Project Highlight- Molly's Delicate Baby Shower

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Growing up, my sister always had her stuffed bunny, Emma Bean, with her. Emma traveled everywhere we traveled and was as much a part of our family as either of my sisters. Emma Bean even married my stuffed bear, Honey and they lived happily ever after in stuffed animal bliss.

So when my sister found out she was having a baby girl, I began planning her baby shower invitations in my head almost immediately. 

 

Actually, even before she found out, I was hoping she would have a girl so that I could feature Emma Bean on the invitations. This project was very special for me, as I was unable to attend the shower for my sister. So I was able to plan the soft, delicate theme of the shower by first designing the cards. Then I left the rest to my mother to plan, which she did based off of the designs I had made. 

Featuring whimsical, delicate flowers and a whispy script, these sweet invitations fit my sister's personality perfectly. I repeated the sweet little bunny onto a small card with information regarding the shower. I like to add extra information cards- not just because it is an affordable way to add more graphics- but also because it gives the invitees a nice sized card to pin up on the refridgerator and remind them about the event. 

French, floral and delicate was the name of the game. I used one of my favorite handwritten sans-serif fonts, Salt & Spices, for the detailed information. It gives just enough of a rustic touch while remaining clean and legible. Melika has become one of my favorite accent scripts to elevate the formality and elegance, without being over-the-top feminine and swishy. 

The envelopes were addressed with a lovely copper metallic ink by myself. When ordering custom invitations, I offer a discounted rate on hand-addressed envelopes. I love for your entire suite to be cohesive and made with love from design til it hits the mail box!

As with a few events before, my family used the beautiful artwork of Cookie Bliss out of Boise, Idaho to create darling little on-theme cookies to match the invitations. I love seeing my work on Laurie's delectable creations, so it is always a pleasure working with her! Be sure to check her out here for your special cookie needs!

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Project Highlight- Jessica & Casey's Chateau Wedding

Jessica always had the dream of an elegant French wedding. Instead of taking her large, close family all the way to the land of chateau and baguettes, her wedding brought France to them! Will the talented wedding coordinators, Bliss Events, Jessica and Casey celebrated their special day in the utmost elegance and style. 

The inspiration board was created to capture both the simple elegance and grandure of a French chateau wedding. Inspiration board photos are not my own, but their sources are listed below. 

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After establishing an over all theme, I began to work back and forth with Jessica to help bring her vision to life. As the first part of the wedding that her guests saw, we wanted to make sure that they felt the formality of the entire event from the second they opened their envelopes. The French theme played out through illustrations of the venues, Baroque-style flourishes and the formal request to "repondez s'il vous plait"! A bold monogram offset the extravagant border and was repeated throughout the invitation and event. A hand illustrated map of the wedding events on the information card rounded out the suite. 

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The elegance and formality of the wedding was finalized by choosing to print the invitations in a traditional letterpress style on off-shite cotton paper. I work with a local printer, Lady Bug Press, for all my letterpress projects. She is a small independently owned printer who works on a traditional letterpress, one card at a time! This hand-touched quality set these invitations apart!

Finally, I had the opportunity to build Jessica and Casey's fully custom Wedding Website as part of their Grande Affaire package. The website featured their entire wedding party, an in-depth schedule of events for guests to reference, a separate page for registries, an Instagram page linking to their wedding hashtag,  as well as suggestions for dining, drinking and entertainment in their hometown. Take a peek at some of the pages!

For more information about most inclusive package- which includes your own custom website!- go here!

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Couple's images from two birds studio

What is your favorite part of the all-inclusive suite? The illustrations? The print quality? The coordinated website? Let me know below!

Project Highlight: Sunny Celebration in Florida

Orange is a very difficult color to make look chic. But when combined with shades of pink, bold green and, of course, hand-made illustrations, it makes a memorable statement. And for a champagne reception in Florida, it is the perfect choice to prepare your guests for the sunny event to come!

The inspiration for this suite started with a desire to create something light hearted and bright, but also tailored and worthy of a wedding (did I mention all the champagne?). This inspiration board was the kick off that lead to bright illustrations of plump oranges and leafy greens. The photos from the inspiration board are not my own, but their sources are listed.

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After illustrating a wide array of oranges, it seemed necessary to break the pattern with green geometric accents, which found their way into the invitations in the way of a border and contrasting stripe back pattern. A loose, hand-script font was used to finish off the playful nature of these invitations. 

Cant you just see the cumquats floating in bubbly glasses and white linen table cloths?! It's an event I would love to attend, which always makes my job easier- and so much fun!

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Using contrasting colors and simple layouts to off set the bold patterns makes this wedding invitation suite charming and unique. Mixing patterns is one of my favorite ways to add a unique flair to invitations. Seal it all with a colored envelope and vintage stamps and the guests are sure to know what kind of party to expect even before their knife slices the envelope.

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Project Hightlight- Nicole's Animated Baby Shower

Nicole and her family have been closely tied for nearly 20 years. So when a story-book themed baby shower was in the works for her and her sweet little Oliver, I was very excited to exercise my drawing hands. I knew that Nicole and her family have a special love- bordering on obsession!- with Disney and the magic of imagination. Knowing this about her and her family made it easy for me to take off with some whimsical illustrations. 

The inspiration board was created to gather together the theme of the party as well as the personality of the guest of honor. Inspiration board photos are not my own, but the image sources have been included. 

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Using the inspiration board, I set out a color scheme and set to illustrating some of the best-known story book images. My favorite aspect are the personified animals and objects- I personally love the fork and the spoon! Giving Mother Goose a pearl necklace and sweet blouse was extra fun as well. 

Which illustration is your favorite? Can you name them all? Tell me in the comments!

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I have worked previously with the immensely talented baker and artist behind Cookie Bliss in the past. She always does great credit bringing the illustrations to life- in edible form! I love seeing her turn my work into something better- a sweet treat! These cookies were perfect for carrying the theme all the way through the story book shower.

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Could you even eat those?! How darling!