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Sarah Parrott, Rhode Island Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Parrott Design Studio About Me: I am the designer & printer behind Parrott Design Studio, specializing in custom letterpress and screen printed wedding and event invitations, stationery, and paper goods. With a background in non-profit marketing & art history, I began the studio in 2006 in my small apartment in Providence, RI. Since then I have moved to a studio built my fiancé, acquired a Golding Jobber letterpress, & have been happily printing ever since. I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I have always had an affinity for the ocean, mountains, birds, gardening, & the simple life. When I am not printing, I can be found somewhere outside with my fiancé & playful pup.
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Hello! I do say I have been very fortunate to work on some seriously lovely designs as of late. The bride, Heidi, is a wind power analyst {awesome!} and her fiance is a helicopter pilot. They wanted a design evocative of a rustic vineyard in the Blue Ridge Mountains during Autumn. The wedding is taking place outdoors where they would be surrounded by the bright yellows, oranges, and reds of the changing leaves. We decided instead of going for the obvious vineyard theme {grapes} or Autumn colors {yellow, orange, & red}, we would go for rustic florals in a cool, mono-toned palette of deep navy blue. Being eco-friendly was important for the couple so the invitations were gocco screenprinted on 100% cotton Lettra paper in pearl and the envelopes were 100% recycled brown kraft paper. I love the little floral detail of the return address on the envelope! The RSVPs were a double-sided postcard. The front of the RSVP came out beautifully with the full floral design. I am happy Heidi liked using the little motifs for the meal choices. It adds a bit of whimsy the elegant design.

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Sarah Parrott, Rhode Island Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Parrott Design Studio About Me: I am the designer & printer behind Parrott Design Studio, specializing in custom letterpress and screen printed wedding and event invitations, stationery, and paper goods. With a background in non-profit marketing & art history, I began the studio in 2006 in my small apartment in Providence, RI. Since then I have moved to a studio built my fiancé, acquired a Golding Jobber letterpress, & have been happily printing ever since. I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I have always had an affinity for the ocean, mountains, birds, gardening, & the simple life. When I am not printing, I can be found somewhere outside with my fiancé & playful pup.
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Meadow Wedding

September 2nd, 2009 @ 6:28 pm by Sarah @ Parrott Design Studio

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This particular invitation does not have an rsvp. Instead, the couple opted for adding their website on the invitation directing people to rsvp online. This may not be the way for everyone, but it certainly is an eco-friendly option. For an added bit of fun, I designed a matching pattern for the envelope liners and gocco printed those as well. From the bride’s description of the wedding it sounds like it is going to be a perfectly easy, breezy wedding afternoon full of family & friends. Birds swirling around in a field of wildflowers. Sounds like a lovely setting for a wedding to me!

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Sarah @ Parrott Design Studio's Picture
Sarah Parrott, Rhode Island Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Parrott Design Studio About Me: I am the designer & printer behind Parrott Design Studio, specializing in custom letterpress and screen printed wedding and event invitations, stationery, and paper goods. With a background in non-profit marketing & art history, I began the studio in 2006 in my small apartment in Providence, RI. Since then I have moved to a studio built my fiancé, acquired a Golding Jobber letterpress, & have been happily printing ever since. I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I have always had an affinity for the ocean, mountains, birds, gardening, & the simple life. When I am not printing, I can be found somewhere outside with my fiancé & playful pup.
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Happy first of September! Let’s talk about palm trees, shall we? Marisa, the bride, was a fan of Miss Bruschetta’s rehearsal dinner invitations, so I began the design from there. Marisa was inspired by vintage postcards of palm trees on the beach, so I used a vintage palm tree image on the invitation. Her colors are orange, yellow, and green, but we decided to use just orange and green on creamy Lettra paper in pearl. The invitations are square and were gocco printed.

I really love that couples are interested in sending invitations for their rehearsal dinners and not just as an after-thought. Rehearsal dinners are often an integral part of what is now becoming the “wedding weekend.” Carrying your theme throughout all of paper pieces for your wedding keeps the look of your wedding cohesive and consistent {did I ever mention my background is in marketing…? ;)}. Until tomorrow…

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Kristy Rice, Pennsylvania Vendor: Invitation Artist Website: Momental Designs About Me: I remember drawing by flashlight way past my bedtime as a young child – I never stopped. For me creating art is not an act but a lifestyle. I am passionate about creating moments on paper, my home, loving my hubby and believe you can never have too many fantastic handbags.
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As I browse the completed photos from the last week I was surprised to a reoccurring muted palette. I am a fan of color and tend to infuse some intense shades into every piece I create - or so I thought! I must admit my new (and apparent) fondness of the classic fall wedding colors is obvious from the varied use of gold, brown, champagne and ivory. From left to right, Marianne’s brown paisley gatefold featuring a shades of pink Vintage Lace Tree, Jennifer’s hand-brawn frame illustration with hand-painted details in gold and burgundy and Andrea’s simple but chic letterpress with hand-painted dots and swirls.

