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Weddings | Alicia & Tim

Alicia1In the spirit of Throwback-Thursday, I’d like to show you one of my favorite wedding invitation suites from a couple of years ago that I just hadn’t gotten around to putting up on the blog, until now!  This suite was designed by New York City designer, Jihee Wu, for Melbourne, Australia couple, Alicia and Tim!  I love how modern and timeless this suite is and how it utilizes many of the lovely things that letterpress printing has to offer, in such an elegant and classic way!
Alicia3Alicia4Alicia & Tim’s invitation suite featured a 5.5″ square invitation, letterpress printed in a charcoal grey ink on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper.  The suite also featured matching grey envelopes that were letterpress printed with black ink.  All of Alicia and Tim’s pieces incorporated a blind embossed monogram, which you can see at the top of the invite in the above photos.

Other pieces included a single color (gray) reply postcard and a smaller reception card with their wedding website info at the bottom.

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We also printed a gorgeous set of simple, modern thank you cards, and matching menus and ceremony programs for the day of the wedding.  Alicia & Tim’s thank you cards and thank you card envelopes are pictured below!

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(Above photos courtesy of Lakshal Perera)

Check out some of the gorgeous photos and details above from their day, courtesy of Lakshal Perera Photography in Melbourne.  If you’d like to see more of Alicia and Tim’s wedding photos, you can on Lakshal’s website here.

Thanks so much again for working with us, Alicia & Tim!  Cheers!

 

Weddings | Karllie and Steve (Or, "How We Got Featured In Cosmopolitan in Australia")

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Hello, Lovelies!!  If you’ve been following our Facebook page recently, you may have caught our exciting news last week that a set of wedding stationery we printed last year was featured in the most recent issue of Cosmopolitan Bride in Australia!  How did I find out about this, you might ask?  Well, an awesome prospective client from down under (Hi, Nikki!), emailed to tell me about it!  How cool is that?!?  Because I’ve been unable to figure out how to purchase a copy of an Australian periodical from Oregon so far, I haven’t seen the feature in person yet, but a couple of the coolest Australian folks we know, have offered to mail us a copy!  So, while we’re waiting for that, I figured it would be cool to show off the actual stationery that made it in to the magazine!

The stationery in question you can see above!  It was created for Victoria-based couple Karllie and Steve and featured an A7 size invitation and envelope, a 4bar size reply card and envelope and a super-cool, coordinating, laser-cut tag on a silk ribbon to tie everything together.  This is how it would have looked, if you had gotten one in the mail:

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Karllie and Steve’s suite was printed in a single dark-blue-grey ink on super-thick, eco-friendly 100% bamboo paper.  My favorite thing about this design is its simplicity and versatility.  I also love how, unlike a traditional wedding invitation, where the names are in a super-decorative (often script) typeface and the other info is in a block font, this invite switches that up and utilizes a large block typeface for the names and a fun, yet still readable, more decorative font for the body text.  We also used a pretty little glyph throughout the suite as a small decoration.  I love how small details like this tie everything together without being too bold and “design-y”.

Check out the matching reply card and envelope below.  Again, I just love how simple, yet elegant the whole design is.

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Despite loving it all, one of my favorite design elements of this suite, is the custom tag we created to act as a belly band and tie the suite together.  This tag is a fold-over that measures approximately 1.5 x 2 inches.  It featured the couple’s initials and the same little design element from the rest of the suite, laser cut into the same bamboo paper.  We then found a text-weight paper in the same color as their ink and used this on the inside of the tag.  Karllie wrote each guest’s name on the inside of the tag for a beautiful touch of personalization!  You may notice the slight discoloration on the white part of the tags – when using a light colored, all-natural-fiber paper, this is often a side-effect to laser cutting.  If you are interested in having us create something like this for you, but are bothered by the discoloration, we are happy to utilize alternate paper types or colors that will minimize this side-effect.  Each tag had a cream silk ribbon threaded through it and the whole thing was tied around the other pieces to hold them together.

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Isn’t this suite just gorgeous?!?  I love it so much, and Karllie and Steve were a fantastic couple to work with!  Oh, in case you’re wondering, I was able to track down the cover of the Australian Cosmo where these are featured.  It’s their current “Fall 2014” issue (since it’s currently fall in the southern hemisphere).  Here’s what the cover looks like for prosperity:

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So awesome!!  We’re so honored to even be a tiny part of a national publication in another country.  So cool!!

Thanks so much again for working with us, Karllie and Steve!  You two rock!

UPDATE: After posting this article, Karllie was sweet enough to get in touch with us and send over a couple photos of the actual feature!  Check them out:

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Again, so cool!!  Thanks, Karllie!

UPDATE (PART II): And, more pics!  These came directly from Cosmopolitan!

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Weddings | Emma & Joseph

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I’ve shown this particular design before, but I love it so much that I figured it was time to show it off again!  The wedding invitation suite you see above was originally designed by Jihee Wu, and printed by us, for her own wedding in 2011, but Australian couple, Emma and Joseph, saw it on our site, and loved it so much, that they hired Jihee and I to recreate it for their wedding!

Their suite includes an A7 size invitation, printed in two colors, with a coordinating envelope, and an A2 size reply card with coordinating envelope.  All of the pieces were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper.  The envelopes we used were from Waste Not Paper Company.

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I just love the contrast in this design between the super-modern, san-serif type used for the majority of the invitation and the lovely, custom script Jihee created for the names.  I also love how we made the single line “joyfully invite you to their wedding” stand out by printing it in such a bright pink!  The address on the invite envelope was designed to match using the same script for the names, stretching across the flap and the same modern type for the rest of the address.

The reply card and envelope that you can see below also featured custom script and modern type, printed in grey ink!  I love it!!

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If you’d like to check out more designs that we’ve worked on with Jihee, you can here and here.  If you like her style, please contact us and we’d be happy to put you in touch!

Thanks so much again for working with us, Emma & Joseph!

Weddings | Jennifer & Sol

Check out these beautiful turquoise and silver invitations that we created earlier this year for Los Angeles couple, Jennifer & Sol!  I just love turquoise and silver together, as a color combination, and I absolutely love the way we were able to combine modern, center-justified, san-serif type with pretty, swirly script for the names.  The decorative silver flourishes in the top and bottom corners of the invite were also a really nice visual element!  

Jenn & Sol’s invites were printed on super-soft, 100% cotton rag paper.  I just love the way that the thin lettering truly creates a “bite” in the page!

The invitations were paired with a coordinating, shimmery, turquoise envelope that featured the couple’s return address printed on the back in silver ink.  We also printed some more decorative flourishing on the front corners of each envelope!

Jenn & Sol’s gorgeous wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty!  If you’d like to see some totally beautiful photos from their big day, go check them out!

Jenn & Sol were truly a pleasure to work with and I just love how their wedding invitations came out!  If either of you are reading this, thanks so much again for working with us!  If you ever need anything in the future, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

 

Weddings | Amanda & Jorge

This was one of my favorite, modern, fall wedding invitations from last year!  We created this awesome set of stationery for Miami, Florida couple Amanda & Jorge, who were married last October.  Their colors were grey and red and we incorporated them, along with a very modern, architectural drawing of their venue, and modern typography into their wedding suite.  The suite included an A7 size wedding invitation, 4 bar reply card, 3″ square place cards, and A2 size thank you cards, all with coordinating envelopes.  All pieces were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton bright white paper.  

I just love the way that the modern typography and architectural drawing really sets the tone for an urban, modern wedding!  The invitation, which you can see above, was printed in both colors, while all of their other pieces were printed in one or the other.  I love the way that the bright red ink we used on the invite, really makes Amanda & Jorge’s names stand out!  It’s such a great, modern design!

All of the other pieces were designed to match the invite, including the reply card you see above and the place cards and thank you cards that you see below.  I love how the thank you cards were flat, and featured just the couple’s married names.  This way, they could use these as personal stationery as well, if they had any left over after their thank you’s had all been sent out!  This is an awesome, versatile way to get both thank you cards and personal stationery out of the same print run!

Thanks so much again for working with us Amanda & Jorge!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know!  We’d love to work with you again!  All the best!

Weddings | Alison & Matthew

The invitations I’m posting today are one of my favorite classic, yet modern, black & white suites from last year!  They’re big, beautiful, and classy with just a touch of whimsy!  Alison and Matthew hired me last year to design and print this suite, based on some samples they had seen of some of my previous invitations, but also wanted to incorporate some custom calligraphy!  Their suite included a large 7″-square invite and corresponding envelope, a 4bar size reply card and matching envelope, and a small 3.5″x2.5″ reception card. 

Alison & Matthew’s gorgeous invite was printed in two ink colors: black and silver.  We used the silver for their names only and the black for all of the other text.  The invites were printed on double-thick Crane Lettra Duplex paper.  Alison hired the awesome Kelle Anne McCarter of designsgirl to create her custom calligraphy.  Isn’t it beautiful?!?  Alison had Kelle create a few key phrases in calligraphy for the other pieces for us to incorporate into their design.  You can see the reply card and matching envelope in the photo below.  I love how the phrases “kindly reply”, “m______________”, and “mr. and mrs steven jones” are in calligraphy!  I love the contrast between them and the other phrases in the serif font – it’s such a nice contrast.

