PROJECT: Purple Fall Wedding Invitations

This year has definitely been the year for weddings in my closest circle of friends from high school. First my wedding, then Felice’s, and now Nikki’s. 
Nikki’s wedding is in October, and her main color is purple. As a bridesmaid, I was so happy for the colors she chose— our dresses are a gorgeous sangria color that I can’t wait to wear (and I’m also planning to wear to the Marine Corps Ball)!
I designed Nikki’s save-the-dates earlier this year, using photos from the engagement session I also shot for her and Anthony, her husband-to-be. Nik’s only request in the design process was “fall colors.” She’s definitely my easiest client to date! 
When it came time to design her wedding invitations, she said, “I trust you, do whatever you think.” Talk about creative freedom! I kept with the purple and copper colors we used for her save-the-dates, as well as the leaf theme, which she had really liked.
I also love this pocketfold enclosure. It’s two-sided, with the front for the invitation and the back for the additional pieces of information. As soon as I saw it, I knew Nikki would love it— she likes simple, clean, easy-to-navigate things. And I was right, she loved it!
I’m pleased with how these turned out, and so thankful to have had great clients like Nikki and Anthony to work with. I also love themed invitations!

PROJECT: Blue & Yellow Dove Wedding Invitations

Two of my closest friends, Felice and Christian, are getting married this Friday. Felice and I have known each other since we were 10 years old and we went through all of middle school and high school together, then road trips throughout college from Boston to Rhode Island to Albany to New Jersey together… we both transferred schools throughout college, but that never stopped us from seeing each other.
Christian just finished up his 4-year enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served with Joshua at Camp Lejeune, and they deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan together. I met Joshua in January of 2008, the same month he met Christian and he became his closest friend in the USMC. So really, I’ve known Christian just as long as Joshua.
In the summer of 2009, Felice was planning to move down to North Carolina in between her semesters at nursing school. The boys had just gotten back from Iraq that spring, and Joshua and I thought it would be fun to set them up for a “summer fling.” Little did we know… it would turn into the real thing! 
For their save-the-date and invitations, Felice and Christian asked me to work with their colors, blue and yellow, and also with the dove theme they chose for their wedding. Blue is the couple’s favorite color, and yellow was Felice’s father’s favorite. He passed away when we were in high school. Doves also represent him to Felice. It’s such a special way to include his memory on their wedding day!
Felice and Christian were with us when Joshua proposed to me; Felice and I moved down to North Carolina in fall of 2010 and found places just 20 minutes apart; Christian was the best man at our wedding and Felice was one of my bridesmaids; I’m maid-of-honor at Felice’s wedding and Joshua is a groomsman. We’re one big happy family, really!
After the wedding, Felice will be moving up to Rochester where Christian is from, and Joshua and I will still be in Virginia until our next duty station comes along. It’ll be the furthest apart we’ve been in years!
Obviously though, we’ve made the distance work with our lovers during deployments, and we’ve made it work throughout our 15+ year friendship and all the moving around we’ve done. I’m so excited to take part in their special day. Now I’d best be off to polish off my maid-of-honor speech!

Our Wedding Invitations

I’m finally back with a very belated Wedding Wednesday post! (Happy Thursday, everyone.) Today I want to share our wedding invitations with you! Joshua and I chose to incorporate our wedding colors, navy and gold, as well as a nautical theme into our invitations… after all, our wedding was on a boat!

We knew we wanted a pocketfold to hold our enclosures and invite, and this shimmery sapphire pocketfold was exactly what we had in mind! It definitely gave it the elegant feel we were going for.

As it turned out, we needed just one extra punch of color— an “accent color,” as it were— so we chose to add a turquoise compass in the design of each piece. Then, we were lucky enough to find gorgeous Japanese patterned paper with the navy, gold, and the turquoise!

For the enclosures, we wanted something a bit more personal and fun than the traditionally worded “Directions,” “RSVP”, etc. So we came up with the following:

Anchors Away | itinerary & info for guests
Orientation | directions
Boarding Pass | RSVP card
So much fun to play around and come up with some unique plays on words!
Last but not least, we ordered custom stamps for our RSVP envelopes. People generally put these on the outer envelopes, but since a.) they were expensive, b.) they would get covered in post office stamps and marks, and c.) most people just toss the outer envelope once they receive the invitation, we put them on our RSVP envelopes. It was also great to get them all back in the mail! That way we got to enjoy them even more, and instead of them getting messed up in the mail our guests were sure to see them as well.
Below are all the elements of our save-the-date and invitation design. I posted a how-to post on how I made our save-the-dates awhile back, so feel free to check that out too if you’re feeling crafty!

PROJECT: Pink & Orange Bridal Shower Invites

Let me start by saying that I am SO excited to see that people are interested in my first ever giveaway! We already have 10 entries, how great is that? Be sure to enter if you’re in the mood for a new blog design!
Next up: a project update! Immediately following my wedding, I got right to work on not one, but two of my bridesmaids’ weddings. Felice is tying the knot on August 26th, and Nikki is getting married on October 8th. I’m the maid-of-honor for Felice and a bridesmaid for Nikki, and both have entailed lots of fun designing to do for two very different themes.
This week I’d like to show you the bridal shower invitations I whipped up for Nikki’s shower. The theme? Hot pink & orange gerber daisies!

For Nikki’s invites, I did two color versions. Guests either received a hot pink or orange envelope and the opposite color for the invitation. Each was hand-tied with a silky green ribbon. 
I also hand-stamped and embossed the daisies on both the envelopes and invites, then colored each with special pigmented markers. Embossing is a time consuming process, but once I got the idea for the stamp, I couldn’t let it go!

The bridal party also decided to send out recipe cards with each invitation for guests to share their favorite recipe with the bride-to-be. I designed them to coordinate with the rest of the stationery.

The shower itself was beautiful. I’ll be sharing photos soon of all the handmade details the bridal party & friends helped put together. First though, I must send the photos to the bride!