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With Love | Custom Wedding Thank You Cards

I hope everyone out there had a lovely Labor Day weekend!  We worked with three different couples who were married this past weekend whose stationery we haven’t shown off on this blog yet, so a big congratulations goes out to them, and we’ll be getting those up here, for your viewing enjoyment later this week.  In the meantime, however, I wanted to show off a really cool set of thank you notes from another couple’s wedding that we printed earlier this summer.  The bride, Jennifer, contacted us after seeing our similarly-styled Valentine’s love notes in our etsy shop, and wanted to know if we could design and print a similar card for her wedding thank you’s!  We could – and did!  Check out the photos above and below.  The original design featured the “Love” letters in the same manner as this design, but it also featured little grey birds flying around and perched on them.  For Jennifer’s thank you’s we got rid of the little birdies, changed the color from a light pink to a lavender purple and created a banner to float above the “Love” letters with the word “With” and their silhouettes on it.  These cards were paired with a matching light purple envelope from Waste Not Paper Company to complete the set!

Aren’t those sweet?!?  If you’re interested in customizing one of our designs for your wedding, the upcoming holidays, or for another event, please contact us!  We would love to work with you!

Weddings | Anna & Zane



One of my favorite designs that was created by another designer and printed by Twin Ravens Press this summer was for a wonderful Eugene couple, Anna and Zane. Anna and Zane were married on August 2nd in an outdoor ceremony at a Lavender Farm in Yamhill, Oregon, just outside of Portland. Their letterpress printed wedding invitation suite included a monarch size invitation with corresponding envelope, a 4bar size reply card and corresponding envelope and monarch size programs. You can see the four pieces of their invitation suite (excluding the programs) at the top of this post.

Their gorgeous invitation was designed by Anna’s good friend and bridesmaid, Liz Grant. Liz works as a professional designer in Sacramento, California so if you’re looking to have some design work done, give her a shout out! The invitation she designed for Anna and Zane was a horizontal monarch size, which is slightly shorter than a standard #10 card, measuring 3.75″x7.25″. I love the way that this size for an invitation almost looks like a ticket to the wedding or celebration rather than a classic invite! This design featured a somewhat photo-realistic depiction of the Cascades printed in light blue ink with an evergreen tree and the typography of the invitation printed over the top of it in silver ink. Isn’t the design so pretty and wonderfully unique?!? Here is a close-up so you can check out some of the detail in the mountain design, the ink colors, the tree and the wonderful letterpress impression:
We paired the invitation with a “Cloud” colored monarch size envelope from Green Paper Company and printed their return address on the flap of the envelope in silver ink. Here is the invite and envelope together:
The reply card for this suite was fairly simple. It was also printed in silver ink and utilized the same typeface that Liz had chosen for the invitation. To mix things up a bit we paired it with a grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company.
I love how this card was kept nice and simple, while still keeping with the design of the invitation.
Not too long after they had sent out their invitations, Anna and Zane also hired me to print their wedding programs. Their programs were also designed by Liz Grant and were a vertical monarch size. For the invitations we used the standard 110 lb. weight of Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper in Pearl White. For their programs, Anna and Zane wanted the same paper, but a little bit heavier stock, so we chose the Pearl White Crane Lettra in 220 lb. for them. Since the celebration was taking place at a lavender farm, Liz incorporated some lovely, stylized lavender images into the program design.
These programs were printed on a single, monarch size sheet, double-sided. Their wedding party information was featured on one side in silver ink and their ceremony information was printed in silver ink on the other.
I love the really light shade of lavender ink that we used! I think it paired with the silver that was used throughout all of the pieces in the suite so well! Here is a close-up so you can get a better look:
Very pretty, don’t you think?!? I love the way that this suite turned out and I imagine that Anna and Zane’s celebration a month and a half ago was wonderful!
Congratulations Anna & Zane! Thanks again!

Weddings | Allison & Ryan

I’ve had the pleasure the last few months of working on a rather complex, but totally beautiful wedding invitation suite for a lovely couple who are getting married near the Oregon Coast later this year!  Allison and Ryan’s invitation suite (or rather, booklet) is one of the most unique projects I’ve printed lately, partially due to it’s complexity, partially due to getting to work with some other very talented artists/designers and partially because of the bride, Allison’s, totally awesome, eco-conscious style!  
From the very beginning of our design discussions, Allison knew she wanted something for her invitation suite that was beautiful, but also highly eco-conscious and sustainable as well.  We accomplished this in several different ways.  First of all, Allison’s book design was created using natural and sustainable papers from a couple of my favorite sources, and secondly, the book design allowed us to put all of the information Allison wanted in her suite into one gorgeous little package, eliminating the need for extra cards the would have used more paper and might be tossed after the ceremony.  
You can see a picture of what the booklet looks like open to the main invitation page at the top of this post.  Here is what the booklet looks like closed: 
Allison’s booklet’s measure 5″x5″ square and the covers were made from beautiful dark brown, Nepalese Lokta paper.  Allison has a French-inspired lavender and poppies as well as an outdoors/summer camp theme for her stationery and wedding.  In order to dress up the outside of the books a little I glued a stem or two of fresh pressed lavender to each cover flap.  This gave all of the books a much more unique and natural feel, as well as causing them all to smell absolutely lovely (like lavender!).  
If you were to receive one of these invitations, open the front cover, and this is what you would see: 
Allison’s books were comprised of six pages on the inside, all made out of a custom 100% cotton recycled paper that is embedded with wildflower seeds from Porridge Papers.  I’ve worked with a variety of Porridge’s creations on several different occasions and their paper is so wonderful, beautiful and unique!  It takes letterpress impressions beautifully and the most awesome part is that it’s truly plantable – if the seeded paper is planted it will actually grow wildflowers!  How cool is that?!?  
Here is a close-up of Allison & Ryan’s first page: 
Allison and Ryan’s book opens with a very sweet little poem letterpress printed in chocolate brown ink.  All of the hand-lettering that you will see throughout these books was done by the very talented, Crystal Kluge of Minneapolis.  Allison and Ryan hired Crystal to do much of the lettering for their invitations as well as to design some gorgeous maps which you will see later in this post.  Seriously, if you haven’t checked out Crystal’s work, or blog you really ought to. Her talent truly runneth over…  Plus, she’s incredibly awesome to work with.  If you’d like to see her posts about this suite, you can find them here or here
Turn the page and you will find Allison and Ryan’s main invitation.  The invitation is simply another page of the book, however, to make it stand out a little more from the rest we printed it in three colors (chocolate brown, violet, and deep red) and we did some blind embossing as well, as part of the design.  You can see a view of the whole book, opened to this page at the top of the post, and you can see a close up of it here: 
The invitation and graphics for it were designed by Twin Ravens Press, and the hand-lettering was done by Crystal.  I didn’t know it until we were well into the design process, but Crystal also designed the font that we used for the body text of the invitation.  It’s called Silverstein.  If you like it, you can purchase it from Font Bros. here.  
Because Allison and Ryan are currently working out of the country (and just because they were curious), I took several photos of the invitations throughout the printing process to e-mail them.  We figured, this way, they could have a virtual experience of seeing the process of how their invitations were created.  Here is an image of one of my presses, an 8×12 Chandler and Price platen.  This is the press that was used to create Allison & Ryan’s (as well as most of my other client’s) wedding invitations.
And here is what one of her invitation pages looked like as it was coming off the press: 
Pretty neat, huh?  As always, if you are a client local to Eugene or Oregon, and if you’d like to come by and see your invitations as they are being printed you are more than welcome to!  Just let me know.  Likewise, if you are an out-of-town, out-of-state and/or international client and would like us to take pictures of the process of printing your invitations, I’d be more than happy to oblige.  Just ask!
After the gorgeous invitation, are three separate pages each with a different hand-drawn map of different areas relating to Allison and Ryan’s upcoming ceremony.  The maps feature Portland, Oregon, a larger view of Western Oregon and their ceremony site.  All maps were hand-drawn/designed by Crystal Kluge.  I love how whimsical they are!  Crystal sent me the drawings and then I created a printing plate of each of them and printed them on the separate pages of Allison’s books using chocolate brown ink.  Check them out: 
Aren’t they gorgeous?!?  Last but not least, the final page of the book explains how to send your reply for this gorgeous event.  For logistical reasons, as well as to save paper, Allison and Ryan opted to have their replies made via a website.  This is a great idea if you are moving, out of the country, and/or just want to save some paper and postage right before your wedding.  
Each book was hand-bound by me using chocolate brown linen thread.  If you flip the books over, to the back cover you will find a tiny surprise!
Very subtly letterpress printed in black ink you will find a tiny (about 1″ square) Viking-Ninja.  Allison told me a wonderful story, which I’m sure she may elaborate on more in detail later on her blog (she’s a blogger over on weddingbee.com).  However, the Viking-Ninja was at Ryan’s request – he one day wants to write a very cute sounding children’s story involving one and they wanted to have him featured as a subtle and quirky little extra on their invitation.  The viking ninja was drawn by one of my very good friends, and also the proprietor of Spastic Rabbit Studio on etsy, Tara M.  I just love it when couples include an element or elements that are truly and uniquely “them” as part of their invitations.  It makes the whole thing so much more personal and fun!
The other piece we printed in conjunction with Allison and Ryan’s lovely books was a 5.5″ square envelope to go with them!  These envelopes are from Waste Not Paper company and are their Luxe Cream color.  Allison and Ryan’s return address, as well as one stalk of lavender, was letterpress printed in violet ink on the back flaps.  You can see the envelope and booklet together in these images:
Aren’t they gorgeous!?!   Allison and Ryan were absolutely wonderful clients to work with and I know that their quasi-French, eco-friendly, summer camp wedding on the Oregon Coast in September is going to be totally awesome and beautiful.  Once again, if you’d like to read more about Allison’s wedding in her own words, go check out her blog, she is Miss Bearcub on Wedding Bee.  
Congratulations and thanks again, Allison and Ryan!