Wedding invitations are a chance to set the tone of your event and let your guests know what they can expect from your wedding celebration.  Beyond just the pretty paper and artful graphics, invitations are a chance to express a little bit about you and your partner.  This is why I really like Sheilah and Chris’s dramatic invitations designed by Susan from Just Ink on Paper in Baltimore.  The invitation suite is not only beautiful, but all of the little touches have meaning to Sheilah and Chris.  They incorporated the local elements from Washington, DC that were personal to them.  The end result was gorgeous!

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From Susan:  “Sheilah and Chris came to me pretty early on in their wedding planning, as they were planning a wedding at The Fairfax at Embassy Row in Dupont Circle and wanted invitations to reflect Washington, DC.  The hotel itself is a stunning venue full of sepia-toned images throughout the room where the reception would be held.  Sheilah and Chris choose a striking color combination of copper and black to play on the natural beauty of the hotel.  While a Baltimore couple, DC holds a special connection for both as Sheilah worked for Congress and Chris was part of the secret service for the Reagan administration.  With this in mind, the couple wanted to create stationery with a ‘nod’ to DC without looking to iconic.”

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“We choose a few images to use between the save the dates and invitations and printed with a sepia-tone.  The wax seal was something we stumbled on (actually Chris suggested it) as we were looking for something to hold close the save the date pocketfold and the gatefold on the invitation.   We initially were going to design a bellyband printed with the L’Enfant map of DC, but once we found the wax seal, we knew it was a perfect fit.  The seals are actually made of rubber, which alleviates any stress of cracking once mailed.  The L’Enfant Map was then used for the custom envelope liner.”

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Thank you so much, Susan for sharing this DC-inspired wedding invitation suite with us.  You can see more of Sheliah and Chris’ wedding photos on Susan’s blog here.  To design custom wedding stationery or for more from Just Ink On Paper, be sure to visit Susan’s website.

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