Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! And what a week! Sophie has been experiencing some separation anxiety at night, making bedtime a wee bit difficult in our house these days. Sigh. This too shall pass, I hope. Yesterday I took a quick up-and-down trip to New York City for a meeting – I love traveling by train and I’m so glad we live close enough to make these kinds of trips feasible! This weekend we’re hoping to take Sophie to the National Zoo to say goodbye to the Invertebrate Exhibit. We’re so sad that it’s closing! But in the meantime…

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The beautiful Union Station // Photo by me via Instagram

…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

Friday Happy Hour: The Last Ship Home

Two years ago (!), Nole and I spent a fantastic week in St. Lucia, a tiny and gorgeous Caribbean country. I, of course, tried the local drinks, and they were as you might expect: full of rum and pineapple and coconut. Tropical. But I also noticed something interesting in between cups of rum punch –advertisements all over the country for Campari, the bitter Italian amaro that’s key to cocktails like the Negroni. This made no sense to me. Why would the people of a Caribbean island – with all that rum and lime and pineapple, rich spices and coconut – drink bitter, bitter Campari? So I asked a bartender and he told me that St. Lucians loved Campari, on the rocks or with soda water, just like in Italy. Go figure. So I wanted to give something an experiment, to balance the touristy fantasy of the ideal Caribbean drink with the reality of what St. Lucians actually drink. And I think I came up with something pretty interesting and pretty good: The Last Ship Home. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Last Ship Home

1 1/2 oz Aged Rum
1/4 oz Cachaca
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz Velvet Falernum
1 oz Pineapple-Mango Syrup
1 oz Lime Juice
1/4 oz Orgeat Syrup

Combine all of the ingredients and shake well with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with tropical fruit. Enjoy!

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There’s a lot going on in this recipe, but it works: smooth and tangy, sweet and sour, sweet and bitter, with tropical spiciness but also amaro herbal notes. I won’t lie: if you don’t have all of these ingredients at home, you can still make a really interesting bitter Daiquiri with rum, lime, sugar, and Campari. But if you do have all these handy, give it a try: it’s enormously complicated but somehow all works together, balancing the richly sweet tropical flavors with a classic bitter Italian aperitif.

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Weird. But good.

Don’t forget to let us know if you try any of our recipes. And if you do make one at home, you can use #osbphappyhour to share photos of these (or your own creations) on Instagram.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Rustic Market-Inspired Fabric Wedding Invitations

I’m completely smitten with the idea of fabric wedding invitations, whether printed on vintage handkerchiefs or swatches of linen or muslin. But vintage-inspired miniature grain sacks? Such a great idea! Inspired by farmer’s markets, these fabric invitations from Erin at Lucky Luxe are paired with letterpress printed enclosure cards – all tucked perfectly into the invitation itself!

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From ErinWe recently finished up my favorite invitation suite of all time — it’s called Market. From the rolling hills of California to the lavender fields of Provence, Market is the quintessential wedding invitation for an elegant rustic wedding in the countryside. Inspired by French grain sacks and fresh picked farmer’s market herbs, enclosure cards tuck inside our 100% cotton miniature grain sack invitations which are handprinted and available with or without vintage red stripes.

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Thanks Erin!

Lucky Luxe 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: Lucky Luxe

Chelsea + Nick’s Hand Drawn Gingham Save the Dates

Happy Monday everyone! I spent most of this weekend dreaming of summer picnics and BBQs, so it’s only fitting that we start the week with save the dates for a country theme summer wedding! Rachel from Robinson Press created the entire design by hand, with hand lettering on the front and a hand drawn gingham pattern on the back. So fun!

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From RachelThese letterpress save the dates were created for an outdoor wedding in Vermont with a country theme. The entire save the date is hand drawn in an intentionally naive way, including a hand drawn gingham pattern. Chelsea and Nicholas spend as many weekends as possible in Vermont, they love it there, and they wanted their friends and family to experience their favorite spot.

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The save the dates are letterpress printed on white Reich Savoy extra heavyweight stock, enclosed with Jute envelopes from Mohawk Paper. They are printed on both sides, with the gingham pattern on the back.

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Thanks Rachel!

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: Robinson Press

Chelsea + John’s Colorful Passport Wedding Invitations

Brittany from Two if By Sea Studios is primarily a pattern surface designer (her designs have been used on products at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Target!), but Brittany was thrilled to take on a fun stationery project when her little sister got engaged! Brittany created these passport-style invitations for her younger sister’s destination wedding in Jamaica. I love the vibrant color palette of aqua, turquoise, and red for a tropical beach wedding!

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From BrittanyChelsea and John chose a vibrant palette of aqua, turquoise, and lipstick red for their destination wedding in Jamaica. They wanted to inspire their friends and family to make the trek from all over the country, while also evoking the party atmosphere that they were envisioning for their casual beach wedding. A twist on the idea of the passport and airline ticket wedding suite, the modern typography, and a simple color scheme make this grouping of designed elements personal to the bride and groom.

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A custom return address stamp was used for both the save the dates and invitations, while a tiny shark logo with their names acts as a playful closing mark on the back of the passport. These small designed details are the elements that the couple hoped would reflect their sometimes silly and beach-oriented lifestyle. On a tight budget for printing and extras, we let the pieces stand alone, simply bright and cheerful.

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Thanks Brittany!

Design: Two if by Sea Studios

Custom Rubber Stamp: Stamptitude

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

Photo Credits: Two if by Sea Studios