Trendspotting: Vellum Inspiration!

It’s still relatively early in 2017, but I already have a favorite trend for this year: Vellum! If you aren’t familiar with this gorgeous translucent material, vellum is a semi-transparent paper made from rag or plasticized cotton and is often used in applications where tracing is involved. But vellum is seriously beautiful in its own right, especially when combined with elegant calligraphy and wax seals. You can also run a vellum sheet through a regular home printer! Vellum comes in a variety of shades, from traditional translucent white to pale pink, lavender, aqua – even iridescent and opalescent! Vellum is one of my current favorite stationery trends, along with deckled edges and all things iridescent/hologram, but I realized I hadn’t featured a ton of vellum inspiration here. So I put out a call for stationers and calligraphers to share their images via email and the #osbpvellum hashtag, and I’m sharing a few of my favorites with you today!

Vellum Envelope Inspiration by Ebb & Flow Ink

Vellum envelope with white calligraphy by Ebb & Flow Ink / Handmade paper by Fabulous Fancy Pants / Photo by Gaby J Photography

Vellum Dinner Menu by Silbia Ro

Vellum dinner menu by Silbia Ro

Vellum Wedding Invitation Inspiration by Fourteen Forty

Marble printed vellum (!!) wrapped around a wedding invitation by Fourteen-Forty

Vellum Place Card by Amy May Paper

Vellum card with white ink calligraphy by Amy May Paper

Vellum Inspiration by Papel and Co.

A vellum overlay with a black floral illustration by Papel & Co.

Vellum Cactus Wedding Invitation by Robinson Paperie

This cactus wedding invitation suite features a hand painted cactus on vellum by Robinson Paperie

Vellum Wedding Invitation by Swell Press Paper

How fun is this vellum wedding invitation overlay by Swell Press Paper??

Vellum Envelopes with Brush Lettering by Willow Wynn Co.

Vellum envelopes with brush lettering by Willow Wynn Co.

Vellum Baby Shower Invitation by Charm & Fig

A baby shower invitation printed on vellum with iridescent glitter by Charm & Fig

Vellum in Ceremony Programs by Fleur de Letters

Floral printed vellum in ceremony programs by Fleur de Letters

Vellum Dinner Menu by Grace Niu Design

Vellum dinner menus by Grace Niu Design

Vellum Wedding Invitation Inspiration by Owl Post Calligraphy

A beautiful vellum overlay with gold calligraphy by Owl Post Calligraphy

Vellum and Gold Wax Seals by Paula Lee Calligraphy

Vellum looks amazing when paired with gold wax seals from Paula Lee Calligraphy

Vellum Menu by Willow Visuals

A simple vellum menu overlay by Willow Visuals / Photo by Petra Veikkola

Vellum Envelope with Floral Envelope Liner by The Aerialist Press

When you have a gorgeous envelope liner, show it off with a transparent vellum envelope like this beauty by the Aerialist Press

So, what do you think?? Are you all feeling the vellum trend along with me?  

Tropical Turquoise and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations

Spring is officially here – and the warm weather has us dreaming of tropical vacations! Erin from BerinMade sent over these gorgeous tropical turquoise and gold foil wedding invitations for a destination wedding in Phuket, Thailand! (BTW, have you seen BerinMade’s new website? So many beautiful custom wedding invitations to gaze at over there!) Destination weddings usually involve LOTS of logistics, and the interactive travel guide-inspired format of these invitations is a fun and festive way to share all that information with wedding guests, plus get your guests super excited to travel the world in celebration of loved ones. Yay for weddings on warm sandy beaches! – Hannah

Tropical Turquoise and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Berin Made

From Erin: I’m so excited to share one of my favourite custom projects, these travel-guide inspired invitations! This project started with kind of a funny, serendipitous story! The groom, Brian, was a good friend of mine from back in high school, but we had lost touch over a decade since I moved to London. His fiancée, Stef, was browsing through Oh So Beautiful Paper and Pinterest while planning their wedding and found my work. Then, she decided to get in touch with me about designing her wedding invitations. After a few rounds of funny emails, we finally discovered that we had known each other all along! What a small world!

