Cactus and Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

A wedding ten years in the making! A destination wedding in Palm Springs! We’re starting the week off with some seriously stunning calligraphy and cactus wedding invitations from Taryn of Twinkle & Toast for an epic wedding in the desert. Copper foil, a blind deboss palm frond, burgundy edge painting, custom calligraphy, and watercolor cactus illustrations throughout. Take a look for yourself below!

Cactus and Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

From Taryn: This custom invitation suite was designed for a real wedding for our fantastic couple, Ali and David. Our outgoing and much loved bride and groom have been together since they were fifteen. They survived high school, long distance through college, and various other ups and downs. Needless to say, they were ready to plan an epic soirée of a weekend for all their friends and family!

Cactus and Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

Cactus and Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

The couple resides in Chicago and planned a Palm Springs destination wedding (with over 200 guests!). Palm Springs holds a special place in the bride’s heart, as do details and clean design (she’s a hotel interior designer), so it was really important to her to set the tone with the invitation suite.

Cactus and Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

Cactus and Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

The inspiration was clean white, desert sophistication, with a touch of fun. The color palette was desert greens and burgundy jewel tones. The star of the suite was definitely the main invitation. We did a blind deboss of a palm design, copper foil printing, extra thick cotton paper, and a burgundy painted edge. This piece has so much weight and texture and really left an impact on their guests.

Cactus and Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

Cactus and Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

As a calligrapher as well as a stationer, the whole suite had custom calligraphy on all pieces. The envelope calligraphy called for pointed pen with a diluted burgundy gouache (for a watercolor effect). We pulled vintage cactus stamps, plus some soft pinks to echo her floral palette. We created a cactus watercolor painted envelope liner, and carried the cactus elements throughout.

Cactus and Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

From the very beginning, Ali really wanted a fun bellyband with the phrase “a weekend ten years in the making” to tie the entire wedding invitation suite together. Telling their story was important to us, and knowing them is to love them. This day has been highly anticipated and this party was certainly worth the wait!

Cactus and Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Twinkle and Toast

Thanks Taryn!

Calligraphy & Invitation Design: Twinkle & Toast

Floral: Catalina Neal

Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

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

Photo Credits: Society House

Happy Weekend!

Hello friends! How was your week? I’ve been keeping busy with a big project – if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen a little sneak peek in my Instagram Stories earlier this week. And if you missed it, don’t worry: I’ll be sharing more details soon. This weekend, we’re hoping to take advantage of some Spring weather to go visit some of our favorite DC-area spots and take in some Spring flowers. The azaleas and lilacs are blooming now! Oh, how I love Spring. But in the meantime…

Image by After July via Instagram, shared in the #dailydoseofpaper feed

…a few links for your weekend:

Syria and Obama’s Legacy

DC-area folks: there are two Bella Figura trunk shows in the area this weekend! Buy 75 invitations and get 25 free! Find the details here.

These hologram girls’ sandals are just TOO cute. Can I get them in my size??? (I’m also super into these rainbow sandals.)

This may be the prettiest saucepan I’ve ever seen

Loving this walnut and brass bookcase

An ode to one of my favorite plants: wisteria (and tips for making it bloom!)

Have you heard about Project Semicolon? Legion Paper is offering 50 Limited Edition Artist Gift Boxes, the proceeds of which will go to support the project. 

MAKE: Strawberry-rhubarb cobbler with buttermilk biscuits (yum!)

 

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

DIY hologram foil Easter eggs!

Behind the Stationery with Iron Curtain Press

Woodsy illustrated wedding invitations

Cards to celebrate everyday occasions

Well Said Type in the new expressive script font Malandrino

 

Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Woodsy Illustrated Wedding Invitations

Now that Spring has arrived, we’re itching to break out our hiking boots and spend a weekend exploring and enjoying nature! In the meantime, we’ll just have to gaze at these rustic and woodsy illustrated wedding invitations by Amanda of Wide Eyes Paper Co.! Don’t you just love the illustrated bear for the reply envelope address? Here’s hoping that’s the only bear we encounter anytime soon!

