Romantic Shipwreck-Inspired Wedding Invitations

These romantic shipwreck-inspired wedding invitations bring to mind a transatlantic voyage to find true love! Lily, the creative force behind the newly rebranded Poste and Co., worked with Caroline Arendall of Belle of the Ball to design these soft and elegant invitations. The shipwreck theme is reinforced throughout the entire suite, from the raw edges of the handmade paper to the delicate wax seals to the beautifully frayed ribbon.

Romantic Shipwreck-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Poste Co.

From Lily: Shipwreck chic pretty much sums it up! When the wedding planner, Caroline Arendall of Belle of the Ball in Houston, Texas, came to me with the idea of a romantic shipwreck inspired invitation suite I was so excited! I had been dreaming about using Stephanie Hare‘s handmade indigo paper for months. This was the perfect project!

Romantic Shipwreck-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Poste Co.

Romantic Shipwreck-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Poste Co.

The sheets of paper are 8.5 x 11, so not your typical invitation size. The color is so rich and has a slight glittery sheen to it that made it absolutely perfect for this suite, I knew I had to find a way to make it work. The reply card and interior pages of the program were printed on a soft blue paper stock, also made by Stephanie. The contrast between the rich indigo of the invitation paper created a dramatic effect.

Romantic Shipwreck-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Poste Co.

The invitation folded three times like a treasure map and was sealed with an antique wax seal I found in Italy that featured a crescent moon. The entire suite was printed in a matte gold foil. I used a romantic quote from E.E. Cummings on the reverse side of the invitation. When the invitation was folded and stamped with the wax, it slipped into the envelope and the quote was first thing guests saw when they opened the invitation suite.

Romantic Shipwreck-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Poste Co.

The program cover also featured another quote and the wedding date in roman numerals to tie in the old world theme. The constellations on the envelopes were hand illustrated along with the custom crest of sea kelp and a single shell. The hand frayed edge of the paper paired beautifully with Frou Frou Chic ribbon for the programs and the guest names were hand calligraphed by Signora e Mare on gilded sea glass to be used as place cards. This is truly a special suite and I am excited to share it with you!

Romantic Shipwreck-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Poste Co.

Romantic Shipwreck-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Poste Co.

Romantic Shipwreck-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Poste Co.

Thanks Lily!

Creative Direction & Design: Poste and Co.

Calligraphy: Signora e Mare

Paper: Share Studios

Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

Printing: Littleford Letterpress

Poste and Co. is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Lily’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Kelli Durham Photography

Our Bathroom Renovation: The Inspiration

I can’t believe it has been two years since I published this post full of bathroom renovation inspiration! I was at the tail end of my pregnancy with Alice (aka full nesting mode) and just feeling like I couldn’t bathe my kids in our existing bathroom for even one more day. Well, we finally, finally renovated our bathroom a few months ago with the help of Home Depot, Wayfair, and Sherwin Williams, and Apartment Therapy posted a little before and after last week! I’m planning to share the full before and after here tomorrow (including some photos that I’m seriously mortified to share in public, they’re so awful), but first, I thought we might revisit our overall classic small bathroom inspiration and share the sources for the things that we did eventually use in our bathroom, so you can see how they all came together in tomorrow’s post!

Classic Small Bathroom Inspiration

Photo Sources, from top to bottom: Brittany Ambridge via Domino from Ali Cayne’s Home Tour, unknown (if you know the source, please let me know!), Rue, and Riesco & Lapres via Desire to Inspire

Our main goal in this renovation was to restore the bathroom design to something that is more respectful to the age of our home – a 1920s row house. As much as I love some of the more modern bathroom designs out there, it just didn’t feel right for our home and our historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. For us, a 1920s-inspired design meant a combination of subway tile around the tub/shower area and mosaic tile on the floor, and a pedestal sink. Beyond that, we needed to maximize storage as much as possible, since this is the only full bathroom in our home and a space that all four of us use on a daily basis. The bathroom is super teeny tiny – only about 36 square feet total – so we chose a classic color palette of white, light gray, and black to make everything feel open and bright, with natural wood tones and brass finishes to warm up the space. And because I can’t resist, here’s just a little sneak peek of the final space…

Oh So Beautiful Paper Classic Small Bathroom Reveal / Photo Credit: Laura Metzler Photography

Photo by Laura Metzler Photography

When I started sourcing fixtures and accessories, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Wayfair carried pretty much everything we could possibly want to include in our new bathroom. I reached out to them to see if they would be interested in partnering with us for the before and after, and I couldn’t be more thrilled that they said yes! Everything that we ordered from Wayfair arrived so quickly and they were an absolute dream to work with. I spent hours browsing Wayfair looking for bathroom fixtures and accessories, so I thought I’d make it easier for all of you by rounding them up in one place!

