Feeling Lucky: Emerald and Ivory St. Regis Wedding

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We have been seeing green around Atlanta these past few days—and not only from the hoards of St. Patrick’s Day partiers walking the streets of Buckhead this weekend exness. In just a few days it will mark my very favorite time of year…Spring! With Spring comes lush greens sprouting up from the ground and my favorite white cherry blossom trees are beginning to bloom. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought I would share a post that is very near and dear to me because I truly am lucky to have worked with such a beautiful bride to create such a unique invitation.

This was the perfect example of a bride who was searching for someone to create an invitation using the lace from her Vera Wang gown. As she searched, she kept coming across the same thing—people were using clipart lace and not her lace. I absolutely jumped at the challenge, and a few days later, I received my lace patterns from Vera Wang, packaged beautifully in all white. It certainly was a challenge; looking at the picture of her veil, I didn’t see that pattern on any of the lace patterns she sent. After hours of studying, I realized it was Vera’s own custom pattern! She had cut up all these different lace patterns to create her own…so that’s just what I did, too! Read on to see pictures of this laser cut lace invitation I designed as well as pictures from her stunning emerald and ivory St. Regis wedding designed by Tony Conway of A Legendary Event exness thailand.

Mood Board and Initial Sketches show lots of lace details, orchids, and pops of emerald

The full invitation suite, with gold wax seal, emerald escort cards, and emerald and gold foil stamp menu

I also designed a monogram and crest for the couple that symbolized them—both who they were as a couple and where they came from. This crest was the wow-piece that was foil stamped in gold on the inside of the custom box envelope. The gold on emerald was so striking and unexpected exness th!

On their invitation, we embossed their monogram and names in gold foil and paired it with a warm platinum to set the tone for the wedding, which was going to have a mixture of the two metallics. We then edged their quadruple-thick invitation and reply cards in gold for an extra pop.

Beautiful gold hand calligraphy with custom stamps

Escort Cards by ECRU Stationery & Design
Menu by ECRU Stationery & Design
Table Numbers by ECRU Stationery & Design
Cocktail Napkins by ECRU Stationery & Design
Foil Stamped Favor Boxes by ECRU Stationery & Design
Check out the incredible group of vendors behind this gorgeous wedding below, and visit Pinterest to see her full emerald, silver, and gold inspiration board. Follow me on instagram @ecrustationery for daily doses of inspiration and to see what new projects I’m up to!
Invitations and Paper Goods: Jessica Clark of ECRU Stationery & Design
Event Design and Florals: Tony Conway of A Legendary Event
Event Planning: Suzanne Reinhard
Bride’s Gowns: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Oscar de la Renta from Saks
Reception: St. Regis Atlanta
Cake: Sylvia Weinstock
Photography: Ross Oscar Knight
Calligraphy: Moya Minns MM Ink

ECRU Branding: Suzanne Reinhard Events

Most of you probably don’t know this, but before I started designing wedding invitations, I was actually a branding specialist working for several Fortune 500 companies. I loved branding; I just wasn’t a good fit for corporate…I had bigger plans!
Luckily, I often times get to combine two of my favorite things—branding and weddings. So when Atlanta luxury wedding planner Suzanne Reinhard contacted me about branding and giving her a fresh new look, I jumped at the opportunity! Not only do I love getting to work with Suzanne and her brides on a daily basis, but I was thrilled to get to work with her on something so personal and dear to her.
So I thought I would share a little how the branding process works. As all my projects begin, we start with a mood board. These are images that I pull together after our consultation that give me a direction for a brand—whether it be a startup, a larger corporation, or a wedding. Everyone gets a mood board because I find that they really keep everyone on track during the process.
After the mood board, initial sketches, competitive landscape, several rounds of black and white PDF’s—and after the final logo is approved—we create a Brand Board. The Brand Board is a smaller version of a company’s Brand Guidelines. I have created Brand Guidelines for corporations that number over 200 pages, but I just love these little one-sheet brand boards for smaller businesses because they have all the information right in front of you on one easily accessible sheet—primary logo, alternate logos, watermarks, color palette, patterns, and fonts! Check out Suzanne Reinhard’s Brand Board below to see her full branding.
She chose a tailored design with a classic monogram in a timeless palette of white, gold, and charcoal gray. The look—like her—is sophisticated and modern!
Once the look is completed, it is not surprising that you will want to show it off! I have always been a firm believer in first impressions, and a business card that makes a statement is a fabulous first impression! Luxurious, double-thick letterpress and gold foil stamped business cards with gold edging complement Suzanne’s brand, and definitely generate a reaction!

