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my cousin’s wedding invitations

My second littlest cousin is getting married this fall. We adore her fiance and can’t wait for their special wedding day.

jen + brett

{aren’t they the most darling couple?! Photos by the talented Stacy Jacobsen}

Jen asked me to create her invitations and I was so pleased to do them for her. She wanted something vintage-y, fun, a little bit formal and the groom wanted to somehow incorporate a ‘tree with roots’ {love you, brett!}. Here is what we came up with:

wedding invitation suite

The package came in a navy envelope with cute wraparound labels.

envelope front

envelope back

All of the invitation pieces were bundled with a striped wrap and tied with twine.

invitation all tied up with twine

invitation close up

The tree with roots turned out really cute with their initials subtly added.

rsvp card

rsvp envelope

We used envelopes in curry from Paper Source for the rsvp card. I love the pop of color.

driving directions ferry schedule

The wedding is at a gorgeous farm across the sound from Seattle, so we included a ferry schedule for local travelers.

registry card

And a dainty registry card.

dot line

I started jones design company 10 years ago doing custom invitations for brides, new babies, parties and holiday cards.  As our family has grown and I’ve entered this blogging world, my business has changed and custom design work has taken a back seat.

I get questions every once in a while asking about design projects and it makes me sad to say no. Especially when I don’t have a list of great referrals to offer. I always suggest my friends Rae {www.armommy.com} and Lindsay {www.lindsayletters.com}, but with one just having a baby and another expecting her first, I know they are both limited with how much work they can take on too.

So I thought this might be a good chance to open up the comments to those of you who are stationery designers. If you have a business doing invitations, announcements, or other graphic design please leave a link to your website in the comments. Feel free to leave a little snippet about what you do or services you offer.

If you are looking for custom design work, please check through the comments to see if someone fits your aesthetic. I hope it becomes a great resource.

125 Responses to my cousin’s wedding invitations

  1. Blake Johnston June 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Love your work and love the printing job. Do you mind if i ask where you do your printing? or do you do it yourself?

  2. Wendi Brooks October 5, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    I love the invitation suite you created! The color palette is rich and has plenty of “pop”! Great job!

    My passion is paper design. I create all kinds of custom invitations, but I have to say that weddings are my favorite. Planning a wedding is such an exciting time and I love to be part of it. An invitation sets the tone for an event and the possibilities are endless!

    I am very blessed to love what I do. I also love being a mother of four young girls and a wife to one tall handsome man. It’s a busy life we lead, but I always leave room to create! Here’s my website if you’d like to see my work:

    http://www.paperimpressions.etsy.com
    http://www.paperimpressions.blogspot.com

    Thanks for the opportunity to share! Keep blogging, I really enjoy your site!

    Wendi Brooks
    paperimpressions.blogspot.com
    paperimpressions.etsy.com

  3. Gloria September 16, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    First off, I am in LOVE with the invitations you made! Everything about them is perfect, the texture, color, fonts, I love it all. What a sweet, awesome, generous idea for the opportunity to chime in with our own ventures! I realize I’m late to this little party, but I just saw this post…

    I am beyond obsessed with party invitations myself. I love doing invites with interesting shapes-lingerie shower invites shaped like corsets, backed with lace fabric and of course topped with rhinestones. Anything beyond just the typical ink on paper is what inspires me the most. Here is my portfolio and site!

  4. Hannah R. September 12, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    http://greenweddingshoes.com/real-wedding-lauren-joes-vintage-carnival-wedding/

    Saw this wedding and thought you did everything! :o) Super cute!

  5. Hayley September 3, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    i LOVED these! just sent back my RSVP. great job! they are adorable:)

  6. Katie Schwarz September 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    Beautiful work!

    I own a handmade stationery/graphic design business that specializes in eco friendly paper goods. KatieDyd Designs features personalized stationery, wedding invitations and calling cards in addition to other paper goods. I love to do custom design work, and I can work with any budget. My website is katiedyd.com and katiedyddesigns.etsy.com

    Thank you,
    Katie Schwarz
    KatieDyd Designs

  7. Tiffany September 2, 2011 at 8:06 am #

    Hi Emily,

    Just love your blog and your design work! I’m a Stationery Designer specializing in Weddings, but I Design for all of Life’s Special Moments. I absolutely LOVE what I do! Take a look at my work… referrals are greatly appreciated :)

    Web: http://www.embellishedbytiffany.com
    Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/embellishedbytiffany
    Blog: http://www.embellishedbytiffany.blogspot.com/

    Warm Regards,

    Tiffany

  8. aprairiegirlincalifornia September 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    honestly. You made these? You are one in-sane lady=) insane in a crazy awesome way!!!! wow! I wanna get married all over again so You can design my invites!!! Baby ones I guess :) ♥ u!!!

