Alexandra + Trace’s Watercolor Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

I stumbled upon these gorgeous invitations by Leslie of Lilly & Louise over the weekend and just couldn’t resist sharing them here with you! Leslie created these invitations for a black tie wedding at a former mansion right here in DC – combining watercolor with gold foil and hand-torn paper to reflect the romantic setting of their venue. Aren’t these gorgeous?!

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Design: Lilly & Louise

Photo Credits: Cara Robbins

Elizabeth + Janelle’s Modern Mint and Gray Wedding Invitations

This wedding took place in a hardware store turned restaurant – how cool is that?! When designing the invitations, Kim at Bright Room Studio wanted to play off the industrial vibe of the wedding venue, combining charcoal gray with a pop of mint and incorporating an illustrated version of the restaurant’s vintage sign into the RSVP. So fun!

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From KimElizabeth and Janelle were such a fun couple! They wanted their wedding weekend to be all about showing their friends and family their favorite spots around their West Hollywood neighborhood, so we made the invitation the first introduction to the area.

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The invitation featured an illustrated streetscape where their wedding took place. They got married in a restaurant that was formerly a hardware store, so we played up the graphic and industrial lines of the shops and then letterpress printed the design with a modern and vibrant pop of mint.

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The RSVP featured a sign that matched the venue’s vintage hardware sign out front, plus some fantastic tongue-in-cheek language for the accept/decline. Since it was all about the neighborhood, the map was important, so we made it graphic and modern with fun symbols representing the weekend’s events. The suite was all brought together by the unique envelope liner – a floral pattern inspired by the wallpaper in the wedding venue!

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Thanks Kim!

Bright Room Studio is a member of the Designer Rolodex  – you can see more of Kim’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Bright Room Studio

Friday Happy Hour: Maple Fig Hot Toddy

It’s that time of year: time for the season’s first cold to run roughshod over our family. All four of us are pretty well knocked out this week, and there’s really only one cure: a Hot Toddy. This one matches some fall favorites, maple and bourbon, with the earthy sweetness of figs. Good stuff. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Maple-Fig Bourbon Hot Toddy

2 oz Bourbon
1 oz Fig-Infused Maple Syrup
1 oz Lemon Juice
6 oz Hot Water

To infuse the syrup, combine a cup of chopped figs, with the stems removed, and a cup of maple syrup in a sauce pan and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover. Let the syrup sit for about an hour, then strain out the figs and bottle the syrup. (As a bonus, try roasting the leftover figs with some rosemary or thyme in the oven.)

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Combine the bourbon, maple, and lemon in a mug and add boiling water. Top with freshly grated nutmeg and garnish with a whole cinnamon stick.

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So good: hot, sweet, with an oaky bourbon kick, redolent with fall flavors, and some immune system-boosting citrus. Have two. They’re medicinal.

PS – If you’re looking for more cocktail recipes, I’ve started a weekly cocktail series focused on a single ingredient along with techniques and vintage glassware finds on my Instagram account, @liquorary. Check it out for some other ideas for the fig-maple syrup!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Poor little Alice and I both have colds and Sophie seems to have come down with a stomach bug – so I’m pretty much just going to go crawl back into bed and hope for the best! But in the meantime…

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Photo by Erin Benzakien / Floret Flower

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Check back soon for this week’s cocktail! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here next week! xoxo

Calligraphy Inspiration: The Weekend Type

I hope you’re ready for some amazing calligraphy inspiration! This month’s calligrapher of note is the lovely Korie Lynn Herold of  The Weekend Type. Not only is she doing great work behind the camera as a talented wedding photographer, she’s providing beautiful work for the camera as a calligrapher. Her portfolio is a stunner – filled with hand-lettered goodies for you to feast your eyes on. – Julie

Calligraphy Inspiration: The Weekend Type via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: The Weekend Type via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Simple light and wispy threads of ink make these wedding invitations utterly romantic. A gorgeous option for those seeking strong yet silent stationery.

Calligraphy Inspiration: The Weekend Type via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: The Weekend Type via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Calligraphy Inspiration: The Weekend Type via Oh So Beautiful Paper

This message in a bottle invitation definitely works much better with lovely calligraphy rather than something overly kitsch to play on the theme.

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To see more of Korie’s calligraphy, be sure to check out her blog and Instagram!

Photos via: Korie Lynn Herold