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As we sit here with the freezing wind blowing outside I desperately needed a breath of fresh air…a reminder of all things Spring to come.  So here we have it.  A few years back I created a collection of wedding invitation suites inspired by the seasons.  This Watercolor Leaf invitation suite was my homage to Spring.  I chose a monochromatic palette of strong greens and hand painted every piece…no printed watercolor finishes here…not a chance.

Jill and Ryan from With Love and Embers brought such emotion to each image and somehow were able to capture the spirit in each.  One of my favorite moments below is the vintage thread buckle designed to secure all pieces.

Watercolor Leaf Wedding Invitation I began with a palette of green stocks and then chose the perfect ink to compliment.  Mixing a bit of white into the watercolor ensured the vibrant colors would still sing strong against the bold stocks.

green leaf wedding invitations

Textured stocks mimicking watercolor paper allowed the watercolor brushstrokes to really come alive!

watercolor leaf wedding stationery Here there is a suggestion of succulents on the reception card…

modern leaf wedding invitations
So what am I up to?

Diving into a momentaldesigns.com overhaul.  Excited to make this site easier to navigate and tell the story of our work that much better than before!

Planning an amazing editorial project inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid!

Still reeling a bit over our work seen inside and on the cover of the latest Destination I Do Magazine!


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My artist brain is swimming in shades of red raspberry, fuchsia and all thing Peony after chatting with Nicole about her wedding invitation vision.  When someone love flowers as much as I do, well…I get pretty inspired.  How about those etched glass charms?  Dreaming up the perfect invitation presentation design to include these lovelies!  There is something enchanting about this mix of tonal reds, fuchsia and pink…the richness lends itself to a masterful watercolor painting…don’t you think?

Raspberry Garden Roses, Papers, Pink Peony Wedding Invitation, Glass Charms

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I love days like today.  This post, although completely impromptu, comes with it an insane amount of anticipation.  Today a big box of magazine arrived and surprised us all!  Last September, my team and I traveled to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina to make art.  Today I’m not planning to say much more…really just want to revel and celebrate all that came of one simple spark of an idea.  So incredibly humbled to have our styling and bouquet work on the cover along with the talents of Claire Pettibone, Wendy at Blush Asheville and Emily Anne Hair.

Destination I Do Spring 2014 Cover
The Abbey Gown from Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone Gown at Biltmore Estate We assembled vintage millinery elements like beaded berries, textured puffs, buttons, fabric flowers, hand painted paper blooms and ferns, all to create this eclectic wedding bouquet.  My favorite detail are the paper sweet peas spilling from the bouquet and trailing along the velvet ribbon lengths…

Millinery Bouquet by Momental Designs And of course a peek at one of the three stationery suites crafted for this project.  A curious combination of hand painted silk photo corners, hand gilding and watercolor moments…

watercolor monogram wedding invitation
Styling, Stationery, Bouquet and Shoot Design – Momental Designs  ::  Photography – With Love and Embers  ::  Custom Calligraphy – Meant to Be Calligraphy  ::  Venue – Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC  ::  Gown – Claire Pettibone  ::  Makeup – Blush Asheville  ::  Hair – Emily Anne Hair

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When the words, Monet, Klimt and Heirloom Roses make their way into the same design conversation, I get pretty well lit up inside.  This inspiration board is just the beginning and I cannot wait to see where we land.

Hand Painted Wedding Invitation
Monet Peonies, Papers, Heirloom Roses, Klimt Painting, Anne Barge Gown

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When I envision a black tie wedding I still see in color.  Black tie at Momental isn’t about a stark color palette…always.  Black tie is more about a level of luxe, fine materials, unexpected textures, layering and yes often color accents in lieu of bold brights.  Black tie is less about rules and more about creating a sense of personality in a BIG yet edited way.  Black tie demands you feel every detail of the invitation, from our textural hand painted brushstrokes to the cottony weave of a letterpress stock.

Black tie calls for layering of subtle pattern and sheen to gain drama without overbearing contrast.  Black tie wishes to make a design statement that whispers and lingers long after the first glance.  Today my favorite black tie stationery is meant to be an example of richness and sophistication and yet still a celebration of artistry.

All of these examples were in fact designed for black tie events over the last year and represent the confident, spirited approach to black tie invitation design that we love so much!

Holly and Clark made drama with layering of hand painted brushstrokes.  Opaque white then sheer shimmer inks were brushed atop a champagne shimmer stock…along with the softest hint of blush…More visual texture was added with a layer of pattern stock inspired by lace.

White Rose and Calligraphy Wedding Invitation
Meryl’s very Southern save the dates were prepared with the ultimate in formality and tradition in mind, all the while remaining unpretentious and sweet.

White Magnolia Southern Wedding Save the Date
Emily’s muted palette of organic blooms stays incredibly formal on shimmery stock and in a muted palette of creams, sage, white and just a whisper of blush.

Ivory and White Floral Black Tie Wedding Invitation
Susan and Kurt oceanside celebration called for no lack of color but also no lack of richness and formality.  A watercolor painting on each invitation created a sense of luxe but in a personable way.  Layer upon layer of stock in varying finishes and thickness gave a refined beveled look providing structure an formality to the washy florals.

Watercolor Black Tie Wedding Invitation
Krista’s monogram and painted stripes continues to be my favorite expression of black tie design.  This suite is filled with the familiar and the unexpected.  Hand Painted gold stripes mingle with linen stock and ornate ornamentation to remind each viewer of the sophisticated event to come, ensuring it will also be one filled with personality.

Gold Stripe Wedding Invitation

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