There is just something about our natural surroundings that inspire more than anything. The wind, the air, towering cliffs can evolve and experience into a magical moment. Smith Rock in Oregon reminds me of my beloved Utah…and I can hardly wait to capture it’s beauty.
There is just something about a light filled space that captures our hearts…I’ve said it before, I am a color lover and when presented with a chance to fill up my brush with juicy red ink or creamy white, you can guess where my comfort zone gravitates to. Alicia, a past Momental Bride helped me fall in love with white, and this shoot produced by the charming Sarah Chancey, deepened my appreciation for all the lovely that neutral palettes inspire us with.
For this inspiration shoot, recently featured in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of Magnolia Rouge Magazine, we developed a painterly suite of textural greens, white Garden Roses and the perpetually delicate Lily of the Valley. Honestly, while developing this artwork I felt truly filled with the creative spirit. The graceful shapes and entwined greens just poured out of the paintbrush….there were no paint-overs or re-dos with this project; every time my brush hit paper it just felt right.
Shades of soft gold, champagne, shimmery ivory and white composed the paper palette here. First we painted in sheer tones of watercolor to establish the shape of each wreath. Then creamy, dimensional inks were added in plenty over top to build a textural harmony of graceful swooshes, dots and flower petal inspired swirls.
This shot I stole just as the paint was drying… you can see it glistening. This painting technique elicits the same experience one might have with a letterpress or engraved printing technique. Run your fingers across the surface and you immediately delight in the hand painted moment.
Amo questo momento….love this moment. The mix of sheer watercolor and creamy inks is so obvious here and I LOVE it! A crisp matte cardstock frame seems the perfect finish.
This might quite possibly be my favorite table number I’ve ever created. The digits are entirely painted of plant and floral elements. Layers and layers of green and white brushstrokes…ah heavenly.
Photography – Odalys Mendez Photography :: Design and Planning – Sarah Chancey Charm :: Floral Design – Lindsay Colletta Designs :: Cake – Sweet Sensations :: Hand Painted Stationery – Momental Designs :: Venue – St. Regis :: Gowns – Claire Pettibone :: Pizelles – Bella Cucina :: Rentals – Goodwin Events :: All stationery images by Momental Designs
Landscapes have long been the Muse of many an artist. From the grandeur of towering peaks to the beautiful calm of a sunlit meadow… nature inspires. For couples, having a location transformed into a painterly scene can set the stage for the big day or tell the story of their journey to that place. From the dramatic to the playful, these invitations have a story to tell and offer a glimpse of what guests will be experiencing. Here’s a few of our favorite examples from some of our outdoorsy brides:
Utah’s fiery red rock against blue river and sky make for a some strong imagery. Shimmery gold washes soften the set along with a simple layout and design.
A winter scene pops with lots of contrast painted details. Hand painted washes give texture and warmth.
This custom landscape invite is packed with personal touches! Maps and guides greet the guest with an experience truly worth savoring. Simple illustrations and playful details make for a lovely package…. don’t you think?
Melissa’s letterpress landscape invite so well captures the calmness of this creek side scene. The richness of letterpress with the softness of watercolor make for an elegant pair. The pops of pink make for just the right amount of sweet!
In love with this abstract take on a southwestern view! Playful arches dance across a dessert landscape with vivid watercolor hues. A unique and modern mix of lush color and clean design.
An artfully sketched collection of destinations take us through a lifetime of memories. A passport to peaceful watercolor scenes of the elegant Old World.
An adventurous collection of illustrated vignettes make up this couple’s whimsical invite. Fun and lighthearted, a perfect way to tell the story of a modern day fairytale
Vivid greens and blues wash over a tropical landscape with a pop of a patterned border. A scene setting illustration perfect for the tropical beach bride. Who wouldn’t want to be swept away to this exotic local?
Thanks for sharing our inspiring vistas! There’s nothing quite like nature to refresh the spirit. If you’re feeling the need to see a little more of the world, check out our post on Destination Wedding Invitations here!
Just off the phone with Emmy and already dreaming in shades of mint and pearls…Envisioning creamy brushstrokes of understated blooms and a hand drawn map inspired by Thoreau’s version of the same…
Designing a bespoke, truly custom invitation is first and foremost a journey. Some days, designing can be called nothing other than an adventure, you know…the best kind of adventure that gets your heart racing and the blood pumping. After a day of adventuring, you are tired…but the best kind of tired you can imagine. You’ve used your brain and heart all day long to edge closer and closer to what your couple hopes most for in their stationery.
As with most Momental couples Paige and Thomas embarked on a journey with us that landed them with this lushly layered stationery statement full of carefully placed brushstrokes, detailed illustrations and exacting choices that each, in their own small way spoke volumes of this couple and the celebration they are crafting.
I always say that our invitations should feel like gifts to those who receive. How did we do here? Look closely…all the silver shading throughout is by hand with sheer, shimmery inks. The brushstroke we put to paper on each and every invitation leaves an unmistakable sense of hand.
Want to see more of Paige and Thomas’ invitation design journey? Have a look here…