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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 | Priscilla & David

It’s been a little chilly out here in Oregon, so I thought, for a change of weather-pace, I’d show off this awesome set of pocket-folder invitations that we created for Florida couple, Priscilla and David, last year.  Priscilla and David were married last May in sunny Key West and their invitations definitely have a warm, inviting, beach-y feel.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may remember their awesome palm tree save-the-dates from last year.  If not, go check those out too!

Priscilla and David’s colors were orange, green and chocolate brown and we were able to incorporate all three into their stationery design to create a very awesome suite!  Above you can see all of the pieces in the suite together, which included their pocket folder invitation and envelope, a reply card and envelope, directions, accommodations, and reception cards, a custom letterpress map and key, and a schedule of events card.  We also made them a very cool custom belly band!

If you were to have received one of Priscilla and David’s invitations, below is what you would have seen when you first opened the envelope.  Priscilla and David’s envelopes were a white monarch style envelope from Green Paper Company that was custom lined with an olive green lokta paper from Nepal.  The pocket folder which enclosed all of the other pieces was a chocolate brown folder and we created an awesome custom belly band to seal it shut!  The belly band featured a large band of the same olive green lokta that we used for their envelope liners, with three strands of natural raffia twine, and a layered, square medallion.  The medallion was made out of a square of Kagome Bamboo paper, olive green lokta, and a letterpress piece with their names and wedding date in chocolate brown ink with a little green palm tree in the background.  These were super time-intensive to make, but the look was just amazing!

Check out the awesome textures of their belly band!  The letterpress printing was amazing and the Kagome Bamboo, lokta, and raffia just add so much extra depth and texture!

Below is what you would see when you opened up the pocket folder!  Priscilla and David’s wedding invitation was printed in three ink colors: green, orange, and chocolate brown, and was mounted into the folder with a lokta and kagome bamboo double-matt.  The pocket on the right contained five different inserts.

The texture of everything in this suite was totally awesome!  Priscilla chose our house Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper in Bone White for her invitation and all of her inserts.  It’s such a lovely paper and takes the impression of the letterpress printing so well!

Below left and bottom right are close-ups of their invitation.  I love their bright, tropical color scheme!  The image in the top right below shows their green return address that we letterpress printed on each envelope.  All of the custom calligraphy that you see throughout this suite was done by the wonderful and talented Michele Clark of Calligraphy by Michele.

Each of Priscilla and David’s inserts were designed to match the invite.  Below you can see their 4bar size reply card, which was letterpress printed in two ink colors: olive green and orange.  I love all of the little tropical icons we used at the top of the insert cards and next to the events on the reply!  Below, top right, is the envelope we paired with Priscilla’s reply card.  This envelope was printed with chocolate brown ink and featured their same palm tree graphic from the invitation on the left hand side.  Below, bottom right, is an image of their reception card by itself.  This card was smaller than the RSVP and was printed in a single color: olive green.

Above, priscilla also included an olive green directions card that featured a wonderful little starfish motif!  Below left, is a separate insert for accommodations and transportation information.  Below right, is the back side of Priscilla and David’s custom map.  The back was a key that was created by the very talented Crystal Kluge.  Scroll down to see the actual map itself!

Each invitation included the above A6 size map printed in olive green ink.  The map design was created by Crystal Kluge and featured adorable illustrations for all of the important Key West landmarks for Priscilla and David’s wedding.  Check out the detail below!  It’s awesome!

Above, bottom left: We letterpress printed a larger version of this map in black ink that you can see above that Crystal hand-watercolored for Priscilla and David.  It’s such a lovely keepsake and piece of artwork that they could frame and hang up in their home after the wedding was over!

Lastly, each invitation included a schedule of events card that was printed in two ink colors: olive green and orange.  This card had the places and times of each event, as well as a website URL for guests to reference for additional information.

I loved working on this suite and I imagine that Priscilla and David’s Key West wedding was warm, tropical and absolutely beautiful!  Thanks so much for working on these with us last year Priscilla!  All the best to you and David!

Weddings | Grace & Mike

The weekend before this past one, a lovely New York City couple that we worked with earlier this summer, celebrated their destination wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Grace and her now-husband, Mike, had seen this design that we created last year on our website, and they liked it so much, that they wanted to do something similar for their own wedding stationery.   Above you can see all of the pieces in Grace and Mike’s stationery suite together.  The suite included a 5.5″ square wedding invitation with corresponding envelope, an A2 size reply postcard and a small 3.5″x2″, business card-size website card.  Grace’s invitation and reply postcard were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White 100% cotton Duplex paper and the website was printed on the standard, matching 110 lb. weight.  We paired these invitations with a lovely purple euro-flap envelope from Waste Not Paper Company.

I absolutely love the elegant, Japanese wood-cut-inspired, wave design that we created last year and re-used for this design.  The waves were printed in a very light grey and the text of the invitation was printed in a lovely violet purple over the top of them.  For the invitation text, we used two, fun, modern and playful typefaces.  I just love the font we used for their names!  It’s called Silverstein, and was a great match up for this design because it’s not a script, but is still decorative, modern, and it pairs nicely with the movement of the wave image.  Isn’t this just an awesome design?!?