Woodsy Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co

From Amanda: A striking watercolor scene of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains makes these invitations simply majestic. Jenny and Aaron are a hip duo that enjoys the great outdoors and wanted their rustic, quirky vibe to be reflected in all of their stationery. We were so excited to craft up a complete custom watercolor stationery suite for them. Starting with the save the date cards all the way through to the main invitation suite, we dreamed up a woodsy wonderland to announce their rustic soirée.

Woodsy Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co

Woodsy Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co

This invitation suite is certainly not shy of the details. Along with the custom watercolor scenery, we also illustrated a custom grizzly bear that is seen throughout the little details in this set. We intentionally illustrated this bear to creatively ensconce the sender’s address. We used this motif for the custom envelope printing for both the main invitation envelope as well as the reply envelope. Keeping the theme consistent, we also incorporated the Colorado Rocky watercolor scenery onto the envelope liners for a bit of pop and whimsy.

Woodsy Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co

To enhance the natural, organic feel of the suite we printed each piece on 100 percent recyclable French Muscletone Kraft card stock. This paper lends itself to a great rustic appeal, especially paired with the nature-inspired green envelopes.

Woodsy Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co

Jenny and Aaron are not the traditional type, so they opted for an illustrated way to let their guests know about some of the main attractions in the area. Instead of going with a more formal, written information card we created a custom watercolor map. We included many landmarks that are special to the couple such as their favorite Ski Lodge and the local marina Tiki Bar. (Everyone has gotta love a good Mai Tai!)

Woodsy Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co

To spice the invitation suite up even more, we created a custom monogram that is seen on the wood engraved tags. These wood engraved additions are perfect for any rustic occasion and pair well with all of our woodland inspired sets.

Woodsy Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper Co

Woodsy Illustrated Wedding Invitations by Wide Eyes Paper CoThanks Amanda!

Design: Wide Eyes Paper Co.

Printing: Advanced Reprographics

Wide Eyes Paper Co. is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Kelly Wilde

Stationery A-Z: Congratulations Cards

This may sound cheesy but I like to celebrate wins. There’s the obvious: promotion at work, engagement, pregnancy, new home, etc. All totally valid reasons to celebrate… but what are the less obvious? I’m talking about quitting a crappy job, deciding to live abroad for a year, or getting that last box unpacked in a new apartment. Making decisions can be hard, and your loved ones deserve a pat on the back every now and then for pulling the trigger and making things happen. On that note, we’ve selected a collection of congratulations cards sure to be winners! Shauna

Stationery A-Z: Congratulations Card Round Up

From top right:

1. Niece aced her algebra quiz? Send her this emoji-inspired card from Ladyfingers Letterpress.

2. Neighbor quits their day job to focus full time on their artisanal sour cream company? Check out this abstract number from Moglea.

3. BFF was finally convinced to try online dating? Try this tongue in cheek design from Lionheart Prints.

4. Brother decides to shave that god-awful goatee? Celebrate with this painted crest from Antiquaria.

5. Spouse receives a well-earned promotion to Associate Vice Director of Assistant Management Operations? Commemorate with an anthropomorphic hot dog from Hello!Lucky.

6. Childhood bestie gets into first choice grad school to study the side effects of cell phone usage in circus animals? Tip your hat to them with this fashion-forward greeting from Clap Clap Design.

7. Friends fork over life savings to purchase a two bedroom apartment (no common room)? Subtilely invite yourself over for cocktails with this illustrated card from Ashkahn.

8. Coworker delivers near perfect presentation and receives what could be interpreted as upturned frown from an über boss? Give this message forward card from Smudge Ink.

9. Parent decides to retire from cushy office job to work twice as hard watching grandchild? Send them this octopus wielding champagne from Nicholas John Frith for Wrap Magazine.

10. Work spouse completes month long “Renaissance Painter” diet? Rejoice with burgers and this tv dinner illustration from Lucky Horse Press.