Inspired by Colorful Leaves

July 10, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Last year around this time I took a watercolor class at one of my favorite places, Terrain at Styers, with my wonderful friend, Matt, the designer behind Wyndetryst Design and Photography. It was one of those influential moments in my life that I couldn’t quite comprehend the impact of until months later.

During that class, I tapped into my passion for watercolors. While I did grow up loving my fine arts classes, I had sort of lost touch of it. I went to school for Graphic Design and have been fortunate enough to be working in that industry for the past 8 years. But I always felt as though I was missing something with Graphic Design. Now I know it was the loose quality and unexpectedness that comes with painting.

At the time I took the class at Terrain, I had already been brainstorming starting a business in the wedding industry, but hadn’t quite figured out what I could bring to it, and in what form. It took about 6 months to put the pieces together in my head. Watercolor, weddings with a personal touch, and graphic design (finally) became my vision for Hand-Painted Weddings on a full moon in December. I am so happy it did! I couldn’t be happier doing this work!

The painting that I did that inspiring day in Terrain was of some potted Begonias (see above). Ever since then I have had a soft spot for colorful leaves. I soon purchased myself a pot of Caladiums (the green and pink leaves) which I also painted. The Caladium plant sits by our bedroom window and is by far the happiest plant I take care of.

Begonia Wedding Invitation and Caladium Wedding Invitation now available in the Hand-Painted Weddings Invitation shop.

Commissioned Watercolors: Wedding Walk

July 9, 2012By AllisonCommissioned Watercolors

Yes, it rained on our wedding day, so by default I am one of those people who says that rain on your wedding day brings good luck. It is funny how that works, right…you don’t want to wish rain on your wedding day, but if you get it, it’s good luck. Lucky for me I had a wonderful photographer who captured rain really well!

This is one of my favorite portrait photos from our wedding. The funny part is that I had no idea this photo was taking place during this photo. Note: I probably wouldn’t have hiked up my dress quite that much if I had known. But I like that this photo is real; it’s natural. I also love the colors in the trees! I loved the color so much that I thought it would be a beautiful watercolor painting. My only problem was that I liked the composition on the black and white photo better than the color version, so I used both photos to create this watercolor. It was a fun challenge!

I am offering commissioned watercolors at a special rate of $200 per commissioned watercolor at a 6″ x 9″ size (horizontal or vertical layout) plus shipping, and at $325 per commissioned watercolor at a 8″ x 10″ size plus shipping. This price will likely increase in the future, so act fast! One restriction being that if there are more than 2 people in the photo, the price will increase (Please inquire). To read more about commissioned watercolors go here.

Painting by Hand-Painted Weddings. Photos by Hoffer Photography.

Cobblestone Thumbprint Guestbook: Guests Leave an Impression on the Couple’s Path

July 6, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Guest book

The Cobblestone thumbprint guestbook is a 13″ x 19″ hand-printed art print in which guests “sign” with their fingerprint to fill in the cobblestone path. The names and dates on the banner are customizable.

This piece will make a beautiful keepsake on your walls for years to come. It beautifully symbolizes the support your family and friends have on your path as a couple.

The Cobblestone thumbprint guestbook is now available for ordering in the Hand-Painted Weddings Thumbprint Guestbook shop.

Hand-Painted Invitation: Cobblestone

July 5, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July yesterday! Our day was delightfully quiet…a painting in the morning, a trip to Anthropologie, wonderful food at Dandelion Pub, falling asleep to the sound of illegal fireworks.

Oh yes, and I also designed this invitation yesterday. The Cobblestone invitation features a watercolor cobblestone border that travels up the invitation. This cobblestone path symbolizes the colorful path the couple is about to embark on (and perhaps the colorful path that they took to get to their wedding day).

The typography has a wonderful antique, classic feel to it. The color palette is soft and approachable. I quite like this invite!

The Cobblestone Invitation is available for ordering under the Hand-Painted Weddings Shop Invitations tab.

Cobblestone Wedding Inspiration

July 3, 2012By AllisonInspired by

This week I am inspired by cobblestones. I am lucky to live in one of the most historic cities in the U.S., Philadelphia. It still awes me that I am a mere walking distance to “our nation’s oldest residential street,” the nation’s first hospital, the Liberty Bell, the Constitution center, and much more! There are numerous cobblestone streets in Philadelphia!

There is something about walking down a cobblestone street that simply brings a person back in time. Whether you and your partner are history buffs or you both love walking the streets of a historic city, such as Philadelphia, cobblestones would be a beautiful theme for your wedding!

Cobblestone Wedding Invitation available for purchase in the Hand-Painted Weddings Invitation shop.

Made My Day: The Moon

July 2, 2012By AllisonMade my Day

Painting by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Yesterday evening while I was painting I looked out my window and saw this beautiful sight! This is one of those quick moments after the sun has set where there is a little bit of pink reflection in the clouds on the opposite direction of the sunset. The moon is nearly full (the full moon is tomorrow night).

