Sponsor Introduction – Truly Smitten Studio

I’ve been following the work of Sarah from Truly Smitten for a long time, and it’s been wonderful to see her company grow into a full design studio offering everything from wedding invitations and social stationery to baby announcements and identity design:

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You can check out more of Sarah’s work right here.  Sarah is also offering a giveaway of these uber-adorable gold foil-stamped thank you notes on her blog:

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I can’t get over the sweet combination of the gold foil on light blush pink cotton paper!  To enter to win a set of these note cards, just pop on over to the Truly Smitten blog before Friday!

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DC Couture Wedding Consortium Bridal Show

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For those of you who were hoping to attend the DC Couture Wedding Consortium bridal show this weekend — you're in luck!  The organizers have decided to open up the registration for free!  Just click here and enter code DCCWCFREE for your free ticket.  We'll be there snow or shine, so definitely come by, and don't forget to come say hello! 

Romantic Calligraphy from Danae Hernandez

There are few things that make me happier than beautiful calligraphy — from place cards to marriage certificates to envelopes, I just can't take my eyes off a talented calligrapher's flourishes and hand lettering.  So I was absolutely thrilled when Danae Hernandez sent over a few examples of her lovely, romantic calligraphy:  

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Calligraphy is equally as lovely when letterpress printed as the wedding invitation itself!  Danae recently hand lettered this simple and elegant wedding invitation, which was then letterpress printed by Jazyrain just outside of Portland, Oregon:

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From Danae: The laurel wreath design was inspired by the bride — she had sentimental reasons for wanting to use a laurel wreath. From there, I combined the hand drawn leaf design with calligraphic swirls that would tie it in with the lettering style, which I call "Loopy Luxe."  This lettering style is like most copperplate styles of calligraphy with it's even slant and thick-to-thin lines, but I like to throw in some swirls to give the letters more movement — like they are dancing!  Because it is after all, a celebration.

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Sigh… so pretty!  For more of Danae's lovely calligraphy, you can check out her etsy shop right here, and her blog here!

{image credits: Danae Hernandez}

Nonpareil Magazine!

I'm spending a good amount of time of today browsing through the amazing first issue of Nonpareil Magazine, which is dedicated to crafting beautiful weddings on a budget.  From diy tutorials to inspiration to downloadable templates, Nonpareil is full of fantastic content for any bride:

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Click here to check out the inaugural issue of Nonpareil - and a huge congratulations to Maddy and Kristen on the launch of a gorgeous new magazine!

{all images via nonpareil magazine}

New from Postal Press (now Mossiere!)

One of the downsides of taking some time off from blogging last week, although totally necessary, is that I missed out on some very cool updates from some of my favorite stationery studios — like these new prints, note cards, and business card designs from Alyson at Postal Press:

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Postal Press Silhouette Business Cards New from Postal Press (now Mossiere!)

Postal Press Hang Tag Save the Dates New from Postal Press (now Mossiere!)

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I’m really loving everything that Alyson has been doing lately, but those hang tag wedding Save the Dates and silhouette note cards (with custom calligraphy from Neither Snow) are just so absolutely darling.  Alyson will also customize the business cards to feature your own silhouette!  So cool.  You can check out more about the Postal Press updates right here and here!

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