A Lilly & Louise Giveaway!


You can win!

We’re thankful for you, but what are you thankful for?

Win a set of 8 Lilly & Louise watercolor “thank you” notes!

To enter, simply:
1. Follow @lillyandlouise on Instagram.
2. Repost the contest photo, telling us what you’re thankful for.
3. Be sure to tag your post with #lillyandlouise and @lillyandlouise!

Contest runs from Nov. 12-19th. One entry per contestant. Winner will be chosen and announced on Tues., Nov. 19th @ 12pm PST.

We can’t wait to see what you’re thankful for!

Colorful First Birthday Party Invitation


As anyone who has ever been to a first birthday party knows, the party is not only to celebrate baby’s first year, but also to celebrate that mom and dad made it through the first year of parenthood. We created a colorful, four-panel accordion folding invitation for Zavier’s first birthday party inspired by bowties and new experiences. As the panels unfold they reveal details such as hand lettering, a list of sweet firsts that Zavier experienced during his first year (first book, first food, first word), and hand-drawn bowties for this little man. The design was letterpress printed with three colors: teal, gray, and bright yellow. We used a bold teal and white chevron envelope liner against a lemony yellow outer envelope.


Spring Hot Air Balloon Wedding Inspiration


We recently worked with some local Santa Barbara-area, very talented wedding professionals on a photo shoot inspired by hot air balloons, fresh lemon and lime hues, and SPRING! Our shoot was featured over on The Wedding Chicks, but just in case you didn’t catch it there, I’ll make sure to fill you in on all the lovely details.

Styled by Cindy from An Enlightened Event and photographed by the gals at Lavender & Twine at Limoneira Ranch, these images are downright delicious. Not to mention the cake–a true work of art! Tenley Erin Young created the gorgeous floral arrangements and bouquets, and we here at Lilly & Louise designed all the paper goodness. What fun it was to work with this team!

You may want to make some lemonade to enjoy while viewing these shots! Enjoy!

Event Designer: An Enlightened Event
Photography: Lavender & Twine
Venue: Limoneira Ranch
Makeup & Hair: Cynthia Lauran
Cake: Jana’s Creative Cakes
Caterer: Petite Reve Cafe–Lemon Tarts
Dress Designer: La Soie
Flowers: Tenley Erin Young
Groom’s Attire: Tie & Suspenders– Me and Matilda
Shoe Designer: Nina
Stationery: Lilly & Louise
Veil or Hair Accessories: Veronique Coleccion
Prop or Furniture Rentals: Ventura Rental
Linens: La Tavola
Bride’s Sweater:Forever 21

Chris & Sarah’s Natural, Elegant Wedding Invitations


Today I’m excited to share Chris and Sarah’s wedding invitations! Sarah and Chris wanted an invitation that was traditional–but not stuffy, elegant–but not over the top. At the same time they wanted to incorporate natural elements without getting too rustic.

In their invitation watercolor washes of different types of leaves are balanced by a clean frame throughout the suite. Using a combination of a classic serif typeface and a modern script in brown ink, the invitation has a soft, elegant look that is complemented by a bold, green envelope liner. We chose a warm off white, textured paper for the invitation suite–I loved this paper!

We were thrilled to work with Sarah and Chris on their wedding invitation. We also created all the paper goods for their wedding that we’ll be sure to share (get a sneak peek here!)

A 1960s Bash Save the Date


I had so much fun working on this Save-the-Date for a 1960s-themed 70th Birthday Party! We chose a simple, clean, Madmen-esque look, using bold red and black against a stark white. To enhance the experience, we letterpressed these elements into a thick, toothy paper. Guests literally unfold each element as they open the card. The graphic elements of a black tie, red lips, red glasses and a birthday candle give a hint of what’s to come at this B-A-S-H.


A Candid Baby Announcement


You know those moments we sometimes coincidentally capture with camera in hand? The moments between the shot you’re trying to get…the moments of beauty, or unrestrained happiness, or confusion…that often tell more about the subject you’re photographing? I think these can often make the most beautiful photos because they reflect real life. While designing this sweet birth announcement, I had a few photos to choose from and I was tickled by the expression on the faces of the kiddos in this shot. (Do notice the little guy’s concern…perhaps he’s realizing what being “Cora’s little brother” means for him….). Welcome to the world little Gene, Cora is going to be a great big sister!

Winery Rehearsal Dinner Invitation


Here in Santa Barbara, we are very near to the heart of California’s central coast wine country. This fun couple held their rehearsal dinner at Oreana Winery, a tasting room on the Urban Wine Trail, that is a fantastic venue for a casual evening al fresco with friends. For this invitation the couple wanted to keep it fun and lighthearted while capitalizing on venue’s main attraction (besides the beautiful couple, of course). I hope the guests had as much fun receiving this invite as I did making it!

Crazy, Sweet Love


It’s not everyday I get a call from a giddy groom asking me to create a custom card for his bride to give to her on their wedding day. It was priceless! He’d seen our handmade Bride & Groom cards in the L&L shop but wanted to personalize it even more. On the front of the card I replicated their wedding day attire. Mr. Groom hadn’t seen his bride’s dress so he arranged for the bride’s sister to send me a photo. He wasn’t about to spoil his surprise, so he requested that I cover the dress when I send it to him (how sweet is that!!). On the inside I added a few more touches that were unique to the couple: plastic framed glasses donned daily by the groom, and green high heels to be worn by the bride. My favorite part of the phone call was when Mr. Groom said “I know this sounds cheesy, but what the heck, I’m GETTING MARRIED! Can we also include our dog on the card?” So, even their pup made an appearance.

Congratulations you two!

Onsie Baby Shower Invitation


We created this sweet and simple Onsie Baby Shower Invitation for an upcoming sweet and simple baby shower. Our Onsie items seem to be a hit, so lately we can’t get enough! We hand-cut the onsies out of hand-painted watercolor wash. The playful type helps set the tone for this reason to celebrate!

This invitation is customizable, too. Give us a shout, we’d love to talk about your project!

Entwined 2012: The Big Announcement!


Today is a big day! Perhaps you’ve heard us buzzing about Entwined 2012 on Facebook for the last month or so…well, today’s the day you can learn the details!

Entwined 2012 Inspiration Shoot! from elitevp on Vimeo.

Entwined 2012 is a group of talented vendors in the wedding industry who have come together to collaborate and invent a wedding for one lucky couple who will win it for FREE! Lilly & Louise is proud to be creating the wedding stationery for the lucky winners. So you have a better idea of how great this wedding will be, the lovely folks behind Entwined 2012 have been busy creating details and inspiration that you can watch in the video above (created by the amazing Sam from EliteVP.)

From July through the end of October, engaged couples or married couples that never had a wedding celebration may apply! In November Entwined 2012 will announce 5 finalists and allow the public to vote for the winner. In December {perfect time for a Christmas present}, the winner will be announced and the fun will begin! While the wedding will take place in the Texas Hill Country, you need not be a Texas resident to apply, anyone is welcome! To apply, click here.

Today Brandi from Styled Yum and Country Sugar Events made the big announcement on television where she featured paper goods by Lilly & Louise! Watch the feature here.