In the top left photo above you can see that we used the same return address for the back flap of the main invitation envelope.  The top right photo is a close up of the reception card.  This insert measured 3.5″x2.5″ (just slightly larger than a regular business card) and featured Kelle Anne’s calligraphy for “dinner and dancing” and the rest of the info in the serif font.  Lastly, to make the invites even more special, we edge painted them in a shimmery silver edge paint to match Alison & Matthew’s names.  I just love how these invitations turned out!

Alison and Matthew, thanks so much again for working with us last year!  If you ever need anything, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Weddings | Kirk & Christy

Check out these cute, modern wedding invitations we made last summer for California couple Kirk and Christy!  Kirk and Christy were married in the Oregon Coast town of Cannon Beach last August, and I had a ton of fun working with them to create these invites!  Above is the full set, which included a monarch size invitation and envelope, a 4bar size reply card and envelope, a smaller website card and a custom, laser cut belly band.  Let’s look at all of the pieces individually!

When Kirk originally contacted me, he and Christy wanted to do something fun and quirky with the motif for their invitations!  When they had first started dating, one of the first photos they took together was of their hands with tiny octopus and squid finger puppets (see original photo below on the right).  I think it’s so cool (and adorable!) that they wanted to somehow incorporate this into their wedding invitations!  To do this, I created the drawing you see at the top of the octopus and squid holding hands, and we carried this through all of the pieces in their invitations suite!  Their invite is a modern monarch size, measuring 3.75″x7.25″ and was printed in a nice light blue ink on 100% cotton paper.  I love the combination of the cute octopus/squid drawing with the simple, serif font we used for the text!

The other pieces in the suite were designed to match the invitation!  Below you can see Kirk and Christy’s reply card and envelope as well as their small website card.  Additional information could be found on their website, so they didn’t need a bunch of extra insert cards, just a small one directing guests to the website.  

The thing that sets this suite apart, in my opinion, from a lot of others, is the awesome way we tied everything together!  Kirk and Christy had me design a custom, laser-cut belly band to wrap around the individual pieces in their suite.  Because we had been using the “squid and octopus holding hands” theme for the motif, I thought it would be really nice (and awesome) to have their belly band be of the tentacles of the squid and octopus holding hands around all of their stationery.  This was a bit of a challenge to figure out how to draw, and then cut, but they turned out so cool!!  The belly bands were laser cut in-house out of a shimmery blue paper and they secured all of the pieces in Kirk and Christy’s suite together!

I think everything in this suite turned out so cool!  I love the adorable simplicity of the main pieces, and then the totally unique belly band that tied everything together!  If you’re interested in adding something really different to your invitation suite, ask us about laser cutting!  There’s so much we can do with it that will add just that extra bit of uniqueness to your invitations!

Thanks so much again for working with us Kirk and Christy!  I hope you’re having a Happy New Year!

Weddings | Kathryn & Richard

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Happy New Year and Happy Friday Everyone!  With the busy-ness of the holiday season, it’s been a while since we actually showed off anything new!  There’s no time like the present to remedy that!  To start off the year, I want to share with you one of my favorite new designs from last summer, that I hadn’t gotten around to showing you yet.  This invitation was created for San Francisco couple Kathryn and Richard, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out!  You can see the full suite in the photo above.  It included an A7 size invitation with corresponding outer envelope, a 4-bar size reply card with corresponding envelope, and a cute, A2-size Welcome BBQ invitation!

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When I initially began talking to Kathryn about what she envisioned for her invitation suite, she mentioned really liking this set of invitations that was originally designed by New York City designer, Jihee Wu, for her own wedding and letterpress printed by us.  While Kathryn loved Jihee’s suite, she also wanted her design to utilize some more traditional fonts and to possibly add a few more decorative elements, rather than just relying on the text as decoration.  I think what we came up with was a perfect melding of these two aesthetics!  Kathryn and Richard’s invite was printed in metallic ink colors: gold and silver on Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper!  I love the large, gold script names in the center of the design, as well as the gold flourishes at the top and bottom!  So pretty!

For the invitation envelope, Kathryn chose an awesome, shimmery metallic black envelope and we letterpress printed the same flourishes from the invitation on the upper-left and bottom-right corners of the front in silver ink.  We also printed their return address in silver on the back flap, using the same fonts from the invitation!

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One of my favorite things about this suite is the awesome combination of different papers Kathryn chose for the different pieces!  For her reply card envelope, we matched the colors from the invite envelope and simply printed a matching envelope in a smaller size.  For the reply card itself, Kathryn picked out an awesome, shimmery grey (almost dark silver) paper for the actual card, and we printed the design on it in black ink.

Last, but not, least, is their Welcome BBQ invitation.  In lieu of a formal rehearsal dinner Kathryn & Richard held a fun, Welcome BBQ at their home in San Francisco, the evening before their wedding.  For this smaller invitation, we hired the wonderful folks at Porridge Papers to create a custom gold paper for us to print on.  It’s difficult to see in the photos, but this paper is bright and shimmery, much like the envelopes Kathryn chose, but still awesomely soft and perfect for letterpress printing.  For the design of this card, we used a slightly more casual and whimsical font for “Welcome BBQ”, and added two little hearts to the line at the bottom.  Too cute!  These cards were printed with shimmery silver ink.

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Check out the detail of the letterpress printing in the image above!  I just love printing on custom papers!

Kathryn and Richard, thanks so much again for working with us last year!  I hope the new year to come brings you both lots of joy!  Thanks again!

Weddings | Stationery for a Wedding in Finland

I’ve said it before, but I always get super-excited when couples from overseas find us and hire us to produce their wedding stationery.  There’s just something about the distance and the great big internet bringing us together that I find kind of amazing.  Earlier this year, I got to work with a lovely British couple, who were recently married in Helsinki,  Finland, this past September.  Their wedding invitations were modern and elegant and I just love the way everything for them came together!

These wedding invitations featured a single A7 size invite and corresponding envelope.  The invitation was letterpress printed in two ink colors: gold and red, on lovely, Holyoke 100% cotton bone white paper.  The invitation design itself was simple and modern, which I personally really love!  It featured the main body text of their invitation in a red, all-caps, classic, serif font and their names in gold in a simple script (at the request of the couple the names have been blurred to protect their privacy, however, trust me, the script was gold and simple and beautiful).  The text was centered and was surrounded by a fun, organic pattern of little gold dots.  It was so simple and pretty – I just love it!  We paired their invitation with an antique gold envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and letterpress printed their return address on the flap in silver ink.

Check out the letterpress impression in the close up photo below!

This couple were wonderful to work with, even from such a great distance, and  I absolutely love how their invitations turned out!  If you’re not in Oregon, but are interested in working with us, please don’t hesitate to send us a quick “hello!”.  We love working with clients from all across the country and around the world!

Weddings | Don & Stephanie

Happy Friday Everybody!  This afternoon I’m really excited to show off an awesome set of wedding invitations that we made for a Eugene couple earlier this year!  We’ve worked with Don and Stephanie on quite a few projects in the past, including business stationery for their company, Oregon Social Media.  I was super-excited earlier this year when Don & Steph came back to me to collaborate on their wedding stationery.  They were married this past June in the small town of Jacksonville, in southern Oregon, and wanted their invites to reflect a modern sensibility, as well as the rustic-ness of Jacksonville, and Oregon on the whole.  What you see above is what we came up with!

Don & Stephanie’s wedding invitations featured an awesome, letterpress-printed A7 invite that was blind embossed with a fun woodgrain pattern, and printed in black ink, a coordinating invitation envelope, and a smaller, laser cut website/rsvp card.  The main motif for their invites was the state of Oregon with a small heart in the bottom left corner where Jacksonville is.  I was excited that we were able to incorporate this little state motif into all three of their pieces.  The invitation and rsvp/website card were held together with baker’s twine in Don & Stephanie’s wedding colors: white, grey and yellow.

Their invitation was paired with a coordinating gravel grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company with Don and Stephanie’s address letterpress printed on the back flap.

Check out the close-up image above of their invitation!  We used a full-bleed blind embossed woodgrain pattern to decorate the background of this invite and then printed their invitation text over the top in black ink.  I love the fun mix of funky, modern fonts that we were able to incorporate!  You’ll also notice in the images below that the state motif was used to decorate the bottom!

One of the most exciting aspects of this invitation suite for me was Don and Steph’s rsvp/website card.  We designed this card to be in the shape of the Oregon motif they had used on the other pieces, but in order to give the piece a little more interest, we laser cut the shape of the card and the little heart out of thin, maple wood veneer.  Rather than printing the text onto the veneer, we engraved it with the laser cutter, so that it had the same depth and texture as the letterpress impression on the other pieces!

Twin Ravens Press is happy to work with you to design small wooden laser cut pieces to incorporate into your invitations or other projects, like this one.  We’re also happy to work with you to create engraved wooden invitations, business cards, and or other stationery.  These reply/website cards were made out of maple wood, but we have several different wood varieties in a variety of colors and textures for you to choose from!  I love the way that this complimented the woodgrain pattern of Don & Steph’s invitation and I love how unique such a small piece can make a whole suite feel.  I mean, how often do you get an engraved, wooden card in the mail?  Not often, and they’re so cool!!

Thanks so much again, Don & Stephanie, for working with us on your wedding invitations!  I always enjoy working with the two of you and I can’t wait to see what projects you have in store for us next!