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Wedding Invitaitons with a Romantic Color Palette of Burgundy, Blush and Gold
One of the most beautiful ways to add depth and interest to your palette--for invitations, your walls, or your wardrobe--layer color...
Rustic Woodland 70th Birthday Party Invitations
Rustic invitation letterpress printed in brown ink on cherry wood cards Outdoorsy icons that represent the birthday boy's hu...
Modern Typeset Square Bat Mitzvah Invitation in Purple, Silver and White
Modern typesetting for a NYC chic Bat Mitzvah Modern Simplicity: type foil printed in white and silver on 3-ply lilac purple duplex s...
Pink Glitter and Letterpress Bat Mitzvah Invitation
Oh, to be thirteen again! Who else could pull off so much fun and beautiful pink glitter? When we were working on the design for this bat m...
Stunning Black on Black Modern Bar Mitzvah Invitation
Custom duplexed black and gold stock for double thickness and gold edge view Bar Mitzvah invitation with black on front and gold o...
Architectural Bar Mitzvah Invitation in Gray, Silver and Blue
Beautiful texture created by blind impress letterpress repeat of the name, accented in silver foil It's no secret, my favorite...
Parisian Themed Event and Sugar Mill Wedding Invitations
Sweet flourished invitations in navy blue ink on pink by Real Card Studio Modern romantic floral arrangement in an industrial venu...
B'nai Mitzvah Invitation in Subtle Charcoal and Pale Blue
Real Card Studio's Duetto B'nai Mitzvah invitation for twin boys. Two invitations, one for each boy, and a shared pocket for ...
Modern Typesetting for Bar Mitzvah Invitation in Black and Silver
Real Card Studio 's playful yet elegant Name Jumble is letterpress printed in a steely gray on black cover stock Black fo...
Pink and Navy Arrow Monogram Wedding Invitations
Trendy-chic monogram with a heart for the wedding day, and the couples' new H monogram for their stationery. Finally getting to...
Calling Card for an Art Dealer
Your business card can enhance or detract from the impression you make when you meet a potential...
Your business card can enhance or detract from the impression you make when you meet a potential client. You have an interesting conversation and then you hand them your card. Present a contemporary, professional and quality card. A nice cotton stock, clean typesetting and fine letterpress printing or engraving will always get you the reaction you want: "ooh, nice card!"
Real Card Studio
created this beautiful calling card for an art advisor for RSVP in Roslyn, New York. Letterpress printed in cement ink on ivory cotton in sans serif type.
On My Nightstand: The Goldfinch
I was an art history major in college, so any story that takes place in a museum and discusses ...
I was an art history major in college, so any story that takes place in a museum and discusses art in any way, I'm into it.
The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
, is a drizzly story about a boy who visits
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
in NYC with his mother, an art historian of some sort (I don't remember exactly, her occupation). Her life's obsession was with a particular work from one of the
petite oil painting of a goldfinch
This obsession with The Goldfinch painting brings the boy and his mother back to the museum one morning, on a day that 13-year old Theo Decker had been suspended from school. When the two become separated in the museum, tragedy strikes and the two are separated forever. A badly injured stranger, near Theo during the blast, urges him to take The Goldfinch painting, saying that it would be destroyed or lost in the clean up. Stunned, Theo puts the small painting in his backpack and woks his way out of the museum after the stranger dies, and in a daze finds his way home to wait for his mother, but who never makes it out of the museum.
The rest of the book follows this young boy and the priceless work of art--that he has now stolen--through the next ten, or so, years of his life. From living situations and decisions both good and bad, his destiny is intertwined with that painting.
Well written, suspenseful, intriguing. I'll definitely read it again one day.
Engraved and Edge Painted Save the Date Wedding Card
Think of your Save the Date card as a teaser: give guests enough to get excited and make plans...
Think of your Save the Date card as a teaser: give guests enough to get excited and make plans, but no spoilers! This stylish wedding card does just that. The type design and colors of the event to come are represented, but the invitation won't be redundant. You'll recognize the deep blue and lavendar color palette from this card, but maybe the invitation will be on dark blue cardstock with lavender engraving, and fill in the blanks regarding ceremony time, and pre- and post-wedding festivities.
What if you haven't chosen your wedding invitation yet? In that case, it's best to keep it very simple on the save the date so as not to clash with the invitation when you do make your selection. You probably have a good idea of the color scheme you'll be working with, but maybe keep some of the extra pop for the invitation.
The job of the wedding save the date card is to get the word out to your future wedding guests that you're planning something big and that you want them to have advance notice so they can make plans to be there. Whether you have every detail nailed down or not, invitations only go out 6-8 weeks ahead of your event, and in this busy world, that may not be enough notice for some. So send a save the date to get the ball rolling, and then follow up with all the details with the invitation when it's about 2 months out.
Real Card Studio's
"Berry" save the date is on double-thick cotton paper, engraved in navy blue ink and edge painted in lilac.
