What a… season?

Posted November 29th, 2012 in News, Spotted, Uncategorized by daniellegrace

This blog has remained pretty quiet, it’s true. Not because we haven’t been working on exciting projects, but because we have been working on TOO MANY exciting projects! As we said last post – we finally took photos of several portfolio projects and some new work for the portfolio, so stay tuned!

In the mean time – here is a link to a lovely piece that Wedding Bells put together on Shannon & Mat’s wedding this past spring. First Kiss Film’s lovely piece on their wedding was also featured on StyleMePretty Canada, which is pretty exciting! I snagged a photo from the Wedding Bells piece – their photographer Anthony Cava from Photolux did such an amazing job!  See below the menu napkin wraps that we designed for their reception, and the ceremony programs. So classic!



What a fantastic Ottawa wedding to have been a part of! I’ve got some better photos of their suite in the pipe – so stay tuned! And now back to work!

New Stuff!

Posted November 19th, 2012 in New Designs!, News by daniellegrace

The day has finally come… we have found time to update our portfolio! It was badly overdue. We have added some sexy new designs:

The Chicago Classic

Brooklyn Vintage

Santa Barbara

And there is still more to come! So check ‘em out at the portfolio, and it won’t be so long until the next update. Promise! Give us a buzz if you’re looking for something like this, or something completely different! We love custom projects.

Shannon & Mathieu’s Wedding Film by First Kiss Films

Posted October 2nd, 2012 in News, Spotted by daniellegrace

Wow. If you have a few minutes to spare for some joyous, gorgeous wedding goodness, you should definitely check out the beautiful film that Bridget from First Kiss Films has created for Shannon & Mathieu’s wedding this past May. It is just unbelievably lovely!

We were so lucky to be involved with their amazing wedding! Do go and check out their film here:

Shannon & Mathieu’s Classic Elegant Wedding

Thanks for sending me the link, Bridget, and thanks for the mention! We are honoured to included in such an esteemed group.

Back at Work! (Croatia Trip Highlights)

Posted September 30th, 2012 in News, Off Topic, Uncategorized by daniellegrace

Yes, that’s right – we are back at work following a most fantastic trip to Croatia! And then a short jaunt up North for a wedding, and then several day-job related trips around Canada. Things have been a bit hectic, but we are looking forward to getting back to designing this fall. Will keep you posted with new (Adriatic Sea inspired?) stationery designs!

Until then, here are some photos from my trip:


Friday Night Party on StrossMayer

Friday Night Party on StrossMayer Promenade – On our first night in Zagreb, we met some local Croatians here, chatted all night about our differing university experiences and then went for pizza cut and Pelinkovac.

Sunset in Plitvice Lakes National Park

Sunset in Plitvice Lakes National Park – We spent an afternoon walking the Plitvice Lakes area – Spectacular waterfalls, super clear water, fish everywhere!  Just don’t miss the last shuttle back, or you may have a 2-hour walk in full darkness wondering if the crunchy bush sounds in the woods surrounding you are bears or cougars. Whoops.

Maestral Waves in Zadar

Maestral Waves in Zadar – Our first view of the Adriatic was calm, and then 15 minutes later it looked like this. Ack! Zadar has a gorgeous walled old town, with shiny limestone streets, and the best grilled squid of your life.

Fire Dancer in Diocletian's Palace, Split

Fire Dancer in Diocletian’s Palace, Split – Split is fantastically hilly, with stairs everywhere and tiny laneways out of a chase scene in a James Bond movie. The old town centers on a 2-storey Roman emperor’s retirement palace, complete with Sphinxes and repurposed mausoleums. When you get tired of history, go and play Picigin at Bacvice Beach!

View of my morning snorkel in Hvar

View of my morning snorkel in Hvar – Hvar is hyped for a reason. It is a gorgeous island, where the climate allows grapes, lavender and olives to thrive. Here we encountered the highest percentage of d*bags, but our fantastic AirBnB and our amazing host Ante made it all worthwhile. Here we ate an amazing local fish stew called brodet and drank much too much wine.

Fort Lovrijenac from City Walls, Dubrovnik

Fort Lovrijenac from City Walls, Dubrovnik

Onofrio's Fountain in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik… what to say? Dubrovnik is so complete in it’s ancient architecture and layout that you feel almost like you’re in Dinseyland… but it’s real! Everything you see is older than Canada. The night lighting is fantastic. Every corner you turn is picturesque. Another Croatian city that is WORTH THE HYPE! Even worth the Canadian-style beer prices. : )


So my sum up of Croatia – is that if you get the chance to go, you really should. If you like food, amazing coffee, cheap and delicious beer pizza and gelato, the Adriatic Sea, or ancient history, there is something for you there.


Oh, I also went to Rome, and took a million photos of their fantastic vintage signage. Stay tuned for that action. And now, back to work! Drop me a line if you’re planning a wedding, or if you want to chat about Croatia!

Six Modern is on the Road!

Posted August 22nd, 2012 in News by daniellegrace

A note to all of our friends, colleagues and clients that we will be out of the country with spotty email access from today until the first week of September. Hope that there are no stationery emergencies while I am gone.

I am going somewhere insanely beautiful and will bring back lots of pictures and inspiration. In the meantime, there’s always this picture, which I have set my desktop background to to hype things up!

So pretty. I want to go to there. Anyway!

Wishing the best of luck on final prep to our September clients Lacey & Kevin and Nicole & Carl! We’ll be thinking of you. Ciao, to all of my bellas! See you on the other side.

