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.
Here in Santa Barbara, we are very near to the heart of California’s central coast wine country. This fun couple held their rehearsal dinner at Oreana Winery, a tasting room on the Urban Wine Trail, that is a fantastic venue for a casual evening al fresco with friends. For this invitation the couple wanted to keep it fun and lighthearted while capitalizing on venue’s main attraction (besides the beautiful couple, of course). I hope the guests had as much fun receiving this invite as I did making it!
Bride- and Groom-to-be, Cally and Dan, wanted to invite their loved ones to “save the date” for their wedding in a fun and sophisticated style. We at Lilly & Louise designed an illustration that seemed perfect for their upcoming nuptials. As Dan is from Vermont, and Cally is from Santa Barbara–where the couple will marry– a simple knot connecting the two states would tell the story simply and sweetly. Bakers’ twine was the perfect material for the metaphor–the stripes give it a fun, whimsy touch– while white and coral was foil stamped onto a rich charcoal grey paper, a fitting, sophisticated background.