Dreamy Lilly Pulitzer Inspired Wedding invitations

January 19, 2018By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations, Hand-Painted Weddings, Real Wedding

This fall wedding was dreamy in every way imaginable. The bride was one of the sweetest, most appreciating people I have ever had the fortune to work with. And she was also one of the most creative brides I worked with. Christina wanted a bold, unique wedding and I was over the moon that I was creating her wedding invitations, wedding day paper and gifts for her.

When we first started gathering inspiration for her invitations, she gave me all sorts of beautiful snippets she had planned for her big day such as her stunning wedding gown, unique bouquet, along with photos of the church she was getting married in. This process is so helpful for me because it gives me a full picture of the day and I love to incorporate pieces from the big day into the paper if it seems fitting.

During the inspiration phase, Christina also mentioned her overall taste. She likes bold designs, no florals, and maybe something inspired by the water since it’s a Virginia Beach wedding, but not too beachy, because it is a late Fall wedding. Oh, and I love Lilly Pulitzer, if that helps. Ding, ding, ding! That little inspiration token became the inspiration for her entire wedding paper designs.

I love doing research. It goes back to my days at college where research would set my designs apart from the class. So, I started researching Lilly Pulitzer‘s patterns and quickly learned that this style was completely in line with my painting style and this would be one of the most stunning invitations I’ve ever created.

I created a water inspired, Lilly Pulitzer inspired pattern with the bride’s colors for the day, magenta, navy and gold, and I love how it came out.

In addition, I painted an abstract painting of the church the couple was getting married in for the ceremony program cover, and the couple loved it so much, that they hired me to recreate it larger as a gift for the pastor that was marrying them.

I hope you have enjoyed hearing my journey working with this lovely couple on their watercolor wedding stationery as well as seen a glimpse of their big day.

If you have any questions on working with me to create your very own custom watercolor wedding invitations, learn more here.

Photos by: Serena Genovese Photography (more…)

Whimsical wedding inspiration for an outdoor wedding

January 29, 2016By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations, Real Wedding

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I was lucky enough to join my friend at a BHLDN dress appointment in NYC last summer, and let me just say… I’ve never seen such beautiful laces and unique, delicate touches. Every dress was a work of art. BHLDN is truly inspiring to the wedding market.

I’m in love with the lush flowers in the bride’s bouquet….oh, if I were to get married again, I’d have a bouquet just like this.

I’m also swooning of the casual, wispy wedding hair the bride and bridesmaid have with their floral crowns. It is so delicate and effortlessly beautiful. The color of blue in the bridesmaid dress is perfection. It has a hint of earthiness to it, while still be classically blue, which is apparently the most popular color for bridesmaid dresses in the U.S.

I’m still in awe that I was able to contribute to this dreamy wedding in California. I hope it was as inspiring for you as it has been for me!

Photographer: Katie Ricard Photography @katiericard | Florist: Emlily Floral @emlily_floral | Wedding Dress and Bridal Jewelry: BHLDN @bhldn | Engagement Ring: Trumpet and Horn @trumpetandhorn | Cake/Desserts: Just Baked SLO @justbakedslo | Cake Topper: Lovely Grain Studio @lovelygrainstudio | Invitation/Save the Date: Hand-Painted Weddings @handpaintedweddings | Calligraphy: Letters from Lindsey @lettersfromlind | Hair Stylist: Rece Evans @receevans | Models: Bride – @allycevans | Groom (also photo and styling assistant) – Emerson Ricard @emerson.ricard | Bridesmaid – @colleenricard

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Dream, ethereal wedding inspiration with effortless, boho touches

January 27, 2016By AllisonHand-Painted Weddings, Real Wedding


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A dreamy wedding styled shoot which came together in such a magical way. I responded to a request for a wedding stationer on one of the creative entrepreneur Facebook groups I’m on, and was chosen to be a part of this amazing group of vendors organizing a styled shoot in the Oak Forest in California. The wedding shoot took place amongst the most gorgeous, mystical trees with Spanish moss hanging from them. The Spanish moss and the weaving trees were the inspiration for the mystical wedding invitation set I painted and designed. The Mystical Forest wedding invitation is now available in the Hand-Painted Weddings Shop.

