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!

{image credits: postal press}

Stacey + Jason’s Modern Yellow and Gold Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone!  Sorry I’m getting a bit of a late start today, but we’re still digging out from under our piles and piles of boxes, so my brain is a bit scattered today.  I thought I’d make it up to you all by starting off the week with a gorgeous vintage-inspired letterpress wedding invitation suite from Tova Glenn at Brighten My Day Studio and printed by Jen at Press Charming:

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From Tovah: The bride owns an incredible fabric store here in Atlanta and loved the idea of pairing something sort of vintage with text that was really bold and modern.  And, she  knew she wanted to bring in pops of bold yellow, gold and black into the wedding itself as a complement to the mixture of vintage and modern décor at the wedding venue.

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For the save the date, we offset-printed a great vintage pattern {that we re-drew} in a vibrant yellow ink and paired it with bold text, foil stamped in black.  The back of the card informed the out of town guests with all the accommodation information and weekend details.

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Stacey and Jason wanted to honor their parents and grandparents in the wedding invitation, carrying through this Jewish concept of “generation to generation.”  I created an emblem that incorporated each of the parents’ and grandparents’ wedding dates — along with their own — into a beautiful, graphic image.  I thought the wedding emblem was such a fun way to create something graphic that veered away from a classic monogram or a theme-y illustration.

The invitation was letterpress printed in black ink on 220lb. bright white cards and edge painted in gold.  The emblem was then foil stamped in the bottom corner — a mix of contemporary and classic.  The response card brought in the yellow again, letterpress printed in black and yellow on 110lb. stock.  The envelopes — both bright white — were also letterpress printed in black ink, incorporating the offset layout of cards and the modern mix of typefaces.  We created custom postage stamps and incorporated a bold S+J {a fabulous contrast to the classic calligraphy on the front of the envelope}.

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With the program and menu, we kept things simple and cohesive.  Both cards were long and thin.  We used  a bright white stock, offset set printed in the text in black and foil stamped the now recognizable wedding emblem in gold foil.

How amazing is that wedding emblem?  I love the way it both ties the entire suite together and serves as a lovely nod to the bride and groom’s family history.  Just beautiful Tova!

{image credits: brighten my day studio}