Customized projects come in all shapes and sizes. This one was a variation on the Cinderella Invitation set in Hand-Painted Weddings’ Signature Collection. This invitation was for a happy couple who was going to have their vow renewal in magical Disneyland. The colors in this invitation changed from light blues to pinks, and the cards were printed on a pearlescent paper giving it a very ethereal shimmer. The outer envelope was also a beautiful pearlescent envelope to match. I love how this invitation came out!
Always a blast, Lovesick Expo hosted with Offbeat Bride really is the must-attend wedding show of the year! The vendors as well as the attendees are great, down-to-earth people looking for beautiful and unique weddings. Sometimes in the wedding world it is easy to get swept up in the superficial beauty of it all, but a wedding really is a celebration of a couple’s love for one another. Lovesick Expo is for couples who appreciate that importance and are seeking out local vendors that share that authenticity and bring a creative spin to it.
One of the biggest things about Lovesick is how much fun everyone is having! It isn’t stuffy or stressful. It is a lot of fun; it’s sparkly, it curses; it’s enthusiastic; it’s real. Lovesick’s tagline is “defy the mainstream” and it really is fitting.
This is our third year at Lovesick and it was another banner year. I love meeting couples in person and seeing the excitement in their eyes when they say their wedding date. Or when a bride giggles with her bridesmaid. Or when a groom asks the most interesting question about wedding invites, proving that wedding details aren’t just an interest of the bride.
It was exciting to see how many people loved my Love Park Thumbprint Guest Print, which really is the perfect touch for any Philly reception. Honestly, everyone that came up to my table was so sweet, that I want to work with all of them on their wedding invitations. I could be so lucky, truly.
Saving the best for last! Check out this creative idea—have a decorate your own painted cookie station! It is the perfect touch for a gallery wedding to get the guests involved in a very unique way. The cookies can be part of the dessert or it can be the favors, with bags on the side to bring home. It is such an easy way to bring a playful, artistic element to your wedding.
I gleefully worked on this project with the very talented Zoe from Whipped Bakeshop. It was so much fun working together to create these wild pink and purple brushstrokes in each of our appropriate mediums—mine paper and hers dessert. The cake is unbelievably beautiful with its light brushstrokes on the top and the touch of gold foil around the layers.
I do hope you enjoyed Gallery Wedding week and are inspired to bring a hand-painted touch to your wedding, whether at a gallery or if you are an artist looking to incorporate your art into your wedding! If you missed it, be sure to check out the other posts this week: Truly a Painterly Touch, Two Wedding Locations—Two Outfits, Quiet Moments Together, and a Gallery Ceremony.
You are in for a treat today! Today’s post starts to highlight some of the Hand-Painted Weddings stationery by yours truly! I had so much fun with designing this paper because a truly painterly touch was the perfect detail to bring together a modern art gallery wedding. I used long, loose brush strokes combined with graceful calligraphy in the paper.
As you can see in photo 3 as well as in the Gallery Paint Brushed Invitation in the Hand-Painted Weddings shop, the design kept true to the idea of old and new with the unique change in venue from ceremony to reception. The invitation for the ceremony, which was held in the ornate, historical PAFA building used some of the fine geometric details from the interior of the building. While the reception card, RSVP, and reception signs and escort cards were modern, wild and fun in appearance. This is also very fitting for the more daring short dress the bride is wearing at the reception.
One of my favorite touches are the escort card easel signs (bride and groom shown in photo 1). I love how fitting they are for the gallery theme, and how they look set up in front of each dinner plate. Sprinkling paint brushes is also a nice touch to bring together the painterly theme. The flower arrangements and the bouquets by Beautiful Blooms coordinate so well with this wedding and are truly gorgeous. There were even edible flowers in the entrée.
Another fun touch that I have created for some lucky couples is a signature drink card. I’ve seen some sad Word doc signature drink card signs at wedding bars and it really is a missed opportunity. Having a signature drink at your wedding is adding a little piece of attention, fun, and personality for your guests…why not make the sign they are going to read at the bar express that personality?
