Thursday, April 19th, 2018
Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
This is a looooong overdue post! We’ll say it is in honor of Throwback Thursday.
Ali & Eric’s gorgeous wedding in Old San Juan was one of the most fun weddings I’ve had the pleasure of working on and attending. Beginning with the stationery details of course! We sent a photo save the date with a cute luggage tag outline of Old San Juan. For the invitations we kept them feeling more formal with white and grey. Then we added a bit of whimsy in the map of Puerto Rico, incorporating the vibrant colors of Old San Juan. We made matching menus, some signs, and gold compass place cards that turned out so pretty. Hunter and I also photographed the wedding along side Zac & Bethany of Current Films. We had way too much fun working with them as usual. Ali has been doing my hair for years now and we have some mutual friends from high school. She also has the cutest family (I photographed her cousins wedding a couple years prior) so it really was just such a joy to be a part of this special day. It’s always fun to photograph when you know the majority of the guests, it never truly feels like work. As you see in the photos, the long tables, lush florals, and colorful streets of Old San Juan were the perfect additions to this gorgeous celebration. The cherry on top was Current Films doing a day of edit and projecting the earlier part of their wedding day for the guests to see at the reception, it was so sweet to see everyone’s reactions. Oh God I love a good wedding!!
The wonderful team:
Venue: El Convento Hotel
Planning: Maria Lugo
Photography: Shannon Kirsten
Videography: Current Films
Stationery: Shannon Kirsten
Florals: Akua Event Design
Rentals: The Lounge Furniture Rentals
Hair & Makeup: The beautiful bride owns Aqua Aveda on Anna Maria Island!
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
A bright and pretty hydrangea inspired suite for a Massachusetts wedding next month! This was an extra fun one to work on as I never get requests for hydrangeas and heavily blue designs (until recently, all of a sudden blue is the word!). I really loved how the bold monogram turned out and of course we add their dog to the top. All pieces were painted using gouache watercolors. The envelopes were individually hand painted with acrylic. Vintage stamps (for styling purposes) are all from Etsy.
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
I’m finally getting around to photographing some of my favorite suites from the past several months. I’ve been hoarding photos but really there have just been a ton and it isn’t always easy to keep up on blogging even though it’s one of my favorite things to do. I’m forever striving for balance, I’ll find it one day.
This stationery turned out to be a big project between multiple pieces for the formal suite and day of paper. We kept things very classic and formal with whites and grey but added touches of greenery for a pop of color and to reflect all the white florals and greens that would be used on the day of. We started with a crest for the save the dates and changed out some of the wording for the formal pieces. A simple map indicated the grounds where the different events would be held. We made menus and used them as place cards, which I loved and have since done again for a couple clients (we print the menu then hand paint each guests name). Same with the table numbers, printed border to match the invitation and I hand painted each number. I loved the simple floral print envelope liner and sticker with the crest design to close the envelope, so many cute details! All of this was created with gouache watercolor.
As I’ve stated before, one of my favorite parts of designing an invitation suite is seeing how couples infuse their personalities and favorite things into the design…i.e. PETS! ha. You know when someone tells me they have four pets to include I’m going to jump on that opportunity! For this suite, we did the design and florals in a muted palette which helped keep a formal appearance. The bride, Sarah, had the idea to print the crest on the back which I thought was a fun idea, the pets were subtle and we kept with the color scheme to make everything flow together. All elements were painted with gouache and printed on linen card stock. I used paper source ‘soft white’ envelopes with the same grey gouache to hand paint the guests addresses on the envelopes.
I’m obsessed with how this suite turned out for a recent wedding in Harbour Island, Bahamas. The bride, Steph, is the co-founder of the amazing travel company Away (my white suitcase in the last travel post) – so you know a gorgeous destination wedding was in order for these two! We pulled inspiration from tropical foliage and added some small, wild pops of color. Complete with the cutest map of the island.
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Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
Recent announcements inspired by my Tuscan suite for an elopement in Ravello, Italy. I love the idea of doing an announcement with a letter to friends and family. This couple added a separate card to invite their friends to post a toast on instagram using their hashtag. Such a fun way to include everyone and have them there in spirit. We also made little tags for ‘An Italian Wedding Tradition’ and Olive Oil jars that they were sending as gifts.
A favorite suite from this past year. I LOVED creating these bright floral invitations and cute Palm Springs map. Black is always fun to use as a background. It’s unique and makes the colors and white lettering really pop. This were painted with gouache and printed on linen textured card stock, complete with hand painted envelopes!
Thursday, March 30th, 2017
How gorgeous are these photos from Sarah & Bennett’s dreamy winter wedding in Colorado this past December?! I absolutely loved creating this suite and stationery for them. One of my favorite to date. The usage of red, black, and rustic wintery vibes were different for me to design with. But with red being my favorite, I was over the moon over Sarah’s bouquet inspiration and just love how these turned out!
Wedding day Photography: Preston Utley // Invitation Photos: Shannon Kirsten
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Wednesday, October 26th, 2016
So excited to see this beautiful wedding I worked on featured in Harpers Bazaar!
Read the full story on this lovely couple and see the details on their Tulum getaway right here
Love how these hand lettered agate slices turned out for a recent wedding. Just a pretty addition to the table settings and a cute keepsake for guests.
Recent wedding work using mixed shades of pink and lots of greenery. Love these colors!
Thursday, June 16th, 2016
I had so much fun creating this bright, tropical suite for a destination wedding in Tulum, Mexico!
We started off with an oversized postcard for the save the date. For the suite, we incorporated a blue wash to reflect the color of the ocean. We used some tropical foliage and vibrant pink peonies, which were the florals that would be used on their wedding day. A few fiesta themed illustrations finished of the two sided information card to prepare the guests for what fun they would have over this weekend!
photographs + design (c) shannon kirsten
Recent work for a destination wedding in Italy. For this, we used my existing ‘Tuscan Suite” as inspiration. We incorporated the lemons to reflect the venue full of lemon tress where Laura & Toby planned to have their ceremony. We added a simple watercolor washed map to indicate the venue and wedding website, a pretty way to send this information to guests without the wording of a traditional information card. The original suite has been a favorite in my shop and I love to see the creative ways in which brides make it their own.
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A recent custom wedding suite using yellow and shades of pink. I love how these turned out, just the happiest!
Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
How fun is the inspiration behind this wedding suite? I had a good time working with this music loving couple to incorporate some unique elements that would reflect their wedding weekend. I loved the brides idea to make the envelope liner redwood trees! The floral colors on the suite were chosen to reflect gem stones, the colors the bridesmaids were wearing. So much fun to create.
Bailey & John-Michaels beautiful wedding in Puerto Rico last fall. I had so much fun working with Bailey to create all of the fun, vibrant stationery. The ombre lettering was totally her idea and I LOVE how it turned out!
product photos: Shannon Kirsten
wedding photography: Yeah! Weddings – Whitney Chamberlain
location: St. Regis Bahia Beach, Puerto Rico
planner: Maria Lugo
flowers and decor: Arquetipo
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
I cannot say enough good things about these two and their amazing wedding this past summer. Oxford Exchange is beyond and everyone should get married there. ha. It is always an honor and a privilege to create for friends weddings, it means so much to be able to lend my talents for my friends special days. Caleb and I go back about 20 years, which is crazy to even type out. I’ve SO enjoyed getting to know Liz
better over the past few that she has been with Caleb. He secretly asked me to photograph their proposal over Thanksgiving weekend in 2014. We then began with designing their invitations and other stationery for the day of. I love the varied versions of grey watercolors we used throughout the paper. Complete with slate grey envelopes and white calligraphy. Finally, witnessing and celebrating in this beautiful day was the cherry on top (I took these photos and also got to party with them). Zac made such a wonderful video
that you should check out as well. There is a plethora of more photos on my photography blog.
Location: Friday night ceremony at Oxford Exchange (Tampa, Florida) /
Saturday night reception at Ritz-Carlton Sarasota
Florals: La Vie En Rose
Film: Current Films
Dress: Romona Keveza
I thought this beautiful wedding would be the perfect post to get me back into blogging after my summer vacation. Stephanie & Mario got married in France this Spring and I had the pleasure of creating stationery for the day. It was all captured so perfectly by Rory Wylie Photography. French Wedding Styled featured us on their blog this past week, view the whole post here.
I have so much to catch up on here. Lots of fun projects from early Summer, some new exciting collaborations in the mix, AND my travel photos from Iceland (which I cannot wait to go through and edit). I’m jumping right back into wedding festivities with my friends nuptials this weekend. I’ll be sure to share their pretty stationery soon as well.
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
I loved creating these bright watercolor signs for an upcoming wedding in puerto rico. I love when brides want lots of day of stationery that matches their invitation suite, signs are just so fun! For this, I created an 8″ x 10″ guest book sign and “love is sweet” for the dessert table. The dessert names are 4″ x 6″ to frame next to their accompanying sweets. The cocktail and find your seat signs are 11″ x 14″ and the menu was done on an 16″ x 20″ cold pressed watercolor art board (these are offered in my shop). The watercolor escort cards are standard tented card stock. The bride found the cute glitter tags on Etsy, these will double over as place cards and favor tags. I hand painted each item with gouache paint (except the glitter tags, the white is acrylic paint).