Green and White Nature-Inspired Wedding Invitations

I’m (obviously) a big fan of pink, but I feel like green is kind of having a moment right now – especially this gorgeous shade of deep emerald green! And emerald green looks just completely incredible when paired with crisp white and elegant gold! Inspired by Douglas Fir trees in the Pacific Northwest, these elegant and earthy green and white nature-inspired wedding invitations from Laura of Tuktu Paper Co. feature emerald green letterpress printed text with a blind (no ink) impression pattern of Douglas Fir trees and gold envelope liners. A gold wax seal serves as the perfect finishing touch!

Green and White Nature-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Tuktu Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From LauraI love emulating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest into wedding invitations that I create for couples getting married on Vancouver Island, and this particular suite was no exception. This small, intimate wedding is being held on a beach in Tofino, British Columbia, and the couple’s only guidance was for the design to have two Douglas Fir trees – and that they both love gold and green.

Green and White Nature-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Tuktu Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Using extra thick Crane cotton paper to provide a deep blind impression for the Douglas Fir trees gives the invitations a beautiful, tangible quality. I wanted to match the green with a deep gold for an elegant and earthy design. We used hand-dyed gold paper for the envelope liners and a hint of green in the gold wax seal to bring everything together in a thoughtful way.

Green and White Nature-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Tuktu Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Green and White Nature-Inspired Wedding Invitations by Tuktu Paper Co. / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Laura!

Design: Tuktu Paper Co.

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Photo Credits: Christine Pienaar Photography

Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day Cards, Part 2

Last week I shared a few favorite Valentine’s Day cards, and today I’m back to share a few more! For Valentine’s Day, I gravitate towards cards that are sweet and simple without being overly mushy or cutesy – and anything with pretty illustrations, hand lettering, or calligraphy is a major plus! Because pretty details combined with a sweet sentiment is kind of the perfect combination, don’t you think? Here are a few amazing cards that you can use to send your love this February!

2016 Valentine's Day Card Round Up / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. Parrott Design Studio

2. Iron Curtain Press

3.Hartland Brooklyn

4. Ferme à Papier

5. Rifle Paper Co.

6. Lucky Horse Press

7. Dear Hancock

8. Ashkahn

9. Amy Heitman

10. The Left Handed Calligrapher

11. Mr. Boddington’s Studio

12. My Dear Fellow

Tropical Banana Leaf Wedding Invitations

Um, YES. Now this is a tropical wedding invitation! Lauren from Charm & Fig combined a bold banana leaf pattern with classic navy text and gold foil details for some destination winter wedding invitations in Southwest Florida. The banana leaf pattern makes its first appearance as a border on the die cut save the dates, then again as an envelope liner in the wedding invitations! So fun!

Tropical Banana Leaf Wedding Invitations by Charm & Fig / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Lauren: This New York bride and her fiancé were charmed by the sleepy town of Boca Grande while they were on a weekend getaway in Southwest Florida. The relaxed southern ambiance and candy-colored cottages provided the perfect setting for the couple to escape the cold and host their families to celebrate their marriage.

Tropical Banana Leaf Wedding Invitations by Charm & Fig / Oh So Beautiful Paper

For the wedding stationery, we first created a classic, flat printed save the date with a bold banana leaf print and die cut notched corners. We continued the square shape throughout the wedding suite, as well as the subtle nods of Old Florida.

Tropical Banana Leaf Wedding Invitations by Charm & Fig / Oh So Beautiful Paper

While this wasn’t a stereotypical beach wedding, we mixed our favorite scripts, prints and colors to achieve a modern coastal look.

Tropical Banana Leaf Wedding Invitations by Charm & Fig / Oh So Beautiful Paper 

For the wedding invitation, we used navy letterpress, luxurious cotton paper, touches of gold foil and a banana leaf print to create a warm and elegant suite that let guests know this event would be anything but boring. Our favorite parts are the little surprises: the banana leaf liner, the navy letterpress printed pineapple on the response envelope, and the interlocked gold monogram on the wedding invitation monogram.

