Fabric Inspiration : St. Patrick’s Day!

Here’s a little St. Patty’s Day inspiration for you! I just love how the different shades of mint and green complement each other for this super fresh springtime board!

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Credits (clockwise from top left): Green leaf by Brandon Kidd Photography styled by LVL Events via Style Unveiled; bridesmaids by L Hewitt Photography via Style Me Pretty; wedding cake by Abby Jiu Photography via Once Wed; gold and green ring via Event Envy; table setting by Heather Roth Photography.; fabric by Bonnie Christine.

Modern Chinese Wedding Invitation with Pomegranates and Double Happiness

I am so excited to share this sneak peek of our newest wedding invitation suite!

Modern Chinese wedding invitations featuring hand drawn pomegranates and elegant calligraphy. Comes in deep red or pewter silk.

This design has been dancing around in my mind for some time now… I have totally fallen in love with the gorgeous, naturally elegant, rustic beauty that has taken the wedding world by storm, but I couldn’t help thinking that all my fellow Chinese brides out there were being asked to make a difficult decision—choose to go with tradition or choose to have a rustically elegant wedding. Let me explain…

Your traditional Chinese wedding revolves around lots of bright red and bright gold and requires the use of a Double Happiness symbol, a dragon, a phoenix, and/or some peonies, bamboo, or lanterns. Of course, I’m being a little cheeky about this, but I find that those of us who love our Chinese culture find it hard to get married without at least a few of these elements present, but you can see how these motifs would be rather hard to blend with a more rustic, natural, modern aesthetic.

Pomegranate wedding invitations in a deep red silk fabric.

I’m hoping my new Pomegranate Suite does a little something to bridge that gap by bringing in some traditional Chinese elements—pomegranates are very symbolic for Chinese weddings, representing a happy marriage with many children (seeds!)—into an otherwise very natural, organic design that also features a modern calligraphy monogram.

Pewter grey silk wedding invitations for an elegant, rustic wedding.

These will be available with either a deep red or pewter gray silk fabric. I can’t wait to finalize our options and make them available in our Etsy store!

Fabric-Lined Envelopes

One of the many reasons I love my job is that, just about every day, we get to play around with fun, new ideas. As you probably know, our signature detail is the way we incorporate beautiful fabrics into our stationery suites. One thing I’ve always been dying to try is fabric envelope liners, and when one of my clients expressed interest, I couldn’t jump on it fast enough.

Here are a few we’ve been trying out for her elegant but super fun barn wedding…and yes, those are matching strips of fabric tape we’ll be using to seal her envelopes!

kraft envelopes lined with pretty cotton fabric!  bluemagpieinvitations.com

 

Navy and Linen Beach Wedding Invitations

I love helping my clients customize invitations from our Etsy line to fit their special occasions.

Navy Blue and Linen Nautical Fabric Wedding Invitations by Blue Magpie Invitations

When Kelly saw our Chalkboard & Linen invitations, she loved the overall style and linen fabric pocket but wanted to change a few small details so the invitations would be perfect for her navy and white, beach-front wedding.

Navy Blue and Linen Beach Wedding Invitations by Blue Magpie Invitations

So we changed the ribbon and print colors to navy, changed the script font, and adjusted the artwork….

Navy Blue and Linen Nautical Fabric Wedding Invitations by Blue Magpie Invitations

Just a quick example of how a few small changes can make one of our Etsy invitations your very own! Congratulations, Kelly & Andrew!!

Navy Blue and Linen Beach Wedding Invitations by Blue Magpie Invitations

Fabric Inspiration : Autumn Pomegranate Wedding

It’s official—fall is finally here! And even though it’s still pretty hot here in Southern California, the mornings now have a wonderful crispness I’ve missed, making me excited for cooler weather, scarves and cardigans, and of course, a change to deeper hues like this beautiful pomegranate red!

pomegranate red silk fabric wedding invitation inspiration by Blue Magpie Invitations

Credits (clockwise from top left): Bride and bridesmaids by Matt + Julie via Southern Weddings; pomegranate cake by Luna Photo via Style Unveiled; pomegranate place setting by Melanie Gabrielle via Ruffled; groom boutonniere by Josh Elliot Studios via Woodlands Bride.

I just love this color paired with gray for a sophisticated autumn wedding…and we might just have a little pomegranate red and gray wedding invitation ready to share in a few weeks!