Happy Wednesday, friends! Today I want to talk about an exciting detail in the wedding planning process: the invitations! I had been a fan of Kearsley Lloyd’s watercolor wedding crests long before we got engaged and she was one of the first people I reached out to once we’d set a date for our wedding. Both my dad’s mom and my mom’s dad were talented painters so I love the idea of incorporating watercolors into our wedding invitations and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather work with than Kearsley! We’ve just begun the process of collaborating on a custom crest and illustration map for our invitation suite and I’m so excited to see what we dream up together. And if you’re looking for someone to create a crest or watercolor illustration for your wedding (or curious about how to incorporate these details into your big day), here are a few favorite examples of Kearsley’s work. I seriously get giddy just looking at them!

kearsley lloyd wedding crests

watercolor map for wedding invitations by kearsley lloyd

kearsley lloyd watercolor wedding crest

wedding crest monogrammed pillows by kearsley lloyd and the monogrammed home

watercolor wedding map by kearsley lloyd

wedding invitations with watercolor crest by kearsley lloyd

watercolor table numbers for wedding reception by kearsley lloyd

custom wedding crest by kearsley lloyd

wedding welcome boxes with custom wedding crest and map by kearsley lloyd

wedding invitation with watercolor map by kearsley lloyd

monogrammed cups for wedding reception by kearsley lloyd

watercolor letters for wedding crest by kearsley lloyd

watercolor cocktail menu at wedding cocktail hour by kearsley lloyd

watercolor save the date by kearsley lloyd

watercolor crest on wedding menus by kearsley lloyd

As you can see, I think one of the coolest things about commissioning a custom wedding crest is how many ways you can incorporate it into your paper goods and throughout your reception! Kearsley has a long list of vendors who work with her designs to incorporate them onto embroidered goods like napkins and pillows as well as printed goods like invitations, menus, plastic cups, programs, welcome boxes, and more. For more information, visit Kearsley’s website here and check her out on Instagram here! In the mean time, I’d love to hear whether you had/will have a custom crest painted for your wedding as well as any favorite ideas on how you made/will make your wedding day feel extra personal — check out ten more of my ideas here.


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  1. Hi! My name is Carlye Mangum and I am getting married on April 21st 2018. I am not totally sure what they are called but I am interested in getting a personalized wedding crest made that I can use on my website, cozies, and programs. I also want a map of the area where my wedding events are taking place. How much does this typically cost?

    Thanks so much for your time!
    Carlye Mangum

  2. Kearsley painted the monogram crest and design elements for our upcoming April wedding too! She is the best- so talented and easy to work with. It’s been one of my favorite parts of wedding planning so far, and I’ve loved using it on so many things!

  3. We didn’t have a “crest” per se, but repeated the same printing of our two names calligraphied over a gold embossed fleur de lis on our invites and envelopes, programs, menus, escort cards, table “names” (we used songs instead of numbers), welcome notes, coasters and thank-yous. Our photographer took an aerial view of the whole suite laid out and it’s one of my favorite pictures of the day! I know it’s one of those things that no one really “cares” about- the paper suite can’t make or break a wedding the way good music or food can- but I get so happy whenever I look at the pieces. Love Kearsley’s designs and can’t wait to see your finished product!

  4. Thank you for such a thoughtful post, Mackenzie! I am so thrilled to be working with you on your wedding designs. I’ve so admired your style and eye for design, and I can’t wait to see everything come together for the big day! Thank you for your kind words 🙂 xo

  5. Love love LOVE the watercolor! I am also planning a September wedding and have been browsing invitation designs. I’m tired of the seeing the same invitation styles over and over so my fiancé and I are looking to add our own personal touch to our invitations. I love the idea of using an interlocking monogram for our first initials – displays a cute “coming together” touch.

  6. We have a crest for our wedding! My MOH actually ended up painting it for us (and mailing it from London!) and then I figured out just enough Photoshop to digitally layer the monograms/date. She painted the outside of the crest and then did several different “middles” so we have E&A, eDa, and the date. We incorporated magnolia flowers (as I’m from SC) and maple leaves (my fiance is from Toronto) to make it personal.

    It’s on all our paper goods of course and on the website. I’d love to do cups like the ones above, but have to look into pricing 🙂 Can’t wait to see yours!

  7. What a nice memory to see these photos of our wedding crest and menu cards. Kearsley is such a talent and one of the most gracious vendors we worked with. Thrilled to see her featured here and I’m sure your invitations will be beautiful.

    1. Lindsay – one of my first wedding clients! Thank you for your kind words – I was thrilled to work on your wedding crest, and it’s always picked out as a favorite by my clients. xo