Anytime I get to start the week off with a beautiful calligraphy wedding invitation suite, I just KNOW that it’s going to be a good week. And these gorgeous calligraphy wedding invitations for a black tie garden party wedding from Anna at Cast Calligraphy? So. Good. I’m completely smitten with every detail – including the modern, imperfect (in Anna’s words) calligraphy style, the nature-inspired illustrations, the gold wax envelope seal, and the perfectly subtle light gray letterpress printing by Birdwalk Press. Stunning!
From Anna: Molly and Bobby wanted their wedding invitations to be natural, sophisticated, eclectic, and with a touch of gold. Instead of going over the top for this Rhode Island wedding, we incorporated each of these details into their stationery in subtle ways. They knew that quality was of most importance, so the letterpress printing and gold wax seal enhanced the look of the whole suite.
The invitation was designed to touch on the natural elements the couple loved. Molly grew up in Portland, Oregon and spends a lot of time outdoors, and it was important that the invitation reflected her love of the outdoors. The calligraphy was intentionally imperfect, to create a more comfortable, approachable style. Molly and Bobby mentioned the recurring use of gems, crystals, and agates for their decor. I illustrated a mini crystal logo for their details card that was repeated for their letterpress thank you notes. The trimmed corners added a bit of surprise to the suite.
Since neutral was one of the big defining words, Birdwalk Press did a great job printing the soft grey color on pearl white cotton paper. Just soft enough to be feminine and organic but clean and classy. The envelopes were calligraphed with a metallic gold and sealed with a custom wax seal. The team at Exquisite Events was instrumental in the communication process and in detailing their paper needs for the day of. Everything came together so beautifully and Molly and Bobby tied the knot on a beautiful October day in Rhode Island! Congrats to the happy couple!
Design and Calligraphy: Cast Calligraphy
Letterpress Printing: Birdwalk Press
Check out the Designer Rolodex for more talented wedding invitation designers and the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!
Photo Credits: Orange Photographie
When it comes to DIY supplies, I tend to play favorites: paint pens, paper (naturally), gold leaf, and acrylic paint are all at the top of my go-to supply list. Also at the top of that list? Spray paint! I’m completely addicted to making these DIY spray painted acrylic signs for parties (like this year’s Paper Party!), and I’ve spray painted many a chair and table for home DIY projects. So when The Home Depot asked me to create DIY wrapping paper as part of their annual Holiday Style Challenge, I knew I wanted to use spray paint as part of my project!
The final DIY spray painted gift wrap project incorporates newsprint packing paper, various shades of Rust-Oleum spray paint, copper wire, nylon neon twine, and gift tags made from paint chips! So basically, I raided the paint aisle to create my ideal subtle, whimsical, shimmery, painterly-meets-ombré wrapping paper! You can find the full tutorial over on The Home Depot blog right here – and of course all of the materials used are available right at The Home Depot!
I tried at least a dozen different color combinations, each combining one or two color spray paints with a metallic spray paint. The pink versions are my favorite; I love the subtle ombré from mixing shades of pink with the metallic spray paint! But I also love the high contrast black and shimmery pastel blue. I found that a thin layer of metallic spray paint over any color helped blend everything together, and my favorite metallic ended up being this subtle pearl spray paint called Champagne Mist. It left the perfect amount of shimmer without changing the color of the wrapping paper. Another favorite combination involved bright coral and gold spray paint. So many great options!
The paint chip gift tags also received a layer of metallic spray paint, which is really lovely in person but kind of subtle in photos. Next time I’d love to try pairing two bright colors together for more contrast! I wrapped the gift boxes with the spray painted gift wrap and copper hobby wire with the paint chip gift tags. For smaller gift boxes I also used ribbons made of strips ripped from cotton painter’s rags. I love the additional texture of the loose cotton weave and frayed edges!
A huge thanks to The Home Depot for inviting me to be part of this year’s Holiday Style Challenge! I had a BLAST! You can find the full tutorial for this DIY Spray Painted Gift Wrap here, and more holiday ideas on The Home Depot’s Holiday Style Challenge Pinterest board!
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Happy Thanksgiving Eve! For those of you traveling, I wish you all safe and uneventful travels. And for everyone I wish a happy, relaxing, and wonderful weekend filled with good food, great company, and tons of pie. I’ll see you back here next Monday! But in the meantime…
Photo (and rainbow beeswax candles) by Knot & Bow via Instagram
…a few links for your weekend!
This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:
Since the holidays are all about getting together with family and friends, I figured my next eBay guide should offer a recipe for a holiday-appropriate drink that can be made in large batches and enjoyed by large groups of people. What could be better than sangria? We normally think of sangria as a summer drink, but add in seasonal pears, citrus, and some mulling spice syrup and you’ve got the perfect drink that can be just as good in cold weather! You can find the full Mulled Winter Sangria recipe over on eBay!
p.s. How to make a Classic Old Fashioned and a Rosé 75 recipe that is perfect for New Year’s!
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It’s nearly Thanksgiving, and I’m thinking about cocktails I’d like to drink during my most favorite of all holidays. Fruit, spice, and the warmth of bourbon – all those woodsy and caramel and vanilla notes – that’s what I’m looking for right now. So I decided to – literally – smash all those together in one really fantastic drink that I hope you try this turkey day. – Andrew
Vanilla-Pear Bourbon Smash
2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 of a Pear, Diced
1 piece of Vanilla Bean, about an inch long
In a dry cocktail shaker, grind up the vanilla bean with a muddler, then add the pear and muddle that too. Add the bourbon, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Put a few big pieces of ice in the shaker and shake well. Strain into a glass filled with fresh cracked ice. Enjoy!
This drinks works just fine like this, with lots of fruit and warm vanilla spice flavors, and just enough tart zing from the lemon to balance out the sweetness of the pears and bourbon. But I also really like it topped with a splash of perry, an alcoholic drink made from fermented pears the way (hard) cider is made from apples. The perry adds an edge of crisp, dry fruit and a sparkling fizz that really peps up the drink.
But look: this is Thanksgiving. There’s no need to stress about the drinks.
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Glassware by Liquorary
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper