Botanicals for a Texas Bride

August 25, 2014 3 Comments

Last week I shared a glimpse of a wedding invitation on Instagram. Today I thought I'd share a little more detail. Cassie, a beautiful bride planning her upcoming September wedding, commissioned me to create the above botanicals for her invitation design. We focused on the flowers and plants that are being used throughout her wedding. I loved bringing the peachy pinks in and giving these botanicals a distinctly late summer Texan brightness and warmth compared to the cooler springtime tones in my own wedding botanicals.

Cassie worked with her wedding planner, Keely Thorne and her paper designer, Papellerie to create this exquisite suite of paper using my art paired with the work of talented calligrapher Elizabeth Porcher Jones

The botanicals are printed directly on the reply and reception cards, but then they took it to the next level by printing the florals on the tissue overlay on the wedding invite itself. I love this idea. I wish I could say I thought of it for my own wedding. I wrestled with how to bring my art into my invitation design because I wanted the invite to feel formal and traditional featuring just the calligraphy. We ended up using my art in the envelope lining which was lovely (pictures to come!), but the tissue overlay is pure genius. 


And possibly the best part was the stamp... look  closely... 

Yes! Those are Cassie's family's labs. Aren't they the sweetest things? 

Her sweet Cavalier, Mollie had already made an appearance in her Save-The-Date, also illustrated by me. So we figured it was time for the labs to turn into sketches too!

Here's her save the date too by the way, I just realized I never shared it! It is an illustration of her family home where the wedding will take place. Notice Mollie in the front yard...


Posted in Bridal, Bride, Inslee, inslee by design, wedding

Save The Date for George & Kate

June 04, 2014 0 Comments

As I officially pass the Bridal Baton on to every other girl who has yet to walk down the aisle, I'd like to turn your attention to one of my recent Save-The-Date commissions and remind you all that I am here, wearing my Illustrator to the Bride hat, no longer my Bridal hat, and that I'm ready to sketch for you!

For this commission, the bride and groom asked me to capture the glamour of a Gatsby-era evening on the Atlantic City boardwalk with the happy couple as a part of the scene. We worked with a vintage poster that they loved and recreated it in my style.

The couple sent the illustration out in the form of a postcard, with their wedding details on the back, just like a vintage postcard you might have picked up from a trip to the shore... cute, right?!

Happy final stretch to September 6th to George & Kate! And thank you for letting me set the tone for your wedding!

Posted in Bridal, Bride, Inslee, Inslee By Design, save the date, The Sketch Book, wedding commission


August 22, 2012 4 Comments


So I have decided the official theme for this week is bridal. I'm moving into my studio and don't have time to sketch up new blog posts, so I figured, who doesn't love brides? So... I will share another bride in the absence of a new blog sketch.

This is Katherine, isn't she a dream? I loved the pictures I got to work with for her painting. This one in particular was so sweet - her mother's locket as a zipper pull...

I wish I could have seen her at her wedding. Sketching Lily from memory at her wedding was so meaningful. I think I am going to start making my bridal commissions invite me to their weddings for research. I mean they invite the photographer, they should invite the illustrator. Right?

Anyway... Check back again this week for more of bridal week on the blog!


Posted in Bridal, Bride, Inslee, The Sketch Book, watercolor, wedding

princess predictions

April 28, 2011 12 Comments

Happy Royal Wedding Eve everyone! Are you waking up tomorrow for the big show? The mature, busy, adult me knows that its crazy to wake up in the middle of the night for this, but the little girl inside me is SO EXCITED. So, day after day literally for the last month everyone and their mother has weighed in on the most pressing international issue the world has ever faced - What Will Kate Wear!? And I have been repulsed by most of the predictions. Every morning the Today Show trolls out four or five of the most horrifying wedding gowns modeled by homely girls that don't even look vaguely like the magnificent Kate and its just so disappointing. And then I open up US weekly and see fashion illustration sketches by all the major design houses predicting Kate's gown and they are completely unrealistic and unflattering. I'm sorry but I just don't think Kate is going to wear an entire dead swan worth of feathers over her left hip or a medieval wizardry costume on the day she marries into royalty. If she was smart enough to somehow figure out how to get the king of England to marry her, shes smart enough not to look crazy doing it. Sorry, I'm all fired up. But why make these bridal forecasts if you are not going to be practical about it? Which is what lead me to make a prediction of my own in the form of the above sketch. This is what I hope Kate looks like. I'll love whatever she wears because shes just naturally tasteful but this is what I am imagining her in. I have it on good authority from an actual real live bride who has tried on this Monique Lhuilier dress that it fits beautifully. And I hope she chooses one of the more organic, youthful tiaras instead of the huge architectural ones. Well no, maybe I do like those better. I could think about royal tiaras all day every day and never decide which is my favorite. And she has such perfect hair so I hope she has it down. Her hair is her thing, if its up I don't think I'll recognize her! So there you have it. What is your prediction??

Posted in Bridal, kate middleton, monique lhuilier, the royal wedding, The Sketch Book, wedding, Wedding dress

bride 2

February 22, 2011 4 Comments

Another stunning Kristin Newman Designs bride!

Posted in Bridal, Bride, fashion illustration, Inslee By Design, Kristin Newman Designs, The Sketch Book, wedding


February 17, 2010 0 Comments

Hello bloggettes, how are you? I have missed you on this long stretch on non-blogging. The blizzard compounded with a trip to Colorado resulted in a casual 8 day weekend for me, so my apologies if you thought I'd abandoned you. Here is an illustration that I just used for a bridal lingerie shower, what do you all think... would it be a fun new flat card?

Posted in Bridal, Bridal Shower, Flat Card, Lingerie, The Sketch Book

I doooooooo

February 03, 2010 1 Comment

(that title should be read in the voice of Meryl Streep as Julia Child) Today I have been drawing wedding themed stuff non-stop. Some of my clients have requested bridal illustrations and I have been drawing bouquets and bustiers since day-break. I thought you all might like to see a glimpse of what I've been working on! click here to buy prints of these illustrations

Posted in bouquets, Bridal, bustiers, The Sketch Book, wedding