Tropical Turquoise and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Berin Made

Tropical Turquoise and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Berin Made

Stef and Brian are a fun-loving couple who love to travel the world. Their destination wedding was at a beautiful resort in Phuket, Thailand and they were married on the beach at sunset!

Tropical Turquoise and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Berin Made

At the outset, Stef already had some lovely ideas for her invitations, which she shared with me and I used as a starting point. She loved the idea of a travel guide which documents not only their wedding details, but all the amazing restaurants and local haunts that their friends could try out when they arrived for the wedding weekend. Armed with lots of content, we decided on a pocket-sized accordion fold-out booklet as our format. This was able to house all their restaurant and spa reviews, as well as dress codes, packing guide, and a helpful map of the local area!

Tropical Turquoise and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Berin Made

Stef also showed me the beautiful lace pattern of her dress which incorporated dragonflies, and I was immediately smitten with it! The color palette for her wedding was cool blues and cream, inspired by sandy beaches and the flowing dresses of her bridesmaids. We worked that inspiration into the aesthetic of the suite, with the subtle dragonfly lace illustration on the front cover, and gold foil hand lettering for their names.

Tropical Turquoise and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Berin Made

To complete the stationery suite, we also made wedding programs, which doubled as confetti pockets, calligraphy place cards and thank you cards!

Tropical Turquoise and Gold Foil Wedding Invitations by Berin Made

Thanks Erin!

Design: BerinMade

Calligraphy: Lauhaus.co

BerinMade is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Teddy Ng

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations

When you’re getting married at a farm-to-table restaurant inside a gorgeous refurbished barn in upstate New York, why would you look anywhere else for your wedding invitation inspiration? Enter these gorgeous illustrated farm to table inspired wedding invitations with rich natural hues and stunning copper foil details from Rachel of Robinson Press! From the save the date card inspired by an antique seed packet to the sophisticated navy wedding program, every stationery element from this farm to table wedding is perfect for a crisp fall wedding!

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations by Robinson Press

From Rachel: Hope and Miles wanted to build excitement for their farm to table wedding celebration at the esteemed Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant. We decided to base the save the date design on antique seed packets. The save the date was letterpress printed in three colors on Reich Savoy double thick cotton paper.

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations by Robinson Press

The invitation evolved from there to include antique botanical illustrations, mixed with artful borders, and hand calligraphy of the couple’s names and return address by Jenny at Leveret & Hare.

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations by Robinson Press

We added some copper foil details and enlarged a lavender illustration to create an abstract foil printed envelope liner. We letterpress printed it all on Reich Savoy double thick cotton paper, enlisting the help of our pals at DWRI Letterpress in Providence.

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations by Robinson Press

We used Colorplan amethyst RSVP envelopes for a pop of dark purple here and there. We took the printed suite to our friend Angela at Studio Carta and spent way too long trying out different colors and styles of ribbon for the perfect complement to tie together the four coordinating pieces. Settling on a metallic copper ribbon, we then sent the outer envelopes off for calligraphy addressing by Jenny at Leveret & Hare.

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations by Robinson Press

Meanwhile, for the wedding programs, we designed and hand-bound 150 passport sized booklets with Italian parchment endpapers and waxed Irish cotton linen book thread. We made further use of the beautiful borders and botanicals for escort cards, table names, and welcome notes.

Illustrated Farm to Table Inspired Wedding Invitations by Robinson Press

Thanks Rachel!

Design: Robinson Press

Calligraphy: Leveret & Hare

Foil Printing: DWRI Letterpress

Ribbon: Studio Carta

Bookbinding Supplies: Talas Bookbinding

Paper: Reich Paper and Colorplan Paper

Robinson Press is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Rachel Robinson

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Wedding Details

Anyone planning a vintage-inspired affair for their wedding? Vintage inspired wedding details can be adapted to suit all types of wedding – from laid back bohemian weddings to classic black tie weddings. And if you’re looking to bring DIY elements into your wedding, we’ve got plenty of ideas for you! From wax seals to hand-painted signs, here are some ideas for adding vintage charm to your wedding day. – Annie

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Use collected vintage postcards as escort cards. | Photography: Readyluck via The Knot

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Make your send-off memorable with a “Just Married” sign in beautiful and whimsical calligraphy. | Photography: Lauren Balingit, Calligraphy: Rebeca Lynn Calligraphy via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Use wax seals on paper details like escort cards and table numbers. | Photography: Sylvie Gil, Invitations: Little Miss Press via Sylvie Gil

