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Friends, if there is one thing you know about me, it’s that I love paper. Love it! One of the highlights of my professional career has been covering the National Stationery Show three times for y’all, and invitation samples are always placed on my desk in the office. So I’m sure it will come as no surprise to anyone that I was thinking about our wedding invitations from Day One!

Actually, I suppose you could say I was thinking about our wedding invitations from Day One minus three years, because 2009 is when I fell in love with this invitation, a collaboration between I Am Always Hungry, Birdie Birdie, and Battery.

My friend Emily Ley had warned me that this sort of invitation (particularly its light type on dark stock, which is nearly impossible to achieve with letterpress) would be very difficult to produce, so even though I dabble in graphic design, I knew that I would be enlisting professional help with this project.

But which one? Throughout my time at Southern Weddings I’ve had the great privilege of working with so many talented paper artisans (for lack of a better term!), but two immediately stuck out in my mind as being a perfect fit for my and John’s style. The first was Jess from Magpie Paper Works, who I worked with on the Williamsburg shoot from V4. Jess created the custom wine labels and coasters, and even though it was a fairly small project, her cheerfulness, passion, and classic-with-a-twist style shone through.

Let me tell y’all, I am SO happy I chose to work with Jess! She took my inspiration and delivered a final product that was more than I could have hoped for. Before I reveal our final invites, I thought it might be fun to see Jess’s first sketches and brainstorming board:

So fun, right? Once Jess had fleshed out our design, it was time to bring in the second artisan I mentioned above. Y’all, I cannot say enough good things about Moya Minns of MM Ink. She has worked on countless SW projects, from the very first photo shoot I ever contributed to, to the Williamsburg shoot, to our first Fearrington shoot, to one of our cover finalists from V3. Her work is classically beautiful, but always with a little surprise twist. I love it so, so much.

But enough chatter – let’s get to the real thing! Our invite, like my inspiration invite, was a trifold, and this is what guests saw when they pulled it out of the envelope:

Jess hand-drew the little heart and the vine/boxwood pattern. Amazing!

Open the next flap, and you’ll see this:

Oh my goodness, y’all, that boxwood wreath (with the little heart worked in!!) combined with Moya’s calligraphy monogram? Be still my heart.

Let’s take a closer look at that inner flap…

Why, it’s a verse from one of our ceremony reading possibilities!

At 9×18 inches when fully unfolded, our invitation certainly makes an impact. I can’t wait to frame this beauty and hang it in our home!

Here’s a closer look at Moya’s amazing handiwork. I told her I was particularly a fan of her “Lola” and “Burgues” styles, and she kindly combined elements from both just for me. It only took her one try to knock it out of the park!

Here’s the whole suite together:

Though it doesn’t hold a candle to Moya’s work, I was pretty pleased with how my envelope addressing turned out. It sure gave me a renewed appreciation for professional calligraphers, though!

So there you have it, friends! A look at our invites, which set the scene for our upcoming big day. I sure hope the actual celebration lives up to this teaser! :)

Next time: A peek at a few of the DIY projects I’ve been working on!

In case you missed a post…
The main characters | Where we’re getting married | I go dress shopping | We choose a photographer | I ponder bridesmaid style | Mini food! | The music | We’re renting a tent! | We discuss bouquets + boutonnieres | We send out our save the dates | I gather hair and makeup inspiration | We talk cake and sweets | I introduce you to our videographer | We create a registry | We buy a tuxedo | We style a reception | I choose accessories | We take engagement photos! | We plan our ceremony | We discuss ceremony music and readings | We firm up wedding day details

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emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Emily Alice reply

    I’m DYING over these, Emily! They’re sooo beautiful!

  2. avatar Moya Minns reply

    Emily, it was such a pleasure doing the calligraphy for you and John! I walked away from my desk several times after doing the lettering and every time I came back to it, I had the biggest smile on my face – I knew it was just right for you! xoxoxo

    • avatar Emily reply

      You’re amazing, Moya! The invite wasn’t complete until we dropped your lettering in!

  3. avatar Theresa reply

    Love the color combo of the light and dark!

  4. avatar Madelynne Moulton reply

    SO MUCH sass and personality! I absolutely love it and the calligraphy work is truly gorgeous. The pink envelope is such a great pop of color too! Very preppy and beautiful!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Haha Madelynne, no one’s told me they have sass yet, but I love it!!

  5. avatar Jess reply

    Oh Emily, it was such a delight collaborating together with you and John! (I’m still happy-dancing!) Your ideas really made the design sing — and your guests are in for such a stylish, delightful and most of all, meaningful celebration. Thank you for opening your heart & sharing your love story with me. Blessed & honored! xoxo

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There’s been a lot of paper talk in the office lately. (I mean aside from the fact that we ran out of printing paper and have instead been using neon cardstock. Shame on us, though I do kind of like it!) Our conversations have been centered around the beautiful new collections we’re seeing lately and how much we love getting paper samples in the mail!

We were extra excited when Moya Minns of MM Ink and Gia Graham of Betsywhite Stationery told us about their new collaboration that they themselves deemed a “paper love fest.”

Now, when you order from Betsywhite, you’re also offered an exclusive calligraphy discount on envelope addressing and place cards — a paper love fest, indeed! You can choose from select MM Ink calligraphy styles when you place your order, making the entire process streamlined and lovely. What bride doesn’t want that?

