I’m a little late to announce this one but Hand-Painted Weddings was featured amongst some very talented Philly vendors in The Knot’s “10 Patriotic Details to Steal From This July Fourth Wedding: An Independence Day inspiration shoot that’s as American as apple pie.”
The Love Sweet Love cake sign and ribbon escort cards were highlighted as two of the ideas for a patriotic wedding. The beautiful tablescape, bouquet, signature cocktail sign, and sparkler cards are also featured in the event, so definitely check it out.
July Fourth invitation set is now available in the Hand-Painted Weddings Invitations Shop.
Venue: The Liberty View Ballroom | Photography: Lindsay Docherty Photography | Event Planner: Truly You Events | Flowers: Campbell Studios| Makeup: Cheekadee | Stationery: Hand-Painted Weddings | Rentals: Party Rental Ltd. | Catering: Brulee Catering | Cakes and Desserts: The Master’s Baker
Like many couples, my engagement was about 16 months long. It felt like a long time, I’ll be honest, but it did allow me to plan ahead. My wedding was in October, so I was very inspired by the season. In fact, the year before I collected leaves off of one of my favorite trees in the park when the leaves were changing colors and stuffed them amongst the pages of a very large, heavy design book. Miraculously they didn’t crumble throughout the year, and I was able to place one on every one of my guest’s place settings. If you have an autumn wedding that is later in the season you can pick off the leaves right before your wedding, in which case the leaves will probably be more bright than if they hang around for a year. But my wedding fell on a year that the fall foliage held off until November, so I was lucky that I planned ahead.
If you don’t want to be that “interesting” person picking leaves off trees and putting them in a thick book for a year, you can get the same look by having autumn leaves escort cards. I painted these leaves from real ones I picked up around home, so they look very much like the real ones…probably brighter actually! Autumn leaves escort cards are small yet make a big impression to your table settings at your wedding. As one of my recent bride mentioned in a review on WeddingWire, “I didn’t realize how important these little details could be until I saw them with the rest of the decor the day of the wedding.”
Autumn Leaves Escort Cards by Hand-Painted Weddings. Contact for ordering.
I love working with couples on their reception day paper needs because it gives me the opportunity to get involved with all of the fun, little details of their wedding day. I worked with Jess and Kevin on their escort cards and menu cards, who got married at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA).
Both the menu cards and the escort cards featured this beautiful, soft purple watercolor wash I painted to match the uplighting at their reception. The escort cards were so much fun; they were inspired by the easel escort cards Truly You Events and I did at the styled shoot last year. I was so excited to see how the escort card easels came out for this gorgeous real wedding. They are the perfect compliment to an art gallery wedding!
Photos by Shari DeAngelo. Paper by Hand-Painted Weddings. Wedding planning by Truly You Events.
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 entrÃƒÂ©e.
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!
Note: If you like the look of this wedding, be sure to check out the Gallery Paint Brushed Invitation by Hand-Painted Weddings which was inspired and created for this shoot.
Photo by Asya Photography.