{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  I’ve actually been in my home state of Florida this entire week, helping my Mom pack up her house for a move up to the DC area (where she’ll be closer to me, yay!).  By the time you all read this, the boxes will have been packed, truck will have been loaded up, and we’ll be getting on the road for the drive back up to DC.  We’re planning to make a nice weekend out of it, perhaps stopping in Savannah and a couple of other towns along I-95 on the way back up north.  So I’m going to wish you all a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you all back here on Monday!


{image credit: vangruvie}

Sneak Peek – Martha Stewart Weddings Spring 2011 Issue

Spring is almost here – which means that a new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is just around the corner!  The Spring 2011 issue is all about wedding details, and the editors have put together an 8-page story all about beautiful calligraphy.  I’m thrilled to help share a little sneak peek!


The feature includes more than a dozen calligraphers (and even more calligraphy styles!) with ideas for incorporating the written word throughout your wedding – from traditional day-of wedding stationery to edible calligraphy on favors and food!

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I already spy some of my favorite calligraphers in the images above, and you can check out the full story in the new issue on newsstands in just a few days!

Photo Credits: Cover by Con Poulos, Calligraphy Photography by Marcus Nilsson | Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2011

Nursery Artwork – Colorful Peacock Print for Manisha

Reena from 3 Bees Paperie sent over this peacock print that she created for a former wedding invitation client, Manisha, who was expecting her first daughter.  Manisha loved the animated short film “Sita Sings the Blues” and wanted a peacock poster print for her daughter’s nursery, so Reena happily obliged.  The bright colors and patterns are so perfect for a baby nursery!





Thanks Reena!

{image credits: Mariliana Arvelo}

Shana + Edward’s Hardcover Book Wedding Invitations

These invitations are from a bride who is after my own paper-loving heart.  When it came to her wedding invitations, Shana decided to take the concept of a book style wedding invitation to a whole new level.  Shana crafted each one of the 160 hardcover invitation books by hand – the assembly effort alone leaves me a little breathless.  I’ll leave it to the lady behind the invitations to tell you all about it!


From Shana:  Each invitation consists of a hardbound book, with a white book cloth exterior, magenta flocked interior and milkweed speckled cover stock.  Each of the 160 books was completely made by hand, including the design, printing, and binding. My husband and I trimmed all of the papers and book boards and adhered them with PVA glue.




After we finished making the shells (an effort that took around 4.5 months), we adhered the interior pages.  The RSVP page had a fuchsia envelope, custom card with a thought bubble for writing the bride and groom a note, and a handcrafted label.  It was enclosed with 4 black photo corners.


When removed from the book, there was a surprise message to be found on the page.  For directions, I adhered a black half moon enclosure with a folded parchment map inside.  A simple “Pull Me” instructed guests to pull out the paper to see the hand illustrated map.  The imagery inside the book was inspired by old Victorian botanic encyclopedias.




As the wedding was at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, I wanted the design to reflect the illustrations.  The final page has a silhouette of me, my fiancé Edward, and our dog Chum Chum.  The books were tied with a black silk ribbon and of course handmade stickers of an old Dahlia that was designed to match the books colors: black, fuchsia and the cream of the paper.


The book was placed in a cream box with fuchsia tissue paper, then wrapped in brown paper and another custom label.  Even the stamp was custom made – a photo of us at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in front of the Cherry Blossom Trees in full bloom, holding a sign that said “Look Inside.”


Other pieces included flower pot favors that also acted as seating cards, table number cards (all having different antique flower illustrations), a hand painted ketubah, hand-trimmed and designed circular menus, and ceremony – each program had a different cover and in the inside there was a small pink envelope that enclosed an “H” monogrammed tissue for “happy tears.”  My mother decorated all of the yarmulkes by hand.


I’m so impressed Shana!  Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful invitations with us!

{image credits: shana hale}

Meredith + Michael’s Modern Green and White Wedding Invitations

It’s always a good day when an invitation from the ever-fabulous Ellie of Mint and Hello Tenfold shows up in my inbox, but these invitations in particular really make me smile!  Ellie created these clean and modern invitations for a wedding in Miami, combining stripes and floral details with a color palette inspired by the bride’s flower selections.


From Ellie:  Meredith and Michael are getting married this Spring in Miami, and wanted an “organic-chic” look to their paper goods — fresh, relaxed, timeless, and fun.  The hotel where they are getting married has bold black and white striped cabanas along the pool, and Meredith plans to use lots of green orchids and mini calla lilies.  We screen printed their invitations on ivory paper and added a blue rsvp envelope and envelope liner to tie in the colors of the bridesmaid dresses and add an extra “pop.”  Rehearsal dinner invitations were printed at the same time and inserted into the family and close friends’ invitations.






Proving that stripes and flowers can totally go together = awesome work Ellie!

{image credits: ellie snow | hello tenfold}

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