Lilacs + Dogwoods

We took a quick trip down to Mount Vernon this past weekend.  This is my favorite time of year to visit Mount Vernon — the entire estate is full of gorgeous lilacs, all of which were in bloom this past weekend:

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If you’ve seen photos from my wedding, then you probably already know how much I love lilacs.  I just about skipped from shrub to shrub trying to take in as much of the amazing lilac scent as possible.  I love how the lilacs grow so big and wild at Mount Vernon — I just wished they bloomed all season long!

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Mount Vernon overlooks the Potomac River, and even though it’s usually pretty crowded with tourists whenever we go down it always feels incredibly peaceful to sit on the lawn and look out at the river.  On this trip we’re pretty sure we saw a pair of bald eagles flying above us!  I tried to get a picture, but they were too far away.

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I love the formal gardens and orchards around the estate.  We bought annual passes, so we’re planning to make a few more trips over the summer and fall when the fruit trees, vegetables and herbs all start to produce and we can go visit the 4-acre working farm.  This time we were there really just for the flowers — like these beautiful dogwoods:

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{all images by me}

Hello!Lucky Baby Announcements – and a Spring Sale!

Hello!Lucky* just launched their first collection of baby announcements – and as you might expect, each announcement is as cute as a button! 

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The collection includes both digital and letterpress printing options, as well as collaborations with other designers (such as Pikku, featured above), so check out the full selection right here!

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On a separate note, Eva from Sycamore Street Press sent me a note to let me know about a huge spring sale that is going on through Friday – with prints, cards, gift tags, and place cards up to 60% off!  Check out the sale in the Sycamore Street Press shops here and here!

{image credits: Hello!Lucky and Sycamore Street Press}

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The Left Handed Calligrapher

After a warm, sunny, and absolutely gorgeous spring weekend, we're back to cold and rainy – although hopefully just temporarily!  I'm trying to keep myself from getting bummed out while I wait for the rain to pass by, so what better to cheer things up than beautiful calligraphy from Nicole at The Left Handed Calligrapher?

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For more of Nicole's styles and work, check out her website and blog – which is full of Nicole's recent calligraphy projects. Thanks Nicole!

{image credits: the left handed calligrapher}

Sarah + Jeff’s Modern Floral Pink and Yellow Wedding Invitations

Adrienne from Dingbat Press sent over these bright fuschia and yellow wedding invitations that she designed and printed for a recent client.  In addition to the final invitations, Adrienne was kind enough to send over some proofs from the design process so that we could see how the invitation evolved.

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From AdrienneSarah came to me wanting a letterpress wedding suite that was bright and modern. She was going for a cirque du soleil theme and wanted something fun and fluid.  Her inspiration for the invitations came from The Beatles Cirque du Soleil show, LOVE, in Las Vegas.

These were Adrienne’s initial mock-ups:

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And this was the final design proof:

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Sarah wanted to explore some 60s mod themes, bright colors and floral silhouettes. Curry and fuchsia were her colors of choice but she wanted to initially explore oranges and pinks as well.

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In the end, we combined two proofs from previous design versions to create the final printed piece with the impression and reverse print band on the bottom of the invite creating a faux emboss.

Gorgeous!  I love, love, love the faux emboss at the bottom of the invitation — such a wonderful effect that I’m sure is even more beautiful in person!  I also love the subtle yellow-on-yellow floral detail in the corner of the envelope, which contrasts so nicely against the bright pops of fuschia.  Thanks so much Adrienne!


{image credits: Dingbat Press}

Vintage-Inspired Coral + Pewter Wedding Invitations

So today is apparently all about color palettes!  Earlier it was shades of blue, and this afternoon it’s all about coral - one of my favorite colors this spring!  These invitations were created by Dauphine Press for the wedding of their art director, Erin, in California last fall.  First up, Erin’s Save the Dates, which mixed a lighter coral and espresso brown inks from her original Latin-inspired wedding vision:

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Erin’s theme evolved as the wedding planning process continued, so for her invitations she went with a more romantic and sophisticated design – again using the bright pops of coral but paired with a more subdued pewter ink and ornamental flourishes:

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So lovely!  You can read more about the design process and influences on the Dauphine Press blog right here – and check out photos from Erin and Todd’s wedding here.

{image credits: dauphine press}