olensen customization: bridal shower invitation

Our original Olensen design uses lush botanical
elements, metallic paper and foil stamped typography for a
hint of shine. We decided to create a frame out of the botanical elements to give a more organic look for this bridal shower invitation.

foil stamping: tawny shine | digital ink: cmyk | fonts: lile dahliy | requiem | paper: metallic aloe | invite size: a-6 | liner: classic color in tawny shine | original design + customization by Katie Magee

Cocktails | Tablescape

headline customization: classic invitation with a modern twist

We have put a classic twist on the modern Headline design by opting for a black and white color palette. The vibe immediately becomes sleek and sophisticated. If you intend on having an urban wedding with lots of class, this customized design is the way to go!

letterpress ink: black + blind deboss | fonts: austin + neutra text | paper: white | invite size: F-8 | liner: rule in black | original design + customization by Lindsy Talarico

Couple | Flowers | Decor

vaast customization: baby announcement

Baby’s room is like a blank canvas, waiting to inspire. We are loving neutrals lately and they’re absolutely perfect to bring the right amount of color – a “rainbow of neutrals.” Our Vaast design helps bring the modern touch with modern fonts and pops of burnt orange to bring this modern boho announcement to life.

letterpress ink: nutmeg + rust | digital inks: cmyk | font: avenir + chloe | paper: white | invite size: a-6 | liner: pax in goldenrod + nutmeg + rust + acadia | original design + customization by Racheal Bumbolo

Nursery decor

underwood customization: bridal shower invitation

A touch of color turned our Underwood design into a glamorous invitation for an elegant garden bridal shower. The combination of dark green and rose gold creates a charming, feminine design that pairs perfectly with the floral accents.

foil: rose gold shine | font: roselyne + garamond | paper: holly |invite size: A-7 | liner: custom pattern in blush digital on white text | original design by Leslie Johnston + customization by Alyssa Tidd

Wallpaper | Drinks | Table

novella customization: romantic wedding invitation

We’ve warmed up the Novella design with rich autumnal tones of rust and rose. Inspired by old world romance, this customization feels perfectly suited for a wedding set in Italy’s countryside.

letterpress ink: nutmeg | digital ink: tea rose | fonts: didot |
paper: ivory | invite size: F-8 | liner: novella in nutmeg + rust |
original design + customization by Lindsy Talarico

Bride | Flowers | Table Setting

quintina customization: pink birthday invitations

Celebrating milestones should be a big, fabulous deal! Planning an intimate dinner with loved ones calls for good food, cocktails and beautiful paper to set the tone. Our Quintina design is easily customized into something fabulous using our pastel pink paper and bright pink letterpress ink. Life is a short adventure worthy of celebrating!

letterpress ink: bright pink | foil: tawny shine | font: edinburg +adora bouton + montserrat | paper: pastel pink | invite size: sq-6 | liner: classic chevron in tawny shine foil | original design + customization by Racheal Bumbolo

Flowers | Couple

regina customization: nautical baby announcements

We decided to put a nautical twist on our Regina baby announcement design. Elements of both navy and white enriched with a touch of bronze shine lend to this timeless design for your little one to come. We finished this set off by pairing it with a striped envelope liner to emphasize the overall nautical aesthetic.

letterpress ink: navy | foil: bronze shine | font: made canvas +
brandon | paper: white | invite size: A-6 | liner: sea stripes in
bronze shine foil on blue text | original design by Sierra Detrick | customization by alyssa tidd

Water | Room | Baby

bella figura real wedding: meghan & sam

We were so excited for the opportunity to work with Meghan and Sam on their wedding invitation suite printed on our Bella Handmade paper. Meghan is a wedding planner turned bride who has so much to share about planning during a pandemic. Their previous plans were uprooted and as a result, this couple decided to have a private, intimate ceremony with just their immediate family at the Vanderbilt Mansion. We’ll let Meghan take it from here to share more about her day and advice that she has for future couples out there!

Q: As a bride, how did you ultimately make the decision that you did regarding your wedding? How did it make you all feel?

A: I was incredibly stressed out planning a wedding during COVID and all the uncertainty that surrounded it. I tend to be Type-A as well as a perfectionist so having it micro is very special to me. I get to focus on the beautiful intimate details as well as safely celebrating the day with my nearest and dearest. My family and colleagues have been very supportive of my decision to scale back. This has been a huge weight lifted for me.

Q: What good things have come from a smaller, more intimate wedding?

A: Saving money is a huge bonus! I also feel less pressure to create a large wedding and entertain several guests. Now I get to focus on my immediate friends and family while indulging in beautiful details.

Q: Do you have any plans for a larger celebration later on? If so, what specifically do you hope for and if not, how come?

A: As of now, I do not have any plans for any further celebrations. If we ever celebrate down the line it would be something more casual when things are safer with our extended family and friends.

Q: As a planner, what suggestions do you have for working with vendors when they have to make changes?

A: Be open and honest. I was really nervous communicating with my vendors at first. I felt like I was initiating a break-up.  Luckily, most of my vendors were very accommodating with my changes to downsize my event. Most deposits are non-refundable so read through the fine print if you need to sever any ties with vendors whose services you no longer need. Also, let your vendors know as soon as possible about any of your changes so they can hopefully accommodate your updated plans.

