Carmen + Tj’s Bilingual Topographic Map Wedding Invitations

Kathleen from & Kathleen Design always gets to design the coolest wedding invitations.  Today, she’s here to share one of her most recent projects – a bilingual wedding invitation suite with a topographic map detail!  In addition to cool topography, Kathleen incorporated bright colors and fresh font selections to keep the overall design bright and modern.


From KathleenI created these modern, travel-inspired, and bilingual wedding invitations for Carmen and TJ.  Carmen works as an urban designer and her father is a geographer – the love of maps runs in her family.  She specified that she loves bright color and wanted a sharp, contemporary feel to her wedding invitations.



Together we brainstormed and decided to use graphic elements from a topographical map of Ohio, where Carmen & TJ are getting married.  I didn’t want Carmen and TJ’s wedding invitations to look too technical or literal so I played with scale and color throughout the suite.



I used a modern color combination of lime green and gray and printed the invitations on a textured laid stock which brings a tactile element to the design and keeps the invitation design from feeling too stark.


Lovely as always Kathleen!  For more of Kathleen’s beautiful design work, check out her blog right here!

Photo Credits: Kathleen Shannon

Kelly + Sean’s Scratch-Off Surprise Wedding Save the Dates

Now THIS is a fun idea – scratch off wedding save the dates!  Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs designed these cute and clever save the dates for a recent couple, creating an instant game for each recipient!  Guests were invited to guess the wedding location, which was then revealed in the scratch off area at the bottom.


From Courtney: The couple was wanted something really unique to their story. We created the card so the guest would guess where the wedding will be based on all the locations relevant to the couple, then scratch off to find out.  Every save the date came with a penny in a glassine bag so the guest could play instantly!





How fun!  Thanks so much Courtney!

Photo Credits: Swiss Cottage Designs

Megan + Mike’s Chevron Stripe and Stitched Save the Dates

Megan from Ruby the Fox sent over the save the dates for her wedding this fall, and I’m completely in love with every. single. detail. From the lovely calligraphy to the zig zag stitching to the chevron stripe envelope liner – the entire concept had me at hello. And even with all of those details, Megan manages to pull everything together into a save the date that is creative yet simple and elegant in its presentation.


From Megan:  When I got engaged in October to my amazing boyfriend of seven years, I knew I would be designing my own paper suite!  With an October Chicago wedding in the works, and a color palette of “muted Autumn” I knew I wanted the Save the Dates to portray our fun personalities but also be a preview to what our eclectic, organic wedding would bring.


The inserts were letterpress printed with grey ink onto basic white luggage tags and tied with inexpensive jute twine.  The calligraphy was done by the insanely talented Angelique Phillips of Angelique Ink.



Each of the cards were sewn, lovingly, by my mom with peach thread.  They were then slipped beneath a thin vellum strip.  The outcome was exactly what I had hoped for: a fun and creative yet elegant preview to the upcoming festivities!



So lovely Megan!  For more of Megan’s work, check her out over at Ruby the Fox!

Photo Credits: Ruby the Fox

Enrique + Annessa’s Creative Mexico Destination Wedding Invitations

Enrique and Annessa are graphic designers getting married in Mexico this summer (congrats you two!) with a follow-on event a few weeks later in Pennsylvania.  When it came time to create their wedding invitations, Enrique and Annessa found themselves inspired by double-sided letterpress coasters and knew they wanted to share their fun sense of humor with their wedding guests.  They decided to go with a fresh blue and orange color palette to represent their sunny destination wedding location – and a totally adorable illustration of the happy couple!



From Enrique and Annessa:  The inspiration for the format came from letterpress coasters we had seen once.  We really liked how they showcased personal items that turned into short stories about the person(s) on the front of the coasters.



In this case, we included our French bulldog Mr. Wilson, my love for gadgets, Annessa’s old 87’ Volvo, and my love for Johnny Cash. We really wanted to play up the fun, intimate details we know about each other and share them with our guests.  Humor is the soul and foundation to our relationship, so we felt it appropriate to illustrate each other the way we see each other.



Since we are having two events, Mexico and Pennsylvania, we had to double up on invitations while hinting at the theme of each event.  Pennsylvania will be a more country feel, so we used iconography such as cowboy boots.  For Mexico, we used, of course, a very appropriate sombrero.


Over all, there were some ups and downs through the process of designing and coming up with a final solution, but it feels very rewarding to know that we designed them ourselves.  We hope our guests enjoy them as well.

Thank you so much Enrique and Annessa!

Photo Credits: Enrique Barrios and Annessa Braymer

Oh So Beautiful Paper in Brides Magazine!

Brides magazine has a monthly column called Blog Star – and I’m thrilled to be this month’s contributor!  The April issue is full of fun wedding details, so for this month’s column the editors at Brides asked me to share ten of my favorite ideas for incorporating my favorite detail (paper!) into a wedding.

Brides Magazine Oh So Beautiful Paper Blog Star

The issue is on newsstands now – check me out on page 198 if you pick up a copy!