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 I’m Natalie O’Dell, the artist and designer behind chez la mariée.

STORY

While planning my own wedding as an art history graduate student, I wanted an invitation suite that was unique, meaningful, and artistic. When I couldn’t find that anywhere, I decided to do it myself! A few years later, I started doing the same for other couples and chez la mariée (French for “the bride’s place”) was born. There are plenty of customizable wedding paper options out there, but that's not what I'm about.  What sets chez la mariée apart is the unique experience of having a work of art created especially for you.

MISSION

I believe there is a place for art in all aspects of life, particularly in the celebration of special events like marriage.

I will work closely with you to create original, fine art hand lettering and paper goods that commemorate your life event. My background in studio art and art history helps me to infuse every part of your design with purposeful artistry. Each written, drawn, or painted line will function as part of a unified whole that conveys information and evokes feeling.

Your event begins with the invitation, so it’s important that it reveals more than just the date and time.
Stationery by chez la mariée will reflect the tenor and aesthetic of your celebration as well as your personality and unique story.

 If you’re interested in working with me or learning more about my process, please get in touch at inquiries@chezlamariee.com or here. 

 

I live in Lexington, Virginia, with my husband Wesley and daughter Madeleine. When not painting or calligraphing,  I can be found watching Instagram videos of dachshunds and drinking too much coffee.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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AS SEEN IN

 
 Kylie and Alex's Roman Wedding with Fête NY and Brian Dorsey Studios

Kylie and Alex's Roman Wedding with Fête NY and Brian Dorsey Studios

 
 
 Styled shoot with Christine Doneé and Ellamah at Triunfo Creek Vineyards

Styled shoot with Christine Doneé and Ellamah at Triunfo Creek Vineyards

 
 Annie and David's magnolia wedding with Carrie Joy Photography

Annie and David's magnolia wedding with Carrie Joy Photography

 
 English garden-inspired styled photoshoot with Christine Doneé and Ellamah

English garden-inspired styled photoshoot with Christine Doneé and Ellamah

 
 
 Libby and Elliott's Georgetown Wedding with Liz Fogarty

Libby and Elliott's Georgetown Wedding with Liz Fogarty

 
 
 Cecily and Bryce at Fearrington Village

Cecily and Bryce at Fearrington Village