One of my favorite wedding elements was our stationery, designed & created by my good friend Emily of Emily Rose Ink. When we first started discussing our vision, Dan & I talked a lot about how we wanted the stationery suite to be an experience in it of itself. Making the investment to do custom stationery is something that I felt very strongly about from the beginning, as your stationery sets the tone for your event. Having the ability to get creative and make something truly unique was important to us.
During the design process, we chose to feature the pale grey & blue colors that were to be featured in our wedding, incorporating them in the envelopes, custom wax seal, ribbon & stamps.
Once guests opened the envelope, they were sure to see a beautiful floral envelope liner that Emily hand drew & painted based on inspiration from old botany books and prints that I have been collecting and pulled for inspiration. The illustration was also featured on the inside of a booklet that had our names and wedding date in roman numerals (loved that little detail) and one of our favorite quotes by Maya Angelou. The booklet housed a wax sealed “love letter” to our dear friends & family containing information about the wedding.
Another detail I was particularly excited about were the vintage stamps. Upon recommendation from Emily, I made a pilgrimage to see The Stamp King in Chicago and spent hours in his shop, in what felt like a scavenger hunt, pouring over books and boxes of vintage stamps. I took it to the next level by trying to incorporate certain colors and even select stamps that had meaning to us or a connection to our event. Intense, right?!
The first one I found was a blue Labor Day stamp which couldn’t have been more perfect since our wedding was Labor Day weekend. Next up were two bird stamps which seemed fitting considering Dan’s obsession with birds. While talking to The Stamp King about our story, I mentioned that we got engaged at the Observatory at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. In true Stamp King fashion, he pulled out an observatory stamp and added it to the pile. I was beyond elated at this point. Last up was a feather quill & ink stamp giving a subtle nod to the whole love letter theme.
One of the coolest parts of custom stationery is the versatility it brings outside your actual wedding invitation. Emily used the floral illustration on the thank you cards we sent out as well the gifts we gave our parents. She made us framed & matted prints on one side and a calligraphed letter on the other, thanking them for their love, support & guidance.
All in all, we couldn’t be happier with our stationery & want to thank Emily for creating something so meaningful for us. I can’t wait to frame the pieces and display them in our future home one day.
Other featured elements:
- Grey vow book from Velvet Raptor
- Grey Mrs. Box
- Ribbon from Silk & Willow , Frou Frou Chic & Adorn
- The jewelry I wore on our wedding day & a floral handkerchief, all heirlooms from my Grandmothers
- Engagement ring & wedding bands from Cottage Jewelry in Evanston, IL
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