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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 | Kristina & Andrew

It’s been a little while since I showed off a really modern invitation suite, and I’ve been meaning to show off the one you see above since last year, and finally it just made since to do it!  I worked with Canadian couple Kristina and Andrew around this time of year last year on their wedding invitation suite, for their then-upcoming July wedding in Italy.  Kristina wanted the design of their wedding invitations to have a formal feel to them, while being very modern and graphical at the same time.  She really liked the idea of using geometric patterns in the design of her invites, and the above is what we came up with.  This suite includes an A7 size wedding invitation that was printed in one ink color: a nice, deep violet, with blind embossing that was mounted into a custom-made violet folder.  A small reply card was also included in the suite, as well as a matching, letterpress printed, custom-lined envelope for the invitation.

Let’s take a closer look at their envelopes first!

Kristina and Andrew’s envelopes are an A7 size, 100% cotton envelop from Crane & Co. with a square flap.  Kristina chose Crane Lettra Pearl White paper for all of the white pieces in her suite, including the envelopes.  The address treatment on these envelopes is very modern and non-traditional, which I love!  Most of the time we print the address on the back flap of an invitation envelope.  For Andrew & Kristina’s, we printed it on the bottom right of the backside of the envelope.  We used two fonts throughout this suite: a modern, not-too-flourish-y script font, and a thin, san-serif font.  The address was printed using both fonts, with the city emphasized with the script.  Because they weren’t going to have their last names on the invitation, Kristina and Andrew thought it was important to have them somewhere on their paper goods.  To accomplish this we printed their last names, and their last names only, in the top left corner of the front of their envelopes.  Awesomely modern, don’t you think?!?

In the grouping of photos below, you can see detail images of the two areas of printing on these envelopes.  You can also see the awesome, digitally printed, custom envelope liner we created for them.  This liner was printed digitally in a deep violet and die-cut to line each of their envelopes.  They choose a repeating geometric pattern of white lines for the liner, which I think turned out really cool.

If you had received one of their invitations, what you see below is what you would have seen inside:

Despite not having a lot of separate cards in her invitation suite, Kristina still wanted to enclose her invitation in something.  I thought this was a great idea, and since we didn’t need a pocket folder to hold a bunch of extra cards, what I proposed was a custom, A7 size folder with the invitation mounted inside.  Kristina had us print their names really small in the middle right of the front cover of this folder in silver ink.  The paper for these was a custom violet paper made by Porridge Paper in Lincoln, Nebraska.  I love working with Porridge!  They make the most unique, beautiful and wonderful custom papers to print on.  Seriously, where else are you going to find a paper that’s this purple, that’s also soft and cottony, and perfect for letterpress printing?  Nowhere.

In the bottom right photo above, you can see Kristina and Andrew’s lovely, minimalist reply card.  Kristina and Andrew explained to me that they travel a lot and as a result found that it would be easier to have their wedding guests RSVP via e-mail.   This card features a blind embossed pattern of tiny dots all over.  The small area on the card for the text was void of dots, but still featured both fonts we had been using throughout the suite.  We emphasized the date that Kristina and Andrew wanted their guests to reply by in the script, and wrote out both the e-mail address they were to reply to and the other text in the san-serif font.  The text of this card was printed in violet.

You may notice that there was a small typo on this card.  I hate to admit it, since I still feel kind of bad that this happened, but somehow, this card made it through me, the bride, groom and a few friends and family members, before anyone noticed the typo.  Oops.  If we had caught it before ordering their printing plates, or even as or shortly after the cards had been printed, it would have been an easy thing to fix, and we would have gladly fixed it, at no charge.  However, nobody caught it until long after the invites had been mailed out.  This is a great reminder of the importance of proofreading, and re-proofreading, before giving final approval of your design files.  I catch a lot of typos throughout the day, but very occasionally, I don’t catch them all, and ultimately, it’s the clients’ responsibility to make sure that everything (including spelling) on their invitations is exactly how they want it, prior to us going to print with it.

While I loved their reply card and envelopes, I must say that Andrew and Kristina’s invitation, in it’s custom folder, was my favorite part of the suite.  It’s so modern and minimalist and yet so perfect, all at the same time.  For the invitation design, we created a card that was slightly smaller than an A7 size so that about a 1/4″ of the purple folder would show, acting as a border, all the way around the invitation.  The top part of the invite was blind embossed with a geometric pattern of squares, and the text was printed below it aligned to the left.  All of the text of their invitation was printed in violet ink, and all of it was the modern, thin, san-serif typeface we had been using all along, except for their names, which were printed in script.

I just loved working on this design with Kristina and Andrew!  Working with them was wonderful, and I imagine that their wedding last July in Fiesole, Italy was wonderful as well.  Thanks so much for working with us again Kristina & Andrew!  All the best to you!