Whimsical Poppy and Eucalyptus Watercolor Wedding Invitations

It’s SNOWING here in DC, so I’m trying to distract myself from this situation with these whimsical poppy and eucalyptus watercolor wedding invitations from Kim of Bright Room Studio! We’ve had the pleasure of featuring many of Kim’s beautiful hand lettered and watercolor wedding invitations over the years, and I’m beyond thrilled that she recently released a new wedding invitation collection that makes it easier for brides and grooms to get Kim’s signature style without the pricetag and timeline of a custom invitation suite. Kim is here today to share one of her favorite designs from the new collection! We’re loving Kim’s cheerful script lettering paired with the gorgeous watercolor floral and eucalyptus elements!

Whimsical Poppy and Eucalyptus Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio

From Kim: I’m so excited to share one of my favorite suites from my new Bright Room Studio Wedding Collection! I call this suite the Poppy design. This design was actually the last one I created. The other suites in the collection are all pretty simple and very typography based and I felt like I needed a little more watercolor and a little more floral in my life, so I started painting!

Whimsical Poppy and Eucalyptus Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio

The florals are inspired by some of my favorite wedding bouquets, with big bold flowers, lots of texture and unusual elements like kumquats and berries. I love the cheery color palette because I think it works for any season; the greens and pinks are perfect for spring and summer, the orange tones lean a bit more toward fall and the touches of eucalyptus can even bring this suite into winter time.

Whimsical Poppy and Eucalyptus Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio

Whimsical Poppy and Eucalyptus Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio

I used the florals throughout the suite, but I think my favorite spot is on the Save the Date. I love how the wreath compliments the rest of the suite without being too “matchy matchy.” I think this might be my favorite piece in the whole collection!

Whimsical Poppy and Eucalyptus Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio

I love when invitation suites come together in a way that is coordinated and cohesive but not matching, so I gave the particulars card a watercolor wash background for a little pop and to ground the whole group. I also just kept a small eucalyptus leave on the mini details card to break up the florals a bit. Everything goes together but no two pieces are the same.

Whimsical Poppy and Eucalyptus Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio

Whimsical Poppy and Eucalyptus Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio

Whimsical Poppy and Eucalyptus Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio

I also love how the watercolor prints look on the lovely textured cotton paper. It almost looks like it was painted directly onto the card instead of digitally printed. All that texture really brings the florals to life.

Whimsical Poppy and Eucalyptus Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio

The entire suite can be customized too! For brides who love the florals, you can select your hand-lettered script style, font, color, envelope colors, and which pieces you need to bring together your perfect suite. Each suite has the option of an invitation, RSVP, particulars card, weekend events card, mini card (that can be used for a website, reception details or any other little bit of info), save the date and return address stamp. I simply love how versatile a pre-designed collection can be for brides!

Whimsical Poppy and Eucalyptus Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Bright Room Studio

Thanks Kim!

Design: Bright Room Studio

Printing: Mercurio Brothers Printing

Bright Room Studio is a member of the Designer Rolodex  – you can see more of Kim’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits:Kim Roth

Stationery A-Z: Belated Birthday Cards

We get it: you’re busy. And by the time Facebook reminds you that it’s someone’s birthday, you may feel it’s too late to send a birthday card (it’s not! A sincere message is always appreciated). However, it’s never too late to send a belated birthday card! Literally, there is no statute of limitations of how late is ‘too late’ so take advantage of a clever pun or beautiful illustration to simultaneously apologize and celebrate. From cute animals to cheeky messaging, there’s something to express thoughtful birthday wishes (while making up for the fact that you’re just a smidge late). Enjoy! Shauna

Belated Birthday Cards

From top right:

1. While we wish we all had the memory of elephants, the talented team over at Egg Press knows better.

2. Paula and Waffle remind us that if we are going to show up late, best to show up bearing gifts.

3. This sparkling, yet speed challenged snail is too cute for anyone to stay annoyed long. From the masters of sparkling die cuts, The Social Type.

4. You were warned! Puns abound is this category; this Banquet Workshop design is no exception.

5. Another day, another pun. Also, party beavers! This two color letterpress greeting comes cutesy of Smudge Ink.

6. We love Ashkahn for his radical honesty and irreverent humor. Also, hot pink envelopes.

7. Distracted by the internet is pretty much my life (and yours, I’m guessing) so why not tell it like it is with this Emily McDowell design.

8. Another winner from Egg Press – they were all so good, we decided to share them both.

9. Loving this perfectly illustrated representation of belated birthday from Hannah Berman for Paperless Post.

10. Once you’ve equated anything with the line at the DMV, it would be impossible for anyone to hold a grudge for long (from One Canoe Two).

11. This sloth from Rifle Paper Co. asks for forgiveness in the cutest way possible.

French Chateau Inspired Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

You guys, I just CANNOT EVEN with these gorgeous calligraphed wedding invitations. Brandi of Brandi Smyth Photography teamed up with Shannon Inman of Paperglaze Calligraphy to create these absolutely stunning French Chateau inspired calligraphy wedding invitations for a wedding in southern Louisiana. Every single detail is just so beautiful, from the custom envelope liner to the beautiful deckle edge paper. And that gold wax seal! So much yes.

