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.