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Direct guests to the bar with a hand-painted sign. | Photography: Pat Furey via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Display your program, menu, and other signage in ornate gold frames. | Photography: Adam Alex via Adam Alex

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Repurpose vintage books as table centerpieces (top) and a backdrop (bottom). | Photography: Lara Hotz Photography, Paper Goods: Deciduous Press via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Attach your escort cards to vintage horseshoes with beautiful ribbon. | Photography: Elizabeth Wells Photography, Event Design: Manmade + Sage via Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Using calligraphy and a wooden barrel, invite guests to submit ideas to your couple bucket list! | Photography: Carmen Santorelli Photography, Wedding Planning: Amorology, Calligraphy: Twinkle And Toast via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

Chalkboard signs and vintage tea cups in fancy china patterns add plenty of charm. | Photography: Anna Delores Photography, Coordination: WINK! via Style Me Pretty

Wedding Stationery Inspiration: Vintage Inspired Details / Oh So Beautiful Paper

This is more nostalgic for summer sleepaway camps than vintage-inspired, but we couldn’t resist! How creative are these arrow escort cards around a hand painted bullseye? | Photography: Phil Chester, Seating Chart and Arrows Made by Bride and Groom via Green Wedding Shoes

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper

Hello everyone! And hello to 2017! Here we are already skating fast through January. For today’s dose of calligraphy inspiration we’re featuring the beautiful modern calligraphy of Kaylyn of Pirouette Paper. Her collection of lettering work shows how calligraphy instantly makes any event, party, wedding, or festive gathering feel special. I’m pretty partial to the Pirouette Paper handmade party signs, but feel free to share your favorite picks below!  – Jen

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Kristina Adams Photography

Photo: Kristina Adams Photography

I’ve always loved this idea of using calligraphy on kraft brown paper. It feels modern and not fussy. And in this case, the sign keeps the bubbly bar, with all the antique accents, from looking old-fashioned.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

There’s definitely an organic style to Kaylyn’s work. I love her use of botanical elements, like leaves, with gold lettering  for sweet and modern wedding seating tags.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Savan Photography

Photo: Savan Photography

With Pirouette Paper, you’ll find invitation suites that mix  calligraphy with simple type for a beautiful effect.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Loren Weddings

Photo: Loren Weddings

Here’s the prettiest cocktail menu I ever did see. (I bet Andrew knows how to make all of these fun-sounding cocktails!)

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

Letter work too pretty to store in a box (in my opinion). I’d frame a sentimental piece like this and hang in my bedroom.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

This wedding menu features calligraphy letter work with an embellishment of gold foil. I love how the table features rustic wood chargers and skips the tablecloth to balance the golden accents for a more modern, less fussy-fancy table.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Mallory Dawn Photography

Photo: Mallory Dawn Photography

Kaylyn says her inspiration comes from her mood when she’s writing. “I love to let anything I’m feeling come through in my writing, whether it’s a more abstract and ethereal font (for those rainy days) or a more straight-forward, curly font if I’m feeling especially fun and youthful,” she says.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Savan Photography

Photo: Savan Photography

Kaylyn got into calligraphy after a photographer friend of hers asked her to attend a calligraphy class with her. After that fateful class, she decided that it’s what she wants to do. “From there I started building my business while I was finishing up school and working at Disneyland — lots of styled shoots, small commissions, etc.” says Kaylyn. But this past June, she said goodbye to Disney and jumped into full-time doing Pirouette Paper. “Most of the time it doesn’t even feel like work.”

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: The Hearts Haven

Photo: The Hearts Haven

Watercolors and calligraphy name tags mixed with rustic woods and fresh garland — this is one dreamy entrance to the celebration.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Natalie Schutt Photography

Photo: Natalie Schutt Photography

You can turn a vintage mirror into a standout program for the big day with hand-drawn calligraphy.

Calligraphy Inspiration: Pirouette Paper / Photo Credit: Kristina Adams Photography

Photo: Kristina Adams Photography

I hope this peek into the work of Pirouette Paper has been a pretty kickoff to 2017. Here’s wishing the new year is golden!