I hope you are enjoying Gallery Wedding week! I know I am!
Photo by Asya Photography.
A creative way to change up the wedding look is to have a different gown for the ceremony and the reception. Especially with so many cute short wedding dresses, I understand the desire to have two gowns!
Since both of the wedding buildings for this photoshoot had very different looks, two attire looks was a great idea to separate the two celebrations. As I wrote on Monday, the Historic Landmark Building at the Pennsylvania of Fine Arts is ornate, historic and warm with many brass details while the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building is modern with large windows and clean white sweeping walls.
While I know that two gowns might not be in your budget, it does add a really fun element to your wedding. Imagine entering your reception with this sweet short dress just in time to break out the moves on the dance floor!
Photo by Asya Photography.
This photo of the couple sharing a quiet together moment resonated with me today. The craze of the pre-holiday rush is very similar to the wedding day rush.
One of the most heard pieces of advice I hear (and give myself) to couples on their wedding day is to really be present and enjoy every moment of the day. Time can fly if you don’t soak in every morsel of sensation, and there are a lot during your wedding day.
While your wedding day schedule might not allow, try to get away with your partner even for 2 minutes for a bear hug, or as seen above, to contemplate a painting, because it truly is a monumental day for the two of you, and you really need to set an intention of observation or the day will sweep you away.
Photos by Asya Photography.
This past May I worked with a group of very talented wedding vendors to create a styled wedding shoot in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). PAFA has two buildings next to each other that can be rented for a ceremony and reception. The beautiful thing about these two buildings is that they are so uniquely different. The first buildings, the Historic Landmark Building, where we held the mock ceremony, is incredibly detailed, ornate, historic and warm with many brass details. The second building, the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, where we held the reception, is more modern with large windows and clean white sweeping walls. The juxtaposition of the old and the new within the buildings is very fitting for the old and new buildings that tower outside the windows of the Philadelphia skyline.
This week, I will be sharing with you photos from the shoot, beautifully taken by Asya Photography, coordinated by Truly You Events, with flowers by Beautiful Blooms and the wedding gown by Lovely Bride…along with many other vendors I will mention throughout the week. This first set of photos were taken in the Historic Landmark Building, pre-ceremony, where the first glimpse takes place.
I really hope you enjoy all of the beautiful, unique gallery wedding inspiration!
I am super stoked to be amongst the coolest wedding talent in Philly at the Lovesick Expo on January 11 at World Cafe Live. Hand-Painted Weddings has been chosen as one of the featured vendors for three years in a row, and we are so honored! The Lovesick Expo is not only the most fun wedding show you will ever attend, but it is bursting at the seams with talent, creativity and unique ideas. It truly is unlike any other wedding show you will go to—there are burlesque dancers (enough said), live music, drinking, and an overall acceptance of unique wedding choices.
I love being a part of this expo because it introduces me to couples who are truly looking to make their wedding personal and unique. There are a lot of indie wedding couples and couples looking for alternative options. I also love that this expo is very consciously accepting to all sorts of couples not matter if it is same sex or not, and it has been even before same sex marriage became legal in PA this past May.
Still not convinced? Then check out the Lovesick video featuring footage from last year’s event here. Trust me—you won’t want to miss this event!
Also, sources say there will also be a 50% ticket discount offer on the Offbeat Bride blog!
Lavender Wreath invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings.
There are a few new invitations in the Signature Collection shop, that you have to check out! The first one is the lovely, organic Lavender Wreath Invitation. This ethereal watercolor design pairs wonderfully with a wedding that is keeping the look clean, natural and subtle.
Lavender exudes a state of calm and self reflection that are beautiful qualities to have flowing through your wedding. This invitation works for a wedding happening in any season, but particularly in the spring and summer, when the lavender plant is vibrant and full.
