Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas friends. Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and peaceful holiday and New Year.

After a 6 month hiatus, I am looking forward to see what 2015 has in store. Stay tuned for a new logo, a re-vamped Inkwell Collection and a website redesign!

Oh, and next Christmas, I am so doing a tree like this! Reminds me of my Grandmother’s tree. Tinsel, Tinsel, TINSEL! A total mess, but so pretty.


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Gold Foil and Burgundy Wedding Invitations

When Catherine initially contacted me to discuss her save the dates and invitations, she didn’t have a set concept in mind, but she did want to incorporate a specific scroll design into them. Their reception was held at the Artesano Iron Works Gallery in downtown Philadelphia. It is a restored historic warehouse, decorated with hand forged works of art. The scrolling that you see on the middle sides of the invitation is a replica of some of the iron work that surrounds the doors at the gallery. Not only was Catherine a delight to work with, but she also has a great sense of humor, which shows in her mad-lib style response card. This suite also included, but not pictured, save the dates, a gold foiled information card and day of paper goods.






Introducing Pantone 18-1438 Marsala

Pantone just announced its 2015 color of the year, Marsala 18-1438. See some inspiration below. I want to eat that cupcake right now! I can’t wait to share one of my favorite invitations of the season in this color. Coming up next.



Melissa and Rich’s Hawaiian Wedding Invitations

Melissa and Rich have always loved Hawaii. They vacation there often and have made many memories. When they got engaged, it seemed only natural that their wedding take place there. Bistro lights were big part of the decor at Melissa’s wedding reception and she wanted to carry that look into her invitations. We incorporated the  lights with an image of the Hawaiian landscape, used fun and modern typefaces, map envelope liners and unique and stunning calligraphy by Mandy at Myrtle and Lloyd. To complete the suite we designed matching menus and placecards.







Georgia Peach Wedding Invitations and Save the Dates

Lauren and Casey’s wedding was held at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. Lauren wanted that soft, romantic, southern feel for her wedding invitations. We went with a pretty floral motif, vintage typefaces and a soft color palette of blush pinks, peaches and gold. For a more economical printing option, she printed just the invitations in letterpress and the remaining cards were flat printed. Gold patterned envelope liners from Paper Source completed the look.

To add a bit of fun to this suite, Lauren opted for the not-so-traditional timeline of events and cute responses on the RSVP card.

We also had the opportunity to work with her on her save the dates. A hand drawn rendition of the plantation.











Lake Tahoe Wedding

Here’s a little break from the heat today…Sherri’s wedding was back in February over Super Bowl weekend in Lake Tahoe. Remember how cold it was then?!?! Her invitation was inspired by this Vermont invitation suite. She wanted that rustic, mountain look, with a focus on fun graphics and typography.








Modern Take on a Garden Themed Wedding

Megan’s wedding was held at the Mirbeau Inn and Spa in New York. The Inn itself is designed to look like a French country manor house, surrounded by the Monet pond gardens. It is in these gardens where Megan and Cory were married on a bridge over the pond. Megan was in love with the romantic feel of her venue but she really wanted to put a modern spin on a garden wedding invitation suite. Not your typical flowery invite, but more of a focus on modern type, and a soft color palette.

Gold foil stamping was a must, paired with letterpress printing on soft Lettra stock, created the elegant look. To keep costs down, we flat printed the map cards, response cards, timeline and place cards and table numbers. Everything was compiled neatly in a navy pocket fold and delivered in hand addressed envelopes by Caitlin at Lettered Life.

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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.