Colorful Mexican Fete-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Well, hello there! Last week ended up being a bit more of a rollercoaster for me than I had originally expected – first, with a trip to New York for the NYNOW trade show (did you follow along on Instagram??), and second, we ended up having to replace our car! We’re a single car family here in DC, but we use our car every day for school drop offs and the commute to the military base where my husband works. Our poor 13-year old car decided to call it quits on us the day after I got back home. We’re super happy to have a brand new car sitting in our garage, even though the whole process took us about three full days. Anyway! I thought we’d start off the week with these colorful Mexican fete-inspired wedding invitations from Erin of BerinMade! I’m loving the bright illustrated florals and pretty gold foil details!

Colorful Mexican Fete-Inspired Wedding Invitations by BerinMade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From ErinAlison and Andrew were a dream couple to work with! They approached me last year with a few inspiration images, and wanted their wedding stationery to be loosely based on a colorful Mexican fete, with illustrations of flower, nature, and foil details. The goal is to have these elements as a nod to their fun, playful celebration, without necessarily being too “themed” or feminine.

Colorful Mexican Fete-Inspired Wedding Invitations by BerinMade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I pulled some inspiration images of Folk art, drawing inspiration from symmetrical patterns, very bright intricate floral patterns as well as papel picado, the art of paper cut flags.

Colorful Mexican Fete-Inspired Wedding Invitations by BerinMade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I wanted these to be subtle influences, so we decided to have the symmetrical illustrations take centre-stage and to make a separate enclosure pocket with a scalloped edge as an elegant nod to Mexican paper flags.

Colorful Mexican Fete-Inspired Wedding Invitations by BerinMade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We went for a color palette that was bright and happy without being garish, and set it against the navy background to ground all the colorful elements together. It was after finalizing the illustrations and layouts that we decided to also lift a bit of the illustrations to foil alongside their names and the invitation text!

Colorful Mexican Fete-Inspired Wedding Invitations by BerinMade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Colorful Mexican Fete-Inspired Wedding Invitations by BerinMade / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Erin!

BerinMade is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Erin’s beautiful work right here or visit the gallery for more real wedding invitation inspiration!

Photo Credits: BerinMade

Stationery A-Z: Back to School Supplies!

Happy Monday everyone! DC public schools start back up this week, so I thought I’d start the week off with a round up of some of my favorite back to school supplies! We’re talking notepads, notebooks, pens and pencils, rulers – even an awesome pencil cup that I want on MY desk. My own daughter is starting her second year of preschool (DC starts at age 3), but sadly there aren’t a lot of fun school supplies involved at the preK stage. So this round up is geared more towards middle school through college and grad school – and plenty of it doubles as office stationery for those of you who are (thankfully) all done with school. I hope you find it useful!

Stationery A-Z: Back to School Supplies / Oh So Beautiful Paper

1. There are so many great notepad options, it’s really impossible to go wrong! This one is from The Good Twin – I love the color palette!

2. Compliment pencils in all the best colors from Ban.do

3. If you need to take notes (or sketch!) during class, you might as well do it in a pretty notebook! I like this pink, kraft, and gold notebook from Katie Leamon

4. These gold foil notebooks from Smitten on Paper are super cute, and small enough to carry around easily!

5. IRIDESCENT LEATHER PENCIL CASE. ‘Nuff said, right? By Tracey Tanner Studio!

6. Pens! I love the colors of these pens from Ban.do and these tropical leaf pens from Idlewild Co.

7. Colorful highlighters (and markers!) from Poppin

8. Pep talk pencils from Richie Designs

9. Rulers! I love the colorful rulers from Poppin and these brass rulers

10. Sugar Paper has an amazing assortment of notebooks – I’m loving this chambray fabric cover notebook, and you can even add a gold foil monogram!

11. Use this gold foil pocket notebook from Antiquaria to keep track of goals and ideas for the school year

12. Endless notepad options from Rifle Paper Co.

13. So many beautiful hand painted spiral bound notebooks from Moglea – perfect for making lists and taking notes

14. Perhaps the cutest eraser ever, by Sugar Paper for Target!

15. These brass number clips work great as bookmarks for textbooks – or even for marking important pages in notebooks and folders

16. This cute zippered pouch from Maika is perfect for carrying pens, pencils, binder clips, and erasers!

17. Loving the mint interior of this hexagon pencil cup from CB2

18. Cute sticky note blocks from Idlewild Co.Moglea also has some really pretty options

19. Copper binder clips for keeping important documents together! 

20. Gorgeous floral pencils from Rifle Paper Co.

Friday Happy Hour: A Tequila Banana Shrub

I’ve been on something of a banana kick lately. You don’t see a lot of bananas in cocktails, because it’s something of an unwieldy fruit to add to a drink. But if you’re willing to do a little work, it can be really rewarding: rich and fruity and earthy. We decided to have a go at a Tequila Banana Shrub cocktail recipe this week and we’re glad we did. Andrew

Tiki Tequila Banana Shrub Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Tequila Banana Shrub

  • 2 oz Blanco Tequila
  • 1 oz Banana Shrub*
  • 1/2 oz White Grapefruit
  • 1/2 oz Grenadine
  • 1/2 oz Allspice Dram
  • 1/4 oz Ginger Syrup

*To make the shrub: lightly toast a quarter cup of shredded coconut and a tablespoon of whole cloves in a pan over low heat. In another sauce pan, combine a cup of apple cider vinegar and a cup of raw sugar over low heat, stirring frequently until the sugar has completely melted. Combine the toasted coconut and cloves with the vinegar syrup, remove from the heat, and let it sit, covered, for about twenty minutes to infuse. Then add the vinegar, an overripe banana, and – using a microplaner or grater – the zest of one lime to a blender. Blend everything to a pulp, then filter through cheesecloth or a fine sieve and bottle the shrub.