Table numbers are a reception detail that can sometimes be overlooked, but as these designs prove, can make a very pretty impression for your guests at their tables. Not only are they a decorative element but they also serve in way finding, which is why the numbers are large and legible for guests meandering and looking for their table.
Add the finishing touches to adorn all of your guest’s favors with these Watercolor Favor Tags. There are now 11 design options in the Hand-Painted Weddings shop, each with 2 size options (square and tall rectangular). The tags come in quantity sets of 25 for only $20 a set.
The Watercolor Favor Tags coordinate with the Hand-Painted Weddings Signature Invitations collection and many of the Watercolor thank you cards. Tying all of the elements of the wedding together with paper is a beautiful way to make your wedding “look” a cohesive, beautifully coordinated event.
I’m super excited to announce that Hand-Painted Weddings has now added Thank You cards to the Shop. There are currently 14 designs available under the Thank U Card tab. Many of which coordinate with the Signature Invitation designs so you can coordinate your invitations with your thank you cards.
This is THE month for gratitude with Thanksgiving right around the corner. I’ve been finding myself sending out a lot of thank you cards lately, and many of the people I’ve been talking to these days are also sharing this feeling of gratitude. The great thing about these thank you cards is that many of them are not wedding specific, so feel free to purchase a pack to have on hand for any expressions of thanks.
Thank you cards are being sold individually and in packs of 8 or 50. The pack of 50 was made with wedding thank you’s in mind since they are quite numerous. If you are interested in a quantity outside of those options, feel free to contact me directly for a custom quote.
Through tomorrow, 11/9/14 there is a $5 off plus free shipping deal going on, making it only $17 for a Love Sweet Love tote, and only $15 for a throw pillow cover (free shipping)!! That is a great deal.
Happy holiday shopping!
Personalized Holiday card by Hand-Painted Weddings.
Personalized holiday cards are the best! Store-bought, generic cards really don’t have anything on them.
I have holiday cards on the brain as I brainstorm what I’m going to do for our Christmas card this year. Above is last year’s card (yep, that is my husband and I doing headstands). We decided to do a yoga-themed card because yoga had been such an important part of my year in 2013, especially in light of my leg injury earlier in the year.
If you are looking to have a personalized, hand-painted holiday card, I would LOVE to work with you. Now is the time! Simply contact me here for more information because every request is unique, and email me a photo to work from.
Note: Your painting doesn’t have to be a portrait. It can be a photo of your pet, or a photo of your home, or anything else that represents 2014 to your friends and family around the holiday time.
Every year I feel like it gets harder and harder to get meaningful gifts for friends and family around the holidays. Lives get busy, people already have so much “stuff”…it can be such a tricky thing!
With that in mind, taking a handmade approach can totally be the answer around the holidays, and now is the time to start planning for those gifts, because they take time! If you don’t have the skills or time to make your own gifts, consider hiring an artist. There are so many options on Etsy. Here at Hand-Painted Weddings, we have done some lovely commissioned watercolors as anniversary gifts, baby shower, and birthday gifts for clients. These gifts are priceless keepsakes for years to come. If you are interested in more information on hiring me to paint gifts for you, contact me here.
I am hosting our annual Halloween party tonight and spent much of the day cleaning, so this quote (hint…it is the introduction to a very famous song) was very inspirational. Wishing everyone a spooky night full of tricks and treats!
Philadelphia is of course known as the “City of Brotherly Love,” but the icon that most effectively displays that is located at the center of the city at Love Park. With beautiful City Hall on one side and a beaming fountain that changes color…sometimes green at St. Patty’s Day or pink during Breast Cancer Awareness month…it really is must-see spot.
I am very Philly proud. I adore this city. It is a city of loyal, hard-working people and artists that aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in. I’m not really into sports, but I still share these characteristics. I created this Love Park Thumbprint Guest print for all my fellow Philly proud couples out there. This is the perfect addition to any Philadelphia wedding no matter the theme or season of the wedding.
