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Programs, Thank You Cards & Favor Tags | Lindsay & Shawn

A lovely couple that we’ve been working with for quite some time, is getting married tomorrow in La Quinta, California!  Twin Ravens Press has worked with Lindsay and Shawn all throughout their wedding planning process on all of their stationery items from Save-the-Dates and invitations, through paper goods for the ceremony, and thank you cards for after.  This really and truly was a complete letterpress package!  If you missed the blog posts I did earlier on their Save-the-Dates or Invitations, you may want to go back and take a look at those, as they were pretty incredible.

Today, however, on the day before they are going to be married, I wanted to show off to you the last of the paper goods we created for their wedding.  We carried the same design elements, colors and theme through these pieces that we used on the save-the-dates and invitations, to really create a gorgeous, cohesive package.

As a favor for their guests, Lindsay and Shawn are planning to give away little bags of cookies from one of Lindsay’s favorite bakeries.  Twin Ravens Press designed and letterpress printed a cute set of 2″ round hang tags for each cookie bag.  These tags are going to have pink and black ribbon threaded through them and the ribbon will tie each glassine bag of cookies shut.  The tag features the couple’s last name, their wedding date and a little letterpress printed heart.  Aren’t these cute?

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For their programs, Lindsay and Shawn chose to go with a fairly traditional format.  This program measure 5″x7″ folded and has letterpress printing on all four of it’s panels.  The front panel, or cover, features their names, wedding date, the name of their church and their monogram.  The inside of the program has information about the wedding party on the left side and all of the ceremony information on the right.  The back panel of the program features a sweet message from Lindsay and Shawn to their guests and an “In Loving Memory” section where they name all of their late relatives who will be with them in spirit.

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I love how we were able to incorporate both of the fonts from Lindsay and Shawn’s invitations into this program, while still keeping everything very organized and easy to read.

All of the pieces that you’re seeing in this post were printed on Antique White Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper with black ink.

Last, but not least, we created a lovely, formal set of wedding thank you cards for Lindsay and Shawn to use after their wedding.  The front of each card features just their monogram, printed in black ink and the back side has a heart with their last name below it.  Lindsay has been using light pink envelopes throughout her wedding exclusively, but for these cards we chose to instead pair them with a matching white envelope, so that Lindsay could use these cards as personal stationery as well, after all of her thank you’s have been sent out.  I think this is a great idea and gives the cards a lot of versatility!

undefinedundefinedLindsay and Shawn have been a wonderful couple to work with throughout this entire process and I’m so excited for them for their wedding tomorrow!  Congratulations Lindsay and Shawn!  Thanks again for working with us and all the best to both of you!

Weddings | Micah & Jenn

Last summer we created a lovely green and grey set of wedding invitations for an east-coast couple who were married in Massachusetts last September.  Micah and Jenn were one of my favorite couples from last year, and their invitation suite was rather impressive, so I wanted to take the opportunity today to show it off to you!  In the above photo you can see the main components of their invitation suite.  It included an A7 size wedding invitation, an A2 size accommodations card, rehearsal dinner invitation, celebration card and reply card and envelope.  The main invite envelopes were hand-lined with an awesome, floral screen printed paper and we later created matching wedding programs for them as well!

Below are Micah and Jenn’s wedding invitation and invitation envelope by themselves.  For the invitation, we created a lovely flourish to adorn the top of the card and then all of the text was in custom calligraphy by Fran Heider of Little Flower Calligraphy.  In order to do this, Micah and Jenn hired Fran and worked with her to get the calligraphy elements just how they wanted them, then Fran sent us scans of all of the calligraphy, and we turned it into vector images, scaled it down to size and arranged it in the layout of the invitation.  Using calligraphy within the design of your invitations creates a really beautiful effect and it ensures that your design will be entirely unique from any other design out there.

For the invitation envelope, we found a lovely screen printed floral patterned paper that we die-cut into envelope liners and then lined each envelope by hand.  I love how the olive background color on the paper really coordinated with the green ink we used on the invitation, and I think the black and gold, modern, floral pattern is just gorgeous!

