Check out the beautiful calligraphy that we letterpress printed for Louisiana couple, Amanda & Rhett’s, classic wedding invitations for their March 2013 wedding at the White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana! The gorgeous calligraphy for these invites was done by Kathryn Podorsky of Della Carta Studio, and then letterpress printed by us, in black ink on 7″ square, luxurious Arturo Fine Stationery. These were paired with matching inner and outer envelopes. The outer envelopes featured Amanda’s parent’s return address in calligraphy on the back flap. Gorgeous!!
One of the things I get asked for, all the time, is whether or not we can “put a modern twist on a classic wedding invitation”. The answer is “Yes!”. Twin Ravens Press prints lots of different “classic” and “traditional” looking wedding invitations, that incorporate modern elements into their design. For example, check out the suite that we created above, last year, for Massachusetts couple, Jackie & Brent. Jackie and Brent wanted a classic, elegant, black & white wedding invitation suite that incorporated a few modern details. Their suite included an invitation and reply card that featured black ink and blind embossing. Matching, white envelopes that were printed with black ink and a paper + ribbon belly band to tie the suite together. We lined the invitation envelope with a custom printed, light blue, damask liner for a touch of color!
As you can see below, the invitation itself is traditional looking. It features a nice, crisp letterpress impression in black ink, script names, roman body font and a decorative blind embossed pattern at the top and bottom to frame the text. These invitations were printed on super-thick, duplex-weight, 100% cotton paper.
As I mentioned above, both sets of envelopes were white and were designed to match the invitation. The reply card was also printed on duplex paper stock and featured blind embossing on the bottom of the card. Jackie & Brent’s belly band medallion was printed in black ink and featured their initials as a scripty monogram. Look how pretty it looked, tying their invitations together with an ivory, satin ribbon!
I love how this suite is a classic, black & white letterpress suite, making it perfect for just about any formal occasion, yet it incorporates some modern and whimsical elements like the belly band and damask envelope liner to add a splash of color! Contact us if you’re seeking something classic, with a contemporary twist for your upcoming event!
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!!
The invitations I’m posting today are one of my favorite classic, yet modern, black & white suites from last year! They’re big, beautiful, and classy with just a touch of whimsy! Alison and Matthew hired me last year to design and print this suite, based on some samples they had seen of some of my previous invitations, but also wanted to incorporate some custom calligraphy! Their suite included a large 7″-square invite and corresponding envelope, a 4bar size reply card and matching envelope, and a small 3.5″x2.5″ reception card.
Alison & Matthew’s gorgeous invite was printed in two ink colors: black and silver. We used the silver for their names only and the black for all of the other text. The invites were printed on double-thick Crane Lettra Duplex paper. Alison hired the awesome Kelle Anne McCarter of designsgirl to create her custom calligraphy. Isn’t it beautiful?!? Alison had Kelle create a few key phrases in calligraphy for the other pieces for us to incorporate into their design. You can see the reply card and matching envelope in the photo below. I love how the phrases “kindly reply”, “m______________”, and “mr. and mrs steven jones” are in calligraphy! I love the contrast between them and the other phrases in the serif font – it’s such a nice contrast.
In the top left photo above you can see that we used the same return address for the back flap of the main invitation envelope. The top right photo is a close up of the reception card. This insert measured 3.5″x2.5″ (just slightly larger than a regular business card) and featured Kelle Anne’s calligraphy for “dinner and dancing” and the rest of the info in the serif font. Lastly, to make the invites even more special, we edge painted them in a shimmery silver edge paint to match Alison & Matthew’s names. I just love how these invitations turned out!
Alison and Matthew, thanks so much again for working with us last year! If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
Right around this time last year we worked with one of my favorite East Coast designers, Katie M. and a good friend of her’s on a beautiful charcoal grey and pink set of wedding invitations featuring Lilies of the Valley. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll remember Katie. We’ve worked with her several times before. The first job we ever printed for her was her wedding invitations back in 2009, and I just love all of the projects we’ve worked together on since. I was super-stoked to print Katie’s, friend Kathryn’s invitations last year that you see above. The invitation suite featured an A7 size wedding invitation and 4bar size RSVP card printed in grey ink on Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper. The RSVP envelopes are a lovely shade of pink from Paper Presentation and the outer envelopes are a matching white European style envelope from Waste Not Paper Company.
Check out the gorgeous letterpress impression in Katie’s Lily of the Valley floral design and in the typography! I just love how the letterpress printing looks on our cotton rag paper!
I love how everything that Katie M. designs coordinates so well with all of her other pieces, without being too matchy-matchy.
