{happy weekend!}

Hi everyone!  Sorry things have been a bit quiet here today – I'm feeling a teensy bit overwhelmed at the moment, so I'm going to cut out a bit early to catch up on everything.  But I first wanted to send a huge "thank you!" to everyone for your sweet comments about our shoot at the Athenaeum yesterday!  We had so much fun doing it, and I'm really glad you all enjoyed the photos.  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

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p.s. Aren't these reinterpreted book covers (and prints) by mikey burton fantastic?

{image credits: mikey burton via mustard & sage

Jenya + André’s Illustrated Chandelier Wedding Invitations

As you may have noticed, I adore wedding invitations that incorporate hand-illustrated details – and today’s real invitations are no exception.  These letterpress invitations were inspired by the chandelier in a summer house on Cape Cod that the bride, Jenya, shares with freelance designer Nina Max Daly, who designed these beautiful invitations.  This design has such a wonderful and personal story behind it, I’ll turn things over to Nina…

From Nina:  My lifelong friend Jenya and her now husband André decided to get married this past summer on a small compound of cottages on Cape Cod that our families have been renting together for over 20 years. Jenya is also a graphic designer so I presumed she’d want to do her invitation herself, but she was way too overwhelmed with planning a huge wedding on her own to do it, and asked me. I was honored.

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When I first spoke to Jenya about the invitation she had little idea of what she wanted.  She said the wedding would be ‘very casual and very elegant’ with lots of really good food.  She said that she wanted lots of re-purposing and collaboration.  All of the serving dishes would be from our houses, rather than use rental serveware.  The flowers would be what was growing on the property, hydrangeas,  the vases collected from various family members.  My mom would make the wedding cake.

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Over the dance floor, she planned to hang the chandelier that my mom found in someone’s trash and which now hung in the tiny sun room of the Cape house that Jenya, my sister Anna, and I share each summer (and now also with one kid and two husbands).  She thought we could bring couches out from the houses and put them around the dance floor so people would feel comfortable either lounging or dancing late into the night.

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The chandelier image really resonated with me, as did the idea of the couches and re-purposed dishes. So I went with it.  I love to draw, so I started drawing, a couch like the one in our Cape house, a chandelier like ours, some of my favorite old dishes and silverware.  For color, I chose a lighter shade of hydrangea blue.

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Jenya needed her save the date card in a hurry so she went with a cake repeat e-card design that I had already made. I re-used the cake design for the thank you card. When my mom saw the design for the thank you card, she was inspired to make several small cakes, like those on the card rather than one big wedding cake.

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André’s good friend Deb is a letterpress printer and owns Smudge Ink.  Deb and Jenya printed the invitations together on a weekend. After the invitations had gone out, Jenya re-purposed several of the designs to use as signage, table cards and gift labels for the wedding favors, little jars of raspberry jam that Jenya’s mom mad with the raspberries we grew. The project came out beautifully and the entire wedding as well as the invitation was a true collaboration.

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Seriously, how cool are these invitations?  I love the dinner plate RSVP card, not to mention all the other illustrated details from the mini wedding cakes to the couch and chandelier.  Such an incredibly sweet design, with a wonderful and personal meaning to match.  Thanks Nina!

{image credits: invitation photos by nina max daly, favor jar photos by channing johnson}

Afternoon at the Athenaeum

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to collaborate on a photo shoot with the ever-fabulous Kate Headley and a few of my other favorite DC-area wedding professionals — and since it offered me a chance to wear my wedding dress again (yay!), I convinced my husband to come along and get all dressed up for an afternoon at the Athenaeum in Old Town, Alexandria.

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The style inspiration for the photo shoot was rustic elegance, with a color palette of soft peaches and creams, browns, and classic black and white.  My contribution (aside from being in the photos) was the stationery — I designed these square escort cards, which we hung from natural jute twine along a brick archway in the back garden patio of the venue:

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Just for fun, I created this “Mr & Mrs” bunting — which you can download and use yourself (for personal use only, please) right here.  We hung the bunting from a small tree, but you could string up over the guestbook table or on the path to your reception location:

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I also created these dinner menus, which Kelly from Design Cuisine and Maria from Ritzy Bee Events wrapped in a white cloth napkin along with a simple flower and more jute twine for each table place setting:

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In keeping with our rustic elegance theme for this shoot, my amazing stylist Abbey from Parlour Salon created a beautiful hairstyle with two braids leading back to a messy bun with a cute little button dahlia tucked in:

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I was so happy to finally have the chance to work with Holly Chapple!  I had desperately wanted to work with Holly for my wedding last year, but sadly she was already booked on my date.  For this shoot, Holly created some truly beautiful floral arrangements, from boutonnieres to centerpieces and lush bouquets:

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My husband and I spent some time walking around Old Town near the Athenaeum with Kate — it was an absolutely beautiful autumn afternoon:

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Here’s a full list of everyone who participated in this photo shoot:

Location: The Athenaeum

Flowers: Holly Chapple Flowers

Hair: Abbey Castellano Parlour Salon

Stationery: Me!

Photography: Kate Headley

Styling: Maria at Ritzy Bee Events 

Styling: Kelly Seizert, Design Cuisine 

{all photographs by Kate Headley}

Mixed Typography Wedding Invitation

Lately I've found myself drawn to wedding invitations that combine different typefaces as the main design element, or at least one of the primary design elements.  Like these fold-out poster-style wedding invitations by Jordan Gray Creative:

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The guitar, harp, and bird details are all beautiful, but it's really the typography that gets me in this invitation design.  I also love the way the directions and rsvp card fold out from the main poster of the invitation – such a cool detail!  The entire invitation folds down to fit into a 5" x 7" envelope.  Check out a bit more right here.

{image credits: Gabe Hopkins for Jordan Gray Creative, found via freshly blended}  

Vintage-Inspired Wedding Certificates

Wiley Valentine just released these beautiful vintage-inspired marriage certificates — a lovely option for any couple looking for a frame-worthy keepsake for their wedding ceremony:

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The three designs above — each of which can be customized with your wording — are currently available in the Wiley Valentine shop right here.

{image credits: Wiley Valentine}


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