Isn’t Fran’s calligraphy beautiful?!?  Before hiring us to do this design, Micah and Jenn discovered us from a previous design that was nearly identical, also using Fran’s calligraphy, that we had featured on this website about six months before.  If you’d like to check out that design, you can here.  We kept the flap of their invitation envelopes simple, and printed their return address in a roman typeface, centered on the back flap, in grey ink.

Micah and Jenn’s celebration was going to last the entire weekend, so they had us design and print a separate card featuring the events that were on different days from the actual wedding ceremony.  They had a get-together with s’mores and beverages on the Friday evening before the wedding, and a post-wedding brunch the Sunday after.  For this card, we incorporated more of Fran’s calligraphy for the dates and the “Celebrate with us” phrase, and we incorporated the green flourish design into the border of the card!

As you can see in the images below, we also created a matching rehearsal dinner invitation (for a Southern Barbecue Rehearsal Dinner – awesome!) and a separate Accommodations card for Micah and Jenn.  Each card was a little bit different, but all of them featured both the green and grey inks, flourishing, calligraphy, and some roman type to balance everything out.  I love how much variety we were able to achieve with one simple graphic and a couple of ink colors!

Several months after their invitations had been sent out, Micah and Jenn contacted me again to create a matching ceremony program for their wedding.  This program was a booklet style that featured a letterpress printed cover and a digitally printed interior page.  The cover was printed using Fran’s calligraphy in grey ink for their names and wedding date, and a bunch of green flourishes to match their other paper goods.  The interior page was a single sheet of paper folded in half to create four booklet pages.  The first page had information about all of the people in Micah and Jenn’s wedding party.  The two middle pages featured information on the different Jewish wedding traditions that Micah and Jenn were incorporating into their ceremony, and the last page had a thank you note from the couple to their guests, and a list of family members who were no longer with them, but who they wanted to acknowledge on their special day.  These programs measured 5″x7″ folded, and were tied together with a piece of green ribbon that was threaded through two holes in each page.  This is a simple, elegant, and fairly inexpensive way to create a booklet-style program for your wedding!

One of the best things about working with Micah and Jenn was getting to work with other members of their family too!  Micah’s mom, Beverly, contacted me a couple of weeks before the wedding and had me create another invitation, in the same style as Micah and Jenn’s invite, but in different colors, for a celebratory brunch that she would be throwing for the newlyweds back in New Jersey a few weeks after the wedding.  This invite was a simple A7 size card printed in two ink colors and was paired with coordinating blue envelopes from Green Paper Company.

I loved working with Micah, Jenn and Beverly last year and I think that all of their paper goods turned out so beautifully!  Thanks so much again Micah, Jenn and Bev!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask!  All the best!

Weddings | Lauren & Warren

I have a really terrible habit of often showing off beautiful Save-the-Date cards for weddings shortly after they are printed, and then forgetting to show off the actual invitations for the same couples until a while after the wedding.  My bad.  The suite that I’m going to be writing about in this post was one that we completed towards the end of the summer, for a wedding in November, that I had been meaning to show off then, and didn’t remember to until now.  The couple they were created for though, was absolutely fabulous to work with, and their invitation suite turned out so pretty, that I thought, better-late-than-never, right?

Above you can see all of the pieces from their invitation suite.  The suite was pretty simple, and included an A7 size invitation, 4bar size reply card and corresponding envelopes for both.  The two main pieces were printed in two ink colors: a lovely aubergine purple and metallic copper.  Copper is one of my absolute favorite letterpress colors to print with and I think it looks just stunning with Lauren’s aubergine.

