Ummm… how did an entire year go by without featuring one of the gorgeous wedding invitations from Sarah of Parrott Design Studio?!?! Luckily, we’re remedying this situation today, with a travel-inspired invitation suite for a couple with a fondness for Maine. The invitation suite features cute lobster details (naturally), white engraved text on navy envelopes, and fun airmail details on the rsvp postcard. So pretty!
From Sarah: This custom designed invitation suite was created for a fun couple getting married at Bowdoin College with a passion for travel and love of Maine. They wanted a design that reflected who they are and what they love, and that all started with Maine. Jessy and George met at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. In 2012, George proposed on Bailey Island, Maine, one of their favorite spots. Over the past eight years they have traveled to 21 different countries together. And they visited another 12 on their honeymoon!
I used a mix of typography throughout the suite to play up the fun, laid-back vibe Jessy and George wanted to create for the guests, most of which were traveling from all over the world to be in Maine to celebrate with them.
We had fun with the map and included both their ceremony and reception sites, along with the spot where George proposed. Helpful bits of information like transportation and their wedding website were included as well.
The invitation and map were letterpress printed by hand on our antique press (1898) in navy blue and red inks on thick 134# cotton paper in light pink. The RSVP postcard and mini cocktail invite were digitally printed.
The first thing Jessy knew she wanted was a vintage-style postcard for the RSVP. She chose a lobster one from my collection and we began to design the suite around it. We used two small lobsters and heart throughout the suite printed in a bright pop of red.
The outer envelope and belly band were engraved with white ink on navy blue. To finish the suite we had custom stamps made by Zazzle featuring the lobster image and another vintage image of Portland Head Light.
Photo Credits: Parrott Design Studio
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Hello again! We’re happily home again after a refreshing week out in California – big hugs to Ladyfingers Letterpress and 9th Letter Press for filling in while I was away! Such talented ladies, don’t you think? Before I jump back into our regular content, I thought I’d share some photos of our trip! We started the week off with a family vacation in Big Bear, then spent a few days in LA visiting friends before heading back home. It was a wonderful week!
We landed in LA and drove straight up to Big Bear to join the rest of my family. Mountains! We don’t get to see those very often.
First boat ride! Sophie wasn’t crazy about the life jacket, which in all fairness was way too big for her. But she loved being out on the water!
She even managed to take a half hour nap – that kid can sleep just about anywhere.
My dad, happily driving his family around Big Bear Lake.
Big Bear has the saddest (but sweetest) little zoo where they rehabilitate animals from the area. I hope they can begin construction on their new – and much bigger – site soon. You can help by donating here.
Spending time with her aunt Alicia (my sister).
Pretty spectacular, Big Bear.
On to LA! We rented an apartment with an organic garden – and a tortoise named George! Sophie was in heaven.
Dear Lemonade, will you please open up in DC?? The watermelon rosemary lemonade was beyond delicious… I’ve been craving it ever since we got home!
It was great to catch up with some of our LA friends – Kelly, Audrey, and Joy. Sophie was in awe of Ruby, and in particular her ability to run all over the place. It was so cute to watch Sophie want to do everything that Ruby was doing! And that Radio Flyer car is totally going on Sophie’s birthday list.
First time at the beach! She liked the seagulls, but the ocean… not so much. It was a short trip.
Oh, California, I wish I could have brought your beautiful weather (and zero humidity) home with me…
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
You didn’t think we’d leave you without a Friday cocktail recipe, did you? Not that long ago, Nole and I introduced our first shrub and promised more to come. So, without too much ado, here it is: our Peach & Berry Summer Shrub, a light and refreshing drink redolent of fresh fruit. – Andrew
Illustration by Tuesday Bassen for Oh So Beautiful Paper
2 oz Rum
3/4 oz Summer Shrub Syrup
1/4 oz Rich Simple Syrup
To make the Summer Shrub Syrup: Combine 1 cup muddled blueberries, strawberries, and peaches with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup vinegar. (We used equal parts white balsamic and champagne vinegar). Let everything sit for a few days, giving it a stir every now and then. Strain the mix through a fine sieve or cheesecloth and store in the fridge.
To make the Summer Shrub: combine the rum, shrub syrup, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake well and strain over fresh ice. Top with a splash of ginger beer and enjoy!
Our Summer Shrub is sweet and tart, with crisp and beautifully clear fruit flavors, with a touch of spiciness from the ginger beer and oakiness from the vinegar. Steeping the fruit in the vinegar for a few days really does let the fruit flavors shine through beautifully. It’s like summer in a glass. This one takes a little bit of planning ahead, since the shrub syrup takes a few days to make properly. So get started today!
Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper
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Dear Diary. Day 5 of blogging on OSBP. Energy levels good. Eyeballs a little dry from staring at the internet for so long. Not enough ice cream. But spirits are high. Psyched to read the comments and make new friends. Sad that this is our last day guest blogging. Been a good go. Wondering if Nole will ask us to come back? Note to self: send a Thank You card.
Well, it’s been fun, guys! To celebrate all of the good times we’ve spent together for the past five days, we’re doing a Very Special Stationery Giveaway. See, although we’ve been all chatty about custom wedding invitations, that’s not all we do! This past May, we had our first ever booth at the National Stationery Show where we debuted our brand new line of social stationery! We had a blast meeting our favorite stationer friends, shops, printers and designers and were psyched with the response to our work. You can now find our work in over 50 stores across the country (and the world!) – but also on our newly redesigned online shop! Before we get going with the giveaway details, we’d like to share with you a recap of some of our best sellers from NSS 2013. –Arley-Rose and Morgan of Ladyfingers Letterpress
Well, it’s been delightful guest blogging on Oh So Beautiful Paper! I thought I would wrap up the week with one of our lines we’ve developed recently. Our new Oxford Line is geared for all the men in our lives who still swear by handwritten correspondence. I really went with a no fuss approach when designing this set of products. After I finished each design, I’d look at it as a whole and ask myself if my father, Edgar, would actually use them. What you see below are all Edgar approved! I particularly love the sleek black and white look of our packaging, too! –Isabel from 9th Letter Press
So I’ve got a teeny crush on Justin Timberlake (can you really blame me, Mrs. Timberlake?!). This particular flat note is named after him and his newest musical endeavors. I even named it, MR. TIMBERLAKE. You’re welcome, Justin.
Thanks for reading these past few days! I’ve been a giant fan of Oh So Beautiful Paper for a long, long while and it was a privilege to guest blog for the week. Thanks so much Nole for asking me, I had a blast! As a thank you for sticking with me until the end, I’m doing a little giveaway! Save either picture below and post it on Instagram with the #9thletterpress hashtag. We’ll select a winner next week and that lucky lady or gent will receive both notepads! –Isabel
Photo Credits: 9th Letter Press Team