Circus-Inspired Wedding Invitations

You guys already know that I’m a big fan of the design work by Kathleen Shannon – but these circus-inspired invitations might just be my favorites yet.  I love the bright colors and playful details, from the fun font selections to the wrap-around envelope labels.  Adorbs!



On a different note, Kathleen recently did one of the most amazing (and brave!) things in the world – she trekked to Mt. Everest!  She’s been sharing the story of her journey to Nepal bit by bit over on her blog, and I’m completely riveted.  She’s just getting started, so read along right here!

{image credits: kathleen shannon}

Danielle + Rob’s Rustic Chipboard Wedding Invitations

From the brown and blue color palette to the bird-theme details throughout the invitation suite, these wedding invitations totally remind me of fall.  The invitations were designed by Allie of Allie Ruth Design for her good friends Danielle and Rob’s recent wedding.  Since Allie knows the couple so well, she was able to weave personal details throughout the invitation design:

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From Allie: The bride and groom are some of my closest friends, Danielle and Rob. They were married on October 24th in Ormond Beach, Florida.  Danielle has an amazing sense of style – she puts a vintage kind of glamour into every outfit, so it’s only fitting that her wedding have a vintage theme as well.  She also wanted to incorporate birds, since they are such a timeless and quintessential image of love.



With those two things in mind, I started thinking of materials and processes that would complement her vision.  Chipboard immediately struck me as a perfect medium for letterpress, also lending an earthy feel to the overall collection.  The chipboard invitations, letterpress printed with dark brown ink and block-printed at the top with light blue, serve as the perfect backdrop for the RSVP postcards.


I chose to work with post cards that are made by Cavallini & Co.  I designed a simple RSVP and printed it onto the back of the post cards. One of the most special little touches in the invitation ensemble was the use of a small collection of vintage postage stamps on each RSVP post card.  The whole suite was finished with a band of kraft paper and blue butcher’s twine.


I hand-calligraphed every envelope with a brown India ink brush pen and closed them up with some cute Japanese washi tape that I happened to have on hand, as well as little Cavallini & Co. “Bird and Nest” stickers.

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Thank you so much Allie!  Your calligraphy is so pretty – congratulations on a beautiful invitation suite!

Looking for more wedding invitation inspiration?  Check out our real invitations gallery!

{image credits: allie ruth design}

Demi + Vincent’s Victorian Vineyard Wedding Invitations

Victorian and vineyard aren’t words that usually go together, but in the case of this wedding invitation from Dingbat Press, they definitely do!  Adrienne from Dingbat Press created these invitations for a bride who wanted something a bit different for her vineyard wedding, while still reflecting the elegance of the wedding style and venue.


From Adrienne:  With the wedding venue located in a beautiful vineyard in California, Demi wanted to tie in the feeling of the location without going overboard on a vineyard cliché.  These invitations were designed based off of a vintage monogram found in a victorian-era story-book and then adapted with her initial and simple typography so as to not compete with the ornate monogram.


The invitations were letterpress printed on 110# cotton paper in chocolate and sage green, along with an rsvp card and a directions enclosure card.



So pretty!  Thank you so much Adrienne!

p.s. One last reminder to enter the holiday card giveaway from Two Brunettes – the contest closes tonight!

{image credits: dingbat press}

Amy and Ryan’s Ampersand Wedding Invitations

I have a serious weakness for ampersands; and when it comes to wedding invitations, I don’t think there is a better symbol for a wedding and the union of two people.  So when Amy sent over her wedding invitations designed around the theme of the ampersand, I just couldn’t resist.  Amy and her husband Ryan were married this past July, and Amy created a lovely modern wedding invitation based on her love for typography and with fun accents in bright magenta.


From Amy: I am a graphic designer/art director from NYC and my fiancé (now husband) is an avid photographer, so I wanted our wedding invitations to evoke the sense of creative and bold energy that flows through our lives.  I am typically drawn to bright colors and patterns and knew I wanted to incorporate them into the final design.


Our wedding was at the beach but I knew I didn’t want to get trapped in a typical beach-themed design.  Furthermore, our wedding had a very modern yet minimalist feel, so I tried to keep the invites just as simple using our wedding colors of gray & magenta with accents of orange.


I fell in love with an ampersand as a theme accent across the invitation suite as it represented not only our joining, but also my love for typography.


I bought the invitation folders in metallic gray from a paper store in midtown NYC, as well as all the paper and envelopes needed for the suite.  The actual invitations and accompanying pieces were created in Illustrator and InDesign and then printed on photo printers from our home studio.


I also went around to several paper stores collecting 150 different sheets of patterned paper for the envelope liners, which I made by hand.


Finally, I bought three different kinds of thick ribbon from a craft store that were used as belly bands around the outer invitation folder and places throughout the reception.


Thank you so much Amy!  Congratulations on such a beautiful invitation suite!

p.s. On a different note, have you all entered the custom holiday card giveaway from Two Brunettes?  Don’t wait, the contest closes tomorrow!

{image credits: Amy Noonan}

{happy weekend!}

Happy Halloween weekend everyone!  This is shaping up to be a bit of a crazy weekend, and not just because of Halloween… you may have heard of this tiny little rally happening in my neighborhood?  Should be interesting!  Aside from all the commotion, I’m looking forward to some Halloween fun with good friends and hopefully a few trick-or-treaters, but in the meantime…

…a few links for your weekend:

…and in case you missed it, a round-up of this week’s posts:

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Halloween, and I’ll see you all back here on Monday!

{image credits: bekah campbell via mary ruffle}