Chris + Emma’s Vintage Texas Cactus Wedding Invitations

Brace yourselves, because today’s real wedding invitations are truly spectacular.  Combining three of my favorite things — gorgeous calligraphy, letterpress printing, and vintage stamps — Emma + Chris’s southwestern cactus-inspired wedding invitations are a true representation of their upcoming Texas wedding.  So let’s get right to it!

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From EmmaI am a designer living in Austin, Texas. I started designing wedding invitations about a year ago, when I took a job at a local invitation shop.  I draw my inspiration from nature, art, and all things vintage. (Update: Emma has since formed her own design studio called Antiquaria in partnership with calligrapher Bailey Amon)

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Our wedding will be out doors in the hill country of Austin and I wanted an invitation that reflected the southwest without being overtly western.  I had the invitations letterpress printed at our awesome vendor Stationery Works using a warm gray ink.

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Keeping all the letterpress printed pieces one color helped keep the overall cost down and I was able to add in pops of color with the bright yellow envelope liner and a reproduction vintage postcard (which I printed myself). All the pieces were then tied together in little bundles with yellow bakers twine from Whisker Graphics.

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The outer envelopes brought it all together with calligraphy by Bailey Amon and vintage cactus postage that I found on ebay.

Thanks so much Emma!  You can find more of Emma’s design inspiration and influences, as well as more tidbits about her wedding, on her blog, Love of Folly, and more of her beautiful designs at Antiquaria.

Image Credits: Emma | Antiquaria

Gift Wrap in Style

Love, love, love these vintage ribbons and packaging notions from Package in Style:

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So many colors and textures!  I would looove to see the pink burlap ribbon incorporated into a wedding bouquet — and the floral oya (turkish lace) ribbons are beyond gorgeous.  Check out lots more right here!

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Thank You Card Round-Up

Erin from Apartment #34 sent me a note asking for thank you card ideas following her recent bridal shower (congrats Erin!).  And since thank you cards are something that everyone can (and should!) use, I thought I'd pull together a quick round-up of some of my favorite thank you cards for all of you!  These cards were pulled together with a bridal shower in mind, but could easily be used for any occasion – so let's get started!

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6a00e554ee8a22883301310fafa863970c 500wi Thank You Card Round Up {seesaw}

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6a00e554ee8a2288330120a948c690970b 500wi Thank You Card Round Up {sweet harvey}

 

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6a00e554ee8a22883301310fafe0e3970c 500wi Thank You Card Round Up {spring olive}

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If you're on the lookout for thank you cards, hopefully this round-up will give you all a good start!

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Sponsor Introduction – Sweet Harvey & We Heart Paper

Today I'm thrilled to welcome two letterpress studios as my newest sponsors!  Sweet Harvey Letterpress will be familiar to you from some of my past holiday card and stationery round-ups, while We Heart Paper is making their blog debut today!

Sweet Harvey Letterpress is an independent design studio with a focus on creating modern, fresh, and whimsical letterpress prints and stationery.  Run by Brandi Powell, Sweet Harvey specializes in original illustration and letterpress printing:

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We Heart Paper is an up and coming wedding invitation studio run by Janie Liu.  I love the way Janie mixes different typefaces and incorporates bright pops of color into her wedding invitation designs.  Here's a quick sample of Janie's invitation portfolio:

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Custom Illustrated Letterpress Portraits

Kavamore Press recently sent me a note letting me know about their new collaboration with wedding illustrator Stroopwoffle creating letterpress portraits for use in Save the Dates, thank you cards, or other wedding ephemera – or even in business cards and baby announcements:

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Kavamore Press is currently offering a 20% discount on all orders placed before April 15.  Check out all the details right here!

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