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Creating Options : Lauren & Tim’s Invitations

When a bride and groom have a specific theme they want for their wedding, it’s important that the invitations follow that theme. When Lauren and Tim told me they wanted their wedding to have a real Nashville theme with the printed material to reflect the stylings of Hatch Show Print posters, I was so excited to have fun with these. Hatch Show Print is known for their unmistakable letterpress look; a little rough around the edges, mixed type, full-flushed word lines. They have been in business for 129 years, and their look has hardly changed. It’s completely timeless.

I knew when starting these invitations that I would have to give the bride and groom a couple options because they are a modern, trendy pair, and also very clean-cut, so I knew the distressed look of the posters wasn’t going to be for them. To me, it’s important to give a couple several options to choose from especially when they have a theme. I want to be absolutely certain that I help them follow their theme and communicate it appropriately to their guests.

Here are their “Nashville” styled invites:

The above invite is the top section to a tri-fold invite. The bottom section is perforated so it can be removed to then become a postcard for the response.

Here are your up-close looks at the other two pieces:

Option 2 uses a starburst background pattern and is inserted into your standard pocketfold invitation carrier.

If you’ve been following my blog, you may recognize this style as the look they used for the rehearsal invitation.

They loved this look, but were concerned that it may have been too much for the invitation.

The final option for their wedding strayed completely away from the Hatch Show Print style. When thumbing through my invitations options, Lauren fell in love with an invite that used flourishes as a graphic element. However, in order to bring it to be a little less formal, I changed the typefaces to be a condensed sans-serif to try to incorporate the look they were wanting.



Additional Pieces:

Through this, I realized how important it is to not only give the couple look options within their theme, but to also give them something that can basically relate, but still stick with a classic wedding invitation look. Lauren and Tim chose to use the final option shown. I would have been happy to have used any of them. In fact, if you would like to see any of these options printed, I have assembled each of them!


September 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Lauren & Tim are Married!

You may have remembered a while back when I posted about Lauren and Tim’s save the dates. Well, now …..


They had a beautiful wedding about a month ago on August 21, 2010. Lauren looked absolutely perfect in her flowing white gown, feather-pinwheel broach and gorgeous feather hair piece. Tim was so handsome in his three-piece black tux. The two of them couldn’t be any more perfect for one another.

But as you know, before the wedding, there’s always a rehearsal. Here are their invitations for the rehearsal and dinner:

Here’s the vendor break-down:
Stationery, programs & posters: 4th Leaf Design Studio (of course!)
Planning: Weddings by Mary Natalie
Location: Houston Station
Lighting: Nashville Event Lighting
Catering: Bacon & Caviar
Cakes: The Bake Shop
Photography: Matt Andrews Photography

The day was perfect, despite the late afternoon thunderstorms that ruined our chances for outdoor photos. Lauren was inspired by her city of Nashville for her wedding since many of her family and guests were from out of town. The day went off without a hitch thanks to the wonderful day-of coordinating of Mary Natalie Hester. The photos of Matt Andrews really help to explain the beauty of the day.

First, here’s a quick look at the invitations…



Onto the wedding and the beauty of the day!

the perfect couple

Here is the poster designed for the event to bring in a little bit more of the Nashville theme. It’s inspired by the Hatch Sow Print style.

Going with the same theme as the poster, Lauren wanted a different look for her programs:


wedding party

On the bar, Lauren wanted to let the guests to know the beverage options while suggesting certain cocktails for them to try. She continued the Nashville theme with Yazoo beer and Jack Daniel’s Whiskey. Since Lauren is Czech and from Dallas, she also offered Shiner’s Czech style beer.

September 20, 2010 at 5:03 pm 5 comments

Find 4th Leaf on Etsy!

Tell all your friends and family that 4th Leaf Design Studio now has wedding invitation designs available for purchase on Etsy!

This means that you will be able to purchase digital files of the artwork all designed and ready to be printed by you! It’s a cost effective way to get the 4th Leaf Design Studio invitation that you want for less! You will be doing the work of printing and producing the final work! If you don’t want the hassle of printing your final designs, no worries! We will still offer to print them for you if that is what you want!

Stay tuned to the site to look for updates, new designs, Christmas cards, thank you cards, etc! I’m so excited to be entering the world of online sales!

Here are a couple of the invitations available for purchase on the shop! Explore the other options as well!

September 13, 2010 at 5:38 pm 2 comments

A little favor please!

As you may or may not know, I’m a dealer/designer for the fabulous paper supply line we all know as Envelopments! These papers are incredible and can make any project even more beautiful than originally designed.

After I received my MiniDeck sample papers, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to apply to be a dealer/designer…. and haven’t looked back! Just last week, they released new additions to their already incredible paper stock including new colors and patterns! My favorite new items that were released are the new favor boxes! As soon as I saw these images of the favor boxes, I had to laugh. These seriously remind me of my design packaging classes from school! The mock-ups were ALWAYS made out of plain white Bristol Board as a template before redesigning it in a more desired product (cardboard, foam, etc) and adding elements to beautify the overall package.

All of these shapes come in any Envelopments cardstock to match your event! If you’re interested in using these at your next event, please contact me. I’m so anxious to work with these amazing containers!

April 7, 2010 at 10:00 pm 1 comment

The “Green” Wedding

I’m sure many of my loyal readers remember WAY back when I posted about the Pantone Spring Color Forecast for 2010. I’m sure you also remember how I said I was going to use my color “theme” palettes to create some new invitations, and so far, I’ve only posted about one. Well today, you will get to see another one! I’ve been working extremely hard to increase my invitation portfolio while still working with the brides who have already hired me. Since I started 4th Leaf Design Studio, my brain has been on turbo-charge with so many different ideas. It seems as though most brides are still looking for the pocketfold style of invitations. While the classic layouts are beautiful, I really enjoy playing with paper to create a totally different look. My wedding invitations are a more modern take on the pocket fold. Today, you get to see another!

This invitation is inspired my by “Earth Friendly” color palette, and the invitation itself is environmentally friendly, too.

The inspiration board is full of ideas using outdoor elements: feathers, twigs, wood-grain, etc. It’s a beautiful expression of how you can create amazing scenes on a small budget.

The invitation I created for this board uses a recycled cardstock, white cotton paper and twine to create the pocketfold and to hold everything together. The final product is beautiful, functional and, trust me, the string does not fall out for anything! I absolutely love this design layout and cannot wait to try it again with a fancier ribbon, lace or some other formal string for a more formal soiree.

February 19, 2010 at 3:55 pm 3 comments

Blushing Bride : Part 1

Based on these inspiration colors, I created different color schemes with corresponding themes. The themes and colors helped while choosing images for an inspiration board for a series of new invitations. The first color scheme is the “Blushing Bride” using Pantone‘s Fusion Coral, Tuscany, Pink Champagne and Eucalyptus. Together these colors create a beautiful, complete color palette a bride could easily develop into a well-coordinated affair.

For this design, I wanted to take some of the details found in the images and accent the flourishes with basic patterns. I love the “surprise” of having the directions in an overall color. It gives the entire package a little weight and surprise. I hope you enjoy these!

Check back later to see another invitation based on this color palette and inspiration board.

January 13, 2010 at 12:42 am 1 comment

A Sneak Peak

Just wanted to share that I’m working on expanding my invitation portfolio by using these color palettes as my inspiration. To help me out with a look and feel, I created some image boards to help me out. Check out the image board for the first round of inspired invitations!

I cannot wait to show you the invitations I’m creating for this! There will be at least 2 invitation designs per inspiration palette and image board. I hope you enjoy them!

January 11, 2010 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

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