Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! I woke up yesterday absolutely convinced it was Friday, so I’m extra thankful that it’s finally here! This was a busy week, with lots of planning for this year’s Paper Party during the National Stationery Show in New York next month! I can’t wait to share the invitation design with you – it’s SO good! BTW, if you’re a stationer or retailer attending the National Stationery Show this year, you can sign up for our Paper Party mailing list here to make sure you don’t miss the invitation and other details coming up! But in the meantime…

Cherry Blossoms on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC by Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photo by me during cherry blossom season last week!

….a few links for your weekend!

So much backyard patio inspiration! Has anyone on the East Coast successfully grown a potted lemon tree outside in the summer? I’m thinking about trying it this year!

Have you seen the new Soludos x Anthropologie collection?? I’m loving these colorful tassel sandals!

The race to save the world’s disappearing languages

How cute is this PINK planter???

28 fun things to do with kids in DC – I even added a couple of new things to my list!

Marriage used to prevent deportation. Not anymore.

Card of the week from Hairpin Letterpress

 

Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

Soft Neutral Vineyard Wedding Invitations

Soft neutral hues never go out of style. Michelle of Honey Paper designed these soft neutral vineyard wedding invitations inspired by the gorgeous venue nestled in the California mountains. Add in some vinyeard-inspired botanical illustrations, gold wax seals, and curated vintage postage and you’ve got the recipe for one seriously elegant and refined wedding invitation!

Soft Neutral Vineyard Wedding Invitations by Honey Paper

From Michelle: Between the San Rafael and Santa Ynez Mountains the summers are warm and rainless, dense with thickets of shrub and stippled in gray pine, wild cotton and a long list of oaks. The narrow, steep ranges are considered young at five million years old. Alluvial soils of the valley bear the plants of myth: bay laurel, rosemary, grape and olive. The Santa Ynez Valley is vintner’s and an artist’s dream. Gravelly soil bakes white in the sun while the slender olive leaves shake and bristle like birds in flight. The villa at Sunstone Vineyards and Winery was built under a seafaring sky in the heart of this beautiful place.

Soft Neutral Vineyard Wedding Invitations by Honey Paper

Soft Neutral Vineyard Wedding Invitations by Honey Paper

When the Rice family founded Sunstone Vineyard and Winery it became one of the first organic vineyard estates in the region. Everything about their venture has remained true to the story of the land, from practicing sustainable viticulture to incorporating hillside caves among dense blankets of wild grasses and evergreen. Antique wooden beams, once privy to the smells and sounds of a Victorian lavender factory, were brought from England and integrated into the architecture. The villa is a testament to the materials and practices of the old world integrated seamlessly to meet modern standards. Thick walls of local stone were finished with imported French limestone and elegant terra cotta roof tiles. The villa is an architectural gem that simultaneously preserves the past and shapes the future.

Soft Neutral Vineyard Wedding Invitations by Honey Paper

We wanted the stationery to capture the essence of the light at Sunstone. We paired a pale clay-colored ink with soft white paper. Each piece of the suite and day-of details, including menu and escort cards incorporate the silhouette of slender olive leaves and branches. The subtle design is reminiscent of a sun print – light waves patiently breaking down the fragile color bonds leaving only traces of color. The envelope and invitation enclosure are a nod to sandstone – a rock whose only memory is of the sea. Each invitation was wrapped in a buttery white ribbon and completed with a golden wax initial seal.

Soft Neutral Vineyard Wedding Invitations by Honey Paper

Fine linens and freshly cut greenery were arranged on long tables with wooden benches and tawny pillows under the shade of the high walls. The wedding cake arrived: three tiered, quartz on sky on the softened teal of mountain bluebird. All of the details came together in this inspiring land of rocky outcroppings, sandstone, shale and limestone. A place where the sun leaves a trace of its brightness behind.

Soft Neutral Vineyard Wedding Invitations by Honey Paper

Thanks Michelle!

Design and Calligraphy: Honey Paper

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

Photo Credits: Ashley and Erik Fine Art Photography

Citrus Wedding Inspiration

Today we’re celebrating one of our favorite wedding themes with some citrus wedding inspiration! Citrus is the perfect wedding theme any time of year. Plan a citrus-inspired indoor affair during cold weather months when citrus is in season down in the South, or incorporate citrus into your menu for a refreshing treat during the warm summer months. The ideas below will get you ready for sunshine, longer days, and lemonade (or in this case, limoncello!). –Annie

Citrus Wedding Inspiration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Lemons make for the perfect place card! Just use a paint pen for crisp white lettering… | Photography: Brett Hickman Photographers, Event Planning and Design: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production, Paper Goods and Calligraphy: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production via Green Wedding Shoes

Citrus Wedding Inspiration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

…or write on pieces of handmade paper pinned to clementines! I like how they incorporate shades of pink. | Photography: Katelyn James Photography, Calligraphy: The Weekend Type via Grey Likes Weddings

Citrus Wedding Inspiration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Citrus table numbers! | Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography, Event Planning: NK Productions Wedding Planning, Table Numbers: Paper Goat via Style Me Pretty

Citrus Wedding Inspiration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

These chalkboard signs offer a sunny greeting. | Photography: Brett Hickman Photographers, Event Planning and Design: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production, Paper Goods and Calligraphy: A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production via Green Wedding Shoes

Citrus Wedding Inspiration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Add a burst of color with a citrus-inspired watercolor menu. | Photography: Paula G. Furió, Event Design: Macarena Gea via Ruffled

Citrus Wedding Inspiration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Send each guest home with a little bottle of limoncello! | Photography: Janet Kwan Photography, Event Planning and Design: Blissful Memories & Events, Stationery Design: Nadiya V Design, Calligraphy: Love Lettering via WedLuxe

Citrus Wedding Inspiration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

How cute are these leaf escort cards pinned to oranges? | Photography: Hunter Ryan Photo, Event Planning: Fabulously Chic Events, Stationery: The Paper Merchant via Every Last Detail

Citrus Wedding Inspiration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Escort cards and favors: check. | Photography: Steve Steinhardt Photography via Brides

Citrus Wedding Inspiration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Planning a welcome bag for your guests? Fill it with citrus goodies. I’ve got my eye on that fig orange spread. | Photography: Shewanders Photography, Event Design: Coastyle Events, Stationery: Paperless Post, Calligraphy: The Bloomery Co. via Martha Stewart Weddings

Citrus Wedding Inspiration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Such a creative way to display your place cards and menus. | Photography: Westrich Photography, Event Planning and Design: Carrie Darling Events, Stationery and Calligraphy: Cheree Berry Paper via Martha Stewart Weddings

Citrus Wedding Inspiration / Oh So Beautiful Paper

These clothespins are so cute. | Photography: Shewanders Photography, Event Design: Coastyle Events, Stationery: Paperless Post, Calligraphy: The Bloomery Co. via Martha Stewart Weddings

Are you planning to incorporate citrus in your wedding? We’d love to hear the details!

Modern Hand Painted Sumi Ink Invitations

There are lots of rules for wedding invitations, along with plenty of traditions, etiquette, and details to consider. But for a vow renewal, all rules go out the window! Megan and Drew chose to celebrate their marriage with an intimate ceremony and reception (with a super small guest list of close friends) that was a better reflection of their style than their wedding years before. They worked with Rachael of Hazel + Dolly to create these VERY cool and eclectic modern hand painted Sumi ink invitations. Each individual piece in this suite was hand painted, from the invitation to the RSVP card to the envelope! So creative and unique!

Modern Hand-Painted Sumi Ink Invitations by Hazel and Dolly

From RachaelThis invitation suite was for a vow renewal for a small group of friends of the couple. Each individual invitation, reply card, detail card, and envelope was hand painted. Every card had a unique watercolor wash using an amber-colored watercolor and lettering in dark black Sumi ink. Originally, I proposed this idea as a letterpress invitation suite, but when I found out how small the guest list was, we decided to do hand painted. The couple and I agreed that this added both a personalized and eclectic touch to the suite.

Modern Hand-Painted Sumi Ink Invitations by Hazel and Dolly

The couple, Megan and Drew, got married several years ago before the wedding industry really took off to become what it is today, and they were able to re-live that wonderful moment in their lives with an intimate ceremony and reception that was focused on their unique style. It truly evoked their love and the couple they’ve grown to be.

Modern Hand-Painted Sumi Ink Invitations by Hazel and Dolly

The paper used here is Savoy 236# (if you have familiarity with letterpress, this is my go-to for business cards and invitations because of its juicy thickness that allows for a deep impression). It’s also really wonderful for watercolor washes, which many of my brides want. The bright white offers a perfect background for the watercolor.

Modern Hand-Painted Sumi Ink Invitations by Hazel and Dolly

I used Sumi ink and a script liner brush for the lettering on the suite. For the envelopes, I used a script liner brush and Dr. Ph. Martin’s Gold Iridescent Ink – it has a gorgeous sheen but is still opaque enough for envelopes. The suite paired nicely with some stamps of my vintage stamp collection, and because so there were so few guests, I was able to add vintage postage to each envelope. I always consider envelopes with vintage postage to be mini art galleries, and always try to encourage my brides to go this route!

Modern Hand-Painted Sumi Ink Invitations by Hazel and Dolly

Thanks so much Rachael!

Design: Hazel + Dolly
Styling: Ever Ours Events
Paper: Savoy Bright White 236#

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

Photo Credits: Sage + Fern Photo

A Few Recent Etsy Faves

Happy Monday everyone! Did you have a good weekend? DC is observing Emancipation Day and DC public schools and government offices are closed, so my kids get a three day weekend! Anyway, I thought we’d jump into the week with a few recent Etsy faves! It’s been a while since I did an Etsy-focused post, but I’ve been quietly gathering a list of handmade products and wanted to share them with you. A bit of jewelry, some ceramics, a couple of wall hangings, and a couple other odds and ends!

Etsy Faves / April Edition

1. Oh, hello gorgeous textile to hang on your wall! Emily from The Sweet Beast has one of these beautiful pieces in her home, and I always love seeing it on her wall. That pop of pink is just perfect.

2. I’ve been loving the look of stoneware ceramics lately! This blue and white mug is GORGEOUS.

3. How cute is this copper rainbow and yarn wall hanging? I’m thinking about getting one for Common Room Studio!

4. + 5. A big yes to statement earrings! These wood earrings and these acrylic and pom pom earrings are both super fun!

6. BEYOND obsessed with this brass hair clip. So ridiculously chic – I want one in every shape and size!

7. Absolutely beautiful leather-covered vases. I bet they will patina beautifully over time.

8. The prettiest pale pink planter. Done and done.

9. I have several colorful necklaces from Jill Makes and wear them constantly. Thinking about adding this one to the collection!