The wedding inspiration is full of dreamy light photography featuring ethereal, boho crowns, whimsical flower arrangements full of texture, gold brushed french macarons, and a textured buttercream cake with beloved cake topper. These elements all come together as an effortless, lovely, and nature-inspired wedding look.

Tomorrow I will be sharing more dreamy wedding inspiration focused more on ethereal wedding fashion details.

Photographer: Katie Ricard Photography @katiericard | Florist: Emlily Floral @emlily_floral | Wedding Dress and Bridal Jewelry: BHLDN @bhldn | Engagement Ring: Trumpet and Horn @trumpetandhorn | Cake/Desserts: Just Baked SLO @justbakedslo | Cake Topper: Lovely Grain Studio @lovelygrainstudio | Invitation/Save the Date: Hand-Painted Weddings @handpaintedweddings | Calligraphy: Letters from Lindsey @lettersfromlind | Hair Stylist: Rece Evans @receevans | Models: Bride – @allycevans | Groom (also photo and styling assistant) – Emerson Ricard @emerson.ricard | Bridesmaid – @colleenricard

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San Diego Wedding Inspiration – Part 3 – Wedding invitation

December 3, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations, Real Wedding

Today’s blog post discusses one of the main inspiration aspects I use as an artist for couple’s invitations. To avoid a spoiler alert, I will just go right into my question for the bride…

Allison: “How did your wedding invitations tie into the look of your wedding?”

Kara: “They were a direct reflection of the venue itself, which was so unique and special. I wanted to present something different to my guests that they hadn’t seen before. It was almost a preview of the night to come. Allowing my guests that “sneak peek” seemed to create a sense of growing anticipation.”

A couple’s wedding venue is usually the very first big wedding decision the couple will make together. The wedding venue usually says a lot about the couple’s tastes and interests, so it is a great way to incorporate these personal aspects into the wedding invitation. Using the wedding venue as the art on your custom wedding invitation also sets the scene for your guests and as Kara says creates “a sneak peek” of what to expect on their wedding day.

Kara and Taylor had a lot of beauty from their Stone Gardens Events wedding venue to choose from to feature on her wedding invitation. We decided to use the lake with the palm trees in the background from the first photo below as the feature for the invitation and the bridge with the curving ironwork as the artwork on the RSVP card. I love how the final invitation set was sunny and represented some of the unique beauty of their wedding venue.

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Puerto Rico Beach Wedding Inspiration

October 16, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Reception

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Puerto Rico is an amazing option for getting married. For one, if you are a U.S. citizen, you don’t have to worry about asking your guests to get passports for your destination wedding. That is a big plus! If you reside in Puerto Rico, you only have a ferry ride away to get to the beautiful sandy beaches of Culebra or Viequez for a gorgeous beach wedding, similar to the one inspiring this blog post. The first photo above is one of my photos from my trip that inspired the Puerto Rico Beach watercolor wedding invitation.

The other inspiration I collected for couples considering or planning a Puerto Rico wedding focuses on the simple beauty of the island, with flairs of bright color to reflect the colorful Puerto Rican culture.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Puerto Rico Wedding invitation

October 15, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

Puerto Rico Wedding Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings

The Puerto Rico Wedding Invitation is inspired by a recent trip my husband and I took to Puerto Rico. We had a fantastic trip, and while we weren’t there for terribly long we explored the rainforest, went kayaking in Fajardo, and explored the nooks and crannies at the most unique artist’s inn in Old San Juan, the historic district, but the most memorable part was when we stayed in a villa on Flamenco beach in Culebra, an island off the main island in Puerto Rico. Culebra is a small island, with most tourists (ourselves included) bouncing around in golf carts traveling from beach to beach. We adored taking our snorkel equipment to each and every beach on the island in search for the perfect underwater view…which happened to be the first beach we went to…go figure. 🙂

