Hey, friends!

My name is Katie Cochara, and I am the founder and creative mind behind Bluebird Paper Company.
Bluebird Paper Co. is more than just a typical stationery company; it is a brand that is constantly evolving and perpetually in motion. It was founded in 2013 on the basis of classic and timeless designs, impeccable customer service and the highest  quality stationery materials. Five years ago it was my dream to create a  sweet little wedding invitation business, but as we approach 2019, it's amazing to look around and see all that Bluebird Paper Co. has become: a Premier  Full-Service Wedding Invitation and Stationery powerhouse with dozens of hard-earned accolades and publications under our belt,  a pioneer in the design, production and distribution of Officially Licensed Collegiate Themed Stationery and Art Prints for universities across the USA, and most importantly, a safe place for camaraderie and mentorship for other rising female business owners and aspiring stationery designers and artists.
Bluebird Paper Co. is a busy place, and my day-to-day roles primarily include managing  our University and Collegiate Affiliations, Collegiate Artwork Creation & Production, Overall Brand Management/Business Development, and Bridal Sales. I'm super proud of  where Bluebird Paper Co. has come from, but more importantly, I'm incredibly proud of where it is going!




 

MEET KATIE

MEET TARA

My name is Tara Inge and I am the Lead Designer and Manager in the Bridal Services area of  Bluebird Paper Company! I work directly  with all of our couples on a day-to-day basis, and I can't wait to guide you through our renowned Wedding Invitation and Stationery Design Process, from start to finish.
Creating beautiful pieces of art in the form of wedding invitations is my passion,  and between my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from James Madison University (the same Alma Mater as Katie!),  previous work experience as a graphic designer for Under Armour, and  four years of experience designing invitations and stationery in the wedding world, it is my honor to lend my creative hand to make your unique wedding invitation dreams come to life!

To get started creating your perfect wedding invitations, jump over to the "Let's Chat" tab and fill out an inquiry form!




 

I often get asked why I chose the name Bluebird Paper Company, and what it means.
The truth is, it means a lot of things.

It’s an homage to two of my favorite songs:
“Bluebird Wine” by Stoney LaRue and “My Bluebird” by Ryan Bingham.

It’s a memory of a pillow that sat on the couch at my grandparent’s house many years ago.

It’s a nod to my favorite color.

It’s my constant sign from the universe that things are going the way that they should be.

For some reason I seem to find bluebirds everywhere I go,
and so when it came time to name my brand, Bluebird Paper Co. was the obvious choice. 

Behind the Brand

We design for...

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The sentimental couple who values precious keepsakes.

The soul mates who want to celebrate their
once-in-a-lifetime love through personalized design.

The couple who wants their paper to
last forever.

The adventurous couple who likes to think
outside the box.

The light-hearted
couple who can take a step back and just enjoy the journey.

The detail-oriented couple who knows that their stationery will set the tone for their wedding day.

The indulgent couple who appreciates tiny luxuries and special details.

It is our honor to design beautiful bespoke wedding invitations and stationery that sets the tone for your wedding day.
With every Bluebird couple, the end goal is the same: design custom heirloom wedding stationery
that will be admired and treasured for years to come.
Paper lasts forever, and it gives me great pride to create stationery that is worth saving. 

Paper lasts forever

Katie, a  Jersey Girl, met and fell in love with her Chicago Boy while attending a mutual friend’s wedding back in 2009. I was just 19 and he was 24. I had planned to bring a date as a guest to this wedding, but he bailed on me last minute. Good thing though, because this is where my love story begins. My dad introduced me to Greg, and I thought he was such a goof, but for some reason I just couldn’t stay away from him! We drank our way through the cocktail hour and then danced together all night during the reception! Four months after meeting we began dating exclusively, and the rest as they say, is history! Fun fact: my stationery business was actually Greg’s idea -- without his constant support and encouragement,
Bluebird would not be where it is today.

A Good Love Story

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I’m a firm believer in listening to your gut, and following your instincts and pursuing your  passions. Growing up I was always the artsy kid who loved doing crafts and creating little projects for myself. However when it came time to go to college I chose to go towards the route of business rather than art. Because of that I’m a mostly self-taught artist, and in the beginning of my career I would shy away from telling people that I wasn’t traditionally trained. However after four years of being in business I’ve finally learned to take pride in the fact that I followed my artistic passions and embraced my natural artistic tendencies to create a business that truly fills my soul.

Pursuing Passions

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On a normal daily basis if I'm in my home office or running errands around town, you'll find me in my favorite pair of jeans,
converse sneakers and cute t-shirt. However, I do also LOVE to get all dolled up and go out with my husband and our friends.
When going out for the night or meeting up with clients or other wedding vendors, pretty much without fail  I'll pull out a
classic Kate Spade bag and a killer pair of heels. 
I truly believe that when you look good, you feel good,
and when you feel good, you do good!
Everyone has something that they love to indulge in,
and shoes and handbags are definitely mine. 

Power Pumps + Kate Spade

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Quite possibly the most important person
(yes, we really think he’s a person) in my office and house is Wrigley! Although the details of his adoption story are a bit fuzzy,
we know that he was born in Oklahoma in some less than desirable conditions. Eventually he was rescued and brought to Illinois through the Naperville Area Humane Society, which is ultimately where we ended up adopting him from! I often get asked what sort of mix he is because even though he looks like he would be a "big" dog, he only weighs about 22 and a half pounds!  I often tell everyone that he is a “pure bred” mutt, and that he’s  22.5 pounds of puppy perfection! 
 Since being adopted, Wrigley has lived a cushy life full of snuggles, walks, toys galore, and never-ending games of fetch. When it comes time to choose a pet, I encourage all of my friends and clients to adopt.
It will be the best decision you've ever made, I promise!

Animal Rescues

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I truly feel as though we have the best family and friends
(or chosen family) in the world. The only downfall is that they
live all over the country. One of the main reasons that I decided to start my own business was so that I could be in control of my own work schedule overall destiny. Having the ability to take my work with me where I go, whether that’s to New Jersey to visit my parents and family, or across the pond to explore castles in Ireland, I love knowing that I have the option to go where I need to be.
Some people live to work, others work to live.
Bluebird Paper Co. is the perfect combination of these two ideals,
and the flexibility that it gives me to be present in the lives
of my friends and family is something that I’ll always be grateful for. 

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