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Weddings | Jihee & Isaac

The suite you see above was another one of my favorites that we got to print last summer!  All of the pieces in this very modern and beautiful suite were designed by the bride, Jihee, and then letterpress printed by us.  The main invitation suite included an A7 invitation printed in two ink colors with corresponding envelope, and a single-color rsvp card with corresponding envelope.

One of the elements that really tied all of the different pieces in Jihee & Isaac’s wedding stationery together was the meticulous and gorgeous, hand-drawn script text that Jihee created for her and Isaac’s names on their invitation, and then used for a variety of other elements throughout the other pieces in her suite.  Creating a font by hand (particularly a script) can be a very slow and meticulous process, and Jihee’s was beautiful and absolutely flawless.  I love how the words are all linked together too, and how the ends of each line trail off of the page.  So fun!!

In the photo on the left above, you can see the invitation all by itself.  As I mentioned above, I love that their custom script names are a focal point in the design, but I also love how Jihee had us print one single line in the middle of the block of text in a bright pink, while the rest is printed in a subtle, delicate light grey.  The combination of a bold splash of color with an otherwise very delicate and subtle one is really striking!  Jihee chose to have us print all of her stationery on Holyoke 100% cotton rag 140# paper in bone white.  The bone white is Holyoke’s whitest white and I think that this paper also helped really make the letterpress printing and combination of subtle and bold colors stand out.  For envelopes, we paired this invite with a very light “cement” grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and printed Jihee and Isaac’s return address in a darker grey on the envelope flap.  Registration was a little bit tricky on the envelope printing as the ends of their names trail off of the flap, but it turned out really, really cool!

Jihee designed her reply card and envelope in the same style and we printed them in light grey only.  I love how both the “m” and “kindly reply” lines of the reply card were done in Jihee’s same custom script.  The white rsvp envelope was also printed in grey ink with Jihee’s address on the front.

The image you see above was taken by Jihee & Isaac’s wedding photographer on their big day.  I wanted to show it off as well in order to show you Jihee’s custom envelope liner that she designed herself.  In Jihee’s words:

The idea behind them [the envelope liners] was to have a bold punch of color with some personal element. I played around with having a pattern or motif, but ultimately decided upon the graphic of the three skylines of the cities we’ve lived in together! Boston, for where we met, Chicago, where we spent the most formative years of our relationship, and finally New York City, where we got engaged and now currently live!  I’m not sure that every one of our guests might have gotten that subtle message (especially the ones that tore the side of the envelope open and didn’t even see the liner at all!) but it was fun for me to design!

I think they’re just lovely!

The final pieces we letterpress printed for Jihee and Isaac were a set of thank you cards for them to send out after the wedding.  Each thank you card set featured an A2 size flat thank you card printed in the same bright pink ink we used on the invitation, and a matching light grey envelope printed with their return address on the flap in the same style as the invitation envelope.

Aren’t those pretty?!?  I love how the thank you cards still look beautiful and formal without having a lot of text or extra design elements to them.  I also, again, love Jihee’s custom script that she created for the words “thank you”.  It was such a nice pairing with her more modern, all-caps, san-serif font.

Jihee was kind enough to share some additional photos with us from her wedding!  I love how she was able to incorporate her beautiful graphic design elements into other parts of the wedding such as her table numbers, signs, place cards, and programs.  All of the details looked just beautiful!

I’m really excited to be collaborating with Jihee on design work for another client in the near future.  If you love her designs and are interested in working with her on creating a design for your wedding or other event, contact her!  She’s awesome!

Thanks so much again Jihee for working with us, and sharing your photos!  I can’t wait to work with you more this year!  All the best!

 

Weddings | Jennifer & Ari

Happy Friday Everyone!  The wedding invitations you see above are easily one of my top 10 favorite invitation suites from last year!  Jennifer and Ari were so entirely awesome to work with and I just love their designs!  Jen & Ari’s suite included a 6.25″ square invitation printed in two ink colors with a coordinating, lined envelope, an A2 size reply card and envelope, an A2 size directions card and a smaller website card.  Everything was printed in a super-fun and unique combination of kelly green and navy blue colors, and the combination of script and modern fonts we used is just awesome!

