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!

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  It’s been a wet and rainy early spring week here in DC, but I’ve been taking advantage of the gloomy weather to get things done around the house and behind the scenes.  I love the sense of accomplishment and relief that comes from checking off an item that has sat on my to-do list for nearly a year (I’m also have awesome procrastination skills).  My plans for the weekend involve finishing this book in time for a book club meeting on Monday and taking my mom out to a movie – what are you all up to this weekend?  As always, in the meantime…

{the world’s most adorable cake from herriott grace}

…a few links for your weekend:

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for me this week!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!  xoxo

Morse Code Love Cards

Today happens to be my sweet husband’s birthday (you may remember that he’s currently overseas for a few months on a work assignment).  Since I don’t get to celebrate with him in person, these morse code letterpress love cards from Lettuce Press seemed like an appropriate way to help celebrate the far-away birthday of my favorite person in the whole entire world.



I love you and xo xo xo – both in morse code and available from Lettuce Press.

Photo Credits: Lettuce Press.

Elizabeth + Kevin’s Gold and Glamour Wedding Invitations

These invitations from Elizabeth and Jenna of Little Bit Heart are all about classic glitz and glamour.  From the gold and white color palette to the elegant script font and lace details, this invitation would be perfect for a formal or black tie wedding.  Elizabeth and Jenna even incorporated a traditional wax seal on the outer envelopes!


From Elizabeth and Jenna:  We created these wedding invitations for our cousin Elizabeth and her fiancé Kevin.  Elizabeth and Kevin wanted a classic, elegant set and to bring in lace details.  Their set was letterpress printed by Kat and the team at Gilah Press in Baltimore, Maryland on 100% cotton pearl white paper and mounted on metallic gold stock.  We had a blind impression of a lace pattern letterpress printed onto each card and used gold ink for the type.


A lace and fabric flower bellyband held the invitation set together.  We added a gold metallic inner envelope liner to add a pop to the cream envelope.  Elizabeth also fell in love with the idea of a wax seal, so we added a gold seal to the outer envelope.  Reply card and mailing labels were custom designed and printed onto gold metallic label stock.



So pretty!  Thanks Elizabeth and Jenna!

Photo Credits: Little Bit Heart