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…)

Watercolor Wedding Venue Invitation Artwork

September 26, 2017By AllisonReal Wedding

Wedding Reception Custom Watercolor Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings

Maria and Licinio got married in a historical cathedral, and then celebrated at the stunning Park Savoy Estate in North Jersey this past winter. They decided to have a separate reception card in their invitation suite, which featured the exterior of this beautiful building along with the fountain and lush gardens adorning the entrance of the Park Savoy.

I painted this custom artwork and bordered the painting of the venue with the romantic florals that were to be scattered throughout the wedding from the bouquets to the centerpieces. Focusing the invitation artwork on the beauty of the ceremony venue on the invitation and reception venue on the reception card excited the couple’s guests to the lovely places they would be celebrating this monumental event.

As you can see from yesterday’s and today’s blog post, this wedding was simply gorgeous, but what were the bride’s favorite details and moments at her wedding? I took the opportunity to ask her a couple of months after her wedding, allowing for the event to soak in. Here is what she said.

Allison: “What was your favorite detail at your wedding?”
Maria: “Our favorite detail (besides our amazing invitations)  is our Portuguese Roosters on our cake.”

Allison: “Favorite moment at your wedding?”
Maria: “Our church ceremony and dancing all night!!!!!!”

It was so much fun creating these hand-painted wedding venue inspired invitations with the couple for their special day, and I hope this gives you ideas on how to customize your wedding invitation in a unique and special way. To learn more about Custom Wedding Invitations, click here.

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Finding wedding invitation inspiration in decisions you’ve already made

September 26, 2017By AllisonReal Wedding

Watercolor Church Wedding Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings. Photos by Predestined in Love.

Not sure where to look for inspiration for your wedding invitations? Yes, you can look on Pinterest. Yes, you can create a theme such as an Alice in Wonderland wedding theme or Back to School theme. Or, you can use your ceremony and reception location as the artwork for your wedding invitations. This is a great way to not only share a glimpse of what your guests will see come your wedding day, but it will also showcase one of the biggest wedding style decisions you have made….your wedding venue.

Maria and Licinio had a beautiful winter wedding in North Jersey. The bride decided to work with me on creating a separate ceremony and reception card (in English and Portuguese), each showcasing the beautiful wedding venues the couple was getting married in.

When I asked Maria “How did your wedding invitations tie into the look of your wedding?”, she responded “The invitations illustrated our church wedding and reception location perfectly.  Our family and friends  are still talking about how everything tied in together perfectly.”

Maria and I decided to showcase the wedding venues front and center in the designs and then surround them with paintings of the lush, romantic flowers they had planned for the bouquets and floral arrangements. This added a gorgeous pop of color to the invitations for this winter wedding. To learn more about Custom Wedding Invitations, click here.

Today on the blog, I am sharing the ceremony card along with some photos by Predestined in Love of their stunning ceremony. Tomorrow I will be sharing the reception card along with reception photos of the happy couple.
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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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Rustic, gold foiled wedding at Front and Palmer

January 14, 2016By AllisonReal Wedding

Front_Palmer_gold_foil_wedding_2Jill and Poya were one of my favorite couples from 2015. I met them at last year’s Lovesick Expo and worked closely with them throughout the year on their custom save the dates, custom wedding invitations and wedding day paper. This couple was unique for me because while Jill managed the stationery process, I worked with both the bride and groom during the design. This clearly shows what a great team the two of them make.

Jill and Poya’s wedding in so many ways felt like my own wedding because along with the bride’s mom, the couple DIY’ed a lot of the decorations for their autumn wedding. I could definitely empathize with the amount of work that was to take on. But it is that effort and personal touch that truly made their wedding unique. The warmth exuding from the photos is clearly from love.

Jill and Poya were also my first clients to add gold foil to their wedding invitations, which added a lovely, antique look to the rustic design. Gold foil is so trendy right now, and for good reason—it’s lovely. They were also the first that decided not to add watercolor to their invitation suite (it was on their save the date). In my opinion the meaning of hand-painted can be taken literally or it can be taken as a couple who makes their wedding their own by painting it with love, and that is surely what this couple did.

I was fortunate enough to get the bride to give us some personal behind the scenes of her wedding, which are sprinkled throughout this post. Enjoy!