When my board gaming friends got engaged I was pretty much jumping up and down eager to design their invitations, because I knew they would have some creative ideas for their wedding paper….and I knew they would be interested in a board game theme!
When I say my friends are into board games, I’m not referring to monopoly or scrabble, but the mostly unknown world of Eurogames or strategy games…those kinds of intense games that can sometimes take 6 hrs to complete…and, most of which do not have English titles. If you are curious about such things, go to boardgamegeeks.com to discover the world.
Board gaming is a highly illustrated world, so I knew I was up for a challenge. The norm for board game design is either in the realm of sci-fi or medieval illustrations. The couple expressed the desire to have a ‘subtle’ game theme and had already chosen their wedding color, which was purple.
Meeples are game pieces common in the Eurogame world so I decided to make them the ‘subtle’ centerpiece of the invitation. I liked how the meeples impersonated the couple holding hands and the meaning behind meeples. Meeple also means “my people” which is so fitting for a wedding where all of the couple’s favorite people are brought together to celebrate the union.
Have I mentioned I love when a couple incorporates aspects of their relationship into their wedding!?! Well, this couple continued the ‘subtle’ game theme by having purple meeple pieces scattered on the reception tables, decks of cards as favors, Hand-Painted Wedding meeple escort cards (as shown above), and a cake that had game pieces climbing the edge with a bride and groom meeple cake topper.
Bassano del Grappa Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings.
This wonderful couple had a very romantic engagement story that they wanted to incorporate into their wedding invitations. The couple got engaged on the beautiful bridge in Italy named, Bassano del Grappa. The sweetest part of this story is that the groom’s grandparents got engaged on the same bridge years earlier! I was gushing when I heard this heartfelt story!
The bridge and the cute little town were the highlight for the invitation art while the bride told me that the flower box adorned windows were her favorite, so I incorporated them into the reception card.
I love when couples bring their sentimental personal stories into the designs of their weddings, particularly into their invitations!
Destination wedding invitation in Cartagena, Colombia invitation designed by Hand-Painted Weddings.
I love traveling, so when I designed the Venice Canal Invitation I was really hoping to receive some requests for custom destination wedding invitations! My wish came true earlier this Spring when I received an inquiry from Liliana who was getting married in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia! The street featured in this invitation is incredibly iconic as Cartagena, so it was easy to find inspiration photos for the painting.
A little Autumn beauty for your nearly-fall Friday! We are now offering an add-on option for the Autumn Reflections invitation to add a little gold shimmer to your invitation and RSVP card. The shimmer is glorious in the light while exuding a down-to-earth feel in the same way Autumn shows its glorious colors around this time of year and yet leaves a earthy, rooted quality in all of us.
Autumn is my very favorite time of year! It is a time of reflection and gratitude. I know I have a lot to be grateful for this fall!
Please note that the Autumn Reflections design can be customized into Reception day paper goods such as Menus, Ceremony Programs, Escort Cards, Table Numbers, etc. Simply contact me here for your custom quote.
Our Whale’s Tale Custom Thumbprint Guest print by Hand-Painted Weddings.
Two days after Labor Day, the unofficial last day of summer, and I’m still reminiscing on some of the creative beach-themed thumbprint guest prints I have been lucky enough to work on these past few months.
Our Whale’s Tale guest print certainly tops the most creative requests I have received from a bride. Andria and Gene got married earlier this summer in beautiful Nantucket. The vision for this print is for guests to place their thumbprints in the water surrounding the whale. I love when couples have unique ideas on ways to personalize their weddings! This custom Whale’s Tale guest print is sure to be a keepsake for years to come, and that really warms my heart!
Custom Thumbprint Guest print by Hand-Painted Weddings.
I have had the wonderful opportunity to work on some custom thumbprint guest print projects this past summer. One example is a request from Jennifer who got married in June at the beautiful Jennette’s Pier in North Carolina.
This custom thumbprint guest print was inspired by the Hand-Painted Weddings Beach Thumbprint guest print, where the guests thumbprints act as the footsteps leading to the water and the pier.
