Today on the blog I’m showing off a beautiful custom invitation suite for the dreamiest winter wedding, held in the castle-like estate, Cairnwood, in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Keep reading for all of the little details.
When Riley came to me in late summer to talk about custom watercolor invitations, she had a clear vision of what her wedding would be. The event, to be held just a week before Christmas, would fully embrace the holiday season, but in a classy, elegant way. Guests in black tie; doorways draped in lush greenery; Christmas trees decked with glittering baubles; cozy candles in gleaming gold votives... Oh, did I mention the reception was going to be held in a castle? Think, Christmas at Downton Abbey! It would be an upscale holiday vibe, and she wanted stationery to match.
The main event, the invitation, features a watercolor rendering of their venue, Cairnwood Estate (click here for a video of me painting this venue!). It’s such a beautiful building, it had to be featured prominently in the suite, so guests can admire its beauty and get excited to enjoy it for one very special night. The invitation also features spot calligraphy to set the couple’s names apart from the rest of the text on the card. A thin black border runs along the edge, something you’ll see on the other cards.
The couple wanted an envelope liner, so they included both an inner and outer envelope. The outer envelope was gold, and the inner was black (although my photos here include a white envelope instead). The inner envelope was unsealed so that guests could enjoy the liner, no ripping or tearing needed!
Perhaps my favorite thing about this suite is what awaits the guests when they initially open that inner envelope. Cards were stacked face down so that the patterned backs of each card were on full display upon opening, and they really look so beautiful together.
Other Stationery Items
Riley and Michael also opted for thank you cards and welcome cards, both of which were designed to coordinate beautifully with the rest of the invitation suite.
A Festive Invitation Suite for an Elegant Winter Wedding
Riley and Michael’s wedding invitation suite is proof that you can embrace Christmas at your winter wedding without employing cutesy symbols like Santa and Rudolph (no offense, Mr. Claus!). It also shows the virtues of a simple, elegant invitation suite. You can keep things clean and classy, while still filling your wedding invitations with personality!