One of the things that really sets the design of Jen & Ari’s invitation apart from many others is that, while we incorporated some script into their invitation design, we didn’t use it for their names or much of the prominent wording at all.  Instead, Jennifer & Ari’s names were printed centrally in kelly green ink and were done in a stylish, modern, all-caps font with the other invitation text layed out around them.  We printed a small, thin green border about 1/8″ in from the edges of the card and used the same lines to accent and separate other information in the design.  I love the large, decorative flourish coming off of the script “and”.  We managed to incorporate this single flourish into almost all of the other pieces in their suite.

Jen & Ari’s invitation was printed on luxurious, 100% cotton, duplex Crane Lettra paper.  The paper is super thick and soft which makes for a gorgeous letterpress impression!

We designed the return address on their invitation envelope to match the fonts used on the invite and printed it in navy blue.

Jen and Ari’s reply card was an A2 size, also printed on duplex Crane Lettra paper.  The card is double-sided and features a couple of lines for guests to write their names, whether or not they’re attending, a spot to indicate whether or not they need a kosher meal option, and lines to write in requests for the band and the bartender.  We managed to incorporate all of the fonts from the invite on to this card and all of the lines and check boxes were printed in the same kelly green ink.  The back side of the reply card was blank, except for a header at the top.  I hope they got a lot of notes on these reply cards!

We paired Jen & Ari’s reply cards with kelly green envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company and printed their return address on the front in navy blue ink.

In the top left photo in the grouping below you can see an individual image of Jen & Ari’s invite envelope.  The envelope was a 6.25″ square one from Waste Not Paper Company printed with the couples’ return address on the flap in navy ink.  Jen picked out an total awesome, modern, floral decorative paper for her envelope liners.  The envelope liner pattern featured 3 different blues, including navy, kelly green and copper and they were absolutely gorgeous!  I think that adding a liner like this was a great way to add a little bit of floral to an otherwise very modern suite.

Below the photo of the envelopes you can see an image of Jen & Ari’s website card.  We designed this card in two ink colors to match the other pieces.  This was a very small insert measuring only 3.5″x2.5″ – the perfect size for your website information!

Jen & Ari also wanted to include a separate insert with directions to their venue, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers,  and information on alternative transportation for guests who didn’t wish to drive in New York City.  The directions card was an A2 size and was printed in navy ink.

For the reception, Jen had us print up a set of coordinating place cards with a kelly green border and decorative flourishes.  She then had her calligrapher write each of the guest’s names in navy ink on each one.

The final piece we designed for Jen & Ari was a coordinating set of thank you cards for them to send out after the wedding.  These cards were an A2 folded size featuring the same styling we used in the main invitation suite and both ink colors: green and navy.  For the envelopes, we chose to go with navy this time, and re-incorporated the touch of copper from their invitation envelope liners into the return address color on their thank you card envelopes.  Then, Jen found a totally sweet and playful green paper with white and yellow daisies on it that we used for the envelope liners for her thank you card envelopes!  I think this was a totally cute pairing, and again love the floral + modern combination of styles.

Aren’t Jen & Ari a beautiful couple!?!  The photos above are courtesy of their photographers at 5 West Studios in Manhattan.   If you’d like to check out more photos from their day, you can on their photographer’s blog.

Thank you so much again for working with us Jen & Ari!  I had so much fun working with you last year and would love to work with you again!  All the best!

Save the Date | Gina and Matt are Getting Married!

