Friday, September 3, 2010

putting it on paper

A little look at our invitations! Being a lover of paper goods, I admit that this was one of the hardest things for me to make a decision about. There are just so many wonderful ideas out there. In the end, I decided to stick with something very simple and traditional ~ letterpress invitations by William Arthur (printed in Kennebunk, Maine).

I did have a little fun with the reply cards, which are from Cavallini & Co. Each postcard has a different bird! I simply printed the return address in the same font and color as the invitation, leaving space for each guest to write their own response. We have really enjoyed seeing what people come up with ~ they say the most wonderful things!

Then to trim it all out, I scoured eBay for vintage stamps. Of course, I had to have the 1982 Love stamp designed by Mary Faulconer, and to carry on the bird motif, a 5-cent Audubon stamp. The calligraphy was done by the amazingly talented Kathryn Murray (you can see some more of her work over here).

Are you beginning to sense a theme?

A few more bits next week. Until then, enjoy this last official weekend of summer!


Style Court said...

I won't spill the beans but I have to say the blue ink is another tantalizing element! Such attention to detail.

I love your choice with the postcards. You're going to have such a pretty and meaningful collection to save. It's all coming together perfectly!


little augury said...

it looks lovely-what else could one imagine from Janet Celeste. as Courtney says it will all have meaning-and it looks perfect, especially with the details and care you are taking. pgt

pve design said...

I want to be a wedding crasher.
The invitation alone is the epitome of love.

Reggie Darling said...

Very pretty, indeed, and I love the photograph with the sun raking across it.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Dilettante Seal of Approval.

Nothing, just nothing, like letterpress, and how beautiful these are--reply cards are just brilliant--and vintage stamps on eBay----the Dilettante bows before the imagination and resourcefulness of JCB

(my verification word today is lumbles. It trips nicely across the tongue)


Janet — Twenty-two years after our wedding, we have all those response cards with folks' sweet comments and notes saved in a lovely wooden box on our bookshelf. The box was a gift from one of my sisters and has a photo of Mark and I on our wedding day on the top of it. I don't think we saved any cards but the responses.

Janet said...

Thank you all! I admit to being a little nervous about putting it out there, so your kind words are much appreciated.

Linda ~ I know I will cherish the replies for many years to come. Here's to twenty-two years! Wow!!!

BWS said...

Love all the little details. They are important now and will be years from now.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

The invitations are beautiful and so is the color and calligraphy. October in Virginia sounds perfect!

Craig said...

Absolutely stunning, Janet!