inspiration central: megan sornson

by lizzie & isaiah on November 22, 2011 · 9 comments

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jessica and matt’s mixtape wedding invitations

by lizzie & isaiah on June 7, 2011 · 24 comments

Hopefully it’s not painfully obvious, but we haven’t had as much time to dedicate to the blog as we love to have lately. We’ve been freelancing it up, ladies and gentlemen (Hi, Bret!). We’ve had several corporate and personal identity projects lately, two custom invitation suites, our first blog design client (I’ve been studying the beast of CSS for the past few months).

We had a blast working with Jessica and Matt on their invitations. They worked with us on the mixtape invitation set and printing and they were so sweet about the results.

We’re revamping everything in the shop, because, you see…we’ve learned a lot in the past year and we have gotten to a point where we’ve slowly taken everything down because we dislike it. What’s left has left us in a barren state, my friends, so while the shop is empty and we’re revamping, we just wanted to share a little of what we’ve been working on.

Stay tuned this week for a giveaway on Sarah & Tony’s Inconceivable Life as well.


geek out: invitation inspiration

by lizzie & isaiah on January 19, 2011 · 36 comments

geek out - a collection of greats from around the web worth freaking out about.

We’ve been taking more and more design projects lately. We’re having some fun helping people discover their brand and style. Our own invitations, though…well, let’s just say it’s safe to assume we’ll never fully settle on a design. Furthermore, I’m pretty positive that whatever we decide on will be pseudo-regretted for a while…and we’ll wish we had gone with something else.

So just to be sure we really love them, we’ve been digging for endless invitation inspiration..hoping to learn from the paths paved before us (mistakes and wins) to make a rad invitation set.

Check out some of our favorites from around the web recently and geek out!


We love this sleek and clean skeleton key invitation suite designed by Kate of Wit & Delight and found on Oh So Beautiful Paper.

key wedding invitation inspiration - clean and indie

I would feel like a rockstar if my family opened this rad invitation and custom button by The Indigo Bunting.

wedding invitations by the indigo bunting

This cute and kitschy heart-themed invitation suite by Mitchell & Dent found on The Knotty Bride warms my heart quite a bit. I would love to do one with construction paper cutouts as well.

heart illustrated wedding invitations

That teal chevron pattern and “The Adventure Continues” won my heart over pretty quickly. The rest of the suite is equally cute by Etsy seller Earmark

Chevron Indie Wedding Invitations on Etsy

Found these on Glamour and Grace and I love that ribbon mixed with the chevron pattern by Etsy seller Cheerupcherup

Etsy indie modern wedding invitation design

Okay. This set and I might run away together. The Indigo Bunting really gets me right where it counts, huh?

I love a) how much information b) the illustration mixed with the design and typography c) the color scheme of this super sweet invitation suite found on Style Me Pretty.

graphic design well designed wedding invitation via style me pretty

Well…these are just adorable, aren’t they? Found on this Pinterest board and there was no credit (gasp)!

designed and illustrated wedding invitation suite

I love how chic and minimal this suite is…although quality paper is an absolute must for minimal chic and we’re not sure we wanna break the bank on paper. Also found with no credit via this Pinterest board.

sleek minimal and chic wedding invitation suite

Yes, yes and yes. I love this. Designed by Joe Anderson, pressed by Nomadic Press and found on Head vs. Heart.

hipster wedding invitation suite graphic design


This bright yellow invitation suite found on HaystackNeedle has an awesome mix of design and illustration…really a fantastic hybrid, if you ask me.

yellow wedding invitation suite

I don’t have to say much about Cactus & Quail, do I? Except that these are delicious.

cactus and quail custom wedding invitations

I absolutely love Rifle Paper Co. (I know, get in line, right?), although I have to say I think the clean and minimal typography look works a bit better for us and our vibeage…these lovely custom invites will make one very lucky couple.

rifle illustrated custom wedding invitation design

Super sweet watercolor invitation suite from Green Wedding Shoes.

indie sweet watercolor wedding invitation suite

A custom wedding monogram from Happy Menocal would make such a sweet touch to a simple invitation sweet. How awesome would it be to tell your children you have a crest?

custom illustrated hand-drawn wedding monogram

Above and Beyond

Love this illustrated wedding poster invitation by Kevin Dart (found on Beyond Beyond). The colors are beautiful and the illustration is so textured and sweet.

illustrated poster wedding invitation hand-drawn

So this super pretty handkerchief wedding invitation from Rock’n Roll Bride might be sticking out like a sore thumb among all of these other invites…but I still think it’s a super sweet way to remember the day (there was no getting away from that rhyme).

custom handkerchief wedding invitation real wedding

LOVE. The design, the idea, the tutorial, everything. Make your own CD sa-the-da’s or invitation suite on Brooklyn Bride

diy stop motion wedding invitation cd invitation suite

Well, I wish every invitation set had this much personality. This is the invitation suite our invites hope to be like when they grow up. The bride made a playlist and put it on digital vinyl and designed the invitations herself found on 100 Layer Cake.

illustrated hi-fi wedding invitation suite from 100 layer cake

Sweet, simple illustrated handkerchief map invitations found on Luna and Chloe Weddings

handkerchief map wedding invitations illustration

handkerchief illustrated wedding invitations

For more invitation inspiration, follow our board on Pinterest or stay tuned, we’re still digging through mounds and mounds of inspiration out there and trying to find the spark.


