were in our first home we rented together as a couple, and we thought, “How cool would it be to make a stock the bar invite out of kitchen and bar tools?!” So we played around, positioning the utensils on the floor in the kitchen, and standing on the kitchen counter, took photos of the words ‘stock the bar’ spelled out. I can’t believe it’s been over 3 years since that day, and now we will be moving into our 3rd house together – this time as first-time homeowners! I hope you enjoy this special invite – it’s nothing fancy, but we still love the design to this day. That’s the thing about stationery, it may just seem like a piece of paper to some, but to others, it tells a story…that’s what keeps our job so enjoyable! We hope you enjoy viewing more images of our Stock the Bar invite in our portfolio.


Bold Bachelorette Party 

It isn’t often that I get to do small jobs like invites for showers or parties, so I was really excited to be able to create something exclusively  for my cousin Dana’s bachelorette party. As her matron of honor, it was my job to help spearhead her bachelorette festivities. The original plan was Vegas, but when it became too cumbersome and expensive for some of the girls to attend, we decided Nashville would be a better option. I think most people know that the city is commonly referred to as ‘NashVegas’ because it is the center for glitz and glamour, stealing all the spotlight from Memphis (or at least that’s how the urban dictionary would like to define it). So I really couldn’t resist playing up this theme considering the change in plans for the trip. It was a dual bachelorette party, so I used the two honored ladies’ favorite colors for a bright and playful palette. We had lots of activities planned, so I created an accordion fold invite that included a day-to-day itinerary of events, and a tear off checklist to be sure everyone brought the proper gear, as well as an RSVP postcard that the girls mailed back to me, so I could coordinate lodging for everyone. It was truly a task, but I really enjoyed putting this together. It’s always fun when I can run wild without parameters! Enjoy the rest of this invite suite in our portfolio.

Photos Courtesy of Melissa Schollaert Photography


The time has finally come that we can share some big news for hi note! We have been working hard for a VERY long time on this, so we hope you will be as excited as we are. As many of you know, hi note has specialized in custom, from-scratch stationery designs for over 4 years now, with 90% of our work being weddings. As our business continues to grow, so does our collection of work. Since many of these designs have been received so positively by our past, current and future clients and fans, we felt what better way to expand our offerings further and to more clients than to create curated stationery collections that can be easily tailored to each client’s special event. Inspired by our love of music, we present to you ‘Opus’ by hi note.

The above composition is called Serenade and is the first of the 8 initial Opus suites we have carefully crafted to take your wedding from start to finish. Read more…


Inspired Bride 2013

This past year, we became a part of an elite group of vendors known as StudioWed. Talent from the wedding industry is hand-selected to be a part of this collaborative each year, and we share the professional space in Midtown Atlanta to meet individually or collectively to increase our presence in the wedding community. As part of your role in the studio, you are asked to be a part of events that happen quarterly, the largest of which is Inspired Bride (COMING AGAIN THIS FEBRUARY!!!) - you literally cannot miss this event if you are engaged to be married (or even just a friend of the bride or groom!). The swag is incredible, the inspiration is undeniable, and you get food and booze to boot!!! Here is a glimpse into our Sex and the City vignette Lemiga Events came up with as our start point for this bold, blingy design. We combined multiple layers of paper, glitter stock, hand-dyed silk ribbon and one-of-a-kind fabrics and materials for a really amazing, textured look. Even if you aren’t a hot pink and purple fan, you cannot deny that this is one swanky suite! Many thanks to all the wonderful vendors that helped make this inspiration come to life!

wedding planning and design: lemiga events ~ graphics and stationery: hi note  ~ floral design: fuji floral design ~ wedding cake: perfect wedding cake ~ catering: w atlanta midtown ~ linen and furniture: nuage designs ~ rentals: we rent atlanta  ~ drape: event drapery  ~ lighting and gobo: unique event elements ~ vendor table linen: connie duglin ~ photography: janet howard studio

Photos courtesy of Janet Howard Studio

New Year, New Faces

2013 was a really amazing year for hi note. Thanks to the support of all of our clients, vendors, friends and family, we more than doubled (YES, DOUBLED!) our sales from 2012.With more work, comes more hours and less sleep, so we have expanded our team, and we would like to introduce you to them…

Meet Carly Gaffney – production assistant!CGaffney_BW

An Atlanta native, Carly sometimes misses the Florida weather where she earned a degree in Communication from The University of Tampa. There, she planned events for her sorority, which eventually landed her an internship with a local public broadcasting television station working in special events. Soon after, she also started working with a professional wedding planner. Carly truly enjoys all aspects of the event planning industry and hopes to become a professional event planner herself. In her spare time you might find her indulging in a good book, watching action movies, or going on weekend  trips. Carly also enjoys crafting, scrapbooking, and DIY-ing which is why she loves working with hi note!