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Check out this gorgeous set of Save-the-Dates that we created for New York City couple, Gina and Matt, a couple of weeks ago!  Gina and Matt live in New York, but will be getting married this summer in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Gina had seen a design that we had printed for another bride last year that was originally designed by Christina Reinersmann of Maré C, on Style Me Pretty, and liked it so much that she hired us to create a similar design, in her color scheme for her own wedding.  The above image shows her Save-the-Date and it’s corresponding envelope.  This Save-the-Date measures 5.5″ square and was printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke Paper in one ink color: a reddish, aubergine purple.  We matched the purple ink color for the save-the-dates to Gina’s envelopes, which are a 5.75″ square size from Waste Not Paper Company.  The envelopes were then printed using similar decorative elements, and the same fonts, in metallic silver ink.  You can see some closer images of the printing on the envelopes below.

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Isn’t the design running up the left side of this card, just beautiful?!?  I really love how these turned out and I think they will do a wonderful job setting the tone of the wedding for Gina and Matt’s guests.  Gina also hired a friend of ours, Lori Raines, of Lori Raines Calligraphy Studio, to do the calligraphy for all of her envelopes.  I’m sure that’s going to be just gorgeous as well!

Thanks so much for working with us on these Gina and Matt!  I’m excited to start working with you on your formal invitations!  Talk to you soon!

Save the Date | Terry & Maurice are Getting Married!

Check out this classy, black & white set of save-the-dates we printed last week for New York City couple, Terry and Maurice!  Terry commissioned the drawing you see at the top of this piece from an artist in New York City, and then sent it to us to be incorporated in to her Save-the-Dates!  She and Maurice wanted a classic layout that would compliment both their drawing, and be reflective of their venue: The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.  For the design of these cards, we chose a long and skinny #10 size card and envelope, and printed both the drawing and copy in a single ink color: black.  The paper that Terry and Maurice chose is 100% cotton rag Holyoke Paper in Antique White, with soft white envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company.

In the above group of photos you can see the save-the-date on the left.  I love how the typography that we used for this Save-the-Date really matches the style of the drawing at the top so well!  It’s a really fun, contemporary script, and I think it paired so nicely with the other elements of this design.  You can see in the top right image that we used the same fonts from the invite for Terry and Maurice’s return address on their envelopes, so everything would match perfectly.  In the bottom right image, check out how the text just sinks into the 100% cotton paper from the letterpress printing.  I do love gorgeous black letterpress printing on white or ivory paper – it’s just so classy!

And, lastly, one more cute close-up of the couple, in hand-drawn, letterpress printed form.  Aren’t they cute!?!  I’m excited to begin working on Terry and Maurice’s formal invitations in the next couple of months.  If you love how these save-the-dates turned out, check back in later in the year to see their formals!  Thanks so much Terry and Maurice!  Talk to you soon!

From the Mailbox | Awesome Wedding Bag from Erica & Noah

It’s really fun to open your mail and receive something other than bills and junk, and I wanted to let you all know, I got something totally awesome in the mail today!  Last spring I worked with a couple in New York, who were married in June, on an awesome set of wedding invitation booklets that were letterpress printed on wildflower seeded paper and hand-bound by us.  These invitations were featured on our blog here, back in May and they were one of the most complex (and beautiful) suites I’ve ever designed and produced, that utilized the talents of not only myself, but a couple of my other favorite artists/calligraphers/designers, Crystal Kluge and Fran Heider.  You may recognize her invitations from another well-known wedding site, WeddingBee, if you had seen them before, but not from us.  Erica is Mrs. Hermit Crab.  Erica and her husband, Noah, were two of my favorite clients last year, and so it was awesome to receive some mail from them several months after their wedding had passed.  They sent me the cute postcard that you see above with a photo of them on their wedding day, and the lovely blue canvas bag that you see below.

Erica’s postcard explained that she and Noah had had these bags printed for their out-of-town guests who were attending the wedding.  The bags featured the same hand-drawn map by Crystal Kluge that they had commissioned for their invitation suite.  I thought this was a cute idea, plus, I’m super-excited to have a bag of my own!  If you wanted to see just a glimpse of what their invitations were like, you can below.  The image on the left is of the actual invitation page in their booklet and the image on the right is of their map in the booklet.  If you’d like to see more photos of their invitations and read more about them, click on the link above to go to the full post!

Thanks so much again Erica and Noah!  You two are too sweet!  All the best!