I love script fonts. I'm not sure why, because my graphic design style tends to lean more toward the masculine side of the spectrum. But alas, I can't get enough of 'em. So today's font offering is called England Hand and it is available as a free download over at Font Squirrel. Download it here.
A few weeks ago I photographed a wedding in Topsfield, Massachusetts at the beautiful Willowdale Estate. The bride and groom paid attention to every single detail... from custom chalkboard signs to special baby photo centerpieces, and my favorite - the mason jar favors that guests filled up at the late-night candy bar. Above are a few of my images from the day.
A traditional Painkiller is made with Pusser's Rum, which is a dark spirit well-known for its history with the royal navy. My Pain Reliever cocktail has a similar flavor to the famous, trademarked version, but differs in that it tastes a bit lighter. I've substituted white rum for the Pusser's, and added a bit of vanilla extract to give it some added character. The resulting concoction will make you feel like you're at a beachside bar in the Virgin Islands. Here's the recipe....
- 2 ounces of white rum
- 4 ounces of pineapple juice
- 1 ounce orange juice
- 1 ounce cream of coconut
- 3 or 4 drops of pure vanilla extract
- A dash of nutmeg
- A lime slice
Combine all ingredients except the nutmeg in a cocktail shaker with ice and mix for a minute or two, until the liquid becomes frothy. Pour into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with a thin lime slice. Sprinkle with nutmeg, and pretend you're in the Caribbean!
Love trying new cocktails? Click here to see the rest of my Thirsty Thursday posts...
File this in the "things I wanna do when I have kids someday" folder. Designer dad Tommy Perez turns food into typographical works of art to teach his daughter the alphabet. He uses things like Twizzlers, pretzels and even kale to create beautiful letterforms that are sure to give little Zoë a head start on her appreciation of typography. Head over to Fast Company to read more about the project and to see the rest of the alphabet.
So you received your wedding photos. Hundreds of them. Now what? Sure, you can go the traditional route and have an album made... but there are lots of other unique ways to use them. Here are my top-ten favorites:
This Etsy seller will create a custom photo print with the lyrics to your first dance song written right on the image. Click here to order yours.
Use a digital image as the background wallpaper on your iPhone. You'll need to email an image to yourself and save it to your photo gallery, then change the wallpaper using these instructions from About.com.
Have a couple dozen photos printed up, and arrange them in a heart shape for some unique wall art, found over on Decor8ion.
Send your photos to me and I'll design a custom thank you note that you can mail to your guests! Head over here for more info or email me here for rates.
Create photo stickers for your wedding thank you notes like the good folks over at Martha Stewart have done.
Have a little fun and turn an image into a custom puzzle. Shutterfly has lots of photo gifts for family and friends.
Have you thought of any other creative ways to use your wedding photos? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments section below!
Spent ten hours at a restaurant called The Oar waiting out
the tropical storm... a double rainbow was our reward.
What a dive!
Next, a little "brosé" on the boat for the boys.
A dinghy ride around the harbor at sunset.
Cornhole at The Oar. Yes, we spent a lot of time there.
My patriotic manicure.
A quintessential summer photo.
We went to Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island, for the 4th of July weekend and I wanted to share a few highlights with you. Have you guys ever been? There's something very unique about it - they have some old school traditions for the holiday weekend including a steak fry at the firehouse and a quaint little parade with homemade floats. Aside from the tropical storm on the 4th, the weather was gorgeous... so we spent most of the time walking around town and hanging out on the boat. My favorite part was definitely cornhole at The Oar... I make so many cornhole boards that it's fun to actually play once in a while!
Have you guys noticed that bean bag chairs and poufs have taken on a new, more grown up vibe lately? Gone are the days of quarantining your bean bag chair in the kids' playroom; these days you can find them in sophisticated colors and luxurious fabrics. I love the options available at Bean Bag Boss, in particular... I'm partial to the faux leather finish and the stylish silver option. The hipster-chic fuchsia star pattern might be my favorite though!
I'd love to sink into one right now; doesn't the one in the top image look inviting? I can see myself now - a cozy blanket, a soy latte and a good book on graphic design....
Okay okay, so I have about a million favorite free fonts.... but this one, called Drop Your Anchor, is really awesome. It has so much character, doesn't it? Head over to Dafont to download it yourself.
The photo above shows it in action - I used it for a free printable party suite that I designed for Curbly (check that out here).
Here's a bit of Independence Day inspiration for you. Since apparently the 4th of July is a week away. It really snuck up on me! For those of you who live in the U.S., do you have any fun plans for the holiday? I'll be relaxing on a boat, watching fireworks and probably drinking a few patriotic cocktails.