Sneak Peek – Martha Stewart Weddings Fall Issue

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!

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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!

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By the way, have you been following the opalescent series on The Bride’s Guide?  I love this invitation suite from Sideshow Press.

{image credits: Cover by Ditte Isager and invitation photography by Johnny Miller/Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2010}

Wedding Field Guide Invitations

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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.

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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.

{image credits: urban influences via benign objects}

Lulu + Dee

Loving these modern, bright, and colorful letterpress greeting cards from Lulu + Dee:

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I’m quite partial to the giraffe and whale cards – too cute!  You can check out the full selection over in the Lulu + Dee shop right here.  Which ones are your favorites?

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Autumn-Inspired Notecards

Happy September everyone!  I’m a bit partial to September, since it’s both my actual birthday month and my blog anniversary month!  OSBP will be turning two years old in just a few short days.  Yay!  However, August doesn’t seem to have gotten the dismissal memo and it’s still hot as blazes around here.  Maybe I can will Fall to arrive with these autumn-inspired note cards from Sweet Harvey?

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Too cute!

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Jeshurun + Ryan’s Book and Coffee-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Today’s real invitations have one of my favorite themes ever – coffee and books!  Jeshurun took on the task of designing her own wedding invitations and Save the Dates while finishing up her Master’s thesis in graphic design at RISD and trying to plan the rest of her wedding.  Once Jeshurun and Ryan settled on a general theme the rest of the design came together organically, including a beautiful letterpress bookmark Save the Date!

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From Jeshurun:  As a graphic designer, there is some pressure to make your wedding invitations a slice of design perfection.  My husband Ryan manages a coffee shop, and we met in a coffee shop, so it seemed natural to incorporate that element as a design detail.  Coffee plants are actually quite beautiful.

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I recycled burlap coffee bags from his work by cutting them into small rectangles and attaching some homemade buttons of my own design to be used at the place settings.

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I letterpress printed my Save the Dates at RISD and attached gorgeous hand-dyed silk ribbon (from Hanah Silk Ribbon) to create the bookmarks.

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To continue the book theme, I stacked books I had at home into the shape of a wedding cake, then photographed and traced them in Illustrator to create the invitations. My friend Elana at Spoon & Sailor handled the printing of the invitations since I wanted a perfect color-match and some additional letterpress expertise.

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A custom rubber stamp and scalloped note cards from Paper Source made the RSVP cards a breeze.  The reception dinner menu was simply ink-jet printed at home.

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Instead of a guest book, I created a wishing tree to which guests could attach notes.

Fantastic work Jeshurun!  Congratulations, and thank you so much for sharing your wedding invitations!

{image credits: invitation photo by Elana at Spoon & Sailor; wishing tree, guest book, and buttons by Jeff Everard Photography, all others by Jeshurun Webb}