Modern Gold and Plum Watercolor Wedding Invitations

It’s been a minute since we featured some gorgeous wedding invitations, so let’s jump right back in the saddle with these modern gold and plum watercolor wedding invitations from designer and calligrapher Ash Bush! These stunning invitations highlight her gorgeous lettering and painterly skills. And can we talk about the navy outer envelopes for a moment, please? A sweep of gold paint, modern lettering, and a vintage stamp collage!

Modern Gold and Plum Watercolor Wedding Invitations

From Ash: Talk about dream project! Working with Laura and Doug on their custom watercolor wedding invitations was so life-giving. They were getting married at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, a beautiful, botanical oasis. Her colors were jewel-toned berry and deep navy blue, along with some pops of plum and glittery gold. The minute I heard her vision was the minute I fell in love with this suite.

Modern Gold and Plum Watercolor Wedding Invitations

I went very modern and painterly for the style and feel of the whole suite as well as the custom lettering. The outer envelope totally stole the show. They were a beautiful deep blue, and we contrasted that with a bright gold brushstroke across the front. The gold was topped with some white lettering, and the white lettering carried over onto the back return address flap. We also carried the gold lettering over onto the rsvp envelopes, but in a subtle way.

Modern Gold and Plum Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Everything was paired with paint splatters and tons of gorgeous texture. Laura opted for curated vintage stamps on her envelope, and that was totally the cherry on top of an already delicious sundae! To really complete the suite I designed a custom envelope liner in a subtle gradient of her colors, paired with some watercolor texture. And then I went through and hand-speckled the invites and envelopes with gold splatters, totally worth it!

Modern Gold and Plum Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Her day-of details consisted of the most amazing dip-dyed escort cards. I dipped them all by hand in a custom berry ink, and blue watercolor mixture, and then paired it with gold lettering. The event planner then hung them all along with greenery to create a stunning visual at the reception. I also made some custom signs for her food tables and bar settings.

Modern Gold and Plum Watercolor Wedding Invitations

I don’t think I’ll ever stop dreaming about this wedding suite, and the photos from the day show how beautifully it all came together to create a bohemian and modern high-end style.

Modern Gold and Plum Watercolor Wedding Invitations

Watercolor Wedding Escort Card Display

Thanks Ash!

Design: Ash Bush
Paper: French Paper Co.
Envelopes: Cards & Pockets
Event Planning: Scheme Events 

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

Photo Credits: Gaby J Photography

September Desktop Downloads!

Hello hello hello again! And happy September everyone! Did you have a restful Labor Day weekend? We started the weekend with a friend’s wedding in New York City, followed by some quiet downtime with family. And after our short summer hiatus, we’re back and ready to jump back into our regular content – starting with this month’s desktop downloads! We have two gorgeous illustrated wallpapers from Katie at The Good Twin for your phones and desktop (or laptop) computers. I absolutely love what Katie put together for us this month, and I hope you do, too!

September Will Be Better Wallpaper by The Good Twin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

iPhone | Desktop

September Back to School Wallpaper by The Good Twin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

iPhone | Desktop

Illustrations © The Good Twin for Oh So Beautiful Paper. All artwork is made available for personal use only. By downloading the wallpapers you agree to the terms of use.

p.s. If you’re a designer or illustrator interested in contributing your own designs to this column, please email your design to hello(at) with the subject line “desktop downloads” and image files in both desktop and iPhone retina screen sizes. If it’s a good fit I’ll add it to the post for the following month!

Help for Hurricane Harvey

Rifle Paper Co. Texas Art Print

(Texas art print by Rifle Paper Co.)

We’re supposed to be on our annual summer hiatus this week, but given the impact of Hurricane Harvey I just had to jump back in to share some ways that we can help right now. My heart goes out to the residents of Houston and those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please stay safe out there, friends. I’m sure you have already seen the call to donate to the Red Cross, which you should absolutely do if you are able, but there are lots of other ways to help – from donating to the Texas Diaper Bank and local food banks to fostering rescued pets. Please help support relief efforts if you are able to do so. Every little bit helps!



Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner, has set up the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to directly help those in need. You can also text HARVEY2017 to 91999 or visit the website here:



This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support relief and recovery efforts from this storm. You can contribute to this fund here:



All Hands Volunteers has three different teams on the ground assessing the damage and putting help where help is needed. All donations will go towards the victims and the rebuilding of the community. You can support their efforts here:



For animals in need and evacuated pets, please consider donating to Austin Pets Alive and the SPCA of Texas. You can visit their websites to see a list of needs: and



Portlight helps support disaster relief efforts for people with disabilities, including medical equipment and assistive technology, sign language interpreters, and more. You can support their efforts at



Disaster relief agencies generally do not provide diapers. You can donate money or actual diapers to the Texas Diaper Bank. You can visit their donation page and designate your donation for Disaster Relief:



Here are some local food banks that can use your help:

The Galveston County Food Bank

The Food Bank of Corpus Christi

The Houston Food Bank

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! We started with that amazing eclipse on Monday, and as of today we officially made it through our first week of school here in DC. Yay! Next week, Oh So Beautiful Paper will be on our annual summer hiatus – so we’ll be back with fresh new posts after Labor Day. Plus, I have some REALLY exciting news that I can’t wait to share with all of you! But you’ll just have to wait until September 5 to find out what it is! But in the meantime…

Envelopes by Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy

Envelopes by Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye Calligraphy via #dailydoseofpaper

…a few links for your weekend!

Grab this free printable editorial calendar to organize your blog and social schedule!

This is fascinating: the slave that taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey

100% adding this sweater to my fall closet

Feeling inspired by these colors and shapes

After years of searching, I finally found my dream raincoat! And it’s pale pink! (It also comes in mint green here.)

How cute is this pom pom tank?

A new online calligraphy class with Bailey of Antiquaria Design!

Card of the week! (by the always hilarious Emily McDowell)


This week on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

Fifteen awesome 2017-2018 planners and agendas

We wrapped up our coverage from the 2017 National Stationery Show with two final posts: a party goods round up and a few final favorite products from the show!

Go Behind the Stationery with Egg Press

Make this fun DIY watercolor floral pencil pouch!

NSS 2017: A Few Favorites

I’m like a kid in a candy store during the National Stationery Show each year. There’s so much to see! So many people I want to talk to, catch up with, new booths to see, and more! The only problem with being a stationery addict at a trade show dedicated to stationery and paper goods is that I genuinely love ALL OF IT and would take every single thing home with me if I could! Each year, there are a few extra special things that really stand out and make a connection with me, from greeting cards to gift items. So today I’m closing out our coverage from this year’s National Stationery Show with a few show favorites that, for whatever reason, didn’t fit into one of our other round ups. Let’s start with two of my favorite greeting cards from this year’s show from Dahlia Press and Smitten on Paper!

NSS 2017: Smitten on Paper

Smitten on Paper (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Dahlia Press

Dahlia Press (check out the full booth here!)

I’m seriously crazy about these letterpress printed baby milestone cards from Rachael of Pistachio Press – a new mom herself! In addition to number cards for monthly photos, there are milestone cards for when baby learns to roll over, crawl, smile, and more. SO CUTE!!

NSS 2017: Pistachio Press

Pistachio Press (check out the full booth here!)

I’ve made and broken a lot of resolutions over the years, but I think I might actually stick to a resolution with this kit from Baltic Club! It’s undated, so you can start a new resolution any time of year, and comes with cute gold stickers to help keep track of progress!

NSS 2017: Baltic Club

NSS 2017: Baltic Club

Baltic Club (check out the full booth here!)

So many gorgeous bags and pouches at this year’s show! These wine and booze bags from Dahlia Press are so cute, and I’m absolutely crazy about the new zipper pouches from Our Heiday and Parrott Design Studio!

NSS 2017: Dahlia Press

Dahlia Press (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Our Heiday

NSS 2017: Our Heiday

Our Heiday (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Parrott Design Studio

Parrott Design Studio (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Iron Curtain Press

Iron Curtain Press (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Emily McDowell

Emily McDowell (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Albertine Press

Cityscape totes (in all the major cities!) from Albertine Press (check out the full booth here!)

Notepads! I love, love, love the gorgeous color blocked notepads from Moglea and the genius notepads from Smudge Ink that fold up into paper boats, airplanes, and secret messages!

NSS 2017: Moglea

NSS 2017: Moglea

Moglea (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Smudge Ink

NSS 2017: Smudge Ink

Smudge Ink (check out the full booth here!)

Hologram foil was everywhere at this year’s show, much to my delight! The Social Type had TONS of hologram foil, including hologram foil matchboxes and envelope note sets. Wild Ink Press debuted a new birthday gemstone card collection with every type of shiny, iridescent, and metallic foil imaginable. So fun!

NSS 2017: The Social Type

NSS 2017: The Social Type

NSS 2017: The Social Type

NSS 2017: The Social Type

The Social Type (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Wild Ink Press

Wild Ink Press (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: 417 Press

417 Press (check out the full booth here!)

NSS 2017: Ashkahn

Ashkahn (check out the full booth here!)

Alright, that’s it from this year’s show! I hope you enjoyed all of our round ups! In case you missed any of our previous recaps from the 2017 National Stationery Show you can find them all right here – and you can find photos from all the NSS 2017 exhibitors right here!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey and Hannah Nowack for Oh So Beautiful Paper