Q: As a planner, what is the best piece of advice you have for couples navigating wedding planning in the era of Covid?

A: Remember that at the end of the day that it is about the love between you and your partner. It is very easy to get consumed in the elaborate details of hosting a grandiose soiree. For myself personally I took the time to grieve the loss of my original vision that I had planned for so long. Once I came to terms of what is in store for weddings in regards to covid I was able to reimagine my vision on a smaller scale and really think about what truly mattered to me. Be conscious of CDC mandates and regulations, be flexible with changing your vision and vendors and realize that guests might not be able to travel to celebrate with you the way you had initially intended.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share with us?

A: Don’t feel pressured to succumb to what everyone else is doing. At the end of the day what matters is you and your spouse exchanging your vows and honoring your love for one another. Do what feels best for you while remaining COVID conscious. 

Photographer: Apollo Fields

modena customization: organic and glam

Two words that come to mind when we think of the inspiration behind this customization are organic and glam. This design is made for a classic black and white affair, elevated with lovely greenery and earth toned spaces, gardens, and sparkly chandeliers. All giving way to a new look for our Modena design.

Foil: white matte | Font: Ivory + Melvin and Emily script | Paper:
black | Invite size: F-8 | Liner: Everly in green shine foil | Original
design + customization by Racheal Bumbolo

Garden | Bride | Table

minett customization: new year’s card inspiration

Simple elegance and delicate detail are a perfect combination for ringing in the new year! Inspired by our Minett design, this card takes a modern twist on holiday glam with classic, monochromatic colors enhanced by a touch of gold luster. We can’t wait to see what kind of customizations you dream up in the new year!

minett customization

foil: white matte and gold matte | font: didot + lunar alchemy |paper: gray | holiday card size: A-6 | liner: adeline in white on white gold text | original design by Jessica Downs + customization by Alyssa Tidd

Gown | Champagne

rigby customization: holiday card inspiration

There are so many different ways you can customize any of our designs from wedding invitations to holiday cards. The options are endless! For this customization, we swapped out the original Rigby design’s warm ombré palette for a more calm, cool color palette. The sparkling foil colors mimic the shimmering brightness of falling snow on a winter day. We wish you all nothing but peace, love & joy this holiday season!

rigby customization

foil: ice shine and tawny shine | font: austin + charoe | paper: blue | holiday card size: A-6 | liner: classic color in tawny shine foil on white text | original design by Jessica Downs + customization by Alyssa Tidd

Fabric | Coasters

behind the scenes: a personalized holiday card

We can’t think of a better year to spread some holiday cheer than this year. We’re excited to share an inside look into the creation of a personalized holiday card. Kara Gordon of Magnificent Milestones worked with us to make this one extra special. Kara shared, “Similar to a family photo, I think an illustration makes a holiday card truly unique. My (current) favorite illustration is the family home. For many of us, it’s where we live, work and learn. There is a new appreciation for our homes this year: it’s time to pay tribute!” To turn a classic holiday card into something a little more unique, our graphic designer Katie Magee illustrated the home of Nick, Whitney and Josie. The family opted for our Lawson Holiday card design as the backdrop for their illustration. We will let Katie take it from here to describe what goes into making custom artwork as well as more thoughts from Kara. We can’t wait to see what holiday creations come through our shop next!

Q: What is the most rewarding part of illustrating for specific client customizations? 

Answer from Katie: For me, I love seeing the client’s vision come to life. We’re often illustrating something of importance to them, be it their home or wedding venue, a beloved pet, or maybe a favorite flower, so it feels really great to help them incorporate something that’s truly personal to them into their stationery.

Q: Tell us about the process behind creating a client-specific illustration. What are the behind the scene steps?

Answer from Katie: Line illustrations are a fairly simple process – mainly just making sure I have a good, high-resolution reference photo to work from, and then getting to work drawing on my iPad! Watercolor illustrations require a bit more setup, including lightly sketching out the illustration in pencil, making sure I have all the colors I need in my palette, and then building up layers of color to create the illustration. It also requires more time and patience with waiting for the layers of paint to dry.

Q: What kind of instructions help you most from a client to make the illustration the best it can be? What do you need to hear from them?

Answer from Katie: It’s always helpful for them to provide as much detail as possible! Do we need to omit anything from the reference photo? Will we be changing the color of anything? If it’s a line illustration, do they want it more on the minimal side, or with lots of detail? Each illustration is different, but providing us with as much detail as possible helps us to get things right the first time.

Q:  What do you hope for once an illustration is finally complete? 

Answer from Katie: Simply that it brings joy to the client! Nothing makes me happier than knowing that I was able to bring their vision to life.

Q: Why do you think people should continue to send out holiday cards each year, specifically this year?

Answer from Kara of Magnificent Milestones: I love sending and receiving holiday cards every year… but this year is undoubtedly different. There are friends and family members that I haven’t seen in over 7 months so I will be racing to the mailbox this holiday season. It’s different than a text or a Facebook post that receives a quick glance. These cards are on display for the entire holiday season and put a smile on my face every time I walk by them.

Photo by Kara Gordon of Magnificent Milestones

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