Love is Sweet

We are so so excited to announce the beginning of our semi-custom line of wedding invitations and save the dates. We are rolling out new products in phases, starting with five hand lettered & lovely save the date photo cards: Grace, Charlotte, Clara, Ruby & Eva.

They are perfect for your beautiful engagement photos with designs to fit several different photo styles. These gals are easily customized to match your wedding plans, with eleven different hand illustrated backer patterns to choose from in your choice of colors.

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Learn more about our save the dates here. Have questions before you order? Piece of cake, contact us here. Get behind the scenes views of these designs in the making on Instagram.

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A Wedding in the Mountains

I’ve been sharing little bits and pieces of this project for a while now on Instagram and am excited to finally be able to share the whole project on the blog today. I’ve been working with a wonderful lady on these for her and her fiancé. They are getting married on a mountain top in California and it sounds absolutely magical. They wanted to incorporate their ceremony location into the design of their invitations, so I worked to come up with a few custom concepts for them.

 

I really loved creating the hand lettered type design below. On the left is the inked sketch and next to it is the concept design. It’s always amazing to me how much the inked drawings come to life once they on the computer and colored. It gives me the opportunity to adjust the layout and spacing and really define the elements that should stand out.

 

 

Ultimately we ended up using the first sketch for a simple, clean layout perfect for their day. Below is the final invitation. I had so much fun working on these and just love how they turned out. I don’t take on a lot of custom wedding designs each year, but am so glad I had the opportunity to work on this one. Congratulations to Jane & Ed!

 

Lisa & Brandon’s Wedding Stationery

Lisa and Brandon’s wedding has come and gone. It went off with out a hitch and everything was absolutely wonderful. I thought it was about time to share a few more pieces of stationery I worked on for them, the programs, seating chart and table cards.

The programs consisted of 3 long sheets tied together at the top with a black satin ribbon. A Catholic ceremony requires a lengthy program and luckily we had some extra space on the last page that allowed us to include the same quote from their invitations “My whole heart, for my whole life.” So sweet.

The seating chart was a new adventure for me that turned out very nice. The board measured 24″x36″ and was displayed near the front entrance so everyone could easily find their seat. The chart was alphabetically ordered and included tables named by locations that Lisa and Brandon have visited together.

The table cards were made to match the seating chart. The front listed the name of the location and a picture of that particular place, while the back had a written description of the time they shared there. It was a lot of fun for everyone to go from table to table reading about their adventures together.

After the wedding was over I received the nicest letter in the mail from Lisa’s mother thanking me for everything. They are just the sweetest family. Congratulations Lisa and Brandon! I couldn’t be happier for you two.

Michelle & Jared’s Rehearsal Invitations

When Michelle and Jared asked me to design their rehearsal invitation for them, they knew they wanted an Italian inspired illustration that included a man in a gondola with a bride and groom. So I got to work doing a little brainstorming and then a little sketching. My original sketch was rough, but it put us on track in the right direction. I added the candy-striped pole and included a stone bridge since both of these are very common out on the Grand Canal in Venice.

We all really loved the way it turned out from the style to the colors. Custom illustrations are always so much fun for me to work on and am so glad Michelle and Jared gave me the opportunity. I hope they have a fantastic rehearsal and a wonderful wedding and life together!

Specs
5×7
A7 white envelopes Xpedx
4 color
Printed by a local print house

Michelle & Jared’s Invitations

Michelle and Jared’s wedding invitations were a labor of love and worth every second we spent planning for her June 2011 wedding. Michelle first contacted me in August 2010 with a strong vision of what she wanted her wedding suite to be. A peacock theme guided these elegant invitations with real feathers, metallic bronze belly bands and golden initial wax seals. They are a simple yet elegant design on cream cover stock with brown and teal inks. Their set consisted of a tea length invitation layered with a shorter directions/accommodations card, and a shorter yet r.s.v.p. postcard. Once assembled the suite was wrapped with the belly band, sealed with the wax seal, and then a peacock feather was inserted in the front of the packet to top it off. And if that wasn’t good enough, that went into a matching policy envelope where Michelle and her helpers embossed the return address on the back to give it just another touch of awesomeness. I absolutely love everything about these invitations and so did Michelle and her fiancé Jared. We also made personalized place cards for her reception, save the date magnets with a matching theme and an illustrated rehearsal invitation with an adorable Italian theme. More on those rehearsal invites coming soon. To see more pictures of Michelle and Jared’s wedding suite, check them out on Flickr.

Specs
Qty. 100
Cougar Natural 80# cover – Xpedx
Postcard printed by Overnight Prints
Policy Envelopes – LCI Paper
Feathers – Feathermart
Wax Seals – LetterSeals.com
Belly Bands – LCI Paper

Lisa & Brandon’s Invitations


Lisa and Brandon’s wedding invitations have been in the works for a long time. Brandon asked Lisa to marry him in September 2009 and once I heard the news, the first thing out of my mouth was “I’ll do your wedding invites!” I mean, after the initial “Congratulations!” and “Wow, you’re ring is gorgeous! Let me see it again.”, of course. So here we are a year and a half later with the finished product. Their theme was based on their wedding colors, black and teal, so we played that up in a big way with teal stripes, glossy black borders, a black metallic matte on the invitation, and a black metallic belly band to hold the whole packet together inside the vibrant teal envelopes. The envelopes were printed front and back in a rich black, using the same fonts as in their invitation suite. Hopefully the Honorable Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama will be able to attend.

By far, my most favorite part of this suite is the quote on the top of the invitation that Lisa wanted to incorporate into the design somehow. “My whole heart, for my whole life.” Isn’t that just perfect for a wedding invitation? I sure think so.

Specs
Qty. 150
15pt cover stock
Gloss coated
Onyx Metallic 100# cover – LCI Paper and Xpedx
Onyx Metallic 80# text – LCI Paper
A7 Blu Raspberry Envelopes – LCI Paper
Printed by Overnight Prints

Garden of Love

The USPS is releasing their new stamp collection, Garden of Love, May 19, 2011. These beautiful designs were created by José Ortega and are going to be a wonderful addition to wedding invitations and rsvp cards. I can’t wait for their spring debut. More information about the collection here.

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Anthropologie + Weddings = February 14, 2011

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