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Buddy Monday: Weddings | Lanie & John

Happy Monday Everyone!  So, remember back in March of this year how I had this grand plan to post something exciting that we had designed and printed for friends every Monday?  I was going to call it Buddy Monday, remember?  Yeah, well, back in March work and life got crazy and busy, and I only managed to do my self-imposed weekly blogging commitment once, for good friends Sarah & Adam, who now live in Maine.  Well, I’m  here to report that I’m making self-imposed weekly blogging commitment attempt #2, with this whole Buddy Monday thing, because, honestly, even though I didn’t do it for long the first time, I’ve still got lots of awesome buddies that we’ve made stationery for out there, that I’d love to share with all of you.  So, without further ado, here is our second Buddy Monday for friends, Lanie & John, who were married in September, in Napa, California.

Let me just say upfront, Lanie Williams is an awesome lady.  I haven’t actually seen her in person in a few years at this point, but our moms became friends when we were growing up, and Lanie and her family are quite possibly some of the more awesome people I happen to know, which I feel is saying something, because I know quite a few awesome people.  Lanie graduated from high school a few years before I did and moved out to the east coast for college, and now lives in Rhode Island.  I don’t see her often, but I was still super-stoked when I found out that she was getting married and she asked me to design and print her wedding invitations.

Lanie wanted something pretty and modern and not too formal, which made designing these super-fun.  One of the great things about designing stationery for close friends is that, often, they let you just kind of go to it and see what you come up with, and then make changes later.  Well, Lanie and John pretty much just let me go to town with these, and I came up with a few different options, and the above is the one they picked!  Lanie & John’s wedding invite is a single A-6 size card printed on 100% cotton Holyoke Antique White paper in three ink colors: grey, aubergine and olive green.  I got to use a pretty sweet hand-drawn border and lots of fun patterns, both in the text (check out the pattern going on in the date) and in the general layout itself.  We made a point to emphasize that their wedding was going to be a fun, laid-back, family affair, and I just love how the design came across as fun and casual, while still being really beautiful at the same time.  The invite was paired with a matching olive green envelope that was lined with a fun, floral paper, that I did for Lanie as a surprise.

In the photo below, you can see their return address printed on the back flap of the envelope in grey.  I carried the two cute little champagne glasses from the invite to the address, just to be a little matchy-matchy.

I love all the different fonts and patterns that I got to incorporate into this design!  I also love the very modern treatment of the date, and Lanie & John’s color scheme.  To keep things simple, we included the rsvp info on the invitation at the bottom.  This is a great option if you don’t need a separate rsvp card.

Take a closer look at those awesome patterns and colors below!

And, last, but not least, I had to sneak a couple of photos from the wedding off of Lanie’s Facebook page.  On the left is the cute couple – don’t they look gorgeous?!?  And, on the top right is a photo of both the invite and their save-the-date at the wedding.  In the bottom right is a pic of the whole Williams family with the bride & groom.  I love them all so much!

Thanks so much again, Lanie, for letting me help out with your big day!  One of these days I’ll make it out east to visit!  It would be great to see you again!  *hugs*

Weddings | Vi & Lalo

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may remember a post from over a year ago about an awesome set of very modern black & white save-the-date coasters we did for a Texas couple named Vi & Lalo. The coasters are pictured below.  I loved printing this design, and as a result have designed and printed several other very similar save-the-dates since.  This reminded me that in all of the excitement and busyness of last fall, I never actually wrote about Vi & Lalo’s invitation suite.  Their invitations were super-cool too!

Vi and Lalo’s invitations were also black and white and were a square pocket folder style.  The suite included an invitation with coordinating envelope, a reply card and envelope, a reception card, and a sweet, simple belly band.  In the grouping of photos below you can see Vi & Lalo’s pocket folder invitation all closed up with the belly band.  The belly band was a simple band of purple paper that was printed with their names and wedding date in silver ink.  When the pocket folder was opened, it revealed their awesome, 6.25″ square invitation in the center of the folder with the extra pieces in the suite neatly stored in the pocket on the right.  In the bottom right photo below you can see a close-up of their return address from their invitation envelopes.  The invitation envelopes were 6.5″ square metallic silver ones with their address printed in black ink on the flap.

I love how modern and unique Vi & Lalo’s invitation design was!  Vi and Lalo designed all of the pieces in their suite themselves and then hired us to letterpress print them.  All of the printing was done on 110 lb. Crane Lettra Bright White 100% cotton paper in black ink.  I love Vi’s use of ultra-modern fonts and how she made the letters of her and Lalo’s names join together in certain areas and connect to the modern flourishes at the top and bottom of the invite.  They’re so cool!!

Vi and Lalo’s reply card was designed to match and utilized the same fonts and similar design elements from the invitation.  These were a 4bar size and came paired with a coordinating purple envelope in the same shade as the belly band.  Each reply card envelope was printed with Vi & Lalo’s address on the front in black ink.

Last, but not least, Vi & Lalo also included a separate reception card with their suite.  Their wedding was held in a church and the reception in a hotel, so this extra little card was perfect for making the distinction.  I love how Vi continued the modern flourishing on this card even though she didn’t have larger typography to connect it to!  The continuity throughout this suite is just so cool!

I loved working with Vi & Lalo last year on these invitations and just love their modern sense of style!  Thanks so much again for working with us Vi!  If you ever need anything else, just let me know!  All the best!

