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Stationery | Damask Invitation Suite

“Is damask out of style?” she asked me at our first meeting.

Sometimes, yes.

“I just don’t want it to look ‘oldish’ you know?” she said. “I’m already what I’d call a ‘mature bride’…”

Then you’ve come to the right place.

Careful not to go down the road often traveled (who hasn’t done damask?), I set out to bring a fresh perspective to stationery designed with a damask motif.  I played with scale and using different sections of the damask.  I paired it with other patterns.  I reversed out the inks for an all-black out-of-town reception card.  I proposed non-traditional accents, such as a black rsvp envelope.  (Black for a wedding?!  Absolutely.  Why not?)

The result was this bold, graphic and fresh take on a traditional (and dare I say, potentially boring) damask invitation suite that even the youngest of young brides (and the maturest of mature brides) would be delighted to call their own.

My favorite card just might be the all-black Memphis reception card.  Perfect for a formal house party!

The main invitation card alone is

And more than 600 envelopes later… They were all lined!  Including the outer, the rsvp and the thank you note envelopes. Whew!

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.

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!

Stationery | LaBruce + Harrison’s Save the Date

LaBruce and Harrison wanted to set the stage for a very elegant, coastal South Carolina wedding.  LaBruce contacted me when she saw my own calligraphic invitation suite.  She wanted a Save the Date inspired by this look, but done in a black + ivory palette.  This particular design was entirely typeset though, with a little finagling of flourishes to give it that hand-drawn look.  Specialty paper with a slight texture, plus a custom return address rubber stamp, completed the mailer.  Best wishes to you, Mr. + Mrs. Trammell!

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