Dauphine Press Wedding Invitation Collection

I love getting to see all the new collections and goodies that make their debut at the National Stationery Show; it’s one of my favorite parts of the whole show.  This year, Dauphine Press has a whole new wedding invitation collection, and you get to see it first!  The new collection features lots of fun design details, from edge painting to foiling to beautiful envelope liners, combined with Dauphine’s classic yet modern style.


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So pretty!  You can check out more from the Dauphine Press wedding invitation collection right here.

Coming up, coverage from the Stationery Show!

Photo Credits: Dauphine Press

Today I love… Our Trip to Italy

“Positano bites deep.  It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone” – John Steinbeck

I feel like the Steinbeck quote applies to our entire two weeks in Italy.  I’ve been home for nearly two weeks and the entire trip still feels like an amazing dream.  Above all, it was so wonderful to see my husband after three months apart, but heartbreakingly difficult to say goodbye for another three months when it came time to come back home.  We visited Sorrento, Positano, and Rome, started each day with the most delicious cappuccinos, ate gelato every afternoon, had the most amazing pizzas we’ve ever tasted, and did an absolutely insane amount of walking in each city.  Here are a few highlights from our trip…


So much wisteria I could barely stand it…


The view from our hotel room at the Villa delle Palme – so perfect…


Vatican City…

We visited Rome and The Vatican just a couple days before the beatification of Pope John Paul II – the city was totally packed!

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

{happy weekend!}

The big weekend is finally here – the Stationery Show starts on Sunday!  I head up to New York tomorrow and can’t wait to catch up with everyone at the show.  Speaking of the Stationery Show (which as of the last few days has been all the time, I know), I’ll be participating in a panel about the importance of written correspondence in the digital age.  I’d love to be able to share a few anecdotes from my readers, particularly why you enjoy sending and receiving stationery.  So if you have a few moments, please share your thoughts and help answer a few short questions right here!  But in the meantime…


…a few links for your weekend!

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

I’m planning a rare Saturday post so that I can share the photos from our trip to Italy, finally!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone! xoxo

Photo Credit: Samantha Lamb

Stationery Show Sneak Peek – Hello!Lucky and Fawnsberg

Happy Friday everyone!  I have a couple of final National Stationery Show sneak peeks to help close out the week.  One of my favorite calligraphers, Primele, is making their Stationery Show debut with a new stationery line called Fawnsberg.  I’m loving the pretty boxed note card sets with sweet illustrations and calligraphed phrases.



As a Stationery Show veteran, Hello!Lucky always impresses me with creative booth displays and an endless supply of cute paper goodies.  Here’s a quick peek at some of the cards, including collaborations with illustrators Julia Rothman and Esther Aarts, making their debut at this year’s show!



Check back next week for Stationery Show recaps from New York!

Photo Credits: Fawnsberg and Hello!Lucky

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

Lindsey + Evan’s Gilded Formal Wedding Invitations

It’s such a treat when I get to feature the invitations for a wedding in my very own backyard – Washington, DC!  And today’s invitations are definitely a classic Washington, DC affair, with an elegant design that complements the formal wedding style as well as the old world details of the wedding venue.  Lindsey and Evan worked with Saima Says Design on their wedding invitations, with lovely images courtesy of Jennifer Domenick from Love Life Images.


From Lindsey: Evan and I knew from the start that we wanted our wedding to be unique and completely original.  In our minds, that started with the venue and the invitation.  Knowing how important the stationery would be to us, our wedding planner, Pam Barefoot of Atrendy Wedding, took us to meet with Saima Kahn of Saima Says Design.  Once we saw some of her designs, we decided to go with a custom invitation that would be posted on a silk board and mailed in a box.  Knowing that the invitation is the first taste your guests will get of your wedding, we knew this was a way to make a real impact.

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We were completely inspired by the space at the Anderson House and wanted its gilded, old world elegance to influence the stationery itself.  The chandelier on our save the date mimicked the actual chandelier in the ballroom and all of the scrolling patterns and designs were taken from the venue itself.  We were beyond thrilled with the finished product and it was so much fun hearing from the guests as they received their boxes in the mail!  No one had ever seen an invitation like it and it provided our guests with a taste of what was to come!

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So pretty!  A huge thanks to Lindsey and Jennifer for sharing these beautiful invitations, and you can check out more of Saima’s work right here!

Photo Credits: Jennifer Domenick | Love Life Images