Last month we completed a lovely set of wedding invitations for a Chicago couple who are getting married this May in Cape Cod. Caitlin and Matt hired us to design and letterpress print their gorgeous single-color invitation suite. The suite included an inner/outer set of invitation envelopes. The inner envelope was lined with a pretty green paper that was embossed with a lovely floral-vine pattern. The stationery suite also included an A7 size wedding invitation, an A2 size events card, a 4bar size reply card with coordinating reply card envelope and a matching belly band to tie everything together.
If you were to have received one of their invitations, the first thing you would have noticed was the beautiful calligraphy on the front of her envelopes. Caitlin hired a Chicago calligrapher to match the script type we used throughout the suite for her guest addressing. You can see the letterpress printed script on her outer envelope flap below. In the photo on the right you can see both the outer invitation envelope and the inner one with the invitation tucked inside. I love the pretty green embossed paper Caitlin picked out for the envelope liners! The texture and color of it was just lovely!
When you remove the invitations from their inner envelope, the pretty bundle you see above is what you would see. All of the pieces in Caitlin and Matt’s invitation suite were stacked in order of size and then wrapped and held together with a custom, letterpress printed belly band. The belly band featured playful curly lines along the band and a round medallion featuring their names, wedding date and a bucket of hydrangeas graphic in the center. This central medallion was matted onto a slightly larger circle of the same green embossed paper we used for the envelope liners to tie everything together.
Caitlin and Matt’s wedding invitation is both classic and modern at the same time. The layout is fairly simple and traditional, featuring a small graphic at the top of the design with the main body of text in a classic roman font below it. The styling of the names is in a more contemporary, all lower-case script, and is featured prominently throughout the design. I love the adorable hydrangea graphic we came up with and used throughout the suite! Caitlin kept buckets of hydrangeas in her bedroom at her parent’s house, and we found these to be the perfect floral, but not too-busy, graphic for their invitations.
Caitlin and Matt’s 4bar size reply card was designed to match their invitations using the same fonts and ink colors. These reply cards were paired with a matching white reply card envelope printed with their return address in the same sage green ink. All of Caitlin and Matt’s stationery was printed on 110 lb. Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper in Pearl White.
Caitlin and Matt also included a separate events card with their invitations. This card was an A2 size and featured information about the other events they are having in conjunction with the wedding. We created tiny icons to represent each event. These events include a clambake rehearsal dinner, a Sunday morning brunch and a sunset beach bonfire the night after the wedding. It sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic weekend!
Above is one more shot of the belly band by itself so that you can see athe beautiful textures from both of the different papers and the letterpress printing. I just love how this piece tied all of the other pieces together!
We’re currently working on a matching set of place cards and favor tags for Caitlin and Matt and I just love how they’re turning out!
Caitlin and Matt – you’ve been so much fun to work with! Thanks so much for hiring us to create these with you! Talk to you soon! : )