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

Jill: “What Allison designed for us was perfect and just the look we were going for. We wanted something simple, a little rustic, and at the same time a little catchy, and I think Allison achieved all of those objectives with her design. The layering in of gold in particular was somewhat important to us because gold was one of the colors we featured throughout our décor. We were also able to incorporate Allison’s invitation design into the décor – both in our escort cards as well as our table cards. We really liked the consistency and clean feel that created.”

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Allison: What was your favorite detail at your wedding?

Jill: “While I was so pleased with everything, I think the venue was my overall favorite aspect of the wedding. It was exactly what we wanted, and we knew that as soon as we saw it! We wanted something rustic, but still classic, and I think Front and Palmer definitely strikes that balance.”

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Allison: Favorite moment at your wedding?

Jill: “My now-husband had a wonderful surprise for me – he hopped on stage and played a few songs on his guitar! Not only was seeing him in action such a treat (I generally only hear him playing in our apartment when I am trying to go to sleep!), but seeing everyone dance and sing along was wonderful.”

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San Diego Wedding Inspiration – Part 4 – Wedding details

December 4, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

San Diego Wedding Inspiration detailsThe natural beauty exuding from Stone Gardens was already outstanding, but then Kara and Taylor incorporated so many personal touches to the decor that really made this wedding special and super inspirational.

There beautiful sweetheart table complete with lit Mr. & Mrs. letter signs and a low bouquet of peonies I’m sure got (even) more splendid as the sun set into night. Behind their sweetheart table they had a sweets table complete with varying cupcakes on adorable cake stands and a little cake with a laser cut Mr. & Mrs. cake topper.

They also had some fantastic artwork displayed throughout their wedding that gave guests a glimpse of how they met as well as some photos of them dating. The bride’s friend illustrated the couple on the guestbook print as characters from the movie “Up”. She also created personalized coloring books for the children’s table!

Speaking of family tie-ins, if you have family and friends offering to help you for your wedding…take them up on it! It is a great way to incorporate personal pieces into your wedding as well as making your entire wedding feel a sense of collaboration and connection.

Another fun detail I hadn’t seen before was the Instagram game that was outlined at each guest’s place setting. This wedding Instagram game outlined specific photos that people can capture with their cell phones and use their wedding hashtag to link it on social media. What a great idea! I’ve seen the wedding hashtags, but I really love how specific ideas were outlined to give guest’s an idea of what kind of photos to capture.

I also love the sparkler table send off with the time specified. That way guest’s that might want to duck out early for the night have a great reason to stay around and are aware of the timing of the sparkler send off.

All in all I am so happy that I was involved with creating this couple’s hand-painted wedding invitations, and was able to share their incredibly personal and inspirational San Diego wedding with you all! In case you missed it, don’t forget to view blog posts featuring the bride’s Favorite Detail, Favorite Moment, and her Thoughts on her Wedding Invitation.
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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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San Diego Wedding Inspiration – Part 2 – Favorite Moment

December 2, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

In my opinion, the most important thing to remember on your wedding day is to be present to all the special moments. There are so many emotional moments on your wedding day that you will experience on that day only, so it is so important to put aside any of the worries or tiny details that may have taken over your mind leading up to your wedding, and to just be present and soak in the moments. It truly is the most important part. I can’t say it enough…and this is coming from someone who specializes in the details 🙂 This belief is rooted in my favorite question to ask couples after their wedding…

Allison: “Favorite moment at your wedding?”

Kara: “Definitely when my dad handed me off to my husband. It was such a special moment and you could just feel it. I have always been so close with my dad so the “giving away” moment was so special. Lots of memories flashing through my mind as it happened.”

 

Photos by Happy Endings Photo.

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San Diego Wedding Inspiration – Part 1 – Favorite Detail

November 30, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

I’ve got a sunny, warm California wedding to share with you this week. Kara and Taylor got married at Stone Gardens in San Diego, California this past June. Kara and I worked closely together on their custom watercolor wedding invitation sets. This wedding is full of lovely wedding inspiration from the pretty blush color palette, unique custom wedding dress, gorgeous florals, to the acute attention to details the couple included in the wedding day.

I really enjoyed working with the bride to paint their wedding invitation based on beauty of the ceremony and reception site, Stone Gardens. I worked from photographs of the location and created the pretty designs below.

