Melanie + Robert’s Chagall-Inspired Hand Painted Wedding Invitations

The hand painted invitations created by Kristy Rice and her team at Momental Designs are true works of art – and even more so when the design itself is inspired by art! Drawing inspiration from song lyrics, Kristy created an invitation suite incorporating watercolor patterns inspired by ikat and suzani textiles, hand painted flowers, and lots more!

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From KristyMelanie and Robert were a colorful and fun-loving couple with a deep appreciation of the arts. Both shared a love for reading so books were to be part of the design from the very beginning conversations. The suite was inspired by the song “Painting by Chagall.”

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We developed three patterns from various floral watercolor elements inspired by Ikat and Suzani textiles. Each cover was then adorned with an individually hand painted poppy bloom. The poppy bloom was first introduced on the bold and colorful save the dates. The wedding programs were patterned booklets tied up in a curated collection of vintage hankies – so sweet!

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Kristy and her team even produced a behind the scenes video showing the creation of these amazing invitations – which you can see right here!

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Thanks so much Kristy!

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Photo Credits: Momental Designs

Kaitlyn + John’s Rustic Glam Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! We’re starting the week with some beautiful screen printed wedding invitations and save the dates from Heidi at idieh design. Heidi created a suite that combines rustic elegance with glamorous romance, pairing wood veneer with lace, kraft paper, and mailing boxes full of rosebuds!

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From HeidiWhen John proposed to Kaitlyn, he not only presented her with a ring, but a tree stump engraved with their own unique monogram – their initials encompassed by a heart and arrow. This piece of artwork would become the inspiration behind all of their paper products, from their save the dates to invitations to all of their day-of stationery.

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To announce the celebration, I worked with John and Kaitlyn to create a whimsical wood-inspired kraft save the date. The playful font gave the save the date an informal feel, but the guests were given a sneak peek of the black tie celebration-to-come with hints of lace accents across the bottom. The envelope was personalized with a liner of the couples engagement photo. The save the date was screenprinted by Diskgrunt.

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The elaborate boxed invitation built upon the save the date. The main invitation was screenprinted on walnut wood veneer by Cards of Wood and wrapped with gorgeous lace trimming. The entire suite incorporated calligraphy by Jennifer Schmitt.

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The tactile invitation was laid on top of dried mini rose petals that introduced additional texture and color to the suite. The response card, envelope, and details card were wrapped together snuggly and attached to the lid. The completed box was sealed with an address label and finished off with custom postage.

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Thanks Heidi!

Design: idieh design

Screen Printing: Diskgrunt (save the date) and Cards of Wood (invitations)

Calligraphy: Jennifer Schmitt Calligraphy

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

Photo Credits: Michelle Herrick Photography

Friday Happy Hour: The White Lady

Gin is a tremendously versatile spirit that we’ve used in some of our favorite drinks. But it’s been a while since we’ve featured a gin cocktail, which seems like an oversight on our part. So here’s a simple but smooth and silky classic gin drink: the White Lady. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The White Lady

2 oz Dry Gin
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 Egg White

Combine all the ingredients with ice. Shake well – really well, to blend in that egg white – and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Enjoy!

The White Lady is a Sour, a really simple family of cocktails. Some spirits, some sweet, some sour, and you’re done. You could, if you wanted, make your White Lady just like that, without the egg white, and you’d still have a pretty good drink – sharply botanical from the gin, tart and just a bit sweet. But add in that egg white and you have on your hands a much richer cocktail, with all the rough edges smoothed out and a silky mouthfeel that you can’t get without the egg white.

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Why just half an egg white? Because eggs today are generally larger than they were in the past, and most older recipes that involve eggs were written before anyone had ever heard of super jumbo eggs. For most, half the originally specified amount will do. But it’s not particularly easy to measure out half an egg white, so I recommend doubling everything and mixing up two at a time. Just make sure to have someone around to share. Or drink them both yourself. I won’t judge.

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This version isn’t the first drink to go by the name White Lady, though it’s much better than its predecessor.  In 1919, Harry MacElhone invented a drink at Ciro’s Club in London that matched Cointreau and lemon juice with crème de menthe. No gin, no spirits at all, just lemon juice and two thin, sweet liqueurs. No thanks.

