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Today’s featured invitation blends the sophistication of letterpress and calligraphy with clean design and beautiful details. Brooke of Curious & Co. Creative tells us more about their wedding invitation line, the Claremont Collection:

weddinginvitelove wedding invitation designer creative co claremont collection

Hello, readers! My name is Brooke Forry and I co-own Curious & Co. Creative with the wonderfully talented Terry Baker and Maggie Moore. Day in and day out, we create websites, logos, brochures and the like for clients, but we also love to dream up wedding invitations and paper goods for couples everywhere. We created Claremont Collection, a line of customizable letterpress wedding invitations, for the design-minded couples out there looking for something fabulous to set the tone for their big day.

With twelve designs to choose from, customizable with 30+ ink colors and a slew of paper and envelope colors, there is something for everyone in Claremont Collection. One of our newest designs that may appeal to a couple hosting a very formal or black tie wedding is the lovely Isabella.

For the girl who has everything — Isabella is classic, understated elegance at its best. A diagonally striped border paired with sophisticated and formal typography set the stage for a simply beautiful affair. We love it when our customers add an envelope liner for a pop of color; making this one-color design into a two-color piece would also give it a whole new feel.

Thanks Brooke! For more about the Claremont Collection, take a look at their profile on Wedding Invite Love or head straight to their website!

Photos by Trevor Dixon – http://www.dixonphotography.com/

Merrymint Designs makes such beautiful invitations, and today we have more pictures and the story of their Manhattan invitations! I personally love the long invitation and the typefaces. Take it away, Cheryl & Sherie:

Manhattan is one of our newest designs and already a favorite of ours! It is inspired by the classy sophistication of the big city (hence the name) and we were going for a very formal, black tie affair type of look.

We printed the set on our new and quite lovely textured Felt stock because of it’s rich look and feel and slightly off-white tone.

We decided to make the typography the focal point to keep the set clean and elegant!

Thank you Cheryl & Sherie! For more about Merrymint and their beautiful designs, check them out on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to their Etsy store.

Today’s featured invitation is by { little toad }, inspired by the Pixar movie “Up” (one of my favorites!) Such darling illustrations and a beautiful finished invitation set — I love that these are so silly yet loving, a really wonderful departure from the typical classic wedding invitation. Michelle, take it away:

Well first off I love all things Disney & all things Pixar but when I saw the movie “UP” I felt a whole different level of respect for these animated films. In the first 15 minutes it managed to beautifully illustrate the full depth of a marriage, needless to say I was balling my eyes out (to the dismay of my boyfriend & my fellow movie goers.) Fast forward a year later and I came upon two engagement shoots inspired by “UP” and I was blown away by the artistry, the creativity & interpretation of the film. I also loved that so many other couples were so moved by the film that it has become a very popular wedding theme. This along with my love for the movie inspired me to create these invitations and Save the Dates.

In creating these my biggest challenge was making sure people would recognize parts of the movie in my illustrations but also making sure to make them my own interpretation & in my own artistic style. I always start with a pencil and my sketch book. This is where I can experiment, screw up (yes it happens) and really work out how they are going to look.Once I have chosen & refined my sketches I scan them in and use Adobe Illustrator to create the final digital artwork. Another challenge is mixing your illustration with all the necessary text that has to be included and leaving enough room for the couple ordering them to feel they can include as much information as they need to without losing any of the design. The couple was modeled after me and my boyfriend but with all my designs they can easily be personalized to look like & match the couple’s individual wedding. Right now I’m in the process of creating “UP” themed thank you cards, table numbers and anniversary cards.

I always love invitations that tell a story and the more you look at them the more you discover in the illustrations. So look closely and you will see the following little “UP” touches:

  • The groom has a grape soda badge.
  • Balloons are present in the Save the Dates & on the RSVP.
  • There are handprints on the mailbox for the RSVP.
  • The groom has a bowtie.
  • The color purple is used throughout (even in the envelopes) to represent grape soda.
  • In the background you can see “My Adventure Book” which was a huge part of the movie but also makes great guest books & couples photo albums.
  • The detail on her dress and on the envelope make a heart pattern.
  • The colors used in the type represents not only the different color of the balloons but also the different flavors of soda pop.