I grasped the opportunity to ask a few questions to the bride after her wedding to learn and share what the lasting moments were of their big day. Here is the first question…

Allison: “What was your favorite detail at your wedding? (I’m referring to a physical detail like the cake, your dress, food, etc.)”

Kara: “My favorite detail from the wedding was my bouquet. It was 100% peonies (my favorite flower) and blush pink to match my wedding colors. It was a very exciting treat to end of having them. Since I had a late June wedding, the florist was doubtful that peonies would still be available, so I had a backup of roses and hydrangea. However, the week before the wedding, she surprised me with them. There was a few weeks in June where it had rained a few times and I guess that made the season last a little longer.”

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Come back tomorrow to learn the bride’s favorite moment at her wedding.

Photos by Happy Endings Photo.

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Gallery Bridal Shower

October 20, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

Gallery Bridal Shower by Hand-Painted WeddingsWhat happens when two artists, one of which is also an art teacher, plan a bridal shower together? They plan an artists inspired bridal shower! Over the weekend, my mom and I held a surprise shower at a local art gallery, and it turned out so beautiful that I’m excited to share our ideas in order to inspire other bridal parties who are planning bridal showers. We DIY’ed the decor, centerpieces, and the delicious food. I also painted and designed the invitation. We DIY’ed the bridal shower to make the event more personal, and frankly, to save money.

Let’s start with the bridal shower invitation. The design features an abstract oil painting on canvas with brushstroke white font overlaying it. The canvas texture printed really well on the textured watercolor paper I always print on. It was very exciting to use oil painting instead of watercolor on this design. The second part of the invitation is a blank recipe card that has a place for guests to write in their recipe and on the back it is branded to match the invitation while giving the guests some instructions. It was a fun way for the bride to collect a bunch of family recipes, and it is something that my mom also had at her wedding, so it was a tradition handed down. There was a recipe box at the entranceway of the gallery for guests to put their recipe cards in when the entered.

For our centerpieces, we made each look like an artist’s still life with various art supplies around it. We had a wine centerpiece with corks surrounding a few bottles of alcohol. We had a gourd table with a bunch of fun fall appropriate gourds. We also had a Van Gogh inspired still life with a bouquet of sunflowers and a mini canvas. We used items that we had around our homes already, so that saved a lot of money.

In terms of traditional bridal shower things we skipped…we decided against games and favors. In lieu of games and favors, we did a craft, which worked well with the artist inspired bridal shower theme. We gave every guest a 6″ square tile and each person used alcohol ink to splatter their own designs, which blended together similar to a bright watercolor painting, but was completely easy and skill free, for all those guests out there that say they don’t have an artistic bone in their body. Everybody loved doing a craft instead of a game, and each guest got to bring home a custom piece of art. This was also a budget friendly idea because each tile cost less than $1 and each table shared a set of alcohol inks.

A couple of other ways we brought creativity into this shower were through the DIY cut letter signs like the one saying “Bride” hanging from two easels above my sister’s spot for opening presents. I also brought in my fun graphic upholstered chair for her to sit in while she opened her gifts, making it that much more special. We enlarged photos of the bride in various locations around the world because my sister has such a heart for third world countries, and hung these matted photos on easels around the gallery.

All in all, we heard people say that it was the best bridal shower they’d ever been to, which really flooded our hearts with love because of all the work we did in planning this gallery bridal shower.
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Country Backyard Wedding – Bride’s favorite moment

October 9, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

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A few more glimpses of this fun country backyard wedding including a photo of the joyful wedding party (there I am, third from the left). The girls all wore tan cowboy boots…including the bride, which fit right in with the country theme. The bouquets were lush with a lot of greenery for texture. And we were all given Budweiser beers to drink right after the ceremony – so American!

My favorite question to ask brides after the wedding is “what is their favorite moment from their wedding”. The reason is because I think it gives the bride a second to reflect and see what moment is still lingering with the emotion of the day. It is really powerful. I have also found that it is usually a moment that is unexpected, and has an emotional impact. Laura’s favorite moment is incredibly touching and I feel blessed to share it with you below:

Allison: Favorite moment at your wedding?

Laura: “Obviously the vows and the first dance were top of the list, but for me one of the most special, and unexpected, moments of the day was shared with my dad. My dad and I haven’t spent much of our adult life together and in the time we’ve spent apart he had become a little unfamiliar to me. And here was this man, a little strange to me now, holding his arm in mine as I was waiting to come out the door and turn to the aisle. His hand was held proudly to his chest, a hand that I know every freckle on, and he turned to me and said, “Walk slow baby, this is your moment.”

It hit me in the chest, I felt so overwhelmed with love and with pride. Pride for the woman that I had become, the family that I made, the man that was waiting for me at the end of the aisle and love for the man that was giving me away.”

Congratulations to the beautiful couple, who I’m so blessed to call family!

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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.

Country Backyard Wedding Inspiration – Part 1

October 6, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

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Country Backyard Wedding featured on Hand-Painted Weddings. Photo by Neal Palumbo, Studio 11 West.My beautiful sister in-law, Laura, got married to the love of her life, Craig, this past September in a Country Backyard setting in rural Pennsylvania. Their wedding was one of the most personal weddings I’ve attended, with numerous DIY touches sprinkled throughout the ceremony and reception. This wedding was designed by the bride with so much love that it became an event that literally exuded that love, with the couple telling me afterwards that many guests were professing their love for one another at their wedding (after a few cocktails of course).

One of the special parts of this wedding that the couple celebrated was the blended family that was coming together. This was captured with a sand ceremony with the couple, the groom’s two kids, and the bride and groom’s 2 year old literally blending the sand into this wonderful artistic expression. Also, one of the most touching parts of their ceremony was when the bride knelt down and said her custom vows and promises to the the groom’s children.

I will be sharing aspects of Laura and Craig’s DIY backyard wedding throughout the week, but firstly, I want to share with you what Laura’s favorite physical detail of her wedding was.

Allison: “What was your favorite detail at your wedding?”

Laura: “My favorite detail was MY DRESS! I knew exactly what I wanted before I started shopping for dresses and it may sound a little old fashioned but I wanted an A-line silhouette with a lace covering up to the top of my neck, with lace cap sleeves and an open lace back. I know, sounds like a lot of lace, but it was so beautiful. It was important to me to feel like I projected an image of sweetness to really capture the feeling of a sweet, pure love that I have for my now hubby. Eeek- hubby- love being able to say that!”

Come back tomorrow for part 2 of this lovely real wedding.
Photos by Neal Palumbo at Studio 11 West.

Philadelphia Wedding Inspiration

September 18, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

Philly Wedding Love Statuephilly-wedding-invitation-setPhilly wedding LOVE ice sculptureThere are a few Philadelphia wedding landmarks that you will always see bridal parties taking photos at during the wedding season weekends. We are so lucky in Philly to have so many hotspots for perfect Philly wedding photos! In the middle of Broad Street with City Hall in the background is a must! It is so much fun seeing the cars swoosh by the happy couple. Just up the street is LOVE park, which is the inspiration for the design of the Love Park wedding invitation and the ice sculpture, and offers a fantastic wedding shot. There are also a few parks throughout the city that are wonderful ways to get some nature into the set of mostly urban photos, such as Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square. Amanda and Derek, along with Campli Photography, did a beautiful job capturing a few of these Philly wedding landmarks.

Here is day two of Amanda and Derek’s Philly wedding. See day 1 here. Here is one final question for the bride on her choose of Philly Love Park wedding invitations.

Allison: How did your wedding invitations tie into your wedding?

Amanda: The “LOVE theme” tied it all together. City of brotherly love and two people in love getting married. We made sure we took pictures at Love park.

philly_wedding_10Philly wedding bridesmaid card and escort cardAmanda and I also worked together on some wedding day-of paper such as their dancing shoes sign on the flip flop basket and the guestbook sign by the guestbook. It is so nice to add little signs to help your guests navigate your wedding. I also worked with her to design her thank you cards to her wedding party as well as to her wedding day letter to her husband (so sweet). I also worked with her on escort cards (AKA table name cards). The wedding day signs were all inspired by the pink bridesmaid gowns as well as the other colors in the florals at the wedding.

And let’s end with a super fun dance floor photo because it is Friday! Have a wonderful weekend friends!

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Photos courtesy of Campli Photography. 

