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Papercraft Miracles is a local studio specializing in custom paper creations. Each piece is handcrafted with love and little bit of magic in Buffalo, NY. From wedding albums to guest books, invitations to favors, and even paper floral bouquets, let owner-artist, Janna Willoughby-Lohr, customize the fine details of your special day.

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I have been creating custom papercrafts for over 15 years and have recently taken Papercraft Miracles full-time. Making a living through art is a dream come true for me. I began my training in paper and book arts at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC and I knew I’d found my calling. There’s just something about handling paper that sends me to the moon and brings me back to earth, at the same time. That feeling is miraculous to me. I aim to instill that sense of wonder into each piece that I create, because we can all use a little miracle now and then.

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Papercraft Miracles has the unique ability to personalize every aspect of your order. The only local place to offer custom handmade paper for your invitations and books, I love to add in extra special details to make each order symbolic of the couple’s relationship. I can make paper that has petal inclusions of your wedding flowers, little pieces of your love notes, or even plantable paper with seeds that grow flowers in your wedding colors! Got engaged under a maple tree? I can incorporate the leaves into your paper and books. Had your first date at a pizza place? Did you know that basil paper is a thing?! The possibilities are endless.

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Another thing that sets Papercraft Miracles apart from other vendors is the ability to coordinate all your paper goods. The same papers and materials can be used for your save-the-dates, invitations, guest book, bridesmaid bouquets, table and place cards, centerpieces, wedding album and thank you cards. I also offer distinctive favors and gifts including seed bombs, miniature books, paper flowers and other fun trinkets. Discounts are available for full-wedding packages of three or more items.

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Papercraft Miracles is also an eco-friendly vendor. 100% recycled paper is available and encouraged and I try to utilize any scraps I have by making new projects and more handmade paper from them.  I also love to work with DIY couples, providing ready to assemble invitation packages and such, for those who want to be more hands-on but don’t want to get overwhelmed. Let me make it easy for you!

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My favorite thing about my job is that I get to work with people to make their dreams come alive. Almost everyone has visions of what their wedding will look like but not everyone knows how to make them happen. I love to take time with my clients to learn about them and their relationship, what special things they find important, and the little details that hold them together. I find ways to incorporate those things into “miracles” that they will cherish for a lifetime.  Many of my clients are repeat customers who call me up when it’s time to make baby books and shower invitations.

Papercraft Miracles is an LGBTQ-friendly vendor. I’m so happy that our country has finally recognized same-sex marriage and I welcome you with an open heart. I donate 10% of the proceeds from all my rainbow-colored products and same-sex wedding packages to GLYS (Gay & Lesbian Youth Services).

**Some of the paper flower patterns used in these bouquets are from www.liagriffith.com. All photos were taken by Janna Willoughby-Lohr.

UPCOMING EVENTS
100 American Craftsmen at the Kenan Center, Lockport, NY
Friday-Sunday June 3-5th  ($6)
www.100americancraftsmen.com

Buffalo Bookfest at The Western New York Book Arts Center
Saturday July 9th 11am-5pm  (FREE)
www.wnybookarts.org

Follow Janna to see more of her creations and where you can find her about town!
www.papercraftmiracles.com
www.facebook.com/papercraftmiracles
Instagram: @papercraftmiracles
Twitter: @papermiracle
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/papermiracle/

 

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There are so many aspects of the modern couple that have evolved over the last 50 years, the registry being a big one! Maybe it’s in part because lots of couples are joining houses that are already established and they come prepared with most of the typical registry items. Or maybe it’s because, like the big trend for tiny living, modern couples are more interested in experiences and living an adventurous life rather than filling their lives with stuff.

Why not try a registry that offers you experiences in lieu of that Dyson Vacuum cleaner because – let’s be real – no one is in a hurry to snag that one off your list. There are a lot of websites out there (like Vebo Life and Zola) that make it easy to start a registry full of cooking classes, off-road expeditions, couples retreats, rock climbing – just about anything! Even private Cannabis Tour with a trip to the spa…. I know, right?

Here is a great list of some local ideas for experiences to add to your registry!

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Try your hand at cooking classes at Steak Stone and Sushi

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Learn how to mix your own craft cocktails at Queen City Shaken and Stirred

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Become the sailor you’ve always wanted to be with Sail Buffalo

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Enjoy a guided tour in the canal with BFLO Harbor Kayak

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Dreams to become an amateur ballroom dancer? Dance Like a Star with Serge!

