Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice

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I never imagined I'd be styling a magazine cover - such an incredible honor!

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Grand Convento di Amalfi is built around the ruins of a 14th century convent - included on property is a private cathedral. This floral shot was captured on the floor of the cathedral. The frescoes, were indeed original to the convent - I still can't wrap my brain around art making that lasts so incredibly long!

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Overlooking the coast...

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Menus were die cut from maple wood veneer. Designsgirl calligraphy literally shines in gold foil. A hand painted frame in soft, creamy blue ink completes the subtle look.

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My very good childhood friend crafted a bespoke ring box which I painted with a scene of the Amalfi Coastline, of course. Additionally he built vessels for floral, which I watercolored with clean patterns - chevron, stripes, etc.

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Ohhhh! The cake!!

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My three weeks in Italy last October still feels like a dream…

{A dream of days where time seems to stop or at the very least slow to a pace where you feel every feeling; every smile, color, ray of sun, drop of rain; where time never seems to disappoint with all it’s grandeur and possibility.}

Our time in Italy was marked by several big experiences, one of which was our Art Shoot for Destination I Do Magazine, the others, I will write more about in the coming days.

My interest in editorial work began in 2009 with a meager attempt at styling, beyond my comfort zone of hand painted wedding invitations.  A desire to inform our stationery work with the experience of envisioning a fully realized wedding scene, embarked me on an adventure, that I never dreamed would lead to the Amalfi Coast.

{Our Watercolor Italy Art Shoot for Destination I Do Magazine can be seen in the current 10th Anniversary Issue on newsstands now!}

Hand painting even carried into the cover gown from Tara LaTour.  Little secret-this gown barely made it through customs and arrived at 4pm the day of shooting just as the sun began to set!

{Simple pleasures were paramount in Italy.}

Currants on a naked wedding cake seem just as enticing as intricate sugar flowers might be.  Simple sweeps of watercolor atop a foil printed calligraphy wedding invitation fulfill the creative eye just as much as an ornate invitation suite might.  Why are the simple moments so pleasing, so endearing and so very alluring…?  Well for me, simplicity means mindfulness; specific choices made to omit everything but the very necessary and intimately beautiful. Our eye is forced to experience the small moments of color and texture.  We’re made to appreciate the quiet that cradles simply beautiful moments.  The quiet we so seldom see…

{Less fuss but more found…indeed.}

More to come friends, more to come.

 

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