Lauren and Warren’s wedding invitation was printed on super-thick, 100% cotton Crane Lettra pearl white duplex paper.  It featured two lovely fonts in the two colors I mentioned above, and the lovely fall tree motif that we had used previously on their Save-the-Dates.  If you didn’t get to see their Save-the-Dates when I posted about them last April, click on the link one sentence back and check them out.  They were lovely too!  I love how formal, yet whimsical, and classic this invitation turned out.  The letterpress impression was absolutely gorgeous as well.  You can get a better idea of it from some of the detail photos below.
The invitation envelope was printed on matching Crane Lettra paper and we used the same tree motif and fonts from the invitation on the flap for the address.  Both the invitation envelope address and reply card address were printed in copper ink.
Lauren and Warren’s reply card was a 4bar size and was also printed in two ink colors on Crane Lettra Paper (this time the standard 110 lb. weight).  We used some lovely flowing branches to decorate the top right corner of the card and then had the text of the card centered underneath.  This card was paired with a 4bar size, chocolate brown envelope from Waste Not Paper Company that was also printed with copper ink.
About a month before their wedding, Lauren and Warren contacted me again to design and letterpress print a ceremony program that would match their wedding invitations.  This program is a single sheet of paper that folds to an A7 size and is formatted like a small pamphlet.  In the photo below, you can see both the front cover of the program and the backside.  Lauren and Warren’s programs were printed in a single ink color (copper) and this time they chose to go with the Crane Lettra 110 lb. paper in Ecru.  The front cover of the program (left) featured their names, wedding date, wedding location and the small tree motif, much like their invitations.  The back of the program featured a lovely thank you letter that they wrote to their family and friends.
The interior of the program was divided into two sections: one to acknowledge the wedding party, and the other section was a list of all of the ceremony events.  We chose a traditional layout for this, and put all of the wedding party information on the left side of the interior, and the ceremony program information on the right side.  Lauren chose to add an additional script face to the two we had been using all along to distinguish certain headers and other program information from the rest in the design.  You’ll also notice under the wedding party that there is a small hand-drawn image of a chapel.  This is an image that Lauren’s chapel let us use that was drawn for them as a little logo.  I thought it was really cute.
I just love how every piece in this stationery suite turned out, and I’m sure that Lauren & Warren’s November, South Carolina wedding was just beautiful!  Thanks so much again Lauren and Warren and congratulations!

Beautiful Wedding Photos from Italy

Remember those gorgeous blue and silver wedding invitations we designed and printed earlier this summer for Julie & Joe’s wedding in Italy that were posted here at the beginning of this month?  Well, Julie was kind enough to send over some photos from her and Joe’s gorgeous wedding, as well as some photos of her programs, place cards, menus and itineraries on-location!  Check them out below!

Isn’t that one of the most romantic photos you’ve ever seen?!?  Julie, Joe and Santa Margherita, Italy all look just beautiful!  Below you can see a few different images of both Julie & Joe’s wedding itinerary and their ceremony programs.  I love the silver ribbon Julie used to tie the programs together!

Below is maybe one of the most beautifully set tables I’ve ever seen.  I love Julie’s flowers!  You can also see the letterpress menus and place cards we created for her and Joe in several of these photos.  All of the place card calligraphy was done by the fabulous Fran Heider of Little Flower Calligraphy.

And, one more of their lovely menus and placecards as well as the beautiful bride and handsome groom!  Thanks so much for sharing these with us Julie!  Your wedding was absolutely gorgeous!

Weddings | Julie & Joe

Happy October everyone!  I can’t believe 2010 is flying by so fast.  It’s amazing.  At any rate, Twin Ravens Press has a very big congratulations for San Francisco couple, Julie & Joe, today.  Julie and Joe ordered their wedding invitations and other paper goods from Twin Ravens and are getting married today in Italy (actually they are already married and having their reception, since Italy is so far ahead time-zone wise, but you get where I’m going with this).  We worked with Julie and Joe on several different stationery pieces for their wedding, from invitations to pieces for the actual ceremony and reception (happening now!!).  You can see their whole invitation suite at the top of this post which included an A7 size invitation printed in two ink colors: deep navy blue and silver, a 4bar reply card, matching envelopes for both and a custom letterpress printed belly band.

All of Julie and Joe’s stationery was printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Pearl White Paper in one or two ink colors: deep navy blue and/or metallic silver.  Their envelopes were also from Crane’s Lettra line and were pearl white with square flaps.  When you first opened Julie & Joe’s wedding invitation, this is what you would see:

Isn’t that a gorgeous package?!?  Julie and Joe’s envelopes were printed with silver ink and all of the pieces in their invitation suite were held together with a custom printed, paper belly band that had the word “Amore” (“Love” in Italian) in script in the center of it.