Several weeks ago, Suzanne hosted a cocktail party at The St. Registo reveal her new look, and the outpouring of love and support from the Atlanta wedding community was incredible! We all enjoyed celebrating her new adventure and cannot wait to see more of her gorgeous events. Be sure to check out Suzanne Reinhard’s website and Instagram @sreinhardevents to see her incredible work. We all wish you much success, Suzanne!

Fore more white and gold inspiration, check out my White + Gold board on Pinterest, and for daily inspiration, follow me on Instagram @ecrustationery. If you are interested in branding, email me for sample branding packages and pricing. I look forward to designing something beautiful for you!

Styled Shoot: Boho in Paradise

This past fall, I was contacted by the lovely ladies at Lovelyfest, an event design duo in San Luis Obispo, California, to create a Caribbean inspired Boho invitation suite for a styled shoot they were working on. They saw my pink and emerald banana leaf Invitations, aka Beverly, with the iconic Martinique pattern on Pinterest and decided it was exactly what they wanted to complete their vision!

After seeing their fabulous inspiration from their Boho in Paradise Pinterest Board, I had other ideas in mind! When I noticed all the gorgeous blue and white china, I knew I had to incorporate that design element into the invitations and let the banana leaf pattern play a secondary role. To me, the Bohemian lifestyle is all about travel and being free spirited. I wanted to capture the artsy and eclectic pieces one would collect on their travels and wrap them up in one beautiful package. Below is the mood board I created for this shoot, capturing my inspiration behind “Boho in Paradise”. And keep scrolling for the gorgeous and colorful photos that were featured on Le Magnifique Blog.

Warning: sunglasses and fruity cocktail are highly recommended!

This Boho wedding invitation suite was designed to mimic traditional blue and white china, but with a tropical Caribbean flare. I incorporated flowers, palms, and feathers into the design, leaving space at the top for the couple’s monogram and designed a custom die cut shape to enhance the china pattern. I repeated the pattern on the back flap of the pink reply envelope for an additional element.

For more Boho wedding inspiration, check out my Boho Board on Pinterest and for daily inspiration, follow me on Instagram @ecrustationery. And be sure to check out the incredibly talented team behind this shoot…

Stationery: ECRU STATIONERY // Photography: DANIELLE CAPITO // Event Design & Styling: LOVELYFEST EVENTS// Venue: Star Farms in San Miguel // Catering: FIELD TO TABLE EVENTS // Florals: JENNY MCNIECE // Hair: JESSI CAMPBELL // Makeup: DANIELLE ROBERTS // Cake: CAKE CATHEDRAL // Attire: Brides Gown & Bracelet- BHLDN

Passport to Paris: Our Trip to France

I cannot believe it’s been since February that I have written a post, so this one is a long time coming! This past spring was definitely the busiest I have experienced yet with ECRU Stationery. I had so many charming and beautiful brides that just made the months fly by. Needless to say, at the end of it, I was ready for a vacation…before hitting the ground running on late summer and fall weddings. So after my last May bride said her I do’s, we packed our bags for my first overseas flight…to Paris!

This was Andrew’s fifth time visiting, so he always asked me if it was everything I thought it would be. Well, you know that picture of the perfect Parisian apartment on the perfect Parisian street, with the perfect Parisian woman standing in front of it? I wanted to find that picture. What I didn’t realize is that the perfect Parisian building I was hoping to find…is on every corner. The entire five days we were in Paris, I felt as if I were on a movie set, walking amidst the chicest women in the world down streets of quintessential Parisian cafes and buildings. J’adore!

First stop, a photo after breakfast along the Seine

Notre Dame in all her splendor, view from the Lock Bridge

Galeries Lafayette, Paris

This is their department store…DEPARTMENT STORE!!!

Andrew says, “There are some things you have to buy in Paris”…I would have to agree. 
Trips to  Hermes and Christian Louboutin proved fruitful!

Napoleon’s Tomb, Paris

One of our days in Paris, we decided to take a day trip to Versailles. Unbeknownst to us, this also happened to be the day after Kim Kardashian and Kanye apparently had their rehearsal dinner at Versailles, so the city was still abuzz with that news. A couple of the trains were not running, so getting there was a test of patience, but it was so worth it in the end! The entire day, it alternated pouring down rain and beaming sunshine. Just when we thought we were cold and damp enough, we would tuck away in one of many restaurants and cafes in the gardens to have a glass of wine until the sun came out again.

Versailles Gardens

Probably our favorite part of the gardens, tucked away behind Marie Antoinette’s quarters…The Hamlet. We will be moving in next Spring.

The Orangerie of The Sun God, Louis XIV

After Paris, we hopped a train to Dijon and drove 35 minutes into the countryside, where we pulled into our hotel for the night, The Abbaye de la Bussiere, an eleventh century monastery with a Michelin star restaurant, impeccably restored and converted into a luxury hotel. We dropped our bags and headed down for lunch and a glass of Chardonnay.

Arriving at our room at The Abbaye de la Bussiere

After lunch, we toured the grounds, which looked like something out of a Monet painting. They were breathtaking, and the Shetland ponies were free to roam and graze. As you can see, our umbrellas accompanied us everywhere as showers were frequent and unpredictable. But there was something about the overcast skies that made the greens of the grass and trees look even greener!

When it really started to come down, we tucked into the crypt on the property. After being in Paris for five days and visiting so many churches, I didn’t think anything of all the lit candles in the chapel. Of course, I was walking around taking pictures of everything like a total tourist, when I came upon a beautiful altar, adorned with red roses, lit candles, and a silver bucket of chilled Moët. If you know me, you know that anything with bubbles gives me perma-grin, and upon seeing it, I said, “Oooh, champagne! How do you think they keep people from drinking this?”  When I turned around, Andrew was on his knee, and it finally dawned on me that this was actually happening! Kudos to the perfect man on the perfect proposal!

Perfect proposal at The Abbaye de la Bussiere/em>

I said “Yes!”…duh

After leaving the abbey, we took a train to Avignon, where we made home base for 3 nights while we explored Provence. We rode bikes along the river in Isle Sur la Sorgue and visited “the best Roman ruins outside of Rome” in Arles. Then, we were off to the Riviera! First stop, Monte Carlo…

My Bond Girl moment, in front of Le Casino, Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo Casino and Harbor

We lived like Kings for a night in the richest city and played a few hands of blackjack at the casino, while having martinis. One item off the bucket list…

After our night in Monte Carlo, we took a short train ride to Nice, where we stayed our last two nights. The French Riviera is absolutely gorgeous, and I wish we had planned to spend more time here. We took a day trip to Antibes, Europe’s largest harbor, which we looooved! We enjoy walking the piers and looking at boats, so this was hours of fun for us. The Mediterranean Sea was calling my name by the middle of the day, but I’ll have to take that plunge on our next trip!

City of Nice from the top

Piers of Nice

Typical lunch for us:shared cheese and charcuterie plate with a carafe of Rosé

View of the Med in Antibes

Our last day, visiting Antibes and soaking in the sun

Overall, it was the perfect trip, and I wouldn’t have changed one thing about it, except possibly spend more time there. But weddings back home were calling my name, and I returned refreshed, energized, and totally inspired! Counting down the days till we return…

Radiant Orchid: Watercolor Butterfly Invitations

You wouldn’t know it by looking outside today, but the past week here in Atlanta has been gorgeous! Highs in the 60s and 70s and sunny…I’ll take that for February! Although the temperature has dropped for today, we’ll be back to 70 on Sunday. Spring is so close, I can almost taste it! Only 23 more days. In fact, I was out in my yard yesterday and noticed the crocuses were blooming. Here’s hoping we don’t have one last cold snap!

Keeping with the Spring vibe to get me through this chilly day, I want to share a sweet lavender and pink invitation I designed for a special baby girl’s first birthday. These watercolor butterfly invitations are perfect for a precious little girl birthday or baby shower, and if you happen to be planning a party around Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid, then look no further!

