Becky + Alison’s Hand Lettered Rustic Wedding Invitations

These rustic wedding invitations from Kim at Bright Room Studio are just so pretty! Kim combined her own whimsical hand lettering and illustrated details with a nature-inspired color palette of green ink on kraft paper for a softer spin on rustic invitation design. And how gorgeous is that RSVP postcard? Love!

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From Kim: This design was special to me. When California overturned Prop 8 back in 2013, I really wanted to do something to celebrate. So I decided to give away a custom designed invitation suite to a same sex couple. I received some amazing love stories, but the overall theme was that love really does conquer all. I could really feel the love just through the email from Becky and Alison so I selected them! They are the sweetest couple who love being outside, so the rustic invitation design was an obvious direction to go.

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The design is entirely hand-lettered with lots of leafy and organic touches. The tree is an illustration of a tree that was very special to them, so it was the perfect emblem for their paper goods. We then letterpress printed the design in a deep green on kraft with a little pop of blue for the details card to represent the water. Becky and Alison are a really special couple and I’m so glad that they got to celebrate their wedding!

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Thanks Kim!

Bright Room Studio is a member of the Designer Rolodex  – you can see more of Kim’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Bright Room Studio

Seasonal Stationery: Valentine’s Day Cards, Part 3

The 2015 Valentine’s Day card round up is still going strong! I added a bunch of new cards to the full round up over the weekend – here are a few favorites!

2015 Valentine's Day Card Round Up Curated by Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. 9th Letter Press

2. Scout’s Honor Paper

3. Dear Hancock

4. Our Heiday

5. + 6. Rifle Paper Co

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7. Belle & Union

8. Ink Meets Paper

9. The Social Type

10. Ghost Academy

11. Mr. Boddington’s Studio

12. Hooray Today!

Lots more love cards in the full round up right here! And in case you missed them – my first two Valentine’s Day highlight posts from last week are right here.

New Giveaway! Laurel Denise 2015 Planner

I rounded up some of my favorite planners a couple of weeks ago – and today I’m super excited to be giving away one of the fabulous 2015 planners from Laurel Denise!

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This gorgeous planner has been one of my favorites for the last few years: it’s well-designed without being overwhelming, and with plenty of space to keep track of everything from appointments to to-do’s to ideas and inspiration.

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Laurel designed her planner to let you view both monthly and weekly pages at the same time – so you can plan each weekly schedule while keeping track of what’s ahead! Just turn a new page for each new week in the month, without ever losing sight of the full-month view. Oh, and there’s also room for goal planning in 2015 and into 2016!

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This year’s planner features a beautiful matte gray cover with spiral bound pages along with inside folders on front and back cover, individually tabbed months, lined note-taking pages, graph paper note-taking pages, and more!

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To enter, leave a comment below telling us one of your goals for 2015! You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 23 to enter the giveaway. One winner will be selected randomly. Bonne chance!

*Sorry, limited to U.S. readers only. Limit one entry per person. Please do not leave your email or web address in the body of the comment, only in the allotted boxes. $35 approximate total retail value. Winner will be contacted via email after comments close.

p.s. Laurel is also offering Oh So Beautiful Paper readers a free notecard set with planner purchase! Just mention “oh so beautiful paper” at checkout! Thanks Laurel!

Anna + Lanier’s Elegant Letterpress Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

I’m such a fan of the beautiful work of Sarah from August Blume – I even got the chance to work with her on my friend Maggie’s baby shower invitations a while back! So I was thrilled when Sarah sent over these elegant calligraphy wedding invitations with delicate blind letterpress printed details. So pretty!

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From SarahThis invitation suite was custom designed for a sweet, Southern couple who were married in their hometown of Jackson, Tennessee. The bride and groom wanted their invitation to reflect their elegant, textural, and romantic wedding day. The suite was letterpress printed on 220lb Crane Lettra and incorporated a delicate blind impression to reflect on the couple’s reception venue – a historic hotel in downtown Jackson.

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The invitation and inserts featured beautiful calligraphy by Elizabeth Hardin and classic typography in warm gray. The stone colored reply envelope added another layer of color and texture. A custom die-cut quatrefoil monogram tag was slid on to a velvet ribbon wrap to tie it all together. Elizabeth’s calligraphy on both the inner and outer envelopes elevated the design and helped set the tone for such a special day.

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Thanks Sarah!

Invitation Design: August Blume

Calligraphy: Elizabeth Hardin

Letterpress Printing: Studio on Fire

August Blume is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Sarah’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Jackie Osborne Photography

Friday Happy Hour: The Dark n’ Bubbly

We’ve shared a few versions of the classic French 75 here, but you don’t have to limit yourself to mixing champagne with gin. For Christmas, my sweet parents – who as complete tee totalers cannot make heads or tails of my love for cocktails – got me the new book by New York’s Death & Co bar. It is a tremendous resource for anyone who loves cocktails and I cannot recommend it enough. Here’s just one fantastically fun recipe that combines rum with champagne for another installment of this month’s champagne series, the Dark ‘N’ Bubbly. – Andrew

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Illustration by Shauna Lynn for Oh So Beautiful Paper

The Dark n’ Bubbly

1 1/2 oz Aged Rum
1/4 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Ginger Syrup
Dry Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Shake the rum, lime, and ginger syrup with ice and strain into a chilled coupe or flute. Top with champagne and enjoy!

The Dark n’ Bubbly is a fun play on the Dark n’ Stormy, a drink of rum, lime, and ginger beer. Here, the effervescence is provided not by ginger beer, but the much crisper and drier champagne. It’s a lively, light recipe and a lot of fun to drink.

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For the rum, we used Flor de Caña 7 year. Flor de Caña is a Nicaraguan rum that is mellow but complex and surprisingly inexpensive considering its quality, so it has become one of our go-to rums for mixing. For the ginger syrup, Death & Co. calls for curried ginger syrup, but that wasn’t something we had lying around the house. We did, however, have some ginger syrup from the Brooklyn-based Morris Kitchen, which makes some pretty great syrups for cocktails. (Hands-down favorite: try their preserved lemon syrup and you’ll be hooked.)

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Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, where we’ve been posting lots of our experiments before they reach our Friday Happy Hour column!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper