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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 | Kirk & Christy

Check out these cute, modern wedding invitations we made last summer for California couple Kirk and Christy!  Kirk and Christy were married in the Oregon Coast town of Cannon Beach last August, and I had a ton of fun working with them to create these invites!  Above is the full set, which included a monarch size invitation and envelope, a 4bar size reply card and envelope, a smaller website card and a custom, laser cut belly band.  Let’s look at all of the pieces individually!

When Kirk originally contacted me, he and Christy wanted to do something fun and quirky with the motif for their invitations!  When they had first started dating, one of the first photos they took together was of their hands with tiny octopus and squid finger puppets (see original photo below on the right).  I think it’s so cool (and adorable!) that they wanted to somehow incorporate this into their wedding invitations!  To do this, I created the drawing you see at the top of the octopus and squid holding hands, and we carried this through all of the pieces in their invitations suite!  Their invite is a modern monarch size, measuring 3.75″x7.25″ and was printed in a nice light blue ink on 100% cotton paper.  I love the combination of the cute octopus/squid drawing with the simple, serif font we used for the text!

The other pieces in the suite were designed to match the invitation!  Below you can see Kirk and Christy’s reply card and envelope as well as their small website card.  Additional information could be found on their website, so they didn’t need a bunch of extra insert cards, just a small one directing guests to the website.  

The thing that sets this suite apart, in my opinion, from a lot of others, is the awesome way we tied everything together!  Kirk and Christy had me design a custom, laser-cut belly band to wrap around the individual pieces in their suite.  Because we had been using the “squid and octopus holding hands” theme for the motif, I thought it would be really nice (and awesome) to have their belly band be of the tentacles of the squid and octopus holding hands around all of their stationery.  This was a bit of a challenge to figure out how to draw, and then cut, but they turned out so cool!!  The belly bands were laser cut in-house out of a shimmery blue paper and they secured all of the pieces in Kirk and Christy’s suite together!

I think everything in this suite turned out so cool!  I love the adorable simplicity of the main pieces, and then the totally unique belly band that tied everything together!  If you’re interested in adding something really different to your invitation suite, ask us about laser cutting!  There’s so much we can do with it that will add just that extra bit of uniqueness to your invitations!

Thanks so much again for working with us Kirk and Christy!  I hope you’re having a Happy New Year!

Weddings | Caitlin & Matt

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!  : )