Hand Lettered Invitations for a Wedding in the Woods

Happy Monday everyone! Did you all have a fantastic Easter weekend? We had so much fun hunting for eggs – we did it twice! Alice (18 months) even managed to get a couple of eggs in her basket, with a little assistance from her older sister and cousins, of course. We’re still recovering from our collective chocolate coma, so I thought I’d ease into the week with a gorgeous set of wedding invitations! Designer Mary Fama created these hand lettered invitations for a wedding in the woods – her own wedding at her parents’ log house in Kansas! Mary wanted to blend hand lettering and modern design with the secluded rustic aesthetic of the wedding venue. Love!

Hand Lettered Invitations for a Wedding in the Woods by Mary Fama / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From MaryMy husband and I got married in the backyard of my parents’ log house in Kansas City, Missouri, on our ten-year anniversary. We currently live in Brooklyn, but chose to return to the city where we met (as fifteen year olds!) to celebrate with our closest family and friends.

Hand Lettered Invitations for a Wedding in the Woods by Mary Fama / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The overarching visual concept of the wedding was to contrast modern, white, and clean lines with the wooded, rustic location. For example, pairing wooden farmhouse tables with clean white plates​ and chairs to achieve that balance​. To translate that theme into the invitations, ​it all started with the save the date.

Hand Lettered Invitations for a Wedding in the Woods by Mary Fama / Oh So Beautiful Paper

While I was planning, I found this incredible vintage postcard that was a spitting image of the staircase behind my parent’s house​ that leads up into the woods where the wedding was to be held. ​I wanted to showcase that image because it was so special and also so inviting. People thought that it was a photograph of the actual land, when really it was a postcard from New Haven, Connecticut from the 1930s! Once I had the postcard save the date, I wanted to keep the rest of the suite modern and fresh but pair it with whimsical handwriting, stamped return addresses and a bit of twine​.

Hand Lettered Invitations for a Wedding in the Woods by Mary Fama / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The angular, geometric lines in the backgrounds were part of an overarching theme I was trying to bring throughout the wedding. ​​I dip dyed white napkins at a hard angle into gray dye, and those were paired alongside modern white vintage plates at each setting​.

Hand Lettered Invitations for a Wedding in the Woods by Mary Fama / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Hand Lettered Invitations for a Wedding in the Woods by Mary Fama / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Mary!

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Photo Credits: Mary Fama

Big Sur Watercolor Wedding Invitations

If you’ve ever seen pictures of Big Sur, California – or been lucky enough to visit – you know that the gorgeous blue green water is one of the area’s most striking features. When Becca from Suite Paperie set out to create invitations for a wedding in Big Sur, she incorporated blue and green hand painted watercolor washes to honor the beauty of the wedding location. Becca paired the invitation suite with nature-inspired kraft paper envelopes. So pretty!

Big Sur Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Becca: When Katie and Rick approached me for their wedding invitations, we knew we needed to design something that did justice to the overwhelming beauty of their wedding location: Big Sur, California. The double-thick Mohawk paper is flanked on both sides by a digitally printed design that features a rich, hand-painted watercolor wash that evokes images of rich pooling water. We chose modern block lettering to keep the suite from appearing too fussy, which also allowed us to focus on the rich design inherent in the color play.

Big Sur Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

A watercolor overlay in a complementary color added interesting dimension to the custom map and schedule of events for this destination wedding. Wanting to keep it natural, the couple opted for an RSVP postcard digitally printed on brown kraft – the minimalistic design includes a Monterey Cypress tree mimicking the forestry of the area (one that we custom drew in our studio specifically for the couple) and simple icon meal choices on the back.

Big Sur Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The entire woodland suite is tied with cotton twine, affixed with a wedding website tag printed on fine wood paper, and tucked sweetly into a crisp white envelope.

Big Sur Watercolor Wedding Invitations by Suite Paperie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Becca!

Design and Styling: Suite Paperie

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Photography: Lindsay Nathanson

Delicate Black and White Leaf Wedding Invitations

Black and white is undoubtedly the most classic of color palettes, but it’s also a bit unexpected for a botanical-inspired invitation design! These delicate black and white leaf wedding invitations from Anastasia Marie were created for a spring garden wedding in Oregon. Anastasia paired an illustrated leaf pattern with a whimsical script – all printed in classic black on off-white paper. So simple and pretty!

Delicate Black and White Leaf Wedding Invitations by Anastasia Marie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Anastasia: These invitations were created for a simple outdoor garden wedding in Oregon. The invitation design features a simple leafy twig pattern, a flowing script typeface for the names, and a classic and straightforward serif typeface for the body text. We incorporated one little illustrated piece to tie everything together.

Delicate Black and White Leaf Wedding Invitations by Anastasia Marie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Delicate Black and White Leaf Wedding Invitations by Anastasia Marie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The leaf illustration was drawn up digitally in Illustrator, and given a subtle hand drawn look to bring the design down to a homemade feel. We made a patterned version of it for the back of the invitation to bring life to something that otherwise would have been left blank. It made the invitation feel more garden-y and whimsical.

