Inspiration to Invitation

Steph’s About to POP!

Bring on the baby shower!

A friend of mine from college, Lucy, got in touch with us last week to design an invitation for a baby shower she is hosting next month. We had a blast designing to this theme – “Momma is about to POP!”

Steph and her husband are expecting a baby boy, so we played with a blue, green & white color scheme, and this is what we came up with:

About to POP invitation dear june

We immediately thought POPcorn would be a fun way to tie in the theme, and would lend itself well to some tasty favors for the guests:

Popcorn Bar Dear June

The adorable green and white striped bags are full of popcorn and tied with a blue tag, whose shape and color are pulled right from the invitation! We lettered the tags in a white ink to match the envelopes of the invitations. The front of the tags say ‘POP!’ and the back says: ‘thanks.’

Popcorn favors dear june


popcorn thank you tags dear june

We love the white ink on the little boy blue paper details! The ink softens the color scheme and sways the suite a little more toward ‘baby’ instead of ‘little boy.’

Congratulations to Steph and Russ! And a big thank you to Lucy for letting us design the invitations for the shower!

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Emily & Matt: Wedding Suite

In honor of their 2 month anniversary, let’s take a look at the wedding invitations we created for Emily and Matthew!

You may remember Emily from our post detailing the Bridal Shower Invitations we created for her and again with this Friday Fetes post with fun photos from the shower. She and Matt are good friends of ours and we had such a blast coming up with the paper designs for their wedding!

For their wedding, Emily and Matthew were planning a beautiful outdoor affair in the country with the ceremony in a rustic barn and the dinner and dancing beneath a classic white tent. The style was rustic meets feminine and have fun incorporating the sunflower yellow color that Emily chose as an accent.

Here are a few shots of the details:

The guest information cards showcased a delicate lace pattern that contrasted nicely with the natural kraft paper. We also used twine to add a interest and attach the invitation and guest cards.


We chose a crisp white, linen-textured paper for the invitations. We used thermography for the ink for a high-gloss, high-class effect. By printing the names of the bride and groom in color, we were able to tie in the sunflower yellow accent color and give some extra attention to the happy couple!

We are so happy with how Emily & Matthew’s invitations turned out. Congratulations to Emily and Matthew- we had so much fun helping to make your big day memorable!

And a shout out to Tori with Marvelous Things Photography who photographed these images!

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Katie and Ricky!

If there’s one thing in life I love, it’s Katie Kent.  Let me tell  y’all little bit about Katie.  She is one of my very dear friends and has been for over a decade!  Katie lives in South Carolina and is getting married to the amazing, Ricky McCutchen.  I am so happy for them and am honored to stand by Katie on her wedding day as Matron of Honor.  I was also honored when Katie asked me to do her invitations!  If you are a bride that wants to combine traditional and modern elements to your invitations, Katie’s invitation suite is a wonderful example of this.

It all started with the Save-The-Dates. Katie loved the shape I created to define the lettering- it’s elegant and geometric, and when paired with the stripes and dots, it’s really fun! (Much like Katie and Ricky!)

Next came the invitation package! For the RSVP card, we repeated the stripes that we featured on the Save-the-Dates for uniformity. Plus, we just love the stripes.

Most of the traditional characteristics can be found on the invitation.  We designed it in a very simple and elegant way that focused on the text.  The juxtaposition of the loopy script font for the names with the tighter script and block font made for a really visually interested invitation!

We printed Katie’s invitations in thermography, which means that the letters are raised and glossy. It is a really beautiful effect and definitely added class to her invitations!

I used the shape I created to guide some of my design decisions in the invitation. For instance, I mirrored this curve in the  corner:

With the curve in the text:

to bring some repetition to the piece.

All in all, Katie was happy with her invitations, and I was so happy to have been a party of her special day!

Sarah and I wish Katie and Ricky the happiest wedding day and a lifetime of love.

I’ll exit with a quick pic of Katie and I at my wedding:


Have a great weekend, y’all!

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i2i: Emily’s Bridal Shower

We’re back with another edition of Inspiration to Invitation: a bridal shower invitation suite for a dear friend of my family- Miss Emily Scott!

Meet the (adorable!) happy couple: Matt and Emily! (awesome photo by: shot with a bow photography)

Leslee and I had a blast designing the paper goods for this shower- here’s the inspiration board we came up with:

Fun and springy, right!?

My mom, Yvette, and my youngest sister, Katherine, hosted the shower for Emily–Kat and Emily have been best friends since they were 3, so it was so special to get to work on this invitation!

Also, Leslee and I have been working with Emily on her wedding details since day one, which has been such a fun opportunity! We began with invitations to Emily and Matt’s engagement party back in the fall and their save-the-dates just a few weeks ago (photos to come once guests have received them in the mail!) We are currently working on designing their wedding invitations and the flowers for the wedding! Can’t wait to share all the details.

In the meantime, here’s the bridal shower invitations we designed:

If you’re a Vera Bradley fan, you’ll notice the “Island Blooms” print in the background of the picture above as well as in the inspiration board. Mom and Kat thought it would be special to gift Emily an album of hand-written recipes from her closest ladies to help her start her new kitchen! This album was the focal point of the party decor scheme and it helped guide our design for the paper details. 

In order to create the recipe album, Mom and Kat asked us to design recipe cards to include in the invitation envelope. Each guest received 2 recipe cards (one of each color!) to record their favorite recipes. Guests brought the hand-written cards to the party and Katherine assembled the album for Emily. 

Here’s a shot of the recipe cards:

Wanna see all the components to the invitation? Thought so! 

We lined the envelopes in a spunky orangey/pink graphic print, which was a fun splash of color! I addressed the invitations in a teal color that coordinated well with the invitations and recipe cards. 

Leslee and I both absolutely love this invitation! It’s so springy and girly and fun!


Happy Bridal Shower, Emily! We’re so happy for you and Matt 🙂 

Check back on Friday for all the photos from Emily’s shower! (There are lots!)



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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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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