Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wedding: Paper Goods

One of the most time-consuming but delightful aspects of the wedding plan has been the creation of our signature paper goods.

We've been working with a calligrapher-illustrator in California whose work is positively lovely.

The artist is Jenna Rainey from Monvoir.

We will share proper photographs in full detail after the wedding, but here's a sneak peek of our invitation suite (from Jenna's website - where she was forced to cover up all the details):
Photo: Jenna Rainey

The jumping-off point for the design was the pale pink ampersand (on the invitation).  I'd seen a watermark ampersand on another invitation and knew I wanted to start with this element.  I also wanted a garden rose/floral motif, and a clean black & white design, with lots of white space.  The entire suite developed from here.  Early on, I'd also envisioned a gold-foil detail, but we quickly dropped this due to cost and extra time to print, and I felt it complicated things.

I'm so happy with the final outcome. Everyone's loved receiving their soft and airy floral invitations, with beautiful white wax seals (suggested by Jenna) and pretty blush pink reply envelopes.

I even designed a personalized stamp for the invitations and reply cards, using Jenna's floral design from the invitation.  It made such a nice touch on the envelopes and really was the icing on the cake:
Several people asked how I got stamps to match my invitations.  Why, the fairies at Canada Post made them!

This week, we're rushing to finish the Wedding Program and Menu, as well as the place cards, which will be lettered in Jenna's beautiful cursive script. 

I've had such fun developing the wedding program with Jenna, who provided lots of little variations in the design for me to consider.  

Since guests will be reading their programs in a flowery garden, we've made the programs a little cleaner and less floral.  Here's a sneak peek of the cover:

I can't wait for you to see the whole suite!

Jenna did a wonderful job and has been working overtime to finish.  

Please check out her beautiful website and blog here.  I wish I could meet her in person to thank her!  Her calligraphy and artistry are exquisite and I couldn't be happier with the outcome.  It really takes a village to plan a wedding, and I've had simply the best helping me.

Have a happy weekend!

xo Terri


  1. Hi Terri - The invitations are stunning! So pretty with the floral motif and pale pink accents. I can imagine that your guests were thrilled to receive something so beautiful in the mail. So excited for you and David!


  2. Such a beautiful detail for your day. I wish I had done something along those lines for my wedding.

  3. No detail overlooked -so lovely! Can't wait to see the photographs :-)
    PS -I've been meaning to talk to you about migraines. Have you heard of Butterbur? Migraines run in my mom's family and for the past year she's been taking butterbur (an herb in pill form) and her migraines slowly disappeared and she hasn't had one now in about 4 months. she's just RAVING about butterbur and even I have started to take it!

    1. Oh, we need to talk!! I will look into it. Thanks Stefan - love a suggestion like this! xo

  4. Beautiful and elegant paper goods. I love the designs you've chosen. The custom stamp is a perfect touch - a yay for Canada Post!

  5. Teri these are so lovely, just perfection really!

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  6. So, so pretty and fresh!! It's graphic yet soft. The coordinating stamp is genius, Terri :)

  7. These turned out really well! I absolutely adore the matching stamp. It seems like a little detail but it makes such a big impact. I love the wedding program cover too. Perfectly simple and simply perfect!

  8. I love the preview, her script is so lovely!! Maybe someday you will get to thank her in person! ;0) All the Best! xoxo

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