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Weddings | Renee & Peter

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What do you get when a really awesome Australian couple with Scottish roots decides to get married?  Really awesome wedding invitations, with a nod to their Scottish heritage.  Renee and Peter contacted me earlier this spring about creating a set of wedding invitations for their upcoming wedding in November and I had such a wonderful time working with them, I couldn’t help but show their invites off to you!

Renee and Peter’s suite features so many fun elements including lined envelopes, blind embossing, letterpress printing, and a really fun and unique laser-cut piece!

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Renee and Peter’s invitation is a standard A7 size that features a blind embossed woodgrain pattern all over the background and letterpress typography printed in black ink.  The design of the invite is casual and fun and I was super-excited when they asked if the graphic at the bottom could be a set of bagpipes!  (It was honestly really exciting, no one has ever asked me to draw bagpipes before).

Like many modern couples, Renee and Peter planned to have their guests RSVP online, so we needed some sort of way to indicate where to do that.  In order to do that, we took of running with the bagpipe motif and created a custom, laser-cut and engraved set of double-sided website cards out of maple wood veneer that featured their website address on one side and the password on the opposite.  The wooden bagpipe cards were then tied around each invitation with jute twine.

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Aren’t they just too cool!?!  This combined with the green and navy blue tartan envelope liner you see in the top photo, I think, were a really nice nod to their Scottish roots!  I’m imagining that there will be some awesome photos of gentlemen in kilts, possibly playing bagpipes, to come from this wedding in just a few short months!

Renee & Peter, thanks so much again for working with us!  You two are awesome!!

Weddings | Alicia & Tim

Alicia1In the spirit of Throwback-Thursday, I’d like to show you one of my favorite wedding invitation suites from a couple of years ago that I just hadn’t gotten around to putting up on the blog, until now!  This suite was designed by New York City designer, Jihee Wu, for Melbourne, Australia couple, Alicia and Tim!  I love how modern and timeless this suite is and how it utilizes many of the lovely things that letterpress printing has to offer, in such an elegant and classic way!
Alicia3Alicia4Alicia & Tim’s invitation suite featured a 5.5″ square invitation, letterpress printed in a charcoal grey ink on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper.  The suite also featured matching grey envelopes that were letterpress printed with black ink.  All of Alicia and Tim’s pieces incorporated a blind embossed monogram, which you can see at the top of the invite in the above photos.

Other pieces included a single color (gray) reply postcard and a smaller reception card with their wedding website info at the bottom.

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We also printed a gorgeous set of simple, modern thank you cards, and matching menus and ceremony programs for the day of the wedding.  Alicia & Tim’s thank you cards and thank you card envelopes are pictured below!

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(Above photos courtesy of Lakshal Perera)

Check out some of the gorgeous photos and details above from their day, courtesy of Lakshal Perera Photography in Melbourne.  If you’d like to see more of Alicia and Tim’s wedding photos, you can on Lakshal’s website here.

Thanks so much again for working with us, Alicia & Tim!  Cheers!

 

Custom Business Cards | Petite Vintage Interiors

pv2Twin Ravens Press recently had the pleasure of working with the wonderful owner of Petite Vintage Interiors, a Children’s Interior Design Boutique located in Queensland, Australia, on a new set of custom letterpress business cards, that are super-fun and unique!  Bel wanted something really special for her business’ new cards and definitely wanted them to be “not something you’d see everyday”.

The above card is what we came up with!  It’s a custom laser-cut cloud shaped card that was cut from 100% cotton duplex paper and then printed in three ink colors: pastel pink, minty green and black.  The front of each card has the company logo and is reminiscent of the cloud logo on their website.  The back side has Bel’s name and contact information.  I just love a super-unique business card!!

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If you happen to live (or be visiting) Queensland, Australia’s beautiful Gold Coast, go check out Petite Vintage!  If you live in Australia, they are happy to do consultations for folks on the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and in Brisbane.  You can find more information about them, and view a gallery of rooms they’ve designed, on their website and Facebook page.

Thanks so much again for working with us Bel!  I’m so glad you love your cards!!  All the best!

 

Weddings | Karllie and Steve (Or, "How We Got Featured In Cosmopolitan in Australia")

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Hello, Lovelies!!  If you’ve been following our Facebook page recently, you may have caught our exciting news last week that a set of wedding stationery we printed last year was featured in the most recent issue of Cosmopolitan Bride in Australia!  How did I find out about this, you might ask?  Well, an awesome prospective client from down under (Hi, Nikki!), emailed to tell me about it!  How cool is that?!?  Because I’ve been unable to figure out how to purchase a copy of an Australian periodical from Oregon so far, I haven’t seen the feature in person yet, but a couple of the coolest Australian folks we know, have offered to mail us a copy!  So, while we’re waiting for that, I figured it would be cool to show off the actual stationery that made it in to the magazine!

The stationery in question you can see above!  It was created for Victoria-based couple Karllie and Steve and featured an A7 size invitation and envelope, a 4bar size reply card and envelope and a super-cool, coordinating, laser-cut tag on a silk ribbon to tie everything together.  This is how it would have looked, if you had gotten one in the mail:

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Karllie and Steve’s suite was printed in a single dark-blue-grey ink on super-thick, eco-friendly 100% bamboo paper.  My favorite thing about this design is its simplicity and versatility.  I also love how, unlike a traditional wedding invitation, where the names are in a super-decorative (often script) typeface and the other info is in a block font, this invite switches that up and utilizes a large block typeface for the names and a fun, yet still readable, more decorative font for the body text.  We also used a pretty little glyph throughout the suite as a small decoration.  I love how small details like this tie everything together without being too bold and “design-y”.

Check out the matching reply card and envelope below.  Again, I just love how simple, yet elegant the whole design is.

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Despite loving it all, one of my favorite design elements of this suite, is the custom tag we created to act as a belly band and tie the suite together.  This tag is a fold-over that measures approximately 1.5 x 2 inches.  It featured the couple’s initials and the same little design element from the rest of the suite, laser cut into the same bamboo paper.  We then found a text-weight paper in the same color as their ink and used this on the inside of the tag.  Karllie wrote each guest’s name on the inside of the tag for a beautiful touch of personalization!  You may notice the slight discoloration on the white part of the tags – when using a light colored, all-natural-fiber paper, this is often a side-effect to laser cutting.  If you are interested in having us create something like this for you, but are bothered by the discoloration, we are happy to utilize alternate paper types or colors that will minimize this side-effect.  Each tag had a cream silk ribbon threaded through it and the whole thing was tied around the other pieces to hold them together.

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Isn’t this suite just gorgeous?!?  I love it so much, and Karllie and Steve were a fantastic couple to work with!  Oh, in case you’re wondering, I was able to track down the cover of the Australian Cosmo where these are featured.  It’s their current “Fall 2014” issue (since it’s currently fall in the southern hemisphere).  Here’s what the cover looks like for prosperity:

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So awesome!!  We’re so honored to even be a tiny part of a national publication in another country.  So cool!!

Thanks so much again for working with us, Karllie and Steve!  You two rock!

UPDATE: After posting this article, Karllie was sweet enough to get in touch with us and send over a couple photos of the actual feature!  Check them out:

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Again, so cool!!  Thanks, Karllie!

UPDATE (PART II): And, more pics!  These came directly from Cosmopolitan!

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Weddings | Emma & Joseph

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I’ve shown this particular design before, but I love it so much that I figured it was time to show it off again!  The wedding invitation suite you see above was originally designed by Jihee Wu, and printed by us, for her own wedding in 2011, but Australian couple, Emma and Joseph, saw it on our site, and loved it so much, that they hired Jihee and I to recreate it for their wedding!

Their suite includes an A7 size invitation, printed in two colors, with a coordinating envelope, and an A2 size reply card with coordinating envelope.  All of the pieces were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper.  The envelopes we used were from Waste Not Paper Company.

