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Weddings | Caitlin & Matt

Last month we completed a lovely set of wedding invitations for a Chicago couple who are getting married this May in Cape Cod.  Caitlin and Matt hired us to design and letterpress print their gorgeous single-color invitation suite.  The suite included an inner/outer set of invitation envelopes.  The inner envelope was lined with a pretty green paper that was embossed with a lovely floral-vine pattern.  The stationery suite also included an A7 size wedding invitation, an A2 size events card, a 4bar size reply card with coordinating reply card envelope and a matching belly band to tie everything together.

If you were to have received one of their invitations, the first thing you would have noticed was the beautiful calligraphy on the front of her envelopes.  Caitlin hired a Chicago calligrapher to match the script type we used throughout the suite for her guest addressing.  You can see the letterpress printed script on her outer envelope flap below.  In the photo on the right you can see both the outer invitation envelope and the inner one with the invitation tucked inside.  I love the pretty green embossed paper Caitlin picked out for the envelope liners!  The texture and color of it was just lovely!

When you remove the invitations from their inner envelope, the pretty bundle you see above is what you would see.  All of the pieces in Caitlin and Matt’s invitation suite were stacked in order of size and then wrapped and held together with a custom, letterpress printed belly band.  The belly band featured playful curly lines along the band and a round medallion featuring their names, wedding date and a bucket of hydrangeas graphic in the center.  This central medallion was matted onto a slightly larger circle of the same green embossed paper we used for the envelope liners to tie everything together.

Caitlin and Matt’s wedding invitation is both classic and modern at the same time.  The layout is fairly simple and traditional, featuring a small graphic at the top of the design with the main body of text in a classic roman font below it.  The styling of the names is in a more contemporary, all lower-case script, and is featured prominently throughout the design.  I love the adorable hydrangea graphic we came up with and used throughout the suite!  Caitlin kept buckets of hydrangeas in her bedroom at her parent’s house, and we found these to be the perfect floral, but not too-busy, graphic for their invitations.

Caitlin and Matt’s 4bar size reply card was designed to match their invitations using the same fonts and ink colors.  These reply cards were paired with a matching white reply card envelope printed with their return address in the same sage green ink.  All of Caitlin and Matt’s stationery was printed on 110 lb. Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper in Pearl White.

Caitlin and Matt also included a separate events card with their invitations.  This card was an A2 size and featured information about the other events they are having in conjunction with the wedding.  We created tiny icons to represent each event.  These events include a clambake rehearsal dinner, a Sunday morning brunch and a sunset beach bonfire the night after the wedding.  It sounds like it’s going to be a fantastic weekend!

Above is one more shot of the belly band by itself so that you can see athe beautiful textures from both of the different papers and the letterpress printing.  I just love how this piece tied all of the other pieces together!

We’re currently working on a matching set of place cards and favor tags for Caitlin and Matt and I just love how they’re turning out!

Caitlin and Matt – you’ve been so much fun to work with!  Thanks so much for hiring us to create these with you!  Talk to you soon!  : )

Weddings | Jennie & Jason

The set of wedding invitations I have to show you today are pretty special for me and for Twin Ravens Press.  I’ll get to why in a second, but, in order to understand why this job means so much to me, you need a little back-story first.  A year ago today, I was working with an intern in the printshop and I smashed my hand in our platen press and broke it.  Not only was this accident terrifying on principle, but at the time, there wasn’t really any certainty as to whether or not I would fully recover, and I had no way to know how this would affect my ability to continue my career as a letterpress printer.  I’m happy to say that, a year later today, I’m fully healed and entirely capable of creating beautiful letterpress invitations with no loss of dexterity.  I was really lucky.  So, what does this have to do with the beautiful set of wedding invitations you see above?  Well, a couple of days prior to my accident, a year ago, Jennie and Jason signed a contract with us and put down a deposit to have me design and print their wedding invitations.  When I broke my hand, it was going to be at least six-ish months before I could work again and I wasn’t sure that I would be able to do this job. As I’ve always said, if something is meant to be, it finds a way of working itself out.  This job certainly did…

Up until last March, I was basically running Twin Ravens almost entirely by myself.  I had occasional help now and then from interns and very-part-time employees, but there wasn’t a whole lot of consistency in terms of that.  When I broke my hand, I called up a now-very-close friend, Darcy Jeffs, and asked if she wanted to work here, part-time, until I was able to print again.  Luckily for me, she said yes!  Darcy is a graphic designer herself and worked in both Holland and New York City prior to moving to Oregon.  She now lives in a century-old schoolhouse on the Oregon Coast with her fiance and three adorable cats.  She’s also the proprietress of Neue School Press, and one of my very best friends.  Darcy took over this job with gusto, and designed the gorgeous suite for Jennie and Jason that you see above.  After the designs were complete, we printed and assembled these together, here at Twin Ravens.

Jennie and Jason’s wedding suite included an A7 size matted wedding invitation, a 4bar reply card, a Paebaek Ceremony invitation, a small website card, a custom belly band and two sets of envelopes.  Let’s check out their wedding invitation first!

Jennie and Jason’s wedding invitation was an A7 size that was printed in three ink colors (orange, red and chocolate brown) on lovely, 140 lb. Holyoke Natural 100% cotton paper.  Each invitation was matted on a shimmery deep red card stock to create a border.  Darcy created the gorgeous fall leaves and branch imagery that you see on each of the pieces.  We paired the invite with gold A7 envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company and letterpress printed Jennie and Jason’s return address in red ink on the flap.

Didn’t the graphics and letterpress printing just turn out so beautifully!?!  Darcy did an amazing job taking on a project that I was (quite literally) unable to handle last year, and the invitations turned out absolutely gorgeous!  The fall theme that she and Jennie came up with was perfect for Jennie and Jason’s September wedding at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Above, you can see what the invite looked like with the belly band.  Jennie and Jason’s belly band was composed of a circular medallion that was made out of the same Holyoke paper they used for their invitation, and was printed with their initials in red ink.  The printed medallion was then matted onto a slightly larger medallion made out of the same shimmery red paper we used for their invitation matt.  Then, the actual band, was made out of a shimmery bronze (similar to chocolate brown) paper.  It was scored in two places and fastened in the back of the invitation with a clear round seal.

Above you can see two of Jennie and Jason’s inserts!  The one on the left was their invitation to their Paebaek ceremony.  A Paebaek ceremony is a traditional Korean celebration held at weddings.  If you’re interested in what this is, you can read more about it here.  The Paebaek ceremony invitation was a 4bar size and was printed in chocolate brown ink.  On the top right, above, you can see Jennie and Jason’s website insert.  The website card was the same size as a standard business card and was printed in the same orange ink that we used on their wedding invitation.

Below, Jennie and Jason had two different reply cards, one with a July RSVP date and one with an August date.  Sending out two rounds of invitations is a great way to limit the number of attendees to a certain head count, particularly if you have a large guest list.  Both reply cards were printed in red ink and featured a place where guests could indicate what type of entree they wanted at the reception.  Each reply card was paired with a shimmery red envelope that had Jennie & Jason’s address letterpress printed on the front in gold ink.

Jennie was so sweet and patient to work with throughout this whole process, especially considering that my prognosis was so unknown.  I loved working with both her and Darcy on these and I think the final product couldn’t have turned out more beautiful!

Jennie was sweet enough to also send us some images from her and Jason’s wedding day.  Check them out below!  In the next two groupings, you’ll see both family photos from the wedding and photos from Jennie and Jason’s professional photographer, Jennifer Hughes of Jennifer Hughes Photography in Baltimore.

Aren’t they just a lovely couple!?!  Jennie & Jason, thank you so much, for continuing to work with us in spite of my accident!  I’m so happy that we got to do these, and it looks like your big day was absolutely gorgeous!  Thanks again!

Weddings | Jasmine & Kristin

Remember the pretty celadon green and blind embossed Save-the-Dates we created for Jasmine and Kristin who are getting married in May, this past fall?  Well, shortly after we finished their Save-the-Dates, I finished designing and printing their wedding invitations!  Jasmine and Kristin were really on top of it when it came to figuring out what they wanted, so designing for them was an absolute breeze!

Jasmine and Kristin’s wedding invitation suite included a 5.5″ square invite with corresponding envelope, a 4bar size reply card with corresponding envelope and a ribbon belly band with a medallion to hold all of the pieces together.  Both the invitation and reply card were printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke Paper in their Bone White color and both sets of envelopes were a khaki color from Waste Not Paper Company.

For their invitation envelope, we wanted to do something fancy that incorporated one of their wedding colors that we hadn’t used in the save-the-dates: chocolate brown.  In order to do this, Jasmine and Kristin picked a khaki colored envelope and I printed some gorgeous flourishes on the top left and bottom right corners in chocolate brown ink with their return address printed on the back flap.  For their names in the return address, we used Jasmine’s handwriting, just like we did for the Save-the-Date!  I love how personal and unique it is when we use a bride or groom’s handwriting as part of their invitation design.

When you open up their invitation envelope, this is what you would see.  Enclosed are the invite, reply card, and reply card envelope, stacked in order of size, and tied together with a 1/4″ light pink ribbon that has a celedon green medallion in the center of it with Jasmine and Kristin’s initials printed on it in chocolate brown ink.  I make these types of belly bands a lot and I think that they are a lovely way to, literally, “tie-together” an invitation suite! You can see the whole “package”, in greater detail, in the photo below.

For the actual invitation, Jasmine and Kristin chose a design with cascading light pink flourishes and celadon green text.  For the majority of the text on this invite, we used a modern san-serif typeface, and for the names, we used Jasmine’s actual handwriting.  In order to achieve this for the letterpress print, I had Jasmine write out several versions of her and her fiancée’s names on a plain sheet of white paper, then we scanned the names in to the computer, turned them in to vector graphics and made a photopolymer plate of the version they liked best.  I think it turned out great!

Their reply card was designed to match the invite and was also printed in two ink colors: light pink and celadon green.  I used one fancy cascade of flourishes to decorate this card coming in from the top left corner of the card and the same combination of fonts (the modern san-serif and Jasmine’s handwriting) for the text.  It’s so simple, but so beautiful, at the same time.

Last, but not least, we created a reply card envelope in the same colors and style as the invite envelope, but this time in a 4bar size to fit the reply card.  I decorated the front of this envelope with some chocolate brown flourishes and we used a combination of handwriting and regular type for the address on the front.
Jasmine and Kristin were such a fun couple to work with and I’m sure their wedding in Tennessee this upcoming May is going to be just lovely!  Thanks again Jasmine and Kristin!  You are awesome!