Our designer of the month for June is our lead in-house designer, Jessica Tierney! Jess has created over 40 wedding invitation designs for the Bella Figura collection — many of which are some of our most popular designs! — and they’re all on sale from now through June 30! Save 10% on any order featuring any design from Jessica’s collection, or save 20% on orders with 6 printed pieces or more (and if you need help figuring out how to get to 6 pieces, check out some of these ideas). Here are some of our favorite designs that Jess has created, but be sure to shop her entire collection today!
The fine print: this offer is exclusive to designs by Jessica Tierney and does not apply towards the purchase of other designs. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm Eastern on June 30, 2014 in order to receive this offer.
We loved seeing photos from this real Bella Figura wedding on Snippet & Ink earlier this year! Jessica and Jason chose our Miranda invitation design complete with Belle hand calligraphy accents and an elegant monogram by Maybelle for their Duke Chapel wedding. Prussian Blue ink was used throughout this ivory invitation set, which included an invitation, reply postcard, a cute events card with hand calligraphy accents and adorable motifs, and lined inner envelopes featuring our Modern Floral pattern in deep blue to tie everything together. Check out Snippet & Ink to see more photos from this gorgeous wedding!
Photographer: Kate Headley / Event Planner: Erin McLean Events / Church: Duke Chapel / Venue, Catering, Cake: The Barn at Fearrington in Chapel Hill, North Carolina / Stationery: Maybelle for Bella Figura / Officiant: Rev. Bruce Puckett / Gown: Jenny Lee / Sash: Lula Kate / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Earrings, Hair Accessories: Paris / Tuxedo: Isaia / Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo / Cufflinks: Tiffany & Co. / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Floral Designer: Mary Stevens of Fearrington House / Organist: Dr. David Arcus / Music: LaNelle David Bluegrass Band, Attraction Band / Videographer: Rising Moon Films / Photobooth: Shutterbooth / Makeup: Makeup For Your Day / Transportation: Loni’s Antique Cars, Caravan Bus, Horizon Coachlines
Consider our romantic metallic Magnolia letterpress design if you’re looking for a simple, romantic look to inspire your entire wedding. The custom hand calligraphy by Sarah Hanna features some of the most ethereal flourishes printed in our wisteria letterpress ink and looks stunning paired with an opal metallic pocketfold. A whimsical centerpiece with soft hues surrounded by a shimmering sequined tablecloth echoes the elegance of this stationery suite.
(Photo Credit: 100 Layer Cake)
Christina and Jason picked the Bristol Calligraphy design by Debi Zeinert – a great choice when you’re looking for a personal and unique style but don’t want an overly flourished calligraphy hand. The combination of our aubergine and pewter letterpress inks make these modern letterpress calligraphy wedding invitations stand out.
letterpress inks: aubergine + pewter | hand calligraphy: bristol style | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | envelope: bella cotton white | envelope liner: classic color pattern in aubergine | customization #16788 | Good Press Paper Co
Play up textures and patterns at your wedding to create a one-of-a-kind wedding style. Selecting a letterpress invitation design like Ikaty will give your guests the first impression of your creativity and will spark their anticipation. Impress your guests with colorful centerpieces created using eclectic succulents and cacti (which can double as favors!).
(Photo Credit: Green Wedding Shoes)
Ashley and Morgan dreamed up a bright color palette for their Vaudeville inspired wedding. By submitting custom icons (like the lips & mustache) they were able to add a fun twist to this festive custom letterpress wedding invitation.
letterpress inks: hot pink + whisper | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | customization #: 18943 | Seaside Papery
Jade and Alexander chose our Modern Fete letterpress wedding invitations for their fourth of July celebration. They submitted custom artwork of the San Francisco skyline inviting their guests to join them to watch the fireworks.
letterpress ink: yolk | foil stamping: silver matte | font: alouette | paper: bella cotton 1-ply white | customization #: 17570 | Union Street Papery
Our Conservatory wedding invitation design (by Designer of the Month Maura Gauthier) is perfect for any springtime wedding. Formal fonts pair with wildflowers and butterflies for a sweet, vintage inspired stationery suite.
