Love is Love: Deadline Extended

I come baring good news this Monday morning: I’m extending the deadline on our Love is Love contest! You have one more week to enter to win a custom designed invitation suite! Enter by July 8th!

I look forward to hearing your stories!

Was that enough exclamation points for you? :)

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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.

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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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Custom Bouquet Paintings

You should probably know by now that I love things that are both clever and beautiful. Really unique, special and fun are great bonuses! I’d say that these custom wedding bouquet paintings fall in to all of those categories. Send talented artist Sarah Park Designs a photo of your bouquet and have a custom painting made as the perfect wedding keepsake. I love this idea as a wedding gift too!

custom bouquet paintings

Love the painting but don’t have the bouquet? She has some beauties ready to go. And, P.S., the rest of her work is pretty great, too.

bouquet paintings

Sarah Park Designs

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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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Pattern Play

The wedding blog Engaged & Inspired holds a special place in my heart. I blogged for it during my own wedding planning, I’ve worked with one of their bride bloggers on her invitation (more on that VERY soon), and Allison and I even have some projects in the works! It is still a regular on my blog-checking list, and I was instantly obsessed when I saw this recent post.  One of the bride bloggers worked with a designer to create a custom pattern for her wedding, using her colors and style inspiration with fun touches personal to her and her fiance’s relationship. I’ve always been a big fan of fabulous patterns and think this idea is incredible. There’s so much you can do with it!

Of course, you can incorporate it in your invitation suite. Line the envelopes, print it on the back of your invitation or keep it a bit more subtle with a patterned belly band.

patterned invitation details

She’s planning on taking it to Spoonflower (a site I seriously need to use sometime soon) to have fabric, wallpaper and giftwrap made with the fabulous pattern. Love it. How amazing would it be to include your pattern on table linens, photobooth or ceremony backdrop or wrapping for your favors? From bold to subtle, the possibilities are pretty endless.

patterend backdrops

patterned table linens

patterned favors

Have I mentioned yet that I’m obsessed with this idea? Who wants to do it with me?!

Invitations: striped liner / blue liner / triangle belly band 

Backdrops: dessert / ceremony / photobooth

Linens: table / napkins

Favors: box / seahorse


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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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Happy Memorial Day

Hope you’re getting a little bit of this this memorial day. Sadly, the weather is overcast today so I’ll just day dream about the hammock instead.

happy memorial day from design bright


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