Charles + Sara’s Travel-Inspired Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

From the beautiful calligraphy by Molly Jacques to the wonderful vintage map envelope liners, this gorgeous suite from Ruby the Fox is a wedding invitation after my own heart! The overall design was inspired by the destination wedding location – Rome! – and letterpress printed on thick cotton paper in a classic blue and white color palette. Just stunning!

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From MeganWhen this sweet-as-can-be couple came to me wanting a custom wedding suite for their June 2013 wedding in Rome, I knew it would be a fun project! They were hoping for something classic, yet modern, and something that reflected their love of travel. We opted to keep the design clean and simple, focusing on type and layout.

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I reached out to amazing calligrapher/illustrator Molly Jacques to do the hand lettering for the suite which came out even better than we could have hoped! The gorgeous calligraphy was letterpress printed onto double-thick pearl white cotton paper in navy and sky blue inks. Molly also hand lettered the outer envelopes which I lined with a hand-cut vintage map of Italy.

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On the details/information card, we incorporated an image of a Fiat the couple had taken on their last trip to Rome, which turned out to be such a sweet personal touch. The entire suite was tied together with twine in an “airmail” color scheme!

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Thanks Megan!

Design: Ruby the Fox

Calligraphy: Molly Jacques

Letterpress Printing: Steracle Press

Ruby the Fox is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Ruby the Fox

{happy weekend – and happy new year!}

January is a time of natural reflection, and it seems like most of us are in the process of looking back on the past year and getting ready for the changes to come. 2012 was obviously a big year for me and my family; we found out we were expecting a baby in early 2012 and welcomed our little Sophie to the world in September. This past year was a complete whirlwind from start to finish, and while I’m not the type to set resolutions, I thought it would be good for me to talk a bit about of my goals and thoughts for the next twelve months…

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Photo Credit: The Mandate Press

This is our big challenge for 2013, and I’m both excited and absolutely terrified at the same time. In early December, my husband and I found out that our current landlords are planning a complete renovation of our rented rowhouse – so we have to find a new place to live by the end of March. And while we were hoping to buy a home of our own in the near future, we also hoped to have a bit more time to save and prepare. Well, I guess there’s no time like the present! The DC real estate market is both super expensive and extremely competitive, which is the part that makes me nervous, but I’m trying to remain optimistic that we’ll find the right place in our timeframe.

This isn’t exactly about finding work/life balance, although that can be even more difficult when your work is done inside your home, but more about keeping everything in perspective. I absolutely LOVE what I do and cherish the opportunity to share beautiful paper goods with all of you every day, but I know that I can sometimes lose the big picture when I’m focusing too hard on my daily to-do list or when I fall victim to feeling like I have to constantly keep up with what everyone else is doing. This year, I’d like to do a better job of letting go of things that aren’t really that important in the long run and instead focus on what is best for me and my family, whether that’s spending more time with friends or just dedicating an entire afternoon to my daughter (away from email) without feeling guilty.

I’ve been a night owl my entire adult life, and I got into the terrible habit of doing blog work at night when I was still working in a regular office during the day for those first couple of years. So while my nighttime habits may have worked just fine when I was 25 (and pre-Sophie) it’s definitely starting to catch up with me now that I’m in my 30s. It may seem like a relatively small goal, but for me it’s going to be a major (and much-needed) overhaul – one that I think will make me much more productive and happy in the long run.

So! Those are my goals for 2013 – and now, as always, a few links for your weekend:

This (short) week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Top photo via The Mandate Press, all other photos by me via Instagram

Noemi + BJ’s Hand Lettered Kraft Paper Wedding Invitations

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a relaxing holiday and fun New Year’s Eve! It was great to unplug and hang out with family for a few days, but I’m excited to be back and ready to tackle 2013 – starting with these fun hand lettered wedding invitations from J at Grey Snail Press! Created for a wedding in Colorado, J incorporated illustrations of mountains and pine trees along with her unique hand lettering.

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From J GreyAfter getting engaged in Yellowstone National Park, this delightful couple wanted an original, rustic invitation suite to go with their Colorado nuptials. Noemi and B.J. chose to exchange vows in a refurbished 1920s barn at Crooked Willow Farms, complete with a breathtaking view of the Rocky Mountains. We decided on an invitation suite with elements of mountains and pine trees, reminiscent of their Colorado venue and home, and a playful mix of script and print hand-lettering.

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The couples’ color palette of cream, tobacco brown, and midnight blue was incorporated into the invitations. After original illustration and hand-lettering for each piece was complete, invitation suites were printed digitally in a dark brown ink. The actual invitation was printed on textured Kraft card stock, while the RSVP card was printed on a coordinating speckled cream card stock, and neatly tucked into a 4-bar navy envelope.

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They planned to have an old-fashioned crescent moon for the backdrop of their photo booth at the reception, so we included a white crescent moon, individually drawn by hand, on the back flap of each tobacco brown outer envelope.  The crescent moon was also incorporated into the actual invitation, in the primitive ink landscape of the pines and Rocky Mountains.

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Thanks J Grey!

Grey Snail Press is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Grey Snail Press

Best of 2012: Metallic Wedding Invitations

The metallic trend has been going strong for a couple of years now, and if anything it was an even bigger trend in 2012! Metallics from silver to copper were everywhere at the 2012 National Stationery Show, where designers incorporated metallic foil in everything from greeting cards to wedding invitations. I’m particularly fond of gold foil, so today I thought I’d round up a few of my favorite gold wedding invitations from 2012!

Kate + Deni’s Navy and Gold Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

Amy + Kenn’s Ombre and Gold Foil Nautical Wedding Invitations

Megan + Mike’s Whimsical Pink and Gold Confetti Wedding Invitations

Anjali + Suchit’s Purple and Gold Foil Hindu Wedding Invitations

p.s. Lots of ideas for incorporating silver and gold into your wedding stationery right here!

Photo Credits (from top to bottom): Plurabelle Calligraphy, Carina Skrobecki DesignCoral PheasantRashi Birla

Best of 2012: Silhouette + Bow Tie Birthday Party Invitations

I’m already looking forward to Sophie’s first birthday party, if for no other reason than the opportunity for seriously cute party invitations! When designer Emily Ley celebrated her son’s first birthday she turned to her friend Amber from Pitbulls and Posies to create these incredibly adorable silhouette and bow tie invitations. Isn’t that just the best combination for a little boy?

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Check out the full post right here!

Photo Credits: Emily Ley