When I’m working on my wedding invitation collection for letterpress company Bella Figura, I tend to do two formal designs with one slightly less formal design. Annadel is my playful invitation this year. I wanted it to be classy, elegant, but very joyful. Something that could be dressed up or dressed down.
I was picturing a late afternoon wedding, outdoors in a vineyard, with a focus on the food and wine. It wouldn’t be complete without a firework send-off!
The green is a fun complement to the gold foil (a little different from the gold/blush combination that’s so popular).
It’s here! I know I say this every year, but it’s like Christmas when the new Bella Figura wedding invitation collection launches. The deadline is in the summer, so it’s a big project and then to have to wait 6 months or more to see how they turn out… jeez. Or maybe all the anticipation is a good thing. Now I’ll be checking my mailbox every afternoon in hopes of finding the letterpress samples inside.
I’m going to go ahead and play favorites — in this year’s collection, I like the Analina invitation best. Not only did I get to collaborate with the super-talented Sarah Hanna (who did the calligraphy while she was in Italy — presumably sipping an excellent glass of wine and taking in a beautiful view). But, it was also a collaboration with my grandmother. My grandmother was a talented artist and pattern designer who gifted me a box full of sketches to use as I’d like, including licensing the patterns. I’ve been hesitant to use them in my work, because the sketches seemed so precious, and turning them into work-related projects felt weird. And then I realized, I’m crazy, this box allows me to collaborate with my beloved grandmother, whom I miss, and she would surely (hopefully!) be proud of my work and business. The scalloped shape is one she made to border a square table cloth and I pieced them together to make the design motif that runs throughout the suite.
As for the wedding that goes with it? I picture a small, formal, elegant afternoon wedding in some exotic locale. Simply decorated, tons of candles, curtains flowing in the breeze, overlooking a peaceful blue sea. Indoors but with floor to ceiling windows open to the balcony. Can you see it? A girl can dream.
Here’s a few more of the many items Sarah and I worked on:
My cousin got married this summer on her now-husband’s beautiful family farm in the Catskills of New York. Betsy thought of every little detail — and I was honored to be asked to help with her wedding stationery, monogram, and programs!
It was a very memorable and sweet wedding, full of DIY projects as you can see. Betsy and Raul wisely chose all their DIY projects not to save money (and obviously, not to save time) but because they wanted a personal touch to their wedding that money just can’t buy. So family and friends all pitched in!
Betsy wanted watercolor invitations so we created these together and wrapped them up with dried flowers and twine.
We created fan menus to match — designed by me with a map on the back drawn by Raul’s brother, and assembled with friends.
After the ceremony, we created two lines for a confetti throw — one of my favorite parts! Betsy’s dress and headpiece were made by Jenny Packham.
Then, we headed down the hill for popcorn, watermelon, and slider snacks with cocktails and yard games.
Betsy and Raul are vegan, so we enjoyed a family-style vegan dinner — delicious!
Vintage mix-and-match china, along with wildflowers, made for beautiful tables at the reception.
There are birch trees near Betsy’s home, and so her parents gathered fallen trees to create these birch candles. Her Dad and I worked together to design this monogram, which he branded into the bottoms of the candles as wedding favors.
Perfect, right? Congrats you guys!
photography: Nadine Rovner of Love Me Do Photography / venue: Family Farm Catskill Mountains, New York / event design: the Bride + family / month-of coordinator: Catskill Weddings / event rentals: Big Top Tent Rental / vintage china rental: Something Borrowed Vintage / floral design: Catskill Flower Shop / wedding dress + hairpiece: Jenny Packham; purchased at Allegria Bridal / bridesmaid dresses: 3 Nanette Lepore print dresses & 1 Diane Von Furstenburg / bridesman outfit: BarIII suit, J.Crew Shirt, Fine & Dandy bowtie + pocket square / hair + makeup: Tiffany Abercrombie / groom suit: Phineas Cole by Paul Stuart / videography: Crystal Arnette, Adventure We Can / paper goods: Ellie Snow of HelloTenfold / catering + cake: The Cinnamon Snail / dj: Obey City
More photos and details on Green Wedding Shoes.
Snapshots of a few new wedding invitation and baby announcement designs in progress for 2014.
This has to be the best giveaway we’ve ever hosted on Mint, and I’m so excited to offer it to you, along with the very generous Amee Farm Lodge.
The giveaway is for a relaxing 2 night stay at Amee Farm Lodge in Vermont with breakfast each morning, a welcome social with light fare, a venue tour with the owners, an amazing farm-to-table dinner, and a range of activities from yoga to snowshoeing to cheese-making. Go, relax, unplug, and just “be.”
Pittsfield, Vermont is a true New England small town with an abundance of activities, energetic or otherwise. Many folks go to Pittsfield to seek out old-fashioned country quiet, savoring the chance to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature, to visit with the farm animals across the road, or to stroll through the village green with a latte from their quintessential Vermont general store.
For those thinking of hosting a farm wedding, this would be the perfect opportunity to visit Amee Farm Lodge and learn more. What a beautiful venue! (And bonus: a pre-wedding getaway for you and your sweetheart.) You could have a three-day celebration, including a rehearsal dinner with fresh foods grown at the farm, a beautiful outdoor ceremony, reception, and farewell brunch, each in a different location on the property. (more info right here)
The details (a $600 value):
• 2 night stay based on availability
• deluxe continental breakfast each morning of your stay
• gift certificate for lunch to Original General Store
• welcome basket/bag from Riverside Farm
Possible activities during your visit include:
• 30+ miles of hiking and biking on the Green Mountain Trails
• yoga classes • show-showing right outside the back door
• skiing at Killington and Pico
• tubing on the Tweed River
• golfing on the Green Mountain National Golf Course
• kayaking and fishing at Kent Pond • on-site massages
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