We were also so lucky to get a villa right on the beach. Flamenco beach has super clear waters and is part of a Natural Reserve area, so beyond the set of villas we were in, and the one next to us, we had the beach to ourselves at night after the day-trippers took the ferry back to the main island. It was magical seeing the sunset and then watching the stars from the beach. One of the unique things about Flamenco Beach is that the beach is like a cove with the beach arching around like a horseshoe. That is what I captured in the Puerto Rico Wedding invitation. The villas we stayed at along with the beautiful beach would make this an ideal location to get married. This design is ideal for destination wedding invitations as well.

While I am calling this beautiful beach invitation a Puerto Rico invitation, because that is where I gained the inspiration for this painting, I am sure this would be an ideal design for any couple’s beach wedding invitation.Puerto Rico Wedding Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings

Country Backyard wedding – DIY and personal touches

October 8, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Guest book, Hand-Painted Invitations, Hand-Painted Reception, Real Wedding

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As I mentioned in Tuesday’s blog post, the bride in this Country backyard wedding did a lot of DIY touches. She spent a long time designing and “crafting” for her wedding. I was lucky enough to work with her on some of the hand-painted touches such as the music themed wedding invitations, thank you cards at each person’s place setting, escort cards which were strung on an antique windowpane, and Country Cobblestone thumbprint guestbook.

The couple both shares a love for music so they included that love visually in their wedding invitation design with the music notes graphic. Laura is a wonderful singer, who wrote and recorded their first dance song at their wedding. This song literally gives me chills…it is so amazing! Craig plays the guitar, so they had a white guitar at their wedding for guests to sign with a gold metallic Sharpie marker.

Impressed by the amount of DIY touches, the bride created for her wedding, I asked her a couple of questions about her tips for other DIY brides out there, as well as how paper products are incorporated into a DIY wedding.

Allison: How did your wedding paper tie into the look of your wedding?

Laura: The Hand-Painted Wedding touches captured the the rustic elegance I was going for. Purples and greens were bled together in a simple, understated elegance as the backdrop for my wedding invitations, escort cards and personalized thank-you cards at each place setting. I chose the Country Cobblestone thumbprint guest book which was perfect because it looked just like the dirt road behind the alter at our backyard country wedding. I hand made almost every decoration in the wedding and so I really appreciated the originality and the beauty of the Hand Painted wedding paper. Allison Krosnick is so talented and I feel so lucky to call her my sister.

Allison: What tips do you have for other DIY backyard wedding brides?

Laura: “Be easy on yourself! Seriously, if you are anything like I was, you are putting way more pressure on yourself than other people are. After a year of planning and crafting, a million pins on pinterest, and a few dozen spreadsheets, the wedding finally came. It was clear about two hours into hair and makeup that things weren’t going to go as planned. Tents were flying upside down, I was a full table short of place settings, and half the lights on my DIY backdrop made with organza and Christmas lights wouldn’t stay lit! The groomsmen forgot their boutonniere and my aisle runner was blowing in the wind as I stood at the alter!

And it was STILL one of the most amazing nights of my life. I stressed out trying to make everything perfect and then nothing went to plan and I realized it didn’t matter anyway, and no one cared. So please brides, be nice to yourself, you are only one woman.”

 

Come back tomorrow to learn the bride’s favorite moment.
Photos by Neal Palumbo at Studio 11 West.

Cartagena Watercolor Save-the-Date

September 23, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Save-the-Dates

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This watercolor save the date design is light, bright, and joyful, as destination weddings on the beach ought to be! I love the way the paint colors are layered on each other in a fluid and organic way. The script Love is playful and loose. Oftentimes script and calligraphy fonts can feel very feminine but the font used in this watercolor save the date isn’t gender specific. I can’t wait to design their invitation next!

