New eco partner: Onondaga Earth Corps

We are excited to announce that we are now partnering with Onondaga Earth Corps, a new member of 1% For the Planet and a local organization based here in Syracuse that’s dedicated to planting, distributing and caring for thousands of trees in the area.  Since its inception in 2004, Onondaga Earth Corps has engaged local youth in hands-on community and environmental service learning projects, helped train young people for future careers in environmental fields, and empowered them to develop leadership and problem-solving skills. In addition to planting and caring for the trees, the organization helps install and maintain rain gardens, rain barrels and gardens around Syracuse. We had the chance to see this amazing organization in action at their recent Save the Rain Volunteer Tree Planting along Onondaga Creek Parkway. OEC members gave step-by-step instructions on how to properly plant the trees, then split up among the volunteers to plant the rest of the trees.

Tree planting with Onondaga Earth Corps - a new Bella Figura eco partner

OEC members prep the ground and begin the tree-planting process. 

Onondaga Earth Corps Save the Rain tree planting event

OEC members make sure the tree is level before securing the tree with dirt. 

Onondaga Earth Corps Save the Rain tree planting event

OEC members and young volunteers help secure the tree with dirt. 

Onondaga Earth Corps Save the Rain tree planting event

OEC members and volunteers gather mulch for the newly planted trees. 

Onondaga Earth Corps Save the Rain tree planting event

After the tree has been planted and mulched, OEC members install stakes to help keep the tree secure.

 

by Erica Henriksen on June 19th, 2014. Category: News + Updates | No comments

Autumn Inspired Victorian Elegance Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Katherine and Patrick customized our Victorian Elegance wedding invitation design by changing the orientation, ink color and hand calligraphy style. Elizabeth Hardin’s Carlisle style calligraphy added a playful touch while the warm tones of the envelope liner and Vine letterpress ink set the stage for their autumn celebration.

Autumn Inspired Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Bella Figura

letterpress ink: vine | font: memphis | paper: bella cotton 1-ply + 2-ply ivory | foil edging: copper shine | hand calligraphy: carlisle style by elizabeth hardin | envelope: bella cotton ivory | envelope liner: refined mosaic pattern in vine + umber | customization #19038 | Lion in the Sun

Sarah Hanna Travels – Adventures in France, Part I

Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna is always on the move doing the most amazing things. Lately, she’s been splitting her time between Sonoma, California and the beautiful village of Cassis, France. Sarah was kind enough to take us on a virtual tour of her day-to-day in France – take a look!

Bella Figura designer travels: calligrapher Sarah Hanna is currently splitting her time between California and the beautiful village of Cassis, France

Port of Cassis When I am in France, I live in the ancient fishing village of Cassis. It is a gorgeous town that sits on the French Riviera. This is the port of Cassis. My art studio is on the other side of these buildings.

 Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna. A view of Cap Canaille, the highest sea cliff in France
Cap Canaille, the highest sea cliff in France The ocean is just 100 yards from my studio. Every day, I stop working in the afternoon to walk out on the rocks and watch the sunset. Then I pick up a baguette from the local boulangerie and head back to the studio. It is surprisingly easier to work 6 hours ahead of New York than 3 hours behind (in California). I’m not going to lie…both locations are fantastique! In Cassis, my favorite restaurant is La Villa Madie – spectacular food and pinch-me views of the Côte d’Azur. Just a quick 20 minute drive (or motorcycle ride if you are feeling Euro), and you can be at the Relais Magdeleine – which is possibly the most charming hotel and restaurant on the planet.
Sarah Hanna Travels - morning boat rides on the French Riviera
Morning boat rides on the Riviera
Bella Figura calligrapher Sarah Hanna in Les Calanques
Daily walks to Les Calanques On morning walks, I head to Les Calanques, the stunning rock formations in Cassis. Fun fact: the stone base of the Statue of Liberty comes from Cassis. Merci beaucoup, France!
Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna. Fisherman's statue next to the lighthouse in Cassis
Fisherman’s statue next to the lighthouse in Cassis
Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna. A classic, old world street in the village of Cassis, France.
A classic, old world street in the village.
Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna. A gorgeous hand-lettered sign outside of a restaurant in France.
Hand-lettered sign outside of a restaurant ‘Fait à la main’ (English translation: ‘made by hand’) is an integral part of European craftsmanship. Whether it is perfectly-balanced sauce or a gorgeous pair of shoes, things that are made by hand hold value. Many of the menus and store signs are hand-painted or hand-lettered.
Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna - at the Guerlain flagship boutique in Paris.
The Guerlain flagship boutique in Paris The world is can be a very small place. From California, I work with the amazingly talented Lucas Somoza. He is an elegant-in-every-way American stylist and event designer who splits his time between Paris and New York. Lucas had a Bella Figura client getting married at the Four Seasons George V in Paris. We met at the newly-renovated flagship Guerlain boutique on the Champs Élysées to exchange Bella Figura menu wraps. It was haute couture week in Paris, and Lucas was able to meet between attending the Elie Saab show and a style shoot at Guerlain. I am STILL giddy with excitement over it all! Look at the Guerlain sign. NOT a font. Don’t you just love France?
A calligraphed note from Sarah Hanna
Lucas Somoza is just. so. delightful.
Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna - at Sennelier Atelier
Sennelier atelier in Paris Just across from the Louvre is the Sennelier atelier. This fine art supply store is a Paris staple and an artist’s dream. Sennelier has created custom pigments for the likes of Picasso and Cezanne (unknown artists at the time)…so I feel as though my new museum-quality watercolor pencils must have a little magic in them.
Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna - at Sennelier Atelier in Paris
Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna - at Sennelier Atelier in Paris