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Sarah @ Parrott Design Studio's Picture
Sarah Parrott, Rhode Island Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Parrott Design Studio About Me: I am the designer & printer behind Parrott Design Studio, specializing in custom letterpress and screen printed wedding and event invitations, stationery, and paper goods. With a background in non-profit marketing & art history, I began the studio in 2006 in my small apartment in Providence, RI. Since then I have moved to a studio built my fiancé, acquired a Golding Jobber letterpress, & have been happily printing ever since. I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I have always had an affinity for the ocean, mountains, birds, gardening, & the simple life. When I am not printing, I can be found somewhere outside with my fiancé & playful pup.
About Sarah @ Parrott Design Studio

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Last week was a busy, but great week. Despite having a mid-week birthday celebration, I printed four wedding invitation suites, two of which were letterpress. These invitations are off to the happy couple in Canada. They are getting married at a ski resort this autumn and wanted something casual and fun for their invitation. They love vintage travel posters {me too!} especially this one designed by Gruppe Gut for the Cortina Ski Resort in Italy. I created a new custom illustration to better reflect the silhouettes of the couple, made their gloves into hands, and gave them shoes instead of ski boots {since the wedding is in Autumn and there will be no snow}. I loved the bride’s idea behind having a chairlift on her invitation. She believes it represents her and her fiance as they embark on a new journey in life together. Very sweet. These invitations were letterpress printed in two colors on coasters. The front side featured the illustration in navy ink with a bold orange border which also features their names and wedding date. On the backside is the text inviting people to the wedding. They chose not to have an RSVP and asked people to email them instead. Each coaster will be tucked inside a square envelope with their return address printed on the back flap.

This invitation gets me excited for snowboarding…sort of. I love Autumn! Once my birthday has come and gone I am always okay for the weather to start getting a bit cooler and for the leaves to start changing! Enjoy your week!

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Sarah @ Parrott Design Studio's Picture
Sarah Parrott, Rhode Island Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Parrott Design Studio About Me: I am the designer & printer behind Parrott Design Studio, specializing in custom letterpress and screen printed wedding and event invitations, stationery, and paper goods. With a background in non-profit marketing & art history, I began the studio in 2006 in my small apartment in Providence, RI. Since then I have moved to a studio built my fiancé, acquired a Golding Jobber letterpress, & have been happily printing ever since. I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I have always had an affinity for the ocean, mountains, birds, gardening, & the simple life. When I am not printing, I can be found somewhere outside with my fiancé & playful pup.
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Vineyard Wedding

August 27th, 2009 @ 9:51 am by Sarah @ Parrott Design Studio

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A summer wedding in Oregon Vineyard. Can you taste the wine now? These invitations came out lovely…just lovely! Sometimes I print an invitation suite and run into a few bumps, others print perfectly. These printed perfectly. I think it was a reflection of the whole process. Maggie is a book designer {& cook!}, and we decided early on in the design process that I would provide her with the imagery & feedback {& of course, the printing} while she would do the typesetting and layout. Included in the suite was an invitation, rsvp, map of the area, and an invitation to the rehearsal dinner. Everything was printed with a deep navy ink on the lovely textured luxe cream stock with luxe frost envelopes. I do enjoy these types of collaborations so much. Thanks, Maggie!

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Sarah @ Parrott Design Studio's Picture
Sarah Parrott, Rhode Island Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Parrott Design Studio About Me: I am the designer & printer behind Parrott Design Studio, specializing in custom letterpress and screen printed wedding and event invitations, stationery, and paper goods. With a background in non-profit marketing & art history, I began the studio in 2006 in my small apartment in Providence, RI. Since then I have moved to a studio built my fiancé, acquired a Golding Jobber letterpress, & have been happily printing ever since. I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I have always had an affinity for the ocean, mountains, birds, gardening, & the simple life. When I am not printing, I can be found somewhere outside with my fiancé & playful pup.
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I recently had the great opportunity to collaborate with Jen of Swallowfield on wedding invitations for her cousin. I am a huge fan of Jen’s work and own a few of her prints {this is one of my favorites}, so I was quite honored to work with her. The wedding is taking place this Fall in Newburyport, Massachusetts, a little town on the Merrimack River near the Atlantic. Mary, the bride, wanted a design inspired by Fall, community, and the sea. Jen’s drawing is full of amazing details including little houses, flowers, and a sailboat. I want to live in one of those houses!

Once Jen completed the drawing she turned it over to me. I used the entire drawing on the invitation and set the type. I extracted a few details from the drawing for the other pieces in the suite. I used a single flower on the RSVP and two little houses on a flower for the return address, which was on the backside of the RSVP to make it a postcard & the back flap of the envelope. I really love that Mary went for the orange & gray palette, instead of blue as one may assume for seaside wedding. I hope she uses love stamps!

