Bernhardt for Martha Stewart Weddings

The wait is finally over! We’re so excited to finally introduce the newest members of the Lucky Luxe design collection— the Bernhardt invitation and the Peacock save-the-date, both featured in the fall 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

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In October 2013, the magazine contacted us to commission an art nouveau inspired invitation for a story on invitation designs by decade. The seeds for this design were planted with Muse, our art nouveau invitation predecessor. I so enjoyed exploring the ethereal aesthetic of that period and stepping back from the geometric glamour of the 1920s that brides have been loving for the last couple of years. I’m not a very sharp-edged kind of designer typically and so I tend to agree with Marion Cotillard’s enchanting character from Midnight in Paris, who longs to be part of the Belle Époque, a time period she never got to experience in person. Anyway, Bernhardt is here now, and I hope she inspires your wedding in the same way she inspired my psyche when we were creating the design.

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Branding Lucky Luxe

Guys, it’s been eating at my soul lately how indifferent and even… Displeased I am with the Lucky Luxe logo. The current incarnation is just a slightly modified version of the original design I came up with on a 30 minute whim in 2008 when I started a free blog for my freelance work that I decided, on a whim, to call Lucky Luxe.

If I could go back in time, I’d call it Magnolia Street Press or Magnolia Street Paper Co., but alas—it is what it is and now I’m married to it. Ben says he’s the lucky and I’m the luxe, so I’ll let that give me solace in its sweetness.

But I don’t have to be married to the logo anymore. Nope.

I’ve spent many many hours in the last few days, and particularly today, wracking my brain, digging deep into my bag of tricks in search of the perfect flourishes and fonts that capture what the brand is about in a single iconic image—which I think would be modern nostalgia. If such a thing can exist. And Southern. And friendly. And American. And European. Ugh.

I’ve been scanning and reworking vintage map titles from the 1800s, Civil War era sheet music, CV cards, poring over Louise Fili’s entire body of work, searching all things ephemeral and antique… Then pairing with every modern, simple typeface under the sun. I design everything in black, and once I like a logo—only then do I consider color. My design professors in art school told us that a great logo can be drawn with only a black Sharpie. Want to see a tiny, cropped, zoomed in snapshot of what the inside of my head looks like when I get like this?

Frustrating. But it’s so… SO… fun.

Though I think the winner winner chicken dinner is there. Can you guess which one? Do you have a favorite? Is there even a way to tell me which one it is if you do? Ginny, if you’re reading this, here’s proof that I sketch in my own way. Mama and daddy, that money you spent on college was apparently worth it.

Welcome Big Ben… Full time!

You can find the entire harrowing story on my personal blog of how Ben has made the decision to follow God’s calling into working with me full time at Lucky Luxe. It’s a huge, exciting leap of faith for us and I’m so excited that starting November 1, I’ll be working side by side with my biggest crush ever. Every day. He’s dreamy.


Photo by Brooke Davis

Playing with ink…

So BJ was a buddy of Ben’s in high school, they’ve stayed in touch all this time, and nowadays you can find his band, American Aquarium on tour around the world. They’re one of the best alt-country bands in the country (and my favorite, at any rate). He stays on the road playing shows most of the year so odds are that they’ll be coming to your town sooner or later and you NEED TO GO SEE THEM PLAY. When BJ proposed to his absolutely adorable girlfriend, Rachael, a few months ago—I got a text with some inspiration images for their own custom invitations.

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Let’s all take a collective sigh over her antique rose gold enagement ring. Good job, Beej.

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And today I got to work creating some initial concepts. I played around with brushes and ink on some hand lettering of their names, threw it at them… and it stuck. Here’s a little sneak peek for now:

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