{Stationery Thursday} Custom Invitations by Paperwink

While I love browsing the wedding collections of stationers and invitation studios, one of my absolute favorite things to do is to feature real invitations – particularly custom and diy invitations.  I just love seeing the way that real couples and designers work together to produce an invitation design that represents the bride and groom as a couple and suits their unique wedding style.  Today, I want to share this lovely custom invitation suite from Paperwink – both because of its beautiful design and the lovely meaning behind the invitations:


Tara, half of the design duo behind Paperwink, created this invitation suite for her own wedding!  Tara’s invitation suite conveys the Jewish concept of Besheret, or fate – in Tara’s case, the fate that brought the bride and groom together originally, as well as the fate that would bring their loved ones together on their wedding day.  The invitation also included a quote, which says “man and wife ‘are the roots to one complete soul’:”


The quote served as the inspiration for the mail visual elements of the invitation design.  Paperwink used a hand-drawn flower and bulb as the central design elements throughout the invitation suite to visually represent the concepts of roots and fate.  The invitations were letterpress printed on ultra-thick coaster stock to add an organic texture.


In addition to the main invitation, the suite included a custom map of the area and rsvp card.  In the map, the roots of the bulb were converted into the highways and streets of Atlanta, giving out-of-town guests a sense of the city as well as taking guests on a journey through Tara and Michael’s relationship and places that brought them together:


The rsvp card even chimes in with a “It was meant to be. Were you meant to be there?” Guests were given two reply options – “It’s Besheret, I’ll be there” or “I’ll be there in spirit:”


Paperwink also designed a postage stamp and wraparound labels to mail the invitations, as well as an organic Save the Date card that complemented the invitation design:


Finally, the concept of Besheret and the visual image of a bulb was carried through to the wedding itself.  The ceremony programs incorporated design elements from the invitation suite:


Escort cards (actually small boxes) played double duty as favors, containing flower bulbs for guests to take home and plant.  Tara placed color-coded hand-drawn flowers on the outside of the boxes to indicate the guests’ previously chosen entree preferences:


Can I just say how much I love this invitation suite?!  The entire suite is so beautiful, and I love the way Tara incorporated the concept of Besheret throughout the invitations and wedding – creating a meaningful design that represents Tara and Michael as a couple as well as their new life together.  To see more of the incredible creativity over at Paperwink, click here to head on over to the Paperwink wedding collection.

{images via Paperwink}