Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Invitation Suites ~ Searles

This adorable bride asked me to design a contemporary invitation, with a vintage twist, based on another invitation design she had seen and liked ~ however the other style, she felt, was a bit too 'angular' and sharp for her, so here is what I came up with. I softened the capital letters and combined them with my Allegro style.  We both loved the final piece!  Here is what the bride had to say~

We LOVE them! It was like handling little perfect pieces of art. It is going to be painful to part with them! They honestly could not have turned out any better, they surpassed my expectations. They are just wonderful and I thank you one thousand times over for all the work you put into them. I wish I had sent myself 10 invitations so I could get these little beauties in the mail.
THANK YOU THANK YOU! I love the invitations, thank you for making this process so joyous for us!
Engraved in Gray Suede on Soft Ecru.
...and a close up view.
The bride later sent me this comment. The invitation really does set the tone for the entire event!
We have been getting GLOWING feedback about the invites. Everyone is just ranting about how gorgeous they are, and you can tell the invites have just upped the excitement level about the whole party 100%!  
I love to see my lettering backwards on engraving plates!
I repeated the style on seating cards, which were arranged on a mirror, and place cards that were placed on top of a gift at each place setting.
There were three long feasting tables at the reception.  Each table was divided into three sections which were named after favorite, meaningful places the couple had visited, helping each guests find their 'section' at the table.
I also designed three original menus per table.  I love the scrumptious vintage paper, which was a pale blush, combined with the soft gray calligraphy. No two pieces were alike.
Since each piece was created by hand, they are not perfectly centered ~ but that is the charm and uniqueness of handwritten pieces versus a computerized font, isn't it?
I hope to get some photos from the professional photographer to share with you in a Feature Wedding ~ but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy these I took. It was a beautiful wedding.


  1. oh my, dana these are so elegant and signature...i enjoyed them tremendously!
    thank you for sharing,

  2. Dana, you are a true MASTER! What exquisite, GORGEOUS calligraphy! What a lucky bride and groom.

  3. Dana this is incredible! So inspiring to see you doing what you love to do and making others so happy! Once again the lettering just dances. I always see such joy and energy in your work. I know how you pay attention to every detail! Masterfully done!

  4. Oh Dana, this are SO beautiful!! I love them! I like the finished touch with the edges of the menu cards. WOW your art amazes me, my friend! xo

  5. YAHOO... I think my comment went through- I see the response of "your comment will be visible after approval". Oh please tell me it did. Whoa... xo

  6. Jennifer LavinOctober 13, 2011

    that's beautiful! I love the fresh, contemporary look; you make it look so elegant!

  7. Dana, you rock! I love the fresh, contemporary feel, but it's still easy to read. Lovely!!