  9. Jennifer September 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Absolutely incredible design work on the invitations!

    I have always loved unique, personalized gifts! That is what inspired me to begin creating custom birth announcement art in my Etsy shop, New Arrival Designs. My birth announcement art comes in four, unique designs with 18 font colors to select from. They make a fantastic gift for a new parent or a great addition to a child’s bedroom. New Arrival Designs are the perfect way to commemorate such a special day! Check out http://www.newarrivaldesigns.etsy.com for more information!

    Jennifer F.
    New Arrival Designs

  10. Patricia September 1, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Emily, I love these invite! I’m obsessed with the variety of fonts that you used!! I’d love to know the names of the fonts you used If it’s not too much trouble :).

    Thanks!

  11. kellyhicks September 1, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    Hi Emily, I love the invites you did!

    I design invitation suites and you can see some of my recent work here:
    http://kellyhicksdesign.com/2011/08/newport-wedding-invitations/
    http://kellyhicksdesign.com/2011/04/downtown-st-paul-wedding-invitations/

    and here’s my blog: http://kellyhicksdesign.com/blog

    Thanks!

  12. Rochelle August 31, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Hi Emily, Where do you order your paper and labels? I love them but everything I have found seems to be so expensive. I would like to order good quality for your printables. Thanks!

  13. Courtney August 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Love your blog; I am so inspired by everything you do. Thank you! I own a sign shop business on Etsy. I make fun family name plaques that say “The Smith Family; Established 2010”. Great wedding gifts! I also do custom nursery designs. I can even take your wedding invites and turn them into personalized signs- all for around $35. Would love to have you over to my shop to take a peek.

    http://www.Etsy.com/shop/VermilionDrive
    Or Facebook:http://m.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=133881209993658&refid=0

    Thank you again for all you do.
    All the best,
    Courtney
    Vermillion Drive Design

  14. Katy August 31, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    LOVE those cards! I am constantly looking for new inspiration in wedding or photography blogs (and yours!) I don’t do a lot of stationary and invites, but I would love to do more! In addition I do life drawing (can work off models or photos) as well as illustration, graphic design and packaging (in various styles) and industrial design (infact a girl i graduated with recommended your blog!). I’m always up for a new project!

  15. Rachel August 31, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Can we talk paper? I usually use linen cardstock from the Paper Mill Store, which I love, but am always looking for other ideas…is it a secret, or will you share your favorite paper/sources? :)

  16. Jessi at Naptime Diaries August 31, 2011 at 6:01 pm #

    Oh wonderful, thanks Emily!
    I run a design shop doing mostly scripture prints, but a good amount of custom work as well – announcements, invitations, logo design & custom prints! I also blog about life, Jesus, and design!

    http://www.naptimediaries.com
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/naptimediaries

  17. Rebecca August 31, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    This is my friend… http://redpearldesigns.com/index.html
    She is really good and really sweet!

  18. Amy McKinney August 31, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Hi Emily! I absolutely love your blog! Thanks for the opportunity to share our business and graphic design work. I am located in North Carolina and recently began Sealed Invitation and Design Studio. I specialize in custom wedding invitations, birth announcements, stationery, holiday cards, and much more! If anyone is looking for a custom look please check out http://www.sealeddesignstudio.com

    Thanks!
    Amy

  19. Shelly August 31, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    The invitations are so lovely-you did a great job! Just wanted to post about my custom blog designs. I also have experience in invitations just don’t have any of my designs posted online. http://www.basilberrydesigns.blogspot.com

    Thanks for opening your comments for this purpose!

  20. Abby August 31, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    Hi, I’m a 20 year old girl who started my own greeting card line this spring and it is going great! I’ve sold hundreds and hundreds of cards since May :) I love graphic designing and have been doing it as a full time job for quite some time. I use the Adobe Creative Suite CS5 and love {LOVE} the wedding set you posted on here. I’m just starting to design on my own and I would love to be referred to people, esp. weddings. I have my own iMac and would consider it a pleasure to email you some of my card designs if you would care to see them or answer any questions you may have. -Abby Troyer

  21. Allison August 31, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    What a great idea! As a small business owner I prefer word-of-mouth and referrals to traditional advertising.

    I run Carolina Pear Paper Goods with my best friend. We are based out of North Carolina but we serve clients from other states as well. We got our start designing custom wedding invitations and programs for our friends and family, then our business grew to include birth announcements, graduation invitations, note cards and other stationery goods. No custom order is too small!

  22. Jaclyn August 31, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    LOVING the invites! But I just love your blog in general! ;p
    I make customized wedding invitations and anything else print-wise that the wedding may need. I absolutely love working one-on-one with all the amazing brides. I am based out of St. Louis but have work long distance with many customers {and actually just finished up with two brides in London}! Am putting the final touches on my website that will be up by the end of September:

    http://www.122photoanddesign.com

    …until then, feel free to contact me via e-mail or find me on Facebook:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Twenty-Two-Photo-Design-House/139966686035423

  23. Lauren August 31, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    Hi! I design custom wedding invitations and other paper products in mid-Michigan. My website is: http://www.lubirddesignstudio.com. Thanks for the opportunity to share our work!

  24. Katie August 31, 2011 at 6:27 am #

    where do you find cute postage stamps!? those are darling!! love your work!! how lucky your cousin is to have you!! :) have a great day!

    • Kelly Hollstrom May 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

      I am also wondering….where do you get those cute postage stamps?

  25. Kari August 31, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    Another beautiful creation, Emily! Thank you again for sharing.

    I am a calligrapher in the Chicago area, but my website is not the most up-to-date (I have 3 small children). It’s one of my goals to get that revamped this fall. :) I find that with all the fun fonts out there, many brides/grooms have asked me to create a style that matches the font from their wedding invitation. I find that a lot of fun, but I have some standard styles too. I have created some invitations as well… Feel free to check it out.

    http://www.calligraphybykari.com

    Congrats to your cousin and her fiancé! :)

  26. Rachael August 31, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    Wow – I love those! I can’t believe you printed those at home!! My problem has usually been that my ideas are more than my printer can stand. LOL. I’ve been doing small scale invitations and wedding stationery for friend’s showers and baby announcements for years. I like to do crazy unique things and love anything with a challenge! I have combined my two major craft drugs into one blog at http://withpinandink.blogspot.com which links to my Etsy shop and also to the Facebook page by the same name. More examples of my stationery work can be found at http://www.potentnotables.com. I’m trying to re-enter the “workforce” now that my daughter is over 2, so I’d be happy to see if my work is a good fit with folks!

  27. Heather August 31, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    Beautiful invitations! I love the fonts, colors, and design. It all blends perfectly together. You have an incredible gift, thank you for sharing it with us.

  28. Lisa August 31, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    These invites are so lovely! I’m curious, how do you make the tilted “to” & “and” with the cute swirly lines?

    Thanks!

  29. emily j August 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    Obviously, I love everything you do, Em! (This fabulous lady helped design my wedding invitations and I still love them!) On another note, I would sort of like to steal your sweet cousin’s dress.. and boots… ok the whole outfit. Didn’t have time to fly through all the comments so maybe the source was already disclosed, but please do share! Just got back from a month at YL camp in Oregon and shared your blog with all the ladies there and taught a bunch of little girls how to make wreaths and flowers. Now that I am back I am excited to be a monthly member! You are doing great work!

  30. Jessie August 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Oooh Farm Kitchen!! (I live in Poulsbo) Lovely! The invites are amazing! I hope we can see some sneak peeks of the wedding too. ;)

  31. Erica August 30, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Your designs are always classy and adorable! I have to ask – What are some good sources for digital prints/patterns for those just starting into graphic design? I’m teaching myself Illustrator just for personal enrichment, I guess, but I’m having a hard time getting a collection of background patterns. Etsy? Any other ideas? Thank you so much!!

  32. Tamsyn August 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    These are all kinds of gorgeous Emily xx

  33. Heather August 30, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    i have a question for you emily….. what type of printer do you use? i have started to design some stuff and can’t find a printer that doesn’t make me want to pull my hair out. any advice?

  34. Holly McKenzie August 30, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Hi! Beautiful work, Emily! I own a stationery and invitation business called HollyDays (www.shophollydays.com) We design fun party invitations and party goodies and specialize in children’s parties. Thank you for allowing us to provide this information as a resource to your readers.

    My right hand gal, Jen, came in just a couple weeks ago with one of your beautiful prints she had bought for her home and showed me your cute hand-addressed envelope. You do great work!

    Thanks,
    Holly

  35. Kaylin August 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    Hi everyone!
    I’m just getting started in the wedding invitation world, however, I have done the invitations for my wedding and the invitations for friends and families. I usually create invitations that yell “handmade”, my designs are inspired by each individual bride and I never make the same invitation twice. Feel free to contact me: kelamert@gmail.com (I’m trying to get a website and an Etsy shop up and running at the moment.)

  36. Heather Bloem August 30, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Hi Emily!

    A friend sent me the link to your blog, and I just love it! {and the wedding invitations shown above} You are sweet to let other designers share their link. I do calligraphy, design custom invitations, logos, etc and would love for you to check out my site: http://www.design-roots.net or find me on facebook {a lot of my recent jobs are posted there} http://www.facebook.com/designroots

    Thanks! I’ll be back reading your blog soon :)

    Heather

  37. ileana August 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    My husband and I were married 23 years ago, and I am thinking maybe we should do it again just so we could have such beautiful invitations!! They are fabulous & unique. I LOVE the tree with the initials. I love everything about them. Congratulations Jen & Brett!

  38. Jennifer August 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Hi! My name is Jennifer and I do calligraphy from my home studio (near San Antonio). I specialize in pointed pen calligraphy scripts, and love helping clients with their wedding plans, parties, and other memorable events. I’d love to have you drop by and visit my website!

  39. jac reifsnyder August 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    I am a mom of two little ones and my hubby is a med student. I make party favors that are perfect for you Wedding, Wedding shower, and Baby shower. Please check them out at http://www.supergirlmommy.etsy.com Thanks so much for looking, my family could really use the support.

  40. J. Schoenberger Design August 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    Hello! Do you know where I could find the wrap around labels? Thank you!!!

    • emily August 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

      I created these ones and will be adding them next month to JDC | monthly. They are basically just a long strip printed on full sheet label paper.

  41. Martha Clark August 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    I love these invites and I love your blog! You are so talented. Do you design Holiday cards?

    • emily August 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

      I have in the past and haven’t decided what I’ll do this year … stay tuned …

  42. Cute Card Queen August 30, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Thank you for the opportunity to share adorable invitations and our love of design!

    I create CUSTOM, HAND-DRAWN graphics– people that look like you and your kids!
    Invitations, note cards and blog headers–{full of fun and whimsy}
    Custom Wedding Suites
    Paper Elements to throw a Rocking Party {tags, stickers, placecards, etc!}
    Christmas Photo Cards…and lots of other goodies…

    Check it out at my website:
    *Shop:: http://www.cometogethercards.com

    or visit me….
    *Blog:: http://cometogethercards.blogspot.com/
    *Follow:: {http://twitter.com/cutecardqueen}

    Thank you!

  43. Vicki August 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    It’s always fun to design for family. My daughter is getting married in two weeks and doing all her designs has been a true joy of mine. I am a graphic designer with 20+ years in the biz… but, now happy to be at home designing for myself! I do print and blog design. And just now getting into fabric design. My Etsy shop is http://www.etsy.com/shop/vickishead. And my blog is http://www.curlywillowdiy.blogspot.com I hope y’all stop by for a visit!

  44. katie [the bright life] August 30, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Wow, these invitations are gorgeous! I love the color combo. While it hasn’t officially “launched,” my friend and I have a little stationery/print shop on Etsy, and we do custom designs as well. Our shop is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TylerBrightDesigns
    …more designs will be added soon!

    We also designed my wedding invitations together: http://katiebright.blogspot.com/2010/06/youre-invited.html

    Thanks for the opportunity to share our shops on here, Emily! Xo, Katie

  45. Alli August 30, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    I absolutely ADORE these invitations – color, font, style and all! I can only hope one day my wedding invitations are just as unique and beautiful. {maybe someday Em, I will be knocking on your door} :)

    Elizabeth, Tara & Patty- Having gone to six weddings this summer, I am grateful to see a registry list included. As a guest, the last thing I want is to bother the bride’s family members asking them for registry info. They have far more important things on their “to-do” list than answer numerous questions from your guest(s).

  46. Blair August 30, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    I have been designing cards and invites on a very small scale for family and friends for the past year. I would love to be able to wedding invites but I can’t figure out where to print them. My at home printer won’t take anything thick enough to make a wedding invitation. I have heard of letterpress but I am not sure what that means or how it works. Any advice?

    • emily August 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

      I print most of my stuff at home. I have a great printer that takes heavy cardstockd {canon pixma ip8500 – which is unfortunately now discontinued}. Letterpress is an amazing form of printing that presses the ink into thick paper, creating a beautifully tactile card. If I could I would have everything letterpressed! But it can be costly and a bit more labor intensive, so I go with plain old flat printed.

      • Jessica September 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

        Here’s a link to a company I’ve worked with for letterpress. It’s spendy but so worth it if you can afford the expense…http://themandatepress.com/

  47. Lauren August 30, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Here is my talented sister-in-law & her sweet partner:

    Halforangephotography.com

    They are fabulous!!!

  48. Alima August 30, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    awesome post! love the invites Emily! you did a great job!
    you should do a post like this for web/blog design too! I have had the worst time trying to find one!

  49. Jen August 30, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Em- thank you SO much for sharing our beautiful invitations with everyone. I am so in love with them and I’m glad everyone else is too. You did such a great job and I can’t wait to see how these designs will make their way into the wedding.

