i2i: Aleza & John’s Save-the-Dates!

We’re back with another “Inspiration to Invitation” post!

Today we’re sharing a Save-the-Date that was just delivered to my doorstep! It’s not all the time that we get invited to the events that we design invitations for, but it’s ALWAYS fun when we do!

Aleza and John are dear friends of mine- Aleza and I lived together in college (white house love!) so I was very honored when she asked Leslee and I to design some of the paper details for their September wedding!

Here’s the inspiration board I put together for the Save-the-Dates (you can check out more ideas on the Pinterest board we created for Aleza & John). Some of the design elements that were important to them were the vintage color scheme- teal and shades of raspberry, and a rustic meets victorian style. Also, both Aleza and John wanted to spotlight their beloved D.C. in the Save-the-Dates which ended up being a really fun element to incorporate!

Working with Aleza and John was so fun! They are both hilarious people and the conversations we had on the ‘look’ of the design were priceless! My favorite was when John described his ideal Save-the-Date to look like an invitation to Ford’s Theater only to admit he’s never actually seen an invitation to Ford’s Theater and also that he didn’t intend to make any reference to the unfortunate evening when Lincoln last visited… 

It might have been a ‘had-to-be-there moment,’ but we thought it was hilarious! 

It was also great to work with Aleza & John because they knew their ‘stuff’- John writes this awesome groom-centric blog called the Outspoken Groom– such a unique perspective on the wedding planning!

So without further ado, look what landed on my doorstep the other day:

Aleza’s very artistic mom addressed the envelopes!

And the return address was a stamp!

Ta-Da! We are all really excited with the way they turned out! Can’t wait for Aleza & John’s big day!

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Friday Fetes: Wine & Oysters

Friday Fetes: We love entertaining! Spending good time with great friends is our idea of a life well-lived and we encourage throwing a festive bash often! That’s why we created “Friday Fetes.” Once a month we love to bring you great ideas for throwing a fun, pretty, party for your friends! Check out the party we threw this month

For this month’s Friday Fetes we threw a Cape-Themed Oyster Boil & Wine Tasting!

We had so much fun- so many people helped make this soiree a blast!

We picked up our oysters from an adorable local seafood shop called “Yellow Umbrella” (if you’re a Richmonder, we highly recommend visiting!) and our coastal buddy, Taylor agreed to cook them for us. It’s his family’s tradition to host oyster boils to celebrate birthdays, so Taylor’s pretty much a pro at steaming shellfish.

Our good friend Jon is a sommelier and was stoked to select some wine to pair with our oysters! Fresh from a trip to France’s wine country, Jon brought us some spectacular French wines to taste- he offered some great tasting notes on each wine and if you’re interested in his selections, feel free to comment and we’ll be happy to tell you what we know!

Leslee and I spent most of the morning setting the scene for the evening’s festivities while Ben and Taylor prepped for the boil.















Here are Ben and Leslee checking for any rogue open oysters-they only found one!
















We decided to keep the decor on the shucking table simple and functional. Let’s face it, half the fun of oysters is how messy they are! We wrapped the table in craft paper and topped it with some lavender sprigs, a lantern for light, and some oyster accoutrements. Leslee made a spicy cocktail sauce to top the oysters which we offered along with fresh lemon juice and horseradish sauce…mmm!


















We love how beautiful the oysters were! So many earthy colors that contrasted so sharply with our bright yellow lemons:


































Since we kept the shucking table so simple, we decided to  deck the wine tasting table! We made a banner of nautical flags (for those of you accomplished sailors reading, you may notice the flags spell “Dear June” 🙂 ) to play up the Cape theme. Our navy sail stripe tablecloth and bunch of hydrangeas remind me so much of Ben and my honeymoon in Cape Cod!






Oysters up! A pile of oysters fresh from the steamer:


We had so much fun at our Oyster Boil & Wine Tasting! A big thanks to everyone who helped make the night so fun!


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Inspiration to Invitation: Tea Time!

Invitation to Inspiration Series: We love the design process! Every time we create a design, we spend time becoming inspired.  We have so much fun browsing for inspiration, and since we think the creative process is so fun, we love to share with you how we take our inspiration and create a custom invitation!

We created this particular invitation for my “cousin” Kelly and her mother, Eileen. Kelly is SUCH a sweetheart and we LOVE working with her!

Kelly and Eileen live in sunny Cal and are hosting a bridal tea for their friend, Stephanie, at a popular local tea house (isn’t that such a cute idea for a bridal shower!?)

We had so much fun with the ‘tea party’ theme! Here’s what inspired us:

When it came down to creating the invitation, we knew it had to be fun! A tea party in your honor is like every little girl’s dream, right!?

The challenge was making sure our design portrayed all the positive, playful emotions of a little girl’s tea party daydreams, but was also polished for a grown up bride.  

We knew the color pink was a staple, and we thought a combination of beautiful and fun fonts would bring sophistication to the piece.

We also wanted to bring a bit of a British feel to the invitation because, let’s face it, if anyone knows how to do a real life tea party right, it’s the Brits.

Here’s what we came up with:


A big ‘Congratulations!’ to Stephanie and a huge ‘Thank You!’ to Kelly and Eileen for working with us! We had such a wonderful time!


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Friday Fete: It’s Just a CRUSH!

Friday Fetes: We love entertaining! Spending good time with great friends is our idea of a life well-lived and we encourage throwing a festive bash often! That’s why we created “Friday Fetes.” Once a month we love to bring you great ideas for throwing a fun, pretty, party for your friends! Check out the party we threw this month:

Y’all, we love LOVE! That’s why our February Fete is all about showing our friends, family, and special someones just how much we love them.

Both Leslee and I are February babies, which means we automatically have a special place in our hearts for the coldest month of the year, but we also think that Valentine’s Day is a fanTAStic holiday. What’s better than a day devoted to making people feel loved!? (Maybe chocolate…)

So with that in mind, (the love, not the chocolate) we thought it would be so fun to throw a V-day mixer for our friends!

After a party-planning brainstorming session, we decided our theme would be “It’s Just A Crush!”

Why? Well, we know that not everyone hearts Valentine’s Day, so we wanted a fun, light-hearted theme that focused more on the things you like about your friends and less on the need to have a significant other…V-Day fun for everyone!

We quickly got working on an inspiration board to capture some of our ideas:

A // B // C // D // E // F // G // H // I

We really loved the idea of a champagne bar for Valentine’s Day! We got to work prepping a “It’s just a CRUSH” Champagne Bar VDay Mixer and 2 weeks later it was party time!

Champagne and Strawberries!

If you saw our Facebook page last week, you might have known that we painted some really fun gold stripes on the walls at my house for the party!

We LOVE the way it turned out! We used Martha Stewart’s Metallic Paint in ‘Golden Pearl’ (which you can pick up at Home Depot!) and we really liked the texture. In person it’s a little shinier- so pretty.

One of the fun paper details we designed were the champagne name tags.

Leslee’s husband Jon got the party started! We also designed a little champagne label to match the name tags on the cards.

Leslee lovin’ the bubbly! A great shot of our “Keep Calm and CRUSH On!” Print that we designed to match the party theme!

We also assembled these cute favor boxes filled with chocolates for our friends!


We used a fun textured paper to print the invitations. We also chose a pearly gold envelope that corresponded nicely with the gold stripes on the wall and lined it with this festive pink chevron.

Jon and I cheesing in front of the stripes!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Cheers!

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