We also offer full addressing services for all of our invitations. If you purchase a full invitation suite with printed address and return address, we’ll stuff and mail your invitations for you at no additional charge! With a variety of stamps on hand, we’ll find just the right match for your invitations, and your guests will be ooh-ing and aah-ing when they receive their mail! Email us to find out more about these watercolor butterfly invitations or other baby shower invitations. Stay warm!

Valentine’s Day: Sealed With A Kiss

I can’t believe there is snow on the ground again…but this time around, Atlanta seems more peaceful and quiet. After the last ice-capade, Atlantans have decided to stay home, hunker down, and just enjoy the day off. Could there be a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than at home with the one you love, sitting in front of a fire, looking out at the snow on the ground? Methinks not!

Today I’m sharing some sweet Valentine’s Day cards from a newlywed couple and a newborn baby. A Valentine’s Day postcard is an easy and fun way to let friends and family know you love them, but make sure it’s SWAK—that’s Sealed With A Kiss! 

If you have a winter baby, try a Valentine’s Day theme birth announcement, or send an adorable photo Valentine with an update on how fast they’re growing. Nothing melts hearts like a sweet baby!

So what are my plans for Valentine’s Day? I ‘ll be making my love’s favorite Ganachopus Cake again this year (surprise, if you’re reading this, honey!), and I’m looking forward to spending some time in the snow with this little guy. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Southern Charm Invitations: Barnsley Gardens Shoot

The snow has been coming down here in Atlanta, and everything outside my window is covered in a blanket of powdery white snow! While most of the city is stranded and shops are closed for the “snowpocalypse”, I am left dreaming of warmer days when the magnolias and gardenias are in bloom, things slow down, and all is right with the world.

So today I want to share a sweet Southern-inspired wedding invitation I designed for a styled shoot in The Atlantan Brides Modern Luxury Winter 2o14 Issue. With hand-drawn magnolia and cotton blooms, a custom hand-drawn monogram, and a unique quatrefoil envelope bound with leather, this invitation suite is traditional South with a modern twist. Read on for more gorgeous pictures by the amazing team that designer Christopher Confero assembled for this beautiful shoot at the Barnsley Gardens ruins.

Designer Christopher Confero‘s vision was to incorporate square shapes into this rustic outdoor setting because square is not a shape that occurs naturally in nature. He juxtaposed  a square table and place settings with glitzy sequins and a chandelier, completely transforming the Barnsley Gardens ruins into a romantic and glamorous outdoor venue. For Goodness Cakes provided a gilded 3-tier square wedding cake, and I followed suit with a square gold and white invitation suite (above) and menu cards (below).

Each place setting had a custom tented place card with the couple’s hand-drawn monogram and date on the back. So many people forget about this space, and it ends up being blank. However, for your guests sitting across the table, it offers a refreshing new view.

I love this Instagram photo I snapped while on location at Barnsley Gardens of the beautiful, rich gold and white tabletop, designed by Christopher Confero, with my custom gold and white menus and place cards. Below is the mood board I created for the design, drawing inspiration from Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry, magnolias, and quatrefoil patterns. For more gold and white wedding inspiration, visit my Pinterest boards!

Invitations & Paper Goods: ECRU Stationery & Design
Event & Floral Design: Christopher Confero
Photography: Our Labor of Love
Venue: Barnsley Gardens
China, Glassware, & Stemware: Event Rentals Unlimited
Seating: Nuage Designs
Linens: I Do Linens
Draping & Lighting: Unique Event Management
Cake: For Goodness Cakes
Bridal Accessories: The Sentimentalist
Hair & Makeup: Brides by SAJ

Published In The Atlantan Brides Modern Luxury Winter 2o14 Issue

Stay Warm! xoxo

Romantic Watercolor Invitations: Occasions Magazine Shoot

This past summer, I had a wonderful opportunity to work with yet another incredible team on a styled shoot for Occasions Magazine. The shoot turned out so beautifully that Event Designer Sarah Chancey of Chancey Charm pulled out a cover-worthy setup at the Old Edwards Inn in Highlands, North Carolina.

