Doctor Who Inspired Wedding Invitations

A little known fact about me is that I am obsessed with the South. I have a few family ties to the area and frequently dream about drinking sweet tea on a plantation style porch. When I heard about Erin's vision of a modern Southern wedding, with a nod to the couple's love of Doctor Who, I instantly got goosebumps. While Erin & Andrew were fans of the show, they didn't want their wedding to be heavily themed. I wasn't familiar with the show, but after some hands-on research (i.e. Netflix binge-watching) I recognized a few themes. Circles, the iconic blue color and transcending space & time were all perfect elements to incorporate into a modern, yet classic wedding invitation.  Doctor Who Invitations by Elaina Lynn DesignDoctor Who Invites-2Doctor Who Invites-3Doctor Who Invites-1

A big congratulations to Erin & Andrew who tied the knot this weekend! I loved getting to know a little bit more about them (and Doctor Who), and creating, in Erin's words, "The perfect invitations!!!" for both of them.

I love finding the right mix between fantasy and themes while still creating a beautiful, classic design. I know how hard that can be to find, after trying to find the right style of fairy tale/garden invitations for my own wedding paper goods, which is why I started Elaina Lynn Design! If you are looking for chic invitations with a nod to your nerdy side, I would be love to help you!

P.S. 90% of the time I create my own graphics, but for this complex circular design I used the Vectorian vintage vector pack. Their work is flawlessly traced from Victorian era foundry catalogs and cannot be beat at such a high quality. A great resource for graphic designers who love authentic vintage designs!

Wedding DIY Confessional: Paper Flowers Bouquets

Around this time last year, I was surrounded by paper scraps and had white glue in every crevasse of my fingernails. My lifelong dance friend was getting married in June and I was determined to make her paper flowers bouquets perfect.

The only problem was, I had never made a paper flower bouquet before.

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After lots of trial and error, I figured out how to create several different flowers that matched my friend's style and were big enough to fill a bouquet. I used a combination of flower kits from Paper Source, tutorials from Pinterest and a hod podge of accessories and experience from working at Paper Source to create the flowers.

Paper themed weddingFrom there, I enlisted the help of my husband, mom, dad and 3 seasons of Hart of Dixie to create about 15 flowers for each of the 7 bridesmaids bouquets, plus 3 boutineers for the guys. With each flower taking about an hour to create, this project definitely took a village.

Then came the creation of the actual bouquet.

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I eventually figured out that taking a foam ball sawed in half (yes, with an actual saw) would be the only way to hold the flowers in a nice dome shape without drooping all over the place. I added some green leaves (also glued to floral wire) to hide the foam at the last minute.

Then came patient wrapping with lots of floral tape and a big beautiful ribbon! And a terrifying trip to UPS where the ladies all oo'd and aah'd then helped me carefully place each bouquet in a bag with several fingers crossed and ship them off to Ohio!

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The blue boutineer was created with pages from the groom's grandfather's book on physics (or something close to that...) which was very important to him. The bride's bouquet was made with pages from Ella Enchanted, her all-time favorite book :)

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I am so, so happy with how they turned out. The bouquets helped tie together my friend's love of books while adding colors that are so representative of her spirit. They are both very crafty people, as you can see from the book table markers folded by her husband and paper cranes folded by the bride (below).

Paper flowers at weddingBridesmaids with flowersBefore you start thinking "Hey I can totally do that!" please keep reading! A few disclaimers: I have created dozens of different paper flowers while working at Paper Source. I was trained by the best paper flower makers and spent hours every day crafting. I have taken classes in floral design, creating real flower bouquets, and worked as a wedding planner occasionally arranging flowers. Even with all this experience, this was still a HUGE project that took lots of trial and error to get them looking just right. I highly recommend you create a practice bouquet (start to finish) before committing.

There are lots of great sellers on Etsy that create paper bouquets for weddings; I recommend you check them out. Many of them can accept custom orders to match your colors and style. Consider the amount you would invest in materials, time & sanity when comparing to their prices. Usually it is cheaper to find a skilled crafter on Etsy. Unless you plan to take up paper flowers as your new hobby (it can be very stress-relieving during non-stressful times), I do not suggest adding custom paper bouquets to your DIY list!

And now for a little humor to all you DIY-ers and those in the throes of wedding crafting (click here). Yep, they are ALL true.

Big shout out to my dad for streamlining the production assembly, and my whole family for putting up with paper scraps covering the living room for 6 months.

And an even bigger shout out to my friend for including me in her DIY crafting. This was the perfect project to help me recover from the lull after my own wedding. She knows how much I love doing this stuff, and was super understanding that it took a wee bit longer than originally anticipated. 

If you have any specific questions about how I created the bouquets, please ask away in the comments below!

 

See the Save the Date announcements I created for my friend's wedding and how I contributed to their wedding invitations!

Fall Wedding at a Pecan Orchard in Texas

I had the incredible privilege of traveling to Texas to witness & assist with my friend's wedding in Dallas. As I've said before, fall weddings have a special place in my heart, and my friend's wedding did not disappoint with thoughtful fall details (pumpkins, shades of red, orange and yellow, and just enough burlap). She is an art therapist by trade, so you can imagine how creative and uniquely handmade her wedding was. She left no detail untouched, from the adorable apple cider bar to the amazing TexMex food stations. The wedding was held at The Orchard in Azle, Texas, a little pecan orchard in the countryside (those trees... swoon!). The venue was fabulous and the staff were so helpful; I would highly recommend if you are looking for a venue in the Texas countryside!

I loved creating her programs, she had the great idea of using a real leaf print (digitally printed) #texaswedding A photo posted by Elaina Lynn Design (@elainalynndesign) on

I had the honor of designing her invitations & programs, as well as help with her day-of-coordination (my former trade), which I love doing for friends. Being the last one to fluff her dress before walking down the aisle was a special moment I will always treasure.

I couldn't go to Texas without finally making a stop at my best friend's house in Austin. I was so excited to finally meet her dog, Karli. We were instant best friends.

My friend and I spent the day in Downtown Austin, where I went (very) crazy with my Canon Rebel camera capturing the incredible scenery. More to come from our day in the city!

I was so thankful I could witness my friend's beautiful wedding in Texas. They are so perfect for each other, it was impossible to keep from crying throughout the night. Congrats you two!!