Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Black and white is a classic combination any time of year – but the high contrast feels especially dramatic in the winter, don’t you think? Victoria of Design House of Moira sent over these black and white calligraphy and watercolor wedding invitations, with flourished calligraphy text in stunning platinum foil on vellum, monochromatic watercolor floral details in the envelope liners, and a super dramatic 2 inch black wax seal. Just gorgeous for a black tie winter wedding!

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

From Victoria: Winter weddings are often a palette cleanser after the spring and summer filled with pale blushes and French blues. I loved working with Rebecca on her winter wedding, which was held at the New York City Public Library. With hopes for snow on her wedding day, along with the neutral backdrop of the library, she chose a monochromatic palette of black and white with an accent of platinum foil for her wedding day. A true black tie wedding, her bridesmaids were in black gowns and the groomsmen in custom tuxedos.

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

With each bride we work with, the paper selection is such an important step in our creative process. For Rebecca, we suggested using a heavy weight vellum for her main invitation to reflect the semi-transparency of the snow she loves so much and her engagement ring of onyx and diamonds. Her entire suite was hand calligraphed and printed in platinum and black foil with some serious flourishing and formality throughout. All the calligraphy was designed diagonally across each piece.

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

The bride really loved all the artwork we create here at Design House of Moira, but was concerned that she would have to forgo watercolor details for her suite due to her limited color range. We suggested a monochromatic watercolor piece created entirely in black for her and we lined her mailing envelopes with the pattern. Her reply envelopes were lined with a heavy foil pattern created from the positive and negative space of her floral artwork.

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

The final suite included her invitation printed on vellum, the reply card printed in black foil on cotton paper, and her small reception card, printed in platinum foil on vellum and tucked into a tiny envelope for an added detail. The smaller pieces of the suite were bound in a remarkably smooth paper in the blackest of blacks, tied with metallic thread, and sealed with a custom 2″ black wax seal.

Her envelopes were all lined in her pattern, the back bore her return address in calligraphy and a wax seal sealed the envelope. Each envelope was hand addressed with matching calligraphy in black ink. The suite was finished off with two custom postage stamps designed with her artwork.

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Black and White Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Design House of Moira

Thanks Victoria!

Design & Calligraphy: Design House of Moira
Foil Printing: Viking Printing 

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

Photo Credits: Design House of Moira

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