Modern Gold + Rose Arabic Wedding Invitations

Our first set of wedding invitations today come to us all the way from Dubai!  Mariam from Natoof Design sent over a gorgeous and modern wedding invitation suite that she designed for a wedding this past October.  The wedding theme revolved around the rose petal and a color palette of gold and white, so Mariam incorporated a gorgeous die cut rose and beautiful gold foiling throughout the invitation.

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From Mariam: The invitation couldn’t be more delicate and elegant with two die cut rose shapes folded to reveal golden metallic paper inside.  The Arabic calligraphy wordings were gold foiled and we included a small pocket to hold the VIP entrance cards.

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Not wanting to defer the attention from the invitation, we used a plain white envelope with flower shape cut in the middle to show the invitation inside.

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Mariam and her design team also created several accompanying pieces over a 3-month period, including: rose pendants, entrance cards, stickers for box gifts and tissue boxes, and gift tags.

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Thank you so much Mariam!  For more of Mariam’s work, check out her website and blog right here.  Mariam was also recently featured in the inaugural issue of Martha Stewart Weddings Middle East – so exciting!

{image credits: natoof design}

Red Calligraphy + Ribbon Wedding Invitations

Red, gray, and white is one of my favorite color combinations any time of year – but is even more so during the winter holiday season.  Bryn from Paperfinger provided calligraphy for these wedding invitations, letterpress printed  in a gorgeous shade of red and soft gray by Coeur Noir.  I also love the use of red ribbon and notching detail for an added little touch.

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{all photos by Jen Huang Photography via paper tastebuds}

Happy New Year!

Happy 2011 everyone!  It was so nice to take a little break and unplug last week, but I’m slowly easing back into my routine.  I still haven’t really wrapped my head around 2011 yet, have you?  2010 was such a whirlwind and full of transition from start to finish.  I met some of my favorite bloggers (and make new friends) at Alt, moved to a new apartment that feels more like home, and lost my grandmother – all within the first month of 2010.  A winter storm left us with more than 2 feet of snow and kept us housebound for nearly a full week.  A bit later in the year I quit my day job (yay!), started a second blog, and then the months started to fly by even faster.  There are more big changes in store for 2011, but I’m optimistic about the challenges to come.

I’ll be back with some beautiful wedding invitations just a bit later.  But since I didn’t do my usual weekly round-up last week, I thought I’d do a quick round-up to start off the week:

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and New Year!

{image via mary ruffle}

Best of 2010 Wedding Invitations: Calligraphy + Blind Impression Maps

There’s nothing like a beautiful letterpress blind impression to make me go a bit weak in the knees, but combine that technique with map design details and modern calligraphy, and I’m officially swooning.

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Both invitations are the result of collaborations between Kathryn from Blackbird Letterpress and calligrapher Betsy Dunlap.  Printed on super thick paper with Betsy’s calligraphy letterpress printed in a soft gray, both invitations are truly frame-worthy works of art.  Check out Riley and Robert’s New Orleans wedding invitation suite here and Phyllis and Armstead’s topographic map wedding invitation suite here!

{image credits: Blackbird Letterpress}

Best of 2010 Wedding Invitations: Metallics + Foils

If this year was any indication, I’m expecting metallic inks and foil stamp elements to be a big trend in 2011 wedding invitations.  Kiera and JP’s gold and pink wedding invitations were one of my personal favorites from 2010, and Dan and Barbara’s modern black and white wedding invitations received one of the biggest reader responses of 2010!

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Kiera and JP’s wedding invitations are both whimsical and elegant – and quite possibly one of the most sophisticated uses of pink that I’ve ever seen!  Check out the original post right here.

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Dan and Barbara’s wedding invitations combined crisp and modern black and white design elements with romantic calligraphy from Mara at Neither Snow – so gorgeous.  Check out the original post right here!

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{image credits: kiera and jp; barbara mouradian}