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A summer wedding in Newport, Rhode Island… yes please!  Lucky for me, the stationery in this feature was designed for my cousin Scott and his awesome new wife Lisa, so I got to attend this stunner.  The wedding took place at Castle Hill Inn, which is literally atop a rocky cliff over looking the ocean and a light house—it’s really beautiful. Lisa wanted the wedding stationery to compliment the simplicity of the venue but also bring in a little nautical feel—we were in a summer resort town after all!  I think my favorite piece of this wedding suite was the welcome bag, how fun is that graphic?  As designers we rarely get to see our printed pieces in “action”. We think they look good in the studio but actually seeing a place card on a plate and a signature drink sign next to blueberry mojitos makes them real!  Seeing these photos makes me want to do it all over again. I have a lot of cousins up north, who’s next ?!?

 Beautiful Photos by: Erin McGinn Photography

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As our tagline “Distinctly You” indicates, we at Studio R are all about making your vision come to life. Here is an example of a a wedding invitation for our bride who loved wild asymmetrical florals. We took multiple of her inspiration photos like the one above and hand drew a colorful mix of natural florals that hung around the type in her invitation. It was a great project and we look forward to more like it! 

 

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Mercedes and Austin get married this weekend, and we are so happy to share their invitation. Mercedes’s suite was custom to the very last piece. We hand painted florals and perfected the oranges, reds, and yellows of her set. This was a great opportunity to practice our painting skills, and we loved the turn out! 

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As summer is approaching (it’s June!), we are reminiscing about some of our fall projects, particularly this invitation for a Harvest Banquet last November. Doodles of carrots and greens became a lovely border for this monochromatic invitation. We loved the mix of fonts and the opportunity to change pace from the wedding invitation world. We love incorporating hand drawn elements to make each invite unique!

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Recently, we’ve enjoyed the opportunity to incorporate our hand work into our invitation designs. Our bride, Bette, loved a natural, organic look and wanted to incorporate hand lettering as well as floral drawings. After practicing with calligraphy pens and writing names again and again, we found a script to match her look. It was a fun project, and we so enjoyed working with such a creative bride! 

Planner: WED

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Charleston surprised us this morning with 34 degrees in late March. We decided to post a recent watercolor project to remind us that spring IS on the way! Above is an invitation for a wedding at Middleton Place in late May. We custom painted some of Katie’s favorite florals to frame her wedding invitation. We love the soft pinks and golds. Watercolor painting is a great way to customize your set and make it distinctly yours! 

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We recently had the opportunity to take on a new laser cut job for a wonderful client. We were so pleased with the turn out! Vernessa, who is getting married in Charleston in February, has a very elegant and classic style. We letterpressed her wedding invitation suite on a cotton pearl white paper in charcoal ink. The all script invitation was beautifully printed, simple, but extremely elegant. We then laser cut this rose pattern to create a band that added punch and beauty to the set. In our excitement, we decided to laser cut navy paper as well. We love the contrast with the navy and white, and hope to us it again in the future…Enjoy!

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Rachael: “My little sister, Lauren Johnson’s, invitation is my favorite from this past year. We were able to surprise her with each of her stationery pieces, making the process so fun and exciting! The color palate was different than the norm: deep grey, deep purple, and a pop of orange. I explored a new format for this special project, creating an invitation booklet with all the weekend information in one piece. The cover crest was foil stamped into the deep grey paper, and we were able to incorporate this crest throughout her wedding day stationery. The reply card tucked nicely into one panel of the invite—I love how concise this is! Even the stamps were a nice touch, wildflowers with pops of color, reminiscent of a summer in Colorado.”

 

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As we are preparing for a full and wonderful 2014, we are looking back to our favorite wedding invitations and save the dates from 2013. We have had the opportunity to work with awesome clients, who have allowed us to design invitations with new formats, new printing styles, new fonts, new drawings. Here is the beginning of our favorites list! 

Amanda Claire: “The above invitation is my favorite from the year. I felt like the bride and I had a similar style, so working on her set was so fun for me! Her set was simple, one color letterpress in antique gold on a pearl white paper. We used Elizabeth Porcher Jones‘ calligraphy and created a monogram on her invitation card and envelope. All of the floral accents are hand-drawn and add such uniqueness to the set. I also loved how her wedding menu, program, and signage evolved. Above is a shot of the bride’s simple program, that incorporated more of her hand-drawn florals!”

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