Sophisticated Red & Gold Wedding Invitations

Sarah and Adam’s wedding is the perfect mix of sophistication and use of color. Her gold dress paired with lush red accents, is a stunning and elegant combination. Sarah picked one of our ready-to-order designs and we worked our magic to make it into a suite that coordinated perfectly with her wedding. We also created menus and programs to carry the look through the day. Take a look at the gorgeous pictures by Katelyn James Photography…and if you’re interested in the wedding invitation suite, see the ready-to-order listed here!

 

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{Photo credits: Katelyn James Photography }

Wedding Salon NYC

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We’ve been prepping for months to get ready for this show, where we will be unveiling brand new designs, a plethora of customization options and talking about how unique our wedding invitation experience will be for brides & grooms who choose to work with us. If you are in the NYC area and are planning to attend the show, please stop by and say hello! We will have pretty takeaways, surprises for couples who plan on selecting us for as their wedding stationer and our gift bag item is something lovely & letterpress!

Beachy Turquoise Wedding Announcement

A custom island wedding announcement for Carly & Matt. We started with digital printing the photos and some fun grey typography that announced their new status. Then we mixed up a perfectly matching turquoise ink and letterpressed their names and a happy, bright blue wave.

Let us know if you have a need for custom announcements, we love working on all sorts of projects!

Marriage / Wedding Beach Island Turquoise Announcement with Letterpress & Flat Printing (Christa Alexandra Designs)

{ photo credit: Christa Alexandra Designs }

Apple Blossom Inspired Shoot

Recently I was asked to contribute stationery for an inspiration shoot in an Apple Orchard. The outcome was more beautiful than I could have imagined! So lucky to have been on such a talented team. This shoot inspired by blush pinks, spring greens and lots whites, ecrus and champagne-toned colors with a heavy dose of classy vintage. I hand lettered and painted small motifs with watercolor for the wedding invitation and menu. I also painted the envelope liner and RSVP card to coordinate with the invitation suite. I really love the soft romantic look the watercolors created – perfect for a spring wedding! Enjoy the photos!

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Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Watercolor Invitations & Menu {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Lace Wedding Dress {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Watercolor Invitations & Menu {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Watercolor Invitations & Menu {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Watercolor Invitations & Menu {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Pink Pinafore Cakes {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot with Vintage Car and Blush Dress {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

Apple Blossom Inspiration Shoot Spring Bouquet {Peach, Green, and Blush Color Palette} Stationery by Christa Alexandra Designs

{ photo credits: Lis Photography, invitations & stationery: Christa Alexandra Designs; pinafores cakes: Bake Aria, makeup & hair: Finishing Touch, equipment rentals: Vermont Tent Company; dress: Fiori Bridal Boutique; event planner: VT Enchanted Events; floral designer Creative Muse Floral }

Shop Opening this Week!

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It’s finally happening! After over a year of hard work and trying to find time between printing, managing clients, and designing –  the time has finally come and I am opening my own online stationery shop this week! It’s looking like Wednesday morning will be the big reveal- so add it to your calendar ;)

I’ve built this website myself (with the help of WordPress, Woocommerce & Blanco Template) and same goes for the shop…which is probably part of the reason it’s taken so long. Having lots of online retail experience, I know it’s important to have a secure and easy shop to purchase from. I want my future customers to feel comfortable knowing that I’ll be taking care of them. It’s hard to keep invitations and customized stationery simple because each person is so different, there are so many options (paper, colors, fonts, wording, conditional wording, etc) a customer could potentially choose. I had to narrow down my options and needed to keep everything pretty basic for starters. Over the course of the next couple months there will be improvements and kinks worked out, but that’s just part of the process. And of course, be on the look out for new product being added every month or two!

I am beyond excited to share this good news – it’s been so much more work than it shows and I thank each one of my friends and family who’ve supported me while I’ve disappeared over the past couple months – and my husband, most of all, for standing by me. xoxo, Christa

Vintage Rose Letterpress Bridal Shower Invitation

Pretty in pink, this letterpress bridal shower invitation is soft and romantic. Vintage roses frame the text, while a subtle chevron pattern updates the design. A feminine handwritten script calls out her name in a true gray ink. We printed this on our antique letterpress, on 100% cotton Crane Lettra paper and paired it with a matching envelope. Enjoy!