To celebrate all of this paper goodness, we Southern belles are giving one lucky reader a set of custom calligraphy thank you cards and gift tags!

To Enter: Head to the Betsywhite site and tell us what your favorite wedding invitation or what your favorite calligraphy style is! For another entry, tweet at us and say “I just entered the @MoyaMinns + @_Betsywhite giveaway on @iloveswmag!” Then come back here and leave a SEPARATE comment telling us you did so.

Win: A set of custom calligraphy thank you cards and gift tags from Betsywhite + MM Ink.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Kristyn M reply

    I love the Hailey Wedding Invitations!

  2. avatar Courtney Cross reply

    My favorite wedding invitation is the McKenna Wedding Invitation in green! So pretty!

  3. avatar Katherine reply

    I LOVE the “Elizabeth” invitiations! So traditional and elegant…definitely using this style for wedding this fall!

  4. avatar Linden reply

    The Willow calligraphy is absolutely gorgeous. Wow!

  5. avatar cameron reply

    LOVE the Willow calligraphy!

  6. avatar Katie S. reply

    I absolutely love the willow calligraphy font. It has just enough whimsy added to a traditional script. Sign me up!

  7. avatar Andrea reply

    I love the willow calligraphy script. This would look stunning on my wedding invitations.

  8. avatar Andrea reply

    I also left a tweet:)

  9. avatar cameron reply

    Just tweeted from @cameroncthomas – fingers crossed!

  10. avatar Mary reply

    I love the opal calligraphy!

  11. avatar Amanda reply

    LOVE BICKHAM calligraphy!! Because it is super GORG and it matches the script on my wedding invitations designed by The Happy Envelope in Knoxville, Tennessee! :) This is me giving a shout-out.

  12. avatar Amanda reply

    I tweetered it @dawnspass!

  13. avatar Theresa reply

    LOVE Willow calligraphy!!

  14. avatar Carolyn reply

    I love the opal calligraphy!!

  15. avatar Carolyn reply

    Just tweeted!

  16. avatar Afton Cole reply

    I love the willow style calligraphy. It looks old and classic, yet with an updated style!

  17. avatar Amelia Johnson reply

    The Opal calligraphy is sensational.

  18. avatar Amelia Johnson reply

    I tweeted as well!

  19. avatar Kasey reply

    I’m in love with the Willow Calligraphy! It has a romantic look that matches the southern romance theme of my wedding!

  20. avatar Lizzy reply

    Ahh these are amazing! I love the dylan!

  21. avatar RachelC reply

    I looove the Heidi invitations. So pretty!

  22. avatar Jennifer reply

    Love the “Willow” calligraphy style as well as the “Alani” wedding invitation!

  23. avatar kfloveinme reply

    Love the opal!! So pretty & fun!

  24. avatar kfloveinme reply

    I tweeted @mskenyaf!/MsKenyaF/status/172132119487848449

  25. avatar Audrey reply

    I love the Grace wedding invitations in Black and Silver!

  26. avatar Taylor J reply

    I just love the “willow” calligraphy style! It is so classy and would be a fantastic way to introduce us to the world!

  27. avatar Taylor J reply

    I just posted about the giveaway on Twitter! @taykatelyn

    Thanks, y’all!

  28. avatar Theresa reply

    Love the Willow calligraphy!

  29. avatar krystal reply

    i like the willow calligraphy!

  30. avatar Deb reply

    I just posted about the giveaway on Twitter! @debbiepare Thanks, y’all!
    Looove the Thank You Cards!

  31. avatar Meghan reply

    The willow calligraphy is stunning! It would match perfectly with my wedding invitations that are going out next week! :))

  32. avatar Alexa reply

    I love the opal calligraphy style, so fun!

  33. avatar Katie reply

    i just tweeted!

    I already got my invitations (Mollie) from Betsy White– but wish I was really late on getting invitations so I could have gotten the calligraphy done too! I love the lola style! SO pretty!

  34. avatar kristind reply

    My favorite calligraphy is the Opal…something so sweet and elegant about it. Love it!

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  36. avatar Ashleigh reply

    I really like the simplicity of the Love Logo #9 Wedding Invitation.

  37. avatar Angela Alpaugh reply

    My favorite is the Opal calligraphy.

  38. avatar kia reply

    I like the OPAL a lot

  39. avatar Laura P reply

    I just love the ‘Willow’ style – it looks classic, but with a little modern twist in there somewhere. Great giveaway!

  40. avatar Carolyn R reply

    I just love the Willow calligraphy!

  41. avatar Anne L reply

    Love the Willow!!

  42. avatar natalie reply

    love the willow calligraphy.

  43. avatar Jennifer reply

    All of the styles are beautiful, but the “Willow” style is my favorite!

  44. avatar Kelly reply

    I tweeted about the contest from @kckalmar

  45. avatar Kelly reply

    I think the Bickham calligraphy is gorgeous – so classic and old-school LOVE

  46. avatar Maple reply

    My favorite style is “Willow”!

  47. avatar Maple reply

    I also tweeted about the giveaway!

  48. avatar Sadaf reply

    I am super excited about Love Logo #16! It is so elegant and timeless!

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