Sneak Peek! Elegant Peacock: a hand-illustrated wedding invitation

There seems to be a pretty strong trend in the wedding world of using peacock feathers as part of wedding decor as well as using one of nature's most elegant color combinations. Brides the world over are inspired by the rich jewel tones of the male peacock's finery and his majestic silhouette.

If you follow me on Instagram you may remember this pic, taken of some drawings I was working on.

Well, that peacock had been living inside my head for months. I had this vision for a peacock "themed" wedding invitation that was different than any I'd seen before but the problem was trying to get it from my head onto the computer without it looking cheesy. So I collected a bunch of peacock images to give me some ideas for composition and to get the details right.

[I'm working on source references now, hold tight!]

After the initial sketch, I used some tracing paper to clean up and further develop the illustration finally ending with finished drawing which I outlined using a fine point Sharpie. Using the magic of my scanner and Adobe Illustrator my sketch was in the computer and ready for "design-ification."

After some awesome community-suggested tweaks, Elegant Peacock was on it's way to an Editor's Pick. Woooo hoooo!

There is that little green star again!

While the full invitation suite hasn't launched quite yet, here's a sneak peek at what the whole thing will look like. 

While I anxiously await the launch of my Elegant Peacock invitation suite, I know there will be a whole collection of other amazing wedding designs to come. You can get a sneak peek of the other selected designs at the winner's page on Minted right now.

While this post contains some Affiliate links, I am really just super excited to show you the fruits of my hard work! If I make a little commission from some shopping via these links I'll consider it a generous bonus. Thanks for reading!

Modern Belle: a classy letterpress invitation

I am super excited to announce that one of my design entries for the first-ever letterpress wedding invitation challenge at Minted was chosen to be part of the Spring 2014 line!

Check it out! (I love that little green star.)

Living in the South (North Carolina is in "the South," right?) I know how the Southern ladies love their bright colors and fun patterns. I wanted to create a wedding invitation suite that would appeal to the "Southern Belle" that was at once classy and fun in a modern and not too sweet kind of way. In the end, I was inspired by the ever-popular chevron motif and challenged myself to create an invitation that would appeal to both the bride planning a breezy beach wedding as well as the bride planning a wedding on a sumptuous Southern plantation.

My vision looks a little like this inspiration board.

I've been working on the remaining elements of the suite, trying to keep it classy but still integrate the fun chevrons in each element. This is where I ended up.

The suite will be available in one, two and three-color versions giving you the ability to choose each color you'd like from Minted's palette of letterpress inks.

Trend Watch: Sun Prints

So a year and a half ago I did a little post on flag bunting as inspiration for wedding stationery. Lo and behold, the bunting craze erupted into a mega-huge trend. You see it EVERYWHERE now so in an effort to find out if my post was prophecy or dumb luck I am throwing an official prediction out there for a future wedding and event trend ... the sun print.

I know that artists have been doing this for ages and that there are a great many souls using the cyanotype method of printing for artistic and education applications, but I am guessing that this easy to use method (you can buy kits for cheap at may catch on as a trendy element of weddings and parties. The possibilities are endless! Everything from place and escort cards, table numbers, photobooth props, custom table linens and more will benefit of that pop of blue.

I LOVE cobalt hues (thanks to my Grandma's legendary "blue bathroom" and the collection of cobalt glass she passed down to me) so I couldn't help but try my hand at a sun print-like save-the-date design for Minted's latest challenge.

save the date cards - Sun Print
save the date cards - Sun Print

Do you think sun printing will be a big trend for the coming wedding season? Or should I go buy a lottery ticket and leave trend prediction to the pros?

Need more sun print ideas? Check out these links:

Something Old, Something New Wedding Invitation Challenge

Is open for voting! This challenge focused on designing for different cultures, religions and traditions. There are a ton of great submissions that will allow for brides and grooms around the world to find the perfect invitation for their event. Go now, and let your rating finger do the talking.

wedding invitations - Lucky Horseshoe
wedding invitations - Lucky Horseshoe

wedding invitations - A Comic Book Love Story
wedding invitations - A Comic Book Love Story

wedding invitations - Sales Pitch
wedding invitations - Sales Pitch

wedding invitations - Coral Beach
wedding invitations - Coral Beach

Black + White

How about an inspiration board to start off the day? Inspired by my Vintage Ornament wedding invitation (available at Minted) bold black and white graphic elements make for a modern black-tie event full of personality.

[ 1. houndstooth dress photo by Veronika of 2. woman in dress, photo by Regina Relang, found via Schupman Collection 3. white bouquet Martha Stewart 4. martini by Martha Stewart via Ritzy Bee 5. lace cake from Real Simple 6. zebra photo by alles-sclumpf on flickr 7. Brandon Flowers for GQ ]

Minted: Coming of Age

It's rating time again for Minted's "Coming of Age" challenge to create age appropriate 16th birthday, quinceanera, confirmation and bar mitzvah invitations.

The first thing that came to my mind is that horrible show on MTV "My Super Sweet Sixteen." If I had been a spoiled brat I think I would have wanted a dance club themed party, complete with glow sticks, cage dancers and lots of house music. Well, not really, but I do love a good beat and practicing my freestyle dance moves in a dimly lit nightclub.

So this is where I went with the challenge.

party invitations - Visualizer

Inspired by the music visualizer on older sound systems, stereo decks and computers, the bars move up and down with the music. This is the girly colorway but it can be easily adapted for a guy's party.

party invitations - We Be Clubbin'

This one came to mind when I thought back to all the club promo fliers that would cover my car after leaving it parked downtown over a weekend.

Neither fit nicely into Minted's established aesthetic but I wanted to be true to my inspiration and create something that said "dance party."

Client Spotlight: Bindu + Michael

I'm not going to lie, I like to photo-blog stalk my clients. (Is that creepy?)

So imagine my excitement when I discovered that one of my best client's wedding photos were posted! She picked an amazing photography studio to capture her wedding day and I am honored to have been a teeny tiny part of it. (Remember this post?)

Behold the wonders of Lyon, France, 13:13 Boutique Wedding Photography and Bindu's exceptional style!

Go check out the rest of their photos and start dreaming of your own French country-side wedding!

Client Spotlight: Jen + Jimmy

Last winter I was approached by a co-worker of my husband's to design and print the invitations for his December wedding. Their wedding took place in a charming chapel in Pensacola, Florida with the reception at a local art museum.

After a bunch of design ideas they decided on a grey damask design with a cobalt blue frame and accents.

I am sorry I don't have pictures of the actual invitations, the job ended up becoming a last minute deal and I mailed them off while they were still hot from the printer.

They actually moved to England when we did and have become great friends. Thanks Jimmy and Jen!

Minted: It's time to VOTE - Breakout Wedding Design challenge

So click the links and vote (or rate) away!

Obviously I want to get all fives, but I cannot control what you pick. However, if you follow this blog there is a good chance you like how I design so I'm guessing you'll vote in my favor. But if you just like me and pretend to like my work (mom, this better not be you) maybe you can give me sympathy points for the shameless pimping I've been doing for this contest?

Even if it's not mine, please reward hard work and a great aesthetic.

Wedding Invitations - Berry Wreath
Wedding Invitations - Berry Wreath

Wedding Invitations - Yellow Rosette of Texas
Wedding Invitations - Yellow Rosette of Texas

Wedding Invitations - Whale Love
Wedding Invitations - Whale Love