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hand calligraphed gray and gold wedding invitations

Our friends at Invitations Etc. worked with Allison and Jeffrey to customize our Annalise design for their Washington, D.C. wedding. Sarah Hanna‘s Nautilus style hand calligraphy is elegantly modern in gold matte foil and charcoal letterpress while the metallic gold leaf envelope liner adds another pop of gold. They further customized their gray and gold wedding invitations by adding our Lincoln style diecut shape and a submitted crest that was personalized with a custom duogram in the same calligraphy style.

hand calligraphed gray and gold wedding invitations | Bella Figura hand calligraphed gray and gold wedding invitations | Bella Figura hand calligraphed gray and gold wedding invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: charcoal | foil stamping: gold matte | hand calligraphy: nautilus style | paper: bella cotton ivory 2-ply | envelope: bella cotton ivory pointed flap | liner: metallic gold leaf | Invitations Etc. | customization #30911

race car themed letterpress birthday party invitations

We had the pleasure of working with our friend Kara at Magnificent Milestones on the letterpress birthday party invitations for her son Garrett’s birthday celebration. Kara submitted the race car artwork and we incorporated it into our Fanfare design. A brightly colored envelope liner featuring the Fanfare flag motif and digital guest addressing in a coordinating font and color tied everything together for a fun and festive way to celebrate Garrett’s third birthday.

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Designer Andrea Streeter is August’s Designer of the Month – be sure and check out her other designs and save 10% through August 31st!

letterpress inks: prussian blue + papaya | fonts: pike + irene + carly | paper: bella cotton white 2-ply | edge painting: papaya | envelope: bella cotton white | liner: custom fanfare pattern in yolk + prussian blue | Magnificent Milestones | customization #32093

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Adele wedding invitations featured on Rocky Mountain Bride

Our Adele invitations were recently spotted on Rocky Mountain Bride! Wedding planner Isabelle Kline selected romantic design elements with Spanish flair for this inspiration shoot at Rancho Ricardo Villa and Gardens. The rich red florals on the invitations were mimicked on the tall centerpieces, which were overflowing with lush greenery. Metallic accents were also sprinkled throughout, adding a glamorous touch to the rustic, Spanish-style villa. Head over to Rocky Mountain Bride to see more photos from the shoot! 

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Bridal Dress and Tux: Dora Grace // Cake: Sweet B’s Bakery // Florals: Nature’s Grace Design // Hair & Makeup: Carly Ackerman // Invitations: Bella Figura // Menu Calligraphy: Ink & Root // Photography: Danielle DeFiore // Styling and Planning: Isabelle Kline // Venue: Rancho Ricardo Gardens

Rustic floral wedding invitation inspiration

Our Tristan design from Andrea Streeter inspired this rustic floral wedding invitation inspiration. Romantic jewel tones highlight the vintage botanical motif while the square shape adds a less formal, more provincial feel.

Rustic floral wedding invitation inspiration from Bella Figura

Designer Andrea Streeter is August’s Designer of the Month – be sure and check out her other designs and save 10% through August 31st!

tristan customization | letterpress ink: prussian blue | digital inks: coral + camel | fonts: marine + conqueror | invite size: sq-7 | liner: diego pattern in coral + prussian blue | original design + customization by Andrea Streeter

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pink + blue watercolor wedding invitations

Laura and Robert worked with our friends at Sincerely Yours to customize our Astoria design for their Washington, D.C. wedding. We digitally printed the floral watercolor pattern on the invitations in pale pink and used navy on the text and additional cards. Nicole Black‘s brushstroke hand calligraphy was a whimsical addition and was used to highlight important text like their names, date and time and heading text on the additional cards. The Astoria design was repeated in navy ink on the envelope liners, adding yet another colorful touch to these watercolor wedding invitations.

pink + blue watercolor wedding invitations | Bella Figura pink + blue watercolor wedding invitations | Bella Figura pink + blue watercolor wedding invitations | Bella Figura

digital inks: cmyk + navy | font: frost | hand calligraphy: samantha style | paper: bella smooth cotton ivory 1-ply | envelope: bella cotton ivory | liner: astoria pattern in navy | Sincerely Yours | customization #32128

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Andrea Streeter is the August Designer of the Month

We’re excited to announce our in-house designer Andrea Streeter as our August Designer of the Month. Andrea’s designs feature unique motifs and strong typography – her gorgeous new Tristan invitation is one of our best-selling designs from our 2016 collection, and it’s easy to see why! During the month of August, you’ll save 10% on any order featuring one of Andrea’s designs. You can save an additional 10% when you combine this offer with our popular ongoing promotion and order any 6 printed pieces or more – whether it’s save the dates, invitations, day of-pieces, or anything else you can dream up. Shop Andrea’s collection today! 

