Calligraphy Inspiration: Pink + Peach

Hey everyone! My 6-year-old daughter isn’t the only fan of pink in our house — I love pink. My fall coat is a coral pink hue, in fact. And when I stumbled on the work of Natalie Garrigan of Pink + Peach, I was tickled pink. I think you will be, too. Here’s a sweet dose of calligraphy inspiration. Enjoy! Jen

Calligraphy by Pink + Peach

Photo Credit: Tetiana Photography

Yes to everything in this photo. The modern organic style of the calligraphy, the choice of berries and blooms for the place cards, and of course, the pink sofa.

Pink + Peach Copper Place Cards

Calligraphy by Pink + Peach

Photo Credit: Sue Blue Events

Natalie is a self-taught calligrapher based out of Seattle. She just picked up calligraphy about 2 years ago (wow!). She went full-time with Pink + Peach about a year ago.

Calligraphy by Pink + Peach

How do you get this good at calligraphy in such a short time? Practice, of course. Natalie shares: “My lettering style is ever evolving, as I feel I am still trying to perfect my style. That’s my favorite aspect about my job — I’m always learning!”

Calligraphy by Pink + Peach

Natalie finds inspiration from fonts and she focuses on letter flow. She explains: “If I don’t like how my ‘h’ flows into an ‘r’ or ‘k’ into an ‘s’, I’ll rework the letters until I’ve found an aesthetic flow. In my mind, flow is queen.”

Calligraphy by Pink + Peach

Calligraphy by Pink + Peach

Photo Credits: Dawn Photography

Here’s a peek at table settings just perfect for fall. The calligraphy place cards add the special finishing touch. The place cards above feature Natalie’s lettering work on broken ceramic tiles.

Calligraphy by Pink + Peach

These pretty place cards show off her calligraphy on vellum with edges burned by hand.

Calligraphy by Pink + Peach

Black calligraphy on white envelopes is a timeless classic – but Natalie’s calligraphy style and use of vellum envelopes makes everything feel modern.

Calligraphy by Pink + Peach

Natalie loves to work her calligraphy magic on non-paper materials. Her favorites are leather and marble. Of leather, she shares: “It responds to ink beautifully and can be manipulated into whatever your vision is. Tiles are a close second because of their elegance.”

Calligraphy by Pink + Peach

Photo Credit: Jason Lucas Photography

And with that cozy fall imagery, I’ll leave you. Thanks so much to Natalie of Pink + Peach for sharing a peek into her work and process!

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations

Well, these invitations are a lot of fun! Primary colors, pennants, buttons, and more in these quirky camp-theme wedding invitations from designer Misty Manley! Misty created these invitations for her own wedding last September – we love how all the sweet details, like tacos and camping, ties into her own love story!

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

From Misty: Johnny and I have spent the last 9 years laughing at each other’s stupid jokes, eating too much, and taking nothing seriously… so when we got engaged, we knew immediately we didn’t want a buttoned-up “wedding,” we just wanted to kick back and party with our best friends and eat good food.

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Camp Wyman was the first venue we looked at, and we knew immediately it was the one. The camp vibes were just too good; log cabins, a beautiful ceremony site accessible only by a path leading into the woods, logs for seating, and they let us personalize our whole event how we saw fit! We’re taco obsessed (we got engaged at our favorite taco joint, Mission Taco) and had their food truck and one other taco truck serve at the wedding, we brought in our own booze and let people BYOB, it was a family tradition to take our son to a different donut shop in STL every weekend, so we had donuts for dessert from our favorite place and one of our favorite personal touches, we had a unity PB&J during our ceremony.

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

As a graphic designer, I got so excited to take the camp theme and run with it! The details were so fun: a Wes Anderson inspired color palette, save the dates with button pins, and a two-sided foldout poster with a map for the invitation. The invitation included a timeline of our relationship that served as a border, silly badges and inside jokes. I used custom rubber stamps for the rsvp card and envelopes.

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

I made the wedding programs pennants that everyone waved in the air as we passed! More flags were screen printed and stuck inside vintage thermoses or our centerpieces. I poured my heart into every detail! I hand painted signs, and used the 18 months of our engagement collecting vintage goblets, the thermoses, as well as used a lot of my own vintage collectibles as decor.

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Quirky Camp-Theme Wedding Invitations by Misty Manley

Thanks Misty!

Design: Misty Manley

Buttons: StickerMule

Online printing: Mingo Press

Rubber Stamps: Simon Stamp

Paper and envelopes: French Paper

Screen printing: Art Farm STL

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

Photo Credits: Misty Manley and Vein + Vessel

Happy Weekend!

Happy Thursday everyone! DC schools and the federal government are observing Veterans Day tomorrow, so I’m taking the opportunity to head out a bit early this week. Plus, I’ve been busy over at Common Room Studio getting ready for three big workshops this weekend! Jenna of Mon Voir is coming out to DC to celebrate her new book, Everyday Watercolor, and teach three of her floral watercolor workshops. If you’re local, we still have a couple spots in the class on Sunday morning – you can sign up right here! We’re also getting ready to announce some exciting workshops and events in December, so jump on our mailing list if you haven’t already! But in the meantime…

Hanwriting Watercolor Leaf Placecards

Photo by hanwriting via Instagram

…a few links for your weekend!

