Good Show invitation suite featured on Ruffled!

We were so excited when Kate Ignatowski reached out to us about working together on a modern, New Orleans inspired shoot. The inspiration started with the venue — a hip new spot called 501 Union in Brooklyn. Kate envisioned a wedding with a New Orleans styled vibe with lots of candle-light and Spanish moss to go with the modern, refined elements of the space.  We created a custom version of our Good Show invitation suite in black and camel inks, which included invitations with lined envelopes, save the dates, menus and place cards to match her mood board. Calligrapher Patricia Mumau hand calligraphed the place cards and a Cognac tasting menu for the shoot, and even addressed the envelopes in her amazing new Murdock hand! The shoot was featured today on Ruffled, so be sure to check it out to see even more gorgeous images. Many thanks to Kate for inviting us to be a part of this amazing collaboration!

Bella Figura's Good Show letterpress invitation suite was used in this inspiration shoot at 501 Union | Photography by Kate Ignatowski

Shoot Location: Brooklyn, NY / Photographer: Kate Ignatowski / Floral Design + Concept: Mimosa Florals / Venue: 501 Union (kara @ / Wedding Dress: Jillian Fellers / Hair: Andy Tseng / Makeup: Anny Chow / Wedding Cakes: Momofuku Milk Bar / Rentals: Patina Vintage Rentals / Assorted Decanters + Glasses: Anthropologie & West Elm / Invitation Suite: Bella Figura / Calligraphy: Primele Creative Studio / Couple: Emilia and Wil Schobeiri

Irving letterpress wedding invitations in Silver Shine and Blind Deboss

Our Irving wedding invitation is the quintessential modern design – bold type and lots of white space make it perfect for any contemporary event. Kelly and Zachary embellished their Irving customization with an all over blind deboss pattern, foil stamping to highlight their names and edge painting for a pop of festive color.

Irving letterpress wedding invitations in Silver Shine and Blind Deboss by Bella Figura

letterpress ink: charcoal | blind deboss | foil stamping: silver shine | paper: bella cotton 2-ply white | edge painting: jade | customization #20058 | Paperista

Elegant Green & Gold Wedding Inspiration for Annadel by Ellie Snow

We love seeing what inspires our designers when it comes to new wedding invitations. For Annadel, one of Ellie Snow’s new designs from our 2014 collection, Ellie channeled elegant natural touches with hints of golden glamour. Think lush green florals, sparkling twinkle lights, gold rimmed glassware, the prettiest letterpress and foil stamped wedding invitations, and a firework send-off. Check out more of Ellie’s inspiration on Pinterest and be sure to shop her collection – it’s on sale now through April 30!

A peek at some of Ellie Snow's elegant green & gold wedding inspiration for Annadel for Bella Figura (on sale now through April 30, 2014!)

Credits (from top): Annadel invitation | Table setting | Fern bouquet | Emerald cocktail | Emerald bridesmaid dress | Succulent + floral centerpiece | Gucci heels 

Elegant Woodgrain Letterpress Wedding Invitations

This elegant rendition of our Birch wedding invitation design proves that woodgrain patterning can easily transition from rustic to urbane with some sophisticated design alterations. Using the Birch reception card as inspiration, Allison and Gabriel made the most of the woodgrain pattern by letterpress printing it with no ink – leaving behind a subtle yet striking backdrop for the lovely hand calligraphy of Debi Zeinert.

Elegant Woodgrain Letterpress Wedding Invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: umber | blind deboss | font: impression | paper: bella cotton 2-ply white | hand calligraphy: copperplate style | customization #14916 | Creative Touch

Safari themed wedding invitation with blind deboss

Blind  deboss back patterning on this customization of the Ellipse design adds subtle texture, perfect for an elegant African safari themed wedding. The hand drawn design elements bring in a soft bohemian look that are kept from feeling too wild when paired with Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls‘ unique hand calligraphy.

ellipse customization = letterpress ink: espresso + blind deboss | font: sans capitals | paper: white | invite size: f-8 | liner: diego pattern in desert + olive | hand calligraphy accents: belle style | original design by Courtney Jentzen| customized by in-house designer Jessica Tierney

Photo credits: Sunset + Bridesmaid, Cake

A day in the life of Ellie Snow

Ever wonder what it’d be like to be a designer for a day? We asked Ellie Snow, our April Designer of the Month, to take us through a typical day in her life as a designer in Chapel Hill, North Carolina — check it out!

Bella Figura designer Ellie Snow takes us through a day in her life
My day starts at 7:30am, when my 8-month-old Juna decides (like clockwork!) that it’s time to get up. My husband, Juna, and I like to spend a little time cuddling and playing together first thing — Juna is a morning person and we try to soak up every bit! But then we’re running late. I get dressed, pack Juna’s lunch and her bag for the nanny, and change her into a fresh set of clothes while Brendan gives her breakfast (she’s a slooooow eater) and gets ready for work. We all leave the house around 9am; Juna and I head to the nanny’s house, and Brendan heads to his job as an Art Director in Raleigh. 
Bella Figura designer Ellie Snow takes us through a day in her life

After I drop Juna off, I run to the gym for a quick 30 minutes, then head to my studio. I start by answering emails and sending quotes to potential clients. After the inbox is relatively cleared, I work on current projects. Today that means making edits to invitation proofs, shipping out a few sample orders, and packaging up a freshly printed suite for a bride in New York. I have a quick meeting about an upcoming collaboration, tackle my inbox again, and then head out to pick up the baby around 2pm. She goes with me to the mail shop where we ship our packages, and gets lots of “oohs” and “ahs.” When we get home, Juna naps for a couple hours, and I sneak in some more work, maybe more emails or edits, maybe a little time to focus on Hello Tenfold‘s re-brand. 

Bella Figura designer Ellie Snow also designs for her own invitation line, Hello Tenfold

Wedding invitations from Ellie Snow's invitation line, Hello Tenfold

When Juna wakes up, we meet a friend for a walk, and when Brendan gets home we tackle dinner and tuck Juna in to bed by 7:30pm. Our evenings vary — I’ve started taking a clay class once a week, we try to see friends, or sometimes catch up on work projects. Some nights we watch something romantic and relaxing on TV, like Dexter or The Walking Dead (we have a penchant for dark shows, it seems!). I fall into bed with a good book but only get a few pages in…

Many thanks to Ellie for taking us through a typical day! Be sure to shop Ellie’s Bella Figura collection – all of her designs are on sale through the month of April!

by Erica Henriksen on April 2nd, 2014. Category: Our Designers | No comments

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