Lindsey + Evan’s Gilded Formal Wedding Invitations

It’s such a treat when I get to feature the invitations for a wedding in my very own backyard – Washington, DC!  And today’s invitations are definitely a classic Washington, DC affair, with an elegant design that complements the formal wedding style as well as the old world details of the wedding venue.  Lindsey and Evan worked with Saima Says Design on their wedding invitations, with lovely images courtesy of Jennifer Domenick from Love Life Images.


From Lindsey: Evan and I knew from the start that we wanted our wedding to be unique and completely original.  In our minds, that started with the venue and the invitation.  Knowing how important the stationery would be to us, our wedding planner, Pam Barefoot of Atrendy Wedding, took us to meet with Saima Kahn of Saima Says Design.  Once we saw some of her designs, we decided to go with a custom invitation that would be posted on a silk board and mailed in a box.  Knowing that the invitation is the first taste your guests will get of your wedding, we knew this was a way to make a real impact.

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We were completely inspired by the space at the Anderson House and wanted its gilded, old world elegance to influence the stationery itself.  The chandelier on our save the date mimicked the actual chandelier in the ballroom and all of the scrolling patterns and designs were taken from the venue itself.  We were beyond thrilled with the finished product and it was so much fun hearing from the guests as they received their boxes in the mail!  No one had ever seen an invitation like it and it provided our guests with a taste of what was to come!

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So pretty!  A huge thanks to Lindsey and Jennifer for sharing these beautiful invitations, and you can check out more of Saima’s work right here!

Photo Credits: Jennifer Domenick | Love Life Images

National Stationery Show Recipe Card Scavenger Hunt

Designers often have cute little promotional items at trade shows, from tote bags to pencils to yummy snacks.  Not only do they help make trade shows even more fun, but if done correctly they can also be a fun memory for years after the show (like Lisa’s awesome tote bag from last year).  For this year’s Stationery Show, Amber from Flywheel Press has partnered up with 14 amazingly talented designers and Legion Paper to create this fun letterpress recipe card promo – sort of like a letterpress scavenger hunt at the Stationery Show!

From Amber at Flywheel Press: I love how people create calendars and other clever promotions for the Stationery Show.  But I wanted to do something a little different, something without a shelf life, something that celebrates the timeless art of letterpress printing.  The idea of the recipe card seemed to work hand in hand with celebrating the diversity and collaborative essence of the letterpress community.

If you happen to be attending the Stationery Show next week, don’t forget to collect each recipe card!  Here’s a list of all the participating companies and booth numbers:

a. favorite design/#1551
Albertine Press/#2142
Blackbird Letterpress/#1653
Blue Barnhouse/#2267
Dingbat Press/#2152
Flywheel Press/#1666
Igloo Letterpress/#1747
May Day Studio/#1955
The Nic Studio/#1455
Old Tom Foolery/#2141
Paper Mill Designs/#1966
Pistachio Press/#1664
Sapling Press/#1667
Wild Ink Press/#1671

Once you have all 15 recipe cards, don’t forget to stop by the Legion Paper booth (#1574) in the Supply Side section to pick up the recipe card box.  Such a wonderful idea – I can’t wait to collect all 15 designs!

*Pistachio Press, Dingbat Press, and Wild Ink Press are sponsors of Oh So Beautiful Paper; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

Stationery Show Sneak Peek – Yellow Owl Workshop

Have I mentioned that the National Stationery Show is next week?  Yeah, I’m just a teensy bit excited – it’s my favorite week of the year!  It’s been fun to see some of my favorite stationers gearing up for the show this week.  I always look forward to the new colorful and creative designs from Yellow Owl Workshop, and today Evan and Christine are sharing a sneak peek at some of the new cards making their official debut at the show!


In addition to the Stationery Show, Christine will be participating in a fun event at West Elm for her book Print Workshop!  So if you’ll be in the New York area this Saturday, stop by West Elm Broadway (at Broadway and 62nd Street) from 5 – 7 p.m. for a printmaking workshop and book signing.  Check out the full details right here!

Photo Credits: Yellow Owl Workshop

Jackie + Tyler’s Gray and Gold Baby Shower Invitations

Okay, prepare yourself for some serious cuteness.  Jackie from 42 Pressed and her husband Tyler are expecting a baby girl in just a few weeks, and today Jackie is here to share her baby shower invitations!  Jackie was inspired by the gray and gold nursery color palette and crib bedding – resulting in a baby shower invitation that is both modern and super adorable.


From Jackie:  At first we were going to wait to find out if it was going to be a boy or a girl but for obvious reasons we just couldn’t stand waiting, but before we knew it was a girl we basically chose to go with a grey and gold color palette, with pops of color and various other textures.


I fell in love with Oh Joy’s Petal Pusher wallpaper from Hygge & West, so we put that up on the main wall.  We also put up all the wainscoting to break up the grey walls a bit and to give it a little bit more light.


For the shower invitations, we wanted them to be fun and playful, her name will be “Riley Magnolia Robinson” so my sister came up with the saying “Let’s shower our flower” and then I basically designed around that.  There are lots of giraffes in the nursery and I am so in love my crib bedding by Dwell Studio, we basically drew from that inspiration.


I thought that it would be fun to incorporate our nursery colors within the belly band, that way people could buy décor if they wanted or make things, I have some pretty crafty friends so I was sure that would come in handy!

So cute Jackie!  Congratulations on your newest addition!  For more from 42 Pressed, check out their custom portfolio right here!

Photo Credits: 42 Pressed

*42 Pressed is a sponsor of Oh So Beautiful Paper; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

International Biscuit Festival Invitations

Now this sounds like a fun party!  Sarah from The Happy Envelope sent over these invitations that she printed for the upcoming International Biscuit Festival (who knew?) over Memorial Day Weekend in Knoxville.  Sarah combined multiple typefaces and letterpress printing in chocolate and chartreuse inks for a southern-meets-swanky invitation to the festival’s fundraising brunch.  Any Top Chef fans out there?  You might recognize the name of the festival’s guest chef

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From SarahEverybody loves biscuits! The International Biscuit Festival is a huge weekend event held in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.  This year, Guest Chef Michelle Bernstein will be participating in a special fundraising event to raise money for Share Our Strength, so the hosts of the event wanted to send out invitations that were luxurious and swanky while still maintaining the casual, laid-back mood of the Biscuit Festival.


The invitation and reply postcard are letterpress printed in chocolate ink on ultra-thick 220 lb board.  The reverse side picnic pattern on the invitation is letterpress in a chartreuse ink.  All pieces were wrapped up together with mocha and white threaded baker’s twine in multiple wrap with knot.  The Biscuit Benefit Dinner pieces was printed on standard 110# letterpress stock and matted with chocolate brown stock to create a dark border on the white paper.  Khaki envelopes were flat printed with chocolate ink reply card.


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Thank you so much Sarah!

Photo Credits: John Black Photography