Vintage Inspired Dusty Blue Calligraphy Wedding Invitations

We simply love it when people stick to the classics and execute an elegant suite to the perfection. Raymond Ramirez-Manzo by KidGolightly Calligraphy designed these stunning vintage-inspired dusty blue wedding invitations with dainty calligraphy detailing. Deckled edges, spot illustrations, and stunning ribbon accents: these invitations are simply darling!

Vintage Inspired Dusty Blue Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

From Raymond: I love creating custom wedding invitation designs for ladies and gents on their big day. These invitations pay homage to the very first invitations that I designed four years ago. My mom asked me if I could create a design for their Pearl Wedding Anniversary. At that time, I was in marketing and had no idea what to do. Little did I know, that moment would lead me to my wildest dreams coming true.

Vintage Inspired Dusty Blue Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

So here’s the story: While doing my research regarding invitations, there was a sense of unexplainable thrill slowly filling up my body and that lead me to discover this art called calligraphy: I knew about it but it didn’t dawn on me that a regular person could do it. That discovery shook my soul. From then on, every fiber of my body knew that this was the career path I wanted to pursue. Fast forward 4 years, finally realizing the perfect branding and doing well in my first year doing calligraphy full time. The idea behind this design was to re-create that wedding invitation suite and pay homage to the invitation that started it all.

Vintage Inspired Dusty Blue Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

With my aesthetics, I always thrive to make it feel romantic and timeless, so I wanted to breathe that same vibe into this particular suite. I also wanted it to have structure, so I played with lines in the layout to match the serif font, embossing those lines for added subtle texture. The heart of the design is the couple’s names in my signature calligraphy style, along with an illustration of a Villa on top of a hill. I wanted the design to look effortless, yet fancy.

Vintage Inspired Dusty Blue Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

The invitation is printed on 100% cotton rag handmade paper from Fabulous Fancy Pants, leaving the natural deckled edges untouched for that organic textural element. The same handmade paper envelope was used for the main invitation. I used a Mist colored envelope a with euro flap for the partner envelope for the reply card, with the return address calligraphed as well. For this suite specifically, Little Postage House curated a romantic collection of vintage stamps that I think fits it perfectly. The wax seal stamp from Saint Signora added some old world feel as a beautiful finishing touch.

Vintage Inspired Dusty Blue Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

I am so happy with how everything turned out. Sydney captured everything in film, while Alisha and Bethany added some floral magic to this shoot. The whole thing was extra special and it felt like I came full circle!

Vintage Inspired Dusty Blue Calligraphy Wedding Invitations by KidGolightly Calligraphy

Thanks, Raymond!

Design: KidGolightly Calligraphy
Florals: Native Bloom Floral
Postage stamps: Little Postage House
Paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants

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

Photo Credits: Sydney Tolifson Photography

2017 Gift Guide for Creatives

Every year, I try to share a few favorite gift ideas for artists and designers, and this year I thought I’d broaden things a bit to include some gift ideas for all creatives – from aspiring artists to hobbyists to weekend DIYers. There are definitely a few things in this gift guide that I use on a regular basis, along with a few other things that are on my own personal holiday wishlist. So whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves dabbling in creative pursuits or maybe just want to forward this on to your significant other to help them in their holiday gift purchases, hopefully there’s a little something for everyone below!

2017 Gift Guide for Creatives

1. Creatives of all types and backgrounds need to photograph their work, and ideally showcase it in the best possible light. Styling boards can seriously elevate the quality of those photos, but they’re definitely an investment. I’m a big fan of the double-sided styling surfaces from Erickson Woodworks and the plaster surfaces of One Stone West

2. I’ve been wanting to try weaving, and the colors in these weaving and roving packs from fiber artist Maryanne Moodie are just gorgeous. Just don’t forget the loom!

3. + 4. If someone is just starting out in a creative field, they might not have the resources to invest in beautiful styling props. I love these silk table runners from Tono & Co – they look absolutely stunning in styled shoots and can even double as a background for product photos. Ribbons also make the most beautiful styling props in photos, and I love these new ribbons with black edges from Angela Liguori!

5. Small dishes, like these gorgeous ring dishes from Suite One Studio, are great for holding ephemera on a desk – or even as props for styled photos!

6. Zojirushi mugs are the perfect way to keep beverages hot or cold throughout the day. Give one for hot beverages, and another to have ice cold water available throughout the day – it’s important to stay hydrated!

7. This adorable zipper pouch from is the perfect way to organize pens, pencils, and paint brushes. 

8. + 9. Watercolor supplies make a lovely gift for an aspiring artist. I’m a big fan of this Koi travel watercolor palette for beginner artists, and Jenna from Mon Voir sells kits with professional level supplies that are great for intermediate artists and hobbyists. Don’t forget a pad of high quality watercolor paper. My favorite is Stonehenge by Legion Paper

10. These zippered pouches are a great way to stay organized! They’re basically modern trapper keepers, with tons of pockets both inside and outside, and can even fit up to a 13″ Macbook Pro! Plus, they come in some seriously fantastic colors. 

11. Houseplants are a great gift for someone who works from home. Check your local hardware store, or even Home Depot and Lowe’s for great deals on low-maintenance plants. These googly eye planters totally crack me up – I’d love to have a set for my home office!

12. It took me the longest time to invest in a quality paper trimmer – and it always drove me nuts when I needed to cut something in a straight line for a project! I have this hefty bypass paper trimmer and love it. Of course, this wouldn’t cut it for a professional stationer, but for DIY projects at home it’s absolutely fantastic. 

13. I have this Silhouette CAMEO and use it all the time for DIY projects (like these DIY Matisse-inspired pumpkins!). You can use it to cut out vinyl decals, create custom fabric transfers, and even create custom cut paper pieces!

*Also, creative classes and workshops make a wonderful gift for creatives! You can do some research to find local workshops in your area, or check out online workshops if that isn’t an option. I highly recommend the Modern Calligraphy Summit for aspiring calligraphers, and these online floral workshops from Nicole of Soil + Stem look amazing! If you’re in the DC area, my friend Michele teaches calligraphy and brush lettering workshops – and we’ve got lots of fun workshops planned at Common Room Studio in December and 2018!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! Last weekend, I hosted Jenna of Mon Voir at Common Room Studio to celebrate her new book, Everyday Watercolor. We had 60 people at the studio over Saturday and Sunday, and it felt so great to finally share the space with people! If you’re in the DC area, we have two really exciting workshops coming up over the next few weeks: an ornament painting workshop with Talia of The White Hearth on Small Business Saturday, and a holiday table styling workshop with Wld Wst on December 16 that we’re calling Architecture of a Table. I’m so excited for both workshops – they’re going to be so fun! But in the meantime…

Black Lamb Studio / Plant Lady

Illustration by Black Lamb Studio via #dailydoseofpaper

…a few links for your weekend!

The world’s most perfect pink coat (and it’s only $160!)

Thinking about giving this DIY holiday greenery chandelier a try

Sign up for the Antiquaria holiday card exchange!

Gimme this rainbow stripe sequin skirt

Still trying to wrap my head around this proposed idea for countering global warming

I may have completely lost my mind, but I really want these glitter duck boots for winter

MAKE: Breakfast pot pies (yum!)


This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Loving these quirky camp-theme wedding invitations

How to find the perfect vintage rug for your space

We rounded up some favorite Thanksgiving cards

Gorgeous calligraphy from Pink + Peach

Looking for some fall cocktail inspiration? Try the Jägerita!


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

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!

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