A (Badass) DIY 50's Engagement Shoot

by lizzie & isaiah on November 2, 2010 · 23 comments

I fell in love with Pat’s creativity in her wedding journey when I came across her blog the week that we were freshly pressed.   She has impecable style and grace and is all about some DIY projects, including her engagement shoot.  Yes, she DIY’d her own pictures.  Her entry for the Ruffled DIY contest was featured among their favorites as well.

Pat and her (as of yesterday) husband, Stefan hail from Singapore – which Pat so eloquently described as “warm, tropical and just a tiny red dot on the world-wide map” – to share their engagement session.

Pat and Stefan DIY’d their engagement session to save money and to take control of their photos. She said:

Bridal studios here normally include engagement photography, hair and make up services, gown sale/rental and actual day videography/photography in a packaged bundle that usually starts from S$2500, depending on the package you choose. This is not that much, considering you get almost everything settled in one stop, however I grew tired of the usual cliché shots and am very skeptical of some of the photographers’ style here that mimics the popular cutesy style of Taiwan.

At the same time, I have also been dong my research online and saw so many pictures that are so inspiring and beautiful. And I thought to myself, I can do that too! Granted, I’m not a skilled photographer nor do I have the equipment to back me up, I do however have a DSLR camera and a love for experimenting. There was so much I wanted to try and I got so excited that I forgot about the other options and just decided that we would do the shoot ourselves!

Uhm. Pat. You’re a damn skilled photographer. These images are breathtaking, lady.

Pat and Stefan settled on a 50′s theme for their engagement shoot and did a test run using a remote and their SLR camera.  The practice session went marvelously.  The day of the shoot, they brought along a close friend to help so they didn’t have to rely on the remote.

Pat has some big plans for the photos. Some of them were included in their wedding invitations (below) and others hung from tiny trees in their venue. She wanted to use the photos as a conversation piece and hoped the guests would take the photos away as souvenirs or write notes to her and Stefan on the back.

They even recreated this gem of a photo from Alfred Eisenstaedt in their shoot!

Pat’s DIY invitations were one of the first thing I saw on her site and I thought she was brilliantly creative.  She wanted to give her guests something beautiful to remember and also keep it environmentally friendly. Check out her creation.

Congrats to Pat & Stefan yesterday, 01.11.10!  Hope you enjoy her badass DIY engagement session and give her blog a little love.  Munch on this, suckas!


Geek Out: 2nd Edition

September 4, 2010

We’ve sped right past 100 posts, and we’re really excited about our giveaway celebrating the opening of our first Etsy shop, ctrlP. Isaiah and I have been collecting our share of wedding stuff we’re LOVING lately and I figured we could get through the weekend categorizing all of it in our second geek-out post. Concert [...]

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Geek-Out: 1st Edition

July 7, 2010

[Insert segue back to weddings] Aaaand, we’re back. We took a slight break from wedding shtuff for my wisdom toofers. So I am fully aware that I’m not a wedding inspiration gal, but this is a wedding blog, right? So, theoretically, if there were a few things I was geeking out over the blogosphere, that [...]

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Carnival-Themed Invites

June 2, 2010

Since deciding on Carnivale for the wedding, I started browsing some carnival-themed invites. I fell in love with these so far, what do you think? I’m totally into this carnival-inspired, complete-with-ticket invitation suite from Zenadia Designs: This carnival-themed suite was featured on 100 Layer Cake today: Any other ideas for carnival-themed invites and which ones [...]

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May 20, 2010

So there are only a certain amount of elements when it comes to a wedding, and when you are planning on a budget, you have to prioritize. You can’t splurge on everything. By narrowing down our priorities to make the most important things as kickass as possible, the whole wedding will be rad to us. [...]

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Save the Dates and Invitation Posters

April 21, 2010

I freaked out a little bit when I saw these save-the-date posters with matching mailing labels, invitations and even adorable tickets to match. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned too many times, Isaiah is a very talented graphic designer and former lead singer in a rock band. He loved the idea of using his graphic design [...]

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