Above you can see their invitation by itself.  Julie wanted to invoke a sense of old-world style and romance for her Italian wedding with her invitation.  The invitation we designed is a traditional A7 size and featured a delicate, formal, romantic border, printed in blue ink all the way around.  Inside the border, we used three different fonts for the text of the invitation.  Julie and Joe’s names as well as the name of the church where they are being married in Italy were done in the fanciest script of the suite, with lots of delicate flourishes.  We used a simpler, but still very decorative, script face for the wedding date and Julie’s parent’s names, and then we used a still formal, but less decorative, classic serif typeface for the rest of the text.  It’s sometimes difficult to incorporate a lot of fonts into a design without making the design too busy, but I think the way we did it for Julie & Joe’s stationery turned out really really elegant.

We also created a 4bar size response card to accompany their invitation.  The response card was printed in blue and the envelope for it was printed in silver ink.  We still managed to incorporate all three fonts in to the actual card and we used a very decorative circular motif, printed large for the decoration on the card.  The reply envelopes featured Julie’s parent’s address on the front and a small flourish on the back flap, both in silver ink.  In the group of photos below you can see detail photos of the reply card, both envelopes and the belly band.

After their invitations were mailed out, Julie and Joe hired Twin Ravens Press again to create some additional stationery pieces for their actual ceremony and reception.  Here is their wedding program:

The program is also an A7 size with a fold in the center to create a little booklet.  We helped Julie design the interior pages for this piece as well.  In order to save some money on printing, Julie opted to have the cover of her programs letterpress printed and the interior pages digitally printed.  This is a great way to save money on programs and other pieces that may have multiple pages, while still maintaining the look and style of letterpress printing.  For this design I created a couple of new flourish-y border elements with birds, and we utilized the same fonts and same dark blue ink color that we had used on the invitations.  Julie also had me print a short, sweet little message on the back of each program, which you can see in the bottom right photo of the above grouping.

Many of Julie & Joe’s guests were planning to spend time in Italy before and after the wedding as well.  Since Julie and Joe wanted to spend as much time with their guests as possible and also give them ideas and tips on other things to do in and around Santa Margherita, they had me also design and print a wedding itinerary booklet for each guest.  Like the program, the cover of these itineraries was letterpress printed and the interior pages were digitally printed.  Julie’s guide included tips on things to see, places to eat, maps and other things to do.  It seems like a really fantastic guide, especially for guests who had never travelled to Italy before.

The left and top right image in the above grouping are of the Itinerary cover.  The image in the bottom right is of their place cards for the reception.  These place cards are tented and feature a little bit of the motif from their belly band and reply card in the bottom left corner, and a brand new border printed in blue ink.  Julie hired the fabulous Fran Heider of Little Flower Calligraphy to calligraph both her invitation envelopes and her place cards.  If you are in need of a calligrapher for you upcoming event, I can’t say enough good things about Fran and her work.  She’s just fabulous!

Last, but certainly not least, Julie and Joe also hired us to design and print a set of wedding menus for their reception dinner.  Julie and Joe planned to have a traditional, Italian, multi-course dinner for their wedding reception.  I lived in Italy for a short time in college and, let me tell you, one of the best things about Italy is the food and the way the Italians take their time and enjoy it.  As you can see from the above menu, their wedding dinner involved five amazing-sounding courses.  We printed these menus in both English and Italian in blue ink on a #10 size, long and skinny piece of paper.  The border we used for the design is the same border I created for them for their invitation.  Aren’t those gorgeous, and doesn’t their dinner just sound amazing!?!

Julie and Joe were so much fun to work with and I’m sure that their wedding in Italy today has been amazing.  Julie promised to share pictures from the day once they are back in the States, and I can’t wait to see them!  Congratulations Julie & Joe!  Have a wonderful rest of your trip, and we’ll talk to you soon!

Weddings | Kristin & Chris

“Beauty in Simplicity.”  If I had only one phrase to describe the wedding invitations we designed and printed for New York City couple, Kristin & Chris, who were married this past June in Rye, that would be the phrase.  Kristin & Chris had a gorgeous vision for a romantic, but very simple and clean set of invites for their wedding.  Their ceremony was held at Rye Presbyterian Church in upstate New York, and their reception was held at the Coveleigh Club shortly after.  Very rarely do I get to meet my clients in person when they are on the other side of the country, but I was very lucky to get to meet Kristin in person in New York City while I was attending the National Stationery Show in May.  I just love Kristin’s style and it was wonderful to get to see some of the photos from her wedding on her photographer’s website!

You can see their full invitation suite in the photo at the top of this post.  It included a traditional A7 size invitation printed in one ink color: a soft, warm, medium grey, a matching 4bar size reply card with corresponding envelope, a small 2.5″ square reception card and a set of inner/outer invitation envelopes.  The outer invitation envelope was simply printed with the couple’s return address on the back flap, and the inner envelope had no printing, but was lined with a stunning and bright, handmade, Japanese paper.

Check out this gorgeous invitation!  I just love how simple and beautiful it is.  Kristin and Chris wanted all of the emphasis of this design to be on the actual text of their invitation, with their names being the most prominent element.  We chose a contemporary, classy, all-caps, serif typeface for the main text of the invitation and then, to make their names really stand out, we chose a softer, lower-case script typeface and embellished each name with some flourishes.  To add a touch of softness to the whole package, we chose to round all of the corners of each of the main pieces (invite, reply card and reception card).  These invitations were printed on thick, 100% cotton, 220 lb. Crane Lettra Duplex Paper in Pearl White.  We paired the invitations with a matching set of inner and outer A7 pointed flap envelopes, also from Crane, and printed Kristin’s parent’s return address on the flap of the outer envelope in the same style and same grey ink.  To add a major splash of color to the suite, Kristin picked out a lovely multi-colored, striped, handmade Japanese paper that we used to hand-line each inner envelope.  You can see a close up of the inner and outer envelopes in the photo in the top right of the grouping above and you can see the whole thing in the photo at the top of the post!  Gorgeous, don’t you think?!?

To tie the suite together even more and to add a little bit of color to each individual piece, we edge painted Kristin and Chris’ invitation, reply card and reception card with a bright pink ink that matched some of the striping of her envelope.

I just love how edge painting adds a little color to an invitation without being over-the-top.  This bright pink was just the perfect touch to add to an otherwise, pretty monochromatic suite.  Check out the texture from the letterpress printing in the photo above too!  Love it!

Here is Kristin and Chris’ reply card on the left and reception card on the right.  I love how simple Kristin and Chris’ response card was.  It really goes well with her invitation and other pieces.  Sometimes reply cards can get overly busy, particularly if you have a lot of different events to have guests respond to for your wedding.  Kristin and Chris’, however, was pure simplicity.  It just tied in with everything else so perfectly.

Since they were having their reception at a different venue than their ceremony, Kristin and Chris chose to include a separate reception card with their invitations.  This small card is only 2.5″ square and featured rounded corners and edge-painting like the other pieces.  Again, I love the elegant use of lower-case script combined with the more formal all-caps serif font.  So lovely!

A few weeks before their wedding, well after the invitations had been mailed out, Kristin hired me to design and print a set of matching wedding programs as well.

Kristin and Chris’ wedding programs were a long, skinny #10 size (measuring 3.875″x9.25″ when folded) and were printed on our standard 110 lb. Crane Lettra 100% cotton pearl white paper.  The programs folded in half on the long side and featured a “cover” with Kristin & Chris’ names and their wedding day information on the front side.  The interior had information on their wedding party on the left-hand side and their actual ceremony information on the right.  We used the lower-case script font we’d been using throughout their stationery for the headers on the inside of the program, and the serif, all-caps font for the other program information.

My favorite part of Kristin & Chris’ programs though were the message they wrote to their family and friends that we printed on the back of each program.  You should be able to read it in the photo above.  It was just lovely.

So, are you ready to see some photos of their gorgeous event?!?  I was so excited to see these when Kristin sent them. These photos, as well as the portraits of Kristin and Chris closer to the top of this post were taken by Dreamscape Studio Photography in Southern Connecticut.  Check them out:

(Photos courtesy of Dreamscape Studio Photography)

I just love the old Presbyterian Church where Kristin and Chris were married in Rye.  We just don’t have churches quite like that on the west coast.  The architecture is so beautiful.  I also loved the photos that you can see above of Kristin and Chris with their bridesmaids and groomsmen.  I love that Kristin’s bridesmaid’s wore pink dresses just like the pink edge painting we did on her invitations, and the pink striped paper we used for her envelope liners.  I also just love all of the different colored roses they had in their bouquets!

