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Jordan: “I know I’m not supposed to say this, but I’m totally in love with you…”

Lillia and Jordan’s interview was two hours of sheer fun! the two of them sat snuggled together on their couch on a rainy saturday afternoon, holding hands the whole time, sharing their whirlwind love story. they met in colorado on vacation – a one night stand mixed with a dash of love at first sight. they spent the next six months dating cross-country, flying back and forth between new york and san francisco.

before long, they were engaged under the the golden gate bridge and lillia moved west to become a california girl. they celebrated their marriage in a beautiful sonoma county vineyard, surrounded by their friends and family.

lillia and jordan’s romance may be quicker than most, but their depth of respect and understanding for each other goes well beyond their two years together. they are committed to an honest relationship and a true appreciation for each other’s unique qualities. they are grounded in their shared devotion to their families. and best of all, they bring a healthy dose of laughter to their marriage!

please enjoy a sneak peek of their story!

(photography by the talented lori paladino)

storytelling: carol & maurice

February 14, 2014

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11STORIES: if you could change anything about each other, what would you change?
MAURICE: i’d make her 30 again!
CAROL: (laughs) oh my god!

carol and maurice are truly high school sweethearts. they met when she was 14, he was 15, at a local dance in their small town in upstate new york. maurice cut in on carol’s dance partner, and the rest is history. their legacy lives on in their five children, thirteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren and counting…

their love story spans 60 years and four generations, across three states. i worked with their granddaughter in new york, their daughter in massachusetts, and carol and maurice in south carolina, to create this wonderful tribute. during the process, their granddaughter gave birth to the newest member of the family.

their granddaughter initially contacted me to inquire about an Anniversary Book for her beloved grandparents, “mimi” and “popi.” she wanted to find the perfect gift to celebrate carol and maurice’s upcoming 60th wedding anniversary – it was clear that she and the rest of her family respected the strength and longevity of their relationship and wanted to learn the secrets of their successful marriage! she also greatly admired her grandfather’s work as an engineer and an executive at GE, and wanted to record his stories and his lessons learned throughout a successful career.

their family gathers this week to celebrate their 60th anniversary and to share the stories in this lovely Anniversary Book. please enjoy excerpts from a life well lived and a family well loved.

happy valentine’s day!

book stories: the proust “book” questionnaire

January 30, 2014

every once in a while, you find two of your favorite things come together to create something better, like bacon and chocolate. and then once in a blue moon, you get three of your favorite things. this is that moment for me – books, design, and interviews, all rolled into one fabulous project: The Proust […]

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storytelling: thea & edith

January 24, 2014

this sweet little video tells us so much – about the meaning of love, the importance of recording your story, and the power of sharing that story. may we all enjoy a long life of love and happiness and the chance to share our story with the world. click here to share in this love […]

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looking forward: 2014

January 17, 2014

happy new year! we are bubbling over with excitement about the year ahead. 2013 brought us many wonderful opportunities, and we are looking forward to many new adventures in 2014. it’s been a busy holiday season, and we have two new books going to print this month. one is a wedding book, celebrating the first […]

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introducing: business stories

October 4, 2013

over the last year, we’ve had many requests to offer our storytelling and book-making services to businesses. 11stories is happy to announce the launch of a new product: business stories. we now offer services for life stories, love stories, and business stories. small businesses and creative businesses in particular need to connect with their audience […]

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inspired: creative community

September 24, 2013

One of the unexpected pleasures of being a small business owner here in the San Francisco bay area has been working with an extraordinary community of creative colleagues. In the past few years as 11stories has grown, I have been lucky to collaborate with a wide variety of creatives, including photographers, chefs, wedding planners, artists, […]

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featured: handcrafted wedding & event fair

September 17, 2013

I’ve been invited to moderate two panels this Saturday – come join me at the Handcrafted Wedding & Event Fair at Flax Art in San Francisco! Co-sponsored by Locally Grown Weddings, this event will feature two panels of experts, plenty of Q & A time, as well as demonstrations and inspiration. It’s sure to be […]

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featured: Makeshift Society

September 6, 2013

Reminder – we’re teaching our InDesign for Creatives class at Makeshift Society later this month, read all about it on their blog. Feel free to share, you don’t need to be a Makeshift member to join us. Hope to see you there!

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featured: mom inc daily

July 15, 2013

I am beyond thrilled to be featured on one of my favorite blogs, momincdaily. cat seto does an excellent job at writing about her “love for motherhood, design and the intricacies of running a creative business.” 11stories was started just a few months before my daughter was born, so I have appreciated the dialogue that […]

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