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Weddings | Galen & Jeff

Above is another one of my absolute favorite sets of wedding invitations from last year.  The couple we created them for was so sweet and wonderful to work with, and the design and colors are so much fun!  If you’re a reader of WeddingBee, you may have already seen these before.  The bride we created them for is Mrs. Candy Apple.  Galen and Jeff’s invitation suite featured an A7 size invitation with corresponding envelope, an A2 size reply card with corresponding envelope, and a 4″ square reception card that was printed as a coaster!

Check out their beautiful invitation below!  Galen and Jeff hired Blue Clara on Etsy to create their silhouettes and we incorporated them into this timeless, yet modern design.  The invitation is an A7 size and was printed on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White paper in dark grey ink.  Along with their silhouettes, the design also featured a lovely, decorative border and two different fonts: a fun, modern script for their names, and a classic, all-caps, roman face for the body text.  Their invitation was paired with a moss green envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and was letterpress printed with their return address in grey on the back flap.  I love how Galen had us use a small heart in the address where the ampersand normally would be.  So cute!!!

The letterpress printing on this piece was just lovely!

Below, you can see the reply card that we designed to match.  The reply card was also printed in dark grey ink and featured the same border design and fonts from the invitation.  I love the cute, creative response wording that Galen and Jeff used, and the adorable animal silhouettes are always a fun alternative to simply writing out meal options.

Galen & Jeff also included a separate reception “card” with their invites.  They were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Seattle, but held their reception at a separate venue: the Seattle Tennis Club.  They wanted to emphasize the fun aspect of their reception, so for this piece, rather than printing it as a normal card, we printed it on a coaster!  The coasters were printed in two ink colors: the same dark grey from the other pieces in the suite, and a nice olive-y green to match the envelopes.  I think this piece was super-fun!

Galen also added some additional embellishments to this suite that really tied everything together including a Moo Card with one of their engagement photos, bakers twine and custom calligraphy.  The calligraphy was done by Michele Clark of Calligraphy by Michele in Staten Island, New York.  Her work is always beautiful!  If you’d like to see these invitations fully assembled, and read about them on Galen’s WeddingBee Blog, you can here and here.  Check them out!  You can also read more about other aspects of her wedding and see recap photos by clicking the link to her full WeddingBee blog above.

Thanks so much again for working with us Galen!  I love how everything turned out and working with you was a blast!  If you ever need anything else, just let me know.

Weddings | Lauren & Chris

Earlier this month we finished a lovely, modern-chic set of wedding invitations for a couple in Southern California, Lauren & Chris.  Lauren and Chris are getting married in Palm Springs at the end of March and wanted something that was both classy and traditional, and modern and chic at the same time.  For their suite, we created a large, 6.75″ square wedding invitation with matching envelope, an A6 size reply card with matching envelope and a 5.5″ square rehearsal dinner invitation.  The three main pieces were printed on Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper in Bone White and they were paired with 100% cotton pearl white envelopes from Crane & Co.  Twin Ravens Press created the design and text layout and Lauren and Chris hired the very talented Katrina Centeno of Calligraphy Katrina in Pasadena, California to do the calligraphy for both the letterpress printed designs and for her envelope addressing.

Here is Lauren and Chris’ wedding invite all by itself!  For the design of this invitation, we created a fun and modern blind embossed tile border pattern that is about 1″ wide all around the outside of the invite.  This invitation is an oversized square shape and measures about 6.75″ square.  We then letterpress printed the text of their wedding invitation in a mix of all-caps and classic serif fonts in black ink and had their names letterpress printed in black calligraphy as the main focal point of the piece.  I just love the beautiful calligraphy that Katrina created for this design, and think it worked so beautifully with the other design elements and typefaces of the suite.

Check out the gorgeous texture that the letterpress printing of the calligraphy, blind embossed border and text of the invitation created in the Holyoke paper!  The results were just stunning!

Above you can see the back flap of Lauren & Chris’ invitation envelope.  These envelopes were a 7″ square, marquis, square flap envelope from Crane & Co. and feature the couple’s letterpress printed return address in black ink centered on the back flap.  The calligraphy for this address was also created by Katrina of Calligraphy Katrina.
Lauren and Chris’ reply card was designed to match their invitation.  They had quite a few different events for their wedding weekend that their guests needed to respond to, so we chose to do a fairly large, rectangular A6 size card for this piece.  The design of the card features more beautiful calligraphy, the blind embossed border pattern adorning the left side of the card only, and some very cute animal and vegetable graphics for entrée choices.  This card was paired with an A6 size, square flap envelope, also from Crane that featured letterpress printed, calligraphy return addresses on the front.
I love Lauren’s fun and different responses for each event on this card.  It’s much more unique than just a simple “Accepts” and “Regrets”!
Last, but not least, we created a coordinating rehearsal dinner invitation for Lauren and Chris to go with each of their wedding invitations.  This card is also a square shape, but is quite a bit smaller than the wedding invitation, at 5.5″ square.  It also features the same blind embossed border all the way around and was printed with black ink.  Katrina wrote out the words “Let’s Celebrate!” in calligraphy, and we used that for the main decorative text of this piece.  We also decorated this card with a small, vintage palm tree image, which I love.
Lauren and Chris were so much fun to work with and I truly loved mixing Lauren’s patterned border idea with fancy, elaborate calligraphy.  Thanks so much again for working with us Lauren and Chris!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Weddings | Kelly & Wai

As I mentioned in an earlier post this week, we worked with three different couples earlier this summer who were married this past Labor Day weekend.  Kelly & Wai were one of those three couples and, boy, did we really enjoy getting to work with them!  Both the bride and groom were so excited about their wedding and about our work, that it made designing the set of stationery that you see above really, really exciting and fun.   Kelly and Wai had a pretty short timeline for these when they contacted me in late June, but they had such a clear vision of what they wanted out of their designs that it was pretty easy coming up with these for them!  Kelly & Wai’s invitation suite included an A7 size invite in one ink color (Aubergine) with blind embossing, a 4bar size reply card, also in one color with blind embossing and two sets of envelopes, one for the invitation and one for the reply card, both in a nice medium grey with aubergine ink.

Kelly & Wai were married in an outdoor ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island.  Their ceremony took place overlooking the ocean under an arbor and they new that they wanted the arbor image to be a focal point of the design of their invitation.  Kelly and Wai sent me some photos of what their arbor was going to look like and I drew the tiny arbor image at the top of this invite.  We also incorporated some subtle floral elements in the border of the invitation and continued the outdoor/garden wedding theme even more with the blind embossed honeycomb pattern that ran down the top left corner of the invitation.  Their invitation envelopes were a nice medium grey and also featured aubergine purple ink.  We wanted these envelopes to be decorative and reflective of the design of the pieces on the inside, so for these envelopes we used the honeycomb pattern again and also had a little bee flying up from the bottom of the flap of the envelope towards the couple’s return address.  Isn’t that cute?!?

The design for Kelly and Wai’s reply card was similar to the design for their invitation.  We used the same floral border and honeycomb embossing – this time coming into the card from the top right side.  We used small fish and beef icons on the card for guests to indicate their meal preference.  We also had one of the honeybees flying towards a hand-drawn jar of honey with dipper on the bottom right side.  Kelly and Wai gave away small jars of honey for their wedding favors, so Kelly wanted to incorporate bees and honey into their invitation and reply card designs as well!  I think they’re pretty adorable, myself.  The reply envelope featured their address on the front in aubergine ink as well as some more of the honeycomb pattern on the top left side.

Check out the additional photos below to see some of the more subtle details from these pieces!  I love the blind embossed honeycombs and all of the little details they had me incorporate, from the bees and small flowers in the border, to their lovely choices of type!  All of these little details really came together for a gorgeous set!

After I posted the above photos yesterday, Kelly e-mailed me with a couple more that you can see below.  After the invitations were well on their way, Kelly and Wai had me design a few more pieces for their wedding, which they had digitally printed and assembled themselves.  These were programs for the ceremony and a set of super-cute honey jar labels for their favors.  The program that you see below is a #10 size and was comprised of two pages that were printed.  The printed pages included elements from the invitation designs such as the bees, honeycomb pattern (this time printed in a light grey, since blind embossing can’t be done digitally) and the arbor.  Kelly cut and assembled these herself with a pretty vellum overlay and aubergine ribbon at the top.  Super cute!!

As I mentioned above, Kelly and Wai gave out little jars of honey for their wedding favors.  Kelly tied each tiny jar with a fabric top (I love the varying plaid and polka dot patterns she found for the different jars!).  They sent me all of the text and ingredients and I designed a small label that could printed on adhesive-backed paper so Kelly could stick them right on to the jars!  I think this was a totally cute way to personalize their favors and make them coordinate with the rest of their paper goods!

Kelly and Wai were so much fun to work with and I’m sure that their wedding last Friday was a blast!  Congratulations and thanks so much again, Kelly & Wai!