Happy Weekend

It feels strange to be wishing all of you a happy weekend after the tragic events in Nice yesterday. It’s getting harder and harder to find the bright spots between the shadows these days. My heart is with the people of France today. I don’t have many words today – just wishes for more peace and love, less violence and tragedy.

Friday Flowers: Pink Spray Roses, Hydrangea, Scabiosa, Foxglove, Blackberries, Japanese Painted Fern / Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

The last two weeks on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

My poor husband came down with a bad cold this week, so we’ll be sharing a cocktail recipe on Monday instead of today while he recuperates. It’s going to be a good one! See you back here on Monday. xoxo

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations

You guys. Every piece in this wedding invitation suite from Ilana of Sugar & Type was individually hand painted. Each and every one! These beautiful navy and silver hand painted wedding invitations were created for the wedding of Ilana’s sister Danielle, who just also happens to be an artist. Danielle viewed the creative process behind these invitations as a symbolic representation of a new marriage, and her description of the process below is just so beautiful I can barely stand it!

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From IlanaI’m so excited to share my sister Danielle’s wedding invitations! As an artist, my sister really wanted to have her hand in the creative process of the paper goods for her wedding day. My sister and I letterpress printed the invitations on a Vandercook letterpress (with the help of Amy at Green Girl Press), then Danielle individually hand painted each and every invitation, reply card, program, and info card. These invitations truly told a unique story.

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Danielle and Andrew’s winter wedding was held at an art gallery, where people were able to explore the space and really appreciate the art! The invitations were printed on 220lb paper with navy edge painting. Each envelope was hand addressed with silver ink to match the hand painted element on the suite. They carried out the metallic splatters throughout the details at their ceremony and reception, and it was truly a masterpiece.

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Danielle – the bride and artist: For our wedding, it was important to us that the experience of art was gently portrayed in every element. From the hand painted brush strokes on each piece of every invitation, response card, information card, and program, to the calligraphy that was letterpress printed onto each sheet of paper.

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The brush strokes represented the evidence of process, the way that every motion in life leaves a mark, either large or small. These strokes were intentionally made to be perfectly imperfect and one of a kind, just like each individual marriage or relationship. Each mark was made specifically with intention and care, the way that everything you do in a marriage should be. Each component of the creation of the invitations reflected the ever changing atmosphere that exists in a marriage and fulfilled the symbolic process that felt necessary for us as we embarked on our next journey as a couple. We are thrilled with what the process yielded and the final product truly represents us as a couple. We are a team who tries to take time to consider the purpose and execution of our actions, and works to enjoy the journey to the final product.

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Navy and Silver Hand Painted Wedding Invitations by Sugar and Type / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Ilana and Danielle!

Design and Calligraphy: Sugar and Type

Letterpress Printing: Green Girl Press

Hand Painting: Danielle Sara

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

Photo Credits: Audra Zaba Photo

Shimmery Metallic Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! We have two absolutely GORGEOUS wedding invitation suites to share with you today! We’re kicking things off with these shimmery metallic moon and stars wedding invitations from Caroline of Lovely Paper Things. I absolutely love all the constellation details that Caroline incorporated throughout the suite, and how gorgeous is the screen printed gold ink over shimmery silver paper? So much sparkle!

Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Caroline: When Amber was a little girl, her mom would tell her stories about the moon, and as she grew up she cherished those special tales. Fast forward a few years, to when Heather of Amorology and I were brainstorming for Amber and Jason’s wedding invitation suite. I was immediately inspired to integrate the moon into their wedding invitation design!

Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The couple knew they wanted their special day to be a black tie, garden affair with very special and personal touches. So I decided to use a combination of painted moon and silhouetted floral illustrations – as though the moon was creating gorgeous floral shadows in a night garden!

Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Delighting and surprising a couple (and their guests) is one of my favorite things to do, so I had a special die made so that when the invitations arrived, tucked inside their screen printed pouches, they would show a quarter moon. And as the guests opened them up a full moon would be revealed! Hooray!

Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We used shimmer tone silver paper and custom amber-gold screen printed ink to achieve a romantic, warm look on the invitations, details card, website card, and moon phase cards. The silver paper and gold ink twinkled like star dust! And if that wasn’t enough, the constellations on the response card envelopes were letterpress printed and paired with envelopes with digitally printed liners in a beautiful lunar grey. And as it turns out, the couple was married on a new moon, which was the perfect way to start their happily ever after! Cheers to the sweetest couple and their marvelous moon dance!

Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Moon and Stars Wedding Invitations by Lovely Paper Things / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks so much Caroline!

Invitation design: Lovely Paper Things

Event Planning: Amorology

Printing: Czar Press

Styling: To La Lune

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

Photo Credits: Jen Wojcik Photography

Happy Weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! It’s a gorgeous Spring day here in DC and my three year-old has a day off from pre-school, since Emancipation Day is a holiday in DC. So I’m off to spend some time with my little and enjoy this gorgeous weather! But in the meantime…

BerinMade via Instagram / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Image by BerinMade via Instagram (from the #dailydoseofpaper feed)

…a few links for your weekend!

The last two weeks on Oh So Beautiful Paper:

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

Virginia Countryside Wedding Invitations

While we’re on the subject of flowers today, how pretty are these Virginia countryside wedding invitations from Lauren at Darling + Pearl? The invitation suite was inspired by the wedding venue in the heart of Virginia wine country. I’m loving the whimsical letterpress printed confetti pattern paired with vintage-inspired magnolia envelope liners. And the bride even did her own calligraphy for some of the invitation text and addressed her own envelopes!

Letterpress Printed Virginia Countryside Wedding Invitations by Darling + Pearl / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Lauren: The wedding invitations for Loren and Daniel’s wedding were a true collaborative effort. The inspiration was drawn mainly by the location of their wedding and the venue: Keswick Hall at Monticello in the Virginia countryside. Loren and Daniel’s entire suite was letterpress printed in burgundy and silver and was presented with mixed color envelopes (which has become somewhat of a Darling + Pearl signature).

Letterpress Printed Virginia Countryside Wedding Invitations by Darling + Pearl / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Loren practices calligraphy and was really interested in using her own handwriting for her invitations. Loren provided me with the artwork for their names which was then processed into a printing plate along with the rest of the design. After the invitations were delivered, Loren also addressed each envelope by hand in calligraphy.

Letterpress Printed Virginia Countryside Wedding Invitations by Darling + Pearl / Oh So Beautiful Paper

I wanted to create an invitation suite where each piece was different and exciting and walked the line of both traditional and unique. The envelope liners really pulled the suite together and added even more flavor – with the added bonus of Magnolia trees being a significant detail in the couple’s life. This was the first project that really had me stepping outside of my comfort zone as far as choosing less expected colors and patterns to line the sending envelopes.

Letterpress Printed Virginia Countryside Wedding Invitations by Darling + Pearl / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Letterpress Printed Virginia Countryside Wedding Invitations by Darling + Pearl / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Lauren!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Darling + Pearl

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

Photo Credits: Darling + Pearl