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The fine print: this offer is exclusive to designs by Andrea Streeter and does not apply towards the purchase of other designs. Discount is applied automatically – no code required. Orders must be placed by 11:59pm Eastern on August 31, 2016 in order to receive this offer.  

lace inspired gold foil wedding programs and menus

Our friends at Papery & Cakery helped Jenna and Bryan create wedding programs and menus inspired by our Istanbul Lace design for their Key Largo wedding. They chose the popular combination of gold shine foil and charcoal letterpress ink and highlighted their names in Debi Zeinert’s hand calligraphy. In lieu of favors, Jenna and Bryan made a donation to a cherished cause. They took advantage of our free favor card promotion and printed cards for each guest detailing the donation in their honor.

lace inspired gold foil wedding programs and menus  | Bella Figura lace inspired gold foil wedding programs and menus  | Bella Figura lace inspired gold foil wedding programs and menus  | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: charcoal | foil stamping: gold shine | font: jubilant | hand calligraphy: copperplate style | paper: bella cotton white 1-ply | Papery & Cakery | customization #32555

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San Francisco Wedding at the Fairmont Hotel

Meaghan and Benjamin infused many personal details – like personalized vows and a hometown venue – into their timeless San Francisco wedding at the Fairmont Hotel. To set the tone for their big day, they customized our Roosevelt design with classic black letterpress ink and gold matte foil stamped accents. The bride’s nickname for her groom – “B” – inspired the petite golden bumblebee motif that was used on many of the design elements throughout the wedding, including the programs and menus that we printed, as well as their cocktail napkins, welcome basket goodies, and even the cake! Style Me Pretty has even more photos from their big day, but here are a few of our favorites – take a look! 

Custom Roosevelt black + gold wedding invitations from Bella FiguraMeaghan & Ben's wedding at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco included letterpress + foil stamped programs from Bella Figura and floral design by CherriesSan Francisco Wedding  La Sposa By Pronovias  wedding gown + Kate Spade shoes Custom Roosevelt black + gold wedding invitations from Bella FiguraMoscow Mules + white boutonnieres   Wedding ceremony at the Fairmont in San Francisco Real Bella Figura wedding at the Fairmont in San FranciscoSan Francisco wedding reception at the FairmontSan Francisco weddingReal Bella Figura wedding at the Fairmont in San Francisco  Real Bella Figura wedding at the Fairmont in San Francisco Cute welcome baskets

Photography: Sylvie Gil Photography | Event Planning: Kate Siegel Fine Events | Floral Design: Cherries| Wedding Dress: La Sposa By Pronovias | Wedding Dress: Casablanca Couture | Cake: Inticing Creations| Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Dessy Collection | Catering: San Francisco Fairmont | Makeup: Chloe Ray | Hair: David Yepremian | Calligraphy: Barbara Callow | Lighting: Impact Lighting | DJ: Boutique DJs | Groomsmen Attire: Joseph A. Bank | Ceremony Music: An Elegant Touch of Strings | Venue: Fairmont San Francisco | Bride’s Ring: David Clay Jewelers| Flower Girl Dresses: Little Dreamers Tutus | Groom’s Attire + Shoes: Joseph A. Bank | Groom’s Ring:Tiffany | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Place Card Holders: Theoni Collection | Rentals:Designer 8 | Rentals: Standard Party Rentals | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Barker Decor Service | Ring Bearer Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Signage: Paper Tangent  

hand lettered foil and letterpress birth announcements

We were lucky enough to work with Joanna of Smudge Designs on these hand lettered foil and letterpress birth announcements introducing her son Abraham. Based on Joanna’s vision, Patricia Mumau created custom lettering styles and sweet motifs that we then printed in lime-aid letterpress and blue shine foil. Using baby Abe’s crib sheets as inspiration, we designed a custom envelope liner using animal motifs from our library.

hand lettered foil and letterpress birth announcements | Bella Figura hand lettered foil and letterpress birth announcements | Bella Figura hand lettered foil and letterpress birth announcements | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: line-aid | foil stamping: blue shine | hand calligraphy: custom style | paper: bella cotton white 2-ply | envelope: bella cotton white | liner: custom pattern in prussian blue + cerulean + cobalt + navy | Smudge Designs | customization #31366

Meet the staff at the Bella Figura flagship store

Today we’re introducing the staff at the Bella Figura flagship store — a talented trio with over 40 years of combined experience when it comes to custom stationery. Find out what they’re loving for current wedding trends, their favorite place to grab lunch on the Upper East Side, and their favorite ways to spend free time in the city! 


Linda Hays

I have always been a bit of a free spirit and champion of social justice  and animal rights. Throughout my early career I was involved in fashion, traveling the world developing product and creating trend reports. Those travels allowed me to hone my love of art, sense of color, understanding of different customs and cultures, all of which come into daily play as I consult with couples in the creation of their paper trousseaus.

