Watercolor Bicycle Wedding Invitations

I love pretty much everything the ladies of Bird and Banner create.  And as if we needed any more proof that Erin and Nicole are complete creative geniuses, check out these awesome watercolor bicycle wedding invitations that they created for a wedding last year:

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I absolutely adore the charming hand-lettering on the main invitation — not to mention the gorgeous vintage map enclosure.  Bird and Banner also created the escort cards, which you can see right here!


{image credits: bird and banner, via you are my fave}

The B List Recap

This past weekend was a complete whirlwind in the best possible way – and as promised I've got a few more details from the B List to share!  Our 2nd annual B List Meet-Up (you can read about last year's get-together right here) started off on Friday evening with a huuuuge party at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town, Alexandria:

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6a00e554ee8a2288330133ecd3bf72970b 500wi The B List Recap{amazing floral arrangements by Holly Chapple and catering by Design Cuisine}

6a00e554ee8a2288330133ecd3c1e0970b 500wi The B List Recap{Kelly from So You're EnGayged}

6a00e554ee8a2288330133ecd3c235970b 500wi The B List Recap{Amanda and Jillian from 100 Layer Cake}

6a00e554ee8a2288330133ecd3c2cc970b 500wi The B List Recap{Dana from Broke-Ass Bride}

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6a00e554ee8a22883301348003f9ee970c 500pi The B List Recap  6a00e554ee8a22883301348003d306970c 500wi The B List Recap{me, Courtney from Little White Book, and Jessica from Budget Savvy Bride}

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6a00e554ee8a22883301348003ddc5970c 500wi The B List Recap{Christy from Junebug Weddings}

6a00e554ee8a2288330133ecd3d01a970b 500wi The B List Recap{Anne of From I Will to I Do and Vané from Brooklyn Bride}

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Saturday was our actual conference day, and while the discussions are confidential, I can say that it was so nice to catch up with all of the B List girls!  For lunch, we were all surprised with this adorable boxed lunch from Design Cuisine in a beautiful blue box from Smock:

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On Sunday, we visited the Williams Sonoma store up in Friendship Heights, where we were given some wedding registry tips and a cooking technique demonstration:

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The entire weekend was a ton of fun and went by in a flash!  I'm already looking forward to our 2011 meet-up on the West Coast – yay!  And of course, this weekend wouldn't have been possible without our amazing sponsors who helped make it possible for us to come together.  First up, a HUGE thanks to our financial sponsors: Envelopments, Pottery Barn and WEtv/Wedding Central who helped underwrite some of the costs of the conference. 

And of course another big thanks to all of the amazing vendors involved with the Friday night party and our Saturday conference, including Torpedo FactoryDesign Cuisine, Holly Chapple Flowers, Elan Artists, SmileboothJohn Farr Lighting, DC Rentals, Nine Cakes, Lloyd House, and Smock.

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Each B-List member was also the recipient of the awesome gift bag above.  A big thank you to Chronicle Books, Smock, David Tutera, Paloma’s Nest, Rust Designs, Emersonmade, Wedgwood, Santa Barbara Preserves, Jessica Foster ConfectionsWhisker Works, Footpetals, iomoi, Viv & Ingrid, Williams Sonoma, 9Spot Monk, Crane & Co., Delphine, Bridal Reflections, Sycamore Street Press, Flory Photo, Chewing the Cud, Envelopments, Scout Books, Pottery Barn, The Pink Initiative, Lo Boheme, Rembrandt, Simple Song Design and Thoughtful Day for all of the goodies! 

{unless otherwise credited, all photos by Carlos Andres Varela and Shane Carpenter for Elan Artists}

New Giveaway! Brown Sugar Design Studio

Brown Sugar Design Studio recently launched a brand new website and a fantastic new wedding invitation collection called the Studio Collection — a set of five wedding invitation suites, all letterpress printed on eco-friendly cotton paper, all of which are fully customizable and ready to order!

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To help celebrate their big news, Brown Sugar Design Studio is giving Oh So Beautiful Paper readers the chance to win 100 one-color letterpress wedding invitations and rsvp cards from the Studio Collection along with offset rsvp and outer envelopes.  Hooray!

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So here are the rules:  Head on over to the new Brown Sugar Design Studio website and browse through the new Studio Collection.  Then come back here and leave a comment with your wedding date, the name of your favorite design from the Studio Collection, and a quick explanation of why you chose that design.  

You'll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, April 23 to enter — then we'll announce the winner on Monday! And don't forget that you must include a valid e-mail address in the comment form (not the body of the comment) to qualify.  Bonne chance!

{image credits: brown sugar design studio}

Tuesday Afternoon

I'm feeling a bit bummed out this afternoon – my husband left yesterday on an extended work trip and I miss him already!  To help the next few pass by more quickly, my plan is to jump right back into our apartment organization/decorating process and try to get as much done before he comes home.  Items on my list include painting, hanging a few shelves, getting rid of old and unnecessary paper files, and finally hanging the rest of our prints and photographs around the apartment.

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I love the idea of just taping small prints (using japanese washi tape) directly to the wall as a rotating inspiration board.  Sadly we don't have a mantle in our place, but I wish we did so I could balance some of our favorites along the top!

There's one other thing that is helping to cheer me up – a new giveaway from one of my favorite wedding invitation studios!  You'll have to check back tomorrow morning for the details… but I can't wait to share the surprise with you!

Pink + Purple Baby Shower Invitations

Azusa, a freelance graphic designer in Los Angeles, sent over this nesting theme baby shower invitation set that she recently designed for a friend — and it's just way too adorable to not pass right along!

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Azusa has also made the shower suite available as PDF templates in her etsy shop, One for You.  The set includes invitations, mailing labels, baby quiz cards, drink tags, baby wish cards, favor tags, and of course thank you cards — and it comes in the original pink, as well as blue or yellow:

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 The flag-shaped drink tags are my favorite detail — so cute!  Thanks Azusa!

{image credits: One for You}