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Brenda Walton is one of my design idols. She also happens to be a dear friend, in fact she knew me before I was born as she and my mother have been close friends for many, many years. Brenda designs stationery, gift cards, wrapping paper, stickers, scrapbooking paper, die-cuts, you name it! She is a talented illustrator and calligrapher, and she’s going to be teaching a workshop here in Los Angeles in January called “Lovely Letters.” She’ll teach us calligraphic letterforms, and show us how to make personalized cards and envelopes, too! Every time I receive a package from Brenda, I squeal with delight- because I know it will not only be beautiful, but it will be packaged beautifully. I can’t wait to learn some of Brenda’s secrets at this workshop- won’t you join me there?

You can read more about the workshop from Brenda herself on her blog, or just go sign up! The classes will take place at the charming French General store in Silverlake as part of their annual “Art of Craft” series. I really can’t think of a better way to spend an early January Saturday afternoon than learning to make pretty things in such a lovely location. I hope to see you there!

Images | Styling by Lauryl Lane.
Calligraphy | Packaging by Brenda Walton.

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This wedding was particularly special for me as it joined my little sister Olivia with her college sweetheart, Joshua. The design was a joint venture between our talented mother (calligraphy), the groom (graphic design) and me (florals & decor). As all of us were in different locations across the country, it was challenging to schedule phone calls, but such a joy to see everything come together so exquisitely in Tulsa at the Alma Mater that I share with Liv & Josh. Olive leaves were used throughout the wedding decor as a nod to the origin of Olivia’s name. Other flowers included roses, ornamental kale, sweetheart roses, hypericum berries, peonies, scabiosa, hydrangea, curly willow and monkeytails. The paper sheet music flowers in Olivia’s bouquet and the boutonnieres was Olivia’s major DIY contribution to the event, and a nod to both Josh and Olivia’s love of music. There were so many personal touches, I could go on for days. It was such a perfect day.

(Olivia will be joining me here on Friday to do a guest post and share a tutorial for the sheet music paper flowers that she designed and made!)

CREDITS | Photography: Alec Vanderboom¬†(w/ a few additional images by me)| Event & Floral Design: Lauryl Lane | Day of Coordination: Renee Wilkins | Stationery Design: Victoria Hoke Lane and Joshua Berman | Calligraphy: Victoria Hoke Lane | Venue: Sharp Memorial Chapel and Sharp Plaza, The University of Tulsa (Tulsa, Oklahoma) | Catering: Rick Kamp of Rick’s Cafe Americain | Bride’s Gown: La Sposa | Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden | Bride’s Accessories: Erin Cole | Groom’s & Attendants Suits: K&G Fashion | Bridesmaid Gowns: Designed by Inge Nataya, Sourced by Lauryl Lane ¬†| Flower Girl Gown: Target | Music: The Red River Connection (ceremony) and The Mike Bennett Jazz Ensemble (reception).

If you’re new here, I’ve been sharing photos of the paper goods for my little sister Olivia’s upcoming wedding. You can see the bridal shower invitations here and the save-the-dates here. But what I’m about to share blows everything else away.

Designed by our mother, Calligrapher & Graphic Artist Victoria Hoke Lane along with my soon-to-be-brother-in-law, Graphic Designer Joshua Berman, these wedding invitations are a perfect marriage of Liv’s romantic, feminine side and the clean lines that Josh’s work is known for. Enjoy!

The suite consists of an invitation, reply card and envelope (no inner envelope due to the unusual shape/size of the invitation). Printing is in gold and chocolate brown on thick, textured ivory stock.

With a sharpie marker for reference, you can see the scale of this invitation. It’s BIG!

Instead of the common “monogram,” Olivia & Joshua chose to have their first names calligraphed on the invitation. I am in love with the scale of the design, and the writing going off the page!

Here again is the “family crest” designed by Josh, seen previously on the back of the save-the-date.

The R.S.V.P. card is a postcard, pre-addressed and stamped on the opposite side.

The envelopes are addressed in an exquisite, perfect script by Victoria Hoke Lane.

As on the invitation, the addressing is at a tilt and goes off the page. It is also at a large scale due to the immense size of the envelope. I cannot even begin to fathom how difficult that was to do. Victoria said it was one of the most time-consuming envelope-addressing jobs she has ever done in her 30+ years as a professional calligrapher!

The envelopes were appropriately stamed with “LOVE” and a wedding cake. The attention to detail which goes into Victoria’s work never ceases to amaze me. I used to help her stamp and seal envelopes when I was younger and I remember how perfectionistic she was about every detail. Do you see how precisely the stamps are affixed??? The edges match up perfectly!*

Of course my husband and I “delightfully accept,” and we returned the rsvp card by mail the day after receiving it. Don’t forget, etiquette requires that you return an rsvp card within three days of receiving it.

*EDIT: My thirteen-year-old sister Maggie has commented to inform me that she affixed the perfectly aligned stamps. I remember doing that job when I was her age, so I know how difficult it is. Tres magnifique, Maggie!

Not too long ago, I shared photos of my little sister Olivia’s bridal shower invitations. They were totally gorgeous, but it gets better. Her Save the Dates (in general, I try to avoid calling them STD’s, that acronym has awful connotations!) and Wedding Invitations are TO DIE FOR! The lettering/calligraphy are by our mum, Victoria Hoke Lane, who designed the pieces with Olivia’s fiance, Joshua Berman.

The paper is a pale pink with gold lettering and chocolate brown typography.

The envelopes are addressed in brown and stamped with a queen of hearts!

Josh designed the “family crest,” incorporating olive leaves as a nod to the origin of Olivia’s name. I’ll be using olive leaves in the floral decor, as well!

Here you can see the texture of the paper : LOVE!

Tomorrow I’ll share the wedding invitations…
and if you’re a paper geek, you’re in for a real treat! ;-)

Lauryl Lane is a Creative Director and Floral, Food and Prop Stylist designing for editorials, ads, commercials, film, weddings and events. Lauryl blogs about her daily life, her work, and her many interests; such as art, design, fashion, flowers, literature, theatre, tea, food and travel.

Above images by Bonnie Tsang.