Acorn + Whale New Year’s Resolution Letterpress Prints

For those of you making New Year’s resolutions – or looking for a bit of extra inspiration to help you start the new year on the right foot – I’m loving these modern black and white resolution letterpress prints from Acorn & Whale:

 

 

Check out the full collection at Acorn & Whale right here!

Photo Credits: Acorn & Whale

Beth + Michael’s Chevron Stripe Calligraphy Save the Dates

My oh my, I’m seriously in love with these save the dates. Created by Sarah of August Blume, Beth and Michael’s modern and whimsical save the dates combine beautiful lettering from Feast Calligraphy, chevron stripes, a fun interactive layout, and cut-out details. So cute!

From SarahI had the pleasure of designing a save the date card (and getting extra creative) for photographer Beth Morgan and her beau, Michael, for their spring 2012 wedding.  With a palette of teal, plum, fuchsia & slate (and the occasional red heart), we mixed their “Mississippi is for Lovers” theme with custom silhouettes and a muted chevron pattern.

We wanted a unique, interactive save the date to set the tone for their April wedding and to get guests excited about traveling to the South.  The couple met and fell in love in Mississippi so we included little-known-facts about the couple and their state on the back of the trifold card with a teal watercolor background.

 

 

The last panel features a mini glassine envelope holding a hang tag so guests can mark their calendar!  The calligraphy was penned by the very talented Alissa of Feast Calligraphy.  The cards were digitally printed on solar white cover stock and each Mississippi was individually cut using my Silhouette Cameo.

I love it!  Thanks Sarah!

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the save the date gallery for more beau­ti­ful cus­tom save the dates!

Photo Credits: August Blume

Lauren + John’s Rustic Home Letterpress Wedding Invitations

This set of beautiful and incredibly meaningful rustic wedding invitations comes to us from Ravyn of Three Fifteen Design.  Ravyn included illustrations of houses with picket fences to represent Lauren and John’s new home together, along with a lyric from one of their favorite songs.  Just perfect.

From RavynJohn & Lauren are an awesome couple: They met in high school and have had a long distance relationship ever since.  John was deployed overseas as a lieutenant in the Army while Lauren was planning their Fall wedding back in Indiana.  Right before the wedding, John made it back to the U.S., and they bought their first home together.  They loved the idea of incorporating a rustic home theme into their suite, as they had never shared an actual house when we started the process… and they felt at home with each other.

We took the line, “Home Is Wherever I’m With You” from one of their favorite songs, and used it as the base for the entire suite.  We wanted everything to feel natural and comfortable.  We created a series of little houses with the picket fence as the common graphic element that was used throughout the set.  We modified a script font a bit and traced it by hand to give it a more handmade feel.

The suite was printed by our amazing letterpress printer, Czar Press.  The invitation was printed by letterpress on beautiful and thick cotton paper.  The response and accommodations cards were flat printed on the same paper, which allowed us to bring in the pop of apple green they wanted.

The entire suite was wrapped up with kraft paper envelopes and finished off with a custom return address stamp we created to match the stationery.  Lauren & John also had us create a little house stamp they could use for favor tags & bar napkins at the wedding.

Thank you so much Ravyn!

Design: Three Fifteen Design

Letterpress Printing: Czar Press

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

Photo Credits: Three Fifteen Design

*Czar Press is a spon­sor of Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.

Megan + Mike’s Modern Organic Chicago Wedding Invitations

Happy New Year everyone!  We’re getting back to business and starting the new year off with a gorgeous wedding invitation suite from Megan of Ruby the Fox.  You may remember Megan’s awesome stitched save the dates from last April, and I’m just as much in love with her wedding invitations.  Megan wanted to keep the design simple and understated, with modern details in the blind impression letterpress elements, gorgeous calligraphy from Angelique Ink, and a custom garland illustration by the talented Shanna Murray.  So beautiful!

From MeganBeing a stationery designer, I knew our invitations had to be special, represent us as a couple, and reflect our vision for our wedding.  We chose to go very understated, organic, and simple with a clean color palette.

We utilized some amazingly talented vendors to make our vision come together.  We commissioned Shanna Murray to create the beautiful one-of-a-kind garland we used throughout the wedding suite.  Angi Phillips of Angelique Ink graced us with her gorgeous calligraphy and we found vintage stamps through The Paper Nickel Stamp Company.  We lined the envelopes in a white tissue paper which was possibly the only traditional part of the entire suite!

Thanks Megan!

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

Photo Credits: Ruby the Fox

Friday Happy Hour: The French 75

For those of you planning to ring in 2012 at home, we thought we’d fill you in on a fun and sparkly cocktail to add to your drink menu.  This bubbly cocktail is both delicious and really easy.  So here’s a joyful way to toast the New Year with champagne, just a little gussied up: the French 75.

Read below for the full recipe!

The French 75

1 1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Combine the Gin, St. Germain, lemon juice and syrup, shake with ice, and pour into a chilled cocktail glass or champagne coupe.  Top with the champagne – pour it slowly over the back of a spoon to get a great layered effect.

 

The French 75 has a really interesting history: it was invented in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris, apparently at the behest of soldiers on leave from the Western Front who wanted to add some kick to their traditional champagne toasts.  It takes its name from the Canon de 75 modèle 1897, or the French 75, a 75 mm field gun the French used to great effect during the First World War.  (U.S. forces used them too, and then-Captain Harry S. Truman commanded a battery of them during the war.)  Someone likened the kick of drinking one of these to being on the receiving end of the French 75, which I can believe after trying one of them.

The French 75 is a lot of things: fresh and bright, crisp and citrusy, sweet and sour with layers of flavor that get more complex as the drink sits (if you let it).  The botanicals of the gin and floweriness of the St. Germain complement rather than mask the champagne.  Just be careful: it really does pack a punch, which you probably won’t feel until after you’ve finished one.

 

The first French 75 did not include the St. Germain, but I find that the elderflower liqueur really pairs well with the gin in this and many other drinks.  The oldest recipes called for gin, but after Prohibition someone got the idea to replace the gin with Cognac to make it even more French.  I suppose that could work too, but I haven’t tried it (yet).  Enjoy!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper