[wedding invitations] a custom bilingual invite for the holidays

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Uyen at Sassy Girl Weddings contacted me to design her clients invitation suite; which was an exciting project since I needed to find a way to combine two languages, a greenery watercolor graphic, along with their holiday wedding theme! The most cost effective [and eco-friendly] option was to print a language on each side of a single-layer card. The couple could then flip the card face-up within the envelope, depending on who was receiving the invite.

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I found a few green foliage graphics for the couple to choose from, I then added the red berries for a classic holiday element. They decided to incorporate a belly-band embellishment [wrapped around the invite card] to slide the enclosure cards in.  For the band design, I laid out their names & date in white on a red berry ink. Finally, we went with a wild berry envelope to match.

Wedding Invitation GreeneryI can’t wait to customize this design style in the future for a non-holiday celebration, simply by changing the band & envelope color and probably removing the berries… or we can keep them for fun. 😉

 

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[custom invitations] a modern city skyline invite personalized for any event

I’ve recently had a few requests to pick up my city skyline illustrations for a save the date, post-wedding reception party and two bridal showers! I noticed while redesigning each card that these examples really showcase how you can personalize any invite based on the events theme.

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San Francisco Skyline: Reception Invitation [Gold Foil on white matte + Super Gold metallic envelope]  ~  Wedding Save the Date [4-color printing on white matte + Antique Gold metallic envelope]
Updating the size & shape of the card along with changing the paper finish, envelope color, and fonts will produce a very unique invitation. You can, of course, fancy up the design by adding gold foil printing! It may seem overwhelming to make all these decisions, but I normally offer up a few ideas along the way! 😉

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Portland Bridal Shower Invite [9×4 cream linen]  ~  San Francisco Bridal Shower Save the Date [5×3.5 white + copper metallic]
> Additional city skyline graphics can be found at my etsy shop (flip through photos at each listing to see examples); Washington DC / Chicago / Boston / San Diego / Seattle / New York / Philadelphia / Paris

 

> You can get started on the custom design process for your event invitations here

[real wedding] A magical affair at a California Mansion

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While searching for a past clients wedding day photos, I came across these stunning images …thank you social media! Congrats to Andie & Augie, married on September 10, 2016 at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame, California. [photography by Mémoire Studio].

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We customized my square, booklet-style pocket folder invitation suite by incorporating their navy, blush & beige theme colors. For the reception stationery, we picked up all the design details from the invites onto the menus, seating cards, and program fans (Andie tied her own ribbon embellishment onto the fan sticks)! I also love that we added the gold-glitter card stock to the escort tent cards & menus, a very glamorous touch.

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2-layer, Escort seating tent cards + tall, vertical menu flat cards [glitter gold + cream texture]
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Wedding Program Fan; front & back printed program w/rounded corners [cream texture]
And finally, they requested a unique guest book alternative [Wed-Libs], which we also personalized to match the rest of their stationery design! Check out the various wedding Mad Libs ideas via Pop-Sugar; [14 Free, Fun, and Printable Wedding Mad Libs].

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Wed-Libs; a personalized wedding guest book alternative

[save the date] custom design wedding inspiration

Need a custom Wedding Save the Date? See below for some design inspiration and ideas on what we can create for you (paper, ink & fonts can change based on your theme):

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Custom Nautical Wedding  / 2-layer card with envelope
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Engagement Photography / flat card printed front & back with envelope
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Vintage Cinema Ticket / card with envelope (optional guest/return address label wrap)
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San Francisco Skyline / card with envelope
eye chart save the date
Eye Chart design for an ophthalmologist couple / Postcard
save the date postcard with photo
Full frame photo/ postcard
save the date and matching invitations
Filigree / 2-layer card w/envelope (custom guest address labels)
wedding Save The Date magnet
2-layer card w/envelope (magnet strips added to the back)

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[Real Wedding] A Colorful Great Gatsby Inspired Event

MichelleKevinSuiteCongrats to Michelle & Kevin, married on September 19, 2015 at The Generals Daughter in Sonoma, California. I can’t get over how gorgeous all the colors came together in these amazing photos by Rebecca Gosselin Photography.

