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Wood Works

invites5.jpgI’m dying to share the details of our amazing African honeymoon adventure (here’s a hint: gorillas! gorillas! gorillas!), but first I just have to get the last bit of wedding fever out of my system and post our homemade wedding invitations. Having a guest list of only a dozen gave us the ability to put as much time and money into these invites as we wanted—and we didn’t skimp on either. Hoping to evoke a sense of the woodsy oasis that Lake Placid Lodge is, we set to laser-cut stained wood with an outline of New York state, and inside, included just the vital information—names, date, and location. Pressed between the top and bottom layer of wood (and peeping through the cut-out portions) were leaves gathered from Central Park. Completing the organic theme were recycled envelopes and custom stamps bearing a line drawing of a big, beautiful oak tree. more»

Black, White, and Red All Over

invite12.jpgJohn’s little bro is tying the knot with his darling girlfriend this September. I volunteered to design the invites, which turned out to be so much fun that I’m still visiting wedding blogs just to ogle all the fantastic design ideas. Joe and Tess had tight budgetary constraints but we managed to come up with something unique and sophisticated…all with 110 invitations costing under $250 total. We cut costs by forgoing letterpress and creating a long-form invite that folds up to become its own envelope. I ordered stickers with a custom monogram of their initials to adhere the invitations closed. We also avoided the need for RSVP cards, envelopes, and postage by having all guests email their RSVP instead. more»