Hand Illustrated Save the Dates

Today I thought I’d go with something sweet and simple – hand lettered save the dates with a custom illustration created by Elaine from Papermade Design.  With the bride and groom’s hand lettered names paired with a typewriter font, the entire design emulates the vintage appeal of the of the wedding venue.

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From Elaine: Anthea & Reid will be married in December at the historic Goodwood Plantation in Tallahassee, Florida.  They were drawn to its vintage charm and wanted the paper elements to include the same rustic feel with a touch of handmade whimsy.  The beautiful estate is enough to make you swoon, so we created a custom illustration of the mansion, set with a typewriter font and decorated with the couple’s names in hand lettering for a whimsical touch.  The design was printed on 100% cotton paper for a luxurious handmade feel.

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Gorgeous – thanks Elaine!

{image credits: christine hahn photography}

Texas Ranch Wedding Invitations

This week’s real wedding invitations come to us from Stephanie at Salt + Pepper Press – and they’re inspired by all things Texas!  Stephanie and her husband Robbie were married at Three Points Ranch in the heart of Texas in early May.  From the beginning, Stephanie and Robbie set out to create a true country Texas-style wedding – from a custom cattle brand to cowboy boots!

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From StephanieOur goal was to make our wedding as tastefully Texan as possible.  We wanted to really emphasize that this was going to be a laidback ranch wedding with the whole cowboy feel and we wanted to make sure that feeling was present in the invitations.

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First we created our custom cattle brand, which is actually an S R G – our initials and the first letter of his last name.  In Texas, every ranch has its own brand that they use as their trademark from branding cattle to their logo and identity.  We wanted to create the same kind of brand that stood for us and our wedding.  From there we developed the invitation suite.

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To make sure that we pushed the ranch theme, we backed every invitation with wood veneer and branded it with our custom made cattle brand.  We also made belly bands out of the wood that wrapped around the wedding invitations and branded that as well.

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To take it one step further, we made a poster that reminded our guests of the iconic WANTED poster from the west and that we used instead of a enclosure card with reception information.  We had so much fun creating, printing and assembling the invitations!

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Stephanie also sent over a bunch of photos from her wedding, courtesy of two pair photography, showing how she incorporated elements from the invitations into her Texas ranch wedding!

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{the beautiful ceremony programs}

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{love the kraft paper table runner!}

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{letterpress coasters with the wedding brand}

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So gorgeous – and I absolutely love the papel picado banners!  Thank you so much, Stephanie, for sharing your wedding invitations and beautiful wedding day details!

{image credits: invitation photos by stephanie good, wedding photos by two pair photography}


Sponsor Introduction – Envelopments, Wild Ink Press, & Haute Papier

It’s August, and time to introduce some of my newest sponsors!  You all already know Envelopments from the Roll-o-Decks giveaway they sponsored last week, but they’ve also been busy adding other new items to their online shop – like artist note pads and note cards made from Envelopments card stocks, all of which are a tiny taste of the full line available from the Envelopments network of dealers and designers:

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Next up, one of favorite local DC stationers – Haute Papier!  I first met the ladies of Haute Papier, Erin and Sarah, in New York at the National Stationery Show last year, and since then we’ve enjoyed keeping in touch back here in DC.  Over the last year, they’ve opened a new space (including a retail shop!) out in Leesburg, VA in addition to their Georgetown studio, both of which showcase their letterpress personal stationery and wedding invitations:

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Wild Ink Press is a husband and wife letterpress printing studio based in Chico, California.  With three presses and a gorgeous studio (check out the photos below!), Wild Ink Press creates beautiful letterpress greeting cards, personal stationery and custom invitations for weddings and social occasions:

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Wedding Invitations – Spark Letterpress

One of my favorite things about the stationery community in general, and the letterpress community in particular, is that nearly all of the best design studios are family-run businesses – whether a single-person studio or a full family affair.  Such is the case with Spark, founded in 2005 by husband and wife team Jim and Valerie and which also included, until her recent move to Germany, Valerie’s self-described “organized sister” Diedre.  I had the pleasure of finally meeting both Valerie and Diedre at the NSS this past May, and so excited to be featuring their wedding invitation collection today!

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Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and armed with a bevy of presses, the Spark wedding collection includes a broad range of modern wedding invitation designs, all beautifully crafted with incredible attention to detail.  Jim and Valerie include “1980s fashion trends, the music of Neil Diamond, Moroccan tapestries, the bold look of Kohler and all things Disney” among their design influences (awesome).

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This is really just a small snippet of the full Spark wedding portfolio – so head on over to the Spark website to check out the rest of the collection!

Looking for a wedding invitation designer?  You can find Spark and many others in our Designer Rolodex!

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*Spark is a sponsor on Oh So Beautiful Paper, but this is not a sponsored post; please click here for my editorial policy.

Romantic Pink + Gray Wedding Invitations

When I first saw these utterly romantic wedding invitations from Parrott Design Studio, the first element to jump out at me was the gorgeous blush pink and slate gray color palette (my favorite color combination, as you may have noticed from my blog design).  But as I looked closer, I noticed the beautiful blind deboss pattern and calligraphy details:

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Sarah said the bride wanted something delicate and romantic to fit with a vintage-inspired wedding style.  I love the way the blind deboss pattern resembles vintage lace!

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Sarah commissioned Grace Edmands to calligraph the bride and groom’s names, wedding venue, and rsvp card – so lovely!

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Such a beautiful and romantic, yet totally classic, wedding invitation!  You can check out a few more photos and a bit more about the inspiration behind the design over on Sarah’s blog right here!

{image credits: parrott design studio}