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!

Meet the Designer: Courtney Jentzen of Swiss Cottage Designs

We love any chance we can get to take a peek at the lives of our designers and calligraphers, so today we’re thrilled to have Courtney Jentzen (our September Designer of the Month) give us a tour of her studio! We’ll let Courtney take it from here!
Bella Figura designer Courtney Jentzen of Swiss Cottage Designs
Hello from Brooklyn! I’m Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs and I’m so excited to be a part of the Bella Figura family. I love the unique styles and print methods Bella Figura offers to their brides. I am certainly looking forward to the 2015 release, it’s going to be a good one full of new treats (especially from us!) Thanks for having us on the blog!
Swiss Cottage Designs studio tour
This blog post is a peek into our life here in Brooklyn. I founded Swiss Cottage Designs in 2009 after working in the design industry for 4 years. While those years were filled with amazing professional experiences, I always knew I wanted to work for myself. Thus, SCD was born! We specialize in illustration, invitations and custom branding. In the last 5 years we’ve had the pleasure of working with brands such as Warby Parker, Crown Publishing, and of course, Bella Figura! As well as many, many wonderful couples and planners. I feel so lucky to be in such an amazing and inspiring industry.
Custom illustrations by Courtney Jentzen of Swiss Cottage Designs
We’re located in Carroll Gardens, a Brooklyn neighborhood of tree lined streets, historic brownstones and about a million places to grab tasty treats (it’s kind of a problem, really.) We have a home studio which means the neighborhood becomes sort of like a co-worker. We have two huge windows in our office that look out onto the street. I love glancing over to watch the neighborhood pass by our windows. I see the seasons change all from the comfort of my little desk. While the space is small, we’ve made it work for us with clever organization and about $800.00 worth of IKEA storage boxes. I love the freedom that working out of my home provides, and while it’s not for everyone, it certainly works for me.
Swiss Cottage Designs studio in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Swiss Cottage Designs studio in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
I have tried to make the space a place where I feel calm and really want to spend time in. Because, if I’m being honest, I’m in here a lot! I have a large inspiration board above my desk that I’m constantly tinkering with; adding and subtracting new bits and pieces. I’ve reached capacity on wall space as each open spot is filled with pieces of art to inspire me throughout the day.
Swiss Cottage Designs studio tour
A day typical day (if there is such a thing) around the studio consists of lots and lots of emails, drawing, scanning, painting, designing, packaging, eagerly awaiting shipments from the printer, opening said shipments with bated breath, more emails, drawing, packaging and of course illicit amounts of coffee and tea. Running a business is the most incredible experience yet can be just as equally frustrating! There are days when the printer jams all your envelopes, a FedEx package goes missing and a press run comes back wrong and you just want to phone it in. Then you have days that are better than anything you could have imagined. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Swiss Cottage Designs studio tour

Designs by Courtney Jentzen on sale through September 30!

Courtney Jentzen is the September Designer of the Month! Save 10% on Courtney’s designs through the month of September, then save an additional 10% if you order six printed pieces or more! Courtney’s designs range from rustic to woodsy to beachy, with lovely hand drawn elements featured throughout.  Every piece in Courtney’s collection of Bella Figura designs is on sale through the month of September: invitations, save the dates, rehearsal dinner invitations, and anything else you can dream up. As always, all of our designs are completely customizable: change the inks, the fonts, the layout and more to make a design your own! We’ve customized a few of Courtney’s designs just to show you how flexible the collection truly is – take a look!

Woodland letterpress wedding invitation by Courtney Jentzen for Bella Figura | on sale during the month of September 2014

Courtney’s Woodland design is ideal for a woodsy celebration with natural touches. The original version (above) features letterpress printing, calligraphy accents and a unique die-cut shape, while the customization (below) ties in foil stamped accents for a rustic look with a touch of glamour.

