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jen + ray

Remember this color story? It's still one of my favorites.

Now that the Winter 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings is out, I can finally share what this color story was for... the wedding of my friend Jen Hoverson (Jen and her sister Joelle own Purlsoho). Jen's colors were orange and spring green, with a mix of prints and patterns thrown in.

The stationery was designed using green and orange dots with the couple's initials. Everything was letterpressed by Bryce Knudsen over at Bjorn Press (A fantastic letterpress studio if you are ever in the need for one..) The dotted paper was printed on a thin Japanese rice paper and used to wrap the invitations. The RSVP card had guests circle Y for Yes or N for No. We made the J and R coasters for the cocktail hour.

Menus were letterpressed and tucked into fabric napkins. Jen wanted to incorporate fabrics into her wedding (no surprise as the owner of a fabric store) and made napkins for each guest, with the help of her friends and family. Each table featured a different print in the orange and green spectrum. Each place setting also included a glass magnet with the guest's first initial. After the wedding, Jen took the napkins and made an amazing quilt from her sister Joelle's book "Last-Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts".

For the escort cards, we included a swatch of the fabric for that table. The Martha Stewart Weddings website has more information on how to make these cards, and a template you can download. I love these cards since they are a great way to use up leftover fabric scraps — I've already made them into Christmas tags. I have a few other ideas coming later this week!

See more photos of the beautiful couple here taken by the lovely Meg Smith. I was lucky enough to get to art direct the photo shoot of this wedding as well, and though it was a bit crazy running a shoot while an actual wedding was going on, working with Meg made it all the more enjoyable... she's lovely, as are her photographs.

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What beautiful ideas. And gorgeous wedding. And lovely blog - you're my latest obsession! I'm going to steal the tag idea to make mini door plaques with my kids names to hang on their bedroom door. Love to see your other suggestions.

01.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterBelinda

What a lovely, coordinated wedding theme! I wish I had done better planning like this for my wedding. I also like how reusable everything is, and might use some of these ideas for other occasions coming up throughout the year. Very impressive work!

01.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterTerriaw

love this, brooke!

01.8.2009 | Unregistered Commentersara malone

oh man. some of my favorite colors. if only i could do my own wedding again, dang it!

oh yeah, and i love your blog. it's one of my favorites.

01.8.2009 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

Wow. Amazing! Beyond that, I'm totally speechless.

01.8.2009 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

I just discovered your blog yesterday through Ali Edward's page and I'm in love. Thank you for the very inspiring color stories!

01.9.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohanna

Love these paper goods...Great design! Thanks for sharing.

I'm in love! and it inspires me to do something similar for my own wedding. Random question, but do you happen to know the size of the napkins and whether or not they were lined?
Great photos, great ideas! Looks like it was a wonderful wedding!

01.9.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ignore my question above - I found the info on the Purl Bee (should have looked first before asking!)

01.9.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

This is super inspiring :).

01.9.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Brooke, how many of those escort cards did you make? That must have taken forever...

Everything looks amazing. Really lovely work.

01.10.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiesl

Wow. Just, wow.

01.11.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim Kight


You are such a great designer and an even better conceptualist. Keep posting more of your work!


01.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel Halatokoua

I would love to know more about the orange and white fabric in the background of the stationary photo ....I think it would make a lovely skirt...

02.11.2009 | Unregistered Commentermelissa

Do you happen to know who did the calligraphy on the invitations?

06.8.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMariko

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