Nicole & Patrick’s Modern Gatsby Wedding Invitations

The wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion of Nicole and Patrick was held at The Bran­ford House, a turn-of-the-century man­sion with carved Gothic pan­el­ing and grand Baroque fire­places over­look­ing the Long Island Sound. The mag­nif­i­cent Gatsby-esque venue, com­bined with details from the bride’s stun­ning beaded gown and palette of pur­ples, pinks and gold was all the inspi­ra­tion needed to bring this sta­tionery suite to life!

The invi­ta­tions were gold foil stamped and let­ter­press printed on blush Arturo cot­ton stock – duplexed to make it extra thick. Deco-inspired fonts were paired with beau­ti­ful cal­lig­ra­phy by MM Ink. Each invi­ta­tion was mounted into a cus­tom designed, laser cut, vio­let stardream folio. For a mod­ern take on the inner enve­lope, the folios were wrapped with a gold shim­mer belly band each bear­ing the guest’s name in cal­lig­ra­phy. The entire pack­age was slipped into a gold shim­mer enve­lope lined in a scal­lop pat­tern that was inspired by the bead­ing on the bride’s gown. The out­side of the enve­lope was just as care­fully con­sid­ered as the invi­ta­tion. A col­lec­tion of vin­tage stamps in coor­di­nat­ing shades of pink and pur­ple adorned the out­side and fur­ther orna­men­ta­tion was added by MM Ink’s gor­geous penmanship.

For the day-of sta­tionery, the laser cut folio was re-imagined as the cover for the wed­ding pro­grams and an enlarged ver­sion of the die cut details card became the din­ner menu. The wel­come box con­tained sweet and salty snacks with coor­di­nat­ing labels and the cover of wel­come book­let fea­tured the scal­lop pat­tern used on the enve­lope lin­ers. Nicole embraced every oppor­tu­nity to bring ele­ments of her invi­ta­tion design to her cel­e­bra­tion – and I adored her for that level of detail!

I also worked with Nicole to cre­ate her Save the Dates – a per­fect exam­ple of choos­ing a dif­fer­ent design direc­tion than that of the invi­ta­tion. Nicole wanted to incor­po­rate the groom’s love of maps with a vin­tage nod towards their wed­ding venue. The map high­lights the area near The Bran­ford House and encour­ages guests to make a week­end trip for the cel­e­bra­tion. Details on the reverse side guide guests to their wed­ding web­site which listed a vari­ety of local activ­i­ties. Sim­i­lar to the invi­ta­tion, vin­tage stamps and cal­lig­ra­phy adorned the outer envelope.

Paper Design, Styling and Pho­tog­ra­phy: Coral Pheas­ant Sta­tionery // Invi­ta­tion Cal­lig­ra­phy: MM Ink // Event Pho­tog­ra­phy: Carla Ten Eyck // Event Design: A Jubilee Event // Save the Date Cal­lig­ra­phy: Brown Linen Design

 

Radiant Orchid Editorial at The High Line Hotel

I have been wait­ing patiently to share this Radi­ant Orchid edi­to­r­ial and today is the day! Back in March I had the plea­sure of col­lab­o­rat­ing with a group of fan­tas­tic ven­dors. Ven­dors whom I had never met! It all began when Kat Har­ris reached out to Beth of The White Dress by the shore. Kat has been shoot­ing for years and recently made the move to NYC. She was keen on bring­ing local ven­dors together to exe­cute her vision of a Radi­ant Orchid, brunch-inspired edi­to­r­ial at The High Line Hotel. Done and done. I was totally on board! Sev­eral emails were exchanged with Kat and Molly of Glit­ter + Rye and we all got to work. I couldn’t be hap­pier with how every­thing turned out. Molly and Julie (The Glit­ter + Rye gals) brought more props than you can imag­ine and it was excit­ing to see them work their styling magic. And I delighted in using var­i­ous bits and bobs of theirs to style the paper. The water­color can­vases they cre­ated made for the per­fect backdrop!

The sta­tionery suite com­bines clean, mod­ern typog­ra­phy with organic pat­tern and water­color. Var­i­ous shades of pink and pur­ple are lay­ered together to cre­ate depth and inter­est. My favorite ele­ment might just be the mini maple syrup favors. Make any­thing lit­tle and it’s instantly cute!

For more inspi­ra­tion, fash­ion and styling, be sure to visit the fea­ture on Style Me Pretty.