 

Weddings | Stephanie & Brad

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The gorgeous couple you see above almost needs no introduction.  If you are a reader of WeddingBee, you’ve probably already met the bride, Stephanie.  She’s Mrs. Panther!  I had the pleasure of working with her and her now-husband, Brad, last year on some really awesome floral wedding invitations and I’m excited to finally be showing them off!  Check ’em out:

Stephanie created her own invitation design and hired us to letterpress print it!  The letterpress parts of the suite were an A7 invitation printed in two ink colors with a corresponding A7 envelope and smaller, 4bar RSVP envelope.

The A7 invite features an awesome, violet, floral design on both the back and front.  The typography was a fun mix of modern san-serifs and scripts printed in a light, but bright blue and violet within a modern violet frame.

I love how bold and non-traditional Stephanie and Brad’s colors were, and I also love how she was able to incorporate classic, traditional elements, like flowers and scripts, into the design, as well as bold colors and modern typefaces.  It’s not something you see done very often and when it’s done this well, it looks just awesome!!

Something else that was totally cool about these invites was the bright teal edge-painting on the invitations.  All of Steph and Brad’s invites were edge painted with a shimmery teal-green paint that really added some extra pizazz to each one!  Check out that awesome pop-of-color more closely in the images below!

Twin Ravens Press also printed some lovely envelopes for Stephanie & Brad’s suite.  Both the invitation and rsvp envelopes were a dark, shimmery blue paper printed with gold ink.  The calligraphy for the fronts of all the invitation envelopes as well as the letterpress return address on the back, was created by Michele Clark of Calligraphy by Michele.  Michele’s awesome!  We’ve worked on several different projects together over the years and her work is always beautiful!

If you’d like to see the other pieces from Stephanie’s suite, how the whole thing came together, more gorgeous calligraphy from Michele, and read what the bride herself had to say about these, and working with us, you can totally read her posts about them here and here on WeddingBee.

I loved working with Stephanie and it’s been really fun to check in from time to time on her blog to see what other fun wedding goodness she incorporated into her big day!  Thanks so much again Stephanie!  If you ever need anything, just let me know!

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!

Weddings | Kristina & Andrew

It’s been a little while since I showed off a really modern invitation suite, and I’ve been meaning to show off the one you see above since last year, and finally it just made since to do it!  I worked with Canadian couple Kristina and Andrew around this time of year last year on their wedding invitation suite, for their then-upcoming July wedding in Italy.  Kristina wanted the design of their wedding invitations to have a formal feel to them, while being very modern and graphical at the same time.  She really liked the idea of using geometric patterns in the design of her invites, and the above is what we came up with.  This suite includes an A7 size wedding invitation that was printed in one ink color: a nice, deep violet, with blind embossing that was mounted into a custom-made violet folder.  A small reply card was also included in the suite, as well as a matching, letterpress printed, custom-lined envelope for the invitation.

Let’s take a closer look at their envelopes first!

Kristina and Andrew’s envelopes are an A7 size, 100% cotton envelop from Crane & Co. with a square flap.  Kristina chose Crane Lettra Pearl White paper for all of the white pieces in her suite, including the envelopes.  The address treatment on these envelopes is very modern and non-traditional, which I love!  Most of the time we print the address on the back flap of an invitation envelope.  For Andrew & Kristina’s, we printed it on the bottom right of the backside of the envelope.  We used two fonts throughout this suite: a modern, not-too-flourish-y script font, and a thin, san-serif font.  The address was printed using both fonts, with the city emphasized with the script.  Because they weren’t going to have their last names on the invitation, Kristina and Andrew thought it was important to have them somewhere on their paper goods.  To accomplish this we printed their last names, and their last names only, in the top left corner of the front of their envelopes.  Awesomely modern, don’t you think?!?

In the grouping of photos below, you can see detail images of the two areas of printing on these envelopes.  You can also see the awesome, digitally printed, custom envelope liner we created for them.  This liner was printed digitally in a deep violet and die-cut to line each of their envelopes.  They choose a repeating geometric pattern of white lines for the liner, which I think turned out really cool.

If you had received one of their invitations, what you see below is what you would have seen inside:

Despite not having a lot of separate cards in her invitation suite, Kristina still wanted to enclose her invitation in something.  I thought this was a great idea, and since we didn’t need a pocket folder to hold a bunch of extra cards, what I proposed was a custom, A7 size folder with the invitation mounted inside.  Kristina had us print their names really small in the middle right of the front cover of this folder in silver ink.  The paper for these was a custom violet paper made by Porridge Paper in Lincoln, Nebraska.  I love working with Porridge!  They make the most unique, beautiful and wonderful custom papers to print on.  Seriously, where else are you going to find a paper that’s this purple, that’s also soft and cottony, and perfect for letterpress printing?  Nowhere.

In the bottom right photo above, you can see Kristina and Andrew’s lovely, minimalist reply card.  Kristina and Andrew explained to me that they travel a lot and as a result found that it would be easier to have their wedding guests RSVP via e-mail.   This card features a blind embossed pattern of tiny dots all over.  The small area on the card for the text was void of dots, but still featured both fonts we had been using throughout the suite.  We emphasized the date that Kristina and Andrew wanted their guests to reply by in the script, and wrote out both the e-mail address they were to reply to and the other text in the san-serif font.  The text of this card was printed in violet.

You may notice that there was a small typo on this card.  I hate to admit it, since I still feel kind of bad that this happened, but somehow, this card made it through me, the bride, groom and a few friends and family members, before anyone noticed the typo.  Oops.  If we had caught it before ordering their printing plates, or even as or shortly after the cards had been printed, it would have been an easy thing to fix, and we would have gladly fixed it, at no charge.  However, nobody caught it until long after the invites had been mailed out.  This is a great reminder of the importance of proofreading, and re-proofreading, before giving final approval of your design files.  I catