Our illustrators studied photographs of the wrought iron on the Pontalba and drew a similarly styled balcony. They then crafted a cipher monogram, in the style of the wrought iron and inset Ellie Atherton’s initials. The color scheme of silver, white and soft pink was used to coordinate with party décor.
The wrought iron railings of the Pontalba building, built in the late 1840s, feature an “AP” cipher for Micaëla Leonarda Antonia Almonester, Baroness Pontalba.
Our illustrator studied the cipher letterforms of the original Pontalba ironwork, and created a hand drawn version for Ellie Atherton. Letterpress printing reinforced the dimensional nature of this monogram.
Rob Atherton, Eugenie Atherton, Ellie Atherton, Betsy Crusel and Hap Crusel, Photo by Josh Brasted for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Family, close friends, and debutantes gathered for a Jazz brunch honoring Ellie Atherton. The Joe Simon Jazz Trio played music during the luncheon in Arnaud’s dining room, festively decorated with pink and white balloons.
Photo by Josh Brasted Photo for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
MENU & TABLE SETTING
Scriptura designed menus, featuring Ellie Atherton’s wrought iron inspired cipher monogram to correspond with the invitation.
ILLUSTRATION & DESIGN PROCESS
Our illustrator went through many rounds of refining botanical illustrations to get them just right. The soft, faded vintage feel of the illustrations is inspired by old lithographs and advertisements, an example of which is pictured below. Paired with clean, modern typography, the botanical calendars feel both fresh and nostalgaic.
As seen in the image of a vintage shrimp advertisement above, elements of a vintage lithography print, such as the dissolving watercolor background and colorblocked shading, made their way into the botanical calendar drawings.
INSPIRATION IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
Most of the botanicals pictured in our calendar can be found right here in our neighborhood! We spotted this vibrant bougainvillea down the street, and have magnolia trees in front of our store. In our side yard, we have an ample supply of palmetto leaves which we often use for photo staging.
IN BLOOM ALL YEAR ROUND
We are lucky to live in new Orleans, where plant life thrives year round. Our calendar highlights some of our favorite leaves and blooms with no sneezy side-effects.
DON’T FORGET TO STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS
Each calendar comes in a clear stand that holds it neatly upright.
FEASTING & FESTING ALL YEAR LONG
It was hard to narrow it down to 12 New Orleans foods for this calendar withhout our mouths watering. Each type of food made us think of a different favorite local restaurant.
FOR MONTHS WITH AN “R”
One of our favorite oyster happy hours is at Kenton’s, a fellow business on West Magazine Street. Be sure to order a delicious cocktail to accompany a dozen oysters (and check out their coasters, letterpress printed in our studio).
SON OF A GUN WE’LL HAVE BIG FUN ON THE BAYOU
Crawfish have a way with stealing the show, so we chose the spiciest of our food illustrations for the front cover.
Let the buyer beware: This calendar will keep you hungry all year long.
For Kristen and Lea’s Santa Fe wedding, we created an elaborate crest inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. Succulents, cacti, and birds, tied together with southwestern patterning, form the frame around the couple’s custom cipher monogam. Gold foil on grey stock drew upon the dramatic glow of golden sunlight across desert mountains. The grey, cream, and gold palette of the wedding invitation struck a tasteful balance with the more playful and vibrant palette of the wedding accessories. We were privileged to work with Kristin Wolfson, a local artist known for her whimsical use of color and sense of magical realism.
The desert sunset casts a soft, dusky glow on the handsome couple and surrounding landscape.
STRAIGHT FROM THE SOURCE
The star of Kristin and Lea’s custom monogram frame, the prickly pear cactus, in its natural habitat.
Cactus Image by Green Wedding Shoes, taken at the Four Seasons Santa Fe
Kristin surrounded by cascading magenta floral arrangements.
The colorized monogram crest for the wedding accessories captures the range of colors exhibited in the desert landscape and sunset. The magenta border color on the menu is pulled directly from a prickly pear margarita, served at the rehearsal dinner. A continuation of the southwestern textile patterning from the monogram takes center stage on the rehearsal dinner invitation.
Kristin and Lea certainly know how to make an exit. We will watch them ride into the sunset any time.
Wedding Photography by Shayla Edenfield
Gates and Kyle’s wedding paper trousseau captured the couple’s abundant southern charm with traditional tailored touches and a refreshing color palette for a November wedding. Their tone on tone cipher monogram in shades of blue keeps this letterpress invitation fresh and preppy, while flowing calligraphy adds a look that is at once youthful and classic.
REHEARSAL DINNER & SUMMER COCKTAILS
A custom cipher monogram nestled in an antler frame adds a masculine element to the rehearsal dinner invitation. The dark blue stock foil stamped in white further enhances the couple’s color scheme. Here, the calligraphed names from the wedding invitation present a more casual look. Summer cocktails honoring the couple featured a map of New Orleans, soon to be their forever home.
The calligraphed names and cipher monogram from Gates and Kyle’s wedding trousseau added a personal touch to napkins, cups, and koozies.
JUST SAY CHEESE
We are all smiles to see monogrammed napkins next to this beautiful confection.
ICING ON THE CAKE
We’re not sure what’s more impressive – the dramatic backdrop of copper vessels at Cathead Distillery, or the couple’s cake table arrangement complete with a collection of relatives’ wedding photos.
CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
Cheers to a beautiful couple and a liftetime of love!
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