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
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!
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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
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!
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