‘Stock the Bar’ Couples Shower Invite

When it comes to wedding showers, couples showers are my favorite. So earlier this fall, when Bobby and I were invited to help two good friends “stock the bar”, how could I say no?

I was even more excited when the host, my lovely friend Jenny, asked me to design invitations for the party. Knowing the bride’s favorite color is turquoise, I found inspiration in the slanted stripes on a roll of teal washi tape. The final invite design was modern yet playful; a perfect match to the party’s setting at a chic lounge in downtown Dallas.

Meagan and Marcus were married this past weekend. It was a fantastic celebration filled with many laughs and even better dance moves. Much love and congrats to the happy couple!

XO, Mariel

affordable white calligraphy lettering on grey envelope. teal. wedding shower. one charming life.

blue and teal vintage stamps. custom invitation design. couples shower. stock the bar.

white calligraphy lettering on grey envelope - affordable - with teal washi tape.

modern teal stock the bar couples shower invitation. one charming life. mariel.

cheers. teal blue modern stock the bar shower invite. one charming life.

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Spooky Chic Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner… how will you be celebrating? Here’s a little inspiration for a grown-up, gilded fete to help you and your bests celebrate in style.

Happy haunting!

XO, Mariel

black and gold halloween party inspiration from one charming life

Sources: Chic Lace Mask via A White Carosel ~ Black and Gold Halloween Decor from Better Homes and Gardens, photo via Little Lovable ~ Ichabod Crane Pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens ~ Cheese Plate from A Cup of Jo, photo by Jamie Beck ~ Glittery Gold Chocolate Cake from Desserts for Breakfast ~ Mini Moet & Chandon bottles on ice via A Bit of Bees Knees

 

Kathryn and Robert’s Save the Dates

Today I’m sharing a project that’s very special to me. Last fall, a dear friend asked me to help with some of the lettering and paper goods for her wedding. That friend, Kathryn, chose to kick-off the festivities with these lovely envelopes for her Save the Dates. With a clean design and purple accents, they served as the perfect introduction to the couple’s fresh yet classic wedding style.

purple lettering on wedding save the date envelope - one charming life

vintage purple stamps. wedding save the date. affordable calligraphy.,

purple. pumpkin. fall. tablescape. one charming life.

kathryn and robert's save the date envelopes. one charming life.

To this day, I’m so grateful that Kathryn and her sweet mother had enough faith to entrust me with so many pieces for their beautiful wedding. They encouraged me to pursue my passion for lettering and design, and I am so excited about where I’m headed today!

The support I receive from family and friends means the world to me. Thank you all for your encouragement and for following along with my adventures through this blog!

XO, Mariel

P.S. Kathryn and Robert’s wedding was gorgeous. This is just the beginning… be on the lookout for more pictures soon!

Kate Spade-Inspired Invites

Kate Spade - Inspired Bachelorette Party Invitations via One Charming Life

Last month, eight friends traveled to the Texas hill country to celebrate something really special… Our friend Tiffany’s final days as a bachelorette! The weekend was a hit — we floated the river, dined at the Gristmill and danced at the famous Gruene Hall.  It’s a weekend I’ll never forget, and because of that I wanted to share a piece of it with you.

A couple of months ago, I was discussing wedding day details with Tiffany, the bride-to-be. When she mentioned that she had just bought her wedding shoes from Kate Spade, a light bulb popped up in my head. I thought, “I love Kate Spade’s style; what fun inspiration for a Bachelorette party!”

It was about time to start designing the invitations for Tiffany’s final fling, and right then I knew Kate Spade would be the perfect muse. I had so much fun creating these, and I hope you enjoy them too! Here’s the final product…

Purple Envelope White Lettering Bachelorette Party Invitation

Colorful Bachelorette Party Invitation - Inspired by Kate Spade

Bachelorette Party Invite Inspired by Kate Spade via One Charming Life

Lingerie Shower Invitation Inspired by Kate Spade via One Charming Life

Invitation Inspired by Kate Spade via One Charming Life

Here are a few pieces from Kate Spade that provided inspiration…

Kate Spade Live Colorfully Gift Set

Live Colorfully Gift Set

Kate Spade Le Pavillion Small Henrietta

Le Pavillion Small Henrietta

KATE SPADE GILD THE LILY IDIOM BANGLE

Gild the Lily Idiom Bangle 

As Miss Spade would say… Party Colorfully!