Penn State Alumni Wedding – Custom Thumbprint Guestbook

August 28, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Guest book

Penn State Thumbprint Guestbook by Hand-Painted Weddings Penn State Thumbprint Guestbook by Hand-Painted Weddings Penn State Thumbprint Guestbook by Hand-Painted WeddingsIt is back to school time again! As the college students are headed back to campus this week, I wanted to share with you a fun way to commemorate your alma mater on your wedding day by working with me to create a custom University themed Thumbprint Guestbook.

This couple, Kim and CJ both went to Penn State University together. I worked with them to create this thumbprint guestbook which after their wedding will be a unique keepsake adorning their walls for years to come.

At Kim and CJ’s wedding in a couple of weeks, their guests will sign the path towards the Nittany Lion Shrine with their thumbprints. As you can see, I painted the fall foliage in honor of this fall wedding, and customized the Penn State sign with the couple’s name and wedding date.

Whatever the University or College, every campus has a section of it that resonates with the campus community…that would be the personal spot to feature in your Custom Thumbprint Guestbook.

 

 

Watercolor Flower Bridal Shower Invitation

August 24, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

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If you are interested in working with me on your custom party invitation, whether bridal shower, birthday party, retirement, or graduation, I’d love to work with you. Contact me for your custom quote.

Alice in Wonderland Wedding Day Paper

August 21, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Menu, Hand-Painted Programs, Hand-Painted Reception

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Alice in Wonderland Wedding. Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. Photo by Ed & Aileen PhotographyWedding day paper includes menus, escort cards, ceremony programs, favor tags, thumbprint guestbooks, and other various signs such as dessert table signs, such as the macaroon sign above. As you can see, adding this little detail of custom paper to your wedding day brings the whole look of the event to another level.

The paper are the items your guests will be holding and using to navigate throughout your event, so it makes sense to give them the same attention you would for the invitation set. In fact, the wedding day paper items are also a way to carry the theme from the wedding invitations throughout the wedding.

In the case of the Alice in Wonderland wedding the detailed illustrations from the Alice in Wonderland wedding invitation set are not in the designs of the wedding day paper. Instead a colorful watercolor wash is used in the design to coordinate with the invitation but not be too matchy-matchy. One of my strengths as an artist is figuring out how to transition and grow a design into the coordinating designs so that they all feel like they are in the same family, but aren’t identical.

The Alice in Wonderland theme is really interesting because while there is the eclectic tea party aspect of the event, there is also this mystical haze throughout the forest Alice is wondering about. The watercolor wash is inspired by that haze. I just love this design, as you can tell. The team of vendors did such an amazing job designing the decor and the table settings. I love how all the details came together. It is really an inspiration, and I am so excited that other couples can use bits and pieces of this inspiration for their wedding days!

PHOTOGRAPHY: ED & AILEEN PHOTOGRAPHY | EVENT COORDINATION: DOTTED EVENTS | FLORIST: BLÃœMGARTEN | VENUE: LACUNA ARTIST LOFT STUDIOS | WEDDING INVITATIONS: HAND-PAINTED WEDDINGS | WEDDING DRESS AND JEWELRY: MIGNONETTE BRIDAL | RINGS: GAGE DIAMONDS | HAIR: MARISOL SAUCEDO | MAKEUP: MARGUERITE PRESTON | BRIDESMAID DRESSES: BRIDESIDE | TUXEDOS: MENGUIN | WARDROBE STYLING: PATRICK NILES | WEDDING CAKE: SWEDISH BAKERY | BACKDROP: LIL EPIC EVENT DESIGN | FURNITURE: MAKERS CHICAGO | CHAIRS AND LINENS: CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS | PLACE SETTINGS: RENT VINTAGE CHICAGO | LIGHTING AND DRAPING: ART OF IMAGINATION

 

 

 

Alice in Wonderland Invitation Set in the Shop

August 20, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

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Stay tuned tomorrow for the coordinating pieces to the Alice in Wonderland invitation set. Spoiler alert – they take whimsy to another level and focus on the overall haze of the Alice in Wonderland experience by transitioning to a ethereal watercolor wash design.