(Photos courtesy of Dreamscape Studio Photography)

There’s some absolutely gorgeous photos of the couple in the grouping above!  Aren’t Kristin and Chris just gorgeous people?!?  You can see the Coveleigh Club, where they held their reception, in the photo on the bottom right.  Kristin just has the prettiest smile, and check out their gorgeous cake!  Those orchids are amazing!

Kristin and Chris were an absolutely wonderful couple to work with and I’m so glad I got to meet Kristin while I was visiting New York City!  Thanks so much again, you two, for working with us on your wedding invitations, and for sharing photos from your lovely event!  All the best to you!

Weddings | Kelly & Wai

As I mentioned in an earlier post this week, we worked with three different couples earlier this summer who were married this past Labor Day weekend.  Kelly & Wai were one of those three couples and, boy, did we really enjoy getting to work with them!  Both the bride and groom were so excited about their wedding and about our work, that it made designing the set of stationery that you see above really, really exciting and fun.   Kelly and Wai had a pretty short timeline for these when they contacted me in late June, but they had such a clear vision of what they wanted out of their designs that it was pretty easy coming up with these for them!  Kelly & Wai’s invitation suite included an A7 size invite in one ink color (Aubergine) with blind embossing, a 4bar size reply card, also in one color with blind embossing and two sets of envelopes, one for the invitation and one for the reply card, both in a nice medium grey with aubergine ink.

Kelly & Wai were married in an outdoor ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island.  Their ceremony took place overlooking the ocean under an arbor and they new that they wanted the arbor image to be a focal point of the design of their invitation.  Kelly and Wai sent me some photos of what their arbor was going to look like and I drew the tiny arbor image at the top of this invite.  We also incorporated some subtle floral elements in the border of the invitation and continued the outdoor/garden wedding theme even more with the blind embossed honeycomb pattern that ran down the top left corner of the invitation.  Their invitation envelopes were a nice medium grey and also featured aubergine purple ink.  We wanted these envelopes to be decorative and reflective of the design of the pieces on the inside, so for these envelopes we used the honeycomb pattern again and also had a little bee flying up from the bottom of the flap of the envelope towards the couple’s return address.  Isn’t that cute?!?

The design for Kelly and Wai’s reply card was similar to the design for their invitation.  We used the same floral border and honeycomb embossing – this time coming into the card from the top right side.  We used small fish and beef icons on the card for guests to indicate their meal preference.  We also had one of the honeybees flying towards a hand-drawn jar of honey with dipper on the bottom right side.  Kelly and Wai gave away small jars of honey for their wedding favors, so Kelly wanted to incorporate bees and honey into their invitation and reply card designs as well!  I think they’re pretty adorable, myself.  The reply envelope featured their address on the front in aubergine ink as well as some more of the honeycomb pattern on the top left side.

Check out the additional photos below to see some of the more subtle details from these pieces!  I love the blind embossed honeycombs and all of the little details they had me incorporate, from the bees and small flowers in the border, to their lovely choices of type!  All of these little details really came together for a gorgeous set!

After I posted the above photos yesterday, Kelly e-mailed me with a couple more that you can see below.  After the invitations were well on their way, Kelly and Wai had me design a few more pieces for their wedding, which they had digitally printed and assembled themselves.  These were programs for the ceremony and a set of super-cute honey jar labels for their favors.  The program that you see below is a #10 size and was comprised of two pages that were printed.  The printed pages included elements from the invitation designs such as the bees, honeycomb pattern (this time printed in a light grey, since blind embossing can’t be done digitally) and the arbor.  Kelly cut and assembled these herself with a pretty vellum overlay and aubergine ribbon at the top.  Super cute!!

As I mentioned above, Kelly and Wai gave out little jars of honey for their wedding favors.  Kelly tied each tiny jar with a fabric top (I love the varying plaid and polka dot patterns she found for the different jars!).  They sent me all of the text and ingredients and I designed a small label that could printed on adhesive-backed paper so Kelly could stick them right on to the jars!  I think this was a totally cute way to personalize their favors and make them coordinate with the rest of their paper goods!

