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2016 Together Dinner featured by Cottage Hill

Earlier this year, we partnered with the team at Zimmerman to create save the dates and invitations for their annual Together Dinner. The Together Dinner is an intimate celebration centered around community and empowerment that’s hosted each year by Jessica Zimmerman. To help kick off the event, we created digitally printed save the dates featuring our Josephine design by Ellie Snow. For the letterpress invitations and menus, we incorporated custom, hand-drawn artwork from Meredith Mejerle into the design. Here’s a peek at the stationery suite and the event, which was featured recently by Cottage Hill

Letterpress menus from Bella FiguraTogether DinnerTogether Dinner table settings + menuTogether Dinner gift bags Together Dinner Together Dinner wine bar Letterpress invitations and menus from Bella Figura

Host and Floral Design by Jessica Zimmerman | Rentals by Party Time Rental & Events | Chairs from Hanks Event Rentals | Flatware by Southern Events Rentals | Calligraphy by Brown Linen Design | Food by PattiCakes | Invitation Suite by Bella Figura | Hand drawn ivy print by Meredith Mejerle | Images scanned by Indie Film Lab | Dream Big Darling card from The Social Type | Planner and bath bomb by Belle and Blush | Ribbon by Silk and Willow | Fresh floral donation by Florabundance | Photography byLauren Kinsey | Lighting by CWP Productions

ski resort wedding invitations for Park City wedding

Using a custom motif inspired by their mountain top venue, Katie and Jeffrey customized our Austin Traditional design to set the stage for their Park City wedding. Prussian Blue ink was used throughout the suite, bringing a cool sophistication to the clean, modern typography.  Many thanks to our friends at Shindig Paperie for helping us bring Katie and Jeffrey’s ski resort wedding invitations to life!

ski resort wedding invitations for Park City wedding | Bella Figura ski resort wedding invitations for Park City wedding | Bella Figura ski resort wedding invitations for Park City wedding | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: prussian blue | font: didot | paper: bella cotton white 2-ply + 1-ply | envelope: bella cotton white | liner: classic color pattern in prussian blue | Shindig Paperie | customization #30575

rose wedding invitations with hand calligraphy and tawny foil

Our Leigha Spring design was the inspiration for Cherisse and Raymond’s rose wedding invitations. Our friends at di’zain loft limited worked with the couple to make some changes to the design – like adding Sarah Hanna’s hand calligraphy, changing the motif to a rose from our library and using tawny matte foil to highlight their cards and envelope liner. They used a well known Scottish phrase on their thank you cards, wishing their guests a long and healthy life.

rose wedding invitations with hand calligraphy and tawny foil | Bella Figura rose wedding invitations with hand calligraphy and tawny foil | Bella Figura rose wedding invitations with hand calligraphy and tawny foil | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: espresso | foil stamping: tawny matte | font: moravia | hand calligraphy: napa style | paper: bella cotton white 2-ply + 1-ply | envelope: bella cotton white | foil stamped liner: sullivan stripe pattern in tawny matte | di’zain loft limited | customization #28520

Letterpress neon Bat Mitzvah invitations

Isabella and her family worked with our friends at Dear Emily to create these neon Bat Mitzvah invitations based on our Avery design. Day-glo and hot pink inks combined to create a 3D effect on highlighted text, while charcoal ink added balance to the details. Hot pink edge painting on all cards and a sweet polka envelope liner added to the vibrant feel of the ensemble.

Letterpress neon Bat Mitzvah invitations | Bella Figura Letterpress neon Bat Mitzvah invitations | Bella Figura Letterpress neon Bat Mitzvah invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress inks: hot pink + day-glo + charcoal | fonts: valuco + gotham + grace | paper: bella cotton white 2-ply + 1-ply | edge painting: hot pink | envelope: bella cotton white | liner: sweet polka pattern | | Dear Emily | customization #30565

Join us at the Bella Figura Flagship Store for two special events!

We’re holding two special events at the Bella Figura Flagship Store later this month! Join us on Saturday, May 14th from 2-6pm to meet calligrapher Ted Clausen, sip champagne, and enjoy sweet treats from Madison Lee’s Cakes! We’ll be debuting our new Flora Collection, and Ted will be offering on-the-spot calligraphy, so you’ll have the chance to have your name or favorite phrase calligraphed on a keepsake card! Check out some of Ted’s beautiful work below for a preview of the cards. We’re also hosting a trunk show with Designer of the Month Brenda Fox and Client Coordinator Sarah Sadler on Wednesday, May 18th. In addition to sips and sweets, we’re offering a trunk show special at both events: buy 75 invitation sets or more and get 25 free! 

Visit the Bella Figura flagship store for special events in May!

