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Real Wedding | Kristen & Sean
Design House of Moira | Portugal Destination Wedding

Kristen & Sean 

A gorgeous destination wedding on the sands of Portugal....

Featured on Carats & Cake

It was our pleasure to create this simple, moody suite for Kristen and Sean's wedding at Areias Do Seixo in A Dos Cunhados, Portugal.  Evoke did an absolutely gorgeous job designing the intimate wedding and Kristen's beautiful pale blue gown was a perfect fit for their destination wedding.  

Featured | Style Me Pretty

 

 

Here are some more lovely shots from Nicole and Matt's gorgeous stable wedding!  See the whole feature on Style Me Pretty here!

 

Nicoles invitations and save the dates were all hand marbled on thick cotton paper then printed in copper foil.  Her invitation had both marbled details as well as the pales of blush washes.  Each invitation suite was tied together with hand frayed navy silk ribbon, tucked inside a marble lined pale grey envelope and sealed with a custom wax seal.  All her menus featured the same pale blush wash and their wax seal at the top of each menu.  Each guests' place card was a hexagon on the same hand marbled paper, daintily tied onto a copper mug.  The rest of the reception details featured lots of carrera marble, such as the marble hexagon table numbers with copper lettering.

Design House of Moira | Marbled Invitations | Love & Light Photography
Design House of Moira | Marbled Invitations | Love & Light Photography
Design House of Moira | Marbled Invitations | Love & Light Photography
Design House of Moira | Marbled Invitations | Love & Light Photography
Design House of Moira | Marbled Invitations | Love & Light Photography

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: Between Sleep and Awake | Event Planning + Design: Gilded Lily Events | Floral Design: Blade Floral and Event Designs | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Cake: The Vintage Cake | Shoes: Givenchy | Jewelry: Leonardo Jewellers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Brennans | Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Beautiful Hair by Heather Turner | Band: Hank Lane Music | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Chandelier Grove | Bar + Linen Rentals: Paul David Partywares | Bridal Boutique: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon | Bride's Makeup: Sara Talias | Draping: Drape Kings | Paper + Calligraphy: Design House of Moira | Photo Booth: Premier Event Rentals | Rentals: Party Rental LTD | Rolls Royce Rental: Concorde Worldwide | Tents, Flooring + Lighting: Sperry Tents | The Color Condition Cocktail Hour Swag: Patina | Vintage + Specialty Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals | Welcome Boxes: That's Darlin'

Real Wedding | Jess & Robert
 

For her programs, we bound white cotton paper with embroidery string in a perfect shade of French blue.  Her escort cards bore her large, 2" custom wax seal on pale blue paper, with her guest names in pale gold. 

Design House of Moira | Love and Light Photography | French Blue Wedding Invitations
Design House of Moira | Love and Light Photography | French Blue Wedding Invitations | Wax Seal
Design House of Moira | Love and Light Photography | French Blue Wedding Invitations

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: Endless Wave Studios | Event Design: Gilded Lily Events | Floral Design: Reynolds | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Cake: Carlo's Bakery | Stationery: Design House Of Moira | Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Up & Out | Band: Almost Easy Band | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Reverend Donald Gebhard | Ceremony Music: Shrewsbury String Quartet | Transportation: ShooBoo Shuttle | Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaid's Accessories: Olive + Piper | Bridesmaids' Robes: Cloud Hunter | Cake Topper: Table Setting is My Life | Candleabra Rental: Two of a Kind | Ceremony Lighting: Ocean Tents | Custom Hair Accessories: Foolish Ginger | MOB + MOG Robes: POSY | Maid of Honor Dress: Adrianna Pappell | Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals | Ring Bearer Pillow: JfyBride | Signage: Design House Of Moira | Veil: Mark Zunino | Vintage Hat Box: Trousseau & Co | Welcome Gifts: That's Darlin'

Real Wedding | Jess & Robert
 

One of my favorite projects last year was creating these gorgeous French blue invitations for Jess and Roberts wedding.  We incorporated the same pale shade of blue throughout her wedding stationery.  Her invitations were large in size, using a marquis envelope in 7x7 square.  Each invitation was hand watercolored with foil printing in pale gold and paired with white cotton cards with French blue printing.  Each suite was tucked into it's envelope and sealed shut with a large seal bearing the couples artwork and crest.  

 

View the entire wedding gallery here, featured on Style Me Pretty. 

Design House of Moira | Love and Light Photography | French Blue Invitations
Design House of Moira | Love and Light Photography | French Blue Invitations

Photography: Love & Light Photographs | Cinematography: Endless Wave Studios | Event Design: Gilded Lily Events | Floral Design: Reynolds | Wedding Dress: Mark Zunino | Cake: Carlo's Bakery | Stationery: Design House Of Moira | Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup: Make Me Up Eva | Hair: Up & Out | Band: Almost Easy Band | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen's Attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Reverend Donald Gebhard | Ceremony Music: Shrewsbury String Quartet | Transportation: ShooBoo Shuttle | Venue: Mallard Island Yacht Club | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaid's Accessories: Olive + Piper | Bridesmaids' Robes: Cloud Hunter | Cake Topper: Table Setting is My Life | Candleabra Rental: Two of a Kind | Ceremony Lighting: Ocean Tents | Custom Hair Accessories: Foolish Ginger | MOB + MOG Robes: POSY | Maid of Honor Dress: Adrianna Pappell | Rentals: Dovetail Vintage Rentals | Ring Bearer Pillow: JfyBride | Signage: Design House Of Moira | Veil: Mark Zunino | Vintage Hat Box: Trousseau & Co | Welcome Gifts: That's Darlin'

Featured | 100 Layer Cake

Over the summer, I participated in a fun, breezy summer collaboration but never got around to sharing (shame on me!). 

