Satsuma Press Giveaway Winner – and Discount!

I had a blast hosting the custom holiday card giveaway from Satsuma Press last week, and I’m thrilled to finally announce the three winners!  And the lucky readers are…

Yay!  A big congratulations to Sarah, Jaclyn, and Lisabeth, and a huge thanks to all of you who entered!  With over 250 entries, Lynn has extended a generous discount to all those who entered the giveaway – she’s offering a 20% discount for 25 or 50 cards, and a 25% discount for 75 or 100 cards.  Just head on over to the Satsuma Press shop to contact Lynn and place your order.  Thanks Lynn!

Illustrated Wedding Invitations from Me + E

I’m loving these whimsical, yet modern, illustrated wedding invitations from South Africa-based design studio Me & E:

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Designers Eloise and Elizabeth come from an advertising background, so in addition to beautiful wedding invitations they also do some lovely branding, illustration, and web design.  Check it all out right here!

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Melissa’s Golf-Themed Wedding Details

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of featuring Melissa and Jerome’s elegant letterpress golf-theme wedding invitations and save the dates.  Melissa and Jerome were married in September at a local golf club, and Melissa carried some of the more subtle elements of her theme through to the wedding day details, including the menus, ceremony programs, even the wedding cake! Today I’m thrilled to welcome Melissa back to share some lovely photos – courtesy of Joe Elario Photography – and the inspiration behind the details!

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From Melissa:  As a graphic designer, I brand projects and design for clients all day long.  When I started with the the golf tee save the date, I wasn’t sure how far I would take the golf theme, but knew at that point that I really wanted to push the logo, the green and white color palette, and the overall aesthetic.

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The venue, being a golf club, is very green outside and very brown inside.  Because the interior is so brown, I chose not to bring in any brown elements, but rather played only to green and balanced it all with white and cream flowers.

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I decided to keep the ‘golf’ theme subtle, but brought in elements here and there — like using driving range golf ball baskets to hand out programs and for welcome baskets.

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For the ceremony programs, I knew that I wanted to create an accordion fold, using photos from our engagement shoot on the back.  The cover of the program uses a portion of the golf course image I used on the invitation design.

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For the escort cards, I knew that buttons with phrases like “I’m a dance machine” or “Which way to the bar” would really lighten the mood.  It also gave me another opportunity to play off the bellyband on the invitation design, which had a die-cut circle show casing the logo.

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I had to have a green candy bar, no question!  It was just another great way to break up the heavy brown in the venue.  I knew the decision to have a candy bar meant extra work to create the labels, but in the end the candy bar created a great display of color.  It also gave me a great excuse to bring in the quote on the candy bags.

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We played to the argyle as much as possible.  The guestbook exterior used a more pronounced green and white pattern, where as the cake used a more subtle pattern bringing the argyle influence through texture.  For the rehearsal dinner, we used socks as place cards – which was a great way to give our family and everyone in the party just a little something extra to remember the day.

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We wanted to create a very modern feel with a lot of these elements—while still being elegant.  The table numbers, which are quilled, really gave a playful feel to each table.  In the end, I think all the little touches—like the drink stir sticks, chair sashes and labels really made for a unique experience.

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Melissa was responsible for the design for all of the details in her wedding, but she was kind enough to provide a list of the different production resources that she used for other couples looking for something similar for their own wedding.  Thanks Melissa!

Stir Sticks: Lemon and Lavender
Quilled Table Numbers: Paper Daisy Card Design
Candy Bags and Chair Sashes: Bella Bride Designs
Buttons: Not Made in China
Guestbook: To Have and To Hold
Ceremony Programs: UniqueActive
Letterpress Hang Tags: Sideshow Press

{image credits: Joe Elario Photography}

Art Deco Garden Party Wedding Invitations

If you love the idea of a garden wedding at a historic home (all very much like the setting of The Great Gatsby), then you’ll love these beautiful blue and gold wedding invitations from Jocelyn at Petit Bureau.  Inspired by the bride and groom’s shared love for Art Deco architectural details and of course the wedding’s beautiful garden setting, Jocelyn set out to create a cohesive invitation design while merging the two styles.

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From Jocelyn:  This invitation was designed for a wedding that took place in a garden setting at a private residence in Sonoma, California.  The bride and groom love Art Deco, so I tried to incorporate that style through the type and use of decorative borders.  We started with the Save the Date and the wedding invitation set evolved from that piece.

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Jocelyn letterpress printed the main invitation on a thick Waterford watercolor paper.  The other items were offset printed on Neenah’s Classic Crest in Classic Natural White 110# cover weight paper.  In addition to the save the date and invitation suite, Jocelyn also created custom thank you cards, menus, and table numbers.

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So delicate and beautiful – and I absolutely adore the soft blue and gold color palette.  Just lovely!  Thank you so much Jocelyn!

{image credits: petit bureau}

Nature-Inspired Quilled Marriage Certificate

Last year, I was thrilled to feature an amazing black and white quilled wedding certificate by paper filigrée artist Ann Martin.  Today I’m thrilled to welcome Ann back with another stunning wedding certificate!  The bride and groom were married last week in the Jurassic Park section of Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.  Given the jungle-like atmosphere of the theme park, the couple asked for autumn colors, leaves, mushrooms, birds – even a few small forest animals!

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Ann took on the challenge of creating a non-traditional wedding certificate design for a very unique wedding.  The couple was thrilled with the result, which includes acorns, an owl, blue jay, squirrel, and even a tiny mouse.  Riva Brown of Living Letters Studio did the lovely calligraphy in dark brown ink.

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The certificate will be signed by the bride and groom, as well as the wedding guests as a sign of support for the couple in their marriage.  Wedding certificates can be a lovely alternative as a wedding guest book, and of course can be framed and displayed at home after the wedding.

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A bit of background from Ann on the art of paper quilling:  Paper quilling is a rolled paper technique that originated several hundred years ago in Europe.  As a DIY aspect, I encourage brides-to-be to quill their own certificates and have posted quite a few tutorials on my blog.  Place cards and favor boxes can be beautifully accented with just a few quilled elements.

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So pretty!  Ann has so much more beautiful paper quilling examples over on her blog, which you can check out right here!  Thanks Ann!

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