Kelly and Wai were so much fun to work with and I’m sure that their wedding last Friday was a blast!  Congratulations and thanks so much again, Kelly & Wai!

Wedding Programs & Coasters | Kara & Steve

Before I show off stationery that we created for couples who were married just this past weekend, I have to do one more post for one of my favorite couples from this year so far: Kara & Steve.  You may remember their awesome, blind embossed Save-the-Date Cards that were featured on this blog back in October of last year, or their even more awesome wedding invitations that we showed off in here in June.  Well, their wedding happened a week ago and while I haven’t heard from Kara & Steve, I did hear from their planner and photographer that the event was just magnificent, and I honestly can’t imagine any way that it could have been otherwise.  We created a few additional paper goods for Kara & Steve’s big day after completing their invitations, that I wanted to show you.  Those included a set of coasters and a set of ceremony programs, both of which you can see in the photo above.

We kept both pieces fairly simple, design-wise, but they were still very much in the same style as all of their other wedding stationery.  Kara & Steve’s coasters were a 3.5″ round size and featured their Allium flower motif blind embossed in the background.  We printed their names (in Kara’s handwriting) over the top of the allium, with their wedding date, year and location below, all in Aubergine ink.  I imagine these made a lovely edition to their cocktail hour and/or dinner!

Kara and Steve’s ceremony programs were a lovely, simple, single-fold style and were printed on standard 110 lb. Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper in Ecru (to match their other stationery).  This program was smaller in size than many of the others I’ve done in the past, but I think the small size was really nice and gave a much more personal feel to the piece.  These programs measured 5 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ when folded.  The cover, which you can see in the photo above, featured two blind embossed floral elements and Kara and Steve’s hand-written names, as well as the date, time, and location of the wedding in Aubergine ink.

The interior of the program also featured blind embossed flowers and had the wedding party information on one side of the program, and the ceremony events on the other side.  I love how nice, modern and simple Kara kept all of her wording for the party and ceremony information.  It really helped keep the style and “look” of this piece consistent with all of the other stationery we created for their wedding!

Kara and Steve were a fabulous couple to work with and I truly enjoyed getting to create so many different pieces for their wedding!  Thanks so much again Kara & Steve and Congratulations!  : )

Weddings | Victoria & David



Almost eleven months ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long already), I wrote a blog post about a really fun and super-modern set of Save-the-Date cards I was printing for a couple in Texas who were getting married the following October. Well, as you all know, October 2009 has come and gone, and that couple that I made those Save-the-Dates for is now married! Shortly after completing their save-the-date cards, I went on to help them design and print the rest of their wedding stationery, which included an A7 invitation with corresponding envelope, an A6 size, folded thank you card with envelopes, a 4bar size reply card with corresponding envelope, and a really awesome, folded 6.25″ square program for the actual ceremony. I enjoyed working with this couple quite a lot, and even though it’s now after-the-fact, I wanted to make sure I shared all of their super-cool stationery with you!

You can see the pieces in the main invitation suite at the top of this post. And here is the invitation, all by itself:
Victoria and David’s wedding invitations were an A7 size, printed in three ink colors: violet, chartreuse and light grey on Crane Lettra Bright White 100% cotton paper. I love how modern her design ended up being: very bright, very unique and super-modern. Victoria’s Save-the-Dates, as well as the invitation you see above and the rest of the suite that you’re about to see, were designed by her sister. Isn’t that cool? I love how she used the different colors to separate all of the different little pieces of information. When text like this is so close and uniform, doing something like switching up the colors, will really help to set the most important information apart. We paired this invitation with a grey A7 envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and printed Victoria and David’s return address on the flap in violet ink. I love how Victoria’s sister kept the type styling consistent throughout everything in this suite, from big pieces like the invitation down to small details like the addresses.
Victoria and David’s reply card was designed to coordinate and is a 4bar size, also printed in three ink colors. To mix things up, we paired this card with a coordinating chartreuse envelope and printed their address on the front in violet and grey inks.

