Last summer we created a lovely green and grey set of wedding invitations for an east-coast couple who were married in Massachusetts last September. Micah and Jenn were one of my favorite couples from last year, and their invitation suite was rather impressive, so I wanted to take the opportunity today to show it off to you! In the above photo you can see the main components of their invitation suite. It included an A7 size wedding invitation, an A2 size accommodations card, rehearsal dinner invitation, celebration card and reply card and envelope. The main invite envelopes were hand-lined with an awesome, floral screen printed paper and we later created matching wedding programs for them as well!
Below are Micah and Jenn’s wedding invitation and invitation envelope by themselves. For the invitation, we created a lovely flourish to adorn the top of the card and then all of the text was in custom calligraphy by Fran Heider of Little Flower Calligraphy. In order to do this, Micah and Jenn hired Fran and worked with her to get the calligraphy elements just how they wanted them, then Fran sent us scans of all of the calligraphy, and we turned it into vector images, scaled it down to size and arranged it in the layout of the invitation. Using calligraphy within the design of your invitations creates a really beautiful effect and it ensures that your design will be entirely unique from any other design out there.
For the invitation envelope, we found a lovely screen printed floral patterned paper that we die-cut into envelope liners and then lined each envelope by hand. I love how the olive background color on the paper really coordinated with the green ink we used on the invitation, and I think the black and gold, modern, floral pattern is just gorgeous!
Isn’t Fran’s calligraphy beautiful?!? Before hiring us to do this design, Micah and Jenn discovered us from a previous design that was nearly identical, also using Fran’s calligraphy, that we had featured on this website about six months before. If you’d like to check out that design, you can here. We kept the flap of their invitation envelopes simple, and printed their return address in a roman typeface, centered on the back flap, in grey ink.
Micah and Jenn’s celebration was going to last the entire weekend, so they had us design and print a separate card featuring the events that were on different days from the actual wedding ceremony. They had a get-together with s’mores and beverages on the Friday evening before the wedding, and a post-wedding brunch the Sunday after. For this card, we incorporated more of Fran’s calligraphy for the dates and the “Celebrate with us” phrase, and we incorporated the green flourish design into the border of the card!
As you can see in the images below, we also created a matching rehearsal dinner invitation (for a Southern Barbecue Rehearsal Dinner – awesome!) and a separate Accommodations card for Micah and Jenn. Each card was a little bit different, but all of them featured both the green and grey inks, flourishing, calligraphy, and some roman type to balance everything out. I love how much variety we were able to achieve with one simple graphic and a couple of ink colors!
Several months after their invitations had been sent out, Micah and Jenn contacted me again to create a matching ceremony program for their wedding. This program was a booklet style that featured a letterpress printed cover and a digitally printed interior page. The cover was printed using Fran’s calligraphy in grey ink for their names and wedding date, and a bunch of green flourishes to match their other paper goods. The interior page was a single sheet of paper folded in half to create four booklet pages. The first page had information about all of the people in Micah and Jenn’s wedding party. The two middle pages featured information on the different Jewish wedding traditions that Micah and Jenn were incorporating into their ceremony, and the last page had a thank you note from the couple to their guests, and a list of family members who were no longer with them, but who they wanted to acknowledge on their special day. These programs measured 5″x7″ folded, and were tied together with a piece of green ribbon that was threaded through two holes in each page. This is a simple, elegant, and fairly inexpensive way to create a booklet-style program for your wedding!
One of the best things about working with Micah and Jenn was getting to work with other members of their family too! Micah’s mom, Beverly, contacted me a couple of weeks before the wedding and had me create another invitation, in the same style as Micah and Jenn’s invite, but in different colors, for a celebratory brunch that she would be throwing for the newlyweds back in New Jersey a few weeks after the wedding. This invite was a simple A7 size card printed in two ink colors and was paired with coordinating blue envelopes from Green Paper Company.
I loved working with Micah, Jenn and Beverly last year and I think that all of their paper goods turned out so beautifully! Thanks so much again Micah, Jenn and Bev! If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask! All the best!