From our fearless leader: 

At Glow Event Design, we love coming up with new ways for couples to celebrate saying I Do. More and more of our couples are looking for “weekend experiences” they can enjoy with their guests, rather than traditional receptions. We loved the idea of a summer poolside wedding that could be hosted in a backyard or an outdoor venue.  We wanted cocktail hour to have an eclectic look that felt more like you were lounging at the couple’s home rather than on rented furniture. We mixed different styles of chairs and cafe tables to create a “collected” look, and layered in pieces from local boutiques and Anthropologie’s home line to make it look more cozy. Signature drinks were dressed up with custom stirrers and multi-colored coasters. In lieu of traditional place cards, each guest would receive a hand painted planter to take home as a favor.

 

check out the rest of the feature here:http://www.100layercake.com/wedding-inspiration/modern-summer-wedding-inspiration/

 

Photographer: Michelle Walker Photography / Venue: K Venues / Event Design & Styling: Glow Event Design / Florist: Amanda Vidmar Design / Hair & Makeup: J Beautique / Baker: Indie Cakes & Pastries / Event Rentals: Blueprint Studios / Ceremony Arch: Buzzworthy Events / Stationery: Design House of Moira / Lasercut Names: Letters To U / Escort Card Planters: Sea and Asters / Tabletop & Misc. Décor: Anthropologie / Bride’s Attire: BHLDN / Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux / Tie: Melissa Sloan / Votives: Glassybaby / Male Model: Entire Productions

Featured | Oh So Beautiful Paper

It's Monday morning and I'm greeted by a featured post of my work on Oh So Beautiful Paper!  That's a perfect way to start a week!  You can view the featured post here!

Design House of Moira | Oh So Beautiful Paper
Design House of Moira | Oh So Beautiful Paper

Working with Marina from Bustle Events, we designed this suite for an elopement celebration, using the phrase “we fell in love, so we ran away” as the theme. We really wanted to embrace the destination aspect of the celebration, tying in natural edges and shades of blue.  The invitation itself announces their elopement and invites guests to join them at the bride’s parents home upon their return home. We really loved the idea of using paper with a raw edge and choose to go with handmade 100% cotton rag paper from Fabulous Fancy Pants. We paired the handmade paper with slooping brush lettering, and paired it with a formal serif font.

 

 

I also hand painted a large piece of artwork for the bride in monochromatic blues, and used that artwork to be printed as their envelope liners. Each invitation suite was wrapped in hand dyed, hand frayed silk ribbon and tucked into a crisp white cotton envelope.  The cocktail menus were printed on the same 100% cotton rag paper and featured a “his & hers” signature cocktail. We also created a larger scale artwork piece of the quote we used in the suite featuring the couple’s wax seal.

Design House of Moira | Oh So Beautiful Paper

Design, printing and production: Design House of Moira
Ring box: Lang Antiques
Paper: Fabulous Fancy Pants

 

Photography: Design House of Moira

Bespoke | Italian Destination

When you run away and get married in Italy trailing your entire family and group of friends with you, you might as well go big.  We created these invitations to reflect the amazing venue, complete with cypress trees, old masonry and yellow shutters. 

Design House of Moira | Artwork Wedding Invitation | Italian Wedding
Bespoke | Elopement

 

 

"we fell in love so we ran away"

Design House of Moira | Elopement | Custom Wedding Invitations

Two people fell in love, eloped and got married!  To announce their marriage, we created a main piece with the date they tied the knot, paired with a reception card announcing a celebration thrown by the brides parents.  I created the suite with handwritten, contemporary brush calligraphy and printed the entire suite on handmade cotton rag paper.  The envelopes were both lined with monochromatic indigo florals, and addressed in the same looping indigo lettering.  The entire suite was wrapped in hand dyed silk ribbon. 

Bespoke | Samantha & Stuart

 

 

 

 

I've been pretty obsessed with marbling lately, and this suite is nothing short of all sorts of marbled goodness. 

Gold engraved lettering, pale silk ribbon, and marbling in shades of grey, it just doesn't get any better!

The entire suite was topped off with a gold wax seal, bringing in formality and tradition.

Design House of Moira
Paper Talk | Why choose custom
 
Design House of Moira | Illustrated Wedding Invitations

 

 

Working with a bride and groom to create something this unique and reflective of their wedding day is such a pleasure.  Being able to bring in that fine art aspect as well as hand lettering and calligraphy just brings a look and feel so different from anything you can find in the pre-designed realm. 

