Thursday, March 31, 2011

Romantic Garden Wedding

What's more romantic than getting married in a garden?! With that in mind and incorporating colors of blush pink, silver and ivory, I created an invitation with a whimsical yet elegant frame overlaying a pink floral lace design.

The invitation and response card were letterpress printed on Crane's Lettra cotton cover stock. Edges of the cards were given soft round edges. The invitation was affixed to a beautiful silver metallic cardstock and backed with another layer of the Lettra cotton stock. The two backings added depth to the invitation as well as weight. 

I custom designed a monogram for the couple and had it printed on pink metallic cardstock to act as a belly band wrapped around the invitation.  Finally, the envelopes were lined in the same pink metallic paper.

The letterpress printed foldover thank you notes complemented the invitation design and incorporated their monogram; a pink metallic envelope was used.
Invitation set with envelope and pink liner, invitation with 
belly band wrapped around and response card:

Response card: 
 Foldover thank you note (with pink envelope):

Design by The Inviting Pear
Wedding Planner: Olivia, Liv by Design

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Canadian Wedding, Texas Theme

When Amber and I met, she had one thing on her mind: she wanted her wedding to have a Texas ranch feel even though their wedding would take place in Canada. Amber and Trevor are from Canada but they currently live in Austin, Texas. Since most of their family live in Canada, the ceremony had to take place there. Luckily they found a Texas-style ranch (Hitch 'N Post Ranch) to be their wedding ceremony and reception venue. And I couldn't be more excited about the design prospects!

We chose the staggered invitation format to give the invitation a unique but rustic feel with the brad. Inspired by cattle brands, I designed their monogram in that style. Their first initials were used in a seamless way on the circle "brand". For the actual invitation, I used a mixture of typography to give it a western feel. The response card is a perforated postcard that guests can tear off and simply place in the mail. Finally, the last piece of the invitation is a custom-drawn map showing where the "Hitch 'N Post" is located. To finish off the invitation, I chose beautiful purple envelopes with a European flap.

Design by The Inviting Pear

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Comedy for CARY

I'm always happy to help a nonprofit organization, especially one as important as the Council on At-Risk Youth (CARY). Please support this worthy cause at Comedy for CARY: An April Fool's Preview on Sunday, March 27th. It should be a wonderful time featuring Esther's Follies! For additional information or to purchase tickets, please visit

Design by The Inviting Pear

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Burlap wrapped invitation

When Sarah and I met to discuss her wedding stationery, including invitations, one thing stuck out in my mind. She wanted to include burlap as part of her linen selections at her wedding reception. Right away, I asked if she would be interested in including burlap in her invitation stationery. Answering a resounding "yes", I knew we were going to design a beautiful invitation together.

I designed the invitations with natural-looking flowers (different images on each card, but tied together with the same soft colors of sage green and pink). I chose a more formal script font for their names to elevate the invitation design a bit. To go with the natural feel, we used Kraft envelopes with a sage green lining. With the burlap wrapped and tied around the invitation, the directions and response card/envelope were neatly tucked beneath it. And voila! An organic invitation set with an elegant feel.

Design by The Inviting Pear
Wedding Planner: Bethany, 36th Street Events

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Maddy is two!

I'm extremely lucky to have designed Holly & Corey's wedding invitation and their daughter's last two birthday invitations. So what type of party do you throw when your little girl turns two? Have a "tutu and tie" party, of course!

To purchase invitation, please visit:

Design by The Inviting Pear

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Style Me Pretty

I'm so excited that one of my fall weddings is featured on Style Me Pretty. Read about the wedding at:

Thanks to Jessica with Something To Celebrate for the referral!

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

A font by any other name...

Let's face it...the selection of fonts sets the tone of your invitation. A font can make an invitation romantic, casual or whimsical. I'm often asked which fonts are my favorites. Without further ado, these are my go-to fonts.

Formal Script: Bickham Script, Sloop Script Two, Diplomat
Casual Script: Cezanne, Adios Script, Scriptina
Block: Mrs Eaves Petite Caps, Trajan Pro, Chisel
Casual/Modern Block: Futura, Cochin, Trade Gothic

Not sure how your name is going to look in a certain font? Get MW Fonts software (you can upload it for free). The software lets you type in whatever you want and see it in all the fonts that are uploaded on your computer!

My favorite font sites: (free)

Happy font searching!

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

A Bicyclist's Dream

I love the colors of this wedding: purple, silver and yellow accents. And when Katrina said that her fiancĂ© is an avid bicyclist (and photographer), I knew this was going to be a fun and whimsical design. What came to mind? Gears, of course!

The square save the dates were digitally printed on pearlescent textured paper, backed with silver metallic cardstock. A design of gears set off the bicycle/photographer tone.

The pocketfold invitations were letterpress printed...swoon! We chose a 100% cotton paper for the invitation and enclosure cards and a beautiful yellow paper backing for the invitation and monogram seal. These were all set off with the silver metallic pocketfold.

To make the invitations a little different from the save the dates, I created an outline of gears (instead of filling the gears in with color). By doing so, the indention of the letterpress really was illustrated. The custom monogram I created used their first initials and a close-up of one of the gears. Katrina even used the monogram on her postage stamps (you can purchase custom postage at

Save the date design:

Letterpress Printed Invitation:

Design by The Inviting Pear
Wedding Planner: Bethany, 36th Street Events

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