Shannon + Phillipe’s Peach and Gray Brunch Wedding Invitations

Brunch is hands-down my favorite meal, so of course I love the idea of a brunch wedding reception!  For these brunch wedding invitations, Sarah from Studio SloMo combined the bride’s neutral color palette with pops of peach for a clean and classic design.  So pretty!

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From SarahShannon, the bride, wanted to shake things up and have a morning ceremony with a brunch reception.  I was pretty excited considering brunch is hands down the best meal.  Her colors were all neutrals and somewhat based on Billy Reid’s clothing line.  We incorporated her neutral color palette by using slate grey envelopes, metallic silver ink, and a kraft belly band all accented by a hint of light peach.

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The belly band has three layers: first a kraft strip, second a letterpress tweed pattern, and third silver + white twine with a letterpress bingo chip highlighting the wedding date.

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Along with a brunch wedding, Shannon wanted her guests to have some good old fashioned fun.  She had different board games set up at each table, which is where the “bingo chip” on her invitations comes into play.  The wedding venue was a ranch in central Texas, so it only seemed fitting to use the new weather vane stamps that also matched perfectly with her color scheme.

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Thanks Sarah!

Studio SloMo is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Sarah’s work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

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Friday Happy Hour: Vanilla Punch

With soaring summer temperatures, we all want a nice cold drink to help cool us down.  Punch, for centuries the most popular way of drinking, was probably brought back from India and adapted by English sailors as far back as the 1500s.  No one knows for sure, but it’s a good bet the word Punch comes from the Hindi punch, or five, for the five ingredients of a real Punch: spirits, spice, sugar, citrus, and water.  Most of us think of fruit and citrus flavors when we hear the word punch, but this cocktail is a slightly more exotic take that combines Brandy with vanilla syrup.  Punch has sadly long fallen out of favor, but maybe trying this delicious Vanilla Punch will inspire you to bring it back.  – Andrew

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Read below for the full recipe!

Vanilla Punch

2 oz Brandy
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Vanilla Syrup

Grab two tumblers; fill one with lots of crushed ice and leave the other empty.  Add all of the ingredients to the ice-filled glass, then pour the whole mix back and forth between the two tumblers a few times.  (Alternatively, you can also use a shaker and pour the whole contents, broken-up ice and all, into a tumbler, but you won’t get nicely crushed ice this way).  Garnish with a lemon slice or two and enjoy!

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This is a very simple but surprisingly tasty recipe from the mid-1800s, sweet and tart, rich from the smooth, oaky Brandy and the spicy vanilla from the syrup. The original recipe calls for using vanilla extract, but I love the bold, somewhat exotic flavors of using real vanilla bean to make my syrup.

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To make Vanilla Syrup, bring two cups of water close to a boil in a sauce pan, then remove from the heat and stir in two cups of sugar (use a turbinado or other raw sugar).  Put the syrup back on low heat and add in a vanilla bean split lengthwise.  Let this simmer for a good long while, stirring frequently, at least until it has reduced by a quarter, to extract all that vanilla flavor.  Strain out the bean debris, pour the syrup into a bottle, and let it cool.

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You can crush ice in a blender, but the best way is probably to use a Lewis Bag and a hammer or a mallet.  A Lewis Bag is basically a heavy-duty cotton sack that soaks up the extra water as you crush ice; you can buy one online or do what I did, cut off the leg of an old pair of jeans and sew up one end.  Fill it up with ice, put it on a sturdy surface, and take out all your frustrations bashing that ice to smithereens.

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that my husband and I found an adorable stray kitten in our neighborhood on Tuesday evening.  DC has a huge population of stray and feral cats and it’s pretty common for us to come across homeless cats in our neighborhood, but this poor little girl was crying out for some love and attention.  She’s probably about six months old and weighs only 5.5 lbs – and she’s the sweetest little thing.  We’ve been busy this week getting her checked out and trying to get her back to health, but we’re hoping to find a good forever home for her here in the DC/VA/MD area in the next few weeks.  But in the meantime…

…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

As usual, we have a fun cocktail coming up for you this afternoon, so check back a bit later for the recipe!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!  xoxo

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Quick Pick: This Paper Ship

I was introduced to the whimsical work of This Paper Ship back at the National Stationery Show, where their illustrated giclée prints were a big standout in their nautical-inspired booth.  Here are a few of my favorites from the collection:

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You can check out more over at This Paper Ship!

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Natalya + Ilya’s Nature-Inspired Linocut Wedding Invitations

These wedding invitations are a truly one of a kind design for a once in a lifetime occasion.  Russian designer Elena Bulay created these invitations for old school friends Natalya and Ilya, first illustrating a nature-inspired design, then hand-carving the design into a linoleum block, and finally hand printing each invitation on cotton paper.  She even sent over a few photos of the process in action!

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From ElenaI made these invitations for the wedding of my best school friend, Natalya.  The invitation consists of three parts: a big card with the date and the names of the groom and the bride; a small card with the details; and a small tag in the shape of an apple with the name of the guest.  The invitations were bound together with green and natural raffia.

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I used special printmaking cotton paper Fabriano Rosaspina for the main invitation cards and apple tags, and designer paper Colorplan for the small cards.  I wanted to create an effect of naturalness and simplicity in my invitations, so I deckled the edge of the paper and chose natural colours for the design, including emerald green, beige, and brown.

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Thanks Elena!

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Photo Credits: Elena Bulay