Inspiration to Invitation: A Modern Alphabet Chart Baby Shower Invitation

Modern Alphabet Chart Baby Shower Invitation

A while back I created this modern take on an Alphabet Chart baby shower invitation that is featured today on the Wedding Chicks amazing new site On to Baby. This shower was to take place at Royal T’s, a hip pop art inspired gallery space in Los Angeles. With the pop art inspiration in mind, I created individual characters to represent each letter.

For an even more sunshine filled design I quoted my favorite line from Doe, a deer.  “…. a ray, a drop of golden sun” on the poster sized invitations envelope.

Baby Shower Invitation design by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Photography by Scott Lawrence Photography

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Invitation to Destination: Aspen Ski Pass Save the Date

Lure your guests onto the slopes with these Aspen Ski Pass Save the Dates

Aspen holds a special place in Lauren and Steve’s hearts and made for the perfect fall destination wedding location.  Lauren, who had grown up skiing in Aspen’s Snow mass resorts, wanted her guests to take a double-take when they opened their fes­tive save the date designed to replicate the mountain’s ski pass.

Aspen Destination Wedding Invitation We designed these ski pass save the dates to be sent nestled atop fall-hued Aspen leaves and inside of a sky blue mailer box as a nod to the Fall time festivities to come.  With a little sense of humor and personalization, having some fun with your save the dates is always a must-do!

The front of the Ski Pass Save the Date had the event information and the back side offered hotel and accommodations.

Invitation Design by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Photography by Scott Lawrence

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Art History for Brides: A Gothic Wedding

We’re already onto our 3rd installment of our Art History for Brides series and with each passing time period I grow more and more in love with the next. This installment was definitely a challenge in the way that I really wanted it to look romantic and elegant and not harsh and cold like so many attribute to this beautiful art movement. From the colors of the stained glass, berry toned flowers and a stunning model, I cannot express how happy I was with the end result. I hope you feel the same!

Art History for Brides: Gothic Wedding Inspiration

The Gothic art movement was during the 12th century and was very much inspired and driven by the inspirations of the church and had touches of Romanesque architecture, Byzantine textiles, and French fashion. Often confused with Goth (think vampires, Marilyn Manson, black lipstick and chokers), Gothic was daring yet refined and richly ornate with details.

Gothic Graphics

Bold Gothic style fonts are some of the most widely spread example of this genre and were even used for the very first example of printing, the Gutenberg Bible. For this Gothic style Wedding Invitation I created a custom quatrefoil pattern, incorporated vaulted arches and a diecut stained glass inspired invitation sleeve.

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Gothic Wedding

Gothic Architecture

Gothic architecture featured magnificent buildings that were built with signature pointed aches, vaulted ceilings, and flying buttresses. Some of the most notable examples of gothic architecture are Notre Dame. Reims Cathedral and Chatres Cathedral to name a few.

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Gothic Symbols

Quatrefoils were a popular symbolic shape that was seen in the stained glass, ornate windows and other architectural elements that was widely repeated and gave a royal and majestic feeling. For our Gothic inspired table we used a rich gold velvet quatrefoil patterned as a runner layered on top of a rich berry stained wool. For an opulent and unique place setting we featured ornate marble tiles that featured golden scrollwork that could be seen through our cut crystal plates.

Berry Pink Gothic Wedding


For a bold yet romantic take on Gothic inspired flowers, Isari Flower Studio created a stunning yet delicate berry toned bridal bouquet composed of purples transitioning to merlot kissed Sweetpeas, dark burgundy Anemone with touches of wine hued Heleborus. The richly textured centerpiece offered a melange of  deep red and cream ranunculas, schwartz mini calla lilies, succulents, black center anemones amidst astrantias, Hydrangeas and black berries. In addition to the large arrangement, the companion pieces boasted clusters of ranunculas, with grey dusty miller foliages and then topped each place setting a single cream ranunculas, and dusty miler leaves.
Gothic Wedding Glamorous Wedding Table

Stained Glass

Cathedrals boasted giant windows adorned with ornate stain glass that let light shine through in rich reds, blues, and yellows. Shapes including quatrefoils, floral inspired and geometric elements were combined to create these stunning light-filled windows from which the cathedrals patrons would gaze into from the pews. We brought the colorful glass from the windows onto the table with our bold and colorful goblets.

This vintage church chair by OC Prop Girl is a perfect example of Gothic style furniture with Gothic arches and detailing.

Gothic Wedding Chair

Gothic Fashion

The wealthy brought in expensive silks from Byzantium and wore them as long draping tunics with flared sleeves, a French fashion known as a bliaut. Blue and ruby red were popular colors accented with gold pieces such as a loosely worn belt with gold tassels. Women wore veils draped over their long braided hair to signify marriage. This was wonderful fashion during the 12th century but we opted for a stunning sand colored gown by Monique Lhullier and from M Bride for our bride to be.

Gothic Wedding Dress Monique Lhullier Grand Del Mar Wedding Capella

Gothic Wedding Dessert Bar Stained Glass

Gothic Art

Triptychs are wonderful examples of Gothic art that featured three panels of settings framed by ornate vaulted arches. I was inspired by these classical pieces of art when I created a trifold wedding invitation in the same style showcasing the notable vaulted arch, quatrefoil and a stained glass inspired belly band.

Mercury Glass Red Roses Dessert Bar

The Grand Del Mar Wedding Capella

The Grand Del Mar Monique Lhullier Wedding Dress

With so many beautiful and meaningful artful elements to be inspired by this powerful artistic movement in history, Gothic is a wonderful genre to get inspiration for your wedding day. Whether it be Gothic inspired wedding invitations, stained glass inspired décor or even jewelry, Gothic design would be a great way to add drama and intrigue to your wedding.

Design & Styling by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Photography by Jill Thomas

Invitation & Stationery Design by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Flowers by Isari Flower Studio

Props by OC Prop Girl

Hair and Make Up by Katwalk Styling

Dress & Jewelry by M Bride

Venue The Capella at The Grand Del Mar

Pastries by Opera Patisserie

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Announcing ‘A Royal Affair’ San Diego US Grant Bridal Show - Ticket Giveaway!!!

I’m so excited to have been chosen as the invitation designer for this year’s luxury bridal showcase at The US Grant Hotel in San Diego. The US Grant is such a gorgeous historical hotel that exudes elegance and I can’t wait to design a wedding under their 100 year old roof! With the best and brightest in the wedding industry showcasing their interpretation of ‘royal’ this is definitely a must-attend for all brides-to-be in Southern California.

This year the theme was ‘A Royal Affair’ as a nod to the royal wedding of Prince Williams. With that as inspiration to draw off of I created a a cornflower blue and royal purple invitation featuring an abstract peacock pattern and a Moroccan shaped frame around a vintage crown. For an updated look we created a modern trellis pattern in the same palette for a fun surprise on the back of the invitation card. We then letterpressed this design onto a double thick 100% cotton paper for a super luxurious and tactile feel.

A Royal Affair Ticket Giveaway!!!

As the invitation sponsor of A Royal Affair I’m excited to say that I received 5 complimentary tickets to give away to 5 lucky readers of my choice.

To enter this giveaway please leave a comment below stating what makes you feel ‘Royal’. Whether it be the crowned jewels,  luxurious fabrics or the way you feel after some TLC from your special someone, whatever it may be that makes you feel like a queen!

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