Vintage Roses & Chevron Bridal Shower Letterpress Invitation, by Christa Alexandra Designs

Vintage Roses & Chevron Bridal Shower Letterpress Invitation, by Christa Alexandra Designs

Vintage Roses & Chevron Bridal Shower Letterpress Invitation, by Christa Alexandra Designs

Vintage Roses & Chevron Bridal Shower Letterpress Invitation, by Christa Alexandra Designs

{photo credits: christa alexandra)

Seashore Wedding Invitation Suite

A ceremony in the sand was what Lacey and Kyle planned for their wedding, it was a close call with all the storm damage from a few months prior – luckily the damage done did not affect their wedding. She wanted a custom wedding invitation and save the date to go with their beach theme. Her color palette was a mix of light blue, light yellow and natural tan colors. She had told me that she loved shabby chic decoration – so with that in mind, we put together a pretty Save the Date with photos snapped of them during their engagement session – with soft stripes and a handwritten-looking script for the quote she wanted to use. Of course we added a little pop of color in the envelope – light yellow – to add a little something to it.

We pulled the same qualities from the Save the Date for the invitation suite. A nice soft palette with pretty scripts and clean serif typeface, we decided on a lighter kraft colored envelope to add some naturalness and opted for address labels – which are the easiest way to address your invitations – no messy handwriting to worry about! I hope you enjoy the pictures…

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{Photo credits: Christa Alexandra }

Stationery & Personal Catch-Up

It’s been quiet on the pages of this blog these last couple months – planning your own wedding takes up lots of extra time – extra time that’s hard to find. Already this year, I’ve already worked with as many brides as I had worked with last year…amazing how time flies! But I crossed the finish line – and am happy to report that I married the guy of my dreams, had an gorgeous wedding and made lots of stationery for it that I’ll have to post at some point later on.

So this morning, I went into my office to dig around and set aside a pile of invitations and stationery that I have yet to photograph and post on my site…well here’s a little preview of what I’ve pulled out of one box. There’s probably at least a dozen or more sets of beautiful paper that has yet to be seen! The good news is, I’ll be photographing it all and putting it up over the next couple of weeks…so stay tuned for lots of pretty designs!

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Letterpress Bee Correspondence Cards

Just wrapped up a set of 50 customized letterpress correspondence note cards for a lovely lady down in South Carolina. She won the set during a silent auction for the event, Night at the Races – put on by the Junior League of Charleston. She decided on a small bee with horizontal lines paired with an elegant font for her name and address. The letterpress paper used is Crane Lettra in Pearl White with a pretty gray blue ink for her information.

Correspondence cards are a great way to keep in touch the old-fashioned way, a simple pen and paper note is such a refreshing find your mailbox amongst the bills and junk mail.

Customized Correspondence Cards - By Christa Alexandra

Interested in your own set of correspondence cards? Feel free to send us an email here to get a quote!

Studio Additions – Antique Paper Cutter

It’s been a big couple of months, while it may seem quiet around this place – it’s been busier than ever. Which is exciting and tough to keep up with the day-to-day. I wanted to take a chance to catch up on a few exciting things happening around here. I’ll be posting a few more times this week about what’s new to come and what I’ve been up to.

My amazing fiancé, Brendan, and I took a road trip in early May to pick up an antique paper cutter from 1915 I found on Craigslist. It belonged to a college professor who taught photography and commercial art for 30 years at the local college in Loch Sheldrake, NY. I was really excited to find this Challenge 26 1/2″ Lever Paper Cutter relatively close to me (6 or so hours!) and because it appeared to be in good condition, but mostly because I’ve been looking for another old piece of machinery to keep my 1918 letterpress company. The cutter weighs about 925 lbs, so we took it apart piece by piece and loaded it into Brendan’s diesel truck. I can’t wait to clean it up and give it a new coat of paint.

Here are a few pictures from the trip…

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Challenge Paper Cutter 1915 Antique - Roadtrip - Christa Alexandra

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Challenge Paper Cutter 1915 Antique - Roadtrip - Christa Alexandra

Challenge Paper Cutter 1915 Antique - Roadtrip - Christa Alexandra

 

And lastly, here’s an interesting page from a manual that shows a similar paper cutter in it’s original state:

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Vermont Vows Back Cover Design – Winter 2013

If you turn over the back of the latest Vermont Vows magazine, you’ll see an ad I designed!

It’s for the tent and event rental company, called Rain or Shine. You may have heard of them before, as I did their back cover ad for Vermont Vows a little over a year ago. They are a family owned company that offers a huge selection of impeccably kept tents, tables, chairs, dishes, lighting and even wooden Vermont country furniture. If you’re a bride looking for a company I highly recommend them! I’ll even be using them for my upcoming wedding this summer. Check out their testimonials if you don’t believe me…

Here’s a little about them: “Rain or Shine is a premier rental company located in Vermont. We create beautifully put together and well executed weddings and company events all over New England and areas of New York. For over 20 years we have been working to provide our clients with the highest quality products and service possible.”

Without further ado – here are some photos of the back cover I designed. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you are a company seeking  design for business materials.

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{image credit: christa alexandra}

Rustic Chic Wedding Invitations

Morgan and Young were married this past September at Hiddencroft Vineyard in Lovettsville, Virginia. What a gorgeous wedding it was. As I mentioned in a previous post about their Save the Date, Morgan is my roommate from college and I was her maid-of-honor so this wedding was really close to my heart.

Since the venue was a vineyard with a large barn, we wanted to keep it feminine but with a rustic touch. We used hemp cord with a variegated silk pink ribbon. The invitation colors were light pink and cornflower blue. They were mailed in kraft envelopes, just like her Save the Date. Enjoy the pictures!

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Rustic Barn Save the Date

Morgan and Young were married this past September, and what an amazing wedding it was. The venue Hiddencroft Vineyards, was a beautiful winery with a stunning barn to hold the nights festivities. Since Morgan and I are old friends (roommates from college) and I was her maid-of-honor, I had flown down to see her in Virginia. We took pictures of her and her fiancé, Young. It was a fun way to see the venue and also give the guests a sneak peak of what to expect – the photo shows the dance floor area and where Young and Morgan had their first meal together. Then we added some barn board and a nail to the design to make it look like it was hanging up. We picked a square kraft envelope to complete the look.  I’ll be featuring her invitations next week – so stay tuned!

 

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{photography credits: christa alexandra}

Garden Rustic Wedding Invitations

Stephanie wanted to combine purple and green together for her August wedding at the Barn at Boyden Valley. We chose a light purple envelope, made the invitation a pale shade of green and added purple flowers to the top. It’s the perfect amount of femininity with a rustic touch in the imperfect flowers for a barn wedding.

It turned out to be quite the day – I even had a bit of good luck that day. Brendan asked me to marry him that very morning! I suppose it’ll be a day we’ll both remember forever. Enjoy the pictures!

Floral Garden Rustic August Wedding Invitation & RSVP - Purple and Green (Christa Alexandra Designs)

Floral Garden Rustic August Wedding Invitation & RSVP - Purple and Green (Christa Alexandra Designs)

Floral Garden Rustic August Wedding Invitation & RSVP - Purple and Green (Christa Alexandra Designs)

Floral Garden Rustic August Wedding Invitation & RSVP - Purple and Green (Christa Alexandra Designs)

 

{photography credits: christa alexandra}

Vermont Vows Winter 2013 Feature

Guess what!? The brand new edition of Vermont Vows it out! I’ve been excited for a few months now because I had been ask to create a few pieces for the magazine. Take a look through these pages – there’s a lot – but they’re all soooo beautiful.