letterpress ink: navy | paper: bella cotton 1-ply ivory | pocketfold: bella cotton ivory | envelope: bella cotton ivory | envelope liner: vintage river pattern in chartreuse | customization #16630 | Papery of Philadelphia
Today we’re sharing a gorgeous wedding inspiration shoot that was on Style Me Pretty recently and features a custom invitation printed by yours truly! We worked with Elizabeth at Fresh Ink to create these custom invitations, which were printed in elegant gold matte foil on our ivory paper and include Maura hand calligraphy accents by Kelle McCarter. Photographer Lindsay Vallas worked with several other talented Southern wedding professionals to create this dreamy, enchanted garden inspiration and filled the space with lush florals, ivory lace, and hanging greenery. To see even more photos of this beautiful shoot, head on over to Style Me Pretty!
Photography: Lindsay Vallas | Floral Design: Au Courant Floral | Invitations: Custom Design via Fresh Ink | Event Coordinator: Signature Occasions | Hair Stylist: Nathan’s Salon: Kaila Saxton | Grooms Attire: Kinkade’s Fine Clothing | Bridal Gown: Bridal Path | Hair Piece: Molly Gee Designs | Rentals: Modern Revival
Today we’re getting to know Bella Figura designer Maura Gauthier a little better! Maura is our May Designer of the Month, so all of her designs are on sale through May 31. She’s based in Denver, Colorado and in addition to creating Bella Figura designs, she also offers custom invitation design through her shop, The Paper Guppy. Come behind the scenes with us to check out Maura’s inspiration, her favorite music and how she got her start as an invitation designer.
A little background: I’ve been a graphic designer for 14 years. After working for 5 or 6 years in the corporate world, I branched off to start doing wedding invitations. It started as working with friends on invitations and reception items, and then it branched off to doing friends of friends and then total strangers!
How she got started: In high school I chose to forgo all other electives and I took the studio art program for 4 years. After high school, I knew I wanted to do something with art but I also wanted to combine it with business. After bouncing around between the business and communications school at Syracuse University I ended up majoring in visual communications at the communications school.
Maura’s style: In addition to designing for Bella Figura I also work on custom invitations so everything that I do is different! I work on weddings that are classic and traditional, rustic and elegant, as well as modern and contemporary so I bounce around a little style wise. I do a lot of my own illustrations and I love to focus on typography. Finding the perfect combination of fonts is such a fun challenge!
What inspires her: It’s so cliche, but inspiration is everywhere! Years ago I started a sketchbook with magazine clippings and it’s filled with patterns, illustrations, color combinations etc. that I’ve spotted along the way. Kind of a like a hard copy of Pinterest!
Where she creates: I typically work from a shared office space just outside of downtown Denver. I share it with several other graphic designers. I’m the only one who focuses on weddings but it’s nice to be around people who are doing something similar.
5 things she can’t live without: Number one would be my family and friends! They have supported me along every step of the way as I left the corporate world and took the risk to start my own business. I couldn’t have done it without them! #2 my macbook pro. I work between home and a shared office space so I always have my laptop with me #3 micron pens. I love the fine tip for illustrating. #4 fizzy water – known as seltzer water to most =) I have at least one fizzy water a day – my favorite is orange vanilla from Polar. #5 my iPad. Since my laptop is all business I use my iPad just for fun – I intentionally didn’t set the email up on it! I use it to catch up on blogs, check in on Pinterest and read the news every night before bed!
Maura’s favorite music: This is a question I always find interesting! I listen to a little bit of everything, but I have to admit that I listen to a lot of 90’s hip hop. It’s upbeat and keeps me going throughout the day. My husband says most people left hip hop behind in high school, but I still love it. Totally across the spectrum I also listen to a lot of Yo-Yo Ma – the soothing repetitive quality of the cello keeps me focused on my work.
Many thanks to Maura for giving us a peek inside her life! Be sure to shop her collection and save up to 20% all month long.