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.
Lizzy and Chandler’s invitation suite exudes warmth and romance. Scriptura hand illustrated their custom monogram to strike a balance between masculine and feminine: A tailored, clean “B” for Chandler Brown, set within the curling florals of an “S” for Lizzy Stone. A band of blush velvet ribbon affixed with the couple’s cipher monogram wraps around the invitation. Engraved in gold, the text is calligraphed by Sara Regan. The couple’s blush, gold, and ecru color palette reflected the softness and elegance of their ceremony and reception.
PRETTY IN PEONY
Lizzy and Chandler’s custom cipher monogram incorporated peonies, gardenias, ranunculus, and patience garden roses, all of which were part of the floral arrangements for their wedding. The color palette of the invitation reappeared in the bridesmaid’s blush gowns and the gold place settings at the reception.
The couple included an information insert with their wedding invitation suite. The wedding details gave guests transportation information, accomodations, and an address for the couple’s wedding website. An insert is useful to highlight the most important information and directs guests to the wedding website for further details, such as registry, places to eat, or activities.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
A Christmas streetcar scene called upon guests to save the date for Lizzy and Chandler’s December wedding. Fast forward to the end of their reception: “All I want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey played over the speakers as the couple celebrated with family and friends.
TYING THE KNOT
Vertical wedding programs with blush ribbon at the top matched the wedding invitations to create a polished wedding paper trousseau.
LEAVING THEIR MARK
Lizzy and Chandler’s cipher monogram was used throughout their wedding celebration. Each little detail – dinner napkins, cocktail napkins, cups, and koozies – had a custom touch. Their cipher made an appearance on the chalkboard behind the bar and even the craft cocktails served at the reception.
Lizzy and Chandler led a joyful second line procession through the streets of New Orleans to their reception. The couple recently celebrated their first anniversary this December. We wish them a lifetime of happy anniversaries to come!
Photography by Greer Gattuso
Planning by Elyse Jennings Weddings
Video by Bride Films (please see our Instagram post January 10, 2018)
Wedding featured on brides.com
Calligraphy by Sara Ragan
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 calanders 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!