{Real Wedding} Mackenzie & Eric's Rustic Country Wedding in Colorado

Just a very quick post today!  I wanted to share a few photos of the paper goods from a really amazing wedding!  I had the pleasure of designing and creating the “winter-country-rustic” invitations and paper goods for Mackenzie and Eric, who were married in Colorado in January.  Their photography, Suzanna March Photography, was so kind to send me photographs she took of their paper goods.  But you also really, really need to see the whole wedding on Suzanna’s website here.  Theirs was a tremendously unique and personal wedding!

Here we go:

Winter Country Rustic Wedding Invitation

Winter Country Rustic Wedding Invitation

Winter Country Rustic Wedding Program with buffalo plaid

Winter Country Rustic Wedding - escort cards

To create these paper goods, I actually worked not only with Mackenzie, but with her mom.  They told me the focus would be a little bit country, a little bit rustic.  They were planning to incorporate red buffalo plaid, “kraft” brown, and evergreens into the wedding, so I kept that in mind as I created the paper goods.  We ended up with a booklet-style wedding invitation with hand-sewn binding.  The light brown woodgrain cover of the invitation was letterpressed with “M&E” – the couple’s monogram.  The pages inside contained whimsical images of a snow-covered cabin in the mountains, evergreen trees, cowboy boots, and skis.  Since the wedding was being held in Golden, Colorado, Mackenzie also wanted to feature the archway sign to the city, so we included that, too!

For the ceremony and reception accessories, we continued using the same motifs – red buffalo plaid, cowboy boots, and evergreen trees, printed on speckled creamy white papers with kraft brown accents peeking out.  The escort cards used motifs to indicate each guest’s entree selection, which added lots of color, fun, and interest.

Again, I insist that you go here to see the whole story of Mackenzie and Eric’s wedding!

Thank you, Mackenzie and Eric, for letting me be a small part of your big day!

Photographer:  Suzanna March Photography

Wedding Invitation, Program, and Escort Cards:  Dogwood Blossom Stationery

{Retro-Mod} Finding Inspiration in Everyday Objects

Red Retro-Mod Wedding Invitation
Red and white retro-mod dot-and-line pattern
Punch cup with retro-mod design

Today I wanted to write about finding inspiration in everyday objects.  When I speak with new clients, I always ask them to send me “inspiration” for their invitation.  I tell them to show me photos, designs, motifs, and styles that appeal to them.  This inspiration is so important in helping me get to know my clients and understand their taste preferences!

Anyone who knows me well knows that I collect glassware.  I like it all, from expensive cut crystal to cheaply etched brandy snifters.  As long as it’s something you don’t see everyday (or anymore), I crave it.  Thrift stores and flea markets are great places to find these poor little cast-off glasses that I find so intriguing.  Recently, at a flea market, I found a set of these retro-mod punch cups.  They have tiny little round handles and a white painted-on pattern of lines and dots.  I fell in love with them, instantly.

Earlier this week I was admiring my mishmash collection of glassware and my little punch cups stood out.  I decided to use them as an example of finding inspiration in everyday objects, and I created a simple invitation based on their retro-mod pattern.  It would be so easy to create an entire wedding suite using this design in white and bold red.  I can easily see a table with lines of seating cards, each one coordinating perfectly with the invitation; white favor boxes containing truffles, wrapped in paper bands printed with the same red mod pattern; matching menus at each place setting would add instant (and easy) color to tables, and red textured thank you cards adorned with dots and lines would round-out this wedding suite perfectly…  All this from a punch cup I picked up at a flea market!

I wonder what you have – in your life, your collections, your living space, your imagination – that would make great inspiration for an invitation design.  I hope you’ll share your thoughts with me!