Fine-Lined Design-An Interview with Izzy and the Bean Design and Photography

Our featured artist for the day is Ashley Rippke of Izzy and the Bean Design and Photography. She and her husband create custom wedding stationary and graphics design at prices that won’t break your wedding budget. Their beautiful designs and eye-catching colors are certain to have brides saying “I do!”

1. Where are you located?
Corpus Christi, TX

2. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a full-time graphic designer, with a BFA from Iowa State University. My husband and I are both graphic designers and moved to TX for jobs a year ago with our two baby dachshunds, Izzy and Bean. I love my job, and my newly found obsession with Etsy!

3. What special things do you create for weddings?
I create beautiful, but affordable, custom wedding invitations and stationary.

4. Who or what sparked your interest in making wedding-related items?
When I got married I wanted to design my own invites. But, being a working college student, I wasn’t sure I had the time. So I searched and searched for an invitation to use and never found anything I liked for under $7 a piece…which was not in my budget. I ended up designing my own, and decided a wanted to start a business that gave people a
low-stress place to buy professionally designed and printed invitations within their budget.

5. What is a little known fact, or something unique about your work that is interesting?
I work really fast, and if needed can get invites designed, printed, and shipped in about 2 weeks. And for some of my designs I can do really high quality digital prints, instead of the offset I usually use, which is a great way to save a lot of money!

6. If you are married, what’s the one thing you wish you had for your wedding that you didn’t? More knowledge about flowers.

7. What is your favorite wedding song?
Crazy Love, Van Morrison. It was our first dance. J

8. What advice can you share for all the brides getting married this year?
Don’t get stressed. It goes by so fast! So enjoy all of it.

9. What is your perfect honeymoon spot?
Las Vegas! Great food, good entertainment, and super affordable…especially for June weddings.

10. If you could pick anyone famous that would purchase your items for their wedding, who would they be?
Ewan McGregor

11. If you could choose 1 item from your shop that you wish every bride could have, what would it be?
A fully “branded” wedding, in which every piece (invites, programs, menus, table numbers) match the other. It’s a really easy way to bring the whole event together.

12. Links where we can find out more about your work:,

The Wedding "To Do" List: Save the Date!

The instant many brides are first engaged their minds are suddenly flooded with all sorts of the ideas and possibilities there are for their wedding. (Some are even dreams from their girlhood!) Then minutes after that may come the moment of panic—where to begin?

We at the Etsy Wedding Team would like to present brides and grooms with an ongoing series known as the “The Wedding To Do List” in which we present all those items on the ever famous brides’ check-off lists, as well as a few neat things you may not even have thought of. We’ll give you hints to help you plan all the details as well as give you some resources and ideas where to find fabulous items to personalize your wedding.

Of course, the first big step is always setting the big date! Once that is done, the very first thing brides and grooms need to do is send out “save the date” notices to their guests. Here are some lovely ideas from members of the Etsy Wedding Team:

If you’re going for a classic and elegant look consider these “Elegant Save the Date Cards” from JustAnotherDay. They’re a good value at $65.00 for 50 postcards. Better yet, the colors can be customized to fit your wedding scheme.For those that like a little bling (very tasteful bling!) visit fubabee to view the “Crystal Swirls Save the Date” card. Your wedding date will be printed on gorgeous pearl shimmery card stock with either a blue or textured black backing. Even more delightful, your guests will be charmed to open the cards and discover they are adorned with eight tiny crystals. Lovely!

If you are looking for something more casual and cute check out the “Cute Flowers Save the Date” cards by PolkaDotsandPaisley. These cards are bright and cheerful with lovely colorful flowers and a modern design. You can also order samples to determine your favorite look before committing to an entire run of cards.

The shops have many more styles to choose from. So be sure to visit and browse if you’re looking for something other than what is pictured.

Stay tuned for features on additional paper items (invitations and more), accessories, gifts and other wedding items.