Ethereal Vellum Wedding Invitations

We aren’t exactly shy about our love of vellum here at OSBP, and today we’re loving these ethereal vellum wedding invitations from Raymond of KidGolightly Calligraphy! Combine beautiful translucent vellum with handmade cotton paper, deckled edges, and romantic calligraphy, and you’ve got a recipe for one seriously gorgeous invitation suite!

Ethereal Vellum Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

From RaymondAn invitation suite represents the whole wedding, giving guests even more insight into the couple’s love story and glimpse of the mood and theme of the upcoming wedding. I imagined a classic and romantic wedding on a vineyard, and that led me to create this ethereal invitation design with vellum and handmade paper.

Ethereal Vellum Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

I always find myself drawn to features with muted tones, soft color palettes, and organic textures. I wanted to create a timeless piece so I stayed with a traditional classic layout. The focal point is the names of the bride and groom, so I used my signature gossamer-like calligraphy style in lithe movement for that elegant and delicate feel.

Ethereal Vellum Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

I was drawn to the romance of the vineyard venue as I designed this suite. The highlight this inspiration an illustration of the venue is the main element on the details page. I imagined the couple on a swing under a jasmine vine with flowers delicately falling on them as the swing. This image in my mind’s eye is what led to the falling jasmine on the vellum overlay. I also carried this accent on to the main card as well.

Ethereal Vellum Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

Ethereal Vellum Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

To complete the design, I used a geometric sans serif font throughout the suite just to give it a little modern twist. The invitation is printed entirely in a soft muted gray. Since there were so many other delicate details, I didn’t want an overwhelming color palette that detracted from the design. The invitation is printed on a 100% cotton rag handmade paper from Fabulous Fancy Pants, leaving the natural deckled edges untouched for that organic textural element.

Ethereal Vellum Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

The envelope was addressed with walnut ink, which was also used on the vellum place cards, to keep that nostalgia flowing. This was the perfect chance to pay homage to the original queen of romantic movies, Audrey Hepburn, with a curated vintage postage stamp. Tying everything together is an exquisite raw silk and soft blush dyed ribbon from Shastabell.

Ethereal Vellum Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

Thanks Raymond!

Design & Calligraphy: KidGolightly Calligraphy

Handmade paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants

Ribbons: Shastabell

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

Photo Credits: My Sun & Stars Co.

Elderflower Tequila Rickey

It’s spring, and springtime means Tequila for us! Tequila’s bright, vegetal earthiness is the perfect spirit to complement all this green bursting out of the grown around us. We decided to pour some Tequila into one of our favorite spring cocktails, the Rickey, and combine it with another Spring favorite: Elderflower! You’ll want to drink this delicious Elderflower Tequila Rickey all Spring, and possibly all Summer. –Andrew

Elderflower Tequila Rickey Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary

Elderflower Tequila Rickey

2 oz Silver Tequila
1/2 a Lime, Juiced, Plus the Spent Lime Shell
Elderflower Tonic Water

Combine the Tequila and lime juice in a highball glass and toss in the spent lime shell. Add ice and top with the tonic water. Give it a stir, garnish with fresh mint, and enjoy!

Just like a traditional Rickey with gin or whiskey – DC’s official cocktail! – a Tequila Rickey is airy and effervescent and tart and deeply refreshing. Using a bright, fresh silver Tequila gives this drink, normally herbaceous and spicy if made with gin, an earthy but still light character. Lime is, of course, the perfect partner for Tequila.

Elderflower Tequila Rickey Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary

We used a delightful elderflower tonic by Fever Tree, which is bittersweet with gentle floral notes. Combined with the Tequila, these are perfect for spring; it’s like drinking a blooming garden. If you don’t have elderflower tonic handy, you could add a splash of St-Germain for the same effect, though your drink will be a touch sweeter as a result.

Elderflower Tequila Rickey Cocktail Recipe by Liquorary

That mint is not really a traditional Rickey garnish, but our garden is exploding with mint this spring. So, to keep it from completely taking over, we’re throwing it into drinks as fast as it grows back. Expect to see lots of mint in our drinks this spring! And remember, nothing beats fresh ingredients in your cocktails, so consider growing some of the simpler, hardier plants (like mint!) at home in your very own cocktail garden. Just grow it in a pot, because if it gets loose…

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Glassware by Liquorary

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! It’s peony season here in DC! Our Spring arrived a bit early, so the peonies are about three weeks ahead of their normal schedule. But I usually miss half of my peonies while I’m away at the National Stationery Show, so I’m not complaining! Speaking of NSS, I’ll be starting sneak peeks from some exhibitors next week. I can’t believe this year’s show is only a few weeks away! But in the meantime…

…a few links for your weekend!

Crying all the tears after reading this letter (and resolving to write down every single thing my 4 year old and 2 year old say from here on out)

Feeling inspired to also write down my bucket list

Loving these wall-mounted planters (and they’re 20% off right now!)

Nicely Noted is celebrating their 5th anniversary with a HUGE stationery giveaway – but hurry, it ends soon!

YES to holographic foil!

