Ashleigh & Dan will be using an old Fargo truck on the day of their wedding day, which is pretty cool in itself, in the lovely little town of Elora. They were hoping for an invite that could incorporate this along with elements of Dan's job as a mechanic shop owner and Ashleigh's job operating her own farriery (impressive entrepreneurial couple, right?). I drew inspiration from vintage outdoor mechanic shop signs, added a little horseshoe detail and paired the invitation with shimmer silver ink and a metallic envelope. These are the kind of jobs I love - outside of the box, challenging and resulting in a fun, totally personal invitation.
Here we have Cindy + Dave's black, red and silver booklet invitations. The envelope was printed with metallic silver ink to match the shimmer silver stock that was used for the third page. Booklet invitations continue to be my most popular format but I just love how completely different each couples invite ends up being. In this case, Cindy wanted to incorporate the image of a skeleton key to translate the concept, what is your key to happiness, which will be carried through their wedding. They will also be having games of dice and chess at the wedding reception - how cool is that?
Jen & Ryan's invitations carry on the colour scheme used in their wine bottle save-the-dates, and introduce some vintage elements that will be prominent at their July wedding. A typewriter and stacks of old books are just a few of the decor items that will be displayed at their winery celebration, and so I incorporated illustrations of those particular items to tie it all together. I love the look of this invite which once again uses the dark grey stock that looks so good when screen-printed with pale ink shades.
After finally catching up on photographing my latest invitations, I am happy to start off with the lovely Carolynn & Jason's yellow and grey booklet invitations. They were looking for an invitation that married the rustic feel of their beautiful barn venue with an elegant aesthetic. I think the aged monogram, sweet bird and leaf illustration, and the mix of fonts, conveys just that. The invitation is screen-printed in two colours using three paper colours - I love the combo of the deep yellow with the dark grey (no wonder yellow and grey seems to be the most popular colour palette this season). Initially we had included teal as well, however in the end we nixed it, which illustrates that less can be more as it's not imperative to use every colour in your wedding palette to communicate your wedding style!
Carolynn provided sweet wording for the second page of the invitation, which adds a nice personal touch. I'm always a big fan of replacing the standard wording to make an invitation unique to the particular couple, sweet and fun - just like the wedding day itself! Lastly, the suite was paired with a slate grey envelope printed with their monogram on the back flap, a final detail I adore.
I suppose my lack of posts render it pointless to mention that I've been busy. While I have loads of new custom work to post, for now I've got to keep at it in the studio, printing away! So instead I'll share a tune and video I'm in love love love with. The newest Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros album 'Here' is so good. It makes me feel nostalgic and happy, like I want to let my hair go wavy and lay on the grass in a big park with a bottle of wine and watch the sun go down - is that weird? I think I need a vacation...
After working with wedding clients for months and hearing so much about their plans, it's always so exciting and rewarding to see photos of the big day. I was thrilled to see Amanda + Katrina's wedding feature on Style Me Pretty this month! You may recall the wedding invites and program fans I had the pleasure of making for them, along with a few other wedding day paper designs. A+K's Chicago wedding looked gorgeous (seriously, how cool is that venue!) with so many fun and unique details. They also had an absolutely beautiful wedding video made (which has left me riddled with wedding video envy). Head over to Style Me Pretty to check it out!
Introducing the new addition to the Coulson family, the distinguished Mister Pimms! He's our brand new little ragdoll kitty and we love him to bits. He snuggles up next to me when he's tired and flies around the house like a deflating balloon during his hyperactive moments. Though it will take great restraint, I'll try not to turn this into a kitten blog...but trust you will be seeing lots more of Mr. Pimms. I mean seriously, who wouldn't want to?
I'm so into this colour palette. Looking forward to posting the corresponding invites along with a few others in the coming days. And I will be sharing the new addition to our family, who arrives tomorrow. I can barely contain my excitement. Hint: he's furry.
Oooh wee, wedding season is in full swing and things are busy, busy, busy. I often grow tired of hearing myself say that, as yes, I am busy but busy doing something I enjoy so it feels wrong to complain. Except filing my HST...that I definitely don't enjoy...and emailing for hours...that I could also do without. The point is, things are busy and therefore cooking becomes like bronchitis; ain't nobody got time for that. Which is why I made this big ol' lasagna. It makes a lot and there's nothing fussy about it - it's rustic and has great flavours...and results in few dishes (cause seriously, ain't nobody got time for that) and best of all it will prevent me from cooking for a few days.
It's another gem from the Jamie Oliver's Meals in Minutes book and is definitely unlike any lasagna I've ever had, however it's unexpected ingredients (peas, edamame, asparagus, lemon, mint) make for one fine dinner. Of course this lasagna would be even better if it actually were the summer and the 'veg' were in season...but we don't have that luxury just yet. When looking for a link to the recipe, I actually found this episode of when it was made on the show - I see that cooking the assembled lasagna at high heat on the stove top will help absorb a lot of that liquid...mine have been a bit saucy (the peas were talking back)(ugh I know, terrible pun) but regardless, I dig it. I dig it big time...and odds are you will too!
...an indoor plant I haven't killed. Trust me, this is worthy of celebration. Though our house has lots of windows and light, it seems it is lacking in ledges and counters on which a plant can sit and enjoy direct sunlight...and so we (ok, I) have laid many a plant to rest after a short, painful existence. I'm happy to spare this sassy pink plant the ol' yard bag funeral.
On an entirely unrelated note, here's a sweet little tune I've been enjoying on this somewhat drab Monday afternoon...
Yes sir. It's like a perfect marriage of awesome things; chocolate. sugar. cinnamon. wine. I made this cake last weekend and it was as good as it sounded. The recipe is from one of my favourite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen. This cake is a one-bowl creation so it takes no time and all and leaves very few dishes, which is quite possibly my favourite part. Also, the topping takes minutes to make. I used an inexpensive South African shiraz, mostly because if I can't be in South Africa, my most favourite place, then I must at least drink their wine (preferably until I get to a state where I forget I'm not actually there). Oh and the bottle bottle claimed it had 'whispers of vanilla and dark chocolate'. That's right, whispers. So, if you are looking for a dessert that looks, sounds and tastes impressive, but don't want to fuss around, this is your cake. Do it.
I was definitely excited when Emily and Andrew told me about their wedding. Emily brought many keepsakes to the consult to communicate the idea (Andrew's family tartan, an old stag pin, vintage postcards). I'd never done a save-the-date quite like this and I was immediately thrilled to get started on the design. Pops of gold ink as well as a shimmering gold envelope gave it a rich, sophisticated look while still maintaining a sense of nostalgia. Can't wait to begin the invitation design this summer...