    Elizabeth & Tara- The registry card was my idea, not Emily’s, and I can do what I want :)

    • emily August 30, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

      Sorry Leona … I hadn’t gone through to moderate the comments. Thanks for being so diligent! Your stuff is darling!

  50. Leona Davis August 30, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Hello Emily.. I’ve commented twice this morning, and I am afraid they are not going through…is this possible? Anyway I wanted to say how much I love the creative wedding invitation ! They really seem to reflect the personality and energy of this adorable, young couple. Second ly, I want to invite you to visit my web site. I design lovely greeting cards which you will find at http://www.littlepearldesigns.com that are sometimes sophisticated, sometimes whimsical, but always charming. Please take a look…I also design invitations, announcements, etc on request.
    Thank you for peeking into my design business…best regards…leona

  51. Alison August 30, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Emily, these are just lovely! I always love what you do… can’t get enough of your style and look forward to your posts. :) Thanks for opening the comments up to those of us that are also graphic designers. I currently specialize in childrens’ stationery, invitations, showers, and more, but will soon be branching out into the great world of weddings. I have been working with brides and am working on a couture bridal photoshoot next month. I get requests from brides (and mommies too) for custom work all the time so please feel to check out my shop at http://www.theenglishpea.com and thanks for always keeping me inspired!

  52. Jenny @ Words On Wendhurst August 30, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    I am a photographer, and I work often with a fabulous girl who runs her own custom stationary business. Her website is http://www.sweetpeaprint.com Love her!

  53. Tia August 30, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    What I would love to know is how a person would get started designing beautiful invitations and announcements like these? I have always wanted to, not necessarily professioally, but does a person have to have a degree in graphic design to design professionally?

    • emily August 30, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

      No! I have no formal training in graphic design … I have just taught myself over time. I started by using Microsoft Publisher and now use Adobe Illustrator to design. My best advice is just to play around and make things for friends. The more you practice, the better {and faster} you’ll get at designing. Enjoy!

      • Kristi Jones September 6, 2011 at 7:00 am #

        Emily – I love your blog and the invitations are stunning. I’m so glad to hear you say that. I’ve been designing stationary for a couple years and just started out playing around only to find that I was pretty good at it. It is so much fun to create custom designs for clients. This creative outlet is my therapy! LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing with us. You are such an inspiration!

        Check out some of my designs on facebook – Creations by Kristi

        http://www.facebook.com/pages/Creations-By-Kristi/204642936251528

  54. Adrianne August 30, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Oh ya – my letterpress/stationery website is http://www.sociablestationery.com.

  55. Adrianne August 30, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Emily, these invitations are gorgeous! Love the colors. I also am a stationery designer, and specialize in letterpress stationery (although I also design for offset printing). I’m local to you (in Tacoma) and am a stay-at-home mom with my stationery business on the side. Thanks! Adrianne

  56. Heather Sabo August 30, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Your post was an answer to a little prayer today! At the moment my partner and I (both former school teachers) are working on updating our website, starting our etsy page and posting on facebook with our two youngest out of six kiddos playing under our feet. We started our business 3 kids and 7 years ago and have been so blessed! We specialized in personalized and hand crafted invites, Christmas cards, announcements, stationery, waterproof labels, banners, and pretty much anything we can figure out how to make. We make fun, coordinating and affordable (based on what we know we could spend on a party!) items for ladies just like us. Thanks for the chance to include our business…www.invitingyoudesigns.com on your wonderful site! Love your blog and talent! Heather Sabo/Inviting You Designs

  57. Christi August 30, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    Wow! Fabulous job, I’m so impressed!

  58. Heather August 30, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    There are so many things I love about these invitations. The fonts are perfect and reflect your cousins request for “vintage-y, fun, a little bit formal” and the colors are so perfect together. Finally…really cute “love” stamps! I’ll need to pick me up some of those soon!

    I stay home with my 19 month old daughter and run a very small side graphic design business through Etsy called pipe|up {www.pipeup.etsy.com}. Right now, it has mostly baby/adoption announcements, a few invitations and some typography art designs. Christmas/holiday photo cards will be making the rounds within the next few weeks. However, I love love love creating unique and custom invitations just like these. I WISH I had access to letterpress printing, but for now, I print through a lab who works mostly with professional photographers. My clients have always been pleased with the results and that is why I love what I do!

    My husband and I also have a family blog if you want to know a little bit more about me {www.thechaseys.com}.

  59. justine August 30, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    so gorgeous!

  60. Kate H August 30, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    BIG question!!!!! Where do you find all of the scrolly designs, the tree, etc.?! I want to be able to create my own little things – not for any business – but just for fun but I never know where to look (other than Microsoft Clip Art – BLECH!) Can you help? Anyone that is a designer can answer!!!!

