Weddings | Caroline & John

Shortly before Christmas I completed a lovely, formal set of wedding invitations for a wonderful couple in Massachusetts who are getting married in Rhode Island this June. Caroline and John wanted a traditional, formal invitation suite to compliment the style of their upcoming New England wedding, with a little extra something to give a nod to Caroline’s Chinese heritage. You can see all of the pieces in the suite pictured in the image above. The suite included an A7 size wedding invitation with corresponding gold envelope, a 4bar size reply card also with corresponding gold envelope, a 3.5″x2″ website card and a lovely, ribbon belly band with medallion to tie the whole suite together.

Let’s take a look at each of the pieces in Caroline & John’s suite individually!
Here is their wedding invitation. All of the pieces in Caroline & John’s suite were printed on beautiful, cream, Rives BFK printmaking paper. This paper is 100% cotton and has a very smooth, hot press finish and it holds a letterpress impression and fine lines beautifully. We chose a very formal layout and fonts for the invitation design and printed it in one ink color: black. I’ve said it before and will say it again: I absolutely LOVE how crisp, black ink on an all-text invitation looks letterpress printed onto fine 100% cotton paper. There’s really nothing else like it and it is oh so classy! Check out a closer detail of the typography and printing:
Caroline & John chose a lovely, shimmery yellow-gold envelope from Waste Not Paper Company as their invitation envelope.
Caroline and John’s reply card is a standard 4bar size and also came with a coordinating yellow-gold envelope. This piece was also printed in black ink on Rives BFK and we continued using the more formal, classic fonts that we had picked for the invitation in order to carry the style all the way through the suite.
When I originally sent Caroline samples of some other invitations that we had printed in the past, she mentioned really liking the use of icons to represent meal choices for guests, rather than writing out the meal choices in words, so we used this same idea for her reply card as well! As you can see in the above images, Caroline and John’s reply card features the reply-by date at the top, a line for the guests to write their names, a place to check whether or not they will be attending the wedding and then below that is the question regarding meal choices. Each meal choice (fish, beef or vegetarian) has a line next to it for the guest to write in initials of who wants what entree. I love doing this on reply cards and think it adds a little extra whimsy to an otherwise very traditional reply card.
Like many couples I work with, Caroline and John have a wedding website where guests can locate more information about their upcoming wedding, directions, information about where to stay in Rhode Island, etc. In order to inform guests about their website, Caroline and John had me create a small (business card-size) website card featuring just the URL of their wedding website.
As with the other pieces, we still kept with the same, formal design and fancy typography. I think this is a lovely way to share your website with your guests!
To tie the whole suite together (literally) we created a belly band to coordinate with the suite. This belly band was made from 1/4″ matching, yellow-gold ribbon from Waste Not Paper, and a custom, letterpress printed, 2.5″ round medallion.
I’ve created belly band medallions like this for wedding invitation suites in the past and typically they feature the couple’s initials and/or monogram, but for this particular suite, Caroline wanted to use the Chinese double-happiness character on her medallion instead. This symbol, as well as the color red, is very traditional and significant for Chinese weddings, and I thought this was a lovely way for Caroline to incorporate it into her suite.
Here is what the suite looked like all put together:
The various pieces were stacked, largest to smallest, with the double-happiness belly band tying everything together. I love the way the whole “package” looks – it’s formal, beautiful and absolutely elegant. I also love the way the belly band keeps all of the pieces together, just so, so that the above is what the package looks like when it is pulled out of the envelope.
Gorgeous! I’m so glad I got to help make Caroline and John’s invitations and vision a reality! I know their wedding this June is going to be absolutely elegant!
Congratulations Caroline & John!

Weddings | Joanne & Justin

Continuing my metallic ink theme from yesterday, I present to you these lovely wedding invitations I completed a couple of weeks ago for North Carolina couple who are getting married in Florida this upcoming December! The bride, Joanne, designed her invitations herself (aren’t the decorative motifs at the top and bottom gorgeous?!?) and hired Twin Ravens Press to print them. We printed Joanne and Justin’s wedding invitation in two ink colors: burgundy and metallic gold on Crane Lettra Pearl White paper. I love the color combination she chose and I think it’s going to be lovely for a late-december celebration!

Joanne is planning to assemble her invites herself and had her other inserts (a reply card and reception card) printed digitally to offset some of the cost of her total invitation package. This is really a wonderful option if your invitation budget is tight, but you want to still incorporate a gorgeous letterpress printed piece or two into your suite. Joanne is planning to assemble all of her invites and inserts into a decorative burgundy pocket folder with a belly band! I’m sure the whole package is going to look gorgeous together!
Congratulations Joanne & Justin!

Weddings | Rachel & Joseph

Metallic inks have certainly been a popular choice at Twin Ravens Press for the past couple of weeks! I just finished up this invitation suite earlier this month and boy does it make a gorgeous and very elegant use of metallic gold ink and blind embossing! The invitation suite you see above was created for a lovely couple, Rachel and Joseph, who originally contacted me back in June to create invitations for their upcoming January 2010 wedding in Coral Gables, Florida! Rachel and Joseph’s suite included an A7 size invitation with corresponding, lined envelope, a 4bar size reply card with corresponding envelope and 4bar folded thank you notes with corresponding envelopes. All pieces were printed in metallic gold ink on Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper in Ecru. The envelopes are Crane Lettra envelopes, printed in gold ink with square flaps.

Rachel & Joseph’s wedding invitation created a really fun design challenge for me. When doing design work, it is often difficult to incorporate more than two or three different fonts without the design looking cluttered. If you check out the invitation above we were able to incorporate five (5!) different typefaces as well as some elegant and decorative scrolls and flourishes into the design while still keeping it very formal and pretty. The text of the invitation is centered in a decorative gold border and we blind-embossed the area outside of the border with a series of thin, vertical lines to give the invitation a little more texture. I love how this invitation is for a 2010 wedding, but looks elegant and classic enough to where it could be from a wedding that happened years ago. It’s modern and vintage looking all at the same time! Check out this close-up to see some of the fonts and the letterpress impression better:
Above, the invitation and invite envelope are pictured together. We chose a classic, 100% cotton square flap envelope to pair with this invitation. We kept the lining of the envelope very simple – it’s a light metallic solid-colored liner in a shade similar to the paper we used for the invites and envelopes. I love how this gives Rachel’s envelopes an extra hint of elegance without being too decorative. The metallic in the liner paper gives off just a little bit of shimmer when you hold the envelope open in different light. I love how it adds just a little bit to the overall package without being “too much”.
Here are Rachel & Joseph’s reply card and reply card envelope:
These are a 4bar size, also printed on Crane Lettra Ecru paper and envelopes with gold ink and blind embossing. We utilized the same decorative gold frame and blind embossing for the reply card and kept the usage of several different, elegant fonts consistent with the invitation in this design.
Very pretty, don’t you think?!? I love the little heart flourish we came up with for the bottom of this card and for the bottom of the invite. Rachel and Joseph’s replies were going to be received by Rachel’s mom in Deltona, Florida, so we letterpress printed her address on the front of the reply card envelopes.
Rachel wanted a really simple set of thank you cards that kept with the elegance of her invitation suite.
For these, we switched things up just a bit and instead of blind embossing the vertical lines like we did on the invitation and reply card, we blind embossed the decorative border instead. We printed Rachel & Joseph’s names in gold ink in the center of the blind embossed border in one of our decorative fonts from the invitation. I like how these cards don’t have to be specifically used as thank you cards since they don’t say “thank you” anywhere on them. Rachel and Joseph could also use them for other correspondence after their wedding if they have extras left over. This card was also paired with a 4bar, Crane Lettra, ecru, square flap envelope. Check out the pair together here:
Rachel was an absolute joy to work with and I know that her wedding in Florida this January is going to be very elegant and beautiful!
Congratulations Rachel & Joseph!

Weddings | Elyssa & Justin

Back in early June I created a really fun and elegant little set of Save-the-Date cards for a Seattle couple who are getting married in Florida this upcoming January. If you missed out on seeing that post back in August, click on the link above and go check them out!