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I just love the contrast in this design between the super-modern, san-serif type used for the majority of the invitation and the lovely, custom script Jihee created for the names.  I also love how we made the single line “joyfully invite you to their wedding” stand out by printing it in such a bright pink!  The address on the invite envelope was designed to match using the same script for the names, stretching across the flap and the same modern type for the rest of the address.

The reply card and envelope that you can see below also featured custom script and modern type, printed in grey ink!  I love it!!

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If you’d like to check out more designs that we’ve worked on with Jihee, you can here and here.  If you like her style, please contact us and we’d be happy to put you in touch!

Thanks so much again for working with us, Emma & Joseph!

Weddings | Anna & James

Check out this lovely and classic wedding invitation suite we recently completed for Australian couple, Anna & James!  Anna and James are getting married outside on the grounds of their church in Gleniffer, New South Wales, in April of 2014.  Anna had a fantastically clear vision of what she wanted for her wedding invitations, and hired us to turn that vision into a reality!  Her and James’ suite features an A7 size invitation, a custom made tag that has RSVP information printed on one side and information about gift-giving on the other, and coordinating envelopes.  The styling is timeless and classic.  All pieces were printed in black ink and feature a gorgeous, contemporary calligraphy font, contrasted with a classic roman typeface for the majority of the wording.  There are also some lovely, hand-drawn details decorating both the tags and invitations.

I just love the tree motif at the top of this invitation!  It’s so lovely and whimsical when paired with the calligraphy font that we used for Anna and James’ names.

Below, you can see a closer view of the tags.  These were custom laser cut out of the same cotton rag paper that we used for the invitations and then printed double-sided with the gift and RSVP information.  Each tag also has a hole drilled in it so that Anna could tie them on to the invitation with either twine or a ribbon.

I loved working with Anna and James on this suite, and I think the results are just beautiful!  If you’re looking to create a similar style for your wedding, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  We would love to work with you!

Weddings | Alexandra & Simon

I love a classic black & white letterpress invitation so much!  They’re timeless, beautiful, and can work with just about any type of celebration!  Earlier this year we created the invite you see in the photos above and below for Australian couple, Alexandra and Simon.  They wanted something timeless with a little bit of modern flair.  Their invitation is printed in black ink on a gorgeous 100% cotton rag paper.  It features a classic all-caps, serif font for the body text, and a more decorative script font for their names.  The invites also featured rounded corners and copper edge painting.  We paired this invite with a matching envelope, printed with the couple’s return address in the same style, and then lined each one with a more modern and playful blue envelope liner!  The liner featured a fun pattern of different blue and copper dots, which coordinated wonderfully with the edge painting on the invitations!  So awesome!! 

Weddings | Sarah & Adam

We’ve had a lot of clients from Australia as of late, and I always love working with our friends from Down Under!  They have such a lovely design sense, and all seem to be lovely people to boot!  The set of wedding invitations you see above were designed by the client, and printed by us, for Sarah and Adam’s wedding in Brisbane, Australia earlier this spring.  The suite featured an A7 size invitation, a 5″ square map/directions card and a 4bar size RSVP postcard, all printed in two ink colors: black and turquoise.  These were paired with unprinted light yellow envelopes from Green Paper Company!

I just love the vintage-looking floral motifs and scripty, decorative font that Sarah used throughout the suite!  The detail on the map card is pretty phenomenal too!

While we’re located in Oregon, Twin Ravens Press is happy to print and ship anywhere in the world!  If you’re looking to have something printed for your upcoming wedding or event, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  We’d love to work with you!

Thanks so much again Sarah & Adam!  Cheers!

 

Weddings | Vivian & Allen

This past December, a lovely couple we worked with in Australia were married in Kew, Victoria.  Vivian and Allen designed their wedding invitations themselves and hired Twin Ravens Press to do their letterpress printing!  Vivian and Allen’s stationery suite included an A7 size wedding invitation and a small gifts insert that were enclosed in an unprinted A7 invitation envelope from Crane & Co.  All of Vivian and Allen’s stationery was printed in one ink color: a gorgeous, deep, dusty-rose pink on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White paper.