    • Kate H August 30, 2011 at 10:09 am #

      oh AND do you have a printer that does these (what kind) or do you get them printed (where)?

      • emily August 30, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

        The scrolly designs used on this invitation was from the font {lady Rene – which I LOVE}. I buy some elements {try digital scrapbook sites}, draw some and adjust some to get just right.

        As for a printer, I print my designs at home on a Canon photo printer {pixma ip8500}. If you are looking to buy a printer, look for one that can print photos as they generally produce a better quality print, and one that will accept heavy paper. Hope that helps!

  61. Laura Butler August 30, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Hi! These invitations are gorgeous! I love the color combination.

    I got to Eastlake, so I heard about your blog a while ago from several different people, and have been reading and ever since. I have made quite a few projects based on your tutorials, so thanks!

    After making wedding invitations for many friends (and myself), I decided to open up a shop on Etsy, Butler Paper & Print. I have some premade designs, but I do a lot of custom invitations as well. I really like helping people find a design that represents their style and who they are. So, stop by!

    http://www.butlerpaperandprint.com

    Thanks so much for this opportunity to share!

  62. Amy August 30, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Emily…what gorgeous and creative invitations! I, too, have an invitation business specializing in weddings and at the holidays, custom cards. My website is http://www.gracepaperie.com.
    (We moved last weekend so there is still a banner on the site saying I am temporarily closed for the move).
    I also blog with 2 other talented friends at http://www.11magnolialane.com...
    Thanks,
    AMY

  63. Jill Hartline August 30, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    I am swooning over those invitations! I have a custom stationery business that I’ve recently started, and I specialize in wedding stationery!

    My website is lemontreepaperco.com, but right now there are only a few of my earlier projects up. My photographer is shooting my new work this Thursday, and there will be about fifteen new (and much cooler) projects.

    Thank you for always being an inspiration to me and to my work, and long live beautiful stationery! :)

    Cheers,
    Jill Hartline

  64. Jenny K. August 30, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    Those invites are lovely. I am a graphic designer. I’ve been doing custom work for an array of different industries for almost 16 yrs. now. You can check my work out at:
    http://www.odesignfactory.com

    Thank you!

    Jenny K.

  65. Diane @ Longaberger Lifestyle August 30, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Emily…your creativity never ceases to amaze me. WOW!!!

  66. Abby Morton August 30, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Great style! I love the outdoor/fun look you created for them! Your followers might like my wedding store for a lot of nature & destination designs.

    website/blog: http://www.mavora.com
    store: http://www.mavora.etsy.com

    I was doing graphic design too but my wedding store has been too busy so it’s pretty much weddings/celebrations only at the moment. Thanks for letting me share! Love the blog!!

  67. Nicole August 30, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Just LOVE these invitations! I especially love the curry envelopes! One of my favorite colors from Paper Source…I just love your blog and follow it daily. While I am busy raising my two lovely little ones and running my own design business, I don’t have as much time as I would like to blog!

    I LOVE what I do and my biggest joy is seeing my client’s face when they see the finished product! It also allows me the freedom to stay home and be a mommy which I also LOVE! :)

    Here is my website http://paperscissorsprint.com

    Come check it out! :)

  68. Patty August 30, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous! And yes, etiquette dictates that one contact the bride’s parents to see where they are registered lest the guest feel she is only being invited for the gift itself ;)

  69. Molly Kennedy August 30, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    These are so amazing! If anyone is looking for a graphic designer to do invitations, the girl I use is amazing. Her website is jpressdesigns.com.

  70. Madaline Meatte August 30, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    This awesome! I’m a graphic designer out of Little Rock, AR and just started an etsy shop! (jones design company is who i want to be when i get old )

    Please stop by!
    http://www.thepaperclouds.etsy.com

    my blog is:
    madalinemeatte.blogspot.com

    I LOVE doing custom wedding invitations, invitations, announcements. And am always looking for ways to building my portfolio! Can’t wait for you to check it out! :-)

    • Alima August 30, 2011 at 10:24 am #

      Did she just call you old Emily?? ;)

      • emily August 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

        That is funny. I guess I am kinda old. Although I do still get carded when ordering alcohol, so you got to feel good about that!

  71. I Live in an Antbed August 30, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Loveliness with a touch of whimsy=perfection! Love them! :)

  72. Shona August 30, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    They are beautiful! I love the colors. I am confused by the comment about the registry cards? I guess I don’t know ettiquette, but I thought that was appropriate? I appreciate knowing where the bride, mom-to-be, etc. is registered when getting the invites. What is the point of being registered if you don’t let the guests know? This comment is not in a flammatory tone! I’m honestly curious about this! Thanks for sharing the beautiful couple and invites with us!