Set in the garden, underneath a canopy of trees, this shoot was all about a Southern garden-inspired reception. A color palette of soft pastels was the perfect accompaniment for the lush greenery and floral surroundings. Inspired by Monet’s Water Lilies paintings, Sarah wanted our team to create pieces that were soft and ethereal…and what is more ethereal than ombré watercolor invitations?

Southern-inspired and romantic to boot, these ombré watercolor invitations turned out beautifully on luxurious thick cotton paper which enhanced the watercolor and gave a lovely textural finish. This simple, traditional calligraphy invitation gets a modern look with calligraphy on a slant and a hand-painted watercolor envelope liner. Read on to enjoy some of the photos from our Old Edwards Inn wedding shoot!

I designed this custom logo for the couple using their names and date in calligraphy in the shape of a heart. It’s the perfect little detail to put on the backs of your place cards or the flap of your envelope…or even create a custom stamp!

Stationery & Favors: Ecru Stationery and Design | Venue & Rentals: Old Edwards Inn and Spa | Planning & Design: Sarah Chancey of Chancey Charm | Photography: Odalys Mendez Photography | Floral & Chandeliers: Epting Events | Catering: Angie’s Southern Kitchen | Hair & Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Dresses: Kelly’s Closet | Men’s Fashion: The Modern Gent | Jewelry & Dinnerware: Bloomingdales | Models: Click Models

Little Pumpkin Birthday Invitations

I adore my clients…simple as that. I assist many of them from their save-the-dates to their wedding day, then get the phone call to create their birth announcements, and this time, First Birthday Party Invitations! We wrapped up this particular phone call, and I was grinning from ear to ear because I knew I could create something special for this Little Pumpkin birthday party.

With a color palette of pink and pumpkin, she wanted the invitation to read, “Our Little Pumpkin is Turning One”. So I designed these Little Pumpkin birthday party invitations to mimic a pumpkin patch, and the birthday girl is the little pink pumpkin! I love how they turned out, especially with the custom “Picked from the Patch for” printed address.

With my photo studio down for a few weeks, I had to use my Halloween themed dining room table (and some strong natural light) to shoot these invitations. But as I was shooting, the light was becoming stronger and stronger, so I just had to share some shots of this year’s Halloween décor! I incorporated my DIY Apothecary Bottles (directions in the link), pink and pumpkin Gerbera Daisies, some caramel colored candles, and white pumpkins. With no doorstep to put a Jack-o-Lantern on, my dining room table decorations give me my Halloween fix!

I cannot believe tomorrow is Halloween…luckily with this year’s color palette and these flowers now going on almost two weeks (they have lasted forever!), I can remove the Apothecary bottles, and go with a Thanksgiving Harvest theme. Win-win! Hope you enjoyed the little dose of Halloween décor inspiration.

Lastly, with National Breast Cancer Month drawing to a close, please don’t forget to order your Pink Ribbon Letterpress Stationery. 20% of every purchase goes to directly benefit breast cancer research, awareness, and screening for early detection. Thank you for supporting a cause so near and dear to my heart, and Happy Halloween!

Thank-You’s for a Cure

Every October, individuals and corporations alike join together to show their support for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And I’m totally on board!

When I was a little girl, I saw the devastating effects of breast cancer in my own family, and it’s something I never want to see again. Just this past year, we had another diagnosis in the family, and after 9 months of chemo, radiation, and lots of prayers, she is almost through! I know it has been a long and tough journey for her, but I know her strength, faith, love, and support have seen her through and will only continue to make her stronger.

Seeing the pink ribbon is a reminder to me that, although we’ve made great strides in research and detection, Breast Cancer is still a real threat. So, I designed these letterpress pink ribbon Thank-You cards to show my support and raise money to donate to breast cancer research and awareness—for our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, nieces, and grandmothers!

These pink ribbon Thank-You cards are letterpress printed on thick white card stock with a beautiful lightly textured finish, and they come with light pink envelopes. Packs of 5 are available for $15 or a box of 20 is available for $50. Email me to place your order, and your cards will ship the very same day.

20% of proceeds from these cards will go to a charity to support breast cancer awareness and research, so please join me in the fight against breast cancer, and let’s see an end to this disease!