I LOVED how these turned out as much as I LOVED making them. I hope they will be a great addition to a couple’s special day and will mark their lifetime of adventures ahead of them.

Thank you Michelle! For more about { little toad }, check out their profile on WeddingInviteLove, their Etsy store, or their Facebook page for more!

When I was growing up, I completely rebelled against pink, and now that I’m comfortably in “adult” territory, I now adore pink! These invitations are so perfect for this obsession, especially the beautiful pink calligraphy on the black envelopes, and the perfect contrasting washi tape on the invitations. Thank you to Teresa from b.t.elements for sending these to me! More about the invitation in her own words:

Tine actually is a designer at b.t.elements so we really wanted to give a her something special for her shower. It’s a parisian inspired theme. Everything is black and shades of pink.

It’s a pretty common color combo but we really wanted to play up the boldness of the black doing a really striking pattern like the striped liners.

This photo was in Brides Magazine several years back. They featured our pedestal favor boxes (the pink boxes with black and white polka dot ribbon). Even after all these years the concept and colors are still fresh and stunning.

So I really took this idea and formed Tine’s invites around it.

I’ve also been practicing my calligraphy. So I mixed light pink ink for the black envelopes. The contrast makes the writing really stand out.

Thank you Teresa! For more about b.t.elements and to see more of their beautiful design, check out b.t.elements on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to their website.

Photos provided by b.t.elements.

Beautiful classic invitation feature today, starring Stelloberry Designs from Sydney, Australia! Stephanie is here to talk about the process and the design — take it away Stephanie!

This wedding was by far one of the most interesting ones I’ve had to design for in awhile, partly because it was such a small wedding (only 20 guests were on the invite list) and partly because of the time-frame. I first met Yasong and Yi in early June this year and found out at our first consultation that their wedding was in early July – only 5 weeks away!

The pressure was on to create a beautiful custom designed suite in less than a month — lucky for me, the gorgeous couple and their wedding planner Jen from Bells N Whistles Events were an absolute joy to work with, making the design process a breeze.

Yasong and Yi wanted their wedding to be natural, elegant and sweet, which immediately brought to mind visions of a timeless and classic invitation design. Although the couple had initially settled on white as their theme colour, after browsing through my portfolio, the groom took to a dusty pink flower in one of my previous designs, so I ended up using that colour throughout their suite.

Included in the design of the stationery were two monograms that I created for the couple – one with the initials of their first names for the front of the invitation and one with the initials of their family names that was used inside.

The combination of the decorative borders, damask, and a lovely script font gave the invitation classical prettiness. Most importantly, the bride and groom loved the design of their stationery, which made me very happy indeed!

Thank you Stephanie! For more of Stelloberry Design’s invitations and design work, head to their WeddingInviteLove profile or straight to their website.

Photo Credit: All images provided by Stelloberry Designs.

One of my favorite artists and designers on WeddingInviteLove, Courtney Khail Stationery & Design, is here to talk about a beautiful new invitation design of hers! Such beautiful paint and handwriting — this invitations would blow me away if I got them in the mail.

I created these invitations for Stephanie and Josh’s summer wedding. They knew they wanted to use my bee/honeycomb design (which I was very excited about because it is one of my favorite designs to paint) but virtually let me have free rein on designing the different layouts options. I personally love the look of combining type with handwritten elements so I made sure to include that in one of the design options I sent them and happily they loved it as well.

By having their names handwritten, they not only jump out at you first, but they also bring a more intimate feeling to the invitation. (And because I printed the pieces from an original as opposed to hand writing each one, I was able to provide them a touch of my handwritten option without the handwritten price tag.)

As an extra touch, I carried the honeycomb design over onto the back of the invitation where my logo sits. This way, if their guests did the Hallmark card flip (something I’m very guilty of) they would be met with an unexpected burst of color instead of just a plain white back. It’s all about the little things, right?