This print was also special because it was printed on a canvas. A canvas print is another option for the couple to hang the piece afterwards without framing.
To keep the pricing affordable for my clients, I change the dimensions of the print in order to print to a standard sized canvas (like 11″ x 14″ or 16″ x 20″). If you are interested in your own custom thumbprint guest print, please contact me here.
Photos courtesy of McConville Studio.
It has been a fairly mild summer in Philly this season, and even though it is still August, I already feel the first signs that autumn is right around the corner. I love autumn, but I’m making these last few weeks of summer count with trips to the water park, beach, and the many outdoor beer gardens that have popped up in Philly this summer.
In preparation for all the exciting autumn weddings that are right around the corner, I wanted to share these two lovely photos that were taken of the Hand-Painted Weddings Pumpkin ceremony program in action as well as a peek of the customized Pumpkin invitation framed in the basket at one of our fall 2013 clients’ wedding. It doesn’t get much more autumn-inspired than the pumpkin! This would be a perfect addition to any fall wedding.
You may have noticed that it has been a little quiet here on the Hand-Painted Weddings blog lately. The reason for this is that the last two years I’ve been working real hard to earn my MBA, which I did on July 7…YAY! With tough classes such as international finance and managerial accounting on my hands, I made the tough choice to take a break from blogging….but I’m excited to say that I’m back!
While things may have quiet on the blog, they have not been for Hand-Painted Weddings! I’ve worked on a lot of super fun projects the last few months that I am excited to share with you in the coming weeks.
Earlier this month when I was in Orlando on vacation, the December edition of Philadelphia Wedding magazine came out on shelf and guess who was one of the featured couples?! Julia and Dan! I loved working with these two and am so excited to see this wedding being featured in Style Me Pretty and now Philadelphia Wedding magazine! It is quite exciting! I also am excited to see how much of my work made it into the spread. I feel very blessed.
To reiterate what I said in earlier posts, this was one of the most fun weddings to work on. Seeing a concept go from invitation through so many elements such as menus, signs, thank you cards, escort cards, was quite a wonderful process. I also was fortunate to work with so many talented vendors such as Chrissy from Truly You Events and Amanda from Love Me Do Photography. Be sure to get a copy of the December issue of Philadelphia Wedding magazine soon before it leaves shelves!
Holiday card by Hand-Painted Weddings.
This year for our Christmas card for our close friends and family, I did a portraiture of my husband and I doing one of the most fun activities…yoga. This year has been an interesting one for me in terms of my health (broken leg, 13.5 weeks in crutches, then hardware removal surgery), but I still kept at one of my goals for the year, which is to accomplish a headstand. I will admit I am still working on headstand in the middle of the room—slight fear of falling—can’t imagine where I get that from. One of the most beautiful things about yoga is that there is always more to work towards. Anyways, I really wanted to do this portraiture, which is so personal, for our Christmas card. Portraitures are really tricky (especially faces), but I like the challenge!
Now, for the message inside….
May your holidays be turned upside down with fun!
Have a wonderful holiday everyone, and remember to have some fun!
Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Its been a busy month full of holiday festivities, a long weekend at the wonderful Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, a second surgery on my leg to remove the hardware that was set in March (when I broke it), and a trip to my favorite store (no matter what the season), Terrain. Here are a few photos I took during my latest trip to Terrain which highlight their beautiful, natural decorations for the holidays. I particularly love the antique hydrangeas.
Also, be sure to check your Facebook tomorrow, because I will be posting this year’s Hand-Painted holiday card sent out from my husband and I to our close friends and family. It was a unique card this year, so you won’t want to miss it!
Hey, it’s Cyber Monday…did you hear?! We decided to participate this year by giving you a whopping 15% everything at the Hand-Painted Weddings Etsy Shop! Just use coupon code: CYBER2013 by midnight tonight to receive the savings. This is a perfect opportunity to order your signature Hand-Painted invitations or to order some Watercolor prints to give as gifts or frame and decorate your house. Happy Cyber Monday!
