Summer on the Cape

It's been awhile since I've gotten to do a local summer wedding. This year, I get two!

First up is the adorable bride, Brittany. She is on trend with fashion and very much a Cape Cod girl. Prep and style! Her wedding is at the gorgeous Wychmere Beach Club overlooking Nantucket Sound. I was thrilled when she told me that she wanted to do a modern nautical theme.

Her wedding colors are navy and green. Classic, but with the color green we chose, it adds a modern punch I'm thrilled with. Her venue needed to know what each guest was ordering for their entrée, but the venue offers such wonderful dishes, she didn't want to just say "chicken or beef." We needed a way to have a clean and simple response card without losing a ton of white space making it crowded. I came up with the perforated RSVP card. The bottom portion is the reply card and the top portion shows the menu items on the back as well as a site reminder on the front.

The bride wanted one thing more than anything else, a custom illustrated map. I am always up for a challenge and being a Bay Stater myself, I love the shape of Cape Cod. The coast line is a great one and needs showcasing! I illustrated the land and the major roadways, added cities and little icons here and there. I love how it came out and so does the bride! On the back we placed the written directions and because the front was so heavily illustrated, I wanted to keep the back clean and simplified. 

These are, by far, my favorite custom invitations I have done to date! I am thrilled with how they came out and even more thrilled with the bride's response. I'll be working on other wedding paper goodness for Brittany so keep an eye out for those!

Monograms

Monograms are essentially the logos of Weddings. A monogram is a symbol used throughout the Wedding to represent the couple. You will usually see a monogram on the Wedding program, on the menu, seating chart and maybe even the thank you stationery.

It's something that isn't necessary, but makes the event even that more cohesive and special.

Here are a few examples of monograms I have created in the past, including my own!




Golden Winter Wedding

Kim and BJ are having a beautiful winter wedding tomorrow. I can't think of a more fantastic way to start off the new year and every other new year following!

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Kim's bouquets feature baby's breath as the main focal point and wanted the invitation to reflect this often understated flower. I wanted to make sure that the invitation reflected the winter season, so I had the petals fall off the branches as if they were snowing down over the words.

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Kim wanted her wedding colors to be a part of the invitation as well. The gold tones come from warm firelight and the brown hues are inspired by the couple's love of a comforting cup of coffee. Knowing the influence of coffee on their theme, I made the font flow and the swashes extend like steam from a fresh cup. I enhanced this idea by placing the main copy on a diagonal to make it seem as if the words were rising from the paper.

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I wish Kim and BJ a lifetime of wedded bliss, health and happiness. Good luck tomorrow and congratulations!

Liz's Boston Elegance

Living in New England, there are a lot of Autumn themed weddings come September. I should know, mine was one such wedding. Liz, however, wanted a truly classic, refined invitation with Boston elegance that would astound during any season.

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 The colors for the wedding were navy and ivory and with such gorgeous colors, it was easy to stay elegant and refined. We wanted the invitation to be traditional, but not boring. I added a satin ribbon accent and backed each card to give it extra dimension.

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 With the incorporation of the ribbon, I was able to turn a traditional accent into a modern utility. Instead of hiding the ribbon behind the card backing, I allowed it to remain visible and act as a folder, holding the additional inserts. There was no risk of an insert going unread or thrown away because it was accidentally left in the envelope. All the inserts were held onto the back of the invitation itself.

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 Liz's invitation suite set the tone for the wedding. From the moment her guests received these beautiful invitations, they knew they were attending an elegant wedding. An invitation should match the tone and theme of the wedding, guests not only appreciate that, they will compliment the bride on her thoughtfulness for years to come. Liz definitely hit the nail right on the head with this style and I hope she and her guests love these invitations as much as I do.

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World Collection: Sari

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Indian Sari (or Saree) patterns are highly detailed and incredibly unique. No two are alike, they are stunning and when draped around the body, become wearable pieces of art.

I was inspired to make a pattern similar to what can be found on a sari. A bold lower edge design, with a repeating pattern in the center finishing up with an intricate border. The beauty of this style of pattern is that it can be represented by almost any combination of colors. In the photos, it is shown in a solid, bright purple color. This pattern will also work with a beautiful burgundy and gold combination; adding a second color into the smaller elements of the pattern to enhance the design even further. The pattern itself can be one color and the background of the pattern another. The possibilities are endless with this style.

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This is a beautiful pattern that can easily be adapted to use for Weddings or personal stationery. I am excited with the versatility of this design and looking forward to using it in other ways.

World Collection: Morocco

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In a previous post, I mentioned that I was assembling my first stationery collection. Today, I introduce Morocco from the new 2011 World Collection!

I am inspired by worldly patterns. I love seeing how each culture's patterns vary so differently from one another. In researching which cultures I wanted to base my designs on, I looked at fabric, tile, wallpaper, anything I could find for inspiration. In Morocco, zillij or Moroccan mosiacs, are used to make some of the most beautiful mosaics in the world. My design is strongly influenced by its geometry and use of stars and crosses.

This pattern is very versatile. It's shown in a beautiful, deep navy, and appears refined, even nautical. However, when adjusting the colors to incorporate turquoise or yellow, this pattern will become fun and pop off the page.

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This collection is truly some of my favorite work. Check back soon for more World Collection updates!

Custom Wedding: Russ & Alexa

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I have been dying to write about Russ & Alexa's Wedding stationery since I posted about their wedding gift way back in August of 2009.

Alexa and Russ are both lawyers, so many of the cards and invites they receive are very traditional and boilerplate. They wanted something that had modern touches and would make their formal invitations stand out, but they needed it to remain classic and elegant. Starting with the illustration of the flower, I wanted it to be as basic and simple as possible while holding onto its identity as a hydrangea. This style of illustration is unusual for a wedding design and having it stripped-down to its simplest form, proved to be a wonderfully useful design element.

Hydrangea Placecards

Alexa & Russ had me create all of their wedding stationery. I made the save-the-dates, invitation package, monogram, placecards, menus and programs. Alexa had this to say about her stationery,
"The quality of all of the pieces was exceptional. Her work is imaginative and elegant! She worked with us through the entire design process. Sarah created a "logo" for us with the first letters of our first names that became an integral part of the theme for our wedding. We were so pleased with the color and design that she chose - we're still receiving compliments on her work!"
Alexa was a pleasure to work with. She was involved in the process and I feel that together we made an amazing product.

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