Happy Tuesday everyone! This week I’m out of town on a blog field trip, which I can’t wait to tell you all about next week! While I’m on the road I’ve got lots of fun things lined up for you, including a bunch of gorgeous real wedding invitations and a fabulous giveaway! First up this week, a beautiful wedding invitation from Bryn at Paperfinger. The invitation suite was letterpress printed in elegant black and white, with Bryn’s lovely calligraphy and illustrations:
From Bryn: Ana wanted something that felt metropolitan and contemporary – nothing too frilly. We decided that focusing on the reception site, none other than the Gramercy Park Hotel, would be a great approach. I love drawing street scenes and neighborhood views and have been incorporating that perspective in a lot of invitations.
The wedding location is often a great way to capture the style and spirit of the couple. This hotel is situated on a beautiful block facing Gramercy Park, so we made that view the focus of the invitation while using a clean, modern calligraphy style that was a perfect match for Ana and Frederick.
I had a lot of fun zooming into Google Maps street-level view to find details for the drawing. The technology is amazing and makes this kind of illustration so much easier. From the comfort of my studio, I can get just the right angle on the street or zoom in to see what the park fence is actually like up close.
The fence itself was so appealing a graphic that I decided to tie it together with the reply postcard so that the two pieces could actually fit together as a diptych.
Ana was a self-proclaimed non-fussy, “no hearts” kind of girl, but we were both so excited after the invitations were printed (letterpress, black ink) that we couldn’t help but hug!
The invitation was printed on super-thick and luxurious cotton paper – I love Bryn’s crisp black and white illustrations and the texture of the letterpress impression on the back of the invitation. Gorgeous work as always Bryn!
Happy Friday everyone! Are you all looking forward to the long holiday weekend? I definitely am – it’ll be nice to have an extra day to catch up on things and it also happens to be my birthday this weekend! I don’t usually make a big fuss over my birthday, but since I’ll be entering the last year of my twenties I’m paying a bit more attention this time around. In other news, I haven’t been able to stop listening to the new Wolf Parade album – it’s so good! The song below is my favorite (sorry, there’s no video, just the audio track) and I can’t wait until they come to the area on tour in a couple of months. But in the meantime…
The new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is coming to newsstands in just a few days, but in the meantime I have a little sneak peek to share with you!
The Fall issue will be devoted to all things fashion (fitting for September, no?), and when it came to stationery the editors decided to focus on wedding invitation designs inspired by the elements of fashion, including pleats, scalloped edges, tuxedo details, sheer fabrics, fanciful flourishes, and stitching. The story includes six of my favorite designers and three amazing calligraphers – I can’t wait to see everything in print!
Sigh… today has kind of gotten away from me. It’s one of those days where dealing with issues on the back end of the blog has eclipsed my focus on the front end. Don’t we all have days like that? So I leave you with these lovely woodgrain wedding invitations/wedding field guide by Urban Influences and promises to come back tomorrow (with a fun sneak peek at some of the stationery in the latest issue of Martha Stewart Weddings!). Check out the full details of these invitations over at Benign Objects.
In the meantime, I did a little Q and A session over at The B List blog – check it out right here! Also of note, I had the opportunity earlier today to attend the swearing-in ceremony for my former boss and mentor – he’s heading off to be an Ambassador and I couldn’t be more proud of him. It’s so nice to see good things happen for good people; makes my heart all warm and fuzzy.