Christine + Jason’s Polka Dot and Floral Wedding invitations

At the National Stationery Show last month, I got to talking with Christine from Flora and Fauna Press (you can see her NSS booth here) about the invitations from her wedding last year, and I made her promise to send over photos.  Well, they’ve arrived, and I think you’re going to love them as much as I do!  The design was inspired by the wedding venue – a ranch in southern California – and the swiss dot fabric that Christine used in her wedding dress.   Here she is, looking absolutely lovely:

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From Christine:  The overall invitation design was mostly inspired by the ranch where we were married.  I wanted a vintage country feel, while keeping it whimsical and fun.

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I decided to use polka dots after my dress designer suggested incorporating swiss dot fabric, since I thought it would be fun to tie that element into the wedding stationery.

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I used different size dots and a variety of stripes so the invitation suite didn’t get too “matchy”.

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Since I knew I needed papers to make cupcake flags and bunting, I matched my orange and green accent colors to French Papers “Pop-tone” swatches.

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Gorgeous!  I love the crisp black and white with bright pops of color – Christine even created matching black and white letterpress bags for the candy buffet at the reception – not to mention the adorable mix of polka dots and stripes.  A huge thanks to Christine for sharing the photos from her wedding, and you can check out more wedding invitations from Flora and Fauna Press right here!

{image credits: christine brandt}

Burlap + Twine Invitations

I love seeing different materials incorporated into invitations, whether for weddings, showers, or birthday parties.  So when I received an e-mail from a reader (Hi Brandi!) seeking inspiration for a Huck Finn/Tom Sawyer party, the first thing that popped into my head was burlap!  I wasn’t able to find any photos of invitations printed directly onto burlap, but here are a few images incorporating burlap and twine as lovely accent materials:

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{image by Brandon Kidd via Once Wed}

The wedding invitation above by D*lsh Design for photographer Brandon Kidd features a band of burlap tied around kraft and cotton paper invitation elements. 

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Christine mailed her own wedding invitations (above) in a dark green burlap envelope – such a great idea!

 

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Love the use of twine in the above invitation suite by Bird and Banner

 

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I could totally see these cotton handkerchief invitations from XOWYO being mailed in a burlap inner envelope, or attached to burlap backing.

 

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Hand-stamped burlap accents for a rustic fall wedding.

 

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{gertrude and mabel photography via chewing the cud}

I love fabric pockets for invitations and ceremony programs – burlap could easily be substituted for cotton in these ceremony program pockets from Chewing the Cud for a more rustic feel.

Have any of you used burlap or twine in your invitations?  If so, I’d love to see photos!

{images from their respective sources}

Sponsor Introduction – Dingbat Press, One Lonely Apricot, and Southern Fete Creative

I’ve been absolutely thrilled to welcome some amazing sponsors over the past few weeks!  First up, I know you’ll recognize the work of Adrienne from Dingbat Press – she creates some truly spectacular letterpress work, from business cards to baby announcements:

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Gorgeous right?  You can check out tons more from Adrienne over at the Dingbat Press website, find tons of goodies in the Dingbat Press etsy shop, and follow some of her daily projects on twitter.  Adrienne is also offering Oh So Beautiful Paper readers 10% off the Dingbat Press Small Branding Package, or 15% off a custom identity package through June 30 – just be sure to mention OSBP when placing your order or requesting an estimate!

Next up, Kristen from One Lonely Apricot – a wonderful illustrator with a portfolio full of adorable custom wedding maps and illustrated stationery:

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You can check out more of Kristen’s designs in the One Lonely Apricot shop – she also has a blog that you can check out right here.

Next up, Southern Fete Creative has a portfolio full of bright, bold, and modern wedding invitations and Save the Dates:

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Check out more over on the Southern Fete Creative website and etsy shop!

{images from the designers}

Giveaway Winners!

It was so wonderful to host two fantastic giveaways last week – and I’m even more thrilled to finally announce the winners!  Both winners were selected randomly using random.org, and the two lucky readers are…

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Yay!  Laurel chose the “Ava” design from Gwyneth Paige for her calling cards, and Greg chose the “Tahoe” invitation suite from Hello!Lucky for his December 2010 wedding right here in DC!  A big congratulations to both Laurel and Greg – and a huge thank you to both everyone who entered the contest and to Gwyneth Paige and Hello!Lucky for sponsoring these two giveaways!

Hand Painted Watercolor Vintage Garden Rose Invitation Suite

Summer is officially here in DC – and while I could definitely do without the muggy heat and humidity, summer brings roses, and this year there are tons of them in our neighborhood!  So when Courtney sent over this vintage-inspired garden rose wedding invitation suite that she created for a recent bride, I couldn’t think of anything more perfect for early summer:

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From Courtney: I created this for one of my brides, Sarah, for her California vintage inspired wedding.  I hand painted each one individually in various shades of pinks with touches of lavender, browns, and golden yellows – making sure to paint each one just a little different from the one before!

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Thanks Courtney!  To check out more of Courtney’s lovely watercolor hand-painted invitations and stationery, you can click right here.

{image credits: courtney khail stationery}