Best-of Real Wedding Invitations – Vané + Chad

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but one of my very favorite things about the blog world is the sense of community that develops over time with your readers and other fellow bloggers.  I’ve been very lucky to meet so many amazing women through this blog and The B List, and one of my absolute favorite people that I’ve met so far is Vané from Brooklyn Bride.  Just to show how nice she is, Vané was kind enough to share some of the details from her modern wedding invitation design for one of my first-ever real invitation features:

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The thing I love most about Vané’s invitations is the way she incorporated key design details – like the Brooklyn icons, green and white color palette, modern calligraphy and an architect-designed typeface (for her architect husband!) – to create a completely unique and personalized design, and one that was 100% perfect for Vané’s modern design aesthetic:

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Another cool detail?  Since the invitations were letterpress printed, the tiny sesame seeds on the bagel were left white, and so popped up above the rest of the bagel.  Those kinds of little details are one of the many reasons that I heart letterpress.

Check out the original post right here.

{image credits: bethalee photography via brooklyn bride}

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my U.S. readers — I hope you're all spending the holiday with friends, family and your loved ones!

For all my non-U.S. readers, don't worry, I haven't forgotten about you!  I've got another set of favorite real wedding invitations coming right up…

{image credits: country living}

Best-of Real Wedding Invitations – Julia Rothman

When I was going through my archives looking for favorite invitations to feature, I knew that the gorgeous wedding invitations by Julia Rothman would definitely be in the mix.  I first featured Julia’s invitations waaaay back here in October 2008, and Julia was kind enough to share the creative process that led to her beautiful wedding invitations:

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Julia illustrated and hand-lettered her wedding invitations, which were then letterpress printed by a friend as a wedding gift.  I love the organic feel of Julia’s illustrations — not to mention the fantastic banner for the invitation text.  Oh, and since I’m featuring her invitations, how amazing are her illustrated table number signs?

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Check out my original post on Julia’s invitations right here.

{image credits: top photo by jen causey, all other photos by julia rothman}

Paper Artwork – Cindy Tomczyk

Hi everyone!  So by the time you're all reading this I'll be on my way to warm and sunny Florida (yay!), but don't worry — I've got a few posts with some of my all-time favorite past wedding invitations to keep you company over the next few days.  But first, I wanted to let you know about a giveaway from one of my favorite artists, Cindy Tomczyk:

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Cindy is giving away a couple of her beautiful prints and some cards from her stationery line, Paper Parasol Press — just check out the details right here!  Oh, and you should definitely check out her etsy shops, too.  You can find her art prints (like the one above) right here, and her Paper Parasol Press stationery (like the adorable card below) right here.

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 More coming up soon!

{image credits: cindy tomczyk and paper parasol press}

2009 Holiday Cards, Part 6

I'm getting ready to head off to Florida tomorrow (hooray for sun and 70 degrees!) for the Thanksgiving holiday — but I couldn't head off without sharing a few more holiday cards…

First up, these illustrated and hand-lettered cards from Sycamore Street Press are always among my perennial favorites:

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The Pink Orange has a beautiful collection of letterpress holiday cards — including these adorable holiday birds and silver bells:

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This year, I'm absolutely loving these gocco-printed winter cards and gift tags by WonderWonder:

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The subtle detailing on these letterpress holiday cards (and gift tags) from Missive is so, so beautiful:

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{images from their respective sources}