While every couple wants their wedding day to feel unique, this becomes more and more of a challenge in your late 20s and 30s. When you’re off attending wedding after wedding after wedding, it’s inevitable that some things will start to seem repetitive. By now, I think it’s safe to say we’ve all encountered our fair share of illustrated paper goods. So much so that you may ask yourself: Are illustrations worth it in the end?
Our answer is decidedly a “Y-E-S.” Custom illustrated invitations, menu cards, welcome maps, even family crests, are a beautiful, personal way to make a celebration feel special and one-of-a-kind. It’s also the kind of detail that gets guests excited. We’ve seen many an invitee turn the arrival of an illustrated save the date into an Instagram moment. Below, are a few of our favorite artists for your consideration. These are the names to know when planning your invitation suite and putting together your gift bags!
Cape Town–based watercolor artist and designer Arabella June started her creative journey as a child while growing up in the karoo, in a small farming town in South Africa. Being surrounded by the wide-open spaces, the constant inspiration of nature influenced her love of flowers and design. She specializes in watercolour illustrations, luxury wedding stationery and branding and will work alongside you to create unique and one-of-a-kind pieces that stand the test of time.
After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, Ashley Begley spent several years at Lilly Pulitzer as a surface designer, honing her craft in painting and textiles. After seven years in the industry, she started Ashley D. Studio to marry her passion for painting, typography, and textiles to create custom pieces for celebratory occasions.
The couture invitation gallery Ceci New York offers bespoke work for those interested in a more personalized one-of-a-kind wedding stationery suite. From the initial consultation, the team of artists will create an exclusive mood-board that will serve as the base for your project’s design aesthetic from start to finish.
Founded in 2006, Cheree Berry Paper & Design is an award-winning design firm with a focus on printed materials and visual storytelling. A former art director at Kate Spade, founder Cheree Berry has grown her business to expand their offerings from invitations to environmental design.
London-based artist Diane Hill is one of our favorite illustrators; although, she doesn’t directly do wedding stationery, she recently did a collaboration with Hill House Home that took our breath away. Her work is heavily inspired by Chinoiserie and is available in the form of art prints, wallpaper, and fabric.
Known for her whimsical, colorful crests, Happy may just be the O.G. wedding illustrator. The artist pretty much single handedly started the whole wedding illustration genre. Her dreamy watercolor images make a striking statement and can be carried throughout your entire wedding suite.
Raleigh, North Carolina–based artist and illustrator Inslee Faris creates calendars, day planners, festive holiday cards, ornaments, and wedding invitations. She designs for individuals and large companies, and her work focuses on everything from figure studies to botanicals. Her beautiful art is also featured on tent draping, bar installations, and more for a cohesively designed day.
Based out of New York, Janelle Sing is a talented painter and illustrator, who works mainly with brands and publications; however, for a few lucky clients each year, she creates custom artwork and stationery for weddings. She’s best known for her watercolors and digital drawings and has a particular eye for fashion—previously, Janelle was the designer for the summer footwear brand Soludos.
Charleston-based watercolor artist and stationer Julie King is widely known for her whimsical creations and signature handwriting. She and her team can easily create an elevated crest or the whole invitation suite that will set the tone for your wedding weekend.
A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Kearsley does everything from modern maps to playful crests and illustrations. “One of my obsessions is creating one-of-a-kind custom logos and unique personalized artwork for couples to own and enjoy for many years to come,” she shares.
Based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Laura creates memorable moments on paper with stunning illustration and calligraphy. While tradition and precision are at the heart of her Copperplate calligraphy, her illustrations bring touches of whimsy and elegance.
Philadelphia-based illustrator and calligrapher Kirby Lowenstein is the artist behind Lion Stone Press. Lion Stone’s custom work aims to capture the specificity, tone, and sentiment of an event through thoughtful design and a collaborative process. Lowenstein starts with sketches, grounding each project in carefully considered drawings and paintings.
LouLou Baker can come up with flora, fauna, and heraldry to your heart’s content for wedding suites, stationery, maps, and more. Her illustrated playing cards feature several different popular wedding locations, making for the perfect gift bag item. And, they are not doubt sure to have your guests remembering your big day for years to come. We’ve collaborated with her on a many an item, so be sure to check them all out in our shop.
Going digital? Coordinate your invitation suite to your wedding aesthetic with the romantic new Monique Lhuillier for Paperless Post collection, heavily inspired by the bridal designer’s signature romantic fabrics. It’s also the perfect way to tease what the bride may wear down the aisle!
Although not offering personal commissions for weddings, Riley Sheehey’s art studio has brought so much joy to newlyweds’ and our lives through whimsical illustration and hand-painted objects, surface design, and creative collaboration—like our exclusive printed dresses with Refine . Her artwork is inspired by vintage patterns, antique botanical prints, children’s literature, and the natural world.
Jenny and Gra are the husband-wife team behind Shhh My Darling, a design agency that specializes in bespoke wedding stationery. They fell in love thanks to art, as they met in a cartoon studio, where they worked as character designers, background artists and story-boarders.
An artist, illustrator, and calligrapher by trade, Charlottesville-based Stephanie Fishwick can create breathtaking botanical suites for your nuptials. Trust us, if she’s good enough for Gwyneth Paltrow, she’s good enough for anyone with discerning taste and a penchant for all things botanical.
Alexandra Pijut’s art and design studio is behind our personalized bachelorette bundles, featuring fun and whimsical crests with different themes. In addition to creating party merch, Pijut creates exquisite illustrations for wedding invitation suites.
Indian born and raised, New York educated, and Brooklyn-based Vidhi Dattani offers a uniquely multicultural perspective and more than a decade of experience in fine-art, advertising, marketing, strategy, and design for print and web design. Each new project begins with a blank canvas. Her signature style of highly detailed watercolors with unique printing techniques and expert craftsmanship results in timeless pieces of art every time.