Handmade custom invitations & stationery
by Kristy Rice








After having one of the most amazing weeks of my life, I began reflecting more on 2009 this morning.  I have been surrounded by so many talented friends who have truly rallied around the work done here at the Momental Studio.  I’m a big dreamer and an even bigger doer but those I have met over the last year and their reactions to my work make the experience truly meaningful.

After sitting down to write an honest post last August about how my hand painted wedding invitations came to be I was floored by the response.  During the last 6 months I came to realize that artwork in any capacity, even adorning custom wedding invitations, can have a meaningful impact on people and facilitate connections otherwise impossible.

So thank you for joining me along the way and know that I look forward to many more adventures to come.

The original post that started it all…

Say the phrase hand-painted wedding invitation and most do a double take…then ask “for small orders right?” or inquire “well you reproduce each one on the computer?”. All of these are valid responses I admit as the thought of individually hand-painting hundreds of pieces is initially mind boggling. Let me be the first to tell you, it is mind boggling, requires tremendous patience and skill, but YES, here at Momental Designs we have been hand-painting each and every invitation since our beginnings in 2003.

I thought I would take a moment to further explain the painting process and give a peek into the world of Momental hand painted wedding invitations.

Shortly after my wedding in 2000, I began Momental, very humbly. I worked another full time job, where my lunch hours were spent crafting the perfect business name, reading business books and sketching invitation ideas. My goal was to offer artistic invitations, featuring my original artwork, but to take the concept one step further. While many invitation designers at the time offered original illustrations none were hand-painting, exclusively – so the Momental Invitation was born! I sat for hours perfecting simple little illustrations that could be repeated entirely by hand over hundreds of pieces. Several weeks ago I blogged about Kelley’s hydrangea invitations, where I shared a sample hydrangea from the very beginning. We still create invitations that are entirely hand-painted much like Carrianne’s, where over 30 strokes per invite were used!

Over time brides seemed to be requesting an increasing level of complexity in their artwork. I adored creating detailed watercolor illustrations but knew I simply could not re-create the complexity of the paintings across hundreds of items. After much research I found the perfect way to accurately reproduce the pieces onto each invitation.

Each Momental Invitation begins with my Original Watercolor artwork. After reproduction of the original hydrangea above, tiny hand-painted strokes of sheer shimmer are mindfully added on each invitation to capture the depth and complexity of the lush bloom.

The Momental Girls sit for hours adding the perfect touch to each stationery piece.

I also create simple black and white illustrations – more sketchy; pencil or pen on paper. After reproduction of my original Poppies above we added ivory hand-painted details to each.

The Vintage Stamped collection is perhaps our most loved. Vintage Tree, Lacy, Lotus, Posie and Petal artwork is entirely crafted by hand, where the signature pattern is pressed into paper and hand-painted details are layered throughout.

So there you have it – if you made it through my mega post – thanks for reading. My hope is that you will see beyond the photos, color and artwork and notice the passion that drives it all ; passion for the business as it has grown, passion for a team I am eternally grateful for and passion for creating invitations as fine art; mini-works that become more than paper and text, but capture a moment, tell a story with every little brushstroke detail.


  1. Emily @ Southern Weddings

    Holy wow, Kristy — what a labor of love. I love this post!

  2. kristy

    Thanks so much for reading. I have never re-posted before but I thought this post really got to the heart of all things Momental over the past year!

  3. Meda

    Dear Kristy,

    I have been watching your work since those very “humble beginnings”. I remember your green and white website and that wood carved stamp with paint on it. I have loved your style ever since, but you have really become greater at what you are doing. Those illustrations are fantastic! And those paint strokes that don’t fill all the white space, but give just the perfect touches instead are truly marvelous. I love reading about your work and inspiration and I would really like to visit your studio one day when I am old and have enough time and money to travel that far.

    I wish you all the best on your artful journey!

    • kristy

      Thank you so much for reading and writing this lovely comment. My “green and white” website seems so long ago but it really was just last year! I would love to have you visit the studio so anytime you are in the area, give me a call! Thank you, thank you for your kind words!

  4. Brooke

    Hi Kristy. I love your work! I just spent the better part of tonight in on your website and blog and I’m just blown away by your creativity and talent. And, I love that you’re located in NEPA (I grew up in the area, got married in Wilkes Barre) I was going through my wedding planning file recently and came across your business card, which was given to me by our photographer, Shane East. At that time, I had already ordered my wedding invites but now I’m dreaming up events that I’d love you to do the invites for! Is a vow renewal at the 3 year anniversary too soon? 😉

    • kristy

      Hi Brooke!

      I LOVE Shane East, he is such a gem! It is never too early to celebrate a good marriage in my opinion! So do it – renew those vows! The hubby and I are doing just that this May. We are so excited. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and share your appreciation for my work!

  5. Emily Ley

    Kristy, I LOVE LOVE LOVE these watercolor designs. You have such a talent! Beautiful!! Emily

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