We actually worked with Katie and her mom just before the holidays this year on a really sweet set of greeting cards that will be up on this blog shortly. If you are interested in working with Katie on the graphic design for your upcoming wedding, branding or other graphic design project, check out her design studio and feel free to contact her! You’ll be very glad you did!
It’s no secret here, at Twin Ravens Press we just loving working with Australian couples! As far as I’m concerned, the Aussies are some of the sweetest people on the planet, and they have such consistently great taste in wedding stationery! Gotta love ’em!
Ciara & Andrew were no exception to the rule when it came to an international couple who was awesome to work with, and who had a great sense of style! Ciara wanted a classic, formal, damask-style invite in her wedding colors: grey and yellow, and I was super-excited to work with her on it! She and fiance, Andrew, are getting married in just a few short weeks in a destination wedding in the Philippines. I designed and letterpress printed their invite and invite envelope this past fall and I just love how they turned out!
Check out a detail of the impression below! Ciara’s invitations were printed on Holyoke 100% cotton rag, bone white paper. They’re a classic style with the couple’s names in script and a damask border all around. I love the letterpress impression of this design on the Holyoke paper!
Ciara and Andrew’s A7 size invites were paired with a matching grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company. We printed their return address on the flap of each envelope in the same fonts in black ink. I just love this design and I know that Ciara & Andrew’s destination wedding in the Philippines is going to be just beautiful! Congratulations Ciara & Andrew!
A lovely couple that we’ve been working with for quite some time, is getting married tomorrow in La Quinta, California! Twin Ravens Press has worked with Lindsay and Shawn all throughout their wedding planning process on all of their stationery items from Save-the-Dates and invitations, through paper goods for the ceremony, and thank you cards for after. This really and truly was a complete letterpress package! If you missed the blog posts I did earlier on their Save-the-Dates or Invitations, you may want to go back and take a look at those, as they were pretty incredible.
Today, however, on the day before they are going to be married, I wanted to show off to you the last of the paper goods we created for their wedding. We carried the same design elements, colors and theme through these pieces that we used on the save-the-dates and invitations, to really create a gorgeous, cohesive package.
As a favor for their guests, Lindsay and Shawn are planning to give away little bags of cookies from one of Lindsay’s favorite bakeries. Twin Ravens Press designed and letterpress printed a cute set of 2″ round hang tags for each cookie bag. These tags are going to have pink and black ribbon threaded through them and the ribbon will tie each glassine bag of cookies shut. The tag features the couple’s last name, their wedding date and a little letterpress printed heart. Aren’t these cute?
For their programs, Lindsay and Shawn chose to go with a fairly traditional format. This program measure 5″x7″ folded and has letterpress printing on all four of it’s panels. The front panel, or cover, features their names, wedding date, the name of their church and their monogram. The inside of the program has information about the wedding party on the left side and all of the ceremony information on the right. The back panel of the program features a sweet message from Lindsay and Shawn to their guests and an “In Loving Memory” section where they name all of their late relatives who will be with them in spirit.
I love how we were able to incorporate both of the fonts from Lindsay and Shawn’s invitations into this program, while still keeping everything very organized and easy to read.
All of the pieces that you’re seeing in this post were printed on Antique White Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper with black ink.
Last, but not least, we created a lovely, formal set of wedding thank you cards for Lindsay and Shawn to use after their wedding. The front of each card features just their monogram, printed in black ink and the back side has a heart with their last name below it. Lindsay has been using light pink envelopes throughout her wedding exclusively, but for these cards we chose to instead pair them with a matching white envelope, so that Lindsay could use these cards as personal stationery as well, after all of her thank you’s have been sent out. I think this is a great idea and gives the cards a lot of versatility!
Lindsay and Shawn have been a wonderful couple to work with throughout this entire process and I’m so excited for them for their wedding tomorrow! Congratulations Lindsay and Shawn! Thanks again for working with us and all the best to both of you!
Check out this gorgeous set of Save-the-Dates that we created for New York City couple, Gina and Matt, a couple of weeks ago! Gina and Matt live in New York, but will be getting married this summer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Gina had seen a design that we had printed for another bride last year that was originally designed by Christina Reinersmann of Maré C, on Style Me Pretty, and liked it so much that she hired us to create a similar design, in her color scheme for her own wedding. The above image shows her Save-the-Date and it’s corresponding envelope. This Save-the-Date measures 5.5″ square and was printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke Paper in one ink color: a reddish, aubergine purple. We matched the purple ink color for the save-the-dates to Gina’s envelopes, which are a 5.75″ square size from Waste Not Paper Company. The envelopes were then printed using similar decorative elements, and the same fonts, in metallic silver ink. You can see some closer images of the printing on the envelopes below.
