Today’s featured invitation is by the fabulous Preppy Paperie, a Washington D.C. invitation studio with beautiful clean designs on luxe cardstock. Ashley is here to talk about their Chesapeake Bay-inspired save-the-dates!

I just completed a Save the Date that I am particularly proud of and would like featured. I’ve been working with Lisa and Mike since the middle of the summer to create the perfect Save the Date for their Bay-side affair.

Lisa is a avid sailor and Mike is still learning. But Mike knew Lisa’s love for the sport so much that he even proposed to her while sailing (and was so skillful that he didn’t drop the ring in the bay!).

They have a nautical bayside chic feel in mind for the September ’12 nuptials. To gear their many out of town guests up for the big day, Lisa and Mike wanted a antique nautical chart Save the Date. This save the date was a a challenge to create the right mix between nautical prep and antique cartography.

I had to do a bit of research and obtain a few nautical charts of the Chesapeake Bay. From there I hand sketched the land and water masses. I also wanted to incorporate a design aspect that could be carried through in the wedding (which was the hand drawn compass). Lisa even provided me with the coordinates for her wedding location!

To finish it out, I printed on my luxe ecru felt to give an antique texture. Not sure how I am going to follow this up with matching wedding invitations!

Thank you Ashley! For more about Preppy Paperie, see their profile on WeddingInviteLove or head straight to the Preppy Paperie Etsy shop.