Below on the left is their invitation by itself.  I love the combination of classic roman type with the large calligraphic script they chose for their names.  The lovely rose graphic that Allen created is a gorgeous motif for a wedding invitation, and it letterpress printed beautifully!  In the photo on the bottom right you can see their gifts insert.  In Australia, enclosing a card like this is fairly common, as many couples don’t do a registry, but do a wishing well instead.  I love how simple and pretty this suite turned out!

Allen and Vivian – thanks so much for working with us last year on these!  I just love all of our Australian clients – it’s so much fun to work with you, even though you’re over 8,000 miles away!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know.  Congratulations!

Weddings | Karthi & Colin

The beautiful and unique set of wedding invitations you see above was easily another one of my favorite sets of invitations from last year.  I absolutely love working with all of our international clients, and Karthi and Colin, from Australia, were no exception!  Karthi and Colin were married this past December in Aukland, New Zealand in a ceremony that combined aspects of both traditional Hindu and western cultures.  Their invitations, which you can see above, included a #10 size ceremony invitation, a monarch size reception invitation, a small rsvp/website card and a red #10 envelope to mail everything in.

Below you can see the invitation all by itself.  For the design, we combined a lovely script font for Karthi & Colin’s names with a decorative serif font for the main body text.  We used the colors of a traditional Hindu ceremony: yellow and red, for the paper and inks, and also used decorative elements that suggested a more traditional ceremony within the design.  The paper for Karthi & Colin’s invite, reception invite and rsvp/website card was a custom-made yellow paper from Porridge Papers.  It had wildflower seeds embedded in it that will actually grow if the invitations are planted.  I love that we were able to have a custom yellow paper made for these!  They were so bright and cheerful!

Aren’t the decorative elements in this design just gorgeous!?!  I love how they reference traditional Hindu art and Mehndi while also being somewhat modern-looking.

For Colin & Karthi’s reception invitation, we used the same fonts, custom-made yellow paper, and red inks.  The design elements for this card were slightly more floral, and I love the Thoreau quote at the bottom.  Colin’s and Karthi’s ceremony was held in the morning at the Swami Narayan Temple Hall in Aukland, and their reception was held later that evening at Hopetown alpha, also in Aukland.

In the photo in the bottom left of the grouping below, you can see their website card.  This was a smaller card, measuring only 3.5″x2.5″.  Despite the small size, we were able to incorporate both the rsvp information and website information there, as well as use some of the decoration, for consistency with the other pieces, in the upper-lefthand corner.

The envelopes that Karthi and Colin used were a #10 size and were a bright red color from Waste Not Paper Company.  I love a decorative envelope when I see one!  These envelopes were printed with some of the same traditional design work from their invitation in gold ink on both the front and flap of these envelopes.  It’s hard to see in the photos, but this gold was super-sparkly in person.  We also printed their return address in script in gold ink on the flap of each envelope, which you can see in the lower-right photo below.

Are you ready to see photos of this gorgeous couple on their big day?!?  I was so excited when Karthi sent me photos of her and Colin’s ceremony.  I just love how bright and colorful a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony is, and I think it’s totally awesome that Karthi and Colin were able to incorporate elements and traditions from both of their cultural backgrounds into their wedding day.  All of the photos below were courtesy of Kelly Newland Photography in Aukland, New Zealand.

I love the large group photo of everyone in front of the Swami Narayan Temple Hall above.  So much color and such a beautiful building! Colin and Karthi are such a beautiful couple and I just love how Karthi looked on her wedding day in traditional wedding saree with her bridal mehndi!  So gorgeous!!

Above you can see some of the images from their more western reception.  Karthi and Colin look just as amazing in a white dress and suit as in their traditional attire from earlier that morning.  I love their yellow wedding cake and Karthi’s birdcage veil too!  As I mentioned before, I was overjoyed to get to see these photos!

Karthi and Colin were an amazing couple to work with over such a long distance!  I love how they were able to incorporate aspects of both cultures into their ceremony, and creating their yellow and red stationery was so much fun!

Karthi and Colin, if you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’d love to stay in touch and work with you again sometime in the future!  All the best!