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But ten years later, MacElhone had another bar, the New York Bar in Paris so famous for drinks like the French 75 and maybe the Bloody Mary. There, he reinvented his White Lady, dropping the crème de menthe and adding the gin and egg white. The White Lady goes to show: a bad drink is just a good drink waiting for someone to perfect it.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! It felt wonderful to get back into the swing of things this week! Sadly, I managed to come down with a slight cold this week, which is probably my body’s way of letting me know not to rush too fast back into a hectic schedule. So I’m off to rest and enjoy the weekend… I hope you all can do the same! But in the meantime…

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Photo Credit: Sugar Paper for J.Crew

…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

DC Guide: Fun Winter Activities

DC’s tourist season is decidedly in the spring and early summer, when millions of visitors come to see the cherry blossoms (which bloom late March to early April), the national monuments, and other DC attractions. A couple of years ago, I shared some things to do in DC that are not on the National Mall, and I’ve continued to share some of our favorite DC spots ever since. Winter in DC tends to be fairly quiet, which makes it a wonderful time to visit! So today I thought I’d share a few fun winter activities in DC.

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Illustration by Molly Jacques for Oh So Beautiful Paper

U.S. Botanic Garden

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Photos of the U.S. Botanic Garden by me via Instagram

The U.S. Botanic Garden is one of my most favorite DC destinations in the winter. It may be winter outside, but it’s always summer inside the garden conservatory! The citrus trees and orchids are both blooming, there are poinsettias everywhere (including pretty pale pink and white varieties), and if you happen to visit the gardens around closing time you’ll have a rare opportunity to see the gardens at night – all dressed up with special holiday season lighting. From Thanksgiving to January 5, the Botanic Garden hosts a wonderful seasonal exhibition with a special train exhibit and models of DC historical landmarks constructed entirely from natural materials.

Zoolights at the National Zoo

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Photo via the National Zoo

Okay, so the National Zoo is at the top of our DC list any time of year, but from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day the Zoo gets all dressed up to celebrate the holidays. More than 500,000 LED lights transform the Zoo into a winter wonderland with animal silhouettes, musical light displays, and a garden light sculpture. Visitors can take a train tour through the zoo, ride a solar-powered carousel, and visit some of the indoor animal exhibits like the small mammal house and reptile discovery center. It’s fun for adults, but also really super fun if you happen to be traveling with kids. And the best part: admission is free!

Indoor Museums

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Air and Space Museum Photos by me via Instagram

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen us playing tourist in DC during our holiday break. While the museums aren’t completely empty, winter is a wonderful time to visit some of DC’s more popular museum destinations. We’re particularly fond of the Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Natural History, which are both great for kids, and both wings of the National Gallery of Art. And like all Smithsonian Institution museums, including the Zoo, the admission is free!

Go to a Caps Game

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Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images via Bleacher Report

You may be surprised to learn that I’m a pretty big hockey fan! It hasn’t always been the case (I grew up in Florida, where hockey wasn’t really at the top of the sports hierarchy), but after living in DC for more than 10 years I’m totally on board. All it took was a well-timed HBO series and friends to explain the rules. Maggie and Trevor took us to our first Capitals game, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Tickets can be pricey, but games at the Verizon Center in DC’s Chinatown neighborhood are SO much fun!

Outdoor Ice Skating

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Photo by Glyn Lowe Photoworks via Guest of a Guest

The DC area has several outdoor ice skating rinks, but my two favorites are the rinks at the National Sculpture Garden on the National Mall and Canal Park in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Southeast DC. The Sculpture Garden rink is adjacent to the National Gallery of Art, and a few Caps players have been known to stop by from time to time. Since it’s on the National Mall, the Sculpture Garden can get a wee bit crowded – especially on weekends. The ice skating rink at Canal Park is less touristy and can be a more relaxing way to spend an afternoon – and you can step into Park Tavern for a warm meal when you’re done!

p.s. More of our favorite DC activities right here!