The large image in the grouping above shows off the lovely impression this design created in the paper when letterpress printed.  I just love the way that both the waves and the violet type sink in to the 100% cotton duplex paper!  On the top left of this grouping, you can see the back flap of Grace & Mike’s invitation envelope.  I love the purple they chose to compliment their violet ink in their design!  This purple envelope was a different enough color that we were still able to letterpress print their address on the flap in violet without losing readability.  We used the same fonts from the invitation for the envelope, to tie both pieces together nicely.

The photo in the top right of the above grouping shows their website card, all by itself.  This card was printed on the standard weight, 110 lb. Crane Lettra paper, and is the same size as a standard business card.  In keeping with the ocean theme, we created some cute, whimsical starfish and bubble graphics to decorate this tiny card.  They were letterpress printed in the same light grey as the waves, with the website information printed in violet.  Creating a separate website card is a nice thing to do in an invitation suite, because it allows you to share your wedding website information with your guests without having to stick your website URL directly on the invite itself.  People can also keep these small cards near their computers and use them for a quick reference!

Grace and Mike’s reply card was a postcard, and featured both the wave and starfish/bubble design elements that we used on the other pieces in their suite.  The front side featured the waves and a fairly standard response card layout.  There’s a reply by date and a line for guests to write their names, followed by choices to accept or regret.  Under the “accepts” section Grace listed out all of the events of their wedding for guests to indicate which one(s) they planned to attend, and they could also specify a meal preference for the reception.  I love how we were able to get a lot of information on this card, without it seeming too overwhelming or crowded.  The back side of the reply postcard was very simple: it featured the same starfish design from the website card and their return address printed in the center.  Check out the awesome letterpress impression on this card in the photo below!  It’s just gorgeous!

From working with Grace, I can only imagine that her and Mike’s wedding in Mexico two weekends ago was just beautiful!  She has such great taste!  She and Mike were so much fun to work with!  Congratulations Grace & Mike!  All the best!

Weddings | Brianna & Matt


Happy Friday, everyone! Today I want to share with you a totally lovely wedding suite that I completed for a couple in Florida a few weeks ago. When Brianna and her fiancee Matt first began talking to me about wedding invitations they explained that they wanted to create a design that would be well suited to both of their personalities. Brianna described herself as a “vintage, romantic girl” and her fiancee, Matt, as “a guy who’s just all about the ocean”. Matt has been a surfer all of his life and while Brianna and Matt weren’t incorporating anything obviously ocean-y into their wedding, like seashells or sand, they still wanted something for their invitations that was somewhat ocean-inspired, be it through colors, textures or design elements. This created a really fun challenge for me, as a designer, and you can see the results of what we came up with at the top of this post!

Brianna & Matt’s invitation suite included a 5.5″ square invitation, a 4bar size reply card and corresponding envelopes for both. Here are the invitation and invitation envelope:
Both Brianna & Matt’s invitation and reply card were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Duplex paper in Ecru. The Lettra Duplex paper is twice as thick as the standard Crane Lettra which made these cards super-plush and substantial. Both of the envelopes were Khaki colored, printed with navy blue ink and came from Waste Not Paper Company. Here is an image of the invitation by itself:
When I was trying to come up with designs for Brianna and Matt, I tried to think of how I could incorporate both vintage and ocean-inspired elements into the design without the invitations seeming too much like a vintage postcard for a beach vacation. We wanted these to be really elegant. One of my favorite things to do when coming up with a design is to try out several different typefaces. For these invitations I ended up using a classic wood-type inspired face for the couple’s names and a more romantic script font for the rest of the text. The “and” that you see in between their names is also vintage-letterpress inspired. In order to come up with the “wave” pattern for the background, I began thinking about some of the cool imagery that I saw in Japan when I was there last November. The Japanese have an incredible and beautiful history of depicting waves and water in several different mediums and historical artworks from woodblock prints to calligraphic images. The final wave image that I used for the background on Brianna and Matt’s invitation was inspired by a classic, historical, Japanese depiction of a wave and I think that it worked out perfectly. The background image was letterpress printed in a very light blue ink and the text was letterpress printed over the top of it in navy ink. Here is a close-up so you can see the ink colors, impression, fonts and details a little more closely:
For the address on the envelope, I used the same navy ink and tried to keep the design similar to the type style that I used for the invitation. Here is how it turned out:
The reply card and reply card envelope were also in the same style and used the same colors: khaki with navy ink for the envelope and Lettra Duplex Ecru paper with light blue and navy ink for the reply card. The reply card and envelope were a standard 4bar size and measured 3.5″x4.875″. Check them out:
Brianna came up with the wording for her invitation and reply card herself, which I think is awesome, because it really lets the personality of the couple shine through. As you can see in the above photo, I incorporated the same wave image into the background for the reply card and utilized the same typefaces for the wording. Isn’t it pretty?!?
Brianna and Matt were absolutely fabulous clients to work with and I know that their Florida wedding this November is going to be fabulous! Brianna even sent me the sweetest e-mail shortly after receiving her invites. She wrote:

“They [The Invitations] are completely and utterly perfect; I have to confess that I must have spent a good 15 minutes just sitting there looking at them! You know you’ve done something special when even a couple groomsmen (and not any of them design-oriented in the least) have all said that they are the “sickest” invitations they’ve ever seen. I promise that’s a huge compliment!

You’ve been absolutely wonderful every step of the way and I’ve already recommended you to several friends. I honestly can’t thank you enough for helping to make this once in a lifetime event even more special for us.

Isn’t that awesome?!? Feedback like that always makes my day!
Thanks again and congratulations Brianna & Matt!