    • Tara August 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      Hi Shona,
      According to any set of guidelines I’ve seen, including registry cards in your wedding invite is not proper. Registry cards are appropriate for shower invitations, though! But in your actual wedding invite, it’s expected that, should a guest wish to purchase something from your registry, they would find out through word of mouth (calling you, your groom, future-MIL or your parent) where you are registered. And with today’s websites, it’s allowable to post your registry information on a personal wedding website.

  73. Jennifer Jensen August 30, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    I am blown away at how wonderful the invitation looks. Makes me want to get married again! You are very talented.

  74. Randi August 30, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Great job! I love the color scheme and the hand drawn elements. And what a generous invitation you’ve extended to fellow designers :)

    I currently stay at home with my two girlies and design as many custom invitations and parties as I can in my spare time. It’s a blast! You can see my current work/inspiration over at my blog: swoonstudio.blogspot.com. I just finished designing a wedding invite for a great couple involving vintage maps (to be revealed soon).

    Thanks for checking it out and keep up the good work Emily!

    XOXO
    Randi

  75. Angela August 30, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Adorable! You did a wonderful job!

  76. Julie D. August 30, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Holy schmokes, Emily. those are so great! you have to post their wedding details post-wedding. sounds like it will be amazing.

  77. Elizabeth August 30, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Being in the event planning business, I have to know all kinds of etiquette. I agree with Tara. Your invitations are beautiful! I love every detail you’ve put into them!

  78. marina August 30, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    These are beautiful, fun and unique to this couple. The colors and use of graphics together create a great design! My husband (graphic designer) and I (jewelry design) can offer our services to anyone interested in custom designs to be printed, including save teh dates-announcements and invitations. I also make jewelry and especially love creating custom, unique pieces for brides and their wedding party, ect. email me: marinagiannangeli@yahoo.com for more pictures and info. Thank you!

  79. Kacey August 30, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    You are so talented, Emily! Love the invitations. They’re so much fun!

  80. Lillian August 30, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Nicely done! The colors, design, the twine….love it all!

  81. Nicole Francis August 30, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    So these are done using a letterpress machine? Does it print and everything? you just supply the stock? wow! Does it round out the cards as well?!

    • emily August 30, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

      I actually printed these ones at home, cut them with my paper cutter and Jen + friends used a corner rounder to round each corner. Very DIY that turned out amazing!

  82. Fonda August 30, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    Great job on the invitations!! You definitely incorporated vintage-y, fun, a little formal, and “tree with roots” in a very creative and pretty way. :)
    They look like an extremely fun couple, and I can just tell their wedding will be amazing. Hoping to see pictures… ;)

  83. Brett Bralley August 30, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    These are absolutely stunning! I love every element of them. The colors, the look, even the envelopes and wrap-around labels.

  84. Erica Hyatt August 30, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Love it! Love her yellow dress, so pretty…do you happen to know where she got it? Thanks!

    • emily August 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

      I know … cutest dress ever. She bought it at a little boutique they stopped by after getting engaged. I’ll ask her what brand it is.

      • Erica Hyatt August 31, 2011 at 8:19 am #

        Thank you!! We’re having family pics done in a few weeks and that’s the look I’m going for. I have all boys so I wanted to be super girly in the pic with a bright colored dress with cowboy boots! :) Country Chic!

  85. Tara August 30, 2011 at 8:12 am #

    I absolutely LOVE the design! You did a phenomenal job.
    I do have to make a comment as this is my absolute biggest pet peeve (even bigger than the hubster leaving dirty dishes on the counter when there’s a perfectly good, empty dishwasher under it…)– it is horribly against etiquette to include a registry card in your wedding invitation!! Emily Post would be rolling in her grave to see such gorgeous invitations marred by a request for gifts!!

    • emily August 30, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

      I know … including the registry info is not necessarily considered ‘etiquette’ and yet it is much more commonplace than ever before. The idea behind not including it is that it assumes that the guest will be buying the bride & groom a gift – which maybe is rude, but it is accurate. I think you could go both ways – let the guests figure out the registry on their own through word of mouth, or make it easy and include the card. Tacky, perhaps, but helpful too. This is why we added a small, separate card.

      Any thoughts anyone?

  86. Kelly Mann August 30, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    Love your designs, always! I don’t claim to be a graphic designer, I’m an interior designer with a love of all things design. In the last 2 years I have been doing custom blog and card designs {baby showers, birth announcements, Christmas cards, birthday party invitations, you name it}. I don’t do letterpress even though I wish I did and for that matter, my designs are more on the casual side keeping me from doing things like wedding invitations. I haven’t updated my website since the holidays with new stuff, but everything I’ve done has been directly related to what people have asked for and my prices are still the same.

