Demi + Vincent’s Victorian Vineyard Wedding Invitations

Victorian and vineyard aren’t words that usually go together, but in the case of this wedding invitation from Dingbat Press, they definitely do!  Adrienne from Dingbat Press created these invitations for a bride who wanted something a bit different for her vineyard wedding, while still reflecting the elegance of the wedding style and venue.


From Adrienne:  With the wedding venue located in a beautiful vineyard in California, Demi wanted to tie in the feeling of the location without going overboard on a vineyard cliché.  These invitations were designed based off of a vintage monogram found in a victorian-era story-book and then adapted with her initial and simple typography so as to not compete with the ornate monogram.


The invitations were letterpress printed on 110# cotton paper in chocolate and sage green, along with an rsvp card and a directions enclosure card.



So pretty!  Thank you so much Adrienne!

p.s. One last reminder to enter the holiday card giveaway from Two Brunettes – the contest closes tonight!

{image credits: dingbat press}

Amy and Ryan’s Ampersand Wedding Invitations

I have a serious weakness for ampersands; and when it comes to wedding invitations, I don’t think there is a better symbol for a wedding and the union of two people.  So when Amy sent over her wedding invitations designed around the theme of the ampersand, I just couldn’t resist.  Amy and her husband Ryan were married this past July, and Amy created a lovely modern wedding invitation based on her love for typography and with fun accents in bright magenta.


From Amy: I am a graphic designer/art director from NYC and my fiancé (now husband) is an avid photographer, so I wanted our wedding invitations to evoke the sense of creative and bold energy that flows through our lives.  I am typically drawn to bright colors and patterns and knew I wanted to incorporate them into the final design.


Our wedding was at the beach but I knew I didn’t want to get trapped in a typical beach-themed design.  Furthermore, our wedding had a very modern yet minimalist feel, so I tried to keep the invites just as simple using our wedding colors of gray & magenta with accents of orange.


I fell in love with an ampersand as a theme accent across the invitation suite as it represented not only our joining, but also my love for typography.


I bought the invitation folders in metallic gray from a paper store in midtown NYC, as well as all the paper and envelopes needed for the suite.  The actual invitations and accompanying pieces were created in Illustrator and InDesign and then printed on photo printers from our home studio.


I also went around to several paper stores collecting 150 different sheets of patterned paper for the envelope liners, which I made by hand.


Finally, I bought three different kinds of thick ribbon from a craft store that were used as belly bands around the outer invitation folder and places throughout the reception.


Thank you so much Amy!  Congratulations on such a beautiful invitation suite!

p.s. On a different note, have you all entered the custom holiday card giveaway from Two Brunettes?  Don’t wait, the contest closes tomorrow!

{image credits: Amy Noonan}

Handlettering Cite

I just spent waaaay too much time Handlettering Cite, the blog of hand lettering artist Alex Savakis – which he fills with quotes from Ghandi to Mark Twain (and everyone in between) in his own lettering styles.  There are some serious gems, both in quotes and lettering styles, so it was hard to pick out just a couple of favorites:

famous quotes in calligraphy - helen keller famous quotes in calligraphy - ghandifamous quotes in calligraphy - golda meir famous quotes in calligraphy - st augustine

Check out the rest (and maybe suggest a quote or two for Alex to consider) over at Handlettering Cite!

{image credits: alex savakis}

{happy weekend!}

Happy Halloween weekend everyone!  This is shaping up to be a bit of a crazy weekend, and not just because of Halloween… you may have heard of this tiny little rally happening in my neighborhood?  Should be interesting!  Aside from all the commotion, I’m looking forward to some Halloween fun with good friends and hopefully a few trick-or-treaters, but in the meantime…

…a few links for your weekend:

…and in case you missed it, a round-up of this week’s posts:

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Halloween, and I’ll see you all back here on Monday!

{image credits: bekah campbell via mary ruffle}

English Muffin Shop – Design for Kids

I featured the 2011 calendar design from English Muffin Shop in yesterday’s calendar round-up, but I’m also totally smitten with these custom name prints for kids!

Custom-name-child-print Custom-name-child-print-boy

And how cute is this alphabet print and map?

Alphabet-Kids-Room-Print Map-Kids-Room-Print

Love them!  All available right here.

{image credits: english muffin shop}