pretty patti invites + david lebovitz winners



i love, love, love finding inspiration in wedding and engagement collateral. invites, envelopes, rsvp cards, monograms- all of that is such a wonderful study in creating a customized collection and always inspires me when i think about designing business cards, website layouts, and even the d*s book (i used a lot of wedding imagery as inspiration in unexpected ways). so when i saw this invite set for the wedding of michelle and aaron (sent to me by stacy newgent, thanks!) i was HOOKED. this wedding invite is a tiny work of art. the couple’s portrait, painted at a mexican flea market outside of las vegas, is so striking and unexpected and the little hearts around it just melt mine. the invites themselves are screenprinted on the front and back and envelopes are vintage linen RSVP cards that have been rubber stamped. if i was throwing a housewarming party, birthday party, baby shower or bachelorette party i would totally use this idea for the invitations (sweet portraits with hearts, vintage postcards and stamped paper). my favorite part? the “come hungry, dress to kill” card. so simply and perfectly put. click here to see more images from the set…



in other sweet news, thank you SO much to the nearly 700 of you who left comments for the david liebovitz video + cookbook giveaway last friday! the lucky winners of the book giveaway are: LOGAN (who plans to use the book for a housewarming party) and LINDSEY (who is going to thank her husband for her new kitchen maid by cooking him sweet treats). thanks again to everyone who entered, and to ten speed press for donating the copies!

CLICK HERE for more images from the wedding invites after the jump!





  1. OMG. my parents first house when they got married was on King Ave in Columbus, OH…strange, small world.

  2. Sierra says:

    totally smitten!

  3. Couldn’t agree more. Obsessed with the “come hungry, dress to kill.” I may take that one with me…

  4. Michelle says:

    I like the idea but they look miserable in that picture.

  5. Leah says:

    Best invites I’ve seen! Perfect.

  6. Grace: thanks for a truly wonderful post!!!

    Michelle: we were definitely not miserable when we sat for the photo that later became our painted portrait; rather, we let the artist decide entirely how he wanted to pose us, and his preferred style for his sitters is front-on and stoic, for which we were totally game!

  7. Sarah says:

    RE: David Lebovitz book. I know I already gushed once over Anne, but we spent the better part of lunch today discussing how, after all these years of knowing Anne, we never realized that she was so made of TV. I hope we get to see more of you on screens, Anne!

  8. Joan says:

    Sooo thrilled to see this here- Stacy purchased her paper from our shop, On Paper, and brought this in for show and tell- by far one of the best DIY invites we’ve seen.

    Congrats to the inspired couple!!

    Joan
    On Paper

    http://www.onpaper.com

  9. Maria says:

    I really like the simple, direct nature of the invite, but I have to agree that I wish they looked a bit happier in that photo. :)

  10. XK Tussing says:

    Beautiful– I’m inspired! I do portraits, and I love the way theirs is incorporated in their invitations. A nice change from the standard engagment photo.

  11. Eva says:

    very very cool!

  12. Lucía says:

    I love the way the energy of the couple is in these invitations. So beautiful!

  13. Molly says:

    Love the invites! I live near King Ave in Columbus and was excited to see C-bus represented on Design Sponge. Even more excited when I saw Aaron Beck- enjoyed reading his music reviews in the paper!

  14. Michelle says:

    I love this post almost as much as I loved working with such a creative, delightful bride to be. Fab job, Michelle!

    I wanna see wedding day pics!

    -Michelle @ On Paper

  15. kate says:

    What fun, unique invitations! I love letterpress invites, but it’s always good to see something different– and these invites rock. I also love that they’re packed with a little attitude– “come hungry. dress to kill”?! So cute.

  16. gwen says:

    who is the painter? he’s amazing!

  17. RINNA says:

    what type of envelope is the inner envelope? cant find them anywhere.

  18. C says:

    Rinna- try cardsandpockets.com

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