Jenna + Daniel’s Desert Cactus Wedding Invitations

Designer Alison Iven sent over these beautiful invitations that she created for her best friend’s wedding in Arizona.  I love the hand lettering and the desert botanical illustrations!  The bride loves tea, so in addition to the invitations and rsvp card Alison incorporated tea bags with the bride and groom’s initials and wedding date to help serve as a reminder for guests.  The entire suite was packaged together in a green vellum inner envelope with a cactus illustration on the belly band.  So pretty!


From AlisonI was very excited and honored to design invitations for my best friend, Jenna, for her wedding at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona.  The venue was a major inspiration for the couple and they wanted the invitations to reflect a laid back Southwestern elegance.



I created pen and ink illustrations of different types of cacti and custom lettering using only one color for flexible printing options and to keep the cost down.



Pieces include invites and envelopes, RSVP cards, return address stamp, thank you cards, tea bags, and table numbers.



Thank you so much Alison!

Photo Credits: Alison Iven

p.s. Today is Oh So Beautiful Paper’s 3rd anniversary!  Have you entered the celebratory giveaway with Paisley Quill yet??

Hand Lettered Baby Shower Invitations by Scout’s Honor Co.

How cute are these hand lettered baby shower invitations from Scout’s Honor Co.?  The entire design was originally hand painted using gouache (a technique similar to watercolor) before being scanned and printed for the final layout.  I love the contrast of the soft blue hand painted type against the bright red envelopes.  Just lovely!




You can see more from Scout’s Honor Co. right here!

Photo Credits: Scout’s Honor Co.

Charles + Jazmin’s Silhouette Letterpress Wedding Invitations

A few weeks ago, I came across these gorgeous silhouette wedding invitations created by Meg at Low Country Press – and immediately fell in love with the entire suite.  The design was inspired by the professions of the bride and groom (teacher and welder, respectively), with hand rendered illustrations of icons from their careers and silhouettes of the couple.  Meg was kind enough to share some additional images of this beautiful invitation suite courtesy of Elk Photo and Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, so let’s take a look!


From MegJazmin and Charles both have a passion for what they do – she’s a teacher and he’s a welder – as well as for life, and ultimately each other.  They wanted to bring that to life through their stationery suite by including custom silhouettes as well as icons to represent what they do: a ruler, apple, and books for her teaching, and a welding mask, tool box, and spark for his welding.  The invitations were a true first impression for the wedding, which included a photobooth complete with chalkboard backdrop and welding equipment as props.


The gray and yellow color palette represented both the bride and groom – inspired by bright yellow school buses and industrial metal.  We incorporated the color palette not only through the ink colors, but the corresponding envelopes as well.  The envelopes also carried over the silhouettes from the invitation.

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The invitation itself was printed on 220 lb Crane Lettra Bright White paper, giving the two color design beautiful letterpress impressions.  They saved money by printing the corresponding pieces, including the RSVP card and a map, digitally.  Overall, the suite reflected the happiness and love of the couple through what they do, and each other, shown through my love of paper goods.


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So pretty!  You can check out more from Low Country Press right here!

Design and Printing: Low Country Press
Outer Envelope Calligraphy: Savannah Calligraphy

Photo Credits: Top image by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures (chalkboard suite), all other images by Elk Photo

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more talented wedding invitation designers and the real invitations gallery for more beautiful custom invitations!

New Giveaway! Wedding Invitations from Inkwell by Paisley Quill

I’m in the mood for a celebration.  Yesterday was my 30th birthday, today we introduced the new Designer Rolodex, and as if those two things weren’t enough – Thursday will mark the 3rd anniversary of Oh So Beautiful Paper!  And today we’re celebrating everything with a new giveaway!

Molly from Paisley Quill is offering one lucky reader the chance to win 100 invitations from her Inkwell Collection – that includes the invitation and two additional enclosure cards (like an rsvp and directions card) of your choosing!  The winner will choose their favorite design from the collection and have the ability to customize the color and wording of their invitations.  Each invitation is digitally printed on thick recycled paper for a luxurious feel.

So here’s how to enter: Head on over to Paisley Quill to browse the Inkwell Collection and select a favorite design.  Then come back here and leave a com­ment with your wed­ding date and choice of favorite invitation suite!

You’ll have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, September 9 to enter.  Bonne chance!

Photo Credits: Paisley Quill

Illustrated Invitations for a Wedding in Germany

As I was putting the finishing touches on the Designer Rolodex over the weekend, I came across these gorgeous invitations created by Bird and Banner for a wedding in Germany.  I love the gatefold layout, whimsical letterpress illustrations, and hand lettered text – not to mention the amazing color!  The reception took place in a castle in the middle of a lake in southern Germany.  Sounds dreamy!

You can see more from Bird and Banner in the Designer Rolodex!

Photo Credits: Bird and Banner