Megan + Kevin’s Illustrated Family Crest Wedding Invitations

I love the idea of having a family crest – and there’s nothing to say that you can’t develop your own crest to pass down to future children and grandchildren.  That’s exactly what bride and groom Megan and Kevin decided to do for their wedding invitations!  They worked with Richele from Richie Designs to design the invitation suite, which includes a custom family crest created by illustrator Serena Chang.  So cool!

From Richele:  Megan and Kevin wanted to develop a custom family crest.  Each item in the illustration has special meaning for them, and the Latin term means “better together.”  We worked with illustrator Serena Chang to develop the family crest.  We chose to digitally print the invitation due to time constraints, while the thank you cards and envelopes were letterpress printed.

We brought Megan’s orange and blue color palette into play by using formal outer, inner, and rsvp envelopes.  The outer envelope was white with a letterpress printed fleur pattern, while the inner envelope was orange with a custom envelope liner.  Finally, the rsvp envelope was navy blue – a color used throughout the invitation suite – and was letterpress printed with silver ink.

Thanks Richele!

Design and Printing: Richie Designs

Illustration: Serena Chang

Richie Designs is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can check out more of Richele’s work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Richie Designs

{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  I don’t know if it’s the time of year, but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about simplifying – getting back to the things that I really love (and that make me the most happy), and making more time in my daily and weekly routine to enjoy my city and hang out with friends.  This has meant letting go of a few projects and saying no to some other ideas.  I’ve also been on a mission to declutter our apartment, which is a huge challenge for a natural pack rat like me!  As difficult as these things can be, I feel a million pounds lighter with each step.  Do any of you go through stages like this?  Anyway, we have family visiting this weekend and I’m looking forward to exploring more of DC with them.  But in the meantime…

Magnolia garland and tiding wall decal by Shanna Murray

…a few links for your weekend:

  • Gorgeous illustrated notebooks
  • A pretty new print from Christine Wisnieski
  • Yum!
  • A fun DIY project: silkscreened placemats
  • DC-area folks, help Pyramid Atlantic celebrate its 31st birthday this Saturday!
  • Another one just for DC folks – but as a Capitol Hill resident, I’m really excited about this
  • Lynn from Satsuma Press is offering a fantastic deal on her beautiful letterpress calling cards.  Use code 6LSY8L to order 250 two-color calling cards for just $195 (a 40% discount!), or code ZEA68L for 10% off 100 two-color calling cards.  Offers are good through the end of April.

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

As usual, we have a fun cocktail coming up for you this afternoon, so check back a bit later for the recipe!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!  xoxo

Eve + Mike’s Metallic Silver New Year’s Eve Wedding Invitations

These wedding invitations from Wiley Valentine mix classic design with a bit of sparkle.  Rachelle and Emily created these letterpress invitations for a New Year’s Eve wedding, pairing classic silver ink and edge painting with embellished packaging and a sparkly fabric wrap – perfect for a winter wedding!

From Rachelle at Wiley ValentineEve and Mike’s wedding invitations were letterpress printed by hand with silver edge painting.  The invitation suite includes a custom map and a tiny reception card that fit inside a coin envelope.  The groom preferred simple and classic design while the bride really wanted some bling, so we added some fabulous silver fabric as a wrap inside the invitation.

The bride really wanted something special to arrive in the mail.  The presentation was really important to her, so we had custom cloth covered boxes made with her charcoal and silver color palette.  The inside silver fabric wrap was also used as table runners at the wedding.

We kept the design of the pieces classic with clean fonts and a bold monogram using their first initials, all letterpress printed on white white cotton paper in silver ink.  Silver edge painting added a bit of sparkle.

The tiny reception card was tucked inside a letterpress envelope adorned with a single Swarovski crystal.  We created a digitally-printed hand drawn map to let guests know the location of the ceremony and the reception.

Thanks Rachelle and Emily!

Wiley Valentine is a member of the Designer Rolodex – check out more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Wiley Valentine

Indian Pattern Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Sara from Inkprint Letterpress sent over these gorgeous letterpress wedding invitations that she recently designed inspired by Indian patterns.  I love the bright colors and intricate details!

From SaraI love working with vibrant colors and eye catching designs.  This invitation is a three color design with an intricate Indian pattern.  This would be perfect for a summer wedding – the gorgeous details and color would set the right tone for an unforgettable event.

 The invitation was hand letterpress printed on 100% cotton paper in pink, orange, and silver.  These vibrant colors were the perfect match for this intricate Indian pattern.

Thanks Sara!

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

Photo Credits: Inkprint Letterpress

Inspired by: Metallics!

Everything still feels all shiny and new this early in the year, so I today thought it would be fun to continue my love for all things metallic.  We already know that I’m crazy for anything with gold foil, but my metallic affections extend way beyond gold.  Silver, copper, brass are just as beautiful – particularly when mixed together!

No. 1 Metallic wedding invitations from Bella Figura; No. 2 Sugar Paper; No. 3 Oh Joy! Petal Pusher wallpaper from Hygge & West; No. 4 Metallic escort cards via Martha Stewart Weddings; No. 5 Yellow Owl Workshop; No. 6 Knot & Bow; No. 7 Brides.com

I also love these metallic prints from Enormous Championsilver and gold letterpress printed skeleton keys and a beautiful gold foil print on dark navy paper.

Bella Figura is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work here!

{images via their respective sources}

*Bella Figura is one of my fab­u­lous spon­sors; for more on my edi­to­r­ial poli­cies please click here.