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Rachel’s Lavender Wedding

Bright Room Studio reached a big milestone last month. Our first client got married! Remember our lavender and kraft bride Rachel?

She was so kind to send over this stunning teaser photo for me! Her invitation was inspired in part by her dress and the lovely subtle striped seams in her tulle skirt. How amazing is it to finally see the invitation with the fabulous dress that inspired it!

rachel's lavender wedding invitation

Photographer: Sean Morrison

I can’t wait to see photos from the rest of the day! Congrats to Rachel and Chris!


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All Wrapped Up

Sending a completed invitation suite off to a client is kind of like sending your kid off to college. Ok, perhaps not quite that dramatic, but I’m excited to be packaging up a suite for a fantastic bride to be shipped off this week!

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I want to package my work. I want it to be pretty and fun to receive in the mail. At the same time, as a person who goes through a lot of paper for a living, I’d like my packaging to be as eco friendly as possible with lots of recycling of boxes and wrapping. Plus I need to keep the precious cargo well protected! I’m starting to look in to boxes, twine, stamps and I particularly love the custom branded packaging tape.

What would you most want to receive in the mail?

packaging ideas

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Today is a pretty big day here in California. Prop 8 was overturned and gay marriage is now legal in California. It is a big step towards equality that I’m happy to be witness to.

One of the things I love most about my job is that all my clients are enjoying some of the happiest moments of their lives. There’s really nothing better than love. My wedding day was the happiest day of my life and I’m thrilled that so many more people will be able to experience that same joy.

In celebration of this exciting day, I’m doing a little giveaway. Actually, kind of a big giveaway. I would be honored to give one same sex couple a free custom invitation suite design.

prop 8 giveaway-01

Couples will pay for all printing and hard costs, but all design work and coordination will be totally on me. To enter, comment below or email loveislove at with a little bit about you and your fiance(e) by July 1st. I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Image Source: Ken Kienow


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Inspiration to Invitation: Lavender and Mountains

One thing I really love about custom invitations is the chance to make an invitation that is as unique as the bride and groom. Instead of the invitation just representing your wedding theme, you can have small touches that reflect different parts of your relationship or you big day. Rachel is getting married in Mt. Hood, Oregon and came to me without a real idea of what she wanted in her wedding invitations. So we talked about her wedding plans and, together, developed this suite featured a custom Mt. Hood illustration, perfect soft lavender color scheme, hand lettered text and even a subtle stripe detail that mimics a  detail on her wedding dress!

lavendar and mountains inspiration


I also love a crafty bride! She stamped and embossed the belly bands and return addresses herself. How amazing is she?!



And the icing on the cake: Rachel blogs for Engaged & Inspired and was kind enough to feature the suite on the site yesterday!





Inspiration: dress / mt. hood / cakelavender / candles / kraft / bouquet

Invitation: Bright Room Studio

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Inspiration to Invitation: Gold and Silver

I think I’m very behind on my inspiration to invitation series! Today I get to feature the invitation suite I created for my fabulous college roommate. She’s wanted silver and gold, formal but still fun.

silver and gold inspriation


cheers / ribbon / candlesticks / hearts / foil / reserved

We played with confetti and sparkle but ended with gold foil stars and silver-grey letterpress. Silver and gold envelopes and shimmery paper for the details added the perfect final touches.

I can’t wait to see how the whole wedding comes together…less than a month away!

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

Christina and Greg's Gold Foil Invitations from Bright Room Studio

design and photos by Bright Room Studio





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Boat Dreams

I’m going to share a little not-so-secret secret about myself: I love boats. I really want one. I mean, I don’t actually want to manage and maintain one, but I just love the idea of hopping on my boat (or my yacht, as I like to tell my husband ;) ) and enjoying an afternoon on the water. What’s funny is that I’m not a fan of being in the water, just floating around on top of it.

There’s nothing like a little nautical design to really get me in the mood for some boating. I love how you can go so light and watery, or bright and poppy. Which nautical style is your favorite?

soft nautical

graphic nautical

watery: birth announcement / octopus invitation suite / save the date

poppy: green chevron / monogram / yellow / shells

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You know you’re a paper nerd when…

…you get incredibly excited over paper and envelope samples and giant swatch books!

Yes, I admit it, I have a paper addiction. I’ve been checking the mail daily for my monstrous sample pack from Paper Presentations and it finally arrived. Imagine every size and shape envelope you can imagine in every color and pattern you can imagine. My husband said I sounded like a kid at Disneyland while I flipped through the huge binder of samples.

I guess I’m a true paper nerd.

colors and patterns

paper presentation samples

These photos don’t even begin to show all the possibilities! Want to incorporate some of these pieces in to your invitation suite? Contact me! 



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National Stationery Show Favorites

The National Stationery Show took place last week and I’m a little jealous that I wasn’t there. I’m not jealous of those showing—it looks like so much work!—but there are so many stunning paper goods to drool over (though hopefully not literally).

Oh So Beautiful Paper (a favorite blog of mine) shows amazing coverage of the New York trade show and I’ve been loving all the photos. Here are just a few favorites. And I really mean just a few…there are too many adorable, beautiful and fun pieces to love!

national stationery show favorites

helly!lucky / dear hancock / letter C design / ladyfinger letterpress / moglea / rifle paper co / pei design

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Say What You Need to Say

There are so many stunning stationery options out there, but sometimes they just don’t say what you need them to say. Enter this brilliant letterpressed LCD-style card from Present & Correct to fill in the perfect message (assuming that message is 16 characters or less). Love it.

create your own message card via design bright

Present & Correct

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Go Girly: Bachelorette Invitations

I’ve got bachelorette parties on the mind. I just returned from a fabulous time in Vegas celebrating one friend and have another coming up next month. A printed invitation certainly isn’t a requirement for a bachelorette party, but it sure would be fun to design! There’s nothing more fun than bright color and girly details and that’s what a bachelorette party is all about!

bachelorette invitations

ombre / camp bachelorette / ring / lipstick / script / confetti


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