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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!

Beautiful Wedding Photos from Italy

Remember those gorgeous blue and silver wedding invitations we designed and printed earlier this summer for Julie & Joe’s wedding in Italy that were posted here at the beginning of this month?  Well, Julie was kind enough to send over some photos from her and Joe’s gorgeous wedding, as well as some photos of her programs, place cards, menus and itineraries on-location!  Check them out below!

Isn’t that one of the most romantic photos you’ve ever seen?!?  Julie, Joe and Santa Margherita, Italy all look just beautiful!  Below you can see a few different images of both Julie & Joe’s wedding itinerary and their ceremony programs.  I love the silver ribbon Julie used to tie the programs together!

Below is maybe one of the most beautifully set tables I’ve ever seen.  I love Julie’s flowers!  You can also see the letterpress menus and place cards we created for her and Joe in several of these photos.  All of the place card calligraphy was done by the fabulous Fran Heider of Little Flower Calligraphy.

And, one more of their lovely menus and placecards as well as the beautiful bride and handsome groom!  Thanks so much for sharing these with us Julie!  Your wedding was absolutely gorgeous!

Weddings | Julie & Joe

Happy October everyone!  I can’t believe 2010 is flying by so fast.  It’s amazing.  At any rate, Twin Ravens Press has a very big congratulations for San Francisco couple, Julie & Joe, today.  Julie and Joe ordered their wedding invitations and other paper goods from Twin Ravens and are getting married today in Italy (actually they are already married and having their reception, since Italy is so far ahead time-zone wise, but you get where I’m going with this).  We worked with Julie and Joe on several different stationery pieces for their wedding, from invitations to pieces for the actual ceremony and reception (happening now!!).  You can see their whole invitation suite at the top of this post which included an A7 size invitation printed in two ink colors: deep navy blue and silver, a 4bar reply card, matching envelopes for both and a custom letterpress printed belly band.

All of Julie and Joe’s stationery was printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Pearl White Paper in one or two ink colors: deep navy blue and/or metallic silver.  Their envelopes were also from Crane’s Lettra line and were pearl white with square flaps.  When you first opened Julie & Joe’s wedding invitation, this is what you would see:

Isn’t that a gorgeous package?!?  Julie and Joe’s envelopes were printed with silver ink and all of the pieces in their invitation suite were held together with a custom printed, paper belly band that had the word “Amore” (“Love” in Italian) in script in the center of it.

Above you can see their invitation by itself.  Julie wanted to invoke a sense of old-world style and romance for her Italian wedding with her invitation.  The invitation we designed is a traditional A7 size and featured a delicate, formal, romantic border, printed in blue ink all the way around.  Inside the border, we used three different fonts for the text of the invitation.  Julie and Joe’s names as well as the name of the church where they are being married in Italy were done in the fanciest script of the suite, with lots of delicate flourishes.  We used a simpler, but still very decorative, script face for the wedding date and Julie’s parent’s names, and then we used a still formal, but less decorative, classic serif typeface for the rest of the text.  It’s sometimes difficult to incorporate a lot of fonts into a design without making the design too busy, but I think the way we did it for Julie & Joe’s stationery turned out really really elegant.

We also created a 4bar size response card to accompany their invitation.  The response card was printed in blue and the envelope for it was printed in silver ink.  We still managed to incorporate all three fonts in to the actual card and we used a very decorative circular motif, printed large for the decoration on the card.  The reply envelopes featured Julie’s parent’s address on the front and a small flourish on the back flap, both in silver ink.  In the group of photos below you can see detail photos of the reply card, both envelopes and the belly band.

After their invitations were mailed out, Julie and Joe hired Twin Ravens Press again to create some additional stationery pieces for their actual ceremony and reception.  Here is their wedding program:

The program is also an A7 size with a fold in the center to create a little booklet.  We helped Julie design the interior pages for this piece as well.  In order to save some money on printing, Julie opted to have the cover of her programs letterpress printed and the interior pages digitally printed.  This is a great way to save money on programs and other pieces that may have multiple pages, while still maintaining the look and style of letterpress printing.  For this design I created a couple of new flourish-y border elements with birds, and we utilized the same fonts and same dark blue ink color that we had used on the invitations.  Julie also had me print a short, sweet little message on the back of each program, which you can see in the bottom right photo of the above grouping.

Many of Julie & Joe’s guests were planning to spend time in Italy before and after the wedding as well.  Since Julie and Joe wanted to spend as much time with their guests as possible and also give them ideas and tips on other things to do in and around Santa Margherita, they had me also design and print a wedding itinerary booklet for each guest.  Like the program, the cover of these itineraries was letterpress printed and the interior pages were digitally printed.  Julie’s guide included tips on things to see, places to eat, maps and other things to do.  It seems like a really fantastic guide, especially for guests who had never travelled to Italy before.

The left and top right image in the above grouping are of the Itinerary cover.  The image in the bottom right is of their place cards for the reception.  These place cards are tented and feature a little bit of the motif from their belly band and reply card in the bottom left corner, and a brand new border printed in blue ink.  Julie hired the fabulous Fran Heider of Little Flower Calligraphy to calligraph both her invitation envelopes and her place cards.  If you are in need of a calligrapher for you upcoming event, I can’t say enough good things about Fran and her work.  She’s just fabulous!

Last, but certainly not least, Julie and Joe also hired us to design and print a set of wedding menus for their reception dinner.  Julie and Joe planned to have a traditional, Italian, multi-course dinner for their wedding reception.  I lived in Italy for a short time in college and, let me tell you, one of the best things about Italy is the food and the way the Italians take their time and enjoy it.  As you can see from the above menu, their wedding dinner involved five amazing-sounding courses.  We printed these menus in both English and Italian in blue ink on a #10 size, long and skinny piece of paper.  The border we used for the design is the same border I created for them for their invitation.  Aren’t those gorgeous, and doesn’t their dinner just sound amazing!?!

Julie and Joe were so much fun to work with and I’m sure that their wedding in Italy today has been amazing.  Julie promised to share pictures from the day once they are back in the States, and I can’t wait to see them!  Congratulations Julie & Joe!  Have a wonderful rest of your trip, and we’ll talk to you soon!