Behind the Scenes – Hand Painted Wedding Invitations for Southern Weddings Magazine

When Amanda of Ashley Baber Weddings asked me to get involved in this editorial for one of my favorites, Southern Weddings Magazine, how could I resist?  Now you may be wondering why I’m beginnning 2014 with just another wedding shoot post and I don’t blame you.  All our Facebook and Instagram feeds are filled with promises of a new leaf being turned or grand ideas for the year 2014.  Tis the season for renewing your life and mind, right?  Well I decided to begin the first full week of 2014 with this post for one simple reason.  Love.

If you read Southern Weddings mantra, you will quickly learn why this post and this editorial shoot is such a powerful way to start the new year.  “From bow ties to biscuits, monograms to mason jars, we preserve the best of the past while celebrating the true heart of a wedding – the marriage at its center.”

So I begin this year very similar to last – with a call to preserve and remember what wedding planning is all about – the marriage.

This shoot, titled Generations Past and is all about sweet and sentimental details infused at every turn.  Our “bride” had been collecting hankies from the family for years so we designed and invitation centered around her very favorite.  Watercolor roses in shades of peach along with spring green leaves and aqua paint spatter became the artistic focus of all things paper for this project.

A favorite detail was our embroidered hanky lined envelope.  Oh what a statement of time spent and love infused into a time honored wedding element.

Watercolor Rose Wedding Invitation
The pattern!
Peach Rose Wedding InvitationsAmy Osaba worked her magic with blooms… The loosely tied bouquet feels as fresh picked as if it were from Grandma’s garden.

Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda AcademyI hand painted a monogram on our “brides” favorite heirloom hanky.  The family Bible is such a strong image, especially with its obviously well-used and loved cover.

sw3The seating plan was hung from a tree and I just love the thought that it swayed in the breeze as the day wore on… I created a watercolor of the iconic Whitfield Chapel in shades of aqua and peach.  A simple change to the traditional color palette of the Chapel keeps the look fresh while honoring a sacred place.

Watercolor of Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda AcademySomething about Live Oak Trees sends my heart spinning.

Amy Osaba Floral Design for Southern WeddingsThe watercolor pattern, inspired by the “bride’s” heirloom hanky collection made it’s way into a few unexpected places… These fabric custom napkins at each place setting were produced especially for this project – oh I love it!!  What I love more about these napkins is the thought they could be re-sewn into pillows to become new heirlooms!

White Rose Wedding Escort CardAnd the menu featured a painting treatment of bright aqua and white inks against the softest, shimmery aqua cardstock.

Calligraphy and Watercolor Wedding MenuWant to see more from this project?  Head over to Pinterest or here!

Photographer – Katie Stoops  ::  Photographer – Adam Barnes  ::  Videographer –  Naz Films  ::  Styling: Ashley Baber Weddings  ::  Venue – Whitefield Chapel at Bethesda Academy  ::  Florals – Amy Osaba  ::  Choir – Savannah State University Wesleyan Gospel Choir  ::  Stationery –  Momental Designs  ::  Cake –  La Bella Torta  ::  Rentals –  Amazing Event Rentals  ::  Jewelry – Erin McDermott  ::  Bridal Headpiece – Lo Boheme  ::  Bride’s Dress –  Reem Acra, from Rent the Runway  ::  Bridesmaid Dresses – Erin Fetherston, from Rent the Runway  ::  Shoes – Badgley Mischka  ::  Bow Tie – High Cotton Ties  ::  Hairstylist –  Jordan Purtee Reddick  ::  Makeup Artist –  Jules De Jesus Fritz, assisted by Jessica Mack

 …Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate. – Mark 10:6-9