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When I met with Michelle, I was so excited to utilize her fun color palette when designing her custom invitations into a unique, art deco styled suite. I also created a ‘Great Gatsby’ themed monogram to use throughout their stationery (see matchbook & cuff links too!). Everything really came together beautifully by combining the stunning bouquets [by Fantasy Flowers] with the wedding day coordination [A Savvy Event]. I had to find time to showcase just a few of my favorite photos for your planning inspiration! 😉

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[Real Wedding] City + Island theme on Treasure Island in San Francisco

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Congrats to Eilleen & Ron, married on September 20, 2014 at Casa de la Vista on Treasure Island [with the lovely San francisco skyline as their backdrop].

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I personalized my invitation suite to showcase the city skyline with bay bridge [as seen from their venue] along with their color theme which was champagne, fuchsia and accents of antique gold. When it was time to create the reception stationery, we easily picked up the design and metallic papers to match.   View More: http://umeusstudios.pass.us/eilleene-ron

I love all the wedding details they added to bring together their city / island theme… especially the wedding cake which incorporates both [orchids + skyscrapers].

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>> see more inspirational photography by U Me Us Studios

 

2014 custom invitations & stationery

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Wow! this year is flying by!  I’ve been so busy with new invite & stationery orders for the 2014 wedding season that I haven’t been able to update my website or blog as much as I should. But luckily I remembered to capture a quick photo each time I created a new custom design. Thank goodness for social media 😉 #papercakedesigns
>check out the links below to see more photos & inspiration:

pinterest  |  instagram   |  flickr

[custom wedding invitation] City Skyline

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San Francisco Skyline

I cannot believe it’s been 2 years since I first illustrated the San Francisco skyline for Lianne’s custom wedding invitation. Recently I’ve been on a roll designing more cityscapes, as well as updating the SF skyline to each clients venue location! I’m excited to finally have a gallery of new invites, showcasing how each can be customized to a specific color theme, shape & size. Let me know your favorite combo! 😉

Boston City Skyline Wedding Invitation Suite [single-layer vertical, tall cards]
Boston City Skyline Wedding Invitation Suite [single-layer vertical + enclosure cards]
San Francisco Skyline [2-layer horizontal invite with belly band to hold enclosure cards]
San Francisco Skyline [2-layer horizontal invite w/belly band to hold tear-off enclosure card]
Washington DC SKyline Wedding Invitation Suite [2-layer horizontal invite with tear-off RSVP postcard & wedding map enclosure card]
Washington DC Skyline [2-layer horizontal w/tear-off RSVP postcard + wedding map enclosure]
San Francisco Bay Bridge Lights Invitation [2-layer 5x7 horizontal with enclosure cards]
San Francisco Bay Bridge Lights [2-layer 5×7 horizontal invite w/enclosure cards]
San Francisco Palace of fine Arts Skyline Invitation [2-layer 5x7 horizontal card with belly band & oval tag]
San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts Skyline [2-layer 5×7 horizontal card w/belly band + oval tag]
San Francisco Skyline Wedding Invitation Suite [booklet with pocket for enclosure cards & belly band]
San Francisco Skyline Wedding Suite [5×7 booklet w/pocket for enclosure cards + belly band]
New York Queesboro Bridge Skyline Wedding Invitation Suite [digitally designed for DIY print & assembly]
New York Queensboro Bridge Skyline [digitally designed for DIY print & assembly]
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Chicago City Skyline Wedding Invite [2-layer horizontal card w/belly band]
San Francisco Zoo Wedding Invitation Sutro Tower Skyline [single ticket folder with belly band & label]
San Francisco Zoo Sutro Tower Skyline [single-ticket folder w/belly band + label]
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Rehearsal Dinner [2-layer 5×7 vertical Invite]
Paris Skyline [all-in-one guest/return address label wraps]
Paris Skyline [all-in-one guest/return address label wraps]
 

[custom design] papel picado letterpress wedding invitation suite

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I finally received a sample of dave & emily’s letterpress wedding invitation package that I custom designed for them! I cannot believe how amazing the papel picado design looks printed [these photos don’t even do it justice!] 😉 I’m so glad they found me & requested my graphic design assistance, since they already had a letterpress printer lined up [at Full Circle Press].

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Papel Picado Suite

If you’re able to print yourself or at your local printer but need a personalized wedding invitation, rsvp & reception details/map enclosure card , etc… then check out my etsy listing for more info!

>> an additional design fee may apply depending on complexity of a requested custom graphic design or monogram [see my monogram listing for more info]

>> plus, a custom wedding map for your invitation package is a separate fee since it’s a longer design process [see my wedding map listing for more info]