Hi all! I must apologize for my lack of blogging this week, but it’s been crazy – busy around here! To make up for my absence, I want to show you a really special set of wedding invitations that we created last year for a couple in Indiana who had a destination wedding in Florida last April. Let me tell you, this is a post I should have written, literally, about a year ago. The couple I’m going to be writing about, Louise and Dagan, were so awesome and wonderful to work with, and so understanding when situations weren’t ideal, that they have been long overdue for some blogging love. You see, I worked with Louise last year on her fairly extensive set of invitations that you can see in the photo above. The invitation suite included an A6 size invitation, A7 size inner and outer envelopes, An A2 size reply card and coordinating envelope, a custom monogram belly band, 4bar size rehearsal dinner and brunch invitations and a smaller website card. The suite utilized combinations of three different ink colors including chocolate brown and two lovely shades of green. All of the pieces were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White paper and the invite envelopes were also from Crane. The lovely light green envelopes that Louise chose for her reply card envelopes were from Waste Not Paper Company. Everything went completely as planned with this job, and we were a week away from going to print on it, when I fell hiking and broke my leg last January. I expected Louise to freak out about the sudden, unplanned delay in her printing, but she took everything with stride and was so completely sweet about it to boot. Despite the delays, her invitations were amazing, and I’m so excited to finally be showing them off to you on this blog.
In the photos above you can see what the whole “package” looked like together. Louise and Dagan’s invitation suite came in an A7 size envelope and featured all of the cards I mentioned above tied up with a custom, letterpress monogram belly band. If you have a lot of different pieces in your invitation suite, and aren’t including something like a pocket folder, this is a really nice way to tie everything together (no pun intended) and make it look really nice for your guests when they pull it out of the envelope.
Louise and Dagan’s belly band was a 2″ round medallion featuring their initials in the darker of their two green inks with two little love birds perched on either letter. The medallion had two small holes drilled on either side of the initials so that we could thread a 1/4″ wide, green, double-faced satin ribbon through each one. Each ribbon tied in a small knot behind all of the stationery.
The main piece in Louise and Dagan’s suite was their gorgeous, three-color, A6 size wedding invitation. The invitation featured a classic roman typeface for the majority of the invite text and then a lovely, playful script in green for their names. The motif on the top of the invitation, was one that I’ve used before several times, but that I love very much. It’s a couple of love birds in branches surrounded by clusters of lovely blossoms. Isn’t this invitation gorgeous?!?
Louise and Dagan’s A2 size reply card was also printed in three colors and was designed to match their invitation. It featured a smaller bird-in-branches motif in the top right corner and all of their response options below in a mix of the roman and decorative script fonts we had used on the invitation. For the meal at the reception, Louise had her guests indicate whether they wanted Surf-n-Turf with a cow + lobster icon, or vegetarian, represented by a couple of carrots. I use little animal and vegetable icons for meal choice options on reply cards all of the time, and let me tell you, for some reason they just never get old. I love them!
Loise and Dagan’s reply card envelopes were printed simply with one ink color (the darker green) on a light green envelope from Waste Not Paper Company.
There were also two smaller invitations – one to a rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding and one for a brunch the morning after the wedding, included in Louise and Dagan’s invite suite. Both of these invitations were printed on 4bar size cards in one ink color. The Brunch invite was vertically oriented and printed in the darker green ink and the rehearsal dinner invite was horizontally oriented and printed in the mintier green. Last, but not least, they also included a small, 3.5″x2.5″ card with their website information and two more little birdies in an even darker green ink.
I just love how everything coordinated so well with this suite!
After we completed their invitations, Louise and Dagan hired me again to do some design work and letterpress printing for their actual wedding ceremony and reception. We designed and printed for them a coordinating set of thank you cards, some cute monogram favor tags, table numbers and place cards. Louise’s thank you cards, which you can see in the top photo below, were a 4bar size folded card printed in one ink color that came with matching white envelopes. The thank you’s featured the same script we used throughout the invitation suite and two little flying love birds across the front of the card.
For their favor tags, Louise and Dagan had me print more of the the little monogram medallions we had used for their belly bands, but instead of drilling small holes in the sides, we drilled a single hole in the top of the medallion instead. This allowed Louise to run a tiny 1/8″ wide satin ribbon through each medallion and tie them to her favors.
Their table numbers and place cards were really cute! These weren’t actually letterpress printed, but what we did is took one of the bird designs from the invitation and scaled it up fairly large. We then found coordinating papers that would match their green inks and custom die-cut several little birdies out of the different green papers. Louise used one shade of green for the place cards and the other for her table numbers. She hired a calligrapher to write out the names and numbers on each little card and for the place cards, we drilled holes in the cards so she could hang them from a small tree at the entrance to their reception. Totally cute idea – don’t you think?!?
Lastly, in lieu of a guest book, Louise and Dagan had me print a run of double-sided postcards in their design in green ink. The postcards were left on a table, where you might find an ordinary guest book, and guests were instructed to write their well-wishes on a postcard that would be mailed to Louise and Dagan later on in the upcoming year. I think this is a totally fun idea, not only because it’s more letterpress, but also because then you get wonderfully happy mail from all of the people who attended your wedding throughout the coming year. Very cool idea. Very cool.
So, do you want to see some wedding photos from Louise and Dagan’s big day? I know you do. Louise sent me these a couple of months after the wedding. She was such a beautiful bride! All photos below courtesy of Goode Green Photography in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.