Rose Gold & Marble - A Wedding Suite

Rose Gold & Marble - A Wedding Suite

I wanted to create a sample suite to use in some styling shots for my website. So I figured, if I were to re-do my own wedding invitation from almost nine years ago, what would I want? The obvious choice, really. Light grey marble with rose gold foil. I swoon every time I see anything in rose gold, especially when it's combined with marble.

So with the sketch above, I obviously had what I wanted in mind. I tweaked it a bit as I went. Instead of adding rose gold marbling effects to the front, I kept it strictly in the wording. However, instead of a flat print of marble on the back with some rose gold in it, I foiled the entire design on the back. Gorgeous. 

The marbled design was hand done, and then digitally scanned and edited, then printed for the final pieces- invitations, reply cards, & liners. The envelopes and place cards however, are all hand marbled.

The reply cards are larger for this suite than I normally do. Since I wasn't designing any Save the Dates or other pieces, I really wanted this reply card to shine. And since I was re-doing it as my own unofficial invitation, I went bigger. The envelope color for these isn't necessarily rose gold- that would have been awesome- but they are a dusty rose color that would be rose gold without the metallics. So pretty.

The calligraphy is all rose gold, of course. I went with a more traditional script, since I wanted this suite to be super elegant. Instead of having just the names in calligraphy, I did the text in full script. It added so much more to being foiled, and flows together so well.

To tie it all together, I chose lace. I adore lace. While a sheer blush ribbon would have probably looked better, I really wanted a lace element in there somewhere, so I used it as the wrap. It turned out so pretty, and I adore it.

Overall, this suite is definitely my favorite thus far. Even though it's not my 'usual', I love everything about it.

Tale as old as time - A Beauty and the Beast Wedding Suite

Tale as old as time - A Beauty and the Beast Wedding Suite

Where do I start with this suite design? The gold foil, the roses, the watercolor. swoon. I knew going in I wanted the colors to be gold and bronze, rather than white and blue. That ballroom scene is my favorite, and I wanted to represent that.

Everything shimmers, even some of the leaves in the floral design with gold foil elements. I wanted it all to feel regal and reminiscent of the shine and shimmer of that ballroom.
The ribbon chosen was a one and a half inch ombré gold. It made a beautifully large puffy bow to wrap the suite in.
I went with a more traditional calligraphy script for this suite. My normal script was just too modern for the elegant aesthetic I was going for. 
As far as the artwork, I couldn't be happier about it. The Beast's rose turned out so lovely, that I incorporated it into the Reply Card Address. The backer and the envelope liner artwork was a first for me. I normally do a more loose collage of florals, but again, I wanted to keep that elegance. So I did loose florals but in a linear pattern. I think it was a lovely touch.
The pictures really don't do this suite any justice at all. Gold foil is really hard to capture anyway, but it's that much prettier when you can see all the shimmer in person.

A Star Trek Wedding Suite

A Star Trek Wedding Suite

I've been looking forward to doing a sample suite with this theme, but the moment I finished the sketch I was so excited. The colors together mixed with all the gold- I couldn't wait. This was my first suite that I gold foiled, and I couldn't be happier. It turned out so pretty.
Below is the original sketch.

The first thing I did was the watercolor florals. I was excited to incorporate the insignias into the backer and envelope liners. I loved it so much that I used it for the place cards as well, instead of what is in the sketch.

The color choices are obvious for any geek to see. I wanted yellow, blue, and red shirts to be recognized. It's why the insignias are different for each piece of the suite. Instead of darker colors, I went with bold primary colors. It was so different than anything I've done so far, but it turned out so gorgeous.

The plan for the insignias was originally for them to be watercolored just like the florals around them. But then I bought my gold foiling machine, and I wanted to try it out. I got the idea to foil the insignias, and I was so happy with the result. The suite is gorgeous. Perfect for any Star Trek geek, but still elegant enough for a wedding.

I can't wait to showcase this suite at Tampa Bay Comic Con at the end of the month. The pictures just do not do that gold foil any justice.

Totoro - A Studio Ghibli Wedding Suite

Totoro - A Studio Ghibli Wedding Suite

This is by far the cutest wedding suite I've ever done. I did it as a sample for my last convention, so it wasn't for an actual client, but I thoroughly loved every bit of it. I got to incorporate so many unique details I don't usually get to. Like those wood textured reply envelopes.

I went with a very natural and forest-y feeling for the suite. Greens, creams, and grays. The ribbon I chose was a natural silk ribbon with a rough edge. I incorporated it into the place cards as well as the wrap for the invitation. I used the watercolored trees I did for the liners as the backer for the cards. It added that touch of green to the Save the Dates and RSVPs. 

I was really happy with how the calligraphy for the envelopes in this suite turned out as well. I went with a more watered down ink- almost watercolor- and that gave it that ombre look that I feel went with the natural setting so well.

Other than being able to illustrate Totoro, my favorite part of this suite would have to be those envelope liners inside the RSVP cards. The soot sprites with the trees combined with that wood texture envelope is just LOVE.

TARDIS - A Doctor Who Wedding Suite

TARDIS - A Doctor Who Wedding Suite

This is probably my favorite wedding suite to date. I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, so I had so much fun putting this suite together. From the watercolored TARDIS, down to the tiny little written details in the RSVP. (Allons-y & I'm so sorry- seriously, love!)

