My DIY Story: Illustrated Copper & Navy Pocket Invitation

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— Lillian’s Story 


The inspiration for our invite suite stemmed from our venues.

My husband played baseball at New Mexico State University, which is the reason why we chose to tie the knot at Southwest University Park, an AAA baseball stadium. The clock tower is a historic landmark in El Paso and the entire stadium was built around it, so we had to put that on our suite.

Our reception was down the street at the El Paso Union Depot, hence the train on the envelope liner. The colors for our wedding were mustard yellow, marsala, and grey blue with pops of copper.

Lilly Josh Belch Wedding-VenuesPhoto by Lindsay Davenport Photography

We just wanted it to feel really whimsical and for it to be an experience for our guests while opening the suite. We really wanted our guests to get a sense of what to look forward to at our wedding through our suite.

We decided to include a rehearsal dinner invite in our suite, because the artwork matched the rest of the theme and also it was one less thing to mail down the road. It was fiesta themed because I’m Mexican, and most of my husband’s family is from NY, so I thought it was a really good chance to share my heritage and traditions with them.

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Jae Lohr, a North Carolina local artist did all of the watercolor artwork by hand for the entire suite! From the envelope liner to the pocket inserts. Marti Harris from M Harris Design in Kentucky calligraphed all the addresses on both the inner and outer envelopes. And Lillian Hayner from Drunk on Decor (the bride!) designed and styled the entire suite. The goal was for it to feel very eclectic and boho. When it was time to assemble the suite, my husband and I did it together with a tape gun in hand.



Most of the stationery, such as the pocket inserts, printed vellum paper, inner and outer envelopes, signature pockets, and belly bands were all from Cards and Pockets.

View More: by Lindsay Davenport Photography; Garter by La Gartier




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1.) Contact an awesome designer to listen to what you want your wedding day to be like. Whether it’s donkeys serving tequila or getting married on a cliff. The designer will translate your personality into a cohesive paper design.

2.) Contact an awesome calligrapher

3.) Contact an artist you’ve had your eye on for awhile to do the artwork for the suite

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4.) Definitely buy all your product from Cards and Pockets because their customer service is out of this world

5.) Once the artist has done their part, and the calligrapher has done theirs, start to assemble all the pieces

6.) For me, I had a signature pocket so the background got double sided taped onto the pocket. Then the vellum paper got placed on top of the background. The pocket inserts listing a map, the rsvp card, and the addresses of the venues were placed into the pocket. A rehearsal dinner invite was mailed along with the invite suite to select out of town guests and the wedding party.

View More: by Lindsay Davenport Photography; Garter by La Gartier



Be true to you. Do what you want to do. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and reach out to people who you’ve admired. More than likely, they’ll be thrilled you asked them to be a part of your day.

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View More: by Lindsay Davenport Photography | Concept & Styling: Drunk on Decor | Watercolor Artwork: Jae Lohr | Calligraphy: M Harris Design | Garter: La Gartier | Rings: American Jewelry Co. | Florals: Sydney Spaulding Floral | Coordination: Three Sisters EP | Cake: Indulgence Bakery LC | Food: NoSH EP | Macrame: Rope and Root

Congratulations, Lillian and Joshua!
Thank you for sharing your DIY Story with us!


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