we are continuously drawn the timeless aesthetic found in classic designs. the clean lines and ‘simplicity’ create a seemingly effortless beauty…think about all those mid century modern pieces of furniture. but the simplest things are often the hardest to create because your eyes are not distracted by a bunch of fluff and the details really matter. last fall, i had the opportunity to work with siobhan and raleigh (2 of more nearest and dearest friends) to create a complete suite that tied into their virginia vineyard wedding.
siobhan and raleigh wanted to create a feeling of elegance with a touch of fun. they wanted to be able to look back at the paper suite on their 50th anniversary and still love every part of it. imagine our parents’ generation looking through wedding photos today laughing at permed hair, baby blue tuxes, and billowing/poufy (long) sleeves…one of a wedding couples biggest fears. and yes, my parents had all of the above in their wedding album.
the invitations were simple without too much ornament or fuss. i worked with bon and raleigh to choose complimentary fonts that would embody their elegant yet fun personalities. we included their wreath/seal ‘monogram’ on the reply card (and also many day of materials) and added the spunk on the illustrated map.
photo credit: kate mcgee photography
i was so thrilled to be a part of their big day and am just sorry it’s taken me so long to finally create this blog post!
is it just me, or is there a new baby or expectant family everywhere you turn…strolling downtown, seated at dinner next to you, on facebook/instagram…the list goes on. well we’ve had several friends have new additions to the family, and we’ve doubled our niece/nephew count with 3 new little ones this year! and i know it’s not the same, but we even brought home a new 4 legged baby to our home this summer…
okay, but enough about our dog(s)…back to juliana’s announcements.
my sister asked me to create a birth announcement for juliana that was just as special and fun as maddie’s were (remember these, way way way back when?) since juliana is named after her paternal grandfather, julius, it was fitting to incorporate a family tree. i loved the idea of also tying together the forest animals that i’ve been so fond of for my sister…maddie’s announcements had an owl and her birthday party invites sported the party animals. so i went to my sketchbook and drew a woodland scene focused around a ‘family tree’ where juliana is cradled on one branch and big sister maddie is swinging from another. doesn’t this remind you of the scene from sleeping beauty where aurora is singing to all her forest friends?
it’s no secret that i love everything about the ocean, lakes, rivers, even pools. i personally love splashing around in the water, but it’s the multitude of creatures and life in the water that is really intriguing…i know, i’m a nerd.
you’ve already seen me explore my love for marine animals in these drawings here and here. and below is the most recent product of my love for all things ‘under the sea.’
an old friend of mine, dory from the doyle dispatch, is having twins (she’s due any time now) and she has a nautical themed nursery. these cards are perfect, right? and with all of the love these babies are going to get from family, friends, and neighbors, the doyles can send these out as thank yous, notes ‘from the babies,’ or whatever else they’re in the mood for.
A big congrats to Nicole and Jake on their wedding this past Saturday! This one was especially near and dear to me because Nicole and I grew up right down the street from each other…remember, she’ll always be Baby Brackett to me? AND, a mid october wedding (ahem, Oct 15, TEN15…you know the story) is really special to me. Fall in Virginia is so beautiful and it really is the perfect time to get married. I may be a little biased, but I can’t help it.
Nicole and Jake chose to continue the willow tree theme from their save the dates into their wedding invitations. They also got married with a willow tree as a backdrop to their altar, so everything tied together really nicely. I’m so happy for Nicole and Jake and am proud to share an anniversary weekend with them!
I was so honored to participate in Charlottesville’s flea-VILLE this weekend, as part of Tom Tom’s Tomtoberfest…yes, that was a lot of word-play.
My friends from Kindred Paper, asked me to join their booth and also contribute some artwork for a few of their cards. This was not only Kindred’s debut but also my first time selling studio goodies at a market-like setting. We were also joined by Emily and Adam who make knitted goods and art prints respectively. The four of us has so much fun spending the afternoon together and meeting all the other vendors–there was a little of everything from paper to vintage antiques to food trucks…yes, I said food trucks.
It was also wonderful because it was located 5 blocks from our house, so my husband walked the dogs over to say hi. They seriously were the best advertisement we could ask for…I mean, who can resist those puppy faces? And no, they are not related by blood…nor are they the same breed. In fact, they are both mutts that we love so much and were just destined to be brothers.
I had a blast and hope everyone who came out to the market had fun and enjoyed looking at (and even buying) some cards.
check out what I brought home yesterday! This new-to-me printing press is a 1934 Chandler and Price platen press that I bought from Maggie and Phil in Alexandria.
Phil’s father was a hobby printer and had a garage full of printing treasures. Phil described him as a man who took his hobbies very seriously and gave 200% into everything he did. I and several other printers & collectors were lucky enough to take home some of these hidden beauties.
I still have quite a ways to get this guy in printing order (it hadn’t been printed with in over 20 years). Next on the to-do? Get new rollers & trucks, a boxcar base, tympan paper, and clean all the layers of dirt and grease off this thing!
check out mary stafford’s blog featuring maya + bryan’s wedding day! she documented their wedding with such stunning photography that from the big moments to to small details.
this was the first time i saw everything come together from what maya and bryan described about themselves and their wedding. it really is even more beautiful that words could have described…it’s a good thing mary did such a wonderful job capturing those moments with each click of her camera. and just to jog your memories, here are their save the dates, invites, and day of materials!
here’s a sneak peak of one of the photos, but head over to mary’s blog to see the whole day.
mary stafford photography
mary stafford photography