XO, Mariel

It’s a Wonderful Life

I love when my friends come up with a creative idea and ask me to be a part of it. That’s why I was thrilled when Anna approached me about making a special wedding gift for her cousin.

Anna was inspired by the couple’s wedding song, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, and wanted to incorporate the lyrics in her gift. We discussed a few ideas and I began sketching out the song’s chorus in calligraphy. After some tweaking on the computer, the words were printed on canvas and stretched over a wooden frame.

I love the end result. It’s such a wonderful blessing to have found that special person, and I hope this little piece of art helps the happy couple think back on sweet memories from their wedding day.  XO – Mariel

Calligraphy quote on canvas via One Charming Life

"Wonderful Life" - calligraphy print via One Charming Life

British Tea Party

The past four days have been super exciting. I love watching the Olympics, especially our incredibly talented women’s gymnastics team. And who didn’t love the Queen’s entrance at the opening ceremonies?

As you gather with friends to cheer on your favorite athletes, you might find yourself browsing the web for creative ways to celebrate. I’ve seen so many cute Olympic-themed pins on Pinterest lately, but most of these adorable ideas have been geared toward the kiddos. Since I’m not quite there yet, I thought I’d put something together for us ladies and gents. If I was going to throw a party in honor of the games, this would be it!

Since the big event is being held in London, it’s only appropriate to throw a grown-up tea party in honor of Union Jack. Pick your favorite blend and serve high tea with these adorable chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies. You can’t go wrong.

If tea isn’t your cup of… tea (sorry, I had to), then sip on Pimm’s, a traditional English summer drink. Follow this link for an easy recipe. Or for more guy-friendly fun, gather beers from around the world to represent the teams (like Double Diamond from England, Guinness from Ireland, Corona from Mexico, and obviously your favorite home-grown brew too).

If you’re crafty, whip up some gold, silver and bronze decorations or purchase the darling garland below from Fabulously Handmade.

Alright… let’s get the celebration started! Cheers, and GO team USA! :)

British Tea Party in honor of the Olympics - from One Charming Life

Sources:  Union Jack Fruit Pizza from Betty Crocker ~ Shortbread Tea Bag Cookies from Le Petrin ~ Gold, Silver and Bronze Garland from Fabulously Handmade ~ Fleur De Lys Teapot from Anthropologie ~ “Go for the Gold” Pineapple Truffles from Kitchen Meets Girl ~ Pimm’s photo via The Handbook, you can purchase Pimm’s at Spec’s or your local liquor store.

Stamped with Love

Looking for a way to customize your next event? Using rubber stamps to personalize a party is both brilliant and affordable. Stamps are very versatile; you can choose from a variety of styles and colors to create the perfect combination for your party’s theme.

Below are a few pictures of how I incorporated an ‘S’ motif throughout my own wedding using a custom stamp. I am so thankful that my coordinator, Kelly from Eventology Weddings, gave me this genius idea!

The stamp was so easy to use. Before I knew it I had covered everything from thank you notes, cocktail napkins and kraft paper cones for our rose petal send-off. Even though the touches were small, I loved that our guests were able to hold something that was handmade by me.

The custom ‘S’ motif was designed by the incredibly talented Lindsay Letters. The actual rubber stamp was made by babyjewels on etsy.

The Luckiest

My husband and I are celebrating our first anniversary today. It’s still sounds crazy to say… I can’t believe a year has already gone by! We’ve spent the past couple of days traveling down memory lane and looking back on our favorite moments from the big day. We are so lucky to have found each other, but even more blessed to have our lovely friends and family by our sides. We love you!

Bobby chose the song for our first dance, The Luckiest by Ben Folds. I can’t get enough of it and have had it on repeat all day. I truly am the luckiest! Cheers to many more beautiful anniversaries to come.

XO, Mariel

mariel and bobby's wedding - the luckiest

photo by hazel west photography

Speaking of our wedding…Houston Brides ran a brief feature of our wedding last December. If you’re looking for more wedding action you can read the story online via Hazel West Photography.

{P.S. sorry to those of you who received an email notification earlier today about this post… I accidentally hit ‘publish’ instead of ‘save’. Rookie mistake.}  ;)