...Unruly Invites...

If you're anything like me, you go through/went through literally 50+ drafts and revisions of your invitation suite. I think that my issue was that I never had a true vision in my head about what I wanted the end result to be.

Alyson from Unruly Things / Postal Press apparently never had that problem. See the inspiration for her invites here at 100 layer cake
The finished product is above and it's, obviously, gorgeous. Calligraphy, kraft paper, illustrations & creative type font!? Yes yes and yes! You must see the whole post on the wedding here at 100 layer cake .
p.s. the table settings are to die for. every. last. inch.

...Merry Christmas...

Merry Christmas to all of my bloggity blog readers & clients!
Hoping this post finds all of you well & best wishes for the new year!
Could one of you crafty-types incorporate the above advent calendar as an escort card display for a wedding?! I would love to see it!
Happy Holidays!
Display by french by design via parcel post.


From the letterpress lover within me to you and yours, Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

...Yellow Table Signs & Escort Cards...

As I mentioned earlier, Allison allowed my calligraphy to grace her table names and escort cards for her September Ohio wedding. Each table was named after a place or activity that the bride & groom took part in during their time at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
You've probably already noticed that one of Allison's "wedding colors" was yellow. Yellow lemons served multiple purposes throughout the wedding day, as table decor {above} and as holders on the escort table for the table names {below}.

It was getting close to Allison's wedding day and her seating chart still was not 100% complete. So, she had me draw up an escort card for each guest, as planned, but without a table number. I then wrote the name of each table on the remaining {blank} escort cards. On the day of the wedding Allison set up her escort card table by putting guests sitting at the same table into a vertical row on the table. Behind each row was a lemon holding the escort card displaying the table name that the guests in that row were to sit at. A great option if you are afraid your seating chart won't be finalized until shortly before your wedding!

I used the Pretty Perfect style for all of Allison's escort cards. They look lovely, if I do say so myself! Thank you Allison, for sending me all of these pictures from your wedding day!

...Handwritten Wedding Program...

Earlier this year I was addressing outer envelopes for a local Cincinnati bride when she mentioned that she didn't so much care to have programs at her wedding ceremony, but her mother thought that they were a "must." She asked if I could whip something up that she could take to the printer to have copied. She stressed that she wanted to keep it simple, and I think we did. Here's a little close-up of the program which used both of Penned & Pretty's most requested calligraphy styles, Pretty Adorable & Pretty Perfect.

The bride, Allison, wanted the program to display their names & wedding date along with an order of service and the bridal party. Done & done.

Allison also allowed me to put the calligraphy on the escort cards and table signs/numbers for her reception. Those pictures should grace the blog shortly.

If you are interested in having me calligraphy your wedding program, just send me an e-mail at pennedandpretty{at}gmail{dot}com to inquire with specifics and obtain a rate!

...Snow Mountain...

The first snow fell in ohio this past weekend and the snow bunny within me has quickly come out. Snow me in {with chicken noodle soup & a bottle of wine} & I'm happy as a clam. Too bad this snowfall only topped the 2 inch mark. I'm sure the big snowfall for the year is right around the corner & I hope it's a good one.

In honor of the first snowfall of the year, I wanted to share these charming holiday card from winged wheel stationery.

Loving the empty ski lift and the little reindeer & bunny that make a cameo among the trees. Plus, I'm always a sucker for a lined envelope!

Make sure to check out winged wheel stationery as seen via the oh so beautiful paper: holiday card round up part 5 .