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Kristy @ Momental Designs's Picture
Kristy Rice, Pennsylvania Vendor: Invitation Artist Website: Momental Designs About Me: I remember drawing by flashlight way past my bedtime as a young child – I never stopped. For me creating art is not an act but a lifestyle. I am passionate about creating moments on paper, my home, loving my hubby and believe you can never have too many fantastic handbags.
About Kristy @ Momental Designs

Say the phrase hand-painted wedding invitation and most do a double take…then ask “for small orders right?” or inquire “well you reproduce each one on the computer?”. All of these are valid responses I admit as the thought of individually hand-painting hundreds of pieces is initially mind boggling. Let me be the first to tell you, it is mind boggling, requires tremendous patience and skill, but YES, here at Momental Designs we have been hand-painting each and every invitation since our beginnings in 2003.

I thought I would take a moment to further explain the painting process and give a peek into the world of a Momental Invite.

Shortly after my wedding in 2000, I began Momental, very humbly. I worked another full time job, where my lunch hours were spent crafting the perfect business name, reading business books and sketching invitation ideas. My goal was to offer artistic invitations, featuring my original artwork, but to take the concept one step further. While many invitation designers at the time offered original illustrations none were individually hand-painting each invitation, exclusively, so the Momental Invitation was born! I sat for hours perfecting simple little illustrations that could be repeated entirely by hand over hundreds of pieces. Last month, I blogged about Kelley’s hydrangea invitations, where I shared a sample hydrangea from the very beginning. We still create invitations that are entirely hand-painted much like Carrianne’s, where over 30 strokes per invite were used!

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Sarah @ Parrott Design Studio's Picture
Sarah Parrott, Rhode Island Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Parrott Design Studio About Me: I am the designer & printer behind Parrott Design Studio, specializing in custom letterpress and screen printed wedding and event invitations, stationery, and paper goods. With a background in non-profit marketing & art history, I began the studio in 2006 in my small apartment in Providence, RI. Since then I have moved to a studio built my fiancé, acquired a Golding Jobber letterpress, & have been happily printing ever since. I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I have always had an affinity for the ocean, mountains, birds, gardening, & the simple life. When I am not printing, I can be found somewhere outside with my fiancé & playful pup.
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Birds in Love Wedding

August 21st, 2009 @ 9:44 am by Sarah @ Parrott Design Studio

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The little bird makes its debut on a wedding invitation! This little bird has been by my side since the early days of my shop and I was so happy Christina, the bride, wanted them on her invitations. Actually, what first caught her eye was the thistle, which she plans to have in her bouquet. The thistle, as most flowers, has a few different symbolic meanings, my favorite being its symbol of enduring love that will last in spite of pain and suffering. Thistles are a bit prickly! Anyways…inspiration for the colors came from the wedding’s location - a marina in East Hampton -easy, breezy, and very chic. My favorite part of the entire suite is most certainly the little birds on the rsvp. They are so in love, no?

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Sarah @ Parrott Design Studio's Picture
Sarah Parrott, Rhode Island Vendor: Invitation Designer Website: Parrott Design Studio About Me: I am the designer & printer behind Parrott Design Studio, specializing in custom letterpress and screen printed wedding and event invitations, stationery, and paper goods. With a background in non-profit marketing & art history, I began the studio in 2006 in my small apartment in Providence, RI. Since then I have moved to a studio built my fiancé, acquired a Golding Jobber letterpress, & have been happily printing ever since. I grew up in Portland, Maine, and I have always had an affinity for the ocean, mountains, birds, gardening, & the simple life. When I am not printing, I can be found somewhere outside with my fiancé & playful pup.
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A Modern Fête

July 29th, 2009 @ 6:04 pm by Sarah @ Parrott Design Studio

Meg and Dave are quite the hip couple. They are also two of my greatest friends. Let us start at the beginning in 2006. Dave needed a place to live in Providence. Rich {my fiance} had just bought a six-bedroom house and needed some housemates. Meg wanted to move to Providence so she found a six-bedroom house with five male housemates. Thus, love was born…approximately one year later. Then people moved out, people moved in…eventually I moved in and the story continues.

Wait. Where was I? Ah! Yes. The invitations. Meg and Dave wanted a modern, but natural look and wanted to incorporate Dave’s family symbol of a tree. Meg also wanted polka dots. I created a simple pattern of dotted circles for the invitation and carried that to the rsvp using a larger dotted circle around the rsvp and dotted lines for the names and replies. To pull it all together and add that natural touch, I used paper-backed wood veneer for the belly band and letterpress the family tree. Yes! Wood veneer!

Fun fact: although it is paper-backed, wood veneer will not fold cleanly. I had to first score it, gently fold it with a bone folder, and then, get this, sand them. Yes, I sat there watching my usual X-Files via Netflix and sanded all 125 belly bands so the two edges would be smooth to the touch. Have I ever mentioned I am perfectionist? :grin:

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