Bespoke Wedding Invitation | Calligraphy | Warrenton, Virginia
When Terry Kaye of Terry Kaye Events reached out about a vintage 1940’s styled wedding inspiration shoot at a historic home turned B&B in downtown Warrenton, Virginia I was intrigued, especially because of the history of this property. The home has a long history and was once the Hearst house where Randolph Hearst’s grandson and his beautiful bride hosted their reception which was said to be “the wedding of the year”. I mean for someone who is all about storytelling through my designs this was an opportunity to create a beautiful wedding invitation suite that shared a snippet of this gorgeous home’s history as well as contributing to another chapter in this house’s story book.
The inspiration for this styled shoot stemmed from design aesthetics for a glam, elegant and timeless feel with a french twist which paired beautifully with the color palette of pale blue, gold, ivory and nude blush. I designed this wedding stationery suite around classic and elegant calligraphy styles that are timeless in and of themselves. I was inspired by the ornate filigree often found in vintage architecture and home decor design and wanted to incorporate some of those ornate and dainty details within the suite design. I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to incorporate that so I turned to Pinterest and started researching historic homes and vintage decor. I fell in love with frame and mirror details and immediately knew that would be the perfect vehicle for an ornate filagree and I just love how the hand illustrated frame turned out! Since I wanted to to add a modern twist to these wedding invitations I decided instead of a traditional white, the invites would be the most gorgeous shade of pale blue and that pop of color was just what this suite needed! Pairing this wedding invitation with classic gold calligraphy was a no brainer!
I had the opportunity to actually see the Chilton House on the day of the styled shoot and my oh my is it ever gorgeous! I was blown away by it’s stately front and every room was just as breathtaking as the last! The tablescape from this styled shoot is still one of my all time top favorite tables! I am obsessed with the dusty blue candles in antique gold candlestick holders especially when paired with the greenery garland running down the length of the table, the layered gold chargers and place settings and the pale blue menus I designed perfectly placed at each seat.
This vintage wedding styled shoot is tells a beautiful story at an even more beautiful historic home and is one to see! You can check out more of this styled shoot which was also featured over on Artfully Wed!
Photographer | Candice Adelle Photography
Event Planner | Terry Kaye Events
Event Venue | The Chilton House
Vintage Decor | Bella Villa Antiques & Vintage Rentals
Dress Store | Blush Bridal Boutique
Jewelry | Carter & Spence Jewelers
Stationery + Calligraphy | Farmstead Design Studio
Beauty | Salon Emage Day Spa
Equipment Rentals | Sammy’s Rentals Inc.
Floral Designer | Sarena Floral Designs
Custom Wedding Gifts | Southern Grown Vintage
Cake Designer | Sweet Pink Bakery
Lighting | La Bella Luce
Bespoke Wedding Stationery | Calligraphy | Charlottesville, Virginia
My very first styled shoot designing a custom bespoke wedding invitation was a whirlwhird of amazing! I was moving to a new state (hello Virginia!) with a toddler and a burgeoning stationery and calligraphy business which is always a little crazy. I hadn’t even started unpacking yet when I saw a post through the Charlottesville Rising Tide Society looking for a Charlottesville wedding stationery designer to design an invitation suite for an upcoming styled shoot. I swallowed my fear and responded back that I would love to contribute.
I had never done a styled shoot before, I literally hadn’t met a single Virginia wedding vendor yet and my computer, along with the rest of my life, was in boxes, but I didn’t let any of that hold me back! I was overjoyed when Isadora of Rixey Manor said they wanted me to design the invitation suite and collaborate with Anna of Simply Handwritten by Anna for the calligraphy. I couldn’t believe it, my very first styled shoot! I immediately sat down and started sketching ideas for the suite. Anna created some beautiful spot calligraphy I used throughout pieces of the suite and she even painted the watercolor crest that complemented the design perfectly. I fell in love with the design aesthetic of the shoot particularly because it mirrored Farmstead’s branding so well.
It was already a dream styled shoot, allowing me to delve creatively into ideas I hadn’t had the chance to showcase before (hello deckled edge!) and then a week before the shoot I received the timeline for the day titled “Madeline Stuart Photoshoot”. I didn’t think much of it until a few days before when I decided maybe I should google Madeline Stuart and see what comes up . . . um am I doing my very first styled shoot with a world renowned fashion model?! A model looking to change society’s perception of beauty and spread her message of acceptance? Why yes, yes I am! To say I was excited is an understatement!
I could hardly contain myself on the drive to the shoot! I was in awe I was participating in my first styled shoot, meeting vendors in my new area, delivering one of my all time favorite invitation suites and about to witness history! I briefly met Madeline and her mom before she was whisked away for hair and makeup, and Madeline was just the sweetest! You could see her genuine enthusiasm for modeling and she literally lit up the room!
Obviously the shoot went fantastic and once the photos were published, y’all the response was overwhelming! We literally broke the internet! The shoot was featured in dozens of media sources all across the world from People to Huffington Post to Wedding Chicks and even CNN. And Nugen Media made a beautiful behind the scenes video, with an awesome shot of the invitation suite at 0:14! So all in all this styled shoot was a dream come true on many fronts and beyond compare for this wedding stationery designer!
Madeline Stuart – Rixey Manor from Nugen Media on Vimeo.
Thank you to all the talented Virginia wedding vendors!
Model | Madeline Stuart and instagram
Venue + Styling | Rixey Manor
Photography | Sarah Houston and Lieb Photographic, photos featured in this blog by Lieb Photographic
Videography | Nugen Media
Fashion | Ava Laurenne
Flowers | Good Earth Flowers
Hair + Makeup | Sara Dodson and Casey Hargrove
Jewelery | Suz Somersall
Cake | Gateau
Orchids | Color Orchids
Gift items | Southern Grown Vintage
Paper Flowers | Creations by DGB
Invitations | Farmstead Design Studio
Calligraphy | Simply Handwritten by Anna
Signage | Bella Love Letters