Tropical Banana Leaf Wedding Invitations by Charm & Fig / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Tropical Banana Leaf Wedding Invitations by Charm & Fig / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Lauren!

Design: Charm & Fig
Laser Printing: Quality Printing Co. and Crest Printing
Foil Printing: Gold Leaf Embossing

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Photo Credits: Charm & Fig

Modern Black, White, and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

These modern black, white, and gold foil wedding invitations by Meghan of And Here We Are are just seriously so awesome. I love the combination of modern sans serif type with hand lettering and illustration used throughout the invitation suite, not to mention the crisp black text with gold foil. But the patterned wrap with hand painted brush patterns under a translucent envelope? That might just be the coolest thing ever!

Modern Black, White, and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Meghan: We pulled out all the stops for the invitations to Lauren and Ben’s hip NYC wedding at the Foundry in Long Island City, Queens. Our direction was “modern, black, white, and gold,” so we paired condensed sans serif type with hand-brushed patterns and illustrations. For the invitation, we combined letterpress with gold foil on double-thick Savoy in bright white. The RSVP became a true postcard, printed onto glossy stock to stand apart from the letterpress pieces; this also allowed the clients to create two different cards for recipients invited to different pre- and post-wedding events.

Modern Black, White, and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Black, White, and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We had the idea to create a patterned wrap enclosed in a translucent envelope instead of a simple envelope liner, which gave the overall package a really modern feel. Inspired by our brush pattern notecards, we created a diagonal wrap of mixed hand-painted patterns, folded diagonally around the invitation.

Modern Black, White, and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Black, White, and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The day-of paper goods included a plethora of items as well. We created menus, die cut escort cards, custom placemats, and used their “logo” on things like tote bags, and matchbooks.

Modern Black, White, and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Black, White, and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Black, White, and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Modern Black, White, and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by And Here We Are / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Meghan!

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Photo Credits: 1 – 5 And Here We Are; 6 – 9 Amber Gress

Friday Happy Hour: A Mocktail Mojito

Mocktails are tricky: combinations of flavors and textures that work with booze in the picture don’t look anything like a real cocktail when you take the booze out. A Mojito without rum is basically just mint and lime and sugar – minty limeade. Nice, but not really a mocktail, not something you’d want to serve a non-drinking guest at a cocktail party. So coming up with a Mocktail Mojito means playing around a bit until you find something that works.  Andrew

Mocktail Recipe Ideas: A Mocktail Mojito / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

A Mocktail Mojito

1 oz Mint Syrup
1 oz Coconut Water
1/2 oz Pine Syrup
1/2 of a Lime
Tonic Water

To make the mint syrup: first blanch the leaves of 5-7 mint sprigs in boiling water for 15 seconds, then immediately plunge the leaves in ice water for a minute. (This will preserve the mint’s color.) Make a simple syrup by melting a cup of white sugar into a cup of water in a saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Combine the syrup and mint leaves in a blender and pulse until the leaves are chopped up but not liquified. Strain the syrup through a coffee filter or cheesecloth and bottle, then refrigerate.

To make the mocktail: muddle the half a lime in the bottom of a highball glass, then add the syrups and coconut water. Fill the glass with ice and top with tonic water. Give it a stir, garnish with a mint sprig, and enjoy!

Mocktail Recipe Ideas: A Mocktail Mojito / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Mint and lime and sugar, of course, but tonic water – bitter from the quinine – instead of soda water in a Mojito? But it makes sense! Cutting out the rum means cutting out a bitterness that the tonic helps replace. The coconut water adds a bit of a tang and some texture to the drink, while the pine adds a subtle depth of flavor that echoes some of the crisp, funky ester flavors you’d get from rum.

Mocktail Recipe Ideas: A Mocktail Mojito / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

So this mocktail isn’t going to taste like a real Mojito, but it comes pretty close to matching the look and feel of a Mojito, in a way that a glass of limeade wouldn’t cut it.

(Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, where we’ve been posting our experiments before they make their way onto this column!)

Glassware by Liquorary

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper