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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 | Lauren & Chris

Earlier this month we finished a lovely, modern-chic set of wedding invitations for a couple in Southern California, Lauren & Chris.  Lauren and Chris are getting married in Palm Springs at the end of March and wanted something that was both classy and traditional, and modern and chic at the same time.  For their suite, we created a large, 6.75″ square wedding invitation with matching envelope, an A6 size reply card with matching envelope and a 5.5″ square rehearsal dinner invitation.  The three main pieces were printed on Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper in Bone White and they were paired with 100% cotton pearl white envelopes from Crane & Co.  Twin Ravens Press created the design and text layout and Lauren and Chris hired the very talented Katrina Centeno of Calligraphy Katrina in Pasadena, California to do the calligraphy for both the letterpress printed designs and for her envelope addressing.

Here is Lauren and Chris’ wedding invite all by itself!  For the design of this invitation, we created a fun and modern blind embossed tile border pattern that is about 1″ wide all around the outside of the invite.  This invitation is an oversized square shape and measures about 6.75″ square.  We then letterpress printed the text of their wedding invitation in a mix of all-caps and classic serif fonts in black ink and had their names letterpress printed in black calligraphy as the main focal point of the piece.  I just love the beautiful calligraphy that Katrina created for this design, and think it worked so beautifully with the other design elements and typefaces of the suite.

Check out the gorgeous texture that the letterpress printing of the calligraphy, blind embossed border and text of the invitation created in the Holyoke paper!  The results were just stunning!

Above you can see the back flap of Lauren & Chris’ invitation envelope.  These envelopes were a 7″ square, marquis, square flap envelope from Crane & Co. and feature the couple’s letterpress printed return address in black ink centered on the back flap.  The calligraphy for this address was also created by Katrina of Calligraphy Katrina.
Lauren and Chris’ reply card was designed to match their invitation.  They had quite a few different events for their wedding weekend that their guests needed to respond to, so we chose to do a fairly large, rectangular A6 size card for this piece.  The design of the card features more beautiful calligraphy, the blind embossed border pattern adorning the left side of the card only, and some very cute animal and vegetable graphics for entrée choices.  This card was paired with an A6 size, square flap envelope, also from Crane that featured letterpress printed, calligraphy return addresses on the front.
I love Lauren’s fun and different responses for each event on this card.  It’s much more unique than just a simple “Accepts” and “Regrets”!
Last, but not least, we created a coordinating rehearsal dinner invitation for Lauren and Chris to go with each of their wedding invitations.  This card is also a square shape, but is quite a bit smaller than the wedding invitation, at 5.5″ square.  It also features the same blind embossed border all the way around and was printed with black ink.  Katrina wrote out the words “Let’s Celebrate!” in calligraphy, and we used that for the main decorative text of this piece.  We also decorated this card with a small, vintage palm tree image, which I love.
Lauren and Chris were so much fun to work with and I truly loved mixing Lauren’s patterned border idea with fancy, elaborate calligraphy.  Thanks so much again for working with us Lauren and Chris!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Weddings | Lindsay & Shawn

A couple of weeks ago I finished a very beautiful and elaborate set of wedding invitations for California couple Lindsay and Shawn’s upcoming wedding in La Quinta at the end of February.  We’ve been working with Lindsay and Shawn for a while now.  I posted about their awesome, letterpress + photo save-the-dates back in September here.  Lindsay and Shawn have an awesome sense of style and we were able to create several gorgeous pieces using the same colors and design elements that we had previously used for their save-the-dates.  Their wedding invitation suite included an A7 size wedding invitation with coordinating inner/outer envelope sets, a 4bar size reply card with coordinating envelope, an A2 size reception card, and an A6 size map/directions card.  The entire suite was printed in one ink color, black, on 100% cotton Holyoke paper in Antique White.  We created a gorgeous invitation wrap out of light pink, lacy, Japanese Uzumaki paper and tied the package shut with a custom letterpress printed monogram medallion belly band.  We also printed letterpress wedding menus and place cards for Lindsay and Shawn, which you will see farther down in this post.

A beautiful set of invitations often begins with a beautiful set of envelopes, so let’s start there.  Lindsay and Shawn chose to go the traditional route with their envelopes and had us print an inner/outer set.  Both envelopes have pointed flaps and are 100% cotton envelopes from Crane & Co.  The outer invitation envelope is simply printed with their return address in black ink.  The inner invitation envelope features no printing, but a lovely custom lining made from screen printed, floral, lokta paper in black and white that Lindsay picked out.  I really love the pattern she picked and I think it compliments the rest of her suite beautifully!  In the image on the top right above, you can see what the inner envelope looks like, opened with the invitation package inside.  It’s just gorgeous!

Here is what the invitation suite looks like when you pull it out of the envelope.  Lindsay and Shawn’s invitation, reply card and envelope, reception card and directions card are all stacked in order of size and wrapped in a custom-made, light pink, spiral, Japanese Uzumaki paper.  This paper is tissue thin, yet fairly strong and totally beautiful!  When we talked about what their guests would see when opening the invitations, I thought it would be lovely if the pieces were held together in some sort of package, and this is the solution we came up with!  I just love how functional, yet delicate, and beautiful this invitation wrap is!  The wrap is tied closed with a 2″ round monogram medallion that was printed and die-cut from Holyoke paper, and has a 1/4″ wide, black satin ribbon threaded through it.  All of the materials and textures of this suite and just gorgeous together!

Lindsay and Shawn’s wedding invitation is an A7 size and is the largest and most prominent piece in the package you see above.  For the invitation design, we used Lindsay’s damask pattern from her Save-the-Dates to decorate the bottom of the invitation and her monogram at the top.  The text is laid out in a traditional arrangement with the couple’s names in a lovely script font and the other information in a classic serif face!  I just love the impression that letterpress printing this design created in the Holyoke Paper.  It’s just as beautiful to touch as it is to look at!

Lindsay and Shawn’s directions and reception cards were designed to match the invitation and were also printed in black ink on Holyoke paper.  For these two cards we used the damask pattern on the side, rather than the bottom, and continued to utilize the same script and serif typefaces from the invitation.  For the directions card, I created a small map of La Quinta and Indian Wells with Lindsay and Shawn’s church, rehearsal dinner location, and reception location on it.  This card should be a handy little reference for guests who are trying to get from one venue to the next.

Lindsay and Shawn’s reply card and envelope, which were also designed to match, are a 4bar size and were printed in black ink.  Like the invitation, we used the damask pattern to decorate the bottom, and Lindsay used my adorable animal and vegetable icons for her reception entrée choices for guests to indicate.  You may have remembered that we used light pink envelopes for Lindsay and Shawn’s Save-the-Dates.  We used the same color of pink envelopes her her reply card envelopes to tie the suite together even more!

Lindsay has a couple of bridesmaids who are taking calligraphy classes, and they offered to do calligraphy for her invitation envelopes and for her place cards.  So that they would have plenty of time to do the place cards, as Lindsay and Shawn get their reply cards back, we designed and printed their place cards at the same time as the invitation suite.  These beauties are traditional, simple, and match the invitations perfectly.  They were printed on Holyoke Paper as well, and feature Lindsay and Shawn’s damask pattern on the fold of each tented card.  The pattern wraps from back to front, as you can see in the photo below, making both sides pretty and perfect for writing guest’s names.  You can also see another image of the belly band and the Japanese Uzumaki paper we used for the invite wrap in the photo below – just ’cause I thought it was pretty!

For the wedding reception, we also designed and letterpress printed a set of lovely wedding menus to go at each place setting.  Lindsay and Shawn’s menus are a #10 size and feature their monogram at the top and damask pattern on the bottom.  We used their script font for the headers of each course and the traditional serif face we’ve been using all along for the descriptions of each dish.  Aren’t these gorgeous as well?!?

Last, but certainly not least, Lindsay and Shawn wanted a nice little rehearsal dinner invitation that would coordinate with their wedding invitations, but not necessarily match them.  For these A2 size invites, we lost the damask pattern and monogram, but kept the same fonts as the other pieces in the suite.  Lindsay wanted to use a small motif that would speak to their southern California location, so we chose a small, vintage-looking palm tree image to decorate the top.  These cards also came with light pink envelopes in the same shade as the envelopes we used for their reply cards and Save-the-Dates.

