Today’s Inspiration: Inviting Wedding Invites

By, June 18, 2014

Wedding invitations are an enticing preview of the wedding, and the celebration to come. The invitation suite contains valuable information for guests, and helps to set the tone for the day. Whenever our wedding couples bring along their invites, we always make sure to photograph the suite, and capture details such as color, texture and presentation.

Invites can range from a simple card to a series of intricate paper-cuts or letterpress designs. As you’ll see in the photos below, wedding invites now come in any number of shapes and sizes, ranging from traditional to bold to flat-out funky.  With a creative and resourceful invitation designer, the options really are unlimited!

We “invite you” to have a look at some of our favorite invites from recent weddings.


Invitation above by Humming Bird Cake Stationery


Invitation above by J. Grace


Invitation above by Cherish Paperie

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Invitation above by Alchemy Fine Events


Invitation above by Chic Invitations


Invitation above left by Pink Star Design, above right by Patina Prints


Invitation above left by Judie Le, above right by Brightly Designed and Rifle Paper Co.


Invitation above left by Papyrus – Fashion Valley


Invitation above left by Humming Bird Cake Stationery, above right by Alfie Design

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Invitation above by minted.com

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Invitation above by Brightly Designed and Rifle Paper Co.

Want to see more sweet invitation suites? Check out these recent wedding invitation photos.


Watercolor Wedding Invitations By ALFIE Design For A San Diego Beach Wedding

By, February 12, 2013

April Feldman, one of True Photography’s very own, specializes in watercolor wedding invitations through her ALFIE Design company. For wedding couples looking for unique and custom wedding invitations, be sure to check out her work at Arelor.com.

April recently worked with Shoshana and Brian, who had a vibrant, “beachy” wedding at South Ponto Beach in Carlsbad. Together with True Beach Events, the couple planned a simple ceremony overlooking the ocean, followed by a colorful tented reception right on the sand. In order to match the look and feel of their big day, Shoshana and Brian wanted their wedding invitations be bold and colorful.


In order to carry out the beach theme, ALFIE Design created a tropical, four-piece invitation suite. The invite itself encouraged guests to wear flip flops, in order to enjoy the sand beneath their feet.


The bright aquas, pinks and purples, and neutral tones used in the invitation suite also carried over to the wedding decor.

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The first bit of inspiration for the invite card came from a photo of a crashing wave, which was taken by world-renowned ocean photographer Aaron Chang. Shoshana and Brian have this black and white photo hanging in their house, and they used it to influence their wedding day vision.


April created a watercolor inspired by Aaron Chang’s crashing wave by blending different shades of aqua against a soft rose-colored sunset.  After creating the original watercolor, April digitized the image, and typeset the text. The final invite card was printed on a fine art bamboo paper.


The invite included a quote from Bob Marley’s “One Love” inside of the wave. The invitation suite was tied together with aqua string, and paired with a matching envelope.


In order to give guests could a visual representation of the wedding location, a map to was included with the main invite card.  The back of the map contained directions to the wedding site at South Ponto Beach, along with information about guest accommodations, the couple’s registry, and suggested attire for their beach event.

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Instead of a traditional RSVP card with an envelope, ALFIE created a more casual RSVP postcard. Each RSVP postcard included a festive Hawaiian shirt stamp that read Aloha!


To tie in Shoshana and Brian’s love for surfing and sunsets, the backside of the RSVP postcard featured a watercolored beach sunset.


On their wedding day, Shoshana and Brian were able to enjoy a similar gorgeous beach sunset!


Family and close friends received an additional rehearsal invite, which was printed on shimmer paper. The rehearsal card was watermarked with a lightly painted sunset as a backdrop to the text.


Starting with the easygoing vibe of the invitation, everything came together beautifully on Shoshana and Brian’s wedding day!


Photographer: True Photography
Venue: California State Beaches
Event Stylist: Alchemy Fine Events
Caterer: Authentic Flavors
Hair Stylist: Belli Belli Hair & Skin Salon
Linens and Rental: Concepts Event Design
Coordinator: Creative Affairs Inc.
Makeup: Flirt Makeup
Jeweler: Gilmore Family Jewelers
Wedding Dress: Here Comes the Bride
Florist: Isari Flower Studio
Officiant: Patricia Coleman
Bakery: Sweet Cheeks Baking
Videographer: Taylor Films
Disc Jockey: Tim Altbaum Productions


Alfie Design Creates Custom Watercolor Invitations for Ultimate Skybox Wedding

By, July 02, 2012

An invitation is an extension of the wedding decor – it sets the tone for the celebration, and gives guests a quick preview of what the day will entail. At Alfie Design, I specialize in custom watercolor wedding invitations. Every invitation suite that I create is customized to the couple, and to the overall feel of their big day! Whether the wedding theme is vintage chic, backyard barbecue, traditional, or old Hollywood glam, the opportunities are endless when using a medium like watercolor.

I recently had the opportunity to work with a beautiful couple, Kate and Matt.  Their wedding was a combination of classic and contemporary. The ceremony was held at Our Lady of the Rosary, followed by an urban reception at the Ultimate Skybox in the Gaslamp. 


When we first discussed the invitations, they envisioned a clean modern feel with a light and intricate design. I used a fine art, soft cotton paper for the invites to provide a sturdy and high quality look.

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The wedding color scheme consisted of shades of coral, grey and white. These cool shades worked nicely with the church’s classic appeal. The same colors also paired nicely with the reception venue’s contemporary floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking downtown San Diego. 

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We decided to keep the suite simple and modern by producing the pieces without mattes, which allowed for double sided cards. This approach is also more cost effective and eco-friendly!  In addition to the announcement, we created a customized map, and an RSVP postcard in shades of shades of coral and white. We then paired the whole suite with a slate-colored envelope!

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I always like to make a my invitation suites a complete package by adding a final accent. Whether it’s twine, a band, or a pocket fold with a wax seal, I enjoy finishing with a distinctive touch. For this invite, we used a pale peach twine, which complemented the clean and understated feel of the wedding.  For each suite, I used just over a yard of twine! Once the twine was hand-wrapped around the stack of cards three times, the package was tied together with a knot.

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To further enhance the theme, we created simple escort cards with the coral tone watercolor wash. Also, we made table numbers using the floral design from the invitations. Everything at the wedding paired together beautifully!

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Other designs, such as the program and menu shown here, shared the same intricate floral pieces and watercolor wash used in the invitations.

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Kate and Matt were so great to work with!  Their personalities were bubbly, easy going and playful – just like their signature “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” cocktails!  To highlight the drink of the night, I created a sign featuring a watercolor-painted champagne glass!

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 Invitations/Paper Products: Alfie Design
Photography: True Photography