Where to even start with this one? I truly feel like part of the family with Zibby + JT, after working with them for over two years now. This was my first invitation suite for an international destination wedding, and it was in Tuscany, which is my home abroad. I lived in Florence for several months and haven’t gotten the olive oil out of my system since, so painting a mini Duomo and Ponte Vecchio for this couple was one of my favorite moments of Design by Laney. More Italian weddings, per favore!
I was first contacted by the bride’s sister, Elaina of Travel Morari, who organized the entire invitation process on behalf of Zibby and JT. Due to the wedding being out of the country for most guests, we combined Save the Dates and invitations in a simple one-piece suite centered around a watercolor of Borgo Finocchieto where the wedding would take place.
Since this was both invitation and Save the Date, the couple opted to go all-out, with a vellum wrap, thin string tie, gold custom wax seals, gold calligraphy, and a curated collection of vintage postage. I get sent this photo as inspiration from new leads at least 2-3 times a month - save to say, it was a favorite among guests, myself, and many future brides on the internet!
The day-of stationery was not to be eclipsed by the invitations (although that view put up a good fight!). We re-purposed the watercolor illustration for luggage tags which indicated which villa each guest’s suitcase belonged in, tied with a silk ribbon. We also used a more neutral sketch of the venue on beautiful handmade paper for a folded menu, also topped with silk ribbon.
Before guests even arrived in Tuscany, there was a Florence vacation complete with z-fold itineraries including those watercolor landmark paintings I mentioned earlier - how cute are these?
The Rehearsal Dinner menus were more formal, with oversized, double-thick silver foil menus that we added a silver leaf to by hand, and of course calligraphy names for seating purposes.
The chinoiserie reception menus may have been my favorite though - printed custom china pattern with a vellum overlay sewn on top, and calligraphy names serving as a place card/menu combo.