I’ve absolutely loved working with Lindsay and Shawn so far on all of the paper goods for their wedding!  Lindsay and I are currently working on designing some thank you cards and wedding programs to go with this suite, so I’ll be posting photos of those as well, when they’re done.  Thanks so much Lindsay & Shawn!  Talk to you soon!

Save the Date | Priscilla & David are Getting Married!

Check out these gorgeous and delightfully tropical save-the-date cards I finished this past Monday for a couple in Jacksonville, Florida!  Priscilla and David wanted something bright, tropical and cheerful for their Save-the-Date cards that would really set the tone for their upcoming wedding in May.  This design features two ink colors: a bright green and orange, two lovely, modern fonts, and a vintage palm tree engraving.  The Save-the-Date card was printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper in Antique White and was paired with a custom-lined orange envelope from Waste Not Paper Company.

Check out the Save-the-Date by itself below!  This card is an A2 size and I absolutely love Priscilla’s bright color choices and the vintage palm tree engraving that we used.  The letterpress impression that was created during the printing process is just stunning as well!

Another absolutely gorgeous aspect of these Save-the-Dates are their envelopes!  These envelopes are an A2 orange envelope from Waste Not Paper Company, letterpress printed with the couple’s return address in green ink on the flap.  Priscilla then picked out a lovely Japanese Chiyogami paper with a beautiful palm frond pattern in greens, tans, silver and gold and we custom die-cut it into envelope liners and lined her envelopes with it.  I think this liner really ties the set together and makes the envelopes coordinate with the save-the-date cards perfectly!  Priscilla also hired the lovely Michele Clark of Calligraphy by Michele to calligraph her envelopes as well, and I’m sure that the calligraphy for these (like all of Michele’s work that I’ve seen) is going to be just beautiful.

I’ve had a wonderful time so far working with Priscilla and David and I’m really excited to begin working on their actual invitations in the New Year!  Thanks so much Priscilla & David!  I’ll be talking to you soon!

Weddings | Lauren & Nicholas

Check out these pretty, single color, traditional, yet tropical, letterpress wedding invitations we created for Florida couple, Lauren and Nicholas, earlier this year!  I love how classic, but beautiful this set of wedding invitations is!  All pieces in this suite were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper in one ink color: a lovely, tropical green and came with matching Crane Lettra envelopes.  The suite included a letterpress invitation, reception card, inner and outer envelopes and a digitally printed reply postcard (which is not pictured above, but you will see farther down in the post).

Below you can see Lauren and Nicholas’ invitation all by itself.  This invitation is a standard A7 size,  and was printed in two lovely fonts – a delicate, but not too flourishy script for the majority of the text and a lovely wood-type look-alike font for their names!  Lauren provided us with the vintage palm tree image that we used to decorate all of her stationery pieces, and it letterpress printed just beautifully!

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For her reply cards, Lauren had several vintage Florida postcards digitally printed with her response information.  Twin Ravens Press didn’t do the printing for these, but I thought that the idea to use vintage postcard imagery for a reply postcard was just so cool that I had to show it off to you.  The left image of the above grouping is the original postcard, and the version on the right is the new one Lauren created (with the help of an awesome, graphics-savvy friend) for the reply postcards.  I think these are super-fun and really set the tone for a sunny, tropical, Florida wedding!

In the above grouping of images, you can see Lauren and Nicholas’ reception card and the back flap of their invite envelopes.  The reception card was styled very similarly to their invitation, except that it was smaller and was a horizontal rather than vertical orientation.  We used the same palm tree motif, fonts and ink color to tie the whole suite together!  On the bottom right you can see the flap of their invitation envelope.  It also featured the tropical palm motif and the script font that we’ve been using all along for their return address.  I think this suite turned out so lovely and was just perfect for a Florida wedding!

Thanks again Lauren & Nicholas and Congratulations!