Do you believe in the effects of a full moon? In the Ashtanga yoga tradition (an ancient form of daily yoga) they do not practice on full or new moons because the gravitational pull is at its strongest and can put a person out of balance. You may know that the moon effects the tides. The moon can also affect our bodies because our bodies are 60% water. This can be impossible to identify if you are not being mindful of it, but I know that I feel it. My body simply feels off balance. See if you notice a change as we are leading into the full moon tomorrow night.

Note: You can purchase this painting as a print in my Shop.

Origami Crane Themed Wedding: 2 Ways

June 29, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Origami cranes are so versatile. They work beautifully in a romantic evening wedding as well as a whimsical daytime wedding. They can be placed amongst the centerpiece (seated birds). They can hang in strings above the ceremony space or spruce up the stage by the band (flying birds). You can also have them out as favors.

A little tip if you decide to hang your origami cranes on strings…get your hot glue gun out! Use a needlepoint and string the cranes. Then put a blob of hot glue on the places of the string where you want the cranes to sit. Voila! Make sure you have wax paper underneath where you are hot glueing. It is much faster than trying to tie knots under each crane. Also, don’t forget to have fun with your paper selection. There are limitless patterns to choose from!

I hope I have encouraged a few of you to consider including origami cranes to your wedding. It’s an easy-to-make, handmade element laced with the symbolism of prosperity and good fortune.

You can order your Hand-Painted Origami Crane Invitations in the Hand-Painted Weddings Invitation Shop.

Evening wedding (my wedding). Photography by Hoffer Photography

Daytime wedding via Green Wedding Shoes.


Hand-Painted Invitation: Origami Cranes

June 27, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

There are two versions of the Origami Cranes invitation to choose from. The first is the Flying version and the second is the Seated version, which is just a fun way of saying that one has shadows and one does not.

This is a great invitation if you plan on celebrating the Japanese tradition of a Thousand Origami Cranes. Or maybe you are like me, and have fond memories of doing origami and love that origami cranes symbolize years of happiness and prosperity.

The Origami Cranes Invitation is available for ordering under the Hand-Painted Weddings Shop Invitations tab.

Inspired by Origami Cranes

June 26, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Have you ever heard of the Japanese tradition of the Thousand origami cranes? Traditionally the father presents the bride and groom a string of a thousand origami cranes as a wedding gift. It is a representation of a thousand years of happiness and good luck.

For our wedding we decided to incorporate this lovely tradition into our wedding reception decor. While I doubt we made a thousand cranes (we never counted), my mom, sister, and I spent many nights in front of a movie making origami cranes. At first the task seemed daunting, but after making about a dozen, it became sort of therapeutic. While my father certainly didn’t touch the project, it meant more to me that my mom, sister and I folded the cranes, because I have fond memories of folding origami together growing up.

We still have a string of origami cranes from the wedding hanging by our window rod amongst our drapes in our living room. We also have a tangled mess of them in a basket in our closet. 🙂

Origami Invitation available for ordering in the Hand-Painted Weddings Invitation shop.

Made My Day: White Peach

June 25, 2012By AllisonMade my Day

Painting by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Happy Monday!

I picked up this beautiful white peach yesterday at the farmer’s market. They were the first of the season and I can’t wait to bite into it tonight!

My friend, Sarah, has wonderful memories of eating sliced peaches with milk and sugar during the summer months growing up in Lancaster, PA. I think I just might try that tonight!

Have a peachy day! (Couldn’t help myself!)

Note: You can purchase this painting as a print in my Shop.

Inspired by Tandem Bike Cont.

June 22, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Reception

Here are a few ideas I found around the web to inspire the couple who is considering the playful Tandem Bike theme at their wedding.


  1. Having a tandem bike at your reception is pretty much a requirement if you are going to go with the Tandem Bike theme. Especially for the opportunity to get photos like this one, by my wedding photographer and friends, Hoffer Photography. Another fun idea is to have the tandem bike as a prop in a photo booth at your wedding.
  2. Biking is for Lovers…love it! This shirt would be great for the bride to wear when she’s getting ready before putting on her gown.
  3. A charming necklace that would be lovely during or after the wedding in remembrance of the wedding.

This tandem bike wire figure is a bit too expensive for favors ($22 each), but would be more appropriate as wedding party gifts, or putting one on each reception table. I’m sure they would be quickly snatched at the end of the night by assertive guests!

A wonderful tandem bike send-off. The expression on the couple speaks for itself. The tandem bike wedding is sure to be a blast!

Tandem bike color palette

I hope you enjoyed Tandem Bike theme week as much as I did. Now go have a light-hearted, joyful weekend!

Sources: Hoffer Photography, Etsy, Sarah Jane Studio, Etsy, Green Wedding Shoes, Hand-Painted Weddings

Tandem Bike Wedding Invitations now available in the Hand-Painted Weddings Invitation Shop.

