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Stationery | Social Graces

You’ve heard it said that the art of writing a letter or note is soon to be a lost art – or is it already?  To that I say, “H-E-double hockey sticks, NO!”  I may have just lost whatever street cred I possess.  And successfully dated myself as a child of the 80s.  Well, all of that aside, it seems to me that the ability to write a hand-written note, and possessing the tools for such an endeavor, is perhaps an essential life skill that should not be lost to the coming generations.  Stay classy, San Diego.

Flat A6 note cards with printed envelopes to complete the set.

Navy + yellow on crisp white cotton paper.  Summery!

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Stationery | C+C Hatch Show Print

Nashville meets Coastal Carolina!  Clayton + Catherine found my original Hatch Show Print-styled invitation by way of an internet search.  They were looking for a way to tie their two worlds together for a Rehearsal Dinner invitation.  He is from Nashville.  She is from the South Carolina coastline.  The solution?  Cowboy boots for him.  The palmetto tree and crescent moon for her.  Another personal touch with a C&C monogram capped off the look for this invitation colored in navy and rusted orange.  Deep hues for an October dinner on the lawn in the deep, low country of South Carolina.  Clayton + Catherine loved it so much they also requested poster-size versions of the invitation to gift their parents!  What a perfect memento!

I love the navy envelope!

Overlapping inks of the orange and blue for a truly screen-printed feel.

Branding | Legacy

I love it when awesome clients bring me awesome clients.  A certain favorite client of mine recommended Design in August for a new branding project.  The folks at Legacy OB/GYN were looking for a new logo.  At first they wanted to explore a fleur de lis sort of symbol, but instead we pursued more abstract shapes.  They wanted a logo that would capture their warm, approachable and careful care of patients.  I love the modern script paired with the clean lines of the sans serif font.  And now the logo sits prominently at the top of Legacy’s new website, adding a lively and organic touch to the clean and simple lines of the site design.

Stationery | Andrew & Anna

Jewel tones, peacocks and… Cornhole?  These are some of the words scribbled among my notes and sketches for Andrew & Anna’s wedding invitation suite design.  And I am super thrilled with how they all came together in this design!  Anna found me via event planner extraordinairre Mary Alice Sublett of A Delightful Day Event Planning.  Anna was a Washington D.C. area bride planning her fall wedding at the beautiful Carnton Plantation right here in Franklin, TN, and it was one of our earlier projects that caught Anna’s eye at Mary Alice’s studio.

There were many weekend details to include for guests, so we developed a multi-card invitation suite to organize it all.  And Anna wanted to communicate the feel of the party to her guests.  Wording like “Southern chic attire, y’all” and a little sketch of a Cornhole game by the reception details – these things said, “Hey, this is going to be a really fun garden party like only the South can do.”  Anna really gets the idea that an invitation can communicate so much more than just the When and Where of a party!

A brightly golden colored bellyband with the couple’s initials bound the cards together neatly. 
Recognize the ornate frame?  We used the same design element for Anna’s Rehearsal Dinner invitation.

The damask and diamond patterns hinted at the Civil War era wallpapers and textiles found at Carnton Plantation.

One of my favorite details: the RSVP wording.
“Will be there, undecided on bells…”

Southern chic attire, y’all.

And here’s a peek at how it all came together!

Event photography by Erin Lee of  The Collection
Head on over to A Delightful Day’s blog for even more event details and a full vendor listing.

Stationery | Tex-Mex Rehearsal Dinner

Last summer I worked with a Washington D.C. area client who was planning her Franklin, TN, wedding weekend coming up in October.  We began designing her wedding invitation suite inspired by jewel-toned teal, purple, and gold… and peacocks!  Can’t wait to post that design, but before I do, I want to show you these rehearsal dinner invitations.  With the wedding invitation design wrapped up, Anna called me up again and wanted to explore a custom-designed rehearsal dinner invitation.  Only this time we were going with a Tex-Mex theme to coordinate with the dinner menu.  What fun!  I pulled inspiration from Mexican tiles, lace, and folk art.  We incorporated the teal and gold and the monogram frame (you’ll see!) of her wedding invite, but swapped out the purple with a bright and cheery red.  I am so, so proud of this design.  And I can almost taste the carnitas and salsa.  Delicioso!

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