We love Ted’s story on how he got started in calligraphy:

 One of my earliest memories is of walking into my first grade classroom and seeing the letters of the alphabet hung above the blackboard, and thinking to myself  ‘Oh, BOY, do we get to do THAT now!’ I was ecstatic! Throughout grade school my handwriting grade was the most important mark for me. I loved writing and everything about it. I studied other people’s handwriting and borrowed letters from them: I would take your ‘m’, his ‘w’, her ‘y’ and do them over and over until I liked them, and then change them to make them mine. I have been addicted to letters ever since.

Calligraphy samples by Ted Clausen on Bella Figura's new Flora Collection

When I was in high school a friend showed me a gift she had received from her brother: a series of Zen Buddhist stories written out in hand italic calligraphy. I remember asking her ‘What kind of printing press did your brother use to make this?’. She replied, ‘No, he wrote them out by hand’. Within two days I was on the phone to her brother’s teacher, the legendary Lloyd Reynolds in Portland, Oregon, to find out how I could learn to do ‘that fancy writing’.

Calligraphy samples by Ted Clausen on Bella Figura's new Flora Collection

I spent a number of years studying with a long list of impressive and generous teachers, including Lloyd Reynolds, Herman Zapf, J. Savaren, D. Dehn, and Donald Jackson, scribe to Her Majesty the Queen. I studied typeface design in this country and at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland. I worked for a number of years designing type before ultimately deciding to leave the ‘constructed letter’ in favor of the handwritten one. And that’s where I still am, still learning, still liking your ‘M’ better than mine, and still loving the act of watching that pen dance across the paper.

Calligraphy samples by Ted Clausen on Bella Figura's new Flora Collection

The store is located at 1031 Lexington Avenue (at 74th Street) in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We hope to see you at the events — RSVP on Facebook today

letterpress birth announcements for baby boy

Allison and Ben sent these adorable letterpress birth announcements welcoming their son Benjamin.  They worked with our friends at Charlotte’s, Inc. to choose a custom color that complimented Benjamin’s photo that we then used to print their announcement text and their sweet country gingham liner.

letterpress birth announcements for baby boy | Bella Figura letterpress birth announcements for baby boy | Bella Figura letterpress birth announcements for baby boy | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: pms 277 digital printing: cmyk | font: garamond | paper: bella smooth cotton white 1-ply | envelope: bella cotton white | digital liner: country gingham pattern in pms 277 | Charlotte’s, Inc. | customization #30125

Introducing the Flora Collection

We are thrilled to finally be sharing a sneak peek at our new Flora Collection! These floral patterns were created earlier this spring in collaboration with Kate Ignatowski and Photosynthesis Floral Design, and will be available in stores and online very soon. We paired these pretty new patterns with some of our existing invitation designs to give you an idea of some of the new possibilities — take a look! 

Flora envelope liners from Bella FiguraElliott die-cut, letterpress + calligraphy wedding invitations from Bella Figura paired with new Flora envelope liners

Our die-cut Elliotte calligraphy wedding invitations by Elizabeth Hardin feature olive letterpress ink on our white cotton paper and pair beautifully with our soft yellow and white Flora pattern #8. 

Belperron letterpress + calligraphy wedding invitations from Bella Figura paired with new Flora envelope liners

The modern Belperron design by Kelle McCarter is printed in classic black ink and includes oversized hand calligraphy accents— we love how it looks with the dramatic, deep purple Flora liner #46. 

Colette letterpress + calligraphy wedding invitations from Bella Figura featuring new Flora print envelope liners

The soft gray color palette on one of our best-selling designs, Colette, pairs perfectly with Flora pattern #2.

Leyton formal foil stamped wedding invitations from Bella Figura paired with Flora envelope liners

These new Flora patterns pair nicely with our ivory paper, too! Leyton, a modern classic by Amy Graham Stigler from our 2016 collection, is printed in tawny matte foil on our ivory paper — we matched it up with Flora pattern #10 for an English garden feel. 

Splash letterpress wedding invitations from Bella Figura paired with new Flora envelope liners

We paired Splash, a modern letterpress wedding invitation from our 2016 collection, with Flora pattern #7. 

Hadley letterpress wedding invitations from Bella Figura paired with new Flora envelope liners

Hadley, another new suite from Amy Graham Stigler, looks stunning next to the deep purple roses in Flora pattern #9. 

Madison Chic letterpress + calligraphy wedding invitations from Bella Figura paired with new Flora envelope liners

The playful calligraphy accents from Elizabeth Hardin on our Madison Chic suite complement the light, feminine flowers in Flora pattern #3.  ​

Calligraphy monogram letterpress wedding invitations + Flora envelope liners from Bella Figura

And last but not least – how pretty is our light peach ink next to Flora pattern #13?! We love the Southern charm of our Calligraphy Monogram design next to this soft peach rose! 

vintage inspired Bar Mitzvah invitations from designer of the month Brenda Fox

May Designer of the Month Brenda Fox reimagined her Chalkboard design for these vintage inspired Bar Mitzvah invitations. A masculine color palette, bold, sophisticated type and dramatic design elements transform this design into an elegant invitation perfect for any swanky, vintage inspired party.

