Thursday, January 18, 2018

Peonies & Eucalyptus Bouquet Inspiration

Alexa and Chris's wedding invitation showcases watercolor peonies, seeded eucalyptus and vines. A laurel wreath was also created using these elements. A perfect look for an early summer wedding!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The McHughs Retire!

We love illustrative narratives. Here is the story of Mike and Mary, from a blind date 35 years ago their retirement last year. Their son and daughter-in-law commissioned this watercolor for use in the invite, as well as for a retirement gift.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Heartfelt, Nautical-themed Thank You

Jennie and Jared wanted a special way to thank their wedding guests, and commissioned this watercolor and hand-lettered illustration. Prints were made for each guest, and presented at their place setting. The flags spell their names and the date.

Custom Handlettering & a Pastel Palette

A pastel palette of blush, mint and gold with soft watercolor touches, Cristina and Adam's wedding invitation also included custom hand lettering. Starting with a pencil sketch, the lettering was tweaked and digitized for use on the invitation and RSVP envelope. 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Illustrated Maps from 2017

All of these illustrated maps were commissioned as gifts (top to bottom): Kelly as a wedding gift to Karl; Jackie to Matt as a wedding gift to one another; Jennifer's 2nd wedding anniversary gift to her husband, Arnold; Jenny to her mentor, Nancy; and Dana's parents' upon her graduation from the University of Maryland.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Manor House at Commonwealth

Kirsten and Walter's wedding venue in Montgomery County is the essence of warmth and the historic Pennsylvania countryside. A beautiful 18th century fieldstone farmhouse, The Manor House at Commonwealth interior entryway provided the inspiration for this watercolor save the date.

2017 Logo Roundup

A sampling of logos from 2017: an architecture firm, a professional math coach, and a bread company, showcases a portrait of founder's young son, Tod, as the face of the company.

Family, Friends, Fun...and a Few Fairways!

50th Wedding Anniversaries don't happen every day. Jack and Ursula celebrated five decades of marriage by inviting their friends and family members to Marco, Island Florida. A leisurely weekend of festivities in the Florida sun in January...who would say no?

Classic Plaid & Handlettering - Winter Wedding Invitation

Alison & Bobby brought us a sample of the plaid ties they chose for their groomsmen to wear. We were able to recreate the same pattern for use in their wedding invitation suite. They also commissioned an original hand lettering design for their first names, which came in handy for use on Alison's bridal shower invitation.

Jillian and Steve's Mallard Island Yacht Club Nuptials

We used soft Italian cotton paper with a deckled edge and a monochromatic color scheme for Jillian and Steve's wedding invitations. Their save the date featured an original sketch of the Mallard Island Yacht Club boathouse chapel, and the invitations as well were highlighted by soft pencil sketches. Sometimes a challenge arises from working without color, but in this case, all of the elements work well together and no color is necessary.

Jenna & Bryan's Intercontinental Love Story

Jenna and Bryan met as physicians when she traveled to Ecuador to work with his family's foundation, Foundation Teolinda Troya Escobar. The organization provides medical assistance to the most vulnerable communities in Ecuador.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pen and Ink Map

A thoughtful Bridal Shower gift from her maid of honor, this pen and ink map is a departure from our usual watercolor maps. Colored pencils were used to complete the land and water accents.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Autumn Wedding in Rustic Bucks, Co., Pennsylvania

Dana and Chris were married a few months ago at the historic Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm in New Hope, Pennsylvania. We began working with them in the fall of 2015 when we designed their Save the Date cards. An autumn theme was consistent throughout their designs, and the invitations featured an original watercolor floral bouquet, with their names printed in rose gold foil letterpress. Their diamond laurel monogram was used on invitation tags, cocktail napkins and wedding dinner menu. We also created a illustrated map of the venue area which were attached to hotel guests' gift bags. 

Envelope - Calligraphy in matching rose gold ink by Bella Scrittura.  
Invitation - Letterpress foil printing by Milkfed Press.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wedding Gift Commissions

We are often asked to create original artwork to be given as wedding gifts. Above are some recently completed gifts from parents to newlyweds and also from bride to groom (and sometimes couples have paintings created for themselves!).

From top: Katie and Andrew commissioned a wedding map together and had a print made to show at their wedding reception.

Carly had a portrait of her wedding venue, the gorgeous Mallard Island Yacht Club, created for a first anniversary gift to her husband Doug.

Kim and Matt also had a map created for their wedding, which they also displayed at their reception.

Lastly, Dana and Chris were married at the Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The mother of the bride surprised them with this watercolor of the venue.

Katelyn and Scott's Nautical Wedding Invitation

  Katelyn and Scott first came to us for save the dates last spring. We continued their navy, gold and blush color scheme and nautical theme for their wedding invitations. Scott's company, Hatteras Press provided the printing and awesome anchor die-cut folder.

Katie and Steve's Hibiscus and Magnolia Watercolor Wedding invitations

We are playing catch up posting our summer and fall wedding invitation photos. Here is an original watercolor commissioned for Katie and Steve's wedding, which took place back in September. The artwork shows a mixture of magnolias and hibiscus flowers. Also included is their "Endless Summer" save the date card, which along with the invite showcases their love of the ocean (and Steve's love for  surfing!).