Rachel + Ashley's Same-Sex Wedding in Seattle
I know this is what people always say after weddings, but this was truly one of the sweetest wedding...
I know this is what people always say after weddings, but this was truly one of the sweetest weddings I've witnessed. Rachel and Ashley are friends of mine--family, really (Rachel is my sister-in-law's sister), so naturally I bullied my way in to their wedding-planning-business and insisted on designing their invitations. And I'll tell you about those in a moment. First, I want to talk about what I kind of love about same-sex weddings right now.
While gay couples aren't anything new, their participation in the mainstream wedding scene is. As states are slowly changing laws to make their union a legal entity, these couples are blazing new trails because many wedding traditions simply do not apply. Questions come up pretty quickly in the whole business of weddings. For starters, who proposes? Who's name goes first on the invitation: the bride's or the... bride's? Does one walk down the aisle while the other waits down at the front? Should they both wear dresses? Which one of them gets to toss the bouquet (or remove a garter)? And who takes who's last name once married? For two grooms and their vow-taking ceremony, there are just as many questions. And it seems to me that there are exactly as many correct answers to all these questions as there are couples asking them. So guess what, you guys! They get to make up all their own rules. And I love th
But charting new territories aside, they also had millions of the same detailed decisions that anyone planning an important event has to make. For starters, there was no question that Ashley and Rachel's wedding would be in Seattle. They wanted a chic wedding in the city, but with a natural organic feel, too. Their wedding invitations needed to reflect that, so after reviewing a number of neutral options, we decided on real wood cards backed in brown paper bag kraft. These two exude modern style, so I designed a clean layout with a simple border, mixing an all-caps sans serif type for their names with a petite serifed type accented with italics, and we letterpress printed in navy blue ink with navy blue mailing envelopes. (They used a white gel pen to address, but another great option for addressing dark envelopes that also enhances the personalized feel is white, metallic, or light colored pencils.)
The love-of-whiskey inspired urban invitations, by Real Card Studio, were letterpress printed on cherry veneer in navy blue.
Their wedding invitation host line read like most do these days--same-sex and traditional weddings alike--with the simple and inclusive “Together with their families”, since the couple paid for the wedding mostly on their own. Had one or more of their parents paid for a majority of the event, then those names would have been listed on the top “host line”. Listing parents’ names is only required when they are paying for, or hosting the event. Because they that pay for the wedding technically do the inviting as well.
As an etiquette junkie, I wanted to find a rule to follow for listing their names, even if it’s not a rule universally followed for same-sex wedding invitation wording. I was thinking either alphabetically or possibly by age, as you would do in a proper introductory manor. But they're pretty much the same age, so alphabetical made the most sense.
for the big day with
Louise et Cie
Calmly taking in the view while dressing for the exciting day ahead. Ash
ley's suit by
before pictures, Rachel held a bouquet by
Pre-wedding photos in the
Conservatory at Volun
Like many weddings these days, the couple asked a friend to officiate their ceremony, undoubtedly ordained via the internet. So the message was funny and crazy personal and engaging. The couple wrote their own touching vows and they shared communion in the form of a can of
, because Seattle. Overall their service followed the same flow and order of a traditional wedding.
ding programs were placed on each seat before the guests arrived. Digitally printed in dark blue on a tall kraft card was a simple order of service with wedding party participants listed on the front. Since the brides share all the same friends, they didn't have traditional sides that each person represented; Eschewing the usual title of "bridesmaids" for all, excepting Rachel's only sister Alyssa (Ashley is an only child). We needed a title to highlight Alyssa's elevated importance, and since "Matron of Honor" simply didn't feel right, I came up with the title "Best Sister", which everyone loved.
Ceremony and reception was held on Capital Hill's
During the processional, the brides walked down the aisle together.
Exchanging vows and rings while their (very funny) friend officiated.
Elated newlyweds held hands as they recede the aisle.
Big gold metallic R
A balloons beckoned guests to the dance floor.
After the service and during the recessional, the wedding party boogied, and the Best Sister rode piggy-back, down the aisle, letting everyone know that the ceremony was over and the party had now started. Guests lined up at the bar for their
Rachel's Ginger Beer
mules and iced tea while the DJ kept the crowd busy until dinner.
The reception was catered by local favorite food truck and restaurant,
, and we all dined on the most delicious fried chicken and corn bread that I've ever had followed by to-die-for doughnut holes. The couple and some members of the wedding party made the table centerpieces, wrapping jars with twine and placed them on rounds of fir tree. Throughout the meal, there were thoughtful and funny speeches by family and friends, plenty of roasts on Rachel, who took them all in great stride and enjoying every minute of it. And everyone danced late into the night. •
Table tops were decorated in winter white with baby's breath and cedar greenery displayed with candles on cut fir platters.
Home cookin'. Fried chicken, coleslaw and cornbread catered by
Family and friends cheer for the couple's first dance.
Guests took a traveler of whiskey home with them after the party.
