...Giddy Ink: Navy & Green Preppy Chic Invitations...

Over here at penned & pretty there's a soft spot for any invitation or save-the-date that boasts the navy & green color scheme. When the ladies over at Giddy Ink sent me pictures of Jodie & Matthew's save-the-date and invitations I just had to share.
The save-the-date {above} was the first look at the preppy chic invitation soon to come.
The invitation itself was a brilliant square invitation which made quite the first impression. From Lauren at Giddy Ink‎: "Pin stripes and pops of pattern and kelly green keep the intrigue coming—tying all of the correspondence together uniquely and consistently."
"RSVP and matching RSVP envelope {above} leave no detail unturned. Color, typography and pattern unify all pieces of this striking suite {below}."
You can see more photos of this invitation suite over at the giddy-tuesday blog right here!
{Invitation photos by Neysa Ruhl and used with expressed permission.}

...Regas New York: Play on Pattern...

If you couldn't tell from the previous post, the focus on personalization that Regas New York provides to each one of its clients is outstanding. Here is just one more example.

From Nicola of Regas New York "Stephanie and Hernan were looking for a simple format invitation with distinctive elements of design. They fell in love with a flourish font {isn't it to die for!?!} and we selected two screen printed papers for a play on pattern. The black ink letterpress printed in one color was a classic choice that allowed for the pops of color in the envelope liner and reverse of the invitation card a fun surprise." Over here at Penned & Pretty Calligraphy I'm just absolutely loving that flourish font. The reception cards {"Dinner & Dancing"} might just be my favorite because of the interaction of all of the delicious fonts displayed. More so, I am adoring the envelope liner {hello pop of green!} and the patterned paper used on the reverse of the invitation card. Who am I kidding, the whole suite is just fabulous! Well done, ladies of Regas New York!

{images used with expressed permission}

...Regas New York: Elegant and Rustic...

Wedding paper designers Regas New York know that the invitation is the first visual representation of the couple as one. After all, all the thoughtful planning that the Bride and Groom have been doing behind the scenes really takes shape with the correspondence sent to their guests. I'd like to share with you the invitation suite and save the date that Regas New York created for a couple named Catherine and Dan who live in the NYC and were getting married in St. Simons Island, Georgia. As Nicola from Regas New York shares, "They wanted their guests to experience the excitement of a new destination upon receiving their save the dates and invitations in the mail. It was a quiet balance between elegance and rustic complements."

The letterpress save the date map was inspired by a "treasure map" and the clue provided to the guests was the couples' wedding website.
The invitation color palette was a fresh twist on the preppy green/navy combo with the infusion of a light lavender. Catherine's mom is an artist and we were all thrilled to include her rendering of the dreamy, mossy oak trees that Georgia is known for.
Thank you to Nicola and Meredith from Regas New York for sending over this lovely save the date & invitation suite! I not only loved the different colors incorporated into the papers, but the rendering of the Georgia moss trees as illustrated by Catherine's mother. How sweet!
{images used with expressed permission}

...Merry Christmas from Penned & Pretty Calligraphy...

I am appreciative of a lot of things, especially at this time of the year {family, friends, our numerous blessings, etc}. But, I must to say that I always love receiving a pretty card in the mail complete with a fabulous envelope. This little beauty would have been a welcome guest in our mailbox. Oh my deer {or buck or antelope, whatever!}! Loving the break from the traditional Christmas tree, jingle bells and Santa Clause himself.
Oh what is there not to love about this envelope!? Red & gold is always a winning color combination at this time of year! I would love to address it with my "pretty perfect" calligraphy, right beside the "kindly deliver to" instructions. And I love that the envelope flap is on the side of the envelope instead of its traditional spot!
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope that your stockings overflow with all sorts of goodness!
You can see more pictures of this holiday card designed by wiley valentine right here.
p.s. there is all sorts of goodness by wiley valentine on their lovely blog. Enjoy!

...Paisley Quill Red Snowbirds...

With the first big snow storm on its way, I thought this would be the perfect time to feature the red snow birds invitation design from paisley quill. The wedding will be taking place in January at the river birch lodge, a rustic cabin in Michigan. paisley quill described the setting as being dotted with boulder fireplaces, antler chandeliers and twinkling lights and used a warm ivory stock and a cranberry red, which complimented the soft look of the falling snow.
The invitation suite, both as a whole and each individual piece, is just lovely. I expected nothing less from paisley quill! You can see the invitation on their blog here.

