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10 Letterpress Invitations with a Classic Look for Weddings

When it comes to setting the tone and theme of your big day, the first step is with your invitations. Today we’re helping you pick the perfect invitations with a handful of ten new letterpress invitations from Wedding Paper Divas. These invitations are designed using letterpress, which is one of the most classic design techniques. A letterpress invitation features a unique style where the design and text are pressed onto the paper with an imprint you can actually feel. Here are two examples of letterpress:

With Wedding Paper Divas, you can choose your favorite colors, styles, and trims to suit your style, so these designs are totally customizable. Whether your wedding is traditionally classic, romantically vintage, or modern, you’ll find something here to love! Plus, see which one I’ve selected as the ‘Editor’s Pick’. Enjoy!

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Letterpress Wedding Invitations

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Real Weddings: Brooklyn Arts Center in Downtown Wilmington

When you have a stunning couple like Mallory and Travis gracing the blog and photographer Eric Boneske behind the lens, you just know it’s going to be a stunning Real Wedding! Their wedding was held at the Brooklyn Arts Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. This venue boasts exceptional architecture including 50-foot cathedral ceilings, original brick walls, and stained glass windows, just to name a few. It’s a vintage wedding dream come true! They chose a soft coral color palette infused with pops of blush and orange, along with coordinating botanical decor and paper goods. I especially love their elegant ceremony decor including mason jar vases along the aisle and a pallet-turned-sign which read “Come as you are, stay as long as you can, we’re all family here, so no seating plan“. It is easily one of my favorite handmade wedding details this year. I adore the bridesmaids’ mismatched dresses in shades of pink, the string lights which served as an elegant ceremony backdrop, and the rustically modern wedding cake. The inspiration begins below…

The Happy Couple | Real Weddings Brooklyn Arts Center | Photo: Eric Boneske

Fun and Elegant Kentucky Wedding (Real Weddings)

Casey and Rhonda’s fun Kentucky wedding was an absolute blast! You’ll love all the emotions flowing from this cute couple’s day. This wedding’s beautiful details include blush color bridesmaid dresses, the bride’s blue ring, an immaculate church ceremony, and best wishes from guests written on wooden blocks. Their fun Kentucky wedding was captured by Raven from YouAreRaven Photography. See all the photos and find out more…


Fun Kentucky Wedding

Raven tells us, “Casey & Rhonda are two of the most real and kind people I’ve ever met. (And that’s saying a TON, because all of my clients are both amazing and nice.) They brought my second shooter, Sooji, and myself out to their little corner of the world, Philpot, Kentucky, for their Friendship Baptist Church wedding. Philpot, for those of you who don’t know, is home to some amazing properties and views, and close to some really awesome barbecue {and I’m obsessed with BBQ}. Everything about their wedding felt like them. It was elegant, and natural, and real to who they were; seemingly effortless, and adorable. They kept us giggling the whole time, and even protected us from snakes like some kind of formally dressed superheroes.”


















“They also set up a pinata for the kids during the reception! The first dance was played by the bride’s brother on acoustic guitar, many of the getting ready images were taken in the bride’s home, and the post-wedding shots were taken on the bride’s property where Casey proposed to Rhonda!”







Wedding Vendors
Florist – Welborn Floral
Caterer – Connie Hamilton, 270-316-0799
Venue – Friendship Baptist Church, Philpot, KY
Hairstylist – Gracie Murphy, 270-903-0395
Wedding Planner – Tootie Finkbone, 270-791-5999
Dress & Clothing – Arzelle’s Bridal Boutique, Abbington’s Bridal,
Rings – Nick T. Arnold Jewelers

If you enjoyed this wedding and you’re looking for your photographer, visit You Are Raven! You can visit this photographer’s preferred Georgia wedding photographer listing in our wedding vendor guide.

To see more fun Kentucky weddings…

Check out our Real Weddings page!

Elkridge Club Wedding: Rig + Danielle

Rig and Danielle’s Elkridge Club wedding in Baltimore was magnificent! Their wedding has a classic feeling and elegant theme. Dennis Drenner Photographs captured their wedding and all of its personal, intimate moments. Read on to find out more and enjoy the photos…


Elkridge Club Wedding

Dennis tells us, “Rig and Danielle are an interesting match and a great example of opposites attracting. She is a real Montana cowgirl, while he is the scion of an old Baltimore family, but they get along like crabs and Old Bay seasoning! (in case you’re not from the Mid-Atlantic, that means they get along great!)”








“The ceremony was held on a beautiful Fall day at the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore. Afterwards, we got outside for some quick portraits in the last light of the day. Just as I began to do Rig and Danielle’s portraits, a blaze of amber light burst from behind the clouds, sending me into an excited (and productive) photo-frenzy.”







“Afterwards we all headed to the reception, held at the Elkridge Club. A former fox hunting club once in the outskirts of old Baltimore, the Elkridge Club is now very much inside of the city — but still surrounded by beautiful grounds and now a golf course. Guests enjoyed cocktails overlooking the 9th hole as the sun sunk beneath the horizon and the band starting tuning up their instruments.”

















“Much merriment ensued, beautiful cowgirls danced with dapper young lawyers, the bride and groom were both well-roasted in some hilarious wedding speeches, and the guitarist played at amazing speed with the guitar held behind his head. All in all, a night to remember for all!”









Wedding Vendors
Hair/Makeup: Bella Salon in Canton
Florist: Radebaugh Florist
Caterer: Elkridge Club
Cake: La Cakerie
Reception Music: Hero Band
Invitations: Paper in the Park

Are you planning your Maryland wedding? Need a photographer? Then take a look at more great weddings by Dennis Drenner Photographs. You can contact Dennis by his business listing in the Emmaline Bride Bridal Book.

Tulle Wedding Veils

We’ve talked about wedding veils and alternatives many times, but when it comes right down to it I am enamored with tulle wedding veils. They’re the most classic veil style and the most elegant (in my opinion). And, unlike many other styles, tulle wedding veils can be worn with any hairstyle you choose from updos to hair down styles. I popped into one of our favorite wedding veil shops, Melinda Rose Design, and I’ve been oohing and aahing over her collection of veils all morning. Here, take a look: this top veil is my favorite.

Tulle Wedding Veils

long tulle veil


tulle wedding veils

tulle wedding veil

Melinda Rose Design bridal veil shoot. Atlas and Elia Photography.


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Melinda Rose Design bridal veil shoot. Atlas and Elia Photography.

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31 Days of Hairstyles: Day 31 – Chic Hair Bun

As this hairstyle series comes to a close at Day 31, we wanted to share this last style — a chic hair bun — with you. It’s such a beautiful, piece-y, curly updo that looks exceptionally elegant for a wedding. Take a look…

Chic Hair Bun

chic hair bun hairstyle

spotted at style me pretty, photo by the nolan’s

This was an awesome series and we look forward to another one! Want to see them all? Click here for the full 31 days of wedding hairstyles series.


31 Wedding Hairstyles: Day 28 – Elegant Side Ponytail

One of my favorite looks that can be dressed up or down is an elegant side ponytail. Worn beautifully by this brunette bride, the side ponytail sweeps hair away from your face and can be accessorized with a beautiful brooch or hair pin. I love the side part on this style, too.

elegant side ponytail curly

elegant side ponytail

photos: christina g photography via style me pretty

Pssst. What’s your favorite wedding hairstyle so far?