PHOTOGRAPHY: ED & AILEEN PHOTOGRAPHY | EVENT COORDINATION: DOTTED EVENTS | FLORIST: BLÃœMGARTEN | VENUE: LACUNA ARTIST LOFT STUDIOS | WEDDING INVITATIONS: HAND-PAINTED WEDDINGS

Amethyst Gemstone Wedding Reception Inspiration

August 13, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Weddings

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Quartz, geode, and gemstone decorations are gorgeous, classy, and very unique touches to your reception decor. If you go with the Amethyst Quartz theme, don’t feel like you need to stick with the Amethyst rock solely. Have fun and add other quartz rocks and other gemstones to the mix.

The reception look can be earthy with a flair of hippie aesthetic, or it can be sultry and romantic. The gemstone details can be subtle or dominant.

Don’t forget to have fun with candy crushed cupcakes or rock candy sticks (which would be lovely in a dessert station or as favors). Incorporate gemstones into your escort cards or work with a calligrapher to create your very own geode table numbers.

If you choose to create an Amethyst wedding, you are sure to have a heightened energy wedding full of calm and intuition, the energies of the amethyst stone.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Amethyst Quartz Wedding Inspiration

August 12, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Reception

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The Amethyst Quartz wedding inspiration revolves around the color purple. I love an ombre purple wedding with colors ranging from soft, muted purples to deep violets. This color palette looks lovely paired with soft whites, or more vibrant with magentas. I’ve had a lot of custom wedding paper requests lately with the color purple, and it seems to be a popular wedding color these days. It also, by the way, looks great as a watercolor wash, allowing the purple ombre to organically transition from dark to light.

This inspiration board is a collection of bouquet, jewelry, wedding gown, cupcake, and favor inspiration, alongside the Amethyst Quartz wedding invitation.

I love how the lilacs pair with the magenta peonies and the touch of amethyst quartz in the bouquet. Long quartz necklaces, earrings, or even rings are lovely bridesmaid gifts. You can even attach them to a card that reads, “Love Rocks” or “You are my Rocks” as a meaningful gift.

Giving gemstones as a favor at a wedding is probably a little woo woo for most weddings, but I can see it being appropriate for the right wedding. It could also be given as a more select gift for the wedding party.

The purple or lilac wedding dress is to die for! I don’t know why we don’t see more purple wedding gowns. It is all blush or soft blue….why not lilac?!

Also, maybe my favorite is the amethyst cupcake. Chop up purple crystal candy and sprinkle it on top of a cupcake = pure unique perfection!

Tomorrow, I will post some Amethyst Wedding Reception decor inspiration.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Amethyst Quartz Wedding Invitation now available in the Hand-Painted Weddings Invitation shop.

Calming yet Bold, faceted Amethyst Quartz Invitation

August 11, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

Amethyst Quartz Invitation by Hand-Painted WeddingsThe Amethyst Quartz invitation is magical and modern at the same time. Amethyst is the birthstone for February, so it would be perfect for a February wedding. It would also be perfect for someone who is attracted to gemstones and perhaps has proclivities towards yoga.

I don’t talk about it too much within the Hand-Painted Weddings capacity, but I have some unique hobbies. I have a daily yoga practice, which for me is more than a physical practice, but is also my spiritual base. Branching out from my spiritual study of yoga, I study the ancient art of Ayurveda, and also collect gemstones.

