Fair warning. Over the course of this week I am going to post an insane amount of wedding-related images paired with a steady stream of incredibly sappy words. If you aren’t interested in seeing scads of photos about an event that happened, oh, fifteen months ago, and don’t care to have that event broken down into categories, and each category divulged in as much graphic and emotional detail as possible, I totally understand.
But, if you think you might have even a hint of interest, I’d love for you to stick around and take a peek at all the very special details surrounding a very special day.
Let’s get started!
You can meet Rachel here…
…relive her engagement to Patrick here….
…and see details from one of her wedding showers here.
Rachel and Patrick had a very clear vision for the kind of event they wanted their wedding to be: intimate, creative, and full of handmade touches.
They chose a date (December 10, 2011). They chose a place (our home). And they made their guest list (30 people…total). There were a few motifs that Rachel wanted to weave into all the elements…a winter white and mixed metallic color theme, hymn paper, silhouettes of the bride and groom, and handwritten letters.
Rachel has a special place in her heart for all things paper-related. She is an incredible crafter, and to receive a letter or package in the mail from her is to receive a personalized work of art. So, her wedding invitations had to be nothing less than spectacular.
These are all the paper elements from their wedding. Can we take a moment of silence to breath in all this beauty? It really is stunning. I know I’m incredibly biased, but I don’t care. I love it so much.
The first thing people saw when they received their invitation in the mail was a beautifully hand-calligraphied, gray, A9 envelope, written with white ink. The amazing Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye is the artist and creative genius behind all the hand-lettered elements you will see . Stunning work.
Each envelope had a handmade silver and ivory liner, and the beautiful invitation elements were tucked inside.
The entire package was bound with a pretty metallic ribbon and garnished with a hymn-paper heart.
This is the actual invitation. The ink colors were an antique gold and a dark grey, printed on ivory card. All the printed elements were designed and produced by Lola Lorena, an exceptionally talented husband-wife team who are as kind and friendly as they are gifted in the arts of paper.
Such a pretty and perfect representation of the tone of the event.
Since the guest list was so small, there really wasn’t a need for a formal reply card. Instead Rachel and Patrick provided each guest with a pre-addressed stamped envelope (using vintage stamps) and a blank card for them to pop in the mail with any well-wishes or sweet sentiments they wanted to share with the bride and groom. Patrick and Rachel received a treasure of hand-written cards from their friends and family to tuck away as part of their wedding collection.