    My blog {http://kmanndesigns.com/blog} is updated frequently as well and will give anyone more of an insight as to who I am!

  87. Leona - little pearl August 30, 2011 at 7:56 am #

    Loved your beautifully designed invitations
    The colors are perfect for the upcoming wedding
    Oh happy day!!

  88. Caity August 30, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    I am a graphic designer who specializes in custom wedding invitations and personalized stationery. But I will create just about anything if it’s paper & it’s printed! I just launched my personal website and I have a huge giveaway going until September 1st. http://www.caityshinnick.com/2011/08/inaugural-giveaway.html

  89. jennifer August 30, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    wow – i love these!

    i love reading your blog. i am a graphic designer + photographer who used to work full time in the marketing world, but after i had my son, my dream of doing this full time on my own has finally come true. i am still getting everything up on the web, but i have my site and store started, as well as just starting into this whole blogging thing. but i do custom anything … graphic design anything!

    check it out!
    http://www.madebjehn.com

    xo jenn

  90. rachel August 30, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    The invitations are beautiful, and so unique! You did a great job:)

  91. Nicki August 30, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    You did an amazing job on the invitations. They are so cute! The navy and yellow look really good together too!

  92. Beth McDonough August 30, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    These ARE lovely and unique – exactly what every bride hopes for!
    While I am not a designer, I have an independent online (and home studio) invitation and stationery business that I have been building since marrying into the military and moving all around the country with my 3 beautiful babies.

    I am in the process of rebuilding my online experience and should be launching my new site within the next couple of weeks. I strive to provide the most custom experience for my brides, work within their budgets and offer complimentary etiquette & design consulting. Plus, this year I added six new lines and sell everything from wedding invitations to holiday cards and social stationery – with a wide variety of price points. Here are some brands I carry: Wiley Valentine, SimplyPut, Dabney Lee Moderne, Haute Papier, Chloe B. by Crane & Co., Mindy Windy, Pipo Press, Carlson Craft, Boatman Geller, and Arzberger Stationers. I hope some of you come by for a visit! (and, if you want an announcement of when my new site launches, drop me a message and I will let you know). beth@blissfolio.com

  93. Susy August 30, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    Wow! I love these! The detail is amazing…great job!!

  94. Heather August 30, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    Great job on the invitation! I love that more brides (and people in general) are opting for designs that are truly original and representative of their personalities.

    I have been doing freelance graphic design for about 7 years now, and since I became a mom, I have been doing many more baby shower, baby announcement & birthday invitations. My style is clean & sophisticated with a touch of vintage. Just because a design is for a kid doesn’t mean it has to be cheesy! Check out my blog: http://www.heatherlmyers.blogspot.com

    Thanks!

  95. lindsay August 30, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    bravo, Emily!
    xo, l

  96. Christy August 30, 2011 at 6:49 am #

    Thanks for the chance to do a little promotion, Emily! I’m in Colorado and specialize in wedding invitations and birth announcements. I’d love to help your readers design something truly unique!

  97. Aubri August 30, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    I love these invitations! Way to go Emily! I am also a graphic designer and love what I do SO much. I work full time as an associate director of graphic designer in an in-house marketing/ communication department but my job before this was as an art director for a local publishing company. However, I LOVE invitations and have been making invitations for years for friends. Right now I’m working with 4 brides {all friends, of course :) } I would love to build on this business more and I need more of an online presents in this area, which both I’m currently working on. I would love to talk more about design!

  98. cailan August 30, 2011 at 6:23 am #

    These are so wonderfully unique and lovely, Emily! What an invitation!

  99. Chelsey August 30, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    These are lovely! My own wedding colors were navy & yellow, so I have a special affinity for them –
    No babies here yet, so custom invitations are still my life :)

  100. Brooke August 30, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    Awesome! Love everything about it!!!

  101. Karen B. August 30, 2011 at 4:43 am #

    These invitations and corresponding items are just perfect and ever so beautiful! I do graphic design work. I have a four year professional bachelor’s of Graphic Design and do some freelance work. I create custom blog headers and wedding invites too!

  102. Shelley August 30, 2011 at 4:42 am #

    Oh my goodness Emily! They are so beautiful and completely unique! When I see pretty things like this it makes me want to redo our wedding :D

    • emily August 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

      Me too … my invitations were a big disappointment … wish I could redesign them.

  103. Andrea August 30, 2011 at 4:24 am #

    The invitations are so perfect. Love the navy and yellow envelopes you chose too. I used to do custom invitations, but then we added two more babies to our family and that took precedence. Great idea for the comments to be a resource.

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