Kelli + Sam Romantic Vintage-Inspired Wedding Invitations

As promised, here are Kelli + Sam’s wedding invitations!  For her invitations, Kelli went for a rustic and vintage-inspired design, incorporating images of lace and worn paper with birds and branches for a romantic garden feel.  Kelli also worked with a local printer to create a mold and die cut the main invitation and reception card, giving those pieces a lovely unique shape.

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From KelliThe theme of my wedding was Vintage Garden Romance, and I wanted my invitations to reflect that theme.  Being a graphic designer myself, I always knew I would create my own wedding invitations, so I began my inspiration folder early!

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I decided that much of my decor would be very delicate and romantic, mixing natural fabrics with pearls, lace and feathers.  I planned on using a lot of twigs and branches and “woodsy decor” as well in design and decoration, and because it was an outdoor wedding in the middle of November, I wanted it to have a taste of Fall (without being too predictable).

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I opted for a very light color palate, with soft and natural hues.  The main color being a pale peach.  I created a branch frame as my foundation for the invitation and worked from there.  I have always loved the  look of aged paper, whether it be coffee stained or torn or burnt around the edges, so I scanned in some old tattered lined paper and used that as my background.

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I then layered strips of lace across the top to give it that bit of romance I was going for.  Finally, the silhouetted lovebirds and feather accents served as the “garden” inspiration.

For more from Kelli’s wedding – including her ceremony programs and wedding photos - check out her blog right here. Thanks Kelli!

{image credits: sarah shreves}

Kelli + Sam’s Illustrated Save the Dates

Illustrator and painter Kelli Murray Larson sent over her wedding stationery — both which of course feature her beautiful illustrations!  Naturally, I thought I’d start off with the Save the Dates!

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I love Kelli’s fresh approach to a magnet Save the Date — a graphic black + white magnet featuring Kelli’s hand lettering and an illustration of a tree:

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For the main Save the Date, Kelli started with this portrait drawing of herself + Sam:

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And on the reverse side was a calendar to remind guests of the wedding date:

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Coming up next… Kelli’s wedding invitations!

{image credits: Sarah Shreves}

Beautiful Brand Identity

I just can't get over this gorgeous brand identity from Truly Smitten for floral design studio Vale of Enna.  From the elegant and unique die-cut shape to the soft green and gray color palette, the entire suite reminds me of blooming flowers in spring — perfect for a floral designer!

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Check out the rest of the suite right here!

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*truly smitten is a sponsor on oh so beautiful paper but provided no financial compensation for this post. for information on my editorial policy, please click here.

Garden Inspiration

As I mentioned on twitter earlier today, I'm thinking about trying to do a bit of gardening this spring and summer in the tiny yard in front of our house.  It's a small area, with just some grass and a couple of trees at the moment, but I think it could be really pretty with a few flowers and shrubs.  This is the first time since living in DC that I've had a front yard, so I'm very much a novice gardener.  If you have any gardening resources (blogs, books, websites) that you can recommend, I'd very much appreciate it!

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I'm thinking I'll start off with something relatively low-maintenance, and I'd love to add in a few evergreen elements so that the yard isn't completely bare next winter.  Any ideas?

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A Modern Sugar Paper Baby Shower

Sugar Paper is a gorgeous luxury stationery studio in southern California helmed by co-founders Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker.  Chelsea is getting ready to welcome a baby in a week or so (congrats Chelsea!), so Jamie threw an incredibly sweet baby shower — and somehow managed to keep the whole thing a secret from Chelsea!  

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Check out the gorgeous letterpress die-cut baby shower invitations — the calligraphy was all done by LA-based calligrapher Lisa Holtzman:

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Love these baby carriage coasters!  So perfect with the shower's yellow, black, and white color palette.

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As party favors, each guest took home a set of personalized letterpress stationery — lucky ducks!

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Gorgeous — down to every last detail!  For more from Sugar Paper, you can explore their extensive design portfolio right here.  Congratulations again Chelsea!

{images are from the mom-to-be's personal collection, used with permission}