French Chateau Inspired Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Paperglaze Calligraphy

From Brandi: Pulling off a french chateau inspired wedding is not an easy task when you are in southern Louisiana. But boy do these invitations set the tone! Shannon with Paperglaze Calligraphy did an amazing job. She crafted a beautiful invitation suite for the couple, even going the extra mile and customizing the envelope liner with a french love poem. The wedding colors were very subdued and light, with mixes of ivory, soft blues and gold undertones. Shannon went with a navy blue ink to complement those colors and it turned out to be a beautiful choice! To top off the invitations they were sealed with a gold wax stamp and beautifully curated vintage stamps to perfectly complement the design.

French Chateau Inspired Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Paperglaze Calligraphy

French Chateau Inspired Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Paperglaze Calligraphy

French Chateau Inspired Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Paperglaze Calligraphy

Throughout the wedding there was a French “locks of love” theme. As guests arrived, instead of signing a traditional guest book, they signed small cards attached to locks and keys and placed them on a beautiful iron gate upon entering the ceremony site. From the French inspired food and beverage selections, to the floral arrangements and vows, it was a night to remember and you definitely did not feel like you were in Louisiana. Instead you escaped for a special celebration. The venue had beautiful tall cypress trees, gravel roads, ornate fountains, lush gardens, and the land around the venue appeared to having rolling hills, even a pond with ducks and geese. It was truly an enchanting evening. Shannon hand calligraphed invitation suite tied in beautifully with the aesthetic of the day and the theme was continued throughout each and every detail.

French Chateau Inspired Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Paperglaze Calligraphy

French Chateau Inspired Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by Paperglaze Calligraphy

Thanks Brandi and Shannon!

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

Calligraphy: Paperglaze Calligraphy

Wax Seal: Nostalgic Impressions

Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio

Ribbon: FrouFrou Chic

Photo Credits: Brandi Smyth Photography

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! As I write this, snow and sleet are falling outside my office window after three straight days of 60-70 degree temperatures. What is UP with this crazy weather?? I’m just hoping the next few days of winter weather don’t hurt the cherry blossoms! I’ve spent the better part of the last few weeks working on something new and exciting that I can’t wait to share with all of you here! Soon, I hope! But in the meantime… 

International Women's Day by Dinara Mirtalipova

International Women’s Day illustration by Dinara Mirtalipova

…a few links for your weekend!

The prettiest dessert plates

Two printable designs from Hello!Lucky to celebrate Women’s History Month

Matcha Tiramisu for two

How cute is this rainbow blanket??

These honeycomb cake hats are totally genius.

Hey Congressman Chaffetz, stop interfering in local DC politics. We didn’t elect you, and we’re tired of your meddling. Also, you’re generally just the worst. 

Desperately in love with this green velvet and brass chair (also, this couch)

 

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Romantic copper foil wedding invitations with one of the most beautiful envelope details I’ve EVER SEEN.

We went behind the stationery with 9th Letter Press

It can be tough to admit you did something wrong. Say you’re sorry with one of these cards!

Loving this elegant script font

The sweetest modern gold foil baby announcements

Beautiful calligraphy from Miranda Writes

Calligraphy Inspiration: Miranda Writes

Hello everyone! Boy, do I have some pretty calligraphy to share with you. It’s not often that I get that wish-I-could-plan-my-wedding-again feeling. But for sure, when I stumbled on the work of Miranda Griffiths of Miranda Writes — I wanted to jump right back into planning table cards and menus. Because geez, this is some beautiful lettering work. Let’s get straight to the good stuff, shall we? – Jen

Wedding Calligraphy Inspiration: Miranda Writes

Here’s an awesome side note: When I reached out to Miranda, I found out her inspiration for starting calligraphy started right here! Yep, here’s what Miranda shared: “I started learning calligraphy after stumbling upon Oh So Beautiful Paper’s post featuring Primele Studio’s work.” How amazing is that! Great work inspiring more great work. That’s what it’s all about. And what a small world it is. That handmade paper she uses for these wedding place cards and menus —  so so pretty!

Wedding Calligraphy Inspiration: Miranda Writes

How did she jump from simply being inspired to creating calligraphy of her own? Miranda explains, “I then tried to replicate her writing style in my regular handwriting in college while taking tons of notes in class, not realizing that she wasn’t using a regular pen or marker — she was actually using calligraphy tools. From there I self-taught, mimicking styles I found on OSBP or Pinterest, and I’ve been lettering things ever since.”

(Also, can we pause for a moment on how I’d really love some gingerbread cobbler with vanilla ice cream — what a yummy menu!)

Wedding Calligraphy Inspiration: Miranda Writes

Nothing beats a pretty calendar page, so I wanted to share Miranda’s take on this month (and hello, is anyone else shocked that it’s already March!). Why does Miranda love calligraphy? She shares, “I think the coolest part of calligraphy is that it’s handmade and 100% one of a kind, which brings a unique component to weddings and other events. My current favorite style is to write with a smaller pointed nib and create extremely thin-lined letters.”

Wedding Calligraphy Inspiration: Miranda Writes

Wedding Calligraphy Inspiration: Miranda Writes

Wedding Calligraphy Inspiration: Miranda Writes

Miranda created these modern moving announcements and a return address stamp for when she and her husband moved into their first home. A custom calligraphy return address stamp is at the top of my list for when we have our very own home. It’s such a special way to put your stamp on any correspondence — and mark that this is your home.

Wedding Calligraphy Inspiration: Miranda Writes

Photo Credit: Spencer Studios Photography

A big thanks to Miranda for sharing her work! I wonder if her calligraphy is going to inspire the next new calligrapher — and the creative circle continues on. Amazing to think what can come out of some simple doodling.

See you back here soon!

All other images: Miranda Writes