lovelies, i need a drink.
for the past few months, we’ve been working our little tails off to design, assemble and mail off our wedding invitations. it’s been a long, exhausting process, and i am so happy to report that we’re finally done. what a relief!
so today, i’m celebrating with a delicious autumn-inspired mimosa, because nothing says ‘celebration’ quite like a champagne cocktail.
also, i’ve been dying to share our invitations with you all for the longest time, and now i finally can! hooray!
so let me preface this post by saying that i am totally, completely 100% crazy. our wedding invitations aren’t normal or traditional or simple. they’re different. they’re unique. they were a lot of work.
but friends, they were so, SO worth all the work and headaches. i’m kind of in love with them!
my fiance and i are both
word nerds writers. he’s currently in grad school, pursuing his m.f.a. in creative writing, while i merely have an undergrad degree in the same concentration. we have a giant collection of books (seriously, we’ve got eight bookshelves crammed full o’ books!), and one of our favorite things to do together is scour used book shops. he’s usually on the hunt for first edition Steinbecks, while i fancy vintage cookbooks–naturally. the two of us both collected typewriters prior to meeting one another–charming, right? we were totally meant to be.
it was inevitable that books & literature would be a huge influence on our wedding theme, and our invitations are no exception!
are you familiar with the concept of a book safe? basically, it’s a hollowed-out book that you can hide things in. it’s stored in plain sight, sitting amongst the rest of your books on your shelf. i’ve known people to hide important documents, jewelry and even flasks in book safes!
so i had the
totally batshit crazy brilliant idea to make book safes and place our invitations into them, giving our guests a preview of our wedding theme and a fun keepsake they can stick on their bookshelves. yes, i’m aware of how crazy i am.
over the last year we’ve collected 50+ vintage hardcover books, hollowed them out with the help of my amazing bridesmaids and their beaus, inserted our invitations and sent them off to our guests.
has it been an incredible amount of work? yes.
was it stressful? oh yes.
did we contemplate scrapping the whole project halfway through because it seemed impossible to complete? oh hell yes.
but i am SO glad we decided to tough it out and make them happen, because i am so in love with our wedding invitations. they’re so quintessentially us, which is exactly what we wanted!
i designed all of the elements of the invitations myself, using Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. we hand-stamped the library card pockets, heart-shaped doilies and rsvp return envelopes, and cut & glued every invitation to vintage book pages.
i modeled the rsvp cards after library loan cards, and included a few cheeky options for guests to check off. we also included a song request card, which i thought would be a really fun way to have our guests help us curate the reception playlist. i stamped our wedding website onto pink heart-shaped doilies, tied the invitation components together with pale gray polka-dotted ribbon, and placed the invitations into the hollowed-out portion of each book.
i was so ridiculously nervous when we finally sent them off to our guests. what if people hated them? what if they looked totally homemade and unprofessional? what if people don’t open the book and just throw it away?
thankfully, none of my fears have been realized. on the contrary, our guests seem to love them! having people e-mail/text/call me to say that our wedding invitations are the most creative they’ve ever received is pretty crazy, and it makes me feel pretty amazing.
so i’m raising my glass and toasting my amazing fiance, my parents, and my incredible friends for all of their help, support, hard work and general awesomeness in making my crazy wedding invitation concept a reality. i truly could never have done any of this without you all, and i love you guys so, so very much!
by the way, the autumn cider mimosa in my glass is totes amazing. apple cider, brandy, brown sugar, blood orange bitters and champagne. so delish! you should definitely make one of these this weekend, it’s pretty much what i’ll be drinking for the remainder of october.
i hope you enjoyed a peek at our wedding invitations, and hopefully you won’t mind me posting a bit about our wedding here and there over the next few months. i’m just so excited about everything, and i love watching our vision unfold and become a reality. i hope you don’t mind me sharing all the juicy details with you!
autumn cider mimosa
Yield: one 8-ounce mimosa
this recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, quadrupled...
3 tablespoons // 1.5 ounces apple cider, chilled
2 tablespoons // 1 ounce brandy
one teaspoon light brown sugar, packed
2 dashes blood orange bitters (i found these at a liquor store, but regular bitters will be fine here!)
3-4 ounces champagne, chilled (i used a spumante champagne, but brut or cava would be delicious here too!)
fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
add the apple cider, brandy, light brown sugar and bitters to the cocktail shaker.
place the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for 10-20 seconds.
strain the mixture into a champagne flute, and top off with champagne.
serve immediately and enjoy!
adapted from big world small kitchen