Painting by Hand-Painted Weddings.
The air is crisp and cold; the leaves are floating off branches; winter is approaching. Fall always feels like the most fleeting season up here in Philadelphia. Maybe it is because all of the transformation in nature, which inspires transformation in people’s lives. It is easy to get wrapped up in life. I have found myself sighing and taking deep inhales of breath as I get wrapped up in life lately, so here is a little painting I did while at the vendor table at Wed Altered. It is just a little reminder to breathe. Have a beautiful day!
Photos by Hand-Painted Weddings.
At long last, I am excited to reveal the Hand-Painted Weddings table from Wed Altered! I really love how the table came together. The flowers I bought from a local NYC corner shop matched the logo so perfectly, and the colors of all the elements on the table came together in such a pretty, calming way.
If you look closely you will see that there was a bird theme across my table. My good friend Melissa graciously allowed me to borrow the two beautiful glass birds that she just bought from West Elm. A little less obvious in these photos is the bird salad plate from Anthropologie, that I fell in love with. You can also see the birds and feathers in the Hand-Painted menu, table number, escort card, and invitation, which were all inspired by the Sunset Save-the-Date in the Hand-Painted Weddings shop.
This was the first table I set up with a dinner place setting. I found this to be very important to showcase the different layers paper can create an impact for a couple’s wedding. Paper is the tying element from guest’s first impression of the wedding (through the save-the-dates and invitations), throughout their wedding day (through their ceremony programs, menus, escort cards, etc.), and into their final thank you cards.
This was also the first time I painted in public (outside of a classroom environment, of course). I have to admit, I was a little nervous going into it, but am so happy that I brought all my supplies and chose to paint at the show. It felt so authentic and it really interested and eased people to see me painting (I really felt like the zen table.) You can see in the photos a bit of what I was painting, but be sure to check back in later in the week to see a few close-ups of my paintings from the show.
For all intents and purposes I’m referring to the photographer, videographer, caterer, makeup artist, and myself, the stationer, as “the artists” at Wed Altered, and referring to the dress and accessories artists as the designers.
“The artists” were the perfect compliment to Wed Altered‘s elite group of wedding dress and accessories designers. A group of down to earth, friendly women who are very much in love with weddings. Having these artists at the Wed Altered NYC pop-up shop really rounded out the experience for the brides, because it added a little bit of flair to the experience. It was just another reason why this pop-up shop is such a unique and special opportunity for brides.
Here is the second Wed Altered film made by the talented Nikki Miller of Mae B. Films. This video focuses on fair-trade and philanthropy, and the unique fact that Wed Altered is the only wedding show of its kind that focuses on sustainability and socially conscious artists. These artists have really amazing missions. Check out the film to hear more.
Mae B. Films did a beautiful job capturing the essence and heart behind Wed Altered in two short films. Here is the first video, which you can also view directly through Vimeo here. Around the midway point you will see a little cameo from yours truly! There is something about the overall vibe and seeing the textures of the dresses with movement that feel so much more real on this film than I could capture in photos, so please check it out.
The second video which focuses on Fair-trade and Philanthropy will be posted soon.
Photos by Hand-Painted Weddings.
Wed Altered mission is pretty incredible. A piece from their mission (I just had to share!):
“We know that brides are ready for options that mean more. They’re ready to find wedding fashion that reflects their values and their personal style all at once. They want to do good as much as they want to be their own kind of beautiful, and they want to be a part of a movement and a community that’s joining together to make that happen. Remarkable ideas and action from people with big hearts can catch the world off guard.”
I am so proud to be a part of this community of dress and accessories designers that support unique, personal weddings!
Here are a few of the accessories designers’ online shops…be sure to check them out!
Next week, I will recap the other artists, like the photographer, videographer, caterer, and makeup artist, and of course, a post about my table at Wed Altered.