Radiant Orchid | Coral Pheasant

Radiant Orchid Invitation Suite | Coral Pheasant

Radiant Orchid Invitation Suite | Coral Pheasant

Radiant Orchid Invitation Suite | Coral Pheasant

Radiant Orchid Invitation Suite | Coral Pheasant

Radiant Orchid Invitation Suite | Coral Pheasant

Radiant Orchid Program | Coral Pheasant

Radiant Orchid Menu | Coral Pheasant

Radiant Orchid Maple Syrup Favor | Coral Pheasant

Radiant Orchid | Coral Pheasant

Photography­: Kat Har­ris // Paper Design and Styling: Coral Pheas­ant Sta­tionery // Event Styling: Glit­ter + Rye // Fash­ion Styling: The White Dress by the shore // Beauty: Face Time Beauty

As Seen In: Bliss Celebrations

Bliss Cel­e­bra­tions Mag­a­zine recently released their newest issue and I couldn’t be more exited to share with you the edi­to­r­ial we cre­ated for them. (See it in it’s entirety here.) The icing on the cake? The shoot graced the cover of the annual mag­a­zine and the invi­ta­tion suite was recently fea­tured on my favorite sta­tionery blog, Oh So Beau­ti­ful Paper.

Can­dice of Jubilee Events dreamed up the con­cept after spot­ting an ad for Pampelonne’s Rosé Lime wine cooler in InStyle mag­a­zine – prov­ing that inspi­ra­tion really can come from any­where. She loved the col­ors – orange, gold, bright pink – and the graphic stripes on the pack­ag­ing. Imme­di­ately she envi­sioned a story board filled with punchy col­ors, pineap­ples and a preppy chic Palm Beach vibe. It was game on! For the sta­tionery suite, I asked Jenny of Moira Ink to cre­ate play­ful brush style let­ter­ing that I incor­po­rated into the suite and sig­nage. Strik­ing envelopes with bold edge col­or­ing were paired with a pineap­ple pat­terned enve­lope liner. This same pat­tern was used to cre­ate cus­tom fab­ric that became match­ing nap­kins and a bow tie for the groom – a great and unex­pected way to carry this design ele­ment through­out cre­at­ing a really cohe­sive expe­ri­ence. (Some­thing to think about all you brides-to-be!) A laser cut pineap­ple belly band repeated the motif and held all the pieces together. Laser cut­ting was also used to cre­ate the front of the wed­ding pro­gram and mini laser cut pineap­ples adorned cute cupcakes.

One of my favorite ele­ments were the pineap­ple wel­come bags. Treats for the guests included trop­i­cal trail mix and a pineap­ple upside down cake shot! Lit­tle pineap­ple juice cans were wrapped in coor­di­nat­ing labels and a recipe card pro­vided illus­trated instruc­tions. The instruc­tions were tucked into a polka dot bag and affixed to the wel­come let­ter. I don’t know about you, but I’d love to be on the receiv­ing end of this cute pack­age – and I’d be super stoked for the wedding!

The heart pil­lows were made for me by a child­hood friend for my own wed­ding. They were a per­fectly col­ored detail to add to the shoot!

Pineapple Palm Beach Invitation | Coral Pheasant

Pineapple Palm Beach Invitation | Coral Pheasant

Pineapple Palm Beach Invitation | Coral Pheasant

Pineapple Palm Beach Invitation | Coral Pheasant

Pineapple Palm Beach Invitation | Coral Pheasant

Pop Fizz Clink | Coral Pheasant

Pineapple Palm Beach Welcome Bag | Coral Pheasant

Pineapple Palm Beach Cocktail Favor | Coral Pheasant

Pineapple Palm Beach Program | Coral Pheasant

Pineapple Palm Beach Invitation | Coral Pheasant

Pineapple Palm Beach | Coral Pheasant

Photography­: Carla Ten Eyck // Sta­tionery Pho­tog­ra­phy on White­: Coral Pheas­ant // Event Design/Coordination: Jubilee Events //Fash­ion Styling: The White Dress by the shore // Paper Design: Coral Pheas­ant Sta­tionery // Cal­lig­ra­phy: Moira Ink // Flow­ers: Diane Gaudette Cus­tom Flo­ral Designs // Hair: Catie & Amy //Beauty: Jen­nie Fresa // Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes // Con­fec­tions: Sweet Maria’s Bak­ery // Light­ing and Cus­tom Bar: Ryan Designs // Cater­ing: Emily’s Cater­ing Group