Marie-Noelle + Nicolas’s Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations

Illustrator Nathalie Ouederni of Studio Kalumi created these lovely boho chic wedding invitations for her best friend’s wedding – and I’m so thrilled she’s here today to share them with you! Nathalie combined wildflower illustrations inspired by the French village where the bride and groom grew up with hand written text throughout the invitations. And I LOVE the screen printed white ink over turquoise paper!

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From NathalieWhen my best friend announced me she was getting married, it was a bit of a shock. We have known each other for more than ten years now and she has been with her fiancé for almost fifteen years, but this news seemed very unreal! I was very excited to design her wedding invitation suite, but also a bit terrified!

Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Nathalie Ouederni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

She gave me complete freedom regarding the colors, theme and technique. The only guidelines the couple gave me were that they wanted something modern, chic, handmaderomantic, and a little bohemian without being too girly. Marie-Noëlle also told me she wanted something in the line of the floral and vegetal patterns I usually make, so these were my starting points.

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I started doodling some flowers with watercolors and made a proposal going this way, but I felt like it was a bit too much old fashioned and ‘heavy’. I wanted something fresh and more original. The floral pattern is inspired by the wildflowers that you can find where the couple comes from (a cute village close to Toulouse, France).

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Some time before, I had found a turquoise card stock in a paper shop and instantly fell in love with the color. I knew  white screen printing would look amazing with the turquoise paper for these invitations. This printing process also fitted the couple’s desire to have something ‘handmade’.

Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Nathalie Ouederni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The text on these invitations is also handwritten, which adds to the handmade and bohemian feel. I had a lot of fun creating the seamless pattern for the envelope liner and the stickers to close the envelopes, the different monogram logos, the wedding map, and moreThe printing studio did an amazing job with all the details of these invitations, and were so easy to work with!

Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Nathalie Ouederni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Boho Chic Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Nathalie Ouederni / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Nathalie!

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Photo Credits: Nathalie Ouederni / Studio Kalumi

Kelley + Mike’s Wine and Gold Wedding Invitations

Jackie of Sincerely, Jackie definitely knows her way around a classic and elegant wedding invitation. Add in die cut details, beautiful screen printing in wine and metallic gold, and gorgeous custom calligraphy with sweet little heart details and you’ve got a recipe for a truly romantic invitation design!

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From Jackie: When my cousin, Kelley, got engaged last summer during our family camping trip, we immediately began dreaming up her perfect wedding invitations. We knew that we had to incorporate hearts into the design: Kelley was born on February 14th and we’ve always said that she has a heart so big its no wonder she was born on Valentine’s Day! Hearts are so important to her that she even has a heart shaped diamond engagement ring. How sweet is that?!

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I wanted to keep the design classic while bringing in hints of playful romance, and of course heart details. I immediately brought Charmaine, of Everly, Calligraphy, on board for the design and adore the way Charmaine’s lettering brought the entire suite to life.

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The invitations were printed on custom die-cut ivory paper, with a unique method of silk screen printing. The silk screen achieves a stunning metallic gold, similar to engraving, but at a much more affordable price point.  The invitation suite was paired with metallic blush outer envelopes, and a deep matte wine reply envelope. Both envelopes were digitally printed with custom calligraphy in white and wine ink.

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Thanks Jackie!

Design: Sincerely, Jackie

Calligraphy: Everly, Calligraphy

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Photo Credits: Sincerely, Jackie

Emma + Brian’s Star Map Wedding Invitations

These beautiful wedding invitations from designer Emma Mällinen might appear to be a simple black and white design – when in fact they’re so much more! The invitation features silver screen printing on black paper, classic Baskerville text letterpress printed on white paper, blind deboss elements – and a truly stunning star map meets tidal chart design!

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From Emma: Preparing for our wedding in June has been one of the most exciting times of my life. As a graphic designer I have felt like a kid in a candy shop. There are so many things to design or customize, and over the past year I have made everything from favor box labels, to conversation starters, to all of our event signage. I’ve treated myself to all the colorful visual possibilities. Romantic lettering? Check. Bold flowers? Check. Creative language? Check. But when it came time to design our wedding invitations it felt different, like a big responsibility.

