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.
Lets talk a second about envelopes. I believe that envelopes are the biggest small thing you can do to add punch to your wedding invitations. You make a first impression with an envelope.
A fun, colored envelope provokes excitement in the receiver, because that person knows he/she has just received a special piece of mail. A colorful envelope separates itself from the standard birthday cards and “other mail” which usually come in white envelopes.
At Hand-Painted Weddings, we offer the best quality envelopes as an upgrade option. They are sturdy, opaque, and have beautiful European flaps (pointed). This allows for the option of having the return address centered on the flap instead of being on the front in the top left corner.
The color options in this envelope collection (as you can see) are plentiful, so have fun! Why not pick a different color envelope for your response envelope than your outer envelope to add to the wow factor!
Photo by Hand-Painted Weddings.
Julia and Dan’s beautiful backyard wedding that we featured on Thursday and Friday on the Hand-Painted Weddings blog is being featured on wedding blog extraordinaire, Style Me Pretty today! I’m thrilled! It is such a honor to be on this wonderful blog! Click here to view.
Also, be sure to read Chrissy’s (the wedding planner from Truly You Events) recap of the event. Here’s a snippet…. “Having dated for 10 years and attended many weddings together, Julia and Dan were strongly committed to creating something totally personal and unique for their special day.”
The amount of talent that went into this wedding was amazing! See below for the vendor list:
Photography: Amanda Jaffe, Love Me Do Photography | Wedding Planning: Christiane Lehman, Truly You Events | Catering: Garces Catering | Floral Design: Petals Lane | Tent: Eventquip | Lighting: Eventions | Paper: Hand Painted Weddings | Ceremony/Cocktail Musicians: Joe DiVita Trio | DJ: Ari Rosenfield, Beat Train Productions | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Hair Styling: Pileggi on the Square | Guest Transportation: Philadelphia Trolley Works
Do you dream in letterpress? You know–the wonderful tactile feeling of rubbing your fingers over elegant typography, and the beautiful shadows that are created in the crevices of the letterpressed words. Letterpress is a centuries old printing process that creates an impression (literally) on the paper through a very hands-on procedure.
I’m excited to announce that Hand-Painted Weddings is now offering an upgrade option for our Signature Invitations. For an additional $350, you can add a 1-color letterpress impression to your 100 invitation/reply card order. This means that your text will all be 1-color and have a beautiful indentation (or debossing) technique applied to it. The tactile quality of letterpress and the artistry of watercolor are a gorgeous match because they both incorporate a hands-on, unique aesthetic. Letterpress in itself is an art form and I’m so excited to offer this new technique to our clients!
A letterpress drop down option will be available on all Signature Invitation listings on the website soon. Can’t wait? Simply contact me and we’ll discuss further.
Last week’s invitation styling inspired (what I believe to be) a very interesting new way to photograph the Hand-Painted Weddings Shop Invitations. The idea is too connect fashion and invitation by styling the photographs with myself holding an Invitation in front of outfits that relate in design. This is a beautiful extension to the very human element of watercolors, by having a person holding the invitation.
What sets Hand-Painted Weddings apart is the very human element that watercolor brings to your wedding. It isn’t digitized, just as the wedding that follows the invitation isn’t digitized or cookie cutter. A Hand-Painted Wedding is unique, human, and, of course, hand-painted.