Isn’t the design running up the left side of this card, just beautiful?!? I really love how these turned out and I think they will do a wonderful job setting the tone of the wedding for Gina and Matt’s guests. Gina also hired a friend of ours, Lori Raines, of Lori Raines Calligraphy Studio, to do the calligraphy for all of her envelopes. I’m sure that’s going to be just gorgeous as well!
Thanks so much for working with us on these Gina and Matt! I’m excited to start working with you on your formal invitations! Talk to you soon!
Check out this classy, black & white set of save-the-dates we printed last week for New York City couple, Terry and Maurice! Terry commissioned the drawing you see at the top of this piece from an artist in New York City, and then sent it to us to be incorporated in to her Save-the-Dates! She and Maurice wanted a classic layout that would compliment both their drawing, and be reflective of their venue: The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. For the design of these cards, we chose a long and skinny #10 size card and envelope, and printed both the drawing and copy in a single ink color: black. The paper that Terry and Maurice chose is 100% cotton rag Holyoke Paper in Antique White, with soft white envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company.
In the above group of photos you can see the save-the-date on the left. I love how the typography that we used for this Save-the-Date really matches the style of the drawing at the top so well! It’s a really fun, contemporary script, and I think it paired so nicely with the other elements of this design. You can see in the top right image that we used the same fonts from the invite for Terry and Maurice’s return address on their envelopes, so everything would match perfectly. In the bottom right image, check out how the text just sinks into the 100% cotton paper from the letterpress printing. I do love gorgeous black letterpress printing on white or ivory paper – it’s just so classy!
And, lastly, one more cute close-up of the couple, in hand-drawn, letterpress printed form. Aren’t they cute!?! I’m excited to begin working on Terry and Maurice’s formal invitations in the next couple of months. If you love how these save-the-dates turned out, check back in later in the year to see their formals! Thanks so much Terry and Maurice! Talk to you soon!
I’m finishing up the printing today for a set of letterpress wedding invitations featuring some lovely scripts and hand-drawn magnolias for a couple in Florida for their upcoming wedding this spring, and I was reminded of another lovely set of invitations, that also featured magnolias, that we did this year and I hadn’t shown off yet. Magnolias seem to be a really popular motif for southern weddings and they are so lovely, I just had to show you some of the styles that we’ve created with them. The invitations you see above and below were created this past spring for a couple in North Carolina, Kelsey and David, who were married in July. They featured a large, 6″x8″ invitation with coordinating inner/outer envelopes and a lovely single-color reply card with envelope.
One of my favorite things about this suite are the large invitation envelopes, so lets see those first!
Kelsey and David’s wedding invitations were large – measuring just over 6″x8″, so they needed a really large, lovely, formal set of envelopes to mail them in. Kelsey chose to have us create both inner and outer envelopes for her suite. The outer envelope, which you can see in the top left of the photo above was unlined and was printed in two ink colors: a light, spring green and dark grey. A large, hand-drawn magnolia flower was printed in the center of the envelope flap with Kelsey’s mom’s return address printed in dark grey over the top of it.
Kelsey and David’s inner envelopes (bottom right in the photo above) were unprinted, but featured a beautiful custom envelope liner made from a light green lokta paper with a gold fern pattern on it. I absolutely love working with Lokta paper and I think this pattern and color really complimented Kelsey and David’s invitations nicely.
For their actual invitation, Kelsey and David wanted a very formal and classic layout and script fonts for the entire design. To save a little bit of money, we printed both the invite and reply card in a single ink color, but alternated them, so that both pieces would coordinate with the envelopes perfectly. The invitation was printed in dark grey ink and features a lot of flourish-y script and one lovely flourish at the top of the design for decoration.
The reply card featured the same script typefaces, but was printed in green rather than grey. I love how in this design, the “Kindly reply” has flourishes that leave the edges of the card. We also incorporated two lovely flourish motifs, similar to the one at the top of the invitation, into the two bottom corners of the reply card. Isn’t it pretty?!?
Last, but not least, is the reply card envelope. Like the outer invitation envelope, these envelopes were also printed in two ink colors: dark grey and green. The front of the envelope featured Kelsey’s mom’s address in dark grey ink and one green flourish entering from the bottom left corner. The back flap of this envelope featured a tiny, green magnolia encircled by a flourish-y frame in dark grey. All three sets of envelopes in this suite were from Arturo Fine Stationery and the reply card and invitation were printed on Crane Lettra 110 lb., 1o0% cotton paper in Pearl White. If you like these invitations, check back on this blog next week to see the new set of magnolia-themed invites we are in the process of creating for a couple in Florida getting married in 2011. They are yellow and medium grey and are turning out absolutely beautifully!