Working with a designer on a custom piece is like watching a dream come to life.  Around here, we begin with a sketch to show our ideas of how the artwork with work and play from one piece to another and to help our clients see our vision.  I keep every sketch I've ever done - I love being able to flip back trough them!  We work together selecting the printing method, paper, assembly detail, calligraphy style and artwork that go into each design, all based on the couple's person story and their style. 

One of my main goals is to make this process as painless as possible!  All of our clients also have access to our full stamping and stuffing services - meaning, we assemble, stuff, stamp, address, and seal your invitations, so all you need to do is mail them!  That's just one of the perks of working with a custom designer.  You will also get a bit more guidance on all the little details - like what printing is good for you (how would you know, you've never done this before!)  how much your final pieces will weigh for postage, or what wording etiquette should you use - we'll take care of all those details for you and take as much off your plate as we can. 

Design House of Moira | Custom Illustrated Invitations


Why choose custom, you ask?  Let's talk about it!  There are so many options out there for your wedding initiations; they come in all shapes, sized and price points.  So how do you decide?  Should you print at home?  Order a pre-fab design from a reputable website?  Go with something you aren't so thrilled about?  Take the leap and go for something you love?  Dig yourself into the DIY hole?  Go crazy and pull out all your hair just trying to decide? 

Custom is a really fun option, but it isn't always for everyone.  Trust me, you're talking to the queen of DIY - it's how I got into this business in the first place..."puh, this whole graphic design thing cant be that hard, I can totally do this!" I would ALWAYS rather do it myself and figure out the process than have someone else do it, so if you're a DIYer, I feel ya! However, DIY or pre-fab isn't for everyone either. 

A few years ago, I had the epiphany that I wanted to limit myself to custom only designs, and I wanted to restrict myself and not offer the "I have something for absolutely everyone" mentality.  I had done the graphics approach for about 3 years at that point, and I just wasn't loving it.  I wanted to offer something totally unique to myself and my company, so I began offering artwork based designs only.  You do see this approach more frequently now, but when I first started playing with the idea about four and a half years ago, there really wasn't anything like it in the market (except Julie Song, who's work makes me swoon!)

 

Design House of Moira | Illustrated Calligraphy Wedding Invitations


A couple who chooes a custom deign usually has a few things about them:  They know exactly what they like!  They're usually confident in themselves and know that they wants the details of their wedding to totally reflect their personal style.  They may be looking for flexibility or something a bit more fun than the invitations they've seen in the past, or wish to have original artwork of their venue created for them.   Sometimes it may be that they've never seen something they just love, but know the work of the artist and are confident in building something together.

Give us a shout if you're interested in finding out more about creating a custom design for your wedding!

Featured | 100 layer cake - dutch masters

A bit earlier this year, a project I collaborated was featured on 100 Layer Cake!  It was a pleasure to collaborate with Emily Wren on this moody project. 

The invitations were a gorgeous, deep aubergine, watercolor washed plum and featured coordinating hand marbled paper as the envelope liners.  The over the top flourished calligraphy was printed in white foil and then addressed in matching calligraphy.

Design House of Moira | Watercolor Wedding Invitations | Victoria Rothwell

Photographer: Emily Wren Photography / Location: Power Plant Productions / Event Design: Confetti & Co. / Floral Design: Kate Farley Design / Hair & Makeup: True Beauty Marks / Calligraphy: Design House of Moira / Desserts: Cake Life Bake Shop / Catering: Birchtree Catering / Rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals / Dress: Carol Hannah from Lovely Bride Philadelphia / Jewelry: Egan Day / Models: Gina (owner of True Beauty Marks) & Mike

Featured | Bayside Workshop
Moira Design Studio | Design House of Moira

Vendors: Photography: Natalie Franke // Styling: Kruse & Vieira Events // Florals: Intrigue Designs // Invite Suite & Paper Goods & lettering for table: Design House Of Moira // Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter // Linens: BBJ Linens // Rentals: Select Event Group // Cake: Wildflour Fine Baking Co.// Welcome Basket: Marigold & Grey // Hair & Makeup: Behind The Veil // Gown: Kate McDonald Bridal // Tux: The Black Tux

Bespoke | Emma

central park | floral | Manhattan | moire | skyline | boathouse | laurel | summer | boater hats | white attire

Bespoke | Elisie

private estate | angelic sculpture | calligraphy | pale | elegant | black tie | silk | deckled edge | gold

Bespoke | O'dessa

orchard | rose gold | mt hood | organic | bright | formal | apples | blossom

Featured | ruffled blog

rustic | spanish | lace | velvet | fall | wine | calligraphy | elegant | formal

 

photographer: Chris Wojdak Photography

designer: Franchine Ribeau Events

calligraphy & invitations: Moira Design Studio

florals: Il Profumo Dei Fiori

Moira Design Studio | Chris Wojdak Photography
Featured | style me pretty!

seaside | calligraphy | watercolor | sea breeze | antique stamps | silver flatware | rope | quote | white | pale blue | gauzy | airy | light

photography: Krista A Jones

design: Alex Meyer

stationary & calligraphy: Moira Design Studio

flowers: The Floral Studio

moira design studio | bespoke

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