Equal parts dramatic and breezy, this invitation was created for another of my many nieces and her groom to be. The striking palate of midnight blue envelopes paired with pearl white paper and the soft sage green fronds of the liners is both handsome and charming.
A local Lancaster craftswoman provided the letterpress printing on white cotton 120 lb paper with plates made from my hand calligraphy combined with digital lettering. I love that the bride chose to line the reply envelope as well. It’s the smallest details that have the grandest impact.
As always, the envelope addressing in my hand calligraphy completes the suite.
This whimsical, chic invitation created for a dear friend I've known since she was a child and her husband-to-be.
The concept was a mix of casual and sophisticated to capture both the spirit of the couple and their early fall wedding. The invitation and reply set were letterpress-printed on luxurious pearl white cotton rag paper with plates created from my original hand calligraphy. The elegant color palate of khaki and French blue was the perfect backdrop for the dramatic pattern of envelope liner, which exudes an Old World charm. As always, the suite was completed with my hand calligraphy on the envelopes to match the custom font of the invitation.
This invitation is especially near and dear to my heart as the first of my many nieces and nephews is getting married!
The bride and her groom chose classic letterpress printing on pearl white cotton paper with a few decorative flourishes to set the stage for the elegant affair. Envelopes in a shimmery sand with a blush colored liner completed the refined palette. I designed the suite on the computer then letterpress-printed it locally. As always, the package is finished off with hand calligraphy.
This lovely couple requested a design that was bold, modern and sophisticated. Beginning with an elegant color palate of black, white and silver I designed a sleek invitation set that combined retro touches with the very current modern trend. By working closely with the bride, we created a timeless introduction to their very special day.
The invitation and enclosure cards were letterpress printed on pearl white cotton rag paper with dense black ink. Metallic silver envelopes lined in matte black provided the perfect presentation . As always, hand calligraphy completes the package.
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Another lovely invitation for my niece. Her mother and sister planned a sophisticated afternoon bridal shower. Together we chose a classic black and white triple layered invitation (vellum, white swiss dot card stock and heavy black card stock) held together with an iridescent black ribbon. But the envelope liner is the true standout of this piece! This invitation was fully designed, printed and assembled by me in my studio. Hand calligraphy in silver ink on the black envelope completes the look.
This invitation was lovingly created for one of my very best friends. Kara and Kurt are true nature lovers. The backdrop for their wedding was the majestic Zion National Park but with an elegant twist. Therefore, this invitation had to equally convey both aspects. I designed the invitation and had it printed by the wonderful folks at William Arthur. After printing, I hand painted the flowers, bundled the reply set with green silk organza ribbon and finished the package with hand calligraphy.
The last photo is the save-the-date. Designed by me and printed on a nature inspired heavy card stock.
A sunny garden motif for a lovely summer bridal shower. The outer paper came to me already hand painted with the buttery yellow stripes and flowers. I hand lettered each invitation and vellum envelope to bring the event to life. Still one of my most favorite invitations.
This invitation was lovingly created for one of my very best friends (nature lover's twin sister, actually!). The event was an elegant southern affair and the rich chocolate Katie chose as her unifying color beautifully captured that theme. The invitation was designed by me and printed locally in Lancaster, Penna. After carefully choosing the perfect papers, I assembled each invitation by hand including the stunning envelope liner. Hand calligraphy provided the finishing touch on each envelope.
Yet another very good friend's wedding invitation. A truly lovely couple that wanted an elegant yet understated invitation to set the tone for their celebration. Sarah chose cream and black as her colors and I found pearl papers to accent and add richness. I designed the invitation and had them locally printed in Lancaster, Penna then hand assembled the triple layered invitation and hand lined the envelopes with creamy pearl paper. Hand calligraphy completed the package on these classically beautiful invitations.
This is one of the more unusual invitations I've designed. The client wanted a very personal invitation so we came up with the idea of creating a hand written letter. I hand lettered one "blank" letter, response set, reception card, and return address and sent them off to William Arthur to be printed. Upon their return, I added the personal salutation to each letter and addressed each envelope with matching calligraphy. Unique and oh so personal.
This is one of the first invitations I created from start to finish and it's still one of my favorites. A Key West destination wedding and the couple expressly wanted a tropical feel. I was fortunate enough to find the envelope liner which inspired all that followed. I hand lettered one invitation, response set and return address then sent them to print. Upon their return, I hand painted a flower on each invitation and each envelope. The travel information packet was bound by purple tulle and hand calligraphy on each envelope completed the look.
Another of my favorite invitations. The wedding was a private, out of town service and upon returning home they were planning a huge celebration. The challenge was to honor both events equally. I designed it in two parts. The left half described the out of town wedding while the right side invited them to the reception. In the center, to separate the two events, is a hand painted pink tulip. Hand calligraphy for the finishing touch. So simple yet so elegant.
This was designed for a wedding celebration with a moroccan theme. The clients wanted a sumptuous, jewel toned invitation to set the stage for their festivities. Working together we chose paper, colors, fonts and wording to create their perfect mood. This invitation was designed, printed and assembled by my own two hands. Hand calligraphy on the envelopes completed the look beautifully.
Designed for a local country club's New Year's Eve party in 2000. once again, the fine folks at William Arthur printed my design and provided the gorgeous midnight blue liner and "wrap" for the response set. I also designed the silver foil sticker that held it all together.