Beautiful and Classic Small Bathroom Fixtures and Accessories

01. Kingston Polished Brass Manhattan Double Handle Widespread Faucet / 02. Kohler Devonshire Vibrant Polished Brass Shower and Tub Faucet / 03. Kohler Memoirs Stately 24″ Pedestal Sink with 8″ Widespread Faucet Holes / 04. Umbra Kera Tumbler and Soap Pump / 05. Kohler Highline Toilet / 06. Square Metal Storage Box / 07. Ferm Living Half Moon Laundry Basket / 08. Silver and Gold Stripe Fouta Hand Towels / 09. Black and White Hotel Bath Towels / 10. Soraya Marble Serving Tray / 11. Surya Zahra Classic Iris Rug / 12. Birch Lane Barnett Jars

I can’t wait to share the full Before & After photos with all of you tomorrow – and get into some of the nitty gritty of our renovation! In the meantime, feel free to pop over to the Apartment Therapy post for a bit more of a preview. And if you have any questions, ask them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them in tomorrow’s post!

This post was created in partnership with Wayfair. All content and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

Friday Happy Hour: Apple Cinnamon Sangria

The first day of Autumn has come and gone, so we’re going to start switching gears from summer to fall drinks. And we’re going to start with a pretty awesome fall Sangria, one that combines some typically fall flavors with a classic summer Sangria to help us bridge the changing of the seasons: Apple Cinnamon Sangria. Andrew

Apple Cinnamon Sangria Cocktail Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Sangria

1 750 ml bottle Dry Red Wine
8 oz Cinnamon Syrup
4 oz Brandy
4 oz Pear Brandy
4 oz Apple Cider
4 oz Lemon Juice
2 Apples, Diced
1 Orange, Sliced Thinly

To make the cinnamon syrup: break up two cinnamon sticks into bits with a muddler in a sauce pan, then add a cup of sugar and a cup of water. Melt the sugar into the water over low heat, stirring frequently until all the sugar is dissolved. Cover and remove from the heat; let the pan sit for at least twenty minutes. Strain through a sieve and bottle.

To make the Sangria: combine all the ingredients in a pitcher and let it sit, refrigerated, for at least an hour and preferably overnight to let the flavors meld together. Serve over ice and garnish, optionally, with pomegranate seeds and cinnamon sticks.

Apple Cinnamon Sangria Cocktail Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Sangria Cocktail Recipe

This Sangria packs lots of warm cinnamon and citrus, while the pear brandy and apples give it an Autumn-fruit crispness. It’s the sort of Sangria that’s perfect for these days that start warm and then end with an increasingly brisk chill.

Apple Cinnamon Sangria Cocktail Recipe

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! And happy first week of Autumn! Are things starting to cool off where you are? It still feels like summer here in DC during the day, with wonderful cool evenings and the most gorgeous sunsets. I’m looking forward to diving into some Fall and Halloween projects over the next few weeks! But in the meantime…

Knot and Bow Confetti Balloons via Instagram

Photo by Knot & Bow via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for us this week! Check back this afternoon for a brand new Sangria cocktail recipe! Have a fantastic weekend, and we’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

Illustrated Fox and Flower Birthday Party Invitations

I just adore an illustrated motif in a birthday party invitation, and these woodland-inspired illustrated fox and flower birthday party invitations from Lana of Lana’s Shop are no exception! Lana illustrated an adorable fox, featuring an equally adorable berry colored bow, and plenty of botanical elements for these delicate birthday party invitations. These envelope liners are seriously on point, and many of the illustrated elements made their way into the décor for the actual party!

Illustrated Fox and Flower Birthday Party Invitations by Lana's Shop

From Lana: When Yesy of Love in Vintage asked me to design the paper goods for her daughter’s fourth birthday bash, I jumped at the opportunity. The plan for the party was both playful and refined, and I immediately fell in love with Yesy’s vision for the invitation, which would feature a crest, a girly fox wearing a dress, and lots of floral elements with a blush-and-burgundy color palette.

Illustrated Fox and Flower Birthday Party Invitations by Lana's Shop

Illustrated Fox and Flower Birthday Party Invitations by Lana's Shop

The custom crest for the invitations featured a sweet fox character that was ultimately included on the envelope liners, the dessert table backdrop, and even as a figurine on one of the four cakes in the dessert spread.

Illustrated Fox and Flower Birthday Party Invitations by Lana's Shop

Yesy and I clearly share an avid appreciation for all things floral and botanical, and I love the way she chose to carry my illustrated flowers and greenery through into the décor. The lush garlands and bouquets definitely added a more grown-up element to the party’s woodland theme.

Illustrated Fox and Flower Birthday Party Invitations by Lana's Shop

Foxy Floral Birthday Party Invitations by Lana's Shop

The rich burgundy accents were a lovely choice for the overall color palette! We chose to use the bold hue for the envelopes, which were then hand-addressed by the incredibly talented Nat of Papel & Co. It was so much fun to work on such a charming, whimsical project – every detail of the party came together beautifully!

Illustrated Fox and Flower Birthday Party Invitations by Lana's Shop

Thanks Lana!

Design & Illustration: Lana’s Shop

Calligraphy: Papel & Co.

Event Planning: Love in Vintage

Lana’s Shop is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Lana’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Diana Lupu