Summer Cocktail Recipes

We’re experiencing our first heat wave of the season here in DC, which has me thinking about refreshing summer cocktails. My favorite cocktail recipes tend to involve a lot of ice and can often be made in large batches for casual summer parties. We’re currently planning our summer cocktail menu (and happy to take requests in the comments!), but first I thought I’d pull a few of my favorite summer cocktail recipes from the archives!

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1. St-Germain Sangria; 2. Peach Margarita; 3. Watermelon Mojito; 4. Sunset Mai Tai; 5. St-Germain Cobbler; 6. Cherry Caipirinha

Stephanie + Blake’s Painterly Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

Like just about everyone else in the world, I’m a big fan of gold foil – but I don’t think I’ve ever seen gold foil wedding invitations quite like this! Created by the ladies of Papellerie, the invitations feature shiny gold foil printed to mimic paintbrush strokes and a combination of gray offset printing, gold foil text, and even knockout text within the painterly texture. Seriously cool, and seriously pretty.

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From Papellerie: We had so much fun designing for Stephanie and Blake! During the creative process they realized they loved paint strokes, metallic gold, pale pink cherry blossoms, and Moroccan design, so we took it from there!

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The calligraphy was done by Alyssa, our in house calligrapher. The invitations incorporate gold foil and gray offset printing on the front, and gold foil with a custom pocket assembled on the back. The pocket was foil stamped with Stephanie and Blake’s names and holds the reply card and return envelope as well as the rehearsal dinner invitation in one neat little package.

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We lined the envelope with a custom illustrated moroccan inspired pattern which relates back to the shape of the crest on the main invitation.

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Thanks ladies!

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Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography

Ashley + Anthony’s Gray and White Foil Wedding Invitations

I love it when couples do something unexpected for their wedding invitations! Instead of going for a typical rustic design for their vineyard wedding, Ashley and Anthony chose a gray, white, and poppy red color palette and folk art-inspired floral details for their wedding invitations. Created by Emily and Anna of Paper Moss, the final design features gray paper paired with white foil printing and a pop of color in the envelope liner. So fun!

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From Emily and Anna: Ashley and Anthony wanted something unconventional for their rustic wedding invitations. With a vineyard wedding and wedding colors of gray, poppy, and white, we jumped at the opportunity to use a gray stock as a base. Challenged with keeping the all gray invitation suite from feeling too dark, we chose a softer textured paper and added contrast with hot white foil printing.

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Inspired by folk art floral patterns, we brought in a floral motif to almost all the pieces but most prominent in the bright and happy poppy-colored envelope liner, and matching custom postage. In order to stay true to the romantic and rustic feel they were going for, we made sure to work with elegant fonts, along with floral art that had a hand-drawn feel.

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Ashley and Anthony loved the idea of a small booklet for their “Schedule of Events” held together by a mini belly band. To capitalize on this cute addition, we introduced a soft white stock with gray letterpress ink. This also complimented the address wrap labels around the envelopes!

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Thanks ladies!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Ruth Eileen Photography

Alana + Dan’s Blind Emboss Letterpress Save the Dates

These letterpress save the dates from Alana and Krystal of Vellum & Vogue are just so understated and lovely. Created for Alana’s own upcoming wedding, the square save the dates combine beautiful calligraphy with a classic black and white color palette and elegant vintage-inspired blind emboss pattern. So pretty!

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From Alana + Krystal: These save the dates were a particular labor of love as they were created for one of our own, our co-founder Alana and her fiancé Dan. Alana has always loved the look of tin ceiling tiles. For their save the dates, we wanted to create something that mimicked that same look and texture but in a neutral palette.

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To achieve this, we opted for a square save the date card. The front was letterpress printed with vintage-inspired text and calligraphy from the talented Anne Robin. The back features a blind embossed pattern inspired by tin ceiling tiles. We love the textural feel the blind emboss created. The cards were then double mounted to create a heavier weight. We finished the look with a kraft string-tie envelope, lined in black with the same blind embossed pattern.

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Thanks Alana + Krystal!

Design: Vellum & Vogue

Calligraphy: Anne Robin

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the save the date gallery for more beau­ti­ful cus­tom save the dates!

Photo Credits: Erin Hearts Court

Nicole + Patrick’s Vintage-Inspired Lasercut Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! How about some beautiful vintage-inspired wedding invitations to start off the week? This invitation suite from Nichole at Coral Pheas­ant features gold foil on pale pink paper, intricate lasercut details, and romantic calligraphy from MM Ink. What more could a girl possibly ask for??

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From Nichole: The wedding celebration of Nicole and Patrick was held at Branford House, a turn-of-the-century mansion with carved Gothic paneling and grand Baroque fireplaces overlooking the Long Island Sound. The magnificent Gatsby-esque venue, combined with details from the bride’s stunning beaded gown and palette of purples, pinks and gold was all the inspiration needed to bring this stationery suite to life!

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The invitations were gold foil stamped and letterpress printed on blush Arturo cotton stock – duplexed to make it extra thick. Deco-inspired fonts were paired with beautiful calligraphy by MM Ink. Each invitation was mounted into a custom designed laser cut violet folio. For a modern take on the inner envelope, the folios were wrapped with a gold shimmer belly band each bearing the guest’s name in calligraphy.

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The entire package was slipped into a gold shimmer envelope lined in a scallop pattern that was inspired by the beading on the bride’s gown. The outside of the envelope was just as carefully considered as the invitation. A collection of vintage stamps in coordinating shades of pink and purple adorned the outside and further ornamentation was added by MM Ink‘s gorgeous penmanship.

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For the day-of stationery, the laser cut folio was re–imagined as the cover for the wedding programs and an enlarged version of the die cut details card became the dinner menu. The welcome box contained sweet and salty snacks with coordinating labels and the cover of welcome booklet featured the scallop pattern used on the envelope liners. Nicole embraced every opportunity to bring elements of her invitation design to her celebration – and I adored her for that level of detail!

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Thanks Nichole!

Paper Design: Coral Pheas­ant

Calligraphy: MM Ink

Coral Pheasant is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Nichole’s beautiful work right here or visit the real wedding invitations gallery for more invitation inspiration!

Photo Credits: Coral Pheas­ant