Inspired by Harry Potter

August 6, 2012By AllisonInspired by

My husband and I love the Harry Potter series. So much so that we did the midnight showing when the last film came out. It was such a memorable experience. Besides observing all of the fantastic costumes people wore to the opening, one of the highlights was a hand-written piece of paper in the bathroom … Read More

Hand-Painted Reception: Lavender

August 3, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Reception 1 Comment

The Lavender wedding is full of grace and serenity. No bridezilla would be attracted to this theme. The beautiful thing about lavender is that it can be added to any element of a wedding (as you can see by these pictures). Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Lavender wedding invitation … Read More

Hand-Painted Invitation: Lavender

August 2, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

The Lavender Invitation is very breezy and calm. It evokes warm afternoons wandering through the quiet rustle of lavender fields. This invitation is feeling a bit like traditional flower invitations, but takes on a painterly approach. The painterly approach allows it to feel more relaxed and breezy. This would be perfect for a couple who … Read More

Inspired by Lavender – Lavender Wedding inspiration

July 31, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Today I am channelling serenity and tranquility by being inspired by lavender. As an aromatherapy herb, lavender is used to relieve stress, aid sleeping and support relaxation. If you would like to learn how to grow and harvest your own lavender, see here. One of my savored uses of lavender oil is at yoga, which … Read More

Hand-Painted Weddings is now on Etsy, too!

July 27, 2012By AllisonAnnouncements

In addition to purchasing invitations and watercolor prints in the Hand-Painted Weddings Shop, you can now purchase them through Etsy.com on www.etsy.com/shop/handpaintedweddings. Currently, I have all of my watercolor prints in the Etsy Shop and I plan on adding invitations in the next few days. If you have an account on Etsy, consider “Adding HandPaintedWeddings … Read More

String Light Reception

July 26, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Reception

I am a big fan of outdoor weddings. If it wasn’t raining on my wedding day, my husband and I would have married outside in a rustic little courtyard. Instead we married inside by a cozy fireplace, which was a great alternative. As you can see from this compilation of string light inspiration, string lights … Read More

Hand-Painted Invitation: String Lights

July 25, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

The String Lights invitation is casual and classy. The color palette in this hand-painted invitation is inspired by a backyard summer barbeque. The script font is classy in a soft, relaxed way. This invitation would be perfect for the couple who is getting married at a fully outdoors or partially outdoors wedding venue. The ideal … Read More

Made my Day: Hanging Terrarium

July 24, 2012By AllisonMade my Day

Painting by Hand-Painted Weddings. I love terrariums. My mom makes them, so I grew up with one in the house. When I was young, I imagined that there was a little world in the terrarium, because she would add little creature sculptures amongst the plants. It is pretty amazing that the plants can prosper in … Read More

Inspired by String Lights

July 23, 2012By AllisonInspired by

This week I am inspired by string lights. String lights are the epitome of lazy, hot summer days relaxing with friends on decks and porches. Smell the delicious aroma of barbeque mixing with citronella. Heirloom tomato salads, crisp beers, and sweet watermelon smack your lips….it’s summertime! Photo on Everyday Musings blog by Olivia Rae James. Painting … Read More

Hand-Painted Reception: Italy

July 20, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Reception 1 Comment

There are so many options for designing your Italy-inspired wedding. You could go the old-world charming route and have a lot of lace accents, candlelight, and rich colors. You could also create a wedding inspired by the textures and colors of Venice. The silvery green (from the water) and the coral (of the buildings) would … Read More

Hand-Painted Invitation: Venice Canal

July 19, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

The Venice Canal Invitation is perfect for the couple who is doing a destination wedding in Venice, but it would also be splendid for the couple who adores Venice as much as I do, and wants to pull that aspect of their lives into their wedding day. This invitation celebrates the beauty of the canals … Read More

Inspired by Italy: Burano

July 18, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Burano is a small set of islands connected by canals that is a 40-minute water ferry (or Vaporetto) ride from the main Venice island. It is known for its brightly-colored houses and has a history of lace-making. The first three times I visited Venice I decided not to take the excursion to Burano. I’m so … Read More

Inspired by Italy: Venice

July 17, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I am infatuated with Venice. I have been there 4 times in the last 8 years! That is basically an obsession! I love the alleyways. I love getting lost down them. I love the deterioration in the buildings. There is something so beautiful in erosion. Venice is one … Read More

Inspired by Italy: Colosseum

July 16, 2012By AllisonInspired by

This week I’m inspired by Italy, particularly the Colosseum. I have been fortunate enough to have visited Italy a few times. I can’t seem to get enough of the place. I’m already itching to go back. Maybe it is my roots…although I am only 25% Italian, up until I got married, I had had an … Read More

Hand-Painted Invitation: Begonia Plant

July 14, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

Because this is my first week after announcing Hand-Painted Weddings to all of my friends and family, I thought I extend my week of blogging and have a Saturday post! This is the second half to the Colorful Leaves theme, the Begonia invitation. The Begonia invitation holds a special place in my heart because it … Read More

Hand-Painted Invitation: Caladium Plant

July 12, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

The Caladium Plant invitation is a perfect invitation for a couple that gardens together. Maybe the bride or groom are botanists; this would be a great way to incorporate this that passion into a wedding theme. It would also be very beautiful for a garden wedding. I like that the caladium leaves are just as … Read More