every great design begins with
an even better story– here's mine.
Looking back I can say that icandothat design didn't begin as a "plan" it just kind of happened! Entrepreneurship is certainly a roller coaster ride, you wear all of the hats but all joking aside starting and running a business has been one of the most difficult and joyful things I have ever done.
Starting from the beginning, I inherited the creative gene from my mother and I realized my passion for design during my freshmen year of college. I graduated with my degree in communications and graphic design from The Ohio State University in 2008.
For the following five years, I worked full time in marketing and design positions while living in Ohio, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. From an architecture firm to an art museum with printing companies in between, I gained a diverse knowledge of all types of print and design. On the side of these full-time gigs I was dabbling in all kinds of freelance design, from logos to party invitations and even designed scrapbook paper for a while.
Well one referral led to another, and another, and I found that each design request that came my way was welcomed with an overly enthusiastic “I can do that!”... and well, as you can see, that phrase stuck!
Today I live with my husband, daughter, and dog in New York City and work full-time from my home office. I work with select small business clients but my main focus is creating custom wedding invitations for couples all across the country. Whether the wedding planning is full of classic or quirky designs, I provide the creative direction to bring each couple's vision to life on paper. By the time we are done working together, I will likely be calling you my friend, using emojis in our emails, and following you on Instagram!
Like what you see? Let's work together!
I met my husband, Vince, on a camping trip with mutual friends. He lived in DC and I lived in OH at the time. After four years and three moves together, we got married in NYC in March 2018. Our wedding colors were emerald, sage, and olive green with pops of mustard yellow. Our cocktail hour featured twelve cheeses followed by a create-your-own pasta station for dinner!
My husband and I welcomed our first child into the world in 2019. Xyla is a sweet little girl who made her arrival a whole month early after I experienced some pregnancy complications. Needless to say she has kept us on our toes ever since! She is constantly smiling and has a big belly laugh that will make you smile too. Being her momma is truly my biggest joy in life!
My beginning years in business included doing design work from coffee shops, couches, and the kitchen table. Today I have an office to work from in our home in Queens, New York. On weekdays you will find me at my desk, still in my pjs, with a coffee cup in hand while I obsess over the perfect design details to make your wedding paper extra special.
Meet Zoey! She is a 10 year old Australian Shepherd. and has been around since icandothat design was born. She spends her days curled up under my desk when not being a jungle gym for my daughter. She's affectionally called "the grandma" dog in our neighborhood because she loves meeting puppies. Fun fact, Zoey & I even have the same birthday!
• All 12 of my first cousins have names that start with the letter 'J' (by grandma's request!)
• Vince and I have lived in a total of seven states
• We moved to New York for Vince's job
• I was a college cheerleader at The Ohio State University
• I showed horses for 10+ years when growing up
• I have 5 nephews. Xyla is the only girl granddaughter!
I should’ve known I was meant to do something creative with my life the moment I got busted in 4th grade computer lab for doodling on Kid Pix during typing lessons… for the third time!
I’ve always found a way to sneak creativity into my life, even in places it didn’t belong, like my college chem lab books that had the most detailed microscope slide drawings but always lacked in the equation section.
I realized as I was halfway through my environmental science degree at Virginia Tech that something was missing and knew I needed a change. So I grabbed an iced coffee, changed my major to communications and design and have been finding creative opportunities that spark joy in my life since.
One of those opportunities was a social media internship here at icandothat design! Jenna and I have "the same brain" as we call it and our creative energy clicked right away. Over the past few years, I have grown into my current design role and have been saying “I can do that, too!”
Logan & I met through mutual friends in college...just not the same college. He lives in Illinois, 663 miles away from me! We've been champions of the long distance relationship for going on 3 years and it has been the best journey.
I love living in Virginia for many reasons, but I think the mountains are at the top of my list. My family took trips to the mountains every year growing up & then I chose the to go to (the best) college in the mountains, Virginia Tech! Fun fact - this picture was taken right after my bother got married on top of of this mountain in Shenandoah!
Meet Winnie! She is my wild-child 1 1/2 year old Golden Retriever. She loves to ride in the car, take nature walks, and parade her favorite bones throughout the house for all to see. When you meet her she will greet you with full body wags of excitement!
In 2018 I studied abroad in Ecuador for 3 weeks. It was the trip of a lifetime. I hiked the Andes Mountains, stood on the equator, ate a meal that was cooked in the ground, spent a week in the Amazon Rainforest, and swam with sea turtles in the Galapagos! My favorite part was going on silent night walks through the rainforest with our headlamps on. We found all kinds of creatures from caimans to howler monkeys to bullet ants!