Lavish + edgy: foil stamped wedding invitations

Courtney and Evan fell for our Fugue foil stamped wedding invitations and didn’t stray far from the original. They opted to keep the lavish, double foil look but personalized it by switching to our ultra modern #10 size card and adding hand calligraphy from Sarah Hanna. The end result is bold and edgy and a perfect compliment to their Washington, DC museum wedding.

Fugue, along with all of designer Kamal’s designs, are on sale through the month of October!

foil stamped Fugue wedding invitations | Bella Figura

foil stamping: gold matte + silver shine | font: sans capitals | paper: bella cotton ivory 1-ply + 2-ply | hand calligraphy accents: callaway style | Dandelion Patch | customization #18862

Real Wedding in Brooklyn featuring gold Joie de Vivre invitation suite

Mercedes and Paul chose our popular Joie de Vivre invitation to set the tone for their Brooklyn wedding at Smack Mellon Studio. Their invitations featured gold matte foil and Prussian blue ink on our ivory paper. The bride wore a sparkling gold gown from BHLDN that was reminiscent of the invitations, and dogwood branches with hanging votive candles helped transform the raw space for a look that was both modern and romantic. To see more photos from this real wedding, visit Style Me Pretty!

Real Bella Figura wedding in Brooklyn featuring the Joie de Vivre invitation suite by Kamal

Photography: Hugh Forte Photography | Floral Design: Bespoke Only | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Invitations: Bella Figura | Reception Venue: Smack Mellon Studio | Catering: Blue Smoke | Hair: Jessie Riley | DJ: Play Something Good | Event Planning & Design: Bespoke Only | Groom’s Attire: Hackett London | Ice Cream Truck: Coolhaus | Makeup: Nam Vo | Rentals: Bridge Furniture & Props

Captivating copper wedding invitation inspiration

This whimsical customization of Glamorous Blooms is as eye catching as the original. The use of sophisticated copper foil and calligraphy accents by Debi Zeinert make it a stunning statement piece that your guests will be sure to treasure! Love this design? All of designer Kamal’s inspired designs are on sale through the end of October!

glamorous blooms customization | foil stamping: copper shine | font: moravia | paper: white | invite size: F-8 | liner: diego pattern in umber and fawn | hand calligraphy accents: revolution | original design by Kamal |customization by in-house designer Jessica Tierney


Captivating copper wedding invitation inspiration

couple, reception and bridal party

Kamal is the October Designer of the Month!

During the month of October we’re featuring Kamal as our Designer of the Month! Kamal’s collection of glamorous designs will be on sale for 10% off from now through October 31 – and you can save an additional 10% if you order 6 printed pieces or more! Kamal’s designs are daring yet fun, and like the rest of our 300+ designs, they’re all completely customizable – you can change the inks, fonts, and more to make them your own. Order any of Kamal’s designs for your wedding invitations, save the dates, party invitations, or even holiday cards! We’ll be sharing more inspiration featuring Kamal’s designs throughout the month, but here’s a peek at some of her collection – take a look.

Letterpressed and foil stamped wedding invitations by Kamal for Bella Figura

Left to right: Frolic, Glamorous Blooms, Celeste, Fugue, and Bejeweled

Stipple letterpress + foil stamped invitation by Kamal for Bella Figura

Stipple features letterpress printing in sea-side ink and gold shine foil stamping. 

Glamorous Blooms foil stamped wedding invitation by Kamal for Bella Figura

Glamorous Blooms features gold matte and gold shine foil on our ivory paper. 

Floret letterpress wedding invitation by Kamal for Bella Figura

Floret features letterpress printing in aquamarine and marigold inks. 

Bejeweled letterpress wedding invitation by Kamal for Bella Figura

Bejeweled shows off antique gold and fuchsia letterpress inks on our ivory paper. 

Peacock Full letterpress wedding invitation by Kamal for Bella Figura

Peacock Full features aubergine and Prussian blue inks on our ivory paper. 

The fine print: this offer is exclusive to designs by Kamal and does not apply towards the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm Eastern on October 31, 2014 in order to receive this offer.

This Bride: Bright Lights in Brooklyn

This Bride: Divine Deco

$1 Samples, 1 tree planted for every sample sold: the 2014 Sample Sale is on.

Shop Bella Figura's 2014 Sample Sale! All samples on sale for $1 each for 1 week + 1 tree planted with American Forests for every sample purchased.

Our annual letterpress sample sale is on! From now through September 30, all of our letterpress wedding invitation samples are on sale for just $1 each – and we’ll plant a tree with American Forests for every sample purchased!

Ordering is easy: simply click on your favorite designs, then click the “order an invitation sample” button on the right side of the page. After you’ve selected all of the samples you’d like to purchase, click on the shopping cart in the upper right-hand corner of your screen and “proceed to checkout”. If you’d like to see even more trees planted during our sale, select the “plant a tree” option during checkout and we’ll match your tree donation!

**The fine print: supplies may be limited. Samples are sent via USPS unless upgraded shipping is selected. Samples purchased during sale period are not eligible for sample refund when stationery order is placed (but your donation is going to a really great cause!). Please allow 2 business days for turn-around. Sale ends at midnight on Tuesday, September 30, 2014.  


Amons Calligraphy Wedding Invitations featured in Occasions Magazine!

Our Amons calligraphy wedding invitations by Elizabeth Hardin can be found in the Fall 2014 issue of Occasions: Weddings magazine! The shoot was produced by Molly McKinley Designs and photographed by Rustic White, and we love the breezy, beachy look that this talented team put together at Caspersen Beach. Here are a few photos from the issue, but be sure to pick one up today for even more beautiful wedding inspiration!

