about Charm studio

The Charm Studio is a custom illustration wedding invitation company. Our personal touch approach gives our clients a unique wedding design. We specialize in watercolor and ink illustrations for wedding logos, maps, crests, icons and monograms. We offer a curated selection of the highest quality paper available and a wide range of printing methods: foil, letterpress, flat, thermography and engraving. Our team coordinates paper goods and products for a truly customized look. Check out instagram for what we are working on right now and our custom galleries to view some of our recent custom work.

The Charm Studio was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings List of “The Loveliest Watercolor Wedding Invitations” and in publications such as Style Me Pretty 1 / 2 3 , The Knot 1 / 2Carats and CakeThe Black Tie Bride,  Inside WeddingsChicago SplashGrey Likes Weddings and Wedding Chicks. The Charm Studio’s designs and products can be found in select retailers, Domino and Minted.

The studio is located just north of Chicago • 1215 Washington Avenue, Suite 205, Wilmette, Illinois.  Meetings are by appointment, please contact me to set up a consultation.

Catherine Sullivan

Owner, Designer and Illustrator

When I was growing up, my mother’s mantra was “you can make that.” Her mantra covered lots of different things, but especially greeting cards. In my family, we were never allowed to buy cards. Cards were always handmade. I drew all of my birthday party invitations and our Christmas cards were all uniquely hand illustrated by my mom. My mother was and is my biggest inspiration. A teacher by trade, she is a talented self-taught artist and I grew up wanting to draw and write just like her.

At an early age, I fell in love with paper and pattern design. In high school, I worked in a local stationery shop selling classic invitations and stationery products. My dream was to one day have my own line of stationery designs. After I graduated, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, I began my career working as an art director at large advertising agency. However, I never lost my passion for pattern and paper. I left the agency world and continued to follow my stationery dream, designing custom invitations for event planners and stationery shops. For a number of years, I scrimped and saved up enough money to be able to open up my own business. My mother’s “you can make that” mantra, gave me the confidence to open The Charm Studio in 2013.

My studio is located on the North Shore of Chicago, where I live with my darling husband, Andrew, and our brand new addition Claire. If you'd like to come and see me, please just contact me and make an appointment!


Annie Fitzpatrick

Production, Styling and Crafts


Annie is our go-to girl for production, photo styling and project assembly. She is an instagram photo editing expert and a student at DePaul University. She has a eye for design and has been a key team member since the beginning. We couldn't do it without her!