A game of telephone among the wedding party to keep the pose interesting.
When your very best friends are also your family.
Rachel + Ashley / January 16, 2016 / Seattle, Washington
Vendor resources for this wedding in Seattle:
icole Miller - Vow to Be Chic
Melrose Market Studios
PRE-WEDDING PHOTOS VENUE:
Conservatory at Volunteer Park
Rachel's Ginger Beer
Real Card Studio
Outdoor Wedding Invitations that are more modern than rustic
Outdoor weddings lend unlimited inspiration for iconography on the invitations. But they don...
Outdoor weddings lend unlimited inspiration for iconography on the invitations. But they don't have to be woodsy and floral. Put a modern spin on the outdoors and you'll yield high-impact and beautiful results.
This dazzling bride wanted a chartreuse floral that we balanced with eggplant ink. The silhouetted dandelion comes off more modern than sweet which worked well for their summer evening nuptials in
Seattle's Olympic Sculpture Park
with expansive views of Elliott Bay and the Olympic Mountains alongside world-class sculpture.
See more of this beautiful wedding
Real Card Studio
designed this custom save the date and invitation suite, letterpress printed in lime leaf and eggplant on bright white cotton paper.
When You Don't Want A Big Wedding
Not everyone dreams of a big wedding. For some, a walk down the aisle with all eyes on them sounds...
Not everyone dreams of a big wedding. For some, a walk down the aisle with all eyes on them sounds more like a nightmare. If a more intimate ceremony witnessed by just a few close friends and family is more your style, you don't have to forgo the celebration all together. Gather your favorite people for dinner after the deed is done, and enjoy a nice meal and a great party instead.
Aqua and red is a contemporary color combination that is fresh and modern. Serifed roman text paired with an elegant calligraphy bring a little formality, the colors lend levity.
Save the Date by
Real Card Studio
, Calligraphy by Lee Ann Clark.
Classic Bar Mitzvah Invitation
Trendy designs are exciting and fun, but often look dated after a few years. And while it's fu...
Trendy designs are exciting and fun, but often look dated after a few years. And while it's fun to be part of a specific time and trend, some people regret not going for something more timeless.
Classic color schemes, this one in gold, ivory and navy blue, with text layouts using an all caps or small caps (that's an all caps font with taller caps for titles and sentence beginnings) keep the overall look tidy and clean, and will never ever go out of style. If you want to keep it classy, but have a little fun, choose a coordinating script or other display font for the name. Used sparingly, you get to be a little trendy without sacrificing the timelessness of your keepsake invitation. In this example, we used a calligrapher to hand letter the boy's name in a loose script to lend a little levity to the occasion.
Real Card Studio
letterpress printed this Bar Mitzvah invitation in gold ink on a ivory cotton card, layered with metallic gold and navy blue. Hand lettering by
Karen Yee Chan
Save the Date
Chic Save the Date Cards with Silver Foil Printing
A shiny silver save the date creates anticipation for the main event. When you're p...
A shiny silver save the date creates anticipation for the main event. When you're planning an important and extravagant event, you want to make sure everyone will attend. Giving your guests plenty of notice is the first step in making that possible.
But don't give them too much information...save some of it for the invitation! What guests really need to know in advance is when and where. If you're planning festivities that will span several days, be sure to include the full date range. But don't list the times, and maybe even leave the venue off the card if it's not pertinent to their planning purposes. Don't make the invitation redundant, or worse, confusing if you update details between sending the save the date and invitations if times or venues change.
Save the dates, ideally, will coordinate with your invitations but they don't have to match exactly. Sometimes it's nice to be a little more casual with the Save the Date card and use a photo. Other times, the details are not complete and maybe the colors or theme are not yet fully developed. In this instance, something clean, simple and beautiful will do nicely.
Real Card Studio
created this simple and elegant Save the Date for
Mark Harris Stationers
in Newton, Massachusetts.
Throwing a Woodland Themed First Birthday Party
Sweet occasions call for wild blueberries and woodland florals. For this first birthday party for...
Sweet occasions call for wild blueberries and woodland florals. For this first birthday party for twins set the tone for a delightful celebration.
Real Card Studio
designed a simple fern wreath floral to surround the script for the birthday girl's and boy's names, and foil printed in matte white for a nice pop on a bright purple metallic. For
in Virginia Beach.
Wedding Color Trend: Crisp White, Delft Blue and Lemon Yellow
There's a fantastic color trend in the wedding industry right now, that harkens to the old adda...
There's a fantastic color trend in the wedding industry right now, that harkens to the old addage: Something Old and Something Blue.
Classic chintz and
pottery and china make for classic and sophisticated wedding palette inspiration. The patterns are plentiful and easy to incorporate from envelope liners to bridal party dress patterns. The color scheme also adapts well to wedding in any season, especially breezy summers and cool winters.
, Styling by
Real Card Studio
Invitation Wording + Etiquette
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