Saves the dates, invitation suite, and thank you cards for Logan and Sarah’s September wedding. The couple is having a beautifulll Chicago wedding, and when I saw their mood board I knew exactly what we were going to do. Their venue is industrial and they are bringing in multiple romantic elements with the fabrics, florals and lighting their team is putting together. The mood board was awash with beautiful shades of gray (ALWAYS a fan!) and one of the accent colors I spotted was copper. It’s not everyday you get to play around with the beautiful rosy shade of copper, so when the mother of the bride asked if we could do foil printing with copper, we made it happen! I’m so happy with the end result – the mix of florals, metal, and architecture are so lovely and fitting for this couple. The invitation suite is made up of a foil pressed invite, a square Friday night invitation, a foldover map/information card, and a simple RSVP card.
The save the dates bring in the same architectural elements, but here we chose to use some sage greens being used elsewhere for the wedding. It’s soft and inviting, perfect for their party announcement. The two looks are tied together with the Friday night reception card picking up where the save the date left off.
The thank you cards were meant to match the suite but be evergreen in design so the couple can use them long past their wedding date.
Green and Silver Wedding
Working with good friends on their wedding designs is so satisfying! My friends Lauren and Mike had a Chicago ceremony this fall and were looking for designs centered around the colors green, white, black and silver. They asked for a modern and vintage look with an emphasis on botanical prints. Once we decided on a gorgeous vintage print, we paired it with the right sans-serif typeface to set the tone for the big day.
We used a single vintage print throughout the save the date and invitation suite for coherence. The couple opted to letter press their invites, which added so much elegance to the design suite. We created a monogrammed badge for the invitation and wax seal for some subtle personalization. A map of Chicago and a list of favorite places to eat, drink, and stay in the Windy City was crafted for out of town guests. Strong typography + botanical print = timeless, effortless design.
This invitation suite was featured on the lifestyle and design blog Oh So Beautiful Paper in October 2017.
Invitation suite for Katherine and Richard's farm wedding in eastern Virginia. The bride had a few design pointers in mind for me– she liked a particular shade of blue and requested borders as a decorative element on the print pieces. Katherine was great to work with and very open-minded for the experimental looks I presented her. She ultimately chose my favorite look, a floral engraving set behind framed-in invitation copy. It's funny to me now that I came to this solution being challenged to use borders, because I love it so much! Why haven't I tried this idea sooner? A white wax seal with the couple's initials finished off the invitation perfectly. Using the seal on the invitation rather than the envelope really freshened up this classic decorative detail.
The response and information cards mirrored the invites with matching double borders, and the outer envelope picked up the blue color with a liner. A belly band with a simple monogram and the wedding date held the piece together.
Calligraphy by Meredith Deafenbaugh
This custom design for Makenzie and Tyler's September Seattle wedding was inspired by their love of of the outdoors and their relaxed Midwestern personalities. Makenzie, partner behind the marketing firm Davies + Dixon, and Tyler, a Seattle real estate agent, were very hands-off after the initial brainstorming process, preferring to be surprised with the final result. Their wedding location is the scenic Bainbridge Island, just thirty minutes west of Seattle by ferry.
The bride's single request was to have a crisp white wedding invitation with gold foil lettering, to bring her glamorous side to their outdoor Labor Day weekend wedding stationery. To add some complimentary colors to this central piece, we brought in rich navy, gray, yellow and orange hues from our Seattle inspired mood board. The travel-themed RSVP postcard features a sunset shot of the ferry route guests will take on their way to the wedding site, and was finished with a romantic quote from Sleepless in Seattle. The map was printed on a textured paper and provided guests with a visual of how the ferry system works– essential for the large group, most of whom had never visited Seattle before. Additionally, it explained which neighborhoods to check out, restaurant and hotel recommendations, and what weather to expect. The cream-colored envelope was lined with a beautiful navy and gold wrapping paper by Rifle Paper Co.
Letter pressed birth announcement I made for my sweet baby girl. I wanted it to feel handmade and feminine, but also embody the aesthetics I typically gravitate towards for my designs – strong typography and lots of black and white. This design would also make for a lovely engagement or elopement announcement!
I printed the photo separately from the announcement card, and then adhered it with black photo corners for a homemade touch. Since this was a big event in our household we splurged for letter pressing the card, but this would look great with flat printing on substantial paper too!
I lined the envelopes with a patterned paper by Rifle Paper Co., and finished it off with a signature wax seal.
Engagement Party Invite
Digital and printed invitations for Shelby and Nick's engagement party. The couple requested that the design work both for email and print... I love a challenge! We went with a black and white palette and long narrow format, which looked fantastic when scrolling on mobile. The starting point of the design was a rendering I created of Shelby's engagement ring, which then led to the creation of other companion illustrations. I aimed to keep the typography celebratory and playful, but at the same time very much organized within the frame.
Chicago Wedding I
Custom Chicago themed wedding suite I designed for our Fall 2014 nuptials. Inspired by our venue and the city we have made our home in, these pieces set the tone for a elegant, modern, and romantic ceremony. Chicago map was hand designed to ensure our out-of-town guests had the best experience possible. Invitations are letterpressed.
Chicago Wedding II
Additional print design pieces I created for our Fall 2014 Chicago themed wedding. On a small budget, I was able to design individual name cards that showed where guests were coming from and the mileage traveled, a great conversation starter for the night. The programs utilized the custom made rubber stamp and wax seal I used in the invitations, and contained trivia plus a tribute page to our guests, thanking them for traveling from all over the country to make it to Chicago. The table numbers were bold and direct, using the Chicago six-pointed star. The thank you cards for the wedding shower were bold and floral, and the thank you cards for the ceremony were nostalgic and heartfelt, using photography.
Program:French Paper Company paper, custom wax seal and custom rubber stamp
Name Cards:White paper, black ink
Table Numbers:White cardstock, black ink
Shower Thank You Card:5x7 cardstock, kraft paper envelope
Wedding Thank You Card: 5x7 folded textured paper
Wedding suite designed for Meredith and her new husband, Brad. The look was inspired by the vintage postcard the bride found (on the front of the RSVP) featuring the actual venue- the Hermitage Plantation in Norfolk, Virginia. The pale pinks and greens seen throughout the wedding pulled the look together. My favorite piece to work on was the map informational card. Maps are always a brain teaser to figure out, but so satisfying and beautiful to observe in the end.