This week’s featured invitation comes from the creative duo behind Allison Kate. Not only are their invitations beautifully designed and crafted, but the ladies at Allison Kate also focus on the story behind the invitation, making them true keepsakes for brides-to-be. Katie, half of the duo, is sharing one of their invitations with us today!

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This is Katie, the ‘Kate’ side of Allison Kate.  My uber talented partner, Allison Tosti, designed this ‘Raymond & Katherine’ invitation!

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The colors and class set the tone for the big day and the classic patterns wrapped around the center of the invitation give the event a subtle theme.

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We create custom made wedding invitations, specializing in helping brides set the tone for their day with an outstanding first impression.  As I am on the business side of things, I love watching the creative side!

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When we sit down with a bride, it amazes me how quickly our designer Allison can identify that bride’s specific style.  Because of that ability, she just ‘gets’ what that bride wants and is able to design a unique invitation perfectly suited for the bride.

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Be sure to check out Allison Kate’s profile on WeddingInviteLove, or go to their website for more information!

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Hailing from our homebase of the Bay Area, Savor the Date makes beautiful handcrafted invitations that incorporate custom invitations, hand painting and classic calligraphy. Toby Simon tells us more about her company and how she creates these works of art:

Savor The Date was created for the giddy, excited bride who savors the planning process, yet never loses sight of what her wedding is all about.

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Each illustration starts off as a pencil sketch, then is inked with a calligraphy nib and colored with paint or Prisma Color marker. Capturing tiny details is really important to me, which is why I incorporate everything from pets and hobbies to hairstyles, accessories and scenery. It’s what makes the illustration so unique to the bride and receiving the announcement so much fun for her guests.

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I’ve been sketching since early childhood, but it was in high school that I took my first nude figure drawing class and discovered my love of illustrating people. With these portraits I am able to continue capturing human gestures: namely (clothes-wearing) brides, grooms and families. I run Savor The Date out of my home in San Francisco, and when I’m not working in my studio I’m usually shooing my inquisitive toddler, Mona, out of it. Those markers are messy.

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To learn more about Savor the Date and see more examples of their invitations, take a look at their profile on WeddingInviteLove or go directly to their website.

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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:

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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.