Fox Theatre Detroit Wedding Invitations

As I mentioned yesterday, Brooke’s wedding was held at the historic Fox Theatre in Detroit this past September. She wanted her invitations to have an elegant and romantic feel, with a focus on typography and luxe details. And details it did have. Gold foil, EVERYWHERE. Layered cotton and metallic stocks, pocket folds, envelope liners, custom hand lettered names and calligraphy by the talented Paper & Honey and lace, laser cut bands.

After working with clients sometimes upwards of a year prior and right up to the big day, I am always curious to see how their event comes together. I fantasize of ways to get myself invited. This is one of those weddings I would have LOVED to see. With an all star  team of local (Yey, Michigan!) vendors and a beautiful location…Yes please! Lucky for you and I, Jess + Nate Studios were there to capture it all. They were also responsible for that beautiful engagement pic on the save the dates from yesterday. You can see more of these images here. Oh, and did I mention that Brooke is also a local business woman? She owns and operates Love and Buttercream out of Royal Oak.  If you are local, check them out. They have all kinds of delicious cakes and baked goods.







Fox Theatre Save the Dates

Brooke and Sam are were married at the Historic Fox Theatre in Detroit last fall. We created their save the dates, complete with a shower invitation for some of her guests. Tomorrow I will be showcasing their wedding invitations. Stay tuned for all of the gold foil, laser cut, paper layered, shiny goodness to come!fox-theatre-save-the-date

Stowe, Vermont Wedding Invitations

This invitation, was by far one of the most fun and creative suites I had the pleasure of working on this season. Chelsea and Brandon are a fun loving couple that enjoy traveling, the outdoors, skiing, hiking, etc. It was only appropriate that they would be married at the base of a mountain. (How sweet is that?!) It was important that their invitations were reflective of their personalities, but kept with the rustic Vermont theme and in Chelsea’s words, “not too girly. ” :)

Talk about details, this suite had it. There were so many pieces, it was like receiving a little present in the mail. Besides your typical invitation and response card, it also included an accordian style weekend itinerary that folded up and fit inside a mini craft envelope, sealed with washi tape. A custom, die-cut, fold out map that included directions to all important locations for the weekend. An accommodations card, complete with a tear off ticket for s’mores at their rehearsal BBQ. Everything was held together with a die cut band. Not to mention thank you cards, programs and the whimsical calligraphy by Lettered Life, vintage postage that the bride’s aunt and uncle had collected for her and a custom rubber stamp that each mini envelope was stamped with. Wedding photography by Hoffer Photography.



















Hindu Wedding Invitation

In this instance, I had the pleasure of working exclusively with the groom’s mother on these invites. Both her son and soon-to-be daughter in law were so busy wrapping up grad school, that they left the planning to her! The wedding was held at the MGM Grand Detroit, so she wanted the invitations to be very elegant, yet reflective of their culture. Not only was there a wedding here in Detroit, but another, a month prior in India, along with many other events leading up to the wedding that required additional cards. The challenge with this suite was how best to keep all of the pieces together. We decided the best way would be a pocket fold envelope. We double, and for the invitation, triple layered all the pieces for added thickness and detail. She choose to do a combination of letterpress printing, with some blind embossed imagery and flat printing.






Day of Paper Goods!

Day-of-paper goods are so important to the look of your celebration. What better way to compliment the look of your reception with matching table numbers and place cards or add that personal touch with individual menus for each place setting. I get asked all the time if we do day-of-paper goods. Yes! Yes, we do. Programs, place cards, table numbers, signage and drink coasters to name a few. Or if you have something custom in mind, please ask, we would be happy to create it for you. Contact me for updated pricing and ideas!


Northern Michigan Wedding with Fun Details

When Sara contacted me she let me know that this was to be a destination wedding for about half of her guests. Corbin, the groom, and his family are from Michigan. For Sara, most of her family and friends are based on the west coast. They were not that familiar with beauty of Northern Michigan and all that it has to offer, (nor had they seen the Pure Michigan ads. WHAATT?! ) So it was important to Sara that her invitations be classic and beautiful, yet give her guest’s a little “taste” as to what was to come. Hence, the drink coaster reception card, more on that shortly.