Molly & Kyle’s Gorgeous Palm Springs DIY Wedding

Posted July 26th, 2012 in News, Spotted by daniellegrace

This is a story of the magic of “teh internets”. A long time ago, my client Molly found us at Six Modern by searching for DIY Billy Ball Invitations. We conversed, we got on like a house on fire (what does that even mean? but we did!) and I whipped up an invitation and RSVP for the lovely couple. I shipped them off to Molly and Kyle for printing (through the magic of what? The internet of course!). Some time passes, and then Molly and Kyle get hitched! April 7th I believe it was…

Now, in July, I am searching Pinterest (if you haven’t heard of Pinterest, please don’t blame me if you get hooked on it), which, may I say, is for client work! I’m serious! Anyway – I’m searching on Pinterest and I see that Six Modern has been tagged in a photo by – my client Molly! Click click click – and here is a lovely photo of our design, as printed and enveloped by Molly and Kyle, all the way in California. Ah, internet… you always find a way to bring us together…

So swing by Sun and Sparrow‘s site to check out Molly and Kyle’s gorgeous DIY desert fete, (OMG, you guys really DIYed this!?) and in the mean time, here is a teaser shot! Showing our collective handiwork.

To Molly and Kyle: congratulations! Everything about your wedding turned out to be so gorgeous; we are honoured to be a tiny part of it. Best wishes to you both!


Shannon & Mat’s Classic Chateau Fete

Posted July 10th, 2012 in Custom Projects, News by daniellegrace

RSVP postcard, program, dessert invite and invitation

Shocker – a blog post!! It must mean invite season is winding down…

Yes, things have been pretty whirlwind here at Casa 6, what with some traveling, houseguests, major renos and a jam-packed wedding season, updates have been few and far between! But that’s all about to change. I finally had a chance to take some quick photos of a custom invitation suite I developed for Shannon and Mathieu, a lovely couple that I met at WedByHand last year.

It was refreshing to work with a couple with even more austere tastes than myself – I would send them a concept and they would say something like “We really love it, but we’d love it even more if you just took out that line.” Dieter Rams – Less is More! In any case, I think we arrived together at some lovely work.

I am certain their wedding at the Chateau Laurier this past May was more than lovely. We developed these cute programs with a few different moustaches on the back for photo ops. Moustaches are so in this year! Also, I heard through the Ottawa wedding grapevine that Bridget from First Kiss Films shot their wedding film; she does the most amazing work! I will definitely keep an eye out for that when it is finished so I can share the link.

For now, a few photos of some pieces of their suite, a modern yet classic, typography heavy black and white invitation set featuring lots and lots of Bodoni! Such a pretty typeface. Onwards! (More pictures after the jump.)

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Leah and Chris’s East Meets West Wedding

Posted April 13th, 2012 in Custom Projects, News by daniellegrace

Through the magic of site stats, I just found a shot of some table numbers I designed as a part of Leah and Chris’s invitation suite! I saw that Leah wrote a review on the (now sadly defunct) site CMN Bride! The writer, Cindy, had found a cool Ottawa wedding niche – profiles and reviews from couples that had been married at the Canadian Museum of Nature!

Leah wrote a great piece, and there were pictures! Gorgeous pictures, by Julie Hahn:

I have a picture of their suite as well – not a great one though, as I was just showing them their proof online. Now that I have access to a big camera, I can take some proper documentation shots! But for now, this one shows the modern mandala motif that we used throughout the suite. And it was all based on this concept, if you can believe it!


Another interesting thing to note about Leah and Chris’s wedding is that it took place on the same day as mine, which was incidentally also an “East Meets West” wedding of sorts! And Leah’s wedding took place in the Salon at the Canadian Museum of Nature, where I had recently spent many an hour aiming the lights just so, as part of my day job with Gabriel Mackinnon! Our weddings were doppelgangers. In any case – they were so great to work with and I wish them buckets of happiness!

OK – back to work. No more internet rabbit holes for me. Speak soon!

How to DIY Your Wedding Invitations

Posted April 4th, 2012 in DIY, News by daniellegrace

In keeping with the theme of the light at the end of the tunnel, and incremental improvements, I am finally getting around to sharing the (non-definitive) guide to DIYing your Wedding Invitations! This PDF handout was prepared for a workshop I gave this February at WedByHand, Ottawa’s indie wedding show. I had 48 students on that winter afternoon, so it seems like there is an appetite for DIY. I present to you a small resource for planning your wedding stationery attack!

I’d recommend starting by downloading the PDF – its printable! But here is the text from my very condensed version of my workshop:

How to Make Your Own Wedding Invitations

1. A DIY Caveat

Crafting takes time, and its not always cheaper. In the end, you have to be excited about the wedding projects you take on, so only make things that you care about. For everything else, forget about it – someone else in the world loves to make it! Share the love!

We have compiled this flowchart to help you chart your path to wedding invitation bliss:

A DIY Invitation Flowchart by Six Modern

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Incremental Improvements…

Posted April 3rd, 2012 in News, Off Topic by daniellegrace

It seems that I can see the light at the end of the spring-wedding-season tunnel! Things have calmed down enough around the office that we’ve finally had some time to improve things around here. I am tinkering away trying to grow this site gracefully to fit my needs, so you may notice a few tiny changes. Most likely, you will not. : )

Namely – I’ve added a contact form! How exciting. The site also now offers several options at the bottom of each portfolio item now – a “call to action”, if you will? Apparently websites need those. Who knew?

Still to come – adding all of the new and fun designs that we developed for WedByHand to the site, and then – eventually – ecommerce! Aiieee! Six Modern is growing up. Slowly. And we are so honoured to be able to do so alongside such awesome clients! So for now – back to work, but watch this space!