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Introducing Gigi

Our designer Cassidy created the Gigi suite for our 2024 wedding collection, and walks us through her inspiration:

My 2023 summer trip to the south of France inspired me to design Gigi. I was taken by all the wonderful colors and beautiful scenery of the seaport city of Nice. Visiting the south of France was always a dream of mine, particularly after I found out that Alfred Hitchcock filmed several scenes there from his 1955 classic “To Catch A Thief” with Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. It’s one of my favorite classic movies! I explored from downtown Nice to the Old Town, to a nearby town called Menton. 

My favorite town in Nice was Menton; it was like walking onto a movie set it was so stunning with all the bright and warm colors of the buildings, the French Riveria right at your feet, and you’re right next to the border of Italy. I drew much of my design inspiration from that town and Old Nice with the color palette, typography, and drawings. The colors were perfect for a summer wedding and I wanted it to feel vintage inspired using a similar old-style block font used on the buildings in Nice, (Palmore) but also modern with a simple style of textured line drawings, and two new fonts, Questrial and La Luxes script. I decided to set the wedding venue at Le Negresco Hotel, as it is a very famous hotel in vibrant area of downtown Nice, next to Old Nice where you can see more of the city’s history!

This was my first wedding release design for Bella Figura and I loved creating it! I hope it inspires you too!

Here is Gigi in a more cool tone / masculine colorway: using Espresso, Carolina, Royal Blue, Messa, and French Vanilla. 

letterpress inks: watermelon + aquamarine | fonts: palmore + questrial + la luxes script | paper: bella smooth cotton white 2-ply | invite size: f-8 | edging painting: lime-aid | liner: gigi pattern in persimmon | envelope: bella cotton white pointed flap | digital addressing inks: cherry + aquamarine

Blue and Tawny Invitations with Tropical Touches

We worked with our friends at The Paper Place to bring Alexandra and Rogelio’s stunning invitations to life. The layout is inspired by our Maeve v.2 sample. Rich cobalt letterpress is complimented by tawny shine foil. The details card has a flamingo paper backer, providing another fun pop of color. The liner was created from the motifs featured in our Ravello suite, and compliments the tropical suite perfectly.

letterpress ink: cobalt | foil stamping: tawny shine | fonts: didot, mina, at sackers gothic, sweet sans | paper: bella cotton white 2-ply + 1-ply + flamingo 1-ply backer | invite size: f-8 | edge paint: cobalt | liner: custom pattern in cobalt | envelope: bella royal | customization #68863

Gold Matte and Fern Wedding Invitations

Caroline and Dylan worked with our friends at Parchment Fine Papers to create their beautiful invitation suite. We subtly updated our Matilde suite by swapping out gold shine foil for gold matte. We love how the gold matte compliments the fern and hunter liner.

letterpress ink: fern | foil stamping: gold matte | fonts: noire et blanc + bigilla + mozart | paper: bella cotton ivory 2-ply + 1ply + currant 1-ply | invite size: f-8 | liner: matilde patter in fern + hunter | envelope: currant | customization #69179

Handmade Plum Invitations with Lavender Motifs

We had the pleasure of working directly with the mother of the bride to create Bella and Scott’s gorgeous wedding invitation suite. Our Novella design inspired the layout and font. We kept the handmade paper, but used white instead of soft blue. We used our lavender motif and did all the printing in our plum color to compliment the bride’s love of purple and lavender.

letterpress ink: plum | font: didot | paper: bella handmade white + bella cotton white 1-ply | invite size: f-8 | liner: custom lavender pattern | envelope: bella cotton white | customization #68514

Introducing Fairefolk

Katie Magee designed Fairefolk, part of our 2024 wedding collection and shares her inspiration behind the suite:

Fairefolk was one of those rare designs that flowed together quite easily. While searching for inspiration for one of our past holiday releases, I came across a blush pink, dusty blue, and soft beige color palette that I fell in love with, but it didn’t feel quite right for anything holiday-related. So, even though we were still in the thick of holiday designs, I started toying around with the color palette for a wedding design. I had just finished knitting a Fair Isle inspired hat for a friend’s baby, and the idea of some modern folk art motifs felt like they could mesh well with this color palette. 

I created a handful of folk art style motifs, built out the arched border for the invitation, and then used the same motifs throughout the suite for consistency without feeling too repetitive, and not overpowering the modern typography.

letterpress ink: deep blue | foil stamping: mink matte | fonts: addington + ginger | papers: khaki 2-ply + | invite size: f-8 | diecut style: bf-89 | liner: fairefolk pattern in deep blue on khaki text | silk ribbon: woodrose | envelope: old rose | digital addressing ink: deep blue

As with all of our designs, we can customize the colors of Fairefolk. Below is a mockup with spruce and lavender letterpress on ivory stock.