vintage inspired Bar Mitzvah invitations from Bella Figura designer of the month Brenda Fox

Designer Brenda Fox is May’s Designer of the Month – be sure and check out her other designs and save 10% through May 31st!

chalkboard customization | foil stamping: copper shine | digital inks: black + hunter + hunter at 60% | font: gotham | paper: bella smooth cotton white 1-ply | hand calligraphy: mitty style | foil stamped + digital liner: sullivan stripes pattern in copper shine + classic color pattern in black | original design + customization by in-house designer Brenda Fox

vintage car | typewriter | copper tiles

exotic red and gold Indian wedding invitations

Our friends at Elizabeth Grace helped Nikhil and Chelsea customize these Indian wedding invitations for their Chicago wedding. Their traditional palette of wine ink and gold matte foil paid homage to the Indian customs practiced at the wedding while Debi Zeinert‘s hand calligraphy was used to accent standout text on their customization of our Darjeeling design.

exotic red and gold Indian wedding invitations | Bella Figura exotic red and gold Indian wedding invitations | Bella Figura exotic red and gold Indian wedding invitations | Bella Figura

letterpress ink: wine | foil stamping: gold matte | font: garamond | hand calligraphy: revolution style | paper: bella cotton ivory 1-ply | Elizabeth Grace | customization #29930

Invitation inspired cakes: our collaboration with Madison Lee’s Cakes

If you’ve been by the Bella Figure flagship store recently, you’ve seen our sweet collaboration with Madison Lee’s Cakes: invitation inspired cakes! We worked with Madison to create a collection of cakes inspired by some of our invitations, opting for a few modern styles for one half of the window, and a selection of floral designs for the other. Madison recreated our English Garden design by Chelsea Petaja in cake form with hand painted watercolor florals that look just like the invitation! Our Adele design by Ellie Snow inspired a second cake, with handmade sugar flowers adorning the top and piped gold florals cascading down the sides. 

Invitation-inspired cakes at the Bella Figura flagship storeInvitation-inspired wedding cake window display at the Bella Figura flagship store - created by Madison Lee's CakesFloral wedding cake inspired by Bella Figura's English Garden wedding invitationsThe Adele invitation-inspired wedding cake - a collaboration between Bella Figura + Madison Lee's Cakes

The more modern side of the window features our geometric Briolette design by Ellie Snow, our on-trend, marbled Onyx design by Jamie Lea Bertsch, and our ever-popular confetti inspired Joie de Vivre by Kamal.  The Joie de Vivre cake includes hundreds of hand cut, hand painted gold sugar confetti pieces!

Invitation-inspired wedding cake window display at the Bella Figura flagship store - created by Madison Lee's CakesJoie de Vivre invitation inspired cakes Onyx invitation inspired cakes

And last, but certainly not least, our entryway display! Madison created a petite cake modeled after the sea-side Vincent customization we created for the spring 2016 issue of New York Weddings magazine, with a watercolor effect and splashes of metallic gold.  

Invitation-inspired wedding cake window display at the Bella Figura flagship store - created by Madison Lee's Cakes

Interested in seeing the cakes in person? Visit our flagship store in New York City from now through May 20th! The shop is open every day from 11am – 7pm and is located at 1031 Lexington Avenue (at 74th Street). 

watercolor wedding invitations for Southern California wedding

Cathleen and Robert worked with our friends at Urbanic Paper Boutique to customize our Shore design for their Southern California wedding. They opted for more traditional fonts and used tawny matte foil to highlight their names and wedding venue on the invitation. A metallic white gold envelope liner added a hint of glamor to these ocean inspired watercolor wedding invitations.

watercolor wedding invitations for Southern California wedding | Bella Figura watercolor wedding invitations for Southern California wedding | Bella Figura watercolor wedding invitations for Southern California wedding | Bella Figura

foil stamping: tawny matte | digital inks: aquamarine + black | fonts: danube + impression | paper: bella smooth cotton 1-ply white | edge painting: surf | envelope: bella cotton white | metallic liner: white gold | Urbanic Paper Boutique | customization #29808

May Designer of the Month: Brenda Fox

Our May designer of the month is Brenda Fox! Right now, all of her designs are on sale for 10% off – order any piece, like custom invitations, save the dates, or social stationery, and you’ll save 10% on your entire order. As always, this promotion can be combined with our 6+ printed pieces discount, so you can save an additional 10% when you order six printed pieces or more (check out this post for some ideas). Brenda is an amazing illustrator, and her incredible pen and ink style comes through on many of her designs. Cool, modern fonts are a common theme on Brenda’s designs as well – be sure to check out her entire collection today! 

Designs by Brenda Fox are on sale during the month of May 2016Designs by Brenda Fox are on sale during the month of May 2016

The fine print: this offer is exclusive to designs by Brenda Fox 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 May 31, 2016 in order to receive this offer. 

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