As we were brainstorming, I was thinking of all the typical imagery, water, boating, sand dunes, cherries. She really wasn’t interested in that per se, but she did want something that tied in the Michigan theme. As we spoke more, she explained that she really wanted a bar coaster for a reception card. That’s when it clicked. I had a drink recipe that was given to me a few years back, from a friend and a part time Harbor Springs resident (Hey Lizzie!) that embodies all that is Michigan. PERFECT! Read below. Make it. It’s delicious.

The rest of the suite included different details such as various shades of blues from the cornflower  ink to the navy tipped envelopes. Custom, die cut corners on the invitation. The reception coaster and invitation were letterpress printed on 100% cotton Cranes Lettra stock.





Lucky in Love, Irish Wedding Invitations

This wedding suite was special to me, as it was designed for my dear friend Joy. She basically gave me carte blanche to design as I please, the only condition was that it have an Irish undertone running through it as a nod to her groom’s heritage. She wanted the traditional green of the Irish flag and “bright, cheerful colors” throughout.



I opted for gold foil to compliment the green and then brought in fun colors with the stamps. I used three different kinds of gold patterned paper for the envelope liners and to cover the outside of her welcome booklet.




Both the mailing envelope and response envelopes were tipped in gold and the calligraphy was done by Christie Simony.






Multicultural Garden Wedding Invitations

If you recall Kathryn and Neal’s save the dates from earlier this spring, you will recognize the same multicultural theme was continued on into her wedding invitations. Hand illustrations of elephants, flowers and Indian ornaments are a nod to Neal’s culture. Her design was offset printed on beautiful, soft cotton paper and hand embellished with gold dots. The couple’s names were custom lettered by Molly Jacques giving the design that extra special detail. This event planned by Ana of Twofoot Creative  and photographed by Abby Rose, was sure to be nothing less than spectacular!




Cabo San Lucas Destination Wedding Laser Cut Invitations

This winter I had the pleasure of working with Rachelle on these unique save the dates. She was so happy with the end result, she asked that I design her wedding invitations as well. As mentioned in the earlier post, Rachelle is having a destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas. She wanted her invites to have an elegant, soft look, yet incorporate hints of her beach destination.



Originally, she had thought about including laser cut papel picado flags as a nod to the Mexican locale. It wasn’t turning out quite as she expected, so we opted for a less literal, more intricate, laser cut band to hold everything together.




The entire suite was letterpressed on the double thick, 220lb. Cranes Lettra stock. One of the more interesting details was the pattern that was blind embossed on the back of the invitation. I designed a crest and then used the lace pattern from the laser cut to create the pattern on the back, which was also printed on the back flap on the envelopes.



No details were spared in this suite. Not only did we do letterpress, laser cutting and double thick stock, it also included vintage map envelope liners, calligraphy by Molly Jacques and vintage postage.





In the Press! Martha Stewart Weddings and Brides

HOL.Y. HELL! One of my all time professional goals came true this year! I was fortunate enough to have one of my invitation designs featured in this month’s Martha Stewart Weddings Real Weddings Issue. I am beyond excited to be included with many other talented designers whose work I have always admired.

Many thanks to Molly (love that name) at Molly Jacques Illustration for doing the beautiful calligraphy on the envelope, Julie at Aper + Pink for the printing on such a short notice and to Cassidy at MSW for helping all of this come together!

Pick one up on newsstands now!



Cover photograph by Joe Budd/Martha Stewart Weddings, Special Real Weddings Issue 2013. Copyright © 2013.
Story photographs by Kate Mathis/Martha Stewart Weddings, Special Real Weddings Issue  2013. Copyright © 2013.


As if that wasn’t exciting enough, a past Bride’s art deco wedding invitations were also featured on the Martha Stewart Weddings website as a Chicago Real Wedding.



Remember these S’more Kits? Brides Magazine also asked  if I would like to contribute to a story about about Destination Wedding Favors With Flavor. I sent them the s’mores as part of their Cape Cod favor bag. Thank you again to Brides Magazine and Martha Stewart Weddings for making my year!