Make handmade holiday cards for retired soldiers at the Old Soldiers Home/ Armed Forces Retirement home here in DC. I know I’ll be making some with my girls this weekend!

Have you seen all the amazing shoes in the Nordstrom fall sale??? These knee high leather boots are the perfect winter boot (and they’re 50% off!) and I love the side cut outs on these black leather booties (30% off!)

A Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade centerpiece! This would be so cute for a kids table design! (p.s. I’m also loving Brittany’s version)

How cute is this pink parka??

MAKE: Fettuccine with Avocado-Garlic Sauce (yum!)

I desperately want this pink chaise lounge for Common Room Studio!

Card of the week!

This is fascinating and horrifying: A toxic city on the edge of the world

 

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Blush and gray desert-inspired wedding invitations

We went all the way to Brisbane, Australia to go Behind the Stationery with Fox & Fallow!

Add color to your wardrobe with vintage accessories!

One of my favorites from the DIY archives: DIY hand lettered dinner plates (perfect for holiday dinners!)

 

That’s it for me this week! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo

 

Blush and Gray Desert Wedding Invitations

Are you ready for some seriously dreamy wedding invitations? Alex of Goodheart Design combined a soft color palette, whimsical hand lettering, and sweet floral illustrations to create these blush and gray desert wedding invitations. You’ll definitely want to check out the ombré lettering on the save the date below. Absolute perfection!

Blush and Gray Desert Wedding Invitations by Goodheart Design

From Alex: Nicole and Justin got married in Ojai, California at the best time of year. The venue was open, airy and bright with a hint of desert vibes mixed in. We wanted to reflect that in the save the date and wedding invitation suite with soft colors, foliage, and classic calligraphy.

Blush and Gray Desert Wedding Invitations by Goodheart Design

We started with the save the date and made it a little more fun and outgoing. The save the date itself was a unique 4 x 9 inch size with ombré letterpress printing done by Czar Press, moving from blush to light grey. That piece was also accompanied by a fun photo booth reel with pictures of the two of them. I love when photos are included in a save the date in a unique way!

Blush and Gray Desert Wedding Invitations by Goodheart Design

As we moved to the invitation suite we wanted to keep the style, colors and look the same as the save the date but a little more classy and elegant. We started with creating a crest for the couple with their first name initials. That crest was used for the return address on the envelopes as well as other wedding ‘day of’ items.

Blush and Gray Desert Wedding Invitations by Goodheart Design

The crest then inspired the blind letterpress printed vines on the main and rsvp pieces. By having them blind letterpress printed into the page, we were able to add a little bit of the desert Ojai vibe while still keeping it light and airy. The blind letterpress makes them more of a texture rather than a heavy focus. In order to make the details piece stand out a little bit, since it had lot of important information on it, it was printed on blush paper. One side had a fun map of Ojai on it and the other had a link to their wedding website. While the suite had different colored papers from the main piece to the details to the envelopes, it all flowed together in such a beautiful way.

Blush and Gray Desert Wedding Invitations by Goodheart Design

Blush and Gray Desert Wedding Invitations by Goodheart Design

Blush and Gray Desert Wedding Invitations by Goodheart Design

Thanks Alex!

Design: Goodheart Design

Printing: Czar Press

Goodheart Design is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of Alex’s beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Anna Delores Photography

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Did you have a good week? A good Halloween? This was a pretty good week for me, but the last few weeks have been super busy so I’m feeling kinda zonked today. Does that happen to you? Where you’re just going, going, going for weeks and then it all just catches up with you all at once? Yeah, that’s where I am now. Time to take it easy for a few days! But in the meantime…

Washington, DC in the fall

…a few links for your weekend!

Gold napkin rings cast from natural herb cuttings – wouldn’t they be so lovely on a Thanksgiving table?

The most amazing Stranger Things viewing party

Nordstrom is having a 40% off Fall sale! I’ve been browsing the shoe selection, and my favorites are these velvet slingbacks, these asymmetrical leather flats, and these peep toe booties

Also from Nordstrom: My dream winter coat in the most beautiful shade of lavender (it’s only $150!)

Cute fill-in party invitations!

Totally obsessed with the color of these chairs

Loving the idea of a cocktailgating party

This woven pendant is my everything

Sweet potato crostini – such a great idea!

MAKE: Salted caramel and apple babka

 

This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

New illustrated November wallpapers for your phone and desktop

The design inspiration for Common Room Studio! Plus a free Small Business Best Practices Guide from SunTrust in celebration of National Entrepreneurship Month!

The best colorful walls and murals in DC

Introducing your new favorite Fall cocktail: the Stone Fence

Romantic wildflower-inspired wedding invitations

 

That’s it for me this week! I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xoxo