When she ordered her invitations, Victoria also ordered a set of folded, A6 size thank you cards. I love the way that these thank you cards could be used as thank you’s, but are also not specifically thank you cards and could also be used for other correspondence long after their wedding. The only printing on these cards is a simple, letterpress design of their names, printed in the same three ink colors as the rest of their suite. The cards are blank on the inside so Victoria and David could write whatever message they wanted to! Although not pictured, these cards were also paired with grey envelopes from Waste Not Paper that were printed with a violet return address on the flap.
Last, but certainly not least, Victoria and David hired me to design a program for their ceremony that would compliment the rest of their wedding stationery. They had quite a bit of information to include in the program, so we chose to create a 6.25″ square, folded program on a single sheet of paper that had printing on all four panels. Here is what it looked like closed, from the front:
For the front of their programs, I tried to keep the design consistent with the design that Victoria’s sister had created for their invitation. This is basically a “cover page”. Open up the program and you will reveal all of the information about the actual events of Victoria and David’s wedding ceremony.
This interior portion of the program included an order of events, as well as information on all of the music that was played and on the blessings and passages that were read and performed during the ceremony. The back page included information about Victoria and David’s wedding party and an “In Loving Memory” section to acknowledge their family members who had passed away prior to their wedding.
Here is another image so you can see both sides of the program opened up and together:
I love how fresh, modern and unique this set of wedding stationery was! I also love how we were able to incorporate three very distinctive and unique colors into all the pieces, while keeping everything looking consistent! Victoria and David were fabulous clients to work with and I hope that their wedding this past October was as fun as their stationery!
Congratulations you two and thanks again!

Weddings | Anna & Zane



One of my favorite designs that was created by another designer and printed by Twin Ravens Press this summer was for a wonderful Eugene couple, Anna and Zane. Anna and Zane were married on August 2nd in an outdoor ceremony at a Lavender Farm in Yamhill, Oregon, just outside of Portland. Their letterpress printed wedding invitation suite included a monarch size invitation with corresponding envelope, a 4bar size reply card and corresponding envelope and monarch size programs. You can see the four pieces of their invitation suite (excluding the programs) at the top of this post.

Their gorgeous invitation was designed by Anna’s good friend and bridesmaid, Liz Grant. Liz works as a professional designer in Sacramento, California so if you’re looking to have some design work done, give her a shout out! The invitation she designed for Anna and Zane was a horizontal monarch size, which is slightly shorter than a standard #10 card, measuring 3.75″x7.25″. I love the way that this size for an invitation almost looks like a ticket to the wedding or celebration rather than a classic invite! This design featured a somewhat photo-realistic depiction of the Cascades printed in light blue ink with an evergreen tree and the typography of the invitation printed over the top of it in silver ink. Isn’t the design so pretty and wonderfully unique?!? Here is a close-up so you can check out some of the detail in the mountain design, the ink colors, the tree and the wonderful letterpress impression:
We paired the invitation with a “Cloud” colored monarch size envelope from Green Paper Company and printed their return address on the flap of the envelope in silver ink. Here is the invite and envelope together:
The reply card for this suite was fairly simple. It was also printed in silver ink and utilized the same typeface that Liz had chosen for the invitation. To mix things up a bit we paired it with a grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company.
I love how this card was kept nice and simple, while still keeping with the design of the invitation.
Not too long after they had sent out their invitations, Anna and Zane also hired me to print their wedding programs. Their programs were also designed by Liz Grant and were a vertical monarch size. For the invitations we used the standard 110 lb. weight of Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper in Pearl White. For their programs, Anna and Zane wanted the same paper, but a little bit heavier stock, so we chose the Pearl White Crane Lettra in 220 lb. for them. Since the celebration was taking place at a lavender farm, Liz incorporated some lovely, stylized lavender images into the program design.
These programs were printed on a single, monarch size sheet, double-sided. Their wedding party information was featured on one side in silver ink and their ceremony information was printed in silver ink on the other.
I love the really light shade of lavender ink that we used! I think it paired with the silver that was used throughout all of the pieces in the suite so well! Here is a close-up so you can get a better look:
Very pretty, don’t you think?!? I love the way that this suite turned out and I imagine that Anna and Zane’s celebration a month and a half ago was wonderful!
Congratulations Anna & Zane! Thanks again!