Weddings | Allison & Matt

As this summer was such a whirlwind in general for Twin Ravens Press, I’ve really been enjoying going back over the photos and samples of wedding invitations that we did all summer and getting to show off the ones that got missed on this blog earlier this year. The wedding set you are about to see in this post was designed and printed for a wonderful couple who were married in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 8th of this year. Allison found me through a post on Wedding Bee by a blogger, Mrs. Coconut, that we had done invitations for the November before. I was then contacted by Allison and Matt’s fabulous wedding planner, Alia Kennedy of Parasol Events. Alia was really great to work with and I would highly recommend her if you’re looking for a wedding planner in Hawaii. I worked with her with another set of clients shortly after working with Allison and Matt (whose stationery I’ll show off soon), and she’s totally great! Check out Parasol Events’ blog here, if you’d like to see more!
Anyway, back to Allison and Matt! They were really a fabulous couple to work with and I love the photos from their wedding that Alia sent me last week! That’s them at the top of this post, and there are more photos from their wedding further along in the post. You may recall hearing about them here before if you’ve followed this blog for a while. I did a post in March about their Save the Date Cards that we designed and printed, which you can find here. Allison loved the blind-embossed scroll pattern and pink hibiscus motif that we used for her Save the Date cards and wanted to continue the theme throughout the rest of her invitation suite.
Allison and Matt’s invitation suite included a 6.25″ square invitation, a 4bar size reply postcard, an A2 size directions card and a lined 6.5″ square invitation envelope. All pieces were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper in Bright White with 2 ink colors: black and hibiscus pink and all the pieces included blind embossing details.
Here is Allison & Matt’s invitation and envelope.
We kept the layout for this piece fairly consistent with their Save-the-Date card design. A wide blind-embossed scroll pattern adorns the whole left side of the invitation and their pink hibiscus detail is featured prominently on the top left. We used black ink for the main body of their text and the same pink for their names. The return address on the envelope was also printed in hibiscus pink. Their envelopes are a European Pointed Flap style from Waste Not Paper Company.
Each envelope was hand-lined with a very light magnolia pink envelope liner created from paper made by Green Paper Company. I think the touch of light pink on the inside of the envelope added just a little extra touch of sweetness and elegance to an otherwise very traditional envelope. Here are a couple of detail photos of the invitation so you can see the blind embossing, impression, colors and fonts a little better:
I love the design of their reply postcard! It is a 4bar size and really keeps with the design of the invitation and save-the-dates. To switch things up a little on this we used the blind-embossed scroll pattern and hibiscus on the bottom edge instead of on the side.
I also love the tiny hibiscus detail next to the line about saving seats in the shuttle. That was Allison’s idea and I thought it was too cute!
For their directions card I created a map of a portion of Honolulu and their venue, Lanikuhonua, from some sample maps of the area that Allison and Matt’s wedding planner, Alia, sent to me.
We also included written directions on this card and some information about Allison and Matt’s wedding website. I continued the blind-embossed scroll and hibiscus motifs on this card and we also blind embossed the area of the map that is the ocean for a just a little bit more texture!
I absolutely love how gorgeous this suite turned out! I also love how we were able to create a design that was tropical for a destination Hawaiian wedding, but also very elegant at the same time. Check out this amazing photo that Allison & Matt’s photographer took of one of their invitations with their rings:
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Gorgeous, don’t you think? Allison and Matt, as well as their ceremony, looked absolutely beautiful and everyone look so happy! Check out the photos below from their wedding (all photos by Dulce Photo, courtesy of Alia Kennedy at Parasol Events).
I love the above photo, it’s so tropical and romantic! Aren’t the flowers in the photo below, just gorgeous?!?
I also love these group photos (particularly the very casual one of all the guys! Cheers!)
Gorgeous! Thanks so much Allison and Matt for having us do your stationery! It was wonderful to work with you! Congratulations and all the best!

Save the Date | Allison & Matt are Getting Married!

Around the same time that I completed this wedding suite for Linda & James in New York, I also completed a lovely set of Save-the-Dates for a bride in Boston who is getting married this summer in Hawaii!  The bride-to-be, Allison, came across the design we did for Mrs. Coconut on Weddingbee and really loved the scroll pattern that we used.  She wanted to somehow incorporate our scroll pattern into her Save-the-Dates and eventually her full invitation suite.  She also wanted to incorporate a little bit of Hawaii into the design, since she’s having a destination wedding, and we thought that using a pretty pink hibiscus flower would be a great way to do that.  You can see the completed Save-the-Date at the top of this post, with the matching envelope, and you can also see it here:  

Allison’s Save-the-Date is an A2 size card (measuring 4.25″x5.5″) that was letterpress printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper in their bright white color.  We used one ink color for the whole design (the pink) and then blind embossed the scroll pattern Allison liked on the left-hand side of the card.  Here is a close-up of the blind embossed pattern: 
This was the first time I had ever embossed this pattern rather than printed it and the results were absolutely lovely!  Embossing is a terrific way to add another gorgeous element to a letterpress printed piece, especially if you only plan to use one ink color.  It’s beautiful, unique, interesting, and in most cases will save you more money on your printing than using a second ink color will.  
Allison chose to go with a matching white envelope with a European pointed flap from Waste Not Paper with her and her fiancee’s return address printed in pink on the back flap.  Here is the envelope by itself:  
The envelope is very simple, yet pretty, and went with their Save-the-Dates perfectly!  Here is another close-up of the invite, just because I liked the photo:  
I am currently in the process of working on the rest of Allison & Matt’s invitation suite with them and will post photos of the rest of their stationery later this year!  If you really like this design and would like to see how everything else turns out, please check back at this blog in a couple of months!  
Congratulations Allison & Matt!