Bella Figura designer travels with Sarah Hanna - at Sennelier Atelier in Paris

Many thanks to Sarah for giving us a peek inside her life in France! We’ll be back next week with more photos from Sarah’s travels!

by Erica Henriksen on June 18th, 2014. Category: Our Designers | No comments

Fun + Fresh Letterpress Birthday Invitations

Sheila celebrated a milestone birthday with these fun and fresh invitations based on our Modern Basel wedding invitation. Bold colors and a trendy pattern compliment the simplistic beauty of this no-nonsense design.

Fun + Fresh letterpress birthday invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress inks: navy + jade | font: gotham | paper: bella cotton 2-ply white | edge painting: jade | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope liner: classic chevron pattern in navy | customization #18769 | Judy Paulen Designs

This Bride: Woodland Whimsy

by Jessica Tierney on June 17th, 2014. Category: Bella Bride | No comments

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Modern Tropical Viceroy Wedding Invitation Inspiration

This customization of Jessica Tierney’s Viceroy design is a fun and stylish look for a tropical summer wedding. Calligraphy and foil stamping help keep this design looking modern and fresh, while the bright palms bring in a playfulness to tie it all together. Love this design? Save up to 20% during the month of June on all designs by Jessica Tierney!

viceroy customization | letterpress ink: lime-aid | foil stamping: tawny matte | font: sans capitals | hand calligraphy accents: eastman style | paper: white | invite size: f-8 | liner: classic color in sherbet | original design and customization by Jessica Tierney

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Bella Figura in the Press

We’re long overdue to share some of the wonderful press we’ve received lately. The first feature we’re sharing today was in the Fall 2013 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. We created a custom version of our Bennett Simple wedding invitation in a cool color palette of gold shine foil and pewter letterpress ink for an invitation with masculine appeal.

Bella Figura's Bennett Simple invitation was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Fall 2013 Issue

Inside Weddings featured our traditional-with-a-twist Tailored invitation design by Patricia Mumau in their Spring 2014 issue.

Inside Weddings Spring 2014 Issue featured Bella Figura's Tailored invitation

Wedding Bells magazine featured our Modern Basel invitation in their Spring / Summer 2014 issue.

Bella Figura's Modern Basel invitation was featured in the summer 2014 issue of Wedding Bells magazine

Brides magazine has featured our invitations in several of their recent issues – our Duncan save the date by Jessica Tierney and our Celeste invitation by Kamal were featured in their November 2013 issue!

Bella Figura's Duncan save the date + Celeste invitation were featured in the November 2013 issue of Brides magazine

Stationery Trends featured our Frolic invitation by Kamal in a trend story on the color purple, and our Modern Revelry invitation was also featured.

Bella Figura was featured in the spring 2014 issue of Stationery Trends magazine

Our Nautilus save the date was featured in a special Weddings issue of Coastal Living magazine.

Bella Figura's Nautilus save the date was featured in Coastal Living Weddings special issue

Well Wed New York magazine showcased a real Bella Figura wedding complete with invitations and coasters from our Darla invitation suite.

Bella Figura real wedding featured in Well Wed Spring 2014 issue

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Opulent Faunus Wedding Invitation Inspiration

This customization of Jessica Tierney’s Faunus design is an opulent twist on the normally rustic layout. Romantic and soft Pearl Shine foil is balanced with rich shades of  Amethyst and Antique gold to create a rich, luxurious look. Love this design? Save up to 20% during the month of June on all designs by Jessica Tierney!

faunus customization | letterpress ink: antique gold | foil stamping: pearl shine | fonts: keeva + moravia | paper: white | invite size: f-8 | liner: diego in amethyst + antique gold | original design and customization by Jessica Tierney

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Engagement Party, Bridal Shower + Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

Did you know that you can customize any of our 325+ wedding invitation designs for any occasion? We recently personalized a few of our favorite designs to create engagement party invitations, bridal shower invitations, and brunch + rehearsal dinner invitations – take a look!

Create custom invitations for rehearsal dinners, wedding brunches, bridal showers & engagement parties with Bella Figura

From left to right: Coriander, Rose, Analina & Glitterati 

Foil stamped + letterpress printed engagement party invitations from Bella Figura

Glitterati engagement party invitations with gold matte foil, shell letterpress ink + an elegant ombre patterned envelope liner in shell. 

Rose letterpress bridal shower invitations from Bella Figura

Rose letterpress bridal shower invitations. Printed in Prussian blue + cream inks on white paper and shown with an Ambrose patterned envelope liner. 

Coriander letterpress bridal shower invitations

Coriander letterpress bridal shower invitations. Printed in celadon, shell + French vanilla inks on ivory paper and pictured with a pearse patterned envelope liner. 

Letterpress rehearsal dinner invitations from Bella Figura

Analina die-cut rehearsal dinner invitations printed in black ink on white paper paired with an Augustine Damask patterned envelope liner. 

by Erica Henriksen on June 3rd, 2014. Category: Design Customizations | No comments

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