Bella Figura Calligrapher Elizabeth Hardin's Amons calligraphy wedding invitation was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Occasions Magazine! Photography by Rustic White

Bella Figura Calligrapher Elizabeth Hardin's Amons calligraphy wedding invitation was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Occasions Magazine! Photography by Rustic White

Bella Figura Calligrapher Elizabeth Hardin's Amons calligraphy wedding invitation was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Occasions Magazine! Photography by Rustic White

Bella Figura calligrapher Elizabeth Hardin's Amons invitation was featured in the fall 2014 issue of Occasions Magazine

Photography: Rustic White | Design: Molly McKinley Designs | Florals + chairs: FH Weddings & Events | Linens: Nuage Designs | Dress: Malindy Elene | Hair + makeup: Michele Renee The Studio | Jewerly: BHLDN

Anais Invitations + Modern Nashville Wedding on Green Wedding Shoes!

Paige and Jon Mark customized our Anais design in a romantic color palette of gold matte foil and desert ink for their modern Nashville wedding at The Bridge Building. The couple paired their invitations with our jute envelopes for a rustic meets glam look, and the gold baker’s twine and white calligraphy addressing by Jenna Rainey made for beautiful finishing touches. Featured recently on Green Wedding Shoes, we love that the bride (a creative director) drew inspiration for the colors, textures, and overall design elements from a cactus! The couple’s advice to those currently planning a wedding? “Keep your guests in mind. You want them to enjoy the night just as much as you do!”

Bella Figura real wedding + Anais invitation design (featured recently on Green Wedding Shoes!)

photography: Taylor Lord // venue: The Bridge Building Nashville, Tennessee // event design: Jessica Sloane // event planner: Leah Kutil with The Bridge Building // florals + flower crowns: Melissa Broadwell of Vintage Florals // wedding dress: BHLDN ‘Laverne’ Gown // hairpieces: veil by Veiled Beauty // earrings + reception belt: BHLDN // shoes: BHLDN // bridesmaid dresses: various vendors chosen by bridesmaids // hair + makeup: Elaina Karras of Lucy Pop Salon andAmanda Gros // groom suit: Indochino // videography: Anchor Heart Films // paper goods: (the bride) Paige Foley Design and Bella Figura // calligraphy: Jenna Rainey // catering: Infinity Restaurant Group // cake: Dessert Designs // music: Party of Five // welcome boxes/favors: Kaldi’s Coffee // chalkboard artist: (the bride) Paige Foley Design // linens + chairs: Liberty Party Rental

A stroll through Carroll Gardens with Courtney Jentzen of Swiss Cottage Designs

Today we’re back with another post from Courtney Jentzen, our September Designer of the Month. Courtney’s taking us on a tour of her neighborhood in Brooklyn — take a look!

We’re love calling Brooklyn our home. It’s tough to imagine Swiss Cottage Designs being anywhere else. Our studio is located in Carroll Gardens, a little neighborhood that’s nestled between Cobble Hill, Gowanus, and Red Hook. It’s not tough to find a beautiful block to walk down – the neighborhood is known for its tree lined streets and historic brownstones – or a great new restaurant or shop to check out. While we do love to explore the neighborhood, we also have our tried and true spots that it’s tough to beat.

Smith Canteen - Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn tour with Swiss Cottage Designs

Smith Canteen is a great little coffee shop with awesome baked goods, sandwiches, and the best lemonade around in my humble lemonade loving opinion.

Smith Canteen - Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn tour with Swiss Cottage Designs

I highly recommend popping into Black Gold…just know that you’ll be in there awhile. Despite the window reading “records”, Black Gold is more of an infinitely intriguing curiosity cabinet, full of vintage taxidermy, jewelry, art, and yes, records. Plus, they serve coffee! Definitely one of my favorite neighborhood spots.

Black Gold - Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn tour with Swiss Cottage Designs

Ted & Honey is a cute little cafe that serves both breakfast and lunch. It’s right on the corner of a tiny but beautiful park, so grabbing something to go is never a bad option.

Ted & Honey Cafe | Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn tour with Swiss Cottage Designs

The Farmacy is an old school soda fountain, complete with egg creams and employees in those little paper hats. Their ice cream floats are not for the feint of heart. If I don’t think I can conquer one mid-day, I usually go for a blueberry soda.

Farmacy | Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn tour with Swiss Cottage Designs

Farmacy - Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn tour with Swiss Cottage Designs

Mazzola might be our favorite of all (but don’t tell the others) The ladies behind the counter are always so sweet. You really can’t go wrong with iced tea and a few mini muffins…and maybe some crumb cake, a croissant, bear claw, and a cinnamon bun, just in case. We’ve tried them all.

Mazolla Bakery | Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn tour with Swiss Cottage Designs

We don’t trust our Swiss Cottage shipments to just anyone. When it comes to shipping, Omar, at Cobble Hill Variety, is our guy. We pay him a visit just about every day – sometimes twice a day during our big production pushes. Even though he’s a few blocks down the street, he’s a very important part of the Swiss Cottage team. I don’t know what we’d do without him.

Cobble Hill Variety in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn tour with Swiss Cottage Designs

And lastly, let’s not forget about one of New York’s weird treasures, bodega cats. Mars is one of my favorite bodega cats, not just in the neighborhood but in all of Brooklyn- that is kind of a big deal. You can usually spot him sleeping behind the plants at Martinez Grocery on Court Street. If you don’t see him at first, look closer! He’ll usually come out from hiding to say hello and ask for a few ear scratches.

Bodega cat | Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn tour with Swiss Cottage Designs

Thanks for taking a journey around around our little hood! If you’re ever in the area, be sure to drop us a line to say hello!