Delicate Black and White Leaf Wedding Invitations by Anastasia Marie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

When it came to the color palette, we looked to the bride and groom’s wedding attire for inspiration. The bride wore an ivory and champagne-hued dress and the groom wore a classic black suit, so we printed on smooth ivory paper with classic black ink.

Delicate Black and White Leaf Wedding Invitations by Anastasia Marie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

We then tied up the printed pieces with metallic gold and black twine and slipped it all into shimmering gold envelopes for a touch of added elegance. Lastly, we sealed the envelopes with black striped washi tape. Washi tape is a perfect way to add a little bit more personality to an invitation suite, especially if you’re on a budget, and was a great fit with the whimsical feel of this particular invitation suite.

Delicate Black and White Leaf Wedding Invitations by Anastasia Marie / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks Anastasia!

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Photo Credits: Anastasia Marie Cards & Stationery

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Favor Ideas

I think the best wedding favors are personal AND practical (and yes, I count mini pies as practical!). Here are some wedding favor ideas to send your guests home with an extra special thank you gift, from the aforementioned mini pies to adorable custom matchboxes and seed packets. Bonus: you can make some seriously adorable labels to accompany any of these favor ideas! – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Favors / Mini Jam Jars from Martha Stewart Weddings via Oh So Beautiful PaperWedding Stationery Inspiration: Favors / Leaves made of seed paper by Martha Stewart Weddings via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Personalize jars of jam with custom labels or tags. | Photography: Corbin Gurkin via Martha Stewart Weddings // Cut out leaves of seed paper that guests can take home to grow their own wildflowers. | Photography: Raymond Hom via Martha Stewart Weddings

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Favors / Favor Bags made from Printed Paper via Minted / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Use whatever paper scraps you already have to make these patchwork favor bags. | Photography: Jared Smith, DIY Patchwork Favor Bags: Sugar and Cloth via Minted

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Favors

Ask for recipes when you send out your RSVP cards and compile them into a cookbook to use as your favors. | Photography: Emily Scannell, Graphic Design: Lisa Mishima via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Favors

Buy coffee in bulk and print custom labels to create these mini coffee bag favors. Your guests will be thanking you the next morning! | Photography: Kaitie Bryant Photography, Paper Goods: Yvonne Lin via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Favors

Potted succulents with a personalized message attached make a memorable gift. | Photography: Studio Phrené via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Favors

A mini pie in a mini box with a mini fork. What’s there not to love? | Photography: Heather Waraksa, Mini Pie: Luckybird Bakery via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Favors

Print matchbox designs and adhere to matchboxes for a personal and practical favor. It’s a match made in heaven. | Matchbox Favor Printables: Olivia Kanaley via Minted

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Favors

Give your guests seed packets of your favorite flowers. | Photography: Lavender & Twine via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Favors

Mini jars of honey with personalized tags can double as escort cards. Sweet! | Photography: Kirsten Ellis via Green Wedding Shoes

Preppy and Nautical Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

Nautical weddings and gold foil were just MADE for each other. I mean, navy blue with gold foil and stripes? Perfection. These gorgeous preppy and nautical gold foil wedding invitations come to us from Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby Letterpress. In addition to the shiny gold foil – including gold foil edging! – these invitations feature gorgeous letterpress printed text, a striped belly band, custom wax seal, and a vintage nautical chart envelope liner. Just gorgeous!

Preppy and Nautical Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo by Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

From Samantha and Whitney: This custom suite was designed for a lovely couple’s wedding held on the beautiful coast of Maine. The bride and groom wanted the invitation suite to reflect the classic, New England preppy and nautical feel of their event. We paired a beautiful flourished script with a traditional roman font to keep the look clean and classic. A classic, crisp palette of navy, metallic gold and white, along with nautical graphics (a sand dollar) and stripes, set the tone for their seaside event.

Preppy and Nautical Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo by Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Preppy and Nautical Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo by Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

The elegant type-set invitation was printed on double-thick 100% cotton and featured gold foil edging to give an extra pop of glam! All of the invitation pieces were wrapped in a flat printed preppy nautical stripe belly band and then tied with gold twine and finished with a custom wax seal. A fun navy outer envelope and custom envelope liner featuring a vintage nautical chart of Kennebunkport, ME completed the suite. As always, the pieces were lovingly letterpress printed by hand on our antique press on beautiful, textural, super thick 100% cotton paper.

Preppy and Nautical Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo by Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Preppy and Nautical Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo by Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Preppy and Nautical Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo by Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Preppy and Nautical Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Gus & Ruby Letterpress / Photo by Brea McDonald Photography / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Thanks so much Sam and Whit!

Design and Letterpress Printing: Gus & Ruby Letterpress

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Photo Credits: Brea McDonald Photography for Gus & Ruby Letterpress