Thank you Courtney! See more of Courtney’s beautiful stationery work on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight to her website.

Beautiful invitation set today, from Chocolate Paper Boutique! It’s a beautiful day where I am in California, and these seaside-inspired invitation suite is making me want to go to the beach! Take it away, Mary:

Hello!  My name is Mary and I am the sole designer and creator of invitations at Chocolate Paper Boutique.  I have a passion for all things paper and all things chocolate, hence the name “Chocolate Paper.”  No, my designs aren’t made of chocolate (I’ve found it makes a mess of the printer), but I do like to use only the most fantastic paper I can find. Enter:  the “cocktail beach chic” invitation.

Rachel came to me from St. Louis for her destination wedding with the idea to have a “cocktail beach chic” style (her exact description, which immediately had me enthused). And of course she needed a spectacular invitation to introduce her guests to the idea.  She wanted starfish, coral, brown and a touch of blue, all mixed together to create an elegantly modern design conveying the point that this was a classy beach wedding.

At the request of the bride, we went with a square shape.  From there, I created an illustration of a classic starfish as the feature design element.  The invitation and all the enclosures were printed on an exquisite champagne cardstock, with a subtle shimmer reflecting the sandy beaches of the venue.  To make the text of the invite really pop and add a bit of texture to the inside, I included a brown linen matte in between the invite card and the coral interior of the folder.

For the pièce de résistance, I found this absolutely marvelous basketweave fiber paper, which we used for the outside of the folder.  The wonderful texture of the woven folder, combined with the majestic starfish and the double-layered ribbon with the touch of blue had me swooning!  Add a starfish patterned envelope liner and coordinating thank you card and I could almost smell the crisp ocean air and hear the sounds of the waves dancing across the shore.

By far, one of my favorite designs I’ve had the pleasure of creating.  Although if you ask my husband, all the invitations I’ve worked on are “my favorite.”  What can I say?  I love what I do!

Thank you Mary! See more on Chocolate Paper Boutique’s WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight over to her website.

 

Happy Tuesday! Alicia from Akimbo is here to talk about her Regency invitation line, inspired by one of the cards donated in our July WeddingInviteLove paper goods giveaway. Gorgeous illustrations and typography here — enjoy!

I’m delighted to share with you how one of my latest invitation lines came to be.

Akimbo Regency cards

Late last year I launched the Regency collection, the first items being some fun greeting cards that combined old-fashioned Victorian engraved illustrations and text with modern sayings and colour combinations.

Regency engagement invitation

The cheeky ‘It’s about time’ engagement card worked so well it was begging to be made into an engagement party invitation.

Regency bicycle invitation suite

From there I decided to create a full wedding stationery line.

Regency RSVP 2

One of my favourite ways to personalise invitations is to make the RSVPs a bit more interactive, like this fill-in-the-blank story.

Regency save the date

I prefer save the dates that don’t totally give away the design of the invitation, so this one is purely typographic.

Regency thank you note

There’s only so many times you can show a bicycle in your wedding stationery without the theme being complete overkill, so the reception details are in the same style but with varying illustrations.

Regency menu

Regency seating chart

Regency escort cards

As well as the penny farthing design, I also have two other styles and plan to add more to suit every wedding theme.

Regency daffodil invitation

Regency shell wedding invitation

Thanks for having me tell you all a little bit about Akimbo’s Regency collection.

Thank you Alicia! Find out more about Akimbo on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight over to the Akimbo website.