I started with a sketch on my iPad Pro in Procreate. It was the first suite I've sketched out digitally, and using the iPad Pro made it so easy. It even recorded the video process of it.

I wanted the idea of space incorporated into it, but I wanted it to be subtle. So I decided to do a galaxy wash as the duplexed backer, leaving the more traditional watercolor for the TARDIS on the front with florals. The text is all aligned to the right on the invite and the rsvp card, so the ribbon tying it all together got aligned to the left. 

The calligraphy was also done on my iPad Pro with Procreate. It gave it a beautiful look between traditional and brush. Because the lines were thicker, I was able to overlay the galaxy wash on it, so that the galaxy was also incorporated on the front of the pieces.

With the envelopes, I went with a darker metallic stock. The color's name was Sparkling Sapphire- seriously, how could I not go with it? They were perfect, just gorgeous. For the wax seal, I had a Gallifreyan signet ring that I used. So instead of just a flower or fleur-de-lis, there are legitimate Gallifreyan glyphs. Let's not forget the liners. When you open up the envelope, there's a TARDIS with the galaxy wash. 

I wanted to have the TARDIS illustration on the place cards, but I also wanted them to be more than just printed place cards, so I decked the right edges of them. That combined with the metallic sapphire ink I used, they turned out perfect.

All together, the suite turned out gorgeous. I love it all, and couldn't be happier with a Doctor Who wedding suite.

Vintage Outdoor Wedding

Vintage Outdoor Wedding

My sister in law recently got married, and I had the joy to help her coordinate it. I've never put a wedding together before, and thankfully, I had a ton of help. Although, I can't say I'd like to do it again in the future. I think I'll leave the planning to the professionals and stick with stationery. Am I right?

So she wanted a vintage tea-party wedding. It was outdoor, at her family's Florida farm. Everything turned out gorgeous. The weather even cooperated with us, and if you're familiar with Florida weather at all, you know that's quite a feat. I got to do all the paper goods and signage, but I also got to help with the cake. My mom does wedding cakes, so I helped her out with the floral cake topper. I have found a new love for floral arrangement. I won't be quitting stationery for it, but suddenly I want to decorate my house with flowers. Everywhere.

The photographer did an amazing job as well. I will forever sing her praises. As a matter of fact, I've included her website link. Seriously, if you're in need of a photographer in the central Florida/southern Georgia area, she's awesome.
http://www.lisagphoto.com

 Included are some of my favorite photos from the wedding. Just- so pretty. I can't get over it.

Droids - A Star Wars Wedding Suite

Droids - A Star Wars Wedding Suite

When sketching out this invitation suite, I had so much fun picking out the different colors to match the droids. Color swatches after color swatches, color matching and reprinting. But they came together wonderfully. Even C3PO, who's envelope color is a brilliant shimmering gold.

The artwork actually worried me at first. I'm used to doing watercolor florals. Nice loose florals that just come together on the paper. But to add a sketch of a droid in there, and blend him in? I was paranoid it would only look good in my head and come out a big blotchy mess on paper. But I was so pleased with the result of these droids. 

In the end, I got exactly what I was working for. A Star Wars themed wedding invitation that looked beautifully elegant, but stayed in it's theme.

May the force be with you.

Always - A Harry Potter Wedding Suite

Always - A Harry Potter Wedding Suite

To kick off my geek wedding invitations, I've created a modern and simple Harry Potter themed suite. I went with a grayscale theme to stay away from any of the house colors, not wanting to show favoritism. (Though I am a proud Hufflepuff.) The quote is one of the most romantic and heartbreaking ones from the movies, and it gets my feelings in a twist every time I hear it. I couldn't not use it.
With the fronts focusing on simplicity, I used grayscale florals on the backers to make it more modern. With the use of vellum envelopes, the florals make the invitations pop. Combining those florals with the Hogwarts wax seal and silk ribbon, the entire suite really comes together.

Made the Switch

Made the Switch

I've been debating for a while now whether to move away from tumblr or not. Don't get me wrong, I love the tumblr community. Very much so. I just wanted more out of my website than a blog. I wanted my brand and information to be more prominent than the blog itself. So I've switched to squarespace. With tumblr, I felt pressured to post an update every day or so. I was sacrificing quality for quantity, and I really don't want to do that anymore. So from now on, my blog posts will consist of finished projects and professional photos. I'm still going to be posting a lot of WIP and behind the scenes pictures and information, but those will now be on my Instagram Stories. Feel free to follow me on Instagram to see those. They disappear after 24 hours, but no one really wants those types of pictures to hang around though, do we? I was looking back at some of my tumblr posts from two years ago, wondering why I ever posted them. Unfinished, work in progress shots that were not photographed professionally and edited quickly, and in reality- I wasn't sure my audience even cared about them. A few did, and while I'm grateful, I feel that InstaStories are a better fit for pictures and updates like those, while my blog will be a better fit for finished projects and gorgeous photos.

So this is my new website. I'm focusing on my calligraphy and invitation services. I'll still be posting blog entries, but with better content and a little less frequently. But fear not, the geek is not disappearing. While I'm focusing more on the wedding industry bit of things, there's a real need out there for luxury geek stationery. That's where I come in. Look forward to lots of geek wedding invitations and reception pieces.