This is the second time this year we’ve featured invitations inspired by The Hotel Emma in San Antonio! These elegant monochromatic calligraphy wedding invitations by Nicolette of Lazywood Lane feature custom illustrations of the hotel, along with Nicolette’s modern and organic calligraphy and vintage-inspired serif type selections. Add in a dusty blue envelope liner made from handmade paper and a gorgeous white wax seal, and you’ve got one seriously stunning invitation suite.
From Nicolette: The Hotel Emma has quickly become a landmark in San Antonio, inspiring me to create this invitation suite and illustrate the face of the building, which was once a 19th century brewery. The design was printed on a cotton paper with hand deckled edges.
I carried the illustration through both the save the dates and the wedding invitation. The illustration was the main focus of the square save the dates, so I kept the rest of the design simple and used a typeface inspired by the original font family that was used to print the classic works of Voltaire. The hotel has a charming library with classic industrial decor, in which I imagine these historical specimens would fit comfortably.
The Hotel Emma has custom seersucker robes in their rooms, so when I saw this matching shade of chambray blue handmade paper from Share Studios, I knew it would make the perfect envelope liners. They made for a pop of color that was both neutral and refreshing. The entire design is very simple, focusing on my calligraphy and the venue illustration, so I decided to leave the natural deckled edge on the liners.
The white envelope was sealed with matching white wax and a blank seal. Again, to keep the focus on the simplicity of the design and the shade of dusty blue inspired by their bathrobes and the hotel tile that was chosen by the American design firm, Roman and Williams.
The envelopes were addressed in custom mixed blue-gray ink and lettered in an organic, perfectly imperfect calligraphy hand. I strive to make my hand feel authentic, yet refined. This is my signature calligraphy style, which I wanted to appear delicate and effortless.
To complete the natural, delicate feel of these invitations, I tied everything up with fine kraft paper twine which I wrapped around the suite in an intentionally imperfect way.
Design: Lazywood Lane
Paper: Share Studios
Photo Credits: Nicolette Selman