This is one of my favorite invitations on WeddingInviteLove (really, go see my Pinterest board of all my favorite WeddingInviteLove designs). Amanda from baci designer stationery + events did such a great job — it’s so lovely to see full invitation suites that work so well and compliment every piece in the batch. The rustic brown, tree motifs, and seeded paper are right up my alley, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

Hi!  I’m Amanda of baci designer stationery + events, a custom stationery and event planning boutique located in Northeast Ohio. Every day I have to pinch myself because I absolutely love what I do! Making brides and grooms squeal with delight when they see their invitations for the first time is awesome, especially when it’s your friends. That’s where this invitation started, with our dear friends, Jesse and Laurinda. They were planning an October wedding with a warm and rustic fall theme (you can see what inspired us when planning here on baci’s blog!). After our initial meeting we had everything set in stone, then my husband and I went to the National Stationery Show in New York and found what has now become my favorite thing ever — handmade seeded paper, you plant it in the ground and wild flowers grow. It is amazing!!! As soon as I saw it, I knew Laurinda would fall in love and she most certainly did! So much so that we threw our initial plan out the window and began again with the seeded paper as our main inspiration. And that’s how their beautiful stationery suite came about :o)

I began the design process by creating Jesse and Laurinda’s tree logo that ending up on everything from the save the date to the programs. I even “carved” their initials, J + L, into the tree trunk. Since we did a save the date postcard, we couldn’t use the delicate seeded paper. Instead we choose a thicker stock that was made to look recycled, but was thick enough to survive the mailing process.

I printed each piece of Jesse and Laurinda’s stationery in-house due to the unique, handmade nature of the seeded paper (if you look close you can see the chunks and flecks of the paper in the photo above), it was so much easier to control the quality of each piece that way.

The suite consisted of an invitation, a two-sided directions/accommodations card, complete with a custom designed “road map” of the area, and a reply card.

We used recycled brown bag envelopes for the reply card, complete with vintage postage (hands down my favorite thing EVER!), and for the outer envelope, which I printed the couple’s tree logo onto.

We finished off the suite by hand-tying it into a beautiful little package with twine and a planting tag that read, “In memory of our special day, plant our invitation suite in your garden, keep it moist, tend it with love and watch it grow!” This let each guest know just how special the invitation really was :o)
Jesse and Laurinda really started a trend, too — I now have two other October weddings that are using seeded paper!  I can’t wait to see them finished!

Thank you Amanda! See more on baci’s WeddingInviteLove profile, or on www.bacidesigner.com/.

Beautiful invitation feature today, starring Alicia and Akimbo! Alicia specializes in one-of-a-kind invitation designs guaranteed to be gorgeous, eye-catching, and perfect for your one-of-a-kind wedding. I love these beautiful purple literary invitations — thank you for sharing them with us, Alicia! Without further ado…

Well hello there. I’m Alicia, the chick behind Akimbo. How better to introduce myself as an invitation designer than to show you my own wedding invitations?

Last October I married the most amazing man at the most amazing venue. The State Library of South Australia features a mixture of Victorian and neo-classical architecture and original decorative street lamps.

In keeping with the venue’s era, the poster format and typography was inspired by the advertising posters of the Victorian age. I’m a total type nerd so I was in my element playing around with the variety of decorative typefaces.

I had it in my head that I would hand print our wedding invitations so I took a short course in screenprinting while already up to my elbows in wedding planning. The invitation I ended up designing didn’t suit this printing method, but I still wanted to incorporate some of my new skills so I screenprinted these cute belly bands with our initials.

As a nod to the venue’s literary theme, I lined the envelopes with vintage book pages (you can find my tutorial here).

The venue is also home to some of the state’s archives, including a fabulous etching of the then new library, which was perfect for our RSVP postcards. I also included space for guests to write us a note, which was great to feel the joy and build the excitement in the lead up to the day.

I finished off the envelopes with some vintage stamps purchased on eBay and this DIY envelope calligraphy trick.

They say designers are own worst client but thankfully that wasn’t the case with me. I loved every bit of it and am delighted with the result. I developed it into a collection called Mortlock, named after the wing where we had our reception.

I was already a graphic designer who loved designing invitations for friends, but it was only when I threw myself into planning my wedding that I discovered just how passionate I am about stationery and weddings. That’s how Akimbo came to be.

Thanks for letting me share my story, Tracy!

Thank you Alicia! Find out more about Akimbo on WeddingInviteLove, or head straight over to their website.

Did you hear about our giveaway? We’re giving away over $140 worth of paper goods and stationery this week — head over here to find out more!