 

Philadelphia LOVE Wedding at Ballroom at the Ben

September 17, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

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Today I’m sharing Amanda and Derek’s stunning Philadelphia LOVE wedding that took place downtown this past June. From their LOVE statue themed wedding invitations to their horse drawn carriage through the city, this wedding is chockfull of Philadelphia iconography. Amanda and Derek got married at St. Paul’s Parish in the Italian market and took a horse drawn carriage through the city to the Ballroom at the Ben for their wedding reception.

I worked with Amanda on her LOVE statue themed wedding invitations, which were our shop Love Park invitations with a map and folder enclosure add-on. I also worked with her on escort cards, thank you cards for her wedding party, and dancing shoes and guestbook signs (more on that in tomorrow’s post). It is so much fun working on the various pieces of the wedding because the bride and I build a relationship through the wedding planning process. Below I have asked Amanda a couple of questions to help inspire future Philly wedding couples.

Allison: What was your favorite detail at your wedding?
Amanda: Definitely my dress, cake, our matching Christian Louboutin shoes and the character of the Ballroom at the Ben.

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Allison: Favorite moment at your wedding?

Amanda: Ah there are many!  First seeing each other in the church, leaving in the horse and carriage ride. People in the city were congratulating us, beeping/waving and telling me how beautiful I looked – I felt like a princess.

Philly wedding horse and carriage ride Philly wedding first kissStop by tomorrow for part 2 of this beautiful Philadelphia wedding!

Photos courtesy of Campli Photography.

Unique Wedding Ceremony Idea – The Unity Cocktail

August 7, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

Literature Wedding. Real Wedding. Posted on Hand-Painted Weddings. Photos by Adam Atkinson. Literature Wedding. Real Wedding. Posted on Hand-Painted Weddings. Photos by Adam Atkinson. Literature Wedding. Real Wedding. Posted on Hand-Painted Weddings. Photos by Adam Atkinson.I’ve said it many times…I love when couples infuse their wedding with their unique personalities! When I was perusing Shannon and Bryan’s wedding photos I noticed a couple of photos of them with a shot and beer glass in their hand during their ceremony. Well, that isn’t something you see every day, so I inquired with Shannon…

Question: You had beer during your ceremony! What is the story behind that?

Shannon: We had a unity cocktail! We wrote the ceremony ourselves, and we really wanted our personalities to shine through. Other couples opt to light a unity candle, or combine sand, or some other variation on the unity theme. Well, anyone who knows us knows that Bryan loves beer, and I love whisky. And what goes better together than beer and whisky! So we combined the two in a unity cocktail, and I dropped my shot of whisky into Bryan’s glass of stout. We each then took a sip. (It was a huge hit with the guests!)

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Thank you Shannon and Bryan for letting me feature your wedding on the blog this week. Readers, I hope you glean some unique wedding inspiration for your upcoming nuptials! Remember, have fun at your wedding. Do something rarely seen, like having a unity cocktail during your ceremony. You and your guests are sure to remember these distinctively personal touches fondly for many years to come!

Wedding Invitations: Hand-Painted Weddings Photos: Adam Atkinson Planner: Natalie Diener Florist: Beautiful Blooms Venue: German Society

Real Wedding: Literary Wedding in Philadelphia

August 6, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

Literature Wedding. Real Wedding. Posted on Hand-Painted Weddings. Photos by Adam Atkinson. Literature Wedding. Real Wedding. Posted on Hand-Painted Weddings. Photos by Adam Atkinson. Literature Wedding. Real Wedding. Posted on Hand-Painted Weddings. Photos by Adam Atkinson.Today I’m sharing with you a continuation of yesterday’s post introducing Shannon and Bryan’s gorgeous literature wedding. One of the reasons I know weddings are the right place for me as a painter and designer is because I truly feel a connection with the couple and what they are going through with wedding planning and also a connection with how the wedding is crafted together. I care about the thoughtful design elements that are incorporated into the wedding as well as the intangible moments that happen during this monumental day in the couple’s lives.

While I know as an artist, I could certainly just put my attention on the art only, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t give thoughtful, caring attention to the couple. I think that this care resonates when couple’s work with me.

I believe the lasting details of a wedding consist of the feelings or surprising interactions and the visuals that linger in your mind as you look back on that day. With that in mind, I have asked the bride, Shannon, the following questions about her wedding day:

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Shannon: I loved so many of the little details, but I have to say it was the handmade signs our friend made for us were my favorite. Aaron of The Point to Point created such gorgeous and memorable signs that really added a special touch to the day. Everyone was commenting on them because they looked so cool, but they also served a function and completed our literary theme. Plus, of course, the fact that they were made by a friend made them even better.

