Meet Our Team

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Samantha Finigan
CO-OWNER AND DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES

Samantha grew up in the beautiful coastal town of Marblehead, MA and graduated from Boston University with a degree in design & communication. She currently resides in downtown Portsmouth and relishes her 5-minute walking commute to work each day.

3 FAVORITE HOBBIES:

Commenting on how cute/funny/stinky her dog, Gus, is, riding horses, and traveling

FAVORITE PORTSMOUTH RESTAURANT:

The Black Trumpet

BEST PART ABOUT HER JOB:

Listening to the love stories of all the brides and grooms. What can she say? She’s a romantic!

IF SHE WEREN’T DESIGNING, SELLING, CREATING, SHE WOULD BE:

A safari guide in Botswana. Or a vet. Or a baker. Or a comedy writer. Or....well, the list continues.

FAVORITE SNL SKIT OR YOUTUBE VIDEO:

(Easily the hardest question) Kaitlin at the Mall

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Whitney Swaffield
CO-OWNER, CREATIVE DIRECTOR & LETTERPRESS PRINTER

Whitney grew up in the beautiful summer resort town of Wolfeboro, NH and graduated from Plymouth State University with a BFA degree in graphic design. She played field hockey and skied for PSU and, after graduating, contemplated staying in the area to pursue a coaching career. Luckily she opted to move to the seacoast and begin a design career instead and now resides in Dover with her husband, daughter and two pups.

3 FAVORITE HOBBIES:

Chasing her toddler, relaxing on the lake (Winnipesaukee, that is), and hiking in the white mountains.

FAVORITE PORTSMOUTH RESTAURANT:

Street

BEST PART ABOUT HER JOB:

The variety - on a weekly basis she gets to buy goods for the store, design wedding invitations, sell pretty products to happy customers, dream up window displays, chat with our incredible brides and grooms, letterpress print beautiful pieces by hand on her grandfather's press, laugh with her co-workers…it's honestly her dream job.

IF SHE WEREN’T DESIGNING, SELLING, CREATING, SHE WOULD BE:

Coaching field hockey and ski racing and spending every second with her family.

FAVORITE SNL SKIT OR YOUTUBE VIDEO:

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Byrdy Dilando
Store Manager

Byrdy grew up in York, Maine and graduated from Massachusetts College of Art with a BFA in fashion design. She is the former owner of ellO gallery in Portsmouth and in her spare time designs and sews clothing. She currently resides in Kittery Maine.

3 FAVORITE HOBBIES:

Sewing clothing and bags, seeing a new art opening/movie/band around town, and weekly Sunday suppers with friends.

FAVORITE PORTSMOUTH RESTAURANT:

Black Birch (Kittery is close enough, right?)

BEST PART ABOUT HER JOB:

It may sound boring, but ordering products for the store. Flipping through the pages of catalogs, choosing favorites, unpacking all the boxes, finding the perfect place in the store for these beautiful new items, and then hearing customers laugh hysterically while looking for just the right greeting card makes me so happy.

IF SHE WEREN’T DESIGNING, SELLING, CREATING, SHE WOULD BE:

Working in an art gallery or museum.

FAVORITE SNL SKIT OR YOUTUBE VIDEO:

Las Palmas

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Demri Rosekrans
Creative Retail Mastermind

Demri is from the ever-lovely Pacific Northwest. She graduated from The Evergreen State College with a focus in visual arts and museum studies. She currently lives in beautiful downtown Portsmouth with her beau and their cat, Samson.

3 FAVORITE HOBBIES:

Moving everything around and general mess making including but not limited to art projects, in-home upgrades, and sometimes even the momentary organizing spree. Slow morning iced americano drinking. Trying to convince her cat Samson that plastic really, truly is not edible.

FAVORITE PORTSMOUTH RESTAURANT:

Annabelle's Ice Cream

BEST PART ABOUT HER JOB:

There are a lot of really fab things about being on the Gus & Ruby team - the stellar crew, all of the beautiful things - and lucky for Demri, she gets built-in time to be creative: dreaming up window displays, creating color stories and focusing on visual merchandizing and sometimes even covering things in glitter!

IF SHE WEREN’T DESIGNING, SELLING, CREATING, SHE WOULD BE:

organizing/furnishing/styling other people's homes and spaces

FAVORITE SNL SKIT OR YOUTUBE VIDEO:

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Laura Lubanski
Wedding Invitation Specialist

Laura grew up on a beautiful apple farm in Plainfield, New Hampshire and graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in Psychology. She and her husband live in Kittery, Maine, just across the river from Portsmouth, and enjoy living the seacoast life with their little daughter and crazy rescue German Shepherd.

3 FAVORITE HOBBIES:

Working on the family apple farm, beach days, and singing and dancing with her little girl.

FAVORITE PORTSMOUTH RESTAURANT:

Martingale Wharf (the deck has one of the best views in town)

BEST PART ABOUT HER JOB:

Working with really fun couples and getting to be a tiny part of their big day - it never gets old!

IF SHE WEREN’T DESIGNING, SELLING, CREATING, SHE WOULD BE:

B&B proprietor, cheese farmer in France, or both.

FAVORITE SNL SKIT OR YOUTUBE VIDEO:

Marcel-the-shell-with-shoes-on,-two

Augustus “Gus”

BREED:

Brussels Griffon

FAVORITE ACTIVITY:

Running on the beach and licking the floor

FAVORITE TREAT:

Anything edible (or even remotely edible)

Ruby

BREED:

Lab/hound mix

FAVORITE ACTIVITY:

Off-leash hiking in the White Mountains

FAVORITE TREAT:

Cheez-It crackers

We would like to thank all of the wonderful, extraordinarily talented vendors and wedding professionals that we work with and collaborate with on a regular basis. In particular, we'd like to extend a very special and heartfelt thank you to emilie inc. photography, Brea McDonald Photography, and Mark Davidson Photography for the beautiful photos on our site.

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