One of the most popular posts of all time on this blog was as simple DIY post shared by Leslie Sigler of Lilly & Louise on creating beautiful, colorful, paper flowers. I recently came across a photo of these same type of flowers used on a wedding cake. It reminded me of Leslie’s great DIY and I wanted to share this idea for another way to incorporate them into your wedding.
Miranda and Matt will be married next Spring in Santa Barbara. The couple came to me with a binder full of inspiration for their wedding. They were in the early stages of wedding planning, but they knew they wanted to excite guests with a unique and unexpected Save-the-Date.
Since both Miranda and Matt are from the East coast, and their wedding in Santa Barbara, it will be a destination wedding for many of their family and friends, and they wanted to incorporate this idea of travel. With a palette of peach, navy, grey and cream, we mixed organic elements of a vintage map of the central coast of California and geometric elements of bold, thick stripes and balanced them with a solid pop of navy and cream on the envelopes. Because we know good mail is even better with an interactive element, we chose to include the actual Save-the-Date information inside a mini envelope. Upon opening the envelope, guests find a classic quote from When Harry Met Sally, then unfold more details.
The elements of a modern day wedding harken back to traditions that began centuries ago. While planning a wedding, it’s fun to highlight specific traditions that are special to you and your family’s history whether it be the location, the dress, the music, or the order of events. Recently we worked with a couple who wanted the look and feel of a traditional invitation, but with a subtle fresh and modern twist. They wanted a formal invitation, but one that would stand out against the other ecru and black invitations that so many of their friends and family had been receiving.
To create their invitation, we at Lilly & Louise worked one-on-one with the couple. We chose a traditional typeface, but used a modern, calligraphic script for a less traditional look. We used a thin border that we incorporated into all elements of the invitation. The border helped balance the traditional look with a modern look. And instead of black ink, we chose to pair charcoal grey and a natural white. The texture created by letterpress and the bold punch of grey that the envelope liner offers make this invitation traditional but with a fresh twist.
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You know that feeling when you find or make a gift that is just perfect for that special someone? Or the feeling when you give a gift and you feel more excited and joyful in giving than you do receiving? For me, these cards were just that. For the girls that stood with me at my wedding, I created cards with collaged replicas of the dresses they chose to wear, inside I shared how thankful I was for their friendship and their presence at my wedding. The girls loved them!
Below is a step by step guide so you can make your very own. If you’re not a do-it-yourself kind of person, don’t sweat it, I have a few of these for sale here in the Lilly & Louse shop, or send me an e mail to request a custom order.
What you’ll need: white cardstock or watercolor paper, paint and paint brushes (I use watercolor), Xacto knife and/or scissors, cutting mat, pencil, needle-nose pliers, picture hanger wire, Elmer’s glue, 4 pieces of 6.25 x 9″ paper-folded in half, 4 envelopes-6.5 x 4.75″
1. Paint a wash of color on the cardstock or watercolor paper. Inconsistencies like brush strokes make it more interesting. Allow to dry.
2. With pencil, lightly draw the silhouette of each dress onto the painted area (keep in mind the card size).
3. Using the Xacto knife and mat board, or the scissors, cut out each dress. Add sashes and other details. Glue all pieces of dress together and allow to dry.
4. Meanwhile, cut about 3 inches of picture hanger wire and, with the pliers, form a mini hanger (that fits the dress and card).
5. On your folded piece of paper, glue the hanger in the middle of the upper half of the card with a few dots of glue. Then apply glue to the back of the dress and place on top of the hanger. Make sure that there is no wet glue exposed and place a book on top to ensure that the collage dries flat.
6. When the glue is dry, double check all pieces of the dress to make sure they are adhered correctly. You are done!