Philly Proud – Love Park Thumbprint Guest Print

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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.

Love Park Thumbprint Guest Print by Hand-Painted Weddings




Board Game Themed Wedding Invitation

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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 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.




Inspired by a Beautiful Engagement Story

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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 to Cartagena, Columbia

Destination Wedding Invitation to Cartagena, Columbia by Hand-Painted Weddings


Destination Wedding Invitation to Cartagena, Columbia by Hand-Painted WeddingsDestination 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.

If you are planning your destination wedding, I’d love to work with you! Contact me to get your Hand-Painted Weddings custom quote.






Add a Little Gold Shimmer to Your Wedding: Autumn Reflections

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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: A Nantucket Wedding

Whale's Tale Custom Thumbprint Guest print by Hand-Painted Weddings

Whale's Tale Custom Thumbprint Guest print by Hand-Painted WeddingsOur 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!




Jennette’s Pier Custom Thumbprint Guest Print

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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.




Inspired for Fall: Perfect Addition to Your Autumn Ceremony

Pumpkin Program by Hand-Painted Weddings Pumpkin Program and Invitation by Hand-Painted WeddingsPhotos 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.

Remember, if you are interested in customizing any of the hand-painted signature invitation suite designs into ceremony programs, please contact me. I’d be happy to provide more information!




What I’ve been up to

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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.




Hand-Painted Weddings in Philadelphia Wedding Magazine!

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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!




Happy Holidays from Hand-Painted Weddings!

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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!

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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!




Cyber Monday – 15% Off Everything on the Hand-Painted Weddings Etsy Shop

Cyber Monday 2013 at Hand-Painted WeddingsHey, 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!

Click here to enter the Hand-Painted Weddings Etsy Shop.




Breathe – Wed Altered Painting

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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!




Hand-Painted Weddings Table at Wed Altered

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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.