Real Weddings

Cabo San Lucas Destination Wedding Suite

This wedding invitation suite was designed for a couple having a gorgeous, luxurious, traditional summer wedding in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Melissa and Stephen are having a beach wedding at Cabo del Sol filled with lush florals, greenery, lots of white and ivory, and hints of blush pink. We wanted the invitations to give off a grand and classic feel while having some fun accents since it will be set on a beach with gorgeous ocean views! The custom watercolor crest was designed to coordinate with a crest that was used in their save the dates, but brings in tropical greenery accents with a hand-painted watercolor look. This watercolor crest would also tie in with the custom watercolor wedding map.

 Cabo San Lucas destination wedding invitation suite. 

The invitation card itself has very simple design, again utilizing that custom wedding crest, gorgeous and clean modern calligraphy, and a traditional serif font. The simplicity pairs perfectly with the intricate and lavish laser cut enclosure. The laser cut enclosure has a gorgeous floral pattern that ties in with the white and ivory florals that will be used throughout the ceremony itself. The enclosure is cut out of a metallic ivory paper to give it an extra little shine. All of the pieces are placed within the enclosure, and the whole set is tied with a simple white satin ribbon. The outer envelope is a classic white envelope adorned with navy blue modern calligraphy to match the pieces of the invitation suite.

 Custom watercolor wedding crest and laser cut invitation enclosure
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The envelope liner also coordinates with the belly band pattern from their save the dates, but has been transformed into a beautiful hand-painted watercolor version. The soft colors bring a gorgeous subtle texture to the entire suite! This same tiled pattern is used in other pieces throughout the invitation suite, such as the RSVP card and the wedding timeline. By bringing in little familiar pieces from the save the dates, it gives an overall sense of coordination and purpose in the design of the wedding invitations.

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The custom watercolor wedding map was such a fun pop of color added to the suite! It featured their venue locations, Cabo del Sol, and the gorgeous hotel that their guests will be staying at, The Cape Hotel.  By tying that familiar piece of the crest throughout several pieces of the suite, it gives a uniform look that keeps it classic and traditional.

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Wedding Signage Favorites

While I am all talk about wedding stationery and invitations, I cannot forget another killer part of my job...wedding signage! There are so many different ways to personalize your wedding reception and bring a little bit of the couple into the design! One of my favorite ways to do this is with SIGNAGE! From wedding welcome signs, to seating charts, bar menus, hashtag signs, backdrops, you name it! I wanted to showcase a few of my favorites on the blog today, so enjoy!

The very first in the photo reel today is from Sarah and Kyle's wedding at the White Sparrow Barn! They loved this quote and wanted it to hang behind them as they said their vows. I lettered this on a piece of muslin fabric, and it was then draped between two simple greenery wreaths. Special shoutout to Sarah and Kyle today as they celebrate their ONE YEAR anniversary! Seemed fitting to post about signage on this day, when theirs was truly one that has been most special to me! :)

 Custom fabric lettered with bible verse hand lettered as a ceremony backdrop at the White Sparrow Barn.
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And there you have it! Those are just a few of my favorites, and I hope this sparked some ideas for your own events you are planning! You can't ever have enough cute signage! :)

Elegant Save the Date: Destination Wedding

I've shared bits and pieces of this Save the Date suite on my instagram (and it was also recently featured on Oh So Beautiful Paper!), but I figure it is time to give it a full feature on the blog! This Save the Date was designed for my bride, Melissa, who is getting married next summer in Cabo (SO jealous!). When designing this custom Save the Date suite, we wanted to incorporate the fun Cabo destination wedding vibe while keeping it very traditional, and elegant to reflect the type of affair it is going to be! By using a beach color scheme of teals, blues and pops of blush pink and gold, combined with gorgeous engagement photos taken at the beach where the wedding will take place, the guests are sure to get a good feel for this destination wedding! 
 Modern and elegant Cabo beach destination wedding Save the Date

The outer envelope is covered in beautiful navy blue hand lettering for the address, paired with beach-inspired vintage stamps, always a must! One of my favorite things about this navy blue ink is the way it has that flowing ombre effect throughout the letterforms.

 Gorgeous outer envelope for formal Cabo wedding with navy blue calligraphy and vintage stamps

Upon opening the envelope, guests will find a sea blue enclosure wrapped in a custom belly band. This belly band features a geometric pattern inspired by Mexican tiles found throughout the architecture of this destination, and topped off with a custom wedding monogram.

 Custom belly band with mexican tile pattern and custom wedding crest.

When opening the enclosure, you will first see the custom calligraphy lettered Save the Date card printed in gold foil front and center. The design of this card was kept very simple so that the eye wasn't pulled to one part of the enclosure only - the entire invitation flowed together in perfect beachy unison! The pocket to the right holds the gold foiled accommodations card and an accordion style card with several of the couples engagement photos.

 Gold foil save the date calligraphy design for a summer destination wedding in Cabo.
 Cabo San Lucas destination wedding Save the Date, elegantly printed in gold foil.
 Accommodations card for destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas at the Cape hotel

The bride had so many favorite engagement photos (I don't blame her - I mean look at that beach and that couple!) that she asked for me to design a creative way to display several of the images besides the one in the enclosure oval slot! So, this accordion card is what we ended up with, and it was a perfect little unique touch, especially with the wedding hashtag displayed on the back of the card!

 Cabo San Lucas destination wedding Save the Date design

This Save the Date is the perfect combination of traditional, modern, beach elegance that will surely get guests excited for this extravagant and gorgeous wedding happening in summer of 2017! We are starting on her wedding invitations very soon, and I can't wait to see how they turn out and what inspires us during the design phase! Follow along for updates!