Weddings | Don & Stephanie

Happy Friday Everybody!  This afternoon I’m really excited to show off an awesome set of wedding invitations that we made for a Eugene couple earlier this year!  We’ve worked with Don and Stephanie on quite a few projects in the past, including business stationery for their company, Oregon Social Media.  I was super-excited earlier this year when Don & Steph came back to me to collaborate on their wedding stationery.  They were married this past June in the small town of Jacksonville, in southern Oregon, and wanted their invites to reflect a modern sensibility, as well as the rustic-ness of Jacksonville, and Oregon on the whole.  What you see above is what we came up with!

Don & Stephanie’s wedding invitations featured an awesome, letterpress-printed A7 invite that was blind embossed with a fun woodgrain pattern, and printed in black ink, a coordinating invitation envelope, and a smaller, laser cut website/rsvp card.  The main motif for their invites was the state of Oregon with a small heart in the bottom left corner where Jacksonville is.  I was excited that we were able to incorporate this little state motif into all three of their pieces.  The invitation and rsvp/website card were held together with baker’s twine in Don & Stephanie’s wedding colors: white, grey and yellow.

Their invitation was paired with a coordinating gravel grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company with Don and Stephanie’s address letterpress printed on the back flap.

Check out the close-up image above of their invitation!  We used a full-bleed blind embossed woodgrain pattern to decorate the background of this invite and then printed their invitation text over the top in black ink.  I love the fun mix of funky, modern fonts that we were able to incorporate!  You’ll also notice in the images below that the state motif was used to decorate the bottom!

One of the most exciting aspects of this invitation suite for me was Don and Steph’s rsvp/website card.  We designed this card to be in the shape of the Oregon motif they had used on the other pieces, but in order to give the piece a little more interest, we laser cut the shape of the card and the little heart out of thin, maple wood veneer.  Rather than printing the text onto the veneer, we engraved it with the laser cutter, so that it had the same depth and texture as the letterpress impression on the other pieces!

Twin Ravens Press is happy to work with you to design small wooden laser cut pieces to incorporate into your invitations or other projects, like this one.  We’re also happy to work with you to create engraved wooden invitations, business cards, and or other stationery.  These reply/website cards were made out of maple wood, but we have several different wood varieties in a variety of colors and textures for you to choose from!  I love the way that this complimented the woodgrain pattern of Don & Steph’s invitation and I love how unique such a small piece can make a whole suite feel.  I mean, how often do you get an engraved, wooden card in the mail?  Not often, and they’re so cool!!

Thanks so much again, Don & Stephanie, for working with us on your wedding invitations!  I always enjoy working with the two of you and I can’t wait to see what projects you have in store for us next!

Save the Date | Alanna & Tim are Getting Married!

One of the coolest things about my job is that I get to work with all kinds of couples and families from all over the country and the world!  Alanna and Tim contacted me all the way from South Australia not too long ago about creating custom invitations for their April 2011 wedding.  Alanna pretty much had her designs all figured out when she found us, but she hired us to refine them slightly, and add in a few little hand-drawn touches here and there, and then do the letterpress printing, of course.  We just finished her Save-the-Dates earlier this month and are in the midst of working with her to create a set of custom, coordinating invitations!

Alanna and Tim’s Save-the-Dates and corresponding envelopes are an A7 size, measuring 5″x7″.  They were printed on Crane Lettra 220 lb. Duplex 100% cotton paper and were paired with matching 100% cotton pearl white pointed flap envelopes.  Both pieces were printed in two ink colors: a lovely light grey and a soft, aqua blue.

Alanna’s design has a very soft, romantic, whimsical feeling to it with many, small, hand-drawn elements and a combination of a typewriter-like font and a romantic script face.  All of the typography (with the exception of the script word “Love” towards the top of the design) on these Save-the-Dates was printed in light grey ink and all of the small decorative elements were printed in blue.  You may recognize the tree at the top of the design from a Save-the-Date we created earlier this year for another couple, Lauren and Warren.  It’s such a lovely, little, whimsical element.  Alanna’s design also featured some cute little hearts interspersed with the text, and a small, leafy flourish, hand-drawn by yours truly.

Alanna and Tim’s envelopes also featured many of the same, sweet decorative elements from their invitations.  The front of the envelope has a burst of light aqua blue tree branches and leaves coming in from the left corner, while the back features their names and the heart from the Save-the-Date card and the same typewriter font for the address.  Just to be extra decorative, we even included my little, leafy flourish on the center of the flap.

Alanna also did some fabulous customization to her Save-the-Dates once she received them in the mail from us!  I pulled the photos in the grouping below off of a link she sent me to a Facebook album.  Don’t her Save-the-Dates look so cool tied up with blue and white baker’s twine?!?  You’ll notice in the photo that Alanna also used a small, kraft brown pouch to hold small reminder cards that accompanied the package.  She also included a small kraft brown tag with a heart punched into it and strung beads onto one end of baker’s twine.  The beads have hearts and their wedding date on them.  Pretty cute, and totally personalized!  I love it!

Alanna and Tim have been so much fun to work with so far and I can’t wait to show you their awesome accordion-invitations that we’re working on in the next couple of months.  They are going to be stellar!  Check back in to see those in the near future.  Thanks so much Alanna & Tim!  I’m looking forward to working with you more!