One thing I always hear comments about from my couples is "oh I bet the invitations for your wedding were just gorgeous" —or something to that effect. However everyone is always pleasantly surprised when I tell them I actually didn't have wedding invitations! But I did have elopement announcements! that's right this post is all about the behind the design for my own elopement wedding announcements. My (now) husband and I decided to have an intimate casual lake side marriage right here in our new home of North Carolina. The day was picture perfect at Lake Jordan, and everything came together beautifully. If you include our amazing photographer there was all of 6 people and a dog present. And it was absolutely perfect. Oh and did I mention the whole thing came together in less than 30 days!!!?
To announce our nuptials we sent out watercolor announcements complete with a hand written letter and a photo from the big-small day. Read below to see more snapshots from the day and get an up close and personal look at the elopement announcements.
Soft sage envelopes with dreamy dark grey calligraphy help set the tone for this romantic yet not too fancy elopement announcement. The envelope has soft wispy modern calligraphy names paired with a Blush and Blue Designs signature style sans-serif writing style. The envelope liner features custom watercolor florals and greenery that are reminiscent of the bouquet from the day.
Blush and Greenery
This suite is built in layers. A soft translucent vellum on top allows the announcement photo to slightly peak through to the receiver upon opening the envelope. Sitting just behind the photo is a note announcing our engagement. Blush and Blue Designs worked with our trusted copy writing expert to make sure the words were perfect! The letter was written in one of my favorite calligraphy styles to use. Perfect for readability of longer lines.
Vellum and Calligraphy Details
If I had to pick, my favorite aspect of this suite was the dreamy vellum. I love the softness this piece added to the entire ensemble. The flowers and calligraphy printed beautifully on the paper and added just a bit of complexity to this overall simple project.
Bouquet Ribbons Calligraphy
Bouquet ribbons are one of my favorite ways to incorporate calligraphy into your big day. Soft linen or even silk ribbons are the perfect substrate for adding a special calligraphy touch. But dont stop at just your bouquet! Ribbons are great for adding to your head table, escort card tables, or even as a pew adornment.
Day-of-Details and Our Vendors
The day-of-details for our elopement were kept relatively small. the first vendor I booked was Madeleine, our photographer (see more of her work below). I loved her style, specifically how she edited the greenery found in nature. I knew she would be perfect to capture all the moments from our outdoor wedding. Funny story actually; when I met with Madeleine we actually didn't even have a date in mind for the wedding. I asked her when she was available next and one of the dates she mentioned was Sunday June 25th, about 30 days from the day we were sitting in the coffee shop chatting about where we would even get married. I even wrote the date in my calendar as "get married?". To make us sound less insane (maybe), Ryan and I had been engaged for a little over three years at this point. We had just moved to Raleigh, NC about 8 months prior to the wedding, from our chilly childhood home of Buffalo NY. We kept putting off getting married because the timing was never just right. Eloping and the idea of small intimate wedding just felt right, and so fitting for our nature and relationship. So really, we didn't rush into marriage the way I think I made this sound, so hopefully that backstory makes you think I'm a little less nuts —but lets be real 'we're all mad here'.
I Chose to incorporate paper only in our vow books. Crazy right? But I just love the intimacy of personal vows and the look of vow books in photos. So they were really the only paper piece I knew my wedding would need to have.
Another element that was important to me was to have a bouquet and for each of the witnesses and officiant to have a floral boutonniere or corsage as well. Fallons Flowers in Raleigh did a beautiful job on my small bouquet request and matching elements. I actually only talked with them over the phone 2 weeks ahead of time of the wedding! I never seen anything in person until the morning of the wedding when I stopped by to pick everything up! —Notice how I said 'I' instead of 'we' in this paragraph haha, Ryan's only concern was with what he was wearing, all the rest of the details were my discretion. yippee!
Oh and of course I just had to spend the morning with my good friend and officiant at Parlor Blow Dry in Cary to get all glammed up and picture perfect!
I'm so glad I got to share a little bit about our elopement with you friend! You can see even more gorgeous photos and details from the actual day over on Southern Bride and Groom's blog as well!