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Have an intimate wine cruise tour on the Sam Patch down the Erie Canal

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Learn how to ski at Bristol Mountain – at any age 😉

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Expand your knowledge of all things cocktails with Rochester Cocktail Revival

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Get away with your lover for a retreat with Finger Lakes Yogascapes

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Learn how to bend metals and glass together as a couple at Rochester Arc and Flame Center

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WNY vendors who rocked this wedding!
David Barone-Vu / Buffalo Street Media / The Foundry Suites & The Ellicott Square Building / Fat Bob’s Smokehouse CateringBridals by D / Riverside Men’s Shop / Laura Christine’s Salon Just Say Cheesecake / YellowBird Wedding Officiant / Affordable Limousine / All Seasons Party & Tent Rental / Conlin Photography Photo Booth / Those Idiots Band 

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    My husband, Kevin, and I met on “Hallowine”, which is a Halloween-themed wine tour in Niagara County. He was dressed as the hockey lockout (it was 2012 and there was no hockey!) and I was a punk rocker. (You can see the proof in our signature cocktail artwork!) I used to work at Disney as a photographer and always said I wanted my engagement captured. For my birthday last year, Kevin gave me clues which lead to the discovery that my birthday present was a trip to Disney in March. Since he had a work conference that weekend, he was sending me with my niece, Lyndsey. He already purchased our flights, figured out sleeping arrangements, and secured a dinner reservation for us at the Beauty and the Beast-themed restaurant, Be Our Guest. Fast forward to the vacation and dinner, as Lyndsey and I were walking out after enjoying a great meal, a Disney employee asked if we wanted to meet the Beast. I was led into a private room and after a few seconds, Kevin appeared and got down on one knee!
For our wedding, we didn’t have a cocktail hour and we were announced as soon as the reception began to allow everyone to start partying right away! We wanted to spread out the traditional wedding activities so people weren’t sitting for long periods of time so after the band’s first set, we did the first dances. Then the band broke off into a jazz trio and dinner stations were opened. After the jazz trio, we did the cake cutting and toasts. After the band’s second set, we did the Unveiling Ceremony.
Since we did not do a first look, my favorite moment was seeing his reaction when I walked down the aisle. My second favorite moment was having the entire bridal party sneak onto the ice at Canalside for a group photo before we got kicked off. It really just captured the essence of the day. My third favorite moment was enjoying some awesome Fat Bob’s BBQ for our wedding meal. Among the many stations, we had a macaroni and cheese station with any topping you can think of…yum!
Our goal for this wedding was to have a true Buffalo wedding full of life, good food, and lots of dancing. We wanted to make as many traditions our own, so we painted on canvas for our unity ceremony, the ring bearer was pulled on a sleigh down the aisle, and we toasted with a traditional Polish liquor, Krupnik!

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David Barone-Vu / Buffalo Street Media / The Foundry Suites & The Ellicott Square Building / Fat Bob’s Smokehouse CateringBridals by D / Riverside Men’s Shop / Laura Christine’s Salon Just Say Cheesecake / YellowBird Wedding Officiant / Affordable Limousine / All Seasons Party & Tent Rental / Conlin Photography Photo Booth / Those Idiots Band 

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When it comes to incredibly drop-dead gorgeous wedding dresses, Berta Bridal is definitely at the top of the list! They are among the leaders in the bridal couture industry, leading the way with fashion forward silhouettes and intricate lace designs that are unlike any other. Here are some of our favorite looks from the runways in NYC!16-108 (1)

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True to her style and uncompromising craftsmanship, each Berta design is composed from many different materials and beadwork, all from the highest quality. This approach results in a collection that is unlike anything else. Truly unique and avant-garde. The only limits of this collection lays in the imagination of the bride wearing it, and a bride wearing BERTA is making a very clear statement about herself.
The inspiration for this collection came from the materials themselves. Instead of searching for inspirations on the outside, this time Berta decided to look inside. Into the beauty and depth of the exquisite laces, shiny stones and soft chiffons. The raw materials are what gave life to this extraordinary collection. The new Berta designs give a feel of an artwork, with emphasized sequences and patterns, they are meant to standout, and never leave the mind of those who have seen them in person.
As important as the design itself, the famous Berta fit is very distinguished in this collection as well. Meant to accentuate the brides’ natural physic, and not overcome it, what these gowns do to the female body is pure magic. The modern, self-confidant and sophisticated bride, will feel as if those creations were made custom for her – and that’s because they really were, as this is the kind of bride that Berta envisions while designing her dear creations.

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Enter HERE to win a bangin’ beauty basket from Salon Elizabeth! Specializing in bringing out your true beauty, Salon Elizabeth offers everything form cuts to on-location wedding day services to polish your bridal party perfectly! All of WNY can enter to win the prize worth $120!

Inglot Lip Crayon #23
Inglot Lip Sleek Cream #90
Redken Quick Tease
Ardell Lashes #117
Angel Eyeliner Brush
Fan Contouring Brush
Oil Observing Blotting Papers

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