Meet Virginia Nelson –  graphic design assistant!VNelson_BW

Virginia is from Birmingham, AL and currently attends Auburn University where she is pursuing her dream to become a graphic designer. She grew up painting and picked up photography in high school, when her teacher told her she should look into studying graphic design. As she is in her 4th year of the program, she has become extremely passionate about design. She recently interned in Sydney, Australia, where she did a graphic design internship with the Australian Businesswomen’s Network for two months.  Virginia is thrilled to now be a part of the hi note team! In her spare time, Virginia loves riding and spending time with her horse, Rubadub.


Meet Pamela Weber – social media assistant!PWeber_BW

Pamela graduated from The University of Georgia with a degree in advertising. She lives in Virginia Highland with her husband and corgi puppy named Dexter! There they love taking advantage of great restaurants and parks within walking distance from where they just finished renovating their first house. With a big passion for floral design she’s excited for her first garden this spring. Her interests include coffee, walks with the family, and the latest—canning and pickling!



PUBLISHED: Cotton Mills Shoot

To say we are thrilled to be published on 100 Layer Cake today is quite the understatement! We L-O-V-E this blog and all that it brings to inspire brides-t0-be and those that work with them. There was no hesitation on our part when we were asked by the beautiful (inside and out) ladies of It Takes Two Events to help them with a styled shoot where we could showcase our talent. These two have the most impeccable taste and even though they are relatively new to the wedding planning scene in the South, they are sure to be a household name in the event industry very soon. Now, that wasn’t the only reason we jumped to the call…there was also that little thing called a photographer, that truly defines whether a styled shoot will hold the high honor of being published or not, and you can pretty much bet your bottom dollar that it will happen if VUE Photography is on board. We often work with VUE, and we are never disappointed – Genya always captures our work beautifully! So we hope you enjoy today’s brag post. The concept of rustic elegance was brought to life by combining wood etched elements that were painted in a champagne gold color and layered with soft-white textured stock and specialty patterned papers. We kept the palette clean and neutral to serve as a anchor point for all the lovely linens, embellished china and rich floral combinations the team brought to the table (pun intended!), only to accent the menus with a shot of color with rich navy satin ribbon. Interested in seeing more hi note items from our shoot? You can find the featured project here.

Credits: Venue: The Engine Room at Monroe Cotton Mills / Planning: It Takes Two Events / Photography: VUE Photography / Florals: Everything and More Events! / Stationery: Hi Note / Rentals (Tables & Chandeliers): Goodwin Events / Lighting: Unique Event Elements / Linens: I Do Linens / Bride’s Attire:The Sentimentalist / Jewelry: Louise Loirette / Rentals (Table Settings & Glassware): Event Rentals Unlimited / Draping: Event Drapery, Inc. / Cakes: The Cake Hag / Videography: Intentuous /

January 2014 Moodboard


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With all this wintery weather lately, we’ve been dreaming of warmer days ahead. What better way to dream than with a moodboard featuring that casual outdoor summer feeling we all love.

The warm air, smell of grass, and summer breeze will be here before you know it! Use nature as a beautiful backdrop and embellish it with your own personal touches for an unforgettable outdoor rehearsal dinner.

Use hanging candles and wind chimes to decorate the trees and utilize garden blooms and greenery for your tablescape. Get ready to throw some drinks on ice, put your sundresses on and prepare to spend time with those you love under the warm setting sun before your big day.

For more outdoor dinner inspiration, take a peak at our Pinterest board for other natural, fun ideas! Our Utensil Rehearsal Dinner Invite will certainly set the mood for this beautiful outdoor occasion.


Whiskey Women of Atlanta

It isn’t every day that we have the pleasure to work with clients on such a unique project, so you can imagine our thrill to have the opportunity to collaborate with Georgia Crown Distributing Atlanta‘s very own Lauren Iovanella to create an ‘image’ and  dinner invitation for the Whiskey Women of Atlanta – an exclusive group of females recognized as elite in the food and beverage/hospitality. The purpose is as simple as this, network – drink whiskey – dine finely, and you have to be 1 of 30 lucky women to be a part of this. Fortunate to be a part of the creation of the brand and invite for their very first event, Lauren was kind enough to squeeze me on the invite list, and let me tell you, it was every bit VIP. Each event will have a bourbon/whiskey sponsor that hosts along with a local, Atlanta fine dining establishment, and this particular dinner featured a menu from Seven Lamps and bourbon pairings with each course from Bulleit. Now, I must confess, I am not usually a whiskey drinking gal, but I might be now….there’s no denying this was a brilliant idea on Lauren’s part. Best thing about it??? The dinners will occur quarterly. Yippee! The second dinner is tonight, hosted by Crown Royal and King & Duke. We hope all the ladies enjoy the evening (and the snazzy invites!) – sad to miss this one, but cannot wait to share the fabulousness we created for this soirée. Keep your eyes peeled! We’ll share the next exclusive invite soon. In the meantime, enjoy indulging in more images of the wood, leather and lace combo for the first WWofA here in our portfolio.