This lovely, formal set of black and white wedding invitations was the suite that I had intended to post on this blog back in March, on the day that I broke my hand. Obviously, due to extenuating circumstances, this post didn’t go up back in March, but I still love this set of invites and think that you should get to see them after the fact, anyway.
Jennifer and Brandon had a formal wedding in Newport Beach, California on April 1st of this year. They hired Twin Ravens to design and print their wedding invitation suite as well as all of the paper goods for their wedding day. You can see all of the pieces in the invitation suite in the above photo. The suite included an A7 size reception invitation, a smaller A2 size invitation to a smaller ceremony, an rsvp card and corresponding silver envelope and a set of inner/outer envelopes (the inner was black and the outer was white). All of the main cards were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton duplex paper in Pearl White with black letterpress ink. A funky, yet formal mix of fonts and flourishes characterized the design of this suite.
Above you can see Jen and Brandon’s ceremony invitation all by itself. Prior to their evening reception, they held a small, private ceremony in Crystal Cove State Park with their closest friends and family. I really love the classic elegance of these black and white invitations, combined with an awesome mix of both script and roman typefaces. We used lots of little flourishes throughout the designs of each piece to add decoration and create natural separations of information on each card.
The photo on the top right below is a detail photo of the ceremony invitation, and the two other photos in the grouping are of the larger, A7 invite. While the designs for the ceremony and reception invites are very similar in style, you’ll notice small design differences, if you look closely, that set the two designs apart. We used different fonts for different parts of each invitation and we treated the date on both pieces very differently from one design to the other. Like I said above, I love how we were able to incorporate so many unique fonts into this design, while still keeping everything very elegant!
For the envelopes, we printed Jen’s parent’s address in black ink on the back flap of a matching white outer envelope. Their inner envelope was a contrasting black, and Jen hired a calligrapher to write their guest’s names in white ink on each one. I imagine that these were just stunning!
Their reply card was designed to match the style of the invitations and included areas for guests to check their response and indicate what entree selection they desired for the reception. Each reply card was paired with a shimmery silver reply card envelope, also printed with Jen’s parent’s address in black ink.
After their invitations had been sent out, Jen hired me to design a few more stationery pieces for their wedding day. In the photo below, clockwise from top left, you can see her table numbers, escort cards, and thank you cards with envelopes. The table numbers were printed with flourishes at the top and bottom and Jen had her calligrapher write in each of the table numbers to match the calligraphy that she had done on the invitation envelopes. The escort cards were shaped like shipping tags and had each guest’s name written in calligraphy in the center of the tag between two letterpress flourishes.
Jen and Brandon’s custom thank you cards are classic and enduring, stylistically. For these cards we picked one of the flourishy script faces from their invitations and laid it out so that the flourishes stretched off of the front of each card with the words “Thank You” on a diagonal across the center. These cards were printed on 110 lb. Crane Lettra paper in Pearl White and were blank on the inside so that Jen & Brandon could write their own personal message to each guest. The thank you card envelopes were black printed with their return address in silver ink on each flap. If you’d like to check out Jen & Brandon’s save-the-dates that we printed earlier in the year, you can here.
Thanks so much again for working with us Jen! I wish you two all the best!