When I began working with Elyssa on designs for her invitations, she wanted to keep with the same colors we had used on the save-the-dates, but adapt the design to be a little more unique and different. Her suite included a set of A7 size invitations and 4bar size reply cards with corresponding envelopes. Check out the whole suite together at the top of this post!

Elyssa’s invitation and reply card were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Pearl White Paper. We utilized the same decorative scroll pattern in the design for her invitation as we used in her Save-the-Dates, but rather than having it adorn one side of the invite, used it just on a couple of the corners for a fresh, new look. The Save-the-Dates were printed in a single ink color (violet), but to dress up the invitation a little more, we added a second ink color: metallic silver. I love these colors together and think they are a beautiful choice for a winter wedding! Like the Save-the-Date cards, we paired Elyssa’s invitation with a purple envelope that had their return address printed on the flap in silver ink. Check out this close-up of the invitation to see the pretty fonts:
Elyssa’s reply card is a 4bar size card printed in violet ink. It features the scroll pattern running down the left side of the card and a couple of lovely scallop shells next to the accepts/regrets options. I love how we were able to include a tiny touch of ocean/beach theme in this suite for Elyssa’s Florida wedding, without making the suite look all-out-tropical. Another thing I love about this card is that the “Please respond by December 8th” line is in French. What a fun little, classy detail, don’t you think?!?
To add just one more splash of a different color to the suite, we chose to pair Elyssa and Justin’s reply card with a metallic gold envelope, printed with violet ink from Waste Not Paper Company. Check it out:
I love how by adding a different colored envelope to the suite, we are able to add an additional color without adding to the total price by adding extra inks. If you’re thinking you want to add an additional splash of color to your invitations, without adding to the price of the letterpress printing, using colored envelopes, colored invitation matting, colorful ribbons or other small colorful details, can make a large impact on your design without putting a large dent in your budget.
I’m currently working on a really fun (and decidedly unique) set of Thank You cards for Elyssa’s wedding, which I will share with you here when they’re done. Check back often if you’d like to see those!
Thanks so much Elyssa and Justin and congratulations!

Save the Date | Sarah & Geordie are Getting Married!

A few weeks ago I completed a lovely and unique little set of Save-the-Date cards for a pair of good friends who are getting married in late August of this year.  Sarah and Geordie were one of the first couples I met and became good friends with, shortly after moving to Eugene, and I am excited to be designing and printing their wedding stationery!  We’re currently in the process of working on their main invitation suite, but I thought I would share their Save-the-Date cards in advance!  

Sarah & Geordie’s Save-the-Dates were an A2 size (4.25″x5.5″) and were printed on a custom-made, plantable, seeded paper from Porridge Papers in Nebraska.  The paper color is called “Birchy-Dirt” and is a very warm, earthy color.  This paper is embedded with mixed wildflower seeds and will actually grow if the Save-the-Date is ever planted.  (How cool is that!?!)  We used two ink colors – metallic gold and chocolate brown.  Here is a close-up so you can get a better look: 
Sarah and Geordie’s wedding is going to be outdoors at a Christmas Tree Farm, so for the design, they wanted to keep everything really earthy, natural looking and simple.  We used a pretty little tree and fence motif at the top of the card and used a pretty and whimsical script font for all of the writing.  We added another splash of color to the set by pairing it with a light yellow envelope from Green Paper Company and printing their address, in chocolate brown ink in the same script on the flap.
Sarah and Geordie loved the Save-the-Dates, however, we are mixing things up a bit for the rest of the invitation suite and I’m very excited to see what we come up with!  Congratulations Sarah & Geordie, I’m so excited for you!

Weddings | Audrey & Eric

I wanted to show off a really neat set of pieces I finished last week for a couple just north of us, in Portland, Oregon.  This is one of only a few pieces that I’ve printed in only metallic inks, but if done right, I think they effect can be absolutely stunning!  In order to save some money, the bride and groom, Audrey and Eric, decided to have many of the pieces in their stationery suite flat printed, but hired Twin Ravens Press to print their actual invitation and invitation envelopes letterpress.  Both pieces turned out absolutely beautiful (as you can see from the photo at the top of this post)!

Audrey’s fiancee, Eric, drew the lovely border artwork for their invitation.  Isn’t it gorgeous?  I must admit, I was a little worried that it might not print evenly since the border was so large (covered a large portion of the sheet), but it turned out great!  Audrey had me help her layout the actual text portion of the invite within the gorgeous border, and I think it turned out really pretty too.  The invitation was printed in metallic gold ink on Crane Lettra 100% cotton pearl white paper.  Here is a close-up photo so you can see the details in the border and the impression of the typography a little bit better:
For the envelopes, Audrey chose a light pink color called “Luxe Blush” from Waste Not Paper Company.  I letterpress printed her return address in the same fonts as we used for the invitation on the back flap.  For a little extra special touch, we also printed a round chinese double-happiness character on the point of the flap.  The small round character almost looks like a gold seal – the texture and sparkly-ness of it is fabulous!  You can see the envelope in the photo at the beginning of the post, and here is a close-up of the letterpress printed parts, so you can get a better look: 
Audrey was an absolute joy to work with and I would be more than happy to work with her again.  She also had some lovely things to say about working with us on her wedding blog, which you can read here and here, if you wish.  
Thanks so much Audrey & congratulations to both you and Eric! 

Weddings | Cara & James

Here is another wedding invitation set I recently completed that reminds me of why I love great, elegant, letterpress printed typography so much!  When the bride, Cara, originally contacted me, she was planning on designing her wedding invitations herself and wanted a really clean, crisp, classic and elegant design.  Her wedding colors are champagnes, whites, gold and pale pink.  Her set included an invitation, reply card with envelope, reception card and an inner and outer invitation envelope.  You can see the whole set above!  In the following paragraphs I will go through each piece with more detail, show more pictures and talk about why I like these designs and ones like them so much!

Here is a photo of Cara & James’ wedding invitation with the two different envelopes.
Cara chose a lovely script font for her and her fiancee’s names as well as for the name of the chapel and then used a classic serif font for the rest of text on the invitation.  Her invitation is a somewhat unconventional, larger size than a lot of wedding invitations that I do.  It measures 6″ x 8.125″.  Generally the standard size for invitations is an A7 which measures 5″x7″, so part of what made this invitation suite really unique is its unconventional sizing.  All of the pieces in Cara’s suite were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper in their bright white color.  We paired the invite with a 100% cotton inner and outer envelope set from Arturo Fine Paper.  If you are in the process of designing a wedding invitation suite (or other set of invitations for another event) and want 100% cotton envelopes in unconventional sizes, I would highly recommend Arturo’s line of envelopes and stationary.  They are beautiful, tactile and take the letterpress printing very very well.  I printed Cara’s return address on the flap of the outer envelope and then the inner envelopes were unprinted, but we lined them with a fabulous sparkly gold paper (it’s really really gold) from Paper Source that Cara found online.  Here are a couple of other close-ups of the invitation so you can see the pretty fonts: 
Cara did a beautiful job of carrying the whole “look” of the invitation design through the other pieces in her stationery suite.  Here is her reception card:
It is still a fairly simple text-only design, but she did a gorgeous job of using the script font from her invitations for the decorative text at the top, while keeping her other information in the same serif font that was used previously.  I love the way the script looks for the words “Dinner & Dancing” it’s so elegant and classy!
Here is Cara’s reply card and envelope.  Once again she continued the same open, elegant design with lovely black letterpress typography.  She even incorporated both font types (the script and the serif) into her address for the front of the reply card envelope.  
Aren’t those pretty?  The reply card was a standard 4bar size (3.5″ x 4.875″) and we used Crane Lettra’s 4bar envelopes in the bright white color to match the paper.  I think this whole suite tied together beautifully and the letterpress printing on it turned out amazing!  
Cara has been a fabulous client to work with and I would be more than happy to print any stationery she designs in the future.  If you are considering designing your own invitations or stationery and would like more information about our letterpress printing services, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]!
lations Cara & James and thank you so much for your business!