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fatafelice

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And I love them! (mostly)

My invites arrived today and they look great! The only thing I don''t completely love is the color of the paper/ink. I made some last minute changes and decided that there wasn''t time to get new samples sent...So the blue paper is lighter and more grey than I had expected. In the photos (to come!) it actually looks like what I was hoping for, but in reality, it isn''t quite that shade. Oh well! I am letting it go...They are still yummy! The texture and weight of the paper is fantastic and I am completely in love with the final design! And besides, FI says I am crazy and that he likes the color just fine.


The designer and printer was Oblation Papers. They worked from a sketch I had made and came up with something much nicer! The only issue I had with them was that they do not have a "white" paper, only soft white, which is really a cream. And their non-handmade-envelopes are really more of an ivory. Thus, I decided to go with the lt. blue paper...

And I ordered the inner and outer envelopes from PaperSource. Their white still isn''t a true white, but it is better than Oblation''s. Plus, the paper and texture more closely matches the invites. I sent the envelopes to Oblation and they printed them for me with the return addresses, etc. (for a fee, of course)

None of this would have been possible without Dana at A Fine Line. This was a very long and complicated process because I didn''t really do enough research first, and she has put up with me for months. You *can* deal directly with Oblation, but since I had already paid her a deposit before we decided to switch to them so they could do the design, Dana ended up facilitating the whole thing. She did a great job getting me through this, though, and in reality, she probably made it easier for me than it would have been otherwise. I only wish that I could afford to have her do my calligraphy because she is awesome!

Now, some pics, starting with the cute boxes from Oblation...

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fatafelice

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I am planning on lining the inner envelopes myself with a navy and white paper. Here''s a quick mock-up...

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rockzilla

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Gorgeous! Of course now all the Pricescopers are going to be showing up at your wedding =)
 

fatafelice

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Date: 2/7/2007 7:19:56 PM
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Gorgeous! Of course now all the Pricescopers are going to be showing up at your wedding =)
LOL! Only if they are on the list at the entry gate.
 

Mara

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oh so cute ff!!
 

fatafelice

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Thank you so much, AChiO and Mara!

Mara, I know you were around when I posted my first thread/poll with my "design."
Just in case anyone else is interested, here''s what the designer had to start with...

Obviously, their version is a million times superior. LOL!

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Kaleigh

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I love them!!! I remember when you were coming up with the design, my how time flies!!!!! I think they look terrific!!!!
 

AmberWaves

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Fata, they are stunning. Really!! Sooo pretty!! (You should send them to Mrs. Bee @ Wedding Bee with the details and a review! She loves things like that!)
 

qtiekiki

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I remember when you asked for opinion on the original design. It turns out great. So sweet.
 

sarie_j

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Your invites are beautiful!!! And I love the fact that you got to design them yourself - it really adds someting I think.

Asheville is only 2 hours from me and I have been to a wedding at Biltmore, it''s such a magnificent setting I''m sure your wedding and reception are going to be fantastic!!!
 

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Beautiful, FF!!! I LOVE letterpress, and I LOVE the bird motif....they are so charming! I would love to get an invite like this in the mail!!! Its very unique- great job!!!
 

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They are beautiful!
I remember you discussing the bird theme before and your custom design,
great to see it ''come to life''

 

fatafelice

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Ebree, Qtiekiki, Dani, Labbielove, Liquiddazi: Thank you so much for the compliments! All I have wanted to do all day is show them to everyone I know, which would a) be tacky if I am not inviting them, and b) spoil the surprise for people who will get them in the mail in a few months. Fortunately, I have you guys! I am so lucky to have this place and you ladies to share things with!


Kaleigh: LOL that you think time has flown! I feel like it has been an eternity since that thread!


Amber: That is a good suggestion! Thanks! I think I might try to take some better pictures first, though, so that you can see the depth of the impression better...

Sarie_j: How neat that you have been to a wedding there! Do you know which venue it was held at?
 

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They are perfect! Love that blue, even if it is a little off. Which venue are you using at the Biltmore?
 

fatafelice

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Thanks, Anchor and FacetFire! FF, the blue has grown on me in the past day or two...

I decided to practice my photo skills today...Who knew that taking pictures of paper was nearly as hard as taking pictures of diamonds?!


This blue is a little more true-to-life:

netsafebirdinvitepic6.jpg
 

fatafelice

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Of course, I couldn''t leave ya''ll without some bling! (even if it isn''t the best shot of my ring
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I also love how you can see the depth of the printing in this one...

netsafebirdinvitepic4.jpg
 

AmberWaves

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Fata, those are awesome!!
 

fatafelice

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Thanks, Amber! The thing that kept going through my head when I was trying to get a good shot was: I don''t want to be embarrassed if they get posted on Weddingbee... LOL
 

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oh wow FF~!!


great job! i actually like the lighter paper. i think it pops next to the dark navy envelope liner.

thanks so much for keeping us posted with this project. the outcome is just divine!
 

AmberWaves

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Hahaha, Fata, they''ll probably be raved about- they''re lovely. Great pic skills, btw!
 
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