Happy Valentine’s weekend! It’s our favorite time of the year here at LAURA ANN! At LAURA ANN we believe that landmark spaces shape our experiences and inspire our relationships, from the everyday to the special days. This Valentine’s Day we celebrate the sweethearts who found love on university campuses as we launch the LAURA ANN Ivy Campus & Chapel Invitations Collection! As my friends and followers know, I met, got engaged, and married my college love at our alma mater, Princeton University. Not surprisingly, the LAURA ANN Ivy Campus & Chapel series began with our own wedding invitations and stationery before expanding to other alums. Like Facebook back in 2004, today the series expands from one school to the Ivy League, and the door is certainly open to expand to other chapels and universities in the future by popular demand!
The watercolor and ink illustrated wedding invitations feature the six Ivy League Chapels listed in the Huffington Post’s February 2014 article of “America’s Most Beautiful College Chapels,” five of which were also featured in The Knot’s list of “25 Insanely Beautiful College Chapels” – Princeton University Chapel, Battell Chapel at Yale, Sage Chapel at Cornell, St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia, Rollins Chapel at Dartmouth, and Memorial Church at Harvard. Along with the six new chapel wedding invitation designs, LAURA ANN now offers six varieties of paper stock and six distinct styles of old world inspired hand calligraphy for customization.
The LAURA ANN Ivy Chapel Wedding Invitations feature watercolor and ink illustrated landmarks as custom envelope liners or surprise pieces of art in the form of the invitation insert. A “double doors” gothic style gatefold invitation opens to reveal a “walking down the aisle” perspective of the chapel interior, as well as a custom campus weekend map.
In addition to wedding invitations and thank you notes, LAURA ANN also offers coordinating “save-the-dates,” rehearsal dinner invitations, maps, welcome bag stickers, just married banners, escort and place cards, table numbers, menus, event signage, thank you notes, and custom stamps. View the Princeton Collection and Products page for a full sampling of related items, and the Custom Process page for how to make them your own.
Is one of our campus collections missing a landmark? Landmark artwork can be commissioned in its own right, or framed as a keepsake as a special bonus of the invitation process. Our specialty is watercolor and ink architectural scenes ranging from university campuses and chapels to historic landmarks, hotels, clubs, private homes, vineyards, ranches, gardens, and resorts.
Happy New Year from LAURA ANN! We hope you are enjoying a restful holiday with family and friends and gearing up for a great new year ahead. We appreciate the support of friends old and new as LAURA ANN has revved up its illustration and invitations operations this year. It's been an exciting year, from our social media launch in New York in May during NYCxDESIGN, to a focus on landmark art and universities with our first retailer at the Princeton Ustore and the launch of the Princeton Invitation Collection, to the Kappa national design competition selection, to a feature in New York Weddings Magazine, and a cross-country move to San Francisco. We are energized and optimistic for what the new year has in store.
We're still celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas around here, so as a little gift, here is a sneak preview leading into 2015 - LAURA ANN is excited to launch the Ivy League Chapels Collection! Starting with my own Princeton University Chapel wedding invitation suite in 2012, the collection has expanded to include the university chapels of Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Cornell for wedding invitations and beyond. Stay tuned for the full launch in 2015 - Happy New Year!
As the LAURA ANN Princeton University Campus Collection of illustrated invitations and stationery launches today, LAURA ANN founder Laura Elbogen looks back on her own nuptials on the Princeton University campus in June 2012. Laura and Brian wanted to capture through their stationery the beauty of their beloved alma mater, where they had met, become engaged, and were to be married in the campus chapel. Laura had already designed a number of wedding invitation suites for friends, and when it came to her own wedding she couldn't find quite what she was looking for - a fully illustrated stationery suite that would excite their guests and capture the anticipation of the event through the location's beautiful landmarks. Hence, with the Princeton University Chapel Collection, LAURA ANN came to life as it is known today with watercolor landmark art and custom destination invitations. As the collection expands this fall into the full Princeton University Campus Collection, we look back today at the memorable moments of Laura and Brian's wedding, and the corresponding landmark stationery!
The Nassau Hall, Nassau Hall tigers, and FitzRandolph gates landmark illustrations have rounded out the Princeton University Campus Collection, designed for another alumni wedding in 2014. However, they were part of the classic wedding photo opps around the beautiful Princeton campus at Laura and Brian's wedding in 2012.
Happy Homecoming, Princeton! Today LAURA ANN is thrilled to release the watercolor illustrated Princeton University Campus Collection of invitations and stationery, which began as the Princeton Chapel Collection in 2012 and has expanded in fall 2014 to include key campus landmarks. The landmark art stationery suite includes campus favorites, from Nassau Hall and its tiger sculptures, to FitzRandolph Gate, Prospect House, the Princeton University Chapel, and abundant ivy and arches.
Artist, designer, and entrepreneur Laura Elbogen met, got engaged, and married her college sweetheart at their alma mater, Princeton University. Not surprisingly, the LAURA ANN Chapels and Universities painting and stationery series began with their own wedding invitations and stationery! Laura has always been inspired by architecture. She believes that landmark spaces shape our experiences and inspire our relationships, from the everyday to the special days.
By incorporating LAURA ANN landmark art into stationery and invitations, the host extends a personal touch of hospitality from the get-go, sharing the excitement and giving a glimpse of the destination to come. With a framed LAURA ANN original painting or print as a keepsake, the memory lives long beyond the shelf life of the invitation.
Is the LAURA ANN Princeton University Campus Collection missing a landmark? Perhaps the eating club where you had your first date, the old wooden desks where you first bumped into each other in McCosh, or the arch where you had your first kiss? We’re always delighted to take on special commissions. From the paper color and texture, to border colors, hand calligraphy style, and selection of campus art, the collection is intended to be custom tailored to every event!
LAURA ANN was thrilled over the weekend to launch our first retail collaboration. The Yes! Collection "Tiger Spirit" cards in honor of Princeton Dean Fred Hargadon hit the shelves of the Princeton University Store just in time for Princeton Reunions. Thousands of alumni return to campus annually to reminisce and reconnect. This year alums remembered the late Dean Fred, known for his signature "Yes!" admissions letter, as well as his warm presence on campus as chief encourager and cheerleader. LAURA ANN launched the "Tiger Spirit" illustrated cards in his memory with 10% of profits to benefit The Class of 2007 Dean Fred Hargadon h07 Memorial Endowment Fund. The greeting cards are available for purchase exclusively through the Princeton University Store (purchase online here), or visit the shop on Nassau Street!