{today I love… spring!}

Spring is my favorite season in DC.  After just a few short weeks, my city has gone from drab and gray to full of color and teeming with life.  We took a little field trip to the National Arboretum this weekend, where everything is suddenly bursting into bloom.  Of course, DC is famous for its cherry blossoms, but this year I've fallen for the gorgeous magnolia trees and camellias:

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And of course, the magnolias…

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Oh, and remember how I was all about gardening a few weeks ago?  Well, we turned over some soil to create a bed and planted some seeds a couple weeends ago, and we just noticed that the seeds have finally started to shoot up!  We planted a butterfly mix, some double rose poppy seeds that Katy found, hollyhocks, and lupine seeds, along with a few bulbs that won't bloom until later in the fall.  I'll share some photos once there's more to see, hopefully in a few more weeks!

{all photos taken by me}

Nikki + Tommy’s Nautical Blue and White Wedding Invitations

Good morning everyone!  Did you all have a good weekend?  I spent quite a bit of the weekend trying to take in all the spring blooms and blossoms around DC, and I’ll have a few photos to share a bit later today.  But first, I thought I’d jump right into the week with a fantastic navy and white wedding invitation suite from Nikki and her fiancé Tommy, who will be getting married in Dallas, Texas in a few weeks!

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From Nikki: My main inspiration for my invitations was the location where our ceremony and reception will be held.  We are having the event at a local venue called the Filter Building, which is actually the old water filtration facility for the Dallas area that has been restored for use as a venue for weddings, receptions, and events of all sorts.

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I love the round tags that are attached to each invitation and the beautiful ribbon that we wrapped around each and every invitation.

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Our venue sits along side White Rock Lake and has a vintage brick walls, concrete floors, and iron beams.  We are having our ceremony outside next to the lake, so it will have a subtle nautical theme, but nothing over the top.

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The bridesmaids are wearing navy dresses, while the guys are wearing light gray tuxes and striped navy ties. The invitations tie in perfectly with the reception decoration, as we will be using wood grain boxes and lanterns for the centerpieces and burlap table linens.

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Thanks so much Nikki!  For a bit more on Nikki and Tommy’s invitations, you can check out Nikki’s blog right here.
{image credits: Nikki / doodledog advertising}

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone — and Happy Easter to those of you celebrating this weekend!  And what a glorious weekend it's turning out to be!  I'm looking forward to catching up with some blog friends in person, trying to find some time to enjoy the cherry blossoms without getting trampled by tourists (seriously, there are a gazillion of them in DC right now), and hopefully painting a couple of rooms back in the apartment.  But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend reading pleasure:

That's it for me this week!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

{image credits: anna bond via riflemade}

Smock Everyday Stationery

It's been a wedding-filled week over here, so I thought I'd help end the week with some gorgeous new stationery from Smock.  These town, country and isle lettersheets are blind deboss printed on the front with beautiful offset patterns on the back, all on Smock's environmentally-friendly bamboo paper:

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Smock also recently released a collection of equally beautiful gift tags, also with a blind deboss on the front and patterned back:

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On a slightly different note — do you recognize the calligraphy text from the first set of photos?  The "Dearest Fanny" letter is from poet John Keats to Fanny Brawne, which some of you might remember from the movie Bright Star.  I finally saw the movie a few weeks ago and it was everything I had expected it to be — beautiful scenery and cinematography, amazing costumes, and utterly romantic in every sense of the word.  Even my husband, who usually teases me about my penchant for sappy period romances, loved Bright Star.  Definitely worth adding to your netflix queue if you haven't already seen it…

{image credits: Smock}

*Smock is a sponsor on Oh So Beautiful Paper, but this is not a sponsored post.  For more on my editorial policy, please click here.

Balloon Save the Dates!

This is one of the coolest ideas I’ve seen in a long time – using a big red balloon as a wedding Save the Date!  What a great way to share some happy news with friends and family:

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Created by designers Jen and Kevin for their upcoming wedding, they screen printed the text onto the balloons and letterpress printed the accompanying details on a 5″ x 7″ card.  Check out more details over on FPO!

{iamge credits: l’office optimiste via FPO}