...Pencil Us In Save the Date...

I recently received an e-mail from Bree over at Sanskripts letting me know about a new line of save the dates. When I clicked over to check them out, one caught my eye right away. After all, with a tag line of "Pencil Us In," how could I say no!?
The save the date says, He asked 'will you' she said 'love to.' We are loving the gray and plum color combo as well as the funky eye-catching fonts {all of which can be completely customized}!
The save the date above is the Audrey save the date and can be found here. Sanskripts was kind enough to offer all Penned & Pretty readers 10% off your entire order and free shipping till December 31, 2009. Just mention this post!

...Penned & Pretty Calligraphy: Severine's Place Cards...

Severine is one of my favorite clients. She allowed me to adorn the address labels she used on both her wedding invitation envelopes and thank you cards. They were beautiful, if I do say so myself. Severine thought so too, so she allowed me to put my calligraphy on her place cards. Here they were getting ready for their big revel to all of the guests at her wedding reception.
I love the nontraditional way that Severine chose to display the place cards at each table setting. As you can see below, those Pretty Perfect styled place cards were set in between the prongs of each fork. How clever!!
Thank you, Severine, for allowing my "pretty perfect" calligraphy to be such a part of your special day!

...Giddy Ink: Genna...

Giddy Ink is one of my favorite stationery shops. The Giddy Ink blog, Always Tuesday, is a blog that you must visit to see their latest work, like such:

We are loving the textured yet delicate designs carried throughout the suite.

I have always been a fan of using a post card RSVP. This time was no exception.

An adorable return address is always a must. I love the fact that the wedding date is featured on the back of the flap as well!

A huge thank you to the ladies of Giddy Ink for sharing this lovely invitation! I am loving every little detail of this suite!
Click on over to Tying the Knot today to see pictures from the actual wedding attended by the guests receiving this invitation. Invitations created by Giddy Ink. Pictures by Poiema Photography and used with expressed permission.

...Penned & Pretty Calligraphy: Leslie's Wedding Invitation Envelopes...

In the previous post, I shared Leslie's wedding invitation suite with you. Now, allow me to show you how my Penned & Pretty calligraphy popped with white ink against the aubergine envelopes she picked out.

Leslie chose the "Pretty Perfect" calligraphy style to grace the outer envelopes of her wedding invitations. I think we were both pleased with the result!

...Leslie's Suite...

We had the absolute privilege of adorning Leslie's wedding invitation envelopes with our pretty little calligraphy. Pictures of the actual calligraphy are sure to follow, but we couldn't wait to show you her wedding invitation suite.
Gourmet Invitations designed the suite for the New Year's Eve wedding and it is glamorous, to say the least!The jewel tones were carried throughout the wedding invitation as well as the accompanying accommodations insert card.
Below is the back of the RSVP return postcard. We are loving all the details, various fonts and the custom postage stamp!
Thanks to Daisy Jean of Pixel and Hank for letting us know, via twitter {@pennedandpretty}, that Gourmet Invitations had posted this lovely invitation suite!

...Penned & Pretty Calligraphy: Kathryn's Escort Cards...

My clients Kathryn & Scott recently had one of the most adorable fall weddings I've ever seen. Nicole Green photographed their wedding and over at tying the knot I'm featuring snippets of the wedding photos today!
I also had the honor of doing the calligraphy on the outer envelopes of Kathryn & Scott's classy wedding invitations a few months ago. If I do say so myself, they turned out quite lovely! Nicole shared this little gem of a photo with me so that we could see just how adorable the escort cards I penned were a perfect complimentary detail to their special day.

...Boston or Washington...

I first saw this lovely save the date over at Red & White bride and just had to share!
Etsy seller taylortt2 of Taylors Paperie offers various city collections featuring gorgeous city skylines and cute little sailboats floating in ports. I am a fan of the Boston {above} and Washington D.C. {below} save the dates!
The Washington DC Invitation Collection features a silhouette of the DC's most prominent skyline, including the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial and the lovely town homes represent Georgetown. The fonts can be altered and the background silhouette can be changed into any color.

