Vintage Postage Stamps from Little Postage House

As you may have seen in my post earlier this week, our invitations are ready to be mailed to our loved ones!  Details are important to me, so I’d consulted the internet earlier this year to peruse our options. My favorite option for sending wedding stationery is to use vintage postage stamps, but that can be quite costly! Fortunately, we were blessed to be gifted almost all of our pretty postage from my mom.

Of all the USPS options offered in the past few years, my favorite has been the Vintage Seed Packet set. Since they were released in 2013, they have been out of stock at face value for a while, so I began to look elsewhere. I’m also smitten with these Strawberry stamps, but they only come in a 3-cent option in rolls of 10,000. My mom gifted us with the Forever Songbird and the traditional American flag stamps, which perfectly suited our envelopes. The birds looked lovely against our blush invitation envelopes, and the flag popped against our navy response ones. It worked out beautifully!

Through my years of wedding blog readership, I’ve been smitten with the look of vintage postage stamps on wedding invitations. I really like the idea of choosing stamps that reflect a special detail of a couple’s story or interests. Naturally, I took to the internet to research the cost of vintage postage stamps for our wedding stationery. I quickly found that the cost for such pretty postage would be about four times the cost of the current face value of USPS stamps, so we opted against them. Fortunately, I found a small way to incorporate them into our stationery suite anyway.

About two weeks ago, I reached out to Loly of the Little Postage House to inquire about ordering a single set of my favorite stamps. If I can’t have vintage stamps on all of our invitations, I knew I want to at least use them in the suite photographed on our wedding day! I had long been considering the much-acclaimed Verde Studios for such stamps, but was so pleased by Loly’s stock! She kindly responded to my inquiry in the same day, offering to gift us with a set of my favorites. The set came in the mail last night and they are just as beautiful as I’d hoped they would be. I was so blessed by her generosity that I want to share my selections with y’all today!

Vintage Postage Stamps - Magnolia Statehood

Mississippi Statehood

Vintage Postage Stamps - Flowering Tree

Flowering Tree, specifically Dogwood and Magnolia

Vintage Postage Stamps - Annapolis Tercentenary

Annapolis Tercentenary

Vintage Postage Stamps - American Tree

American Tree, specifically the Oak and Pine

I chose the Mississippi Statehood and Flowering tree stamps for their subtle hint of Southern charm. It is no secret that I’m a Southerner at heart! To equally incorporate Dillon’s tastes, I chose the Annapolis Tercentenary because he really likes being near the coast, and the American tree stamps because he likes to be outdoors and currently lives out in the country, surrounded by lots of old beautiful trees. I’m delighted to know that our photographed invitation suite will be sweetly adorned with these beauties in June!

I encourage y’all to check out the Little Postage House shop and comment below with your favorites!

A Seaside Collaboration with Annmarie Swift Photography

Today I am excited to share with you the finished product of a collaboration that I mentioned on Saturday. I have been fond of Annmarie’s work ever since I saw the beautiful way she captured the weddings of some dear friends last year (here and here) and most recently the engagement session of another dear friend of mine. Her photography is beautiful, classic, full of light, and even more filled with a sincere love and care for connecting with every client and capturing the moments that matter most.

Life lately has been rich in community, and through several mutual friends and a few gatherings Annmarie and I connected this past fall and got talking about how we both appreciate the other’s style of work, something that I credit to our mutual love for New England and all the quaintness of this place we call home. With all that to say, I was really excited to receive an email from her at the end of December proposing that we collaborate on this project. By combining her take-me-there-now images of Rockport, Massachusetts with words written in my loose, flowy watercolor lettering, we created a set of seaside lock screens to adorn the phones of her newsletter subscribers as they step into a year of new beginnings. I’m smitten with the finished project and I hope they are, too!  To view Annmarie’s portfolio, click here. To subscribe to her newsletter, click here.

If you are interested in linking arms with me for a collaborative project, I would love to hear from you. Simply send me a message at kyla.mary@icloud.com with the subject ‘Let’s Collaborate’ and share with me what you have in mind!

Branding: Lex + BD Designs

Alexis and Bryan Dwyer are two of the most genuine, passionate, down-to-earth people I have ever met. Born from the natural fit of Alexis’s eye for design and Bryan’s enjoyment of creating, Lex + BD Designs is a brand that offers unique soldered glasswork to make your life and home more relaxing and fun. Inspired by plants and the nature of New England, Lex + BD Designs purposes to be good stewards of the earth through incorporating sustainability into their designs and curating materials from secondhand sources. Their brand is a blend of classic methods and new designs, a combination that brings quality craftsmanship to your spaces to make them a place you love to be.
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I was honored and humbled when this sweet couple reached out to discuss hiring me for branding their business towards the end of this past summer. I knew I wanted to take a leap of faith and be brave with my first-ever branding project, and I was really grateful to have such amazing clients to work with for my inaugural brand design. Even though it was unchartered territory for me, I trusted that God would stir up creativity within me as I worked as long as I held my hands open to Him in it and left plenty of room for Him to form new ideas. He was so faithful in guiding each step of this project! At times it felt as though His hand was guiding my paintbrush.

We hit the ground running in late August with a client meeting, lettering sketches, and a brand proposal that ultimately took shape into the visual identity of their business. The Dwyers are both innovative and creative people who knew from the start that they wanted their brand to be a reflection of the things most dear to their hearts, including Alexis’s Florida roots. One of the most prominent ways I incorporated this was by establishing a strong color palette before introducing any color into the logo. When we had solidified the swatches that best suited their brand, the orange graphic element came to life and felt right at home as it was placed into their lettered logo.

I don’t think it was any coincidence that this project wrapped up the day before I left for my family vacation in October. With a tropical smoothie in hand and my fall favorites playing on Spotify, I put the finishing touches on their collateral files and sent them to print. It was perfect timing to share in that excitement with the Dwyers before unplugging for a week. When I returned home, the first thing I did was open the box of business cards that had arrived from the printer while I was away. Y’all, I don’t think we could be more excited with how it all turned out. I am grateful to have had clients who appreciate custom lettering and hand-painted elements as much as I do. As a designer, I am passionate about stepping outside of the commonly-used aspects of branding design and believe that putting pen to paper helps to build a brand that is as unique, homegrown, and well-suited for a business as the creative minds behind it. Thank you Alexis and Bryan for including me on this adventure of yours! It has been an honor to work with you. 🙂

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Link arms with Lex + BD Designs on Facebook and shop their designs on Etsy.

To learn more about my branding offerings and pricing, let’s connect!

Product Photo in Style Guide: Photos from Elyse