Hand-Painted Reception: Tandem Bike theme

June 21, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Reception

I have expanded the Tandem Bike theme into escort cards and table numbers. I am a big fan of the invitation design or theme expanding into the reception and/or ceremony decor. The invitation really sets the tone for the style and “feeling” of the wedding. Sometimes it is the only clue that guests have to help them decide what to wear to the wonderful event.

The Tandem Bike theme expresses the lively, unique, light-heartedness of the couple and their feelings toward their wedding celebration. This is important. Many couple think they need to have a serious and glamorous wedding (and invitation by extension) because that is what is common, but weddings are first and foremost celebrations. A joyful, playful theme really sets the tone for that feeling amongst the couple and their guests.

Tomorrow I will have a lot of additional super-fun reception ideas that I found around the web.

Tandem Bike wedding invitation now available in the Hand-Painted Weddings invitation shop.

Inspired by Tandem Bikes

June 19, 2012By AllisonInspired by

Tandem bikes have become somewhat trendy in wedding photos the last couple of years. I am not one to necessarily hop on a trend, but there is something incredibly playful about a tandem bike theme that I think would work perfectly with many couples.

Living in a city, and passing through Fairmount Park everyday, I am surrounded by bicyclists. Whether bicycling is simply a hobby, a sport, or a mode of transportation, bicycles play a big part in many people’s lives. The tandem bike is a kitchy way to express that passion or hobby at your wedding.

The Tandem Bike Invitation is available for ordering under the Hand-Painted Weddings Shop Invitations tab.

Commissioned Watercolors

June 18, 2012By AllisonCommissioned Watercolors

I love painting, as you have probably noticed. This is why I am offering commissioned watercolors based on your wedding photography. This would be a great idea for an anniversary gift or for close family members as a sweet thank you gift. It would also be fantastic framed and hung as home decor. It would look beautiful amongst a collage of wedding photos, or simply by itself.

I can crop in, as I did in this example, or match the original photo. Since this is the first time I am offering commissioned watercolors, I am offering at a special rate of $200 per commissioned watercolor at a 6″ x 9″ size (horizontal or vertical layout) plus shipping. This price will likely increase in the future, so act fast!

Get creative! This could be a painting based on a portrait, a photo of a piece of jewelry, a photo of your reception or ceremony site, etc. The skies the limit!

My style is as shown here, a loose, yet realistic interpretation of the photograph. For more information, email me at

Please note: If there are more than 2 people in the photo, the price will increase (Please inquire).

Painting by Hand-Painted Weddings. Photo by Hoffer Photography.

Inspired by Sunsets: Reception ideas

June 15, 2012By AllisonInspired by

There is some beautiful reception ideas for the Sunset theme! I originally had a mix of beach and seashell themed ideas for this post, but decided to scratch that and focus more on the sunsets, which happen everywhere, not just the beach!

Descriptions of the inspiration from top to bottom:

  • This wedding photo was taken of a couple enjoying a few wedding moments alone. This looks like such a special moment. It is vital to be mindfully present on your wedding day, and watching the sunset is a beautiful way to do that. It is impossible to see in this photo, but the bride is actually wearing a yellow dress! Click on the Sources link to see the full album.
  • Color palette idea for a Sunset-themed wedding. This palette would also look very nice without the purple.
  • I love the simplicity of these recycled glass lanterns for outdoor table settings, at cocktail hour or during the reception, or lining the aisle. It looks quite nice with the pieces of driftwood…texture, texture, texture!
  • A beautiful sunset-inspired briolette necklace that would be lovely as bridesmaid jewelry/gifts.
  • A photo I took at my cousin in-law’s wedding a month ago. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding on the water during sunset.
  • Have you ever been to a beach that has a bell that people ring when the sun sets? It is such a lovely memory I have! I think it would be very special (and unique) to have a bell hanging from a nearby tree that is rung just before the couple walks back up the aisle after they are pronounced husband and wife.
  • The colors that go along with a sunset-themed wedding is one of my favorite things about the theme! Look how bright and fun this cake is!
  • Beautiful coral bridesmaid dress.

Whether you love the sunset theme because of it symbolism of the passing of time, or if you have fond memories of watching the sunset together, it is sure to be a theme that cherishes one of nature’s splendors.

Sunset Invitation now available in the Hand-Painted Weddings Invitation shop.
Sources: OnceWedHand-Painted WeddingsWest ElmHampton Jewels on EtsyHand-Painted WeddingsOnceWedStyleMePrettyBHLDN

Sunsets: Hand-Painted Save-the-Date

June 14, 2012By AllisonHand-Painted Save-the-Dates

What I love about the Sunset Birds Save-the-Date I designed is that it doesn’t work solely for beach weddings because the ocean is not in it. This Save-the-Date would work well in conjunction with the Sunset Invitation, or with a separate unrelated invitation. I am a strong believer that the Save-the-Date is a great opportunity, like the invitation, to express a passion that the couple shares. The perfect couple for this Save-the-Date would love watching sunsets together, whether it is from the top of a mountain, on the beach, or across fields of grass on the countryside.

The Sunset Birds Save-the-Date is available for ordering under the Shop Save the Dates tab.