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The invitations turned out to reflect us more than we could’ve even dreamed of. Our initial inspiration came from our wedding site on the Cape Cod seaside. It was Brian’s family house, overlooking the sweeping sand flats at low-tide. We loved the way the sky and the sea melded together for a few hours each day, and we thought this an apt metaphor for our own union in the same place.

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We created an image of a vintage star map and a tidal chart meeting – a reference to our evening ceremony overlooking the same view. For the reverse side, we took pieces of this illustration and used them as structural elements, printing them in blind deboss around our classically arranged text. The text design was based on historical treatise frontispieces and was set in Baskerville.

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The wonderful people at Mama’s Sauce did an amazing job with the technically complicated order. The diagram of the vintage star atlas and coastal tide map were screen printed in silver ink on French Paper Poptone 100C Black Licorice. This paper was then duplexed to Crane Lettra 110C Cotton, on which our text was letterpress printed in black with accompanying blind deboss.

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All of these choices reflected our unique relationship: the invitations were spiritual without referring to specific religious symbols; the language was our own colorful style; and the color palette was serious but playful with deboss. We added a purple silk envelope to bring a dash of color and sent off our invitations knowing they would be cherished for a long time to come!

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Thanks Emma!

Design + Envelope Calligraphy: Emma Mällinen 

Printing: Mama’s Sauce

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Photo Credits: Emma Mällinen

Ben + Maureen’s Floral Illustrated Wedding Invitations

I’m a longtime fan of illustrator Caitlin Keegan – she was the first illustrator that we collaborated with to create recipe cards for our Friday Happy Hour cocktail series! Today Caitlin is back on OSBP to share a wedding invitation that she recently designed featuring dahlia illustrations, Caitlin’s signature hand lettering, and a cheerful yellow and blue color palette. So pretty!

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From Caitlin: I designed this wedding invitation for my good friends who were married in September at an inn in Woodstock, CT that had a dahlia farm. The couple asked that this be incorporated into the design along with their wedding colors. I started with some loose drawings of dahlias in my sketchbook and actually ended up using them for the final design, along with some hand lettering which was also carried over onto their favors and program.

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The invitations, RSVP cards, and envelopes were silkscreened by Out of Line Press in Brooklyn and the envelope liners were printed digitally. The bride also used some of the leftover patterned paper to make small notecards for each of the guests, which were distributed with the wedding favors. For the envelope liner, I created a custom dahlia pattern that includes the couple’s initials.

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Thanks Caitlin!

Design + Illustration: Caitlin Keegan

Screen Printing: Out of Line Press

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Photo Credits: Caitlin Keegan

Ngaio + Julian’s Hand Lettered Ombre Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday! Our first set of wedding invitations this week come to us from Sydney, Australia-based designer Ngaio Parr – for her own destination wedding in Los Angeles! Ngaio’s colorful poster-size invitations feature split-fountain (aka ombre) screen printing in bright pink and orange along with hand lettering and edge painting. Playful mad lib RSVP cards provide the perfect finishing touch!

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From Ngaio: Although we live in Sydney we were married in Los Angeles, and wanted our invitations to be as bright and fun as the city itself. The invitations are designed and hand lettered by myself and screen printed as a split fountain into A3-sized posters by Half Hazard Press.

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The response card (which featured a mad libs component) and details card were both screen printed split fountain and edge painted, as was the thank you card.

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Calligraphic lettering on the envelopes and a custom address stamp helped make the envelopes as exciting as their contents. The most fun element of these invitations has been receiving some of the ‘colourfully’ filled out response cards.

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Thanks Ngaio!

Design + Hand Lettering: Ngaio Parr

Screen Printing: Half Hazard Press

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Photo Credits: Jennifer Emerling and Ngaio Parr