This lighthouse and wedding took place at Marblehead Lighthouse, just off of Lake Erie.
I love how everything came together for this invitation. The bride specifically requested a sophisticated "beach" theme. She didn't want seashells everywhere, but the venue—which was also where this sweet couple was engaged—begged for a tie in with the stationery.
It was decided: the lighthouse had to be included, and a crest surrounding the text of the invitation itself was decided upon to add a classier element. To tie the two elements together, the shield of the crest itself is a thick rope and the water is delicately added to the corners. Add some flowers and you have the main body of this invitation!
It was love at first sketch.
The icing on the cake (or, shall we say "the salt in the air"? Okay, I'm done... this is a freshwater LAKE, after all) was adding the gold metallic elements. Because this was a small suite, I hand painted the gold dots on the berries. It was a simple way to add that extra special something to really make this suite shine!
What do you think? What is your favorite element of this suite? I would love to hear your thoughts!
Grosse Pointe War Memorial Wedding
Could all of my stationery have architecture drawings on it? I am in love with the contrast between the more delicate and free watercolor next to the structured line drawing of this memorial. It perfectly echoed the elegance for this event and even added the needed sophistication to the reception table. The beautiful wine and peachy pink flowers with the minty sage leaves were the perfect color combination for this early fall wedding. I especially love how the wine envelope grounds the entire suite and keeps it from looking too light and airy for the location or season.
If you have not had the opportunity to visit the Grosse Pointe War Memorial—just to tour the grounds—I highly recommend it. Beautiful architecture, lovely gardens, nice views. It was a pleasure.
Grecian Wedding Invitations
The Grecian wedding trend has been on my mind lately. It's haunting my Pinterest boards and dancing through my day dreams. I even informed Superman that if we were to get married again, a neutral Grecian wedding was sure to be an influential element!
Knowing all of this, you can understand my excitement when I was asked to create this design for a styled shoot! Over the moon with the freedom that I had and the overall theme, I dove right in. Shortly after I had fallen deeply in love and was well on my way to finishing the design, a few key members of the team had to pull out of the shoot and I was left to look at my designs and wait.
But I just could let them sit! So I ended up finishing the collection and pairing it with this lovely peachy-pink envelope, an elegant mother of pearl wax seal and a number of hand drawn illustrations. I experimented further with different color combinations (which you can see in my blog post, here), though my love for all things peachy pink and soft blue won out in the end. as the featured combination.
Greenery Wedding Invitations
The "greenery" trend has taken the wedding field by storm. And not just because it's Pantone's color of the year (2017)! Beginning even in 2016, elegant displays of green foliage began to dominate wedding accents and decor.
Therefore, it was no surprise that a "greenery" wedding suite was needed within 3 months of the new year! I love the combination of organic and "wild" green leaves and the structured gold foil that the leaves hang on.
Monogram Crest Invitations
Crests have made a wave in the wedding scene lately and I am all heart eyes over the trend! As you might guess, I was thrilled to have an excuse to paint a monogram crest for this couple. I love how a crest symbolizes the family structure—two people creating their own life together as one complete unit. Working together, complimenting each other and supporting through the trials.
The stripped backer gives the suite a slight nautical feel, while the cascading flowers bring this "ship" back to shore. The color pallet is bright and fresh, the perfect accent to their joyful event.
The envelopes (not pictured) were a beautiful dusty rose that ended up matching the flowers perfectly, and the liner had a floral motif dancing across it to tie the entire suite together. Unfortunately my extra envelopes were needed and did not make it into my own shoot.
If you are a Disney fan, than you probably already recognized the title of this shoot to belong to the song sung over Lady and Tramp during their romantic Italian dinner in the movie "Lady and the Tramp".
With this shoot, our goal was to add some sophistication to the beloved story. We brought refinement to this animated story through the moody pallet, vintage elements and delicate watercolors. Silhouettes of the well known characters brings our hearts back to the iconic story once again, while the back of the invitation closes out this beautiful story with the "Bella Notte" chorus. The chorus is written out in calligraphy and surrounded by a watercolor wash border.
Birch Bark and Floral Wedding Suite
This wedding was such a pleasure to be a part of. Maria was a dream, so elegant, and everything about her wedding was "just so". I loved adding the bit of rustic charm to this otherwise romantic piece. The watercolors mix with the birch bark texture to create a unique visual interest that sets this suite apart from any other. And the raspberry and mint color combination? Love. Absolutely love it!
I had the pleasure of creating her invitations, response cards (not pictured), inserts (not pictured) and reception menus.
Photo credit: Samantha Ong Photography
Boho Midcentury Wedding Suite
I was thrilled to partner with another group of talented vendors to create a styled bridal shower. Not only did all of the individual elements come together beautifully (see more here), but we all had a wonderful time working together on the shoot.
We worked with a very midcentury, bohemian style for this shoot. Definitely not the style that I work with on a regular basis, and I really enjoyed having the opportunity to stretch myself and try something new. I incorporated elements that would compliment the geometric copper pieces as well as the crochet elements found throughout the shoot. This was a challenging duo to combine, but copper foil ended up being the answer to these design "problems"!