A customization of Courtney Jentzen's Woodland design, on sale through the month of Septmeber 2014

Ellipse letterpress wedding invitation by Courtney Jentzen for Bella Figura | on sale during the month of September 2014

Ellipse (above) is an ultra-modern invitation design with quirky blind debossed patterns on the front of the invitations, bold fonts and vibrant ink colors. We customized Ellipse (below) with copper foil and an elegant ombre envelope liner to give the design a more sophisticated feel while still maintaining its quirky, modern charm.

A customization of the Ellipse letterpress wedding invitation by Courtney Jentzen for Bella Figura | on sale during the month of September 2014

Bright Lights letterpress wedding invitation by Courtney Jentzen for Bella Figura | on sale during the month of September 2014

A hand-drawn skyline, subdued color palette and urban fonts give Bright Lights a true NYC vibe, while breezy fonts and beachy motifs make Waterfront perfect for a seaside wedding.

Waterfront letterpress wedding invitation by Courtney Jentzen for Bella Figura | on sale during the month of September 2014

Have questions about any of these designs? Please, be in touch, or take advantage of our personal shopper service!

The fine print: this offer is exclusive to designs by Courtney Jentzen and does not apply towards the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm Eastern on September 30, 2014 in order to receive this offer.

Palm tree and calligraphy letterpress invitations

Natalie and Sarah hosted a black tie affair complete with dancing and dessert in honor of their mother, Ann-Marie. Inspiration from the venue, jardin de palmeras, made its way to the invitation in the form of a palm tree from our extensive motif collection while Debi Zeinert’s hand calligraphy was a whimsical addition.

Palm tree and calligraphy letterpress invitations by Bella Figura

letterpress ink: shell | font: jubilant | paper: bella cotton 2-ply white | hand calligraphy: royal style | Union Street Papery | customization #22534

Roosevelt Letterpress Invitations Featured in Aviation Inspired Shoot

We loved the way our modern Roosevelt letterpress invitation set the tone for this vintage aircraft hangar inspiration shoot at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, California. Photographer Shhivika Chauhan pulled together an incredibly talented team of vendors to create the shoot, which featured a feathery Rosa Clara gown with a vintage vibe, gold sequined tablecloths, and eye-catching florals from Green Petal Designs. Here are a few of our favorite shots from the shoot, but be sure to check out Le Magnifique to see more photos!

Bella Figura's modern Roosevelt letterpress invitation design was featured in an inspiration shoot by Shhivika Chauhan Photography


Classic inspiration: letterpress and foil invitations

Our Traditional Script wedding invitation design is graceful, elegant and loaded with romantic charm. Gabrielle and Dillon opted for gold shine foil and black letterpress ink – a classic pairing that looks ultra sophisticated on our ivory cotton paper. A metallic opal pocketfold added to the presentation and kept additional cards in order.  If you’re planning a formal wedding, be sure to check out designer Beth Barr’s collectionon sale through the end of August!

letterpress and foil invitations by Bella Figura

letterpress ink: black | foil stamping: gold shine | fonts: parisian + harlow + stadium | paper: bella cotton 2-ply ivory | foil edging: gold shine | pocketfold: metallic opal | customization #20386

foil + letterpress save the dates: bold typography and modern style

Black letterpress ink and silver matte foil compliment the bold typography and modern style of our Carly wedding invitation design.

letterpress + foil save the dates | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: black | foil stamping: silver matte | fonts: carly + kunsel | paper: bella cotton 2-ply white | edge painting: pewter | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope liner: metallic silver | Papery of Philadelphia | customization #20413

edgy + playful foil and letterpress birth announcement

Cerulean letterpress ink and gold shine foil are an edgy yet playful combination on our New Washi design, reimagined as a birth announcement introducing baby Theodore.

letterpress and foil birth announcement | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: cerulean | foil stamping: gold shine | fonts: moravia + zapfino | paper: bella cotton 1-ply ivory | Lion in the Sun | customization #24064

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