To make the cocktail: combine everything in a cocktail shaker filled two-thirds with ice. Shake well and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a blackberry or whatever seasonal fruit is handy.

Tiki Tequila Banana Shrub Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

That shrub syrup packs a ton of flavor. It opens with fruity, earthy banana and zesty lime, then finishes with subtle spice. The banana mellows out the vinegar’s acidic bite, turning this into a very drinkable shrub. I’ll be playing around with this one for a while, I think.

Tiki Tequila Banana Shrub Cocktail Recipe / Liquorary for Oh So Beautiful Paper

But this drink doesn’t show off the shrub syrup’s flavors. It doesn’t really show off any of the flavors. This isn’t one of those drinks that unveils all of its ingredients in succession. This is one of those drinks that takes a lot of flavors and jams them together into something completely new. It’s fruity, a bit tart, a bit spicy, and with a chewy finish, a kind of candied fruit flavor when you get when you mix tequila, citrus, and ginger. And very delicious.

Sometimes drinks just work out like that.

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Glassware by Liquorary

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! A huge thanks to Nichole for her AMAZING guest posts on OSBP this week. Tomorrow I’m heading up to New York for the summer NYNOW market. I’m going to try to pop in here once or twice next week, but otherwise be sure to follow me on Instagram to see all my finds from the show.

The Indigo Bunting / Erin Jang via Instagram / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Image by Erin Jang / The Indigo Bunting via Instagram

On a much sadder note, I’ve spent quite a bit of time this week looking at the videos and images coming out of Aleppo, Syria and the situation is absolutely desperate right now. Aleppo is a city of 300,000 people, of which 120,000 are children, and they are suffering more than I can even begin to fathom at the hands of the Syrian government. Ten thousand children have already died in the conflict, from air strikes, starvation, and lack of medicine –4,500 of them from Aleppo alone. The Syrian government continues to drop bombs and chemical weapons on its own people every single day. As a mother, I’m heartbroken by the images of dead and wounded children coming out of Aleppo, but I’m also outraged that the international community has failed to intervene. I’m planning to say a bit more about this as soon as I can gather my thoughts, but in the meantime, please look at the hashtags (here, here, here, and here), read the media reports (the New York Times seems to have the best coverage at the moment), and, if you can, please donate to UNICEF.

On a lighter note, a few links for your weekend:

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

That’s it for us this week! We’ll be back later this afternoon with this week’s cocktail recipe! xoxo

Library-Inspired Wedding Stationery

Since it’s back to school season, I thought it would be fun to round up some library-inspired wedding stationery ideas for all you book lovers out there (myself included). What authors, books, and characters would you include? I’d definitely make sure to throw in a Nancy Drew reference or two. – Annie

Library Inspired Wedding Stationery / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Send your fellow bookworms home with their own wooden bookmark! | Photography: Justin & Mary Weddings via The Knot

Library Inspired Wedding Stationery / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Place flowers on a stack of vintage books for a unique centerpiece. | Photography: Taylor & Porter Photographs via The Little Wedding Corner

Library Inspired Wedding Stationery / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Greet your guests with a hand-lettered chalkboard sign. Pay attention, please! | Photography: Lindsay Hackney Photography, Planning & Design: Lindsey M. Events via Green Wedding Shoes

Library Inspired Wedding Stationery / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Collect books from thrift stores and garage sales to create a dramatic arch. | Photography: Alex Rubin Photography, Event Planning & Coordination: Pink Blossom Events via Rubin Weddings

Library Inspired Wedding Stationery / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Glue book pages together to create a storybook table runner. | Photography & Concept: Frost Photography via Style Me Pretty

Library Inspired Wedding Stationery / Oh So Beautiful Paper

“And they lived happily ever after…” Guests will love this whimsical photo booth prop! | Photography: Jessie Holloway Photography, Planning & Design: Bettina Hamblin via Green Wedding Shoes

Library Inspired Wedding Stationery / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Shower the new couple with flower petals stored in paper cones made out of old book pages. | Photography: Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography, Invitations & Stationery: Meticulous Ink & Ripe Digital via Bridal Musings

Library Inspired Wedding Stationery / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Use library cards as escort cards. I love how they’re displayed in fans of book pages on the left! | (Left) via Buzzfeed & (Right) Photography: Levi Stolove Photography, Event Planning: Jose Rolon Events via Ruffled

Library Inspired Wedding Stationery / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Personalize these bookmark escort cards with your favorite quotes. | Photography: Ann-Kathrin Koch Photography, Invitations & Stationery: Meticulous Ink & Ripe Digital via Bridal Musings

Library Inspired Wedding Stationery / Oh So Beautiful Paper

How fun is this book backdrop with moss and florals? | via Galina

Are any of you planning library-inspired weddings – or even having your wedding reception at a library?? Spill the details!