Look out for the pink arrow noting Christa Alexandra Designs – there are place cards in this Flush of Romance feature, we are listed in Scripted Style an a local vendor, an invitation in the Under Autumn’s Awnings feature and don’t miss the last picture – you’ll see me at the Vows Wedding Affair standing my booth – and then the sign I made for the show two boxes over to the right. Very exciting!! Go check out the rest of the magazine for lots of gorgeous and unique ideas perfect for a Vermont wedding or event. Enjoy!

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Elegant Winery Invitation

When Deirdre of Statement Weddings approached me about Katie & Sean’s wedding – I was excited, mostly because Katie and I share a common love of wine! She wanted to tie that in, and her love of red into an elegant invitation to their October wedding. We started working together on the Save the Date and then a few months before the invitations were to go out, the three of us got back together to discuss their ideas. One of which was using an irregular shaped envelope and having the invitation be longer than your typical A7 setup.

This invitation with bright pops of red – the signature color of Katie’s lipstick she’s known for wearing, combined with an elegant winery feel to set the pretense of the night’s festivities of family style Italian food and wine. I love the way this invitation came together, take a look through the pictures – they’re inspired by that Italian dinner when everyone is having a good time, bowls of pasta being passed around, glasses of wine being toasted and many memories in the making.

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{photography credits: christa alexandra}

Rancho Santa Barbara Book Design

What would you like to be when you grow up? If you asked my fiancé, he might say “a cowboy.” The type of man that settled the west and would spend days just traveling the countryside with his steady steed. I too have a little love for western movies and the Wild West – that’s why when Dorothy met with me and she told me about the memoir she was writing – I was beyond intrigued. She grew up as a “gringo” in Mexico on a ranch with her two sisters and brother, they had real cowboys and ranch hands…the stuff of stories. They even had a western movie filmed there with the late great John Wayne (see picture below), the film was The War Wagon (1967).

Over the next few months, we worked on putting this 200-or-so page book together with her text and photos from days gone by. Here are a few image to show the book layout and capture a few of it’s stories. This was a great project to work on, it’s inspired me to think about creating my own memoir for for generations later.

 

{image credits: christa alexandra}

Thankful For a Lovely Family

This is one of my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving is the time where my sisters and I (all 4 of us) get together with my parents and extended family at my grandma’s house tucked away in the woods of New Hampshire. We sit in front of the fire, talk and catch up over coffee, wine and mimosas until all hours of the night. And this time, as I’m newly engaged – I wanted to scour through the attic closet to find the collection of dresses from past weddings (including my mother’s dress). I came across this one wedding dress from the 1950’s (my grandmother’s friend’s dress), as soon as I took it out of it’s bag, I could tell from the the look of it, it was something special. So what do girls do best? Try on pretty dresses of course – kidding – but with three sisters, we did spend lots of time dressing up! These girls are who I’m thankful for – and our parents – who raised us as such little ladies. My childhood and family bonds are what make me who I am…all of which I’m thankful for. Hope everyone is having any amazing Thanksgiving with family & friends, wishing you all the best. XOXO – Christa

{photo credits: Christa Alexandra, model credits: my sisters, Erika & Jessica, engagement ring credits: my fiancé, Brendan}

Vermont Wedding Affair 2012

It was a gorgeous event last Saturday – the Vermont Wedding Affair, held at the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont. For three hours brides, mother, bridesmaids and family got together and mixed and mingled with local wedding vendors. The food and drink were delicious – I barely had time to try anything as I was talking for the entire time!

Three of the rooms of the Coach Barn were set up as mock weddings – a pairing of select vendors joined forces and put on each event. The guests were given a letterpress invitation with a mustard envelope and program booklet (containing all the vendor’s contact information) as they entered the room. I’ll post more on these items later. It was quite the task – we all fit in a wedding in about 2 weeks time…for the show I created letterpress menus, invitations and programs, also posters and signage for all the vendors and areas of the room. I wish I had more pictures, but these will have to do!

My talented group consisted of Snaffle Sweets, Top Hat Entertainment, Weddings Tents & Events, Spice of Life Catering, Christina Bernales Weddings, Erin Ostreicher Designs and The Linen Shop at Occasions (see contact information below).

 

Vendor List