Jill & Kevin’s Save-the-Dates from Minted

Last month, I took my younger sister’s engagement photos. Kevin and I drove to Galveston together, as Jill was already halfway there getting her hair and makeup done by Sunkissed & Made Up. We shot a few photos in Beachtown, then headed to Pleasure Pier, where we took more, before heading back to Beachtown.  All in all, I am so happy with how they turned out, and more importantly, Jill and Kevin are too (or at least, that’s what they’re saying, ha!).

We searched for the perfect save-the-date and found This is Happening by designer Eric Clegg on Minted. I love how it looks with the beach scene. We put a few simple words on the back, sharing the location and directing them to their website (which Kevin designed and is amazing). As the perfect finishing touch, we ordered the custom stamps, which allowed us to share another photo we loved. My talented mom did the calligraphy on the envelopes. Jill came over on Wednesday and told me that people were already complimenting her on the save-the-dates!

Time is flying by, so we’re now thinking about the invitations! Bring on all of the beautiful Minted suites.

And now, prepare for photo overload!

Julia Ideson Library-Inspired Save-the-Dates

The wonderful ladies at Papellerie are at it again, creating one of my favorite unique save-the-dates ever. They designed a bookmark themed announcement for a wedding at the Julia Ideson Library in Houston, and I love how they turned out!

While I love my Kindle, I still love a good hardback book, and I am totally against folding pages over to mark my spot. I want to receive one of these bookmarks in the mail! For more unique save-the-dates, click here, and to see all of the pretty goodies that Papellerie designed for our wedding, click here.



Sasha and I attended a wedding at the Julia Ideson Library for two of our good friends last November, and I fell in love with this venue. Erin and Matt (well, perhaps just Erin) did a phenomenal job planning their big day – all of the subtle nods to the library surroundings were creative and very elegant. Both the bride and groom looked perfect. See some photos below, which I found on The Knot.

Nickolaslarger_image (4)nickolas2What is the most unique venue you’ve been to for a wedding? Do you have any examples of out-of-the-box save the dates?

PS Have you entered the Freshly Picked moccasin giveaway yet? You have until Friday at midnight!

Betsywhite Stationery

Every year, I look forward to Oh So Beautiful Paper‘s roundup posts of the National Stationery Show. I spend plenty of time looking through each post, staring at each picture and choosing my favorite designs of the year. In this post, I fell in love with Betsywhite Stationery – then I made my way over to their website, and it was over. Check out their lookbook and pictures from the show below, and you’ll totally understand why. I love finding new paper loves!OSBP-National-Stationery-Show-2014-Betsywhite-Stationery-27







Super Sweet 16 Balloon Invites

I am always looking for creative invitation or announcement ideas – a deviation from the standard colored cardstock. I have finally decided what to do for Isla’s announcements, after making the time conscious decision not go to the same letterpress + photo route for Sasha’s UT MBA graduation announcements (to be posted soon!), and no, it’s not a balloon! However, when I saw these super sweet 16 birthday balloon invitations on Oh So Beautiful Paper, I swooned. The balloons are so colorful, and I love the design by Cristina Pandol. I recognized Cristina’s name, and searched Snapshots and My Thoughts – low and behold, I have posted two of her previous projects before here. She is wildly talented – I totally love her style. Have you ever received a save-the-dates or invitation via balloon? Such a cute idea.






Meant To Be Calligraphy Workshop

On Saturday, my mom and I went to Michele Hatty Fritz of Meant To Be Calligraphy’s Introduction to Contemporary Calligraphy workshop in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, DC. The course was held in the Karson Butler Events studio, which was decorated to the nines. I love it (see tons of photographic evidence below). The class was absolutely amazing. I learned so much – as did my mom. I want to go back and do it all over again – and recommend that you sign up, if you live nearby (or hey, if you want to travel to DC for a fun trip). Michele takes you step-by-step through the basics, then you get to spend the last 45 minutes practicing. I struggled at work today, as all I wanted to do was go home and pick up my pointed pen and write.

Want to see more of Michele’s work? Look at her wedding work (including ours!) and media features. Talk about learning from the best!


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Michele’s incredible script above


Cute little favors from Michele and the adorable ladies of Karson Butler Events!