Holly and Rose Invitations for a New York Castle Wedding

We worked with our friends at Arnie Paperie to create Emilia and John’s gorgeous wedding invitations. Our Deveril v.2 sample inspired the layout. We used a script font, and updated the colors to holly and rosebud. The colors are perfectly complimented by our vintage rose pattern liner, with a rosebud background.

letterpress ink: holly | fonts: aston script + at sackers roman | paper: bella cotton ivory 2ply + 1ply, rosebud 1ply | invite size: f-8 | liner: rose pattern in rosebud + cmyk | envelopes: holly

Bella Figura 2024 Wedding Collection

We are thrilled to introduce our 2024 wedding collection! This release will include 30 new wedding designs which feature our velvet papers, handmade papers, silk ribbons, lots of die cut shapes, and a new pocketfold option. You can find the 2024 collection here, and three of our favorites below.

Kaia features a jute, gold and white palette, with palm accents, embossing, and a new die cut shape

letterpress ink: myrtle | foil stamping: tawny shine | embossing: blind | fonts: ravensara sans + gotham + karmila script | paper: bella smooth cotton white 2-ply + alpine velvet | invite size: f-8 | diecut style: bf-89 | back pocket: f-8 vertical | liner: palmyra in cmyk | envelope: jute | digital addressing ink: myrtle

Leandrea features debossing and rich mocha velvet, complimented by magnolias
letterpress inks: espresso + blind deboss | foil stamping: mink matte | fonts: vendetta ot + gatlik saphir + monogram couture | papers: bella cotton white 2-ply + mocha velvet + khaki duplexed 1-ply | invite size: f-8 | tag size: 1.3” x 1.675” | diecut style: cd-382 | liner: leandra magnolia pattern in black + cmyk | metallic thread: bronze | envelope: bella cotton white pointed flap | digital addressing ink: espresso

Quinn shines with lilac and fushia shine foils, metallic papers and bold modern typography
foil stamping: lilac shine + fuchsia shine | fonts: jeanne moderno + abramo script + gravesend sans | paper: metallic rose quartz 2-ply | invite size: f-8 | diecut style: bf-102 | liner: quinn pattern in lilac shine + bright pink on metallic rose quartz text | envelope: bella cotton bright white | addressing: bright pink digital + lilac shine

Calligraphed Floral Stationery

Lindsey and Kevin worked with our friends at Lee’s Paperie to create their beautiful floral stationery. Our Willington wedding sample was the inspiration. Calligraphy and a calligraphed monogram from Virginia Lucas Hart in her Willa style brought the set to life.

letterpress ink: garden | calligraphy style: willa | paper: bella smooth cotton white 2ply | size: a-2 | edge paint: garden | liner: willington pattern in cmyk | envelope: bella cotton white | customization #68760

Design Elements: Build Your Own Crest

We can use our Build Your Own Crest library to create semi- custom wreaths, liner patterns and more. The possibilities are endless, and we can even incorporate additional watercolor elements from our design library. Below you can find examples of how we can translate an inspiration photo into crests and liner patterns. We’ve included both springtime and winter ideas.

Our inspiration photo comes from Ivy and Fig

build your own crest elements: frame 1 in light lavender + peach flower 1 + trumpet vine + peach poppy + pansies + bushy grass + purple flower + leaf branch 10 + leaf branch 8 + leaf branch 29 + fiddlehead | monogram: monogram couture in vine ink | light lavender digital flood liner 

Our inspiration came from Love 4 Weddings

build your own wreath elements: berries 1 + 3 + 4 + leaves 1 + 4 + 7 + 8 + holly sprig | build your own crest frame 3 in holly | monogram font: baelon monogram in ruby ink, holly digital flood in the liner pattern

Clover & Champagne New York City Save the Dates

We worked with our friends at Oliver’s Twist to bring Liz and Chi-Chi’s save the dates to life. Our Tribeca sample was the inspiration, updated with cheerful clover letterpress and champagne matte foil. A New York City map liner in clover is the perfect addition.

letterpress ink: clover | foil stamping: champagne matte | fonts: charoe + gotham | paper: bella cotton white 2ply | size: a-7 | liner: vintage nyc map in clover | envelope: bella cotton white | customization #66829

Rosebud and Rose Gold Invitations

Mariana at our NYC studio worked with Blair and Max to bring their invitations to life. A previous post, detailing a customization of Jorie with a floral frame and inset double border inspired the invitation layout. We used the ginko leaf pattern from our Mirabelle design to create a debossed frame on the invitation card. This motif was then repeated in letterpress on the reply card, and foil stamped on the liner. We love the repeating motifs in different print methods!

letterpress ink: blind deboss + rosebud | font: mrs eaves | calligraphy: sophia | paper: bella cotton ivory 2-ply + 1-ply | invite size: f-8 | liner: mirabelle pattern in rose gold shine on rosebud | envelope: bella cotton ivory | customization #68425

Deep Blue and Burgundy Literary Inspired Invitations

We had the pleasure of working with Audrey and Roshan on their beautiful book inspired wedding invitations. Both avid readers, and holding their wedding in the Strand’s Rare Book Room, they wanted an invite to match. We created a custom book invitation, using our Matilde sample. A bookmark shaped reply card finishes this perfect literary suite.

digital ink: deeb blue + blush | foil stamping: burgundy shine | bella smooth cotton 1ply | invite size: a-7f | fonts: when night comes regular + adora bouton | envelope: bella cotton ivory pointed flap | customization #67112

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