I also loved our band. The ballroom where we had the reception is known for its acoustics, so going with a live band was the natural choice. The band we chose, though, was amazing. They had everyone up and dancing the whole night, and they played all the songs we wanted perfectly (which is saying a lot we are very fussy about music!) They really set the atmosphere and made it a truly fun night big props to the Uptown Getdowns!

Question: Favorite moment at your wedding?

Shannon: Immediately after the ceremony, Bryan and I had to hide while the guests left the room and headed to cocktail hour. We waited in a small, quiet space and just chatted, taking in the enormity of the situation. That was definitely my favorite moment of the day. We have been together since high school (1999), so to finally be married and to have a few moments alone after the whirlwind of planning and prepping for the day, was really nice. Honestly, I think it’s my most vivid memory of the day and the rest of it seemed to fly by so fast!

A close second favorite moment would be my dance with my dad. The band did a really nice cover of a song that always meant a lot to us, “Learning to Fly” by Pink Floyd.

It’s tough to pick a favorite moment, though, since the entire day was so fantastic. Everyone says that it’s the happiest day of their lives, which sounds so cliche, but it’s really true. It was hands-down the best day of my life.

 

Stop by tomorrow for the final post about this gorgeous wedding, which will feature a really unique ceremony cocktail…yes, I said cocktail!

Wedding Invitations: Hand-Painted Weddings Photos: Adam Atkinson Planner: Natalie Diener Florist: Beautiful Blooms Venue: German Society

Real Wedding: Literature Themed Wedding in Philadelphia

August 5, 2015By AllisonReal Wedding

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I’ve got a treat for you this week! This week I will be sharing Shannon and Bryan’s beautiful book-themed wedding.

Shannon and Bryan are a couple I met at the Lovesick Expo this past January, and I’m so glad I did! They both got married in April, and hadn’t found their invitations designer yet, so we worked very closely and quickly throughout January to design their unique, custom invitations. They had a literature themed wedding that took place in a library at the German Society building in Philadelphia. This was definitely a unique spot for a wedding and I loved the theme, so I was so happy to work on this project!

Shannon and Bryan’s invitation set was a classic book cover design invitation with hand-painted vines and flowers on the cover in a soft Spring color palette. The RSVP card was a soft antique gold library card, to coordinate with the book invitation and literature wedding theme. We also worked together on table cards that were named after the couple’s favorite authors.

This couple put together a truly gorgeous event which was unique to who they are. I love seeing how everything comes together at a wedding! I asked the bride, Shannon, a few questions about her wedding to give you a glimpse into this beautiful wedding.

Question: Why did you pick a literature theme for your wedding, and get married in a library?

Shannon: It was important that we chose a place that was special and had some sort of meaning for us. I had been to the German Society before when I saw Edgar Allan Poe’s great, great nephew give speech there about Poe’s life and works. I’ve always been an avid reader, and seeing Poe’s descendant in person, right next door to Poe’s house, in the setting of the German Society’s beautiful library was such a special, happy moment. When I found out that the Germany Society was available to rent for weddings, my mind was instantly made up; it had to be there! Since the ceremony was going to be in the library, I thought it would be fun and personal to do a literary theme. Bryan and I picked our favourite authors to name the tables after (we sat at the Poe table, naturally!), and we played up the book/writing theme in all of the decor and the invitations! Our friends and family absolutely loved it, since it was really a reflection of who we are, and it added a very personal touch to the day.

Question: How did your wedding invitations tie into your wedding?

Shannon: They were absolutely perfect, and they set the tone ahead of time so guests sort of knew what to expect at the wedding. It tied the whole theme together perfectly. Plus, everyone loved the library card RSVP! It was like they were participating in it, and not just simply replying Yes or No. I can’t tell you how many people wrote personal responses on the cards about how excited they were to see our “story” begin, etc. – they all seemed really excited about the theme thanks to your lovely invitations!

Stay tuned tomorrow and Friday for more Q&A with Shannon and glimpses into their beautiful wedding!

Wedding Invitations: Hand-Painted Weddings Photos: Adam Atkinson Planner: Natalie Diener Florist: Beautiful Blooms Venue: German Society