Meet the staff at the Bella Figura flagship store: Linda Hays

Linda’s 5 favorites

  1. Favorite part of working at the Bella Figura flagship store:  That’s an easy one — I love getting to know my couple’s back stories and helping them realize their dream invitation! I find it exciting to never know what will happen on a daily basis — what challenges and opportunities will present themselves! Who will today’s couples be – will they have a classic New York wedding at the Pierre, or a barn wedding in Vermont? 
  2. Favorite Bella Figura design: Impossible to answer, the last invitation that I did is my always my favorite. And I love customizing everything — no challenge is too daunting!
  3. Favorite wedding trend: I am currently loving personal treatments to inner envelopes — call me crazy, but my two current favorites are a liner that has a damask “wallpaper” pattern (one of the groom’s signature wallpaper patterns that he photographs everyone in front of) and inscribed in the center are the words “reunited forever”. Long story short, they dated years ago and now they are back together and getting married! My other favorite featured a quote from Keats that was printed on the front of the inner envelope — it was so personal and compelling.
  4. Favorite spot to grab lunch on the Upper East Side: A hot dog street vendor – naughty, naughty!
  5. Favorite thing to do in the city: Walk and experience the city’s diversity — visit museums and eat ethnic foods!

Su-Queen Teo

As a paper lover, you can usually find me perusing the aisles of local art stores looking for the latest craft products. As an avid cardmaker and rubberstamper, I love making handmade cards, and my home can only be described as a mini arts and crafts store. My artwork has been featured in The Stamper’s Sampler, Take Ten, 1000 Handmade Greetings Cards and NY Japion Newspaper. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from New York University in Graphic Communications. After completing my tenure at NYU, my love for paper grew and I worked at some of the top paper stores in the city before joining the Bella Figura team. During my downtime, I love to travel to Disney World and create fun toddler activities for my nieces and nephew.

Meet the staff at the Bella Figura flagship store: Su-Queen Teo

Su-Queen’s 5 Favorites

  1. Favorite part of working at the Bella Figura flagship store: Working with clients to help them create their invitation suite and seeing the finished product.
  2. Favorite Bella Figura design: Woodland
  3. Favorite wedding trend (or: favorite color palette): Printed patterns for bridesmaid dresses.
  4. Favorite spot to grab lunch on the Upper East Side: Tacos from Dos Toros Taqueria.
  5. Favorite thing to do in the city: Rubber stamp shopping at The Ink Pad

Mariana Stein

I have enjoyed a long time romance with beautiful fine papers and the printed word. I might like to attribute my long stay in the industry due to a background in the fine and performing arts. I have worked at many memorable stops along the way, including the iconic Kate’s Paperie. When I am not at Bella Figura, you might find me in a deluge of gemstones that evoke the sea, stars and sand. My unending passion for found objects, vintage beads, and talismans has inspired me to create jewelry, and explore the different cultures they reflect. At times, I have had to become a bona fide sleuth in search of the perfect piece. And then the adventure becomes part of the experience. Currently living in Brooklyn where I was born, I have enjoyed being a part of the Brooklyn Museum’s seasonal pop-up shops and selling to other artisan brick-and-mortar shops.

Meet the staff at the Bella Figura flagship store: Mariana Stein

Mariana’s 5 Favorites

  1. Favorite part of working at the Bella Figura flagship store: My favorite part of work is our customers, I love hearing the love stories of our brides and grooms. And then, the happy ever after is when we receive their wedding invitation samples.
  2. Favorite Bella Figura design: Give me a Tristan invitation with a twist of customization in it.
  3. Favorite wedding trend: My new color trend is copper with marsala. 
  4. Favorite spot to grab lunch on the Upper East Side:  Chicken and rice from Mohammed’s Food Truck.
  5. Favorite thing to do in the city: I am always up to explore any new neighborhood or curiosity I have not known. Escape is the key here.

If you’re planning a visit to New York City (or perhaps you’re a local), stop by and meet our team! The Bella Figura flagship store is located at 1031 Lexington Avenue (at 74th Street) on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and is open every day at 11am. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment on our website today. 

floral Bat Mitzvah invitations with gold foil

Lauren and her family worked with our friends at Brenda Himmel Stationery to customize our Josephine design for Lauren’s floral Bat Mitzvah invitations. They chose to keep the ladylike florals, elegant diecut shape and gold matte foil and added an events card, program cover and folded place card.

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foil stamping: gold matte | digital printing: cmyk | paper: bella smooth cotton 1-ply white | diecut: lincoln style | Brenda Himmel Stationery | customization #32547

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Rustic letterpress menus on chipboard

Our Rustic Crest design served as inspiration for these letterpress menus printed on chipboard for a spring wedding. The natural look of the chipboard complimented the sweet branch motif and informal fonts and was the perfect surface for a deep letterpress impression. 

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letterpress ink: black | fonts: katie + moravia | paper: 60 pt. chipboard | customization #32699

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