Gemstones have been studied to have mystical and magical powers. Similar to the study of aromatherapy, the Amethyst is said to have a calming effect like lavender. I have two lavender invitations (1, 2) in the Hand-Painted Wedding invitations shop because I believe in having a sense of calm on your wedding day which allows all of your senses to take in the enormity of the event. The Amethyst Quartz invitation has the same calm meaning as the lavender invitations, but is more unique and much more bold. Perfect for a yoga wedding or spiritual wedding, this purple watercolor gemstone invitation is a beautiful way to introduce your guests to the calm, bold event to follow.

I also have seen a surge in bohemian weddings lately, and I think that the Amethyst Quartz Invitation would be a perfect touch to a bohemian wedding as well.

Amethyst Quartz invitation now available in the Hand-Painted Weddings Invitation Shop.

Literature Wedding Invitation

June 30, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

Literature Wedding Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings

The Literature Wedding Invitation is perfect for a couple getting married in a library, or for the couple who is in love with reading. I love when couples choose to bring their hobbies and loves into their wedding. A wonderful way to personalize your wedding is through your wedding paper starting with the invitation and continuing through wedding day paper such as ceremony programs, menus, escort cards, table numbers. Later this week I will be sharing more literature themed wedding inspiration.

Please note that the statue busts in this invitation can be male and male, or female and female upon request.

Literature Wedding Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings.

Rainbow-inspired LGBT Pride wedding

June 25, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Weddings, Inspired by

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Rainbow-inspired LGBT Pride wedding is super fun and joyful! I love that a couple can go all out and incorporate many rainbow ideas into a wedding, or they can pick a bright color (or white) as their dominant color and then add rainbow accents such as a rainbow cake or cascading rainbow flower centerpieces. A white wedding with rainbow accents would be stunning!

This rainbow-inspired LGBT Pride wedding style is perfect for the same-sex couple that is looking for a lighthearted, happy wedding…the kind where the brides (or grooms) are wearing colorful Converse shoes as in the first inspiration photo above.

I also love the rainbow cakes I have been seeing…they vary from a colorful rainbow candy coated cake masterpiece to a white cake with rainbow cake layers inside as a surprise!

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Pride Invitation is now available in the Hand-Painted Weddings Invitation shop.

Pride Invitation in Celebration of LGBT Pride Month

June 23, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Invitations

Pride Rainbow Invitation by Hand-Painted WeddingsI made this invitation in celebration of National LGBT Pride Month. As a firm believer in same sex marriage equality, I believe that all of my invitations are made to be appropriate and unique to the couple, no matter the gender or sexual orientation. That said, I also wanted to design an invitation that specifically celebrates the Gay Pride movement, so I created this hand-painted watercolor rainbow invitation commemorating LGBT Pride month.

The rainbow art is bright and happy with a nod towards Gay pride which is more subtle than using gender graphics or symbols. I am really proud that I am in the generation where gay couples are receiving equal rights to be legally married. It actually blows my mind how long this government process has taken but it warms my heart every time a new state passes a law in favor of same sex marriages. This invitation is a design of celebration and pride, as well as a small prayer that we as a people will be accepting and welcoming of same sex couples.

Pride Invitation now available in the Hand-Painted Weddings Shop.

Autumn Leaves Watercolor Favor tags

June 19, 2015By AllisonHand-Painted Other Wedding Goods

Autumn Leaves Watercolor favor tags by Hand-Painted Weddings

Finishing out the week with some Autumn Leaves Watercolor favor tags I painted and designed for those popular fall weddings out there.

These watercolor favor tags would look beautiful tied onto bags of edible treat favors. Those edible treat favors can be autumn themed such as s’mores, caramel popcorn, candy apples, or mini pies.

What I like about custom favor tags is that you can customize the favors with the tags while leaving the favors classic and more universally liked. I’m not sure who likes those picture frames that say the couple’s names and wedding dates. I’m also a big fan of edible favors because they are cost-effective, can easily tie in a seasonal theme, and as a guest they come after a night of dancing and possibly a couple hours after the cake was served, making it the perfect time for a treat!

Autumn Leaves Watercolor favor tags now available in the Hand-Painted Weddings Shop.