We’re engaged in a major love affair with watercolor at the moment. The dreamy, soft-edged, ombré effect of this art form (think Paul Cezanne’s landscapes, Paul Klee’s abstracts, Georgia O’Keeffe’s magnificent flowers) is just so perfect for spring and summer weddings, we can’t get enough. Look for it in custom save the dates and wedding invitations, billowy chiffon destination-wedding dresses, table linens and plates—even shoes! And don’t forget to talk to your florist about creating a WOW watercolor effect with flowers like parrot tulips, peonies and hydrangeas. Lovely stuff!
Credits (Photos top to bottom, left to right): Ever After Papery, Anthropologie, Ovadia & Sons, Delia’s, ALDO, Printerette Press, Becky Hill Photography, Jen Aitchison
Don’t get us wrong. We love our iPads and Droids and Spanx and Priuses (Prii?) as much as anyone. But some stuff, especially WEDDING stuff, is perfect the way it is and has always been. Take, for instance, letterpress invitations. The letterpress technique, which involves individually arranging, inking and pressing blocks of print onto paper, has remained almost unchanged for centuries. And guess what? It’s back in high style–and STILL makes for a singularly stunning invitation.
Now, take Katie Hackedorn of Houston’s Katie & Co. Sure, she’s a thoroughly modern designer—and among the very best anywhere. Nevertheless, our girl Katie LOVES letterpress. “I like the vintage look of it, and the texture of the paper is very luxurious to the touch,” she tells HWB. Plus, letterpress is incredibly versatile, and can be used to create unique, original designs and patterns that no other technique can duplicate.
And finally, take a look at Katie & Co.’s coveted invitation design work, including a spectacular box invitation (above, left) in muted ivories and metallic pinks, with rhinestone-centered flowers and tulle bows. Gorgeous!
Katie Hackedorn Photo: D. Jones Photography
Many a visiting wedding guest has checked into a local hotel only to find themselves turned around in the vastness that is Houston, trying to figure out which way is which. Even if you plan to provide transportation to all the events associated with your wedding, it’s nice to let your guests know what direction they’re facing, and where they’re at in relation to major highways, the airport, and the locations of your wedding celebrations—rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, day-after brunch, etc.
We can’t think of a lovelier way to orient out-of-towners than with a hand-drawn map from Laura Hooper Calligraphy. The Southern California based artist and expert calligrapher creates chic and charming little lay-of-the-land maps and peppers them with sweet touches like clinking Champagne glasses, snuggling dolphins and cute cars trailing “Just Married” banners. SO perfect as part of an in-room welcome gift. Hooper also uses maps to make uniquely adorable save-the-dates. And she’s got a couture line of letterpress invitations and stationery, all hand-lettered and printed on eco-friendly cotton papers. Know what else she’s got? Our love.
We Buzzed on Pressing Events’ new CITYCENTRE store last week, but we just couldn’t get to all the stuff we love at AND about the new PE in that teeny, tiny newsletter item. So here we go.
First up, Emilie Sloan bags. How cute are designer Lisa Murphy’s fully lined totes, market bags and carryalls? The folks who put on the Academy Awards think they’re awfully cute, which is why they included Emilie Sloan in this year’s official swag. Pressing Events owner Nancy Billingsley Calvert is likewise a fan, and told us she “expects big things” from the collection, which, she notes, is already attracting brides and graduates in droves. These would make fabulous bridesmaid gifts, don’t you think?
Next: Kaas Decoupage. The renowned New York decoupage studio makes absolutely gorgeous decoupage plates with designs sourced from flea markets, antique shows and estate sales. If you’re a bride with vintage vibe, or a traditionalist with a passion for classic wedding commemoration, Pressing Events’ newly expanded line of Kaas plates is perfect for preserving wedding invitations, photos, collages…you name it. Then press it.
We also adore Pressing Events’ very impressive selection of stationery, which includes all our favorite styles from Crane, Elum, Smock, and Charleston, S.C.’s wonderful The Lettered Olive, among others. But PE’s forté is “one-of-a-kind, singular design,” Calvert points out—“much like a designer-original wedding dress.” If you’re looking for truly distinguished custom invitations, you must meet with Pressing Events’ Amber Anglin Fowler. Calvert regaled us with the story of how Amber searched Dallas without success for a store to produce the exact right custom invitations for her wedding last year…and ended up creating her own. “Though her mother grew quite weary of her quest, I must say she has found her home with us,” Calvert says. “Our brides love her!”
And we do, too.
We always say the best wedding ideas are born and bred in Texas! Like Three Designing Women, for instance. The Dallas-based boutique stamp-and-stationery company—already a favorite of ours for its monogram embossers and gorgeous custom stamps—just introduced a fabulous Wedding Design Kit that makes personalizing your wedding stationery a snap. Included in the kit are a self-inking stamper, ink cartridge, six stylish interchangeable stamp designs and a variety of stationery that’s just waiting for your imprint—or use your own stationery if you prefer. Pair the kit with an elegant embosser, and you’re all set to personalize save-the-dates, bridesmaids’ gifts, thank-you notes, favors and more.
In town, you can usually find Three Designing Women at The Pretty Penny and Pressing Events, or visit their site for a list of online retailers.