Save the dates crafted by taylortt2. All images used with expressed permission.

...Penned & Pretty Calligraphy: Lynsey's Suite...

April was the designer behind the invitations for my recent clients lynsey & brian. I loved the slate blue outer envelopes and RSVP envelopes {shown below} that were made penned and pretty with my calligraphy, but I never got to see the final end result until April blogged the pictures taken by Critsey Rowe. The invitation suite along with our RSVP envelope, turned out beautifully. In case you were wondering, Lynsey and Bryan selected the Pretty Perfect style in a chocolate ink to grace their envelopes. You can see a picture of the outer envelopes I addressed for lynsey & brian here.

Thanks to Critsey Rowe for capturing my work so beautifully! Pictures used with expressed permission.

...Red Lobster...

It was the little lobster scooting across the invitation that had me at first sight. Isn't he precious!?
Then the rest of the invitation suite unfolded in front of my eyes and I squealed with delight.
I am loving how the grass and the birds are shown on the invitation together and then make separate appearances on the Lobster boil card and the RSVP post card {both shown below}.
What would a wedding in Maine be without an Adirondack chair and a lobster?
If attending, guests were given a meal choice to indicate on their RSVP post card. The two witty options gave me a good chuckle:
how can i come to maine and not eat lobster?! Number of guests____
call me chicken, as that's what i want to eat: Number of guests ____
Invitation as seen from the wedding of Laura and Bobby on the new ruffled blog here and used with expressed permission of Courtney at flush designs and erin hearts court . p.s. you can see the full post here.

...Elephants and Giraffes...

The fabulous lisa welge is both a wedding photographer and a wedding invitation designer {be still my heart!}. So, I just knew that her invitations would be over the top lovely and that she would have great pictures of them for me to share! Lisa wanted to reflect a carnival/circus/county fair/summer barbeque theme in her invitations. I think the result achieved that feel and then some!The fonts, the fonts, the fonts!!!! Hip hip hooray for throwing the typical script fonts out the window!
The colors, the elephant {and the giraffe!}, the wrap around label and the clever fonts make this invitation suite picture perfect.
Ok, ok, I couldn't help it. I just had to show you the cake toppers from this wedding which were crafted by Hilary of Bunny with a Toolbelt. Check out her Etsy shop here,
p.s. you must check out the rest of the details from this wedding here!
All images are as seen on this post {as seen originally on the blog of 100 layer cake} with expressed consent of Lisa Welge.

...Southern Delight...

You know what they say, "go big or go home." This invitation goes big, and I love it in a big big way. Boasting bold colors, lovely illustrations, creative fonts & textures and containing plenty of space for information this invitation caught my eyes the moment I saw it. This invitation invites the holders to a weekend of Southern delight for live blues, tasty cajun cookin' and a destination wedding in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Designer Anne Benjamin worked with the Bride & Groom so that the screen printed poster would function as the invitation and itinerary.
As an added bonus, the envelope came equipped with a pull tab for an easy, clean and entertaining way to open the kraft paper envelope and get to the good stuff!
invitation found here at the shop of mok duk. photos used with expressed permission.

...Eat, Drink & Be Married...

In this post, I featured the lovely poster mat from Heather's {we met in a bar} wedding. If you're looking for adorable posters for your guests to sign at your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception, check out the lovely etsy shop of orange beautiful and rest your eyes on this charming 8x10 poster!

Get it in white and find a snazzy frame in your wedding colors for it to go in.
It's sure to be a beautiful piece of art in your home that will remind you daily of the best day of your life! You can purchase it at the etsy shop of orange beautiful.

...hello tenfold escort cards...

Ellie from Mint has the cutest etsy shop, hello tenfold. My eyes fell upon these escort cards the other day at her shop and I just had to share.
Wouldn't this lovely red design be a perfect fit with a winter wedding!? Oh, and just so you know, choose the design you see above in any color, or Ellie can customize the design to fit your wedding. The escort cards are available as tent cards, flat cards, and with or without names printed.
p.s. we featured ellie's very own wedding programs and invitations here. she offers those same designs {which can also be customized} for sale at her lovely etsy shop!