A few favorites from the Anthro sale section: this silver and gold pleated skirt, this off-the-shoulder gingham dress, this thermal turtleneck (to save for next fall), this iridescent travel mug, and these gorgeous gold leaf coasters – plus, all sale items are an extra 25% off!

MAKE: Maple Bacon Grilled Cheese

Pin of the week!


This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Dress up your envelopes and stationery with these DIY mud cloth-inspired patterns using Sakura of America pens!

Loving these vibrant and tropical Hawaiian wedding invitations (those vintage postage stamps!)

Mother’s Day cards for grandmothers, step-moms, and other moms

Cabo San Lucas destination wedding invitations with a gorgeous floral lasercut enclosure

Some favorite wooden gifts and keepsake stationery from Cardtorial


Check back this afternoon for a delicious cocktail recipe – it’s perfect for this warm weather! I hope you have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Cabo San Lucas Lasercut Destination Wedding Invitations

We’re on a roll with tropical destination weddings this week! First these tropical Hawaiian wedding invitations, now a beach wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico! These lasercut destination wedding invitations from Clara of Goldie Design Co. feature a beautiful watercolor crest with tropical greenery, a gorgeous envelope liner with a hand painted watercolor pattern, and a seriously stunning floral lasercut enclosure. A custom watercolor map and address calligraphy in navy ink complete the invitation suite!

Cabo San Lucas Destination Wedding Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

From Clara: This wedding invitation suite was designed for a couple having a gorgeous, luxurious, traditional summer wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Their wedding will be filled with lush florals, greenery, lots of white and ivory, and hints of blush pink. We wanted the invitations to give off a grand and classic feel while having some fun accents since it will be set on a beach with gorgeous ocean views!

Cabo San Lucas Destination Wedding Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

Cabo San Lucas Destination Wedding Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

The custom watercolor crest was designed to coordinate with a crest that was used in their save the dates, but brings in tropical greenery accents with a hand-painted watercolor look. This watercolor crest would also tie in with the custom watercolor wedding map. The map is a wonderful pop of color amongst the otherwise quite neutral invitation pieces! The map shows the island of Cabo San Lucas with their wedding venues and hotel, as well their custom wedding crest. By tying that familiar piece of the crest throughout several pieces of the suite, it gives a uniform look that keeps it classic and traditional.

Cabo San Lucas Destination Wedding Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

The envelope liner also coordinates with the belly band pattern from their save the dates, but has been transformed into a beautiful hand-painted watercolor version. The soft colors bring a gorgeous subtle texture to the entire suite! This same tiled pattern is used in other pieces throughout the invitation suite, such as the RSVP card and the wedding timeline. By bringing in little familiar pieces from the save the dates, it gives an overall sense of coordination and purpose in the design of the wedding invitations.

Cabo San Lucas Destination Wedding Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

The invitation card itself has very simple design, again utilizing that custom wedding crest, gorgeous and clean modern calligraphy, and a traditional serif font. The simplicity pairs perfectly with the intricate and lavish laser cut enclosure. The laser cut enclosure has a gorgeous floral pattern that ties in with the white and ivory florals that will be used throughout the ceremony itself. The enclosure is cut out of a metallic ivory paper to give it an extra little shine. All of the pieces are placed within the enclosure, and the whole set is tied with a simple white satin ribbon. The outer envelope is a classic white envelope adorned with navy blue modern calligraphy to match the pieces of the invitation suite.

Cabo San Lucas Destination Wedding Invitations by Goldie Design Co.

Thanks Clara!

Design and Calligraphy: Goldie Design Co.

Laser Cut Enclosures: Simply Scripted Design

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

Photo Credits: Goldie Design Co. 

Quick Pick: Cardtorial

It’s been a while since I checked in with the ladies of Cardtorial – they make the prettiest laser cut and engraved wooden gifts and keepsake stationery! Each item is crafted from certified sustainable wood and is built to last, so it can be treasured by the recipient for years to come. Maybe it’s the explosion of Spring flowers all around me, but I’m particularly loving some of their new floral-inspired pieces, including journals, coasters, keepsake boxes, and greeting cards. Here are a few favorites!

Cardtorial Wooden Gifts and Keepsake Stationery

From top right:

1. This Love Always card is just so beautiful – and perfect for sending love to friends and family on a variety of occasions!

2. Looking for an elegant, yet modern wedding guest book? I’m loving this option with a sweet and simple message.

3. + 4. These floral journals are just ridiculously gorgeous, and there are so many designs to choose from! The traditional rose branch illustration and the modern and tropical Plumeria are my two favorites. 

5. This wood clipboard and notepad is the perfect place for jotting down quick reminders. Hang it by your bedside for late night inspiration, or by the door for a quick memory jogger before you head out for the day.

6. Oh, HELLO there, floral laser engraved wood coasters

7. A laser cut wood art print with one of my favorite mottos in beautiful script lettering.

8. Even the most beautiful thank you card is better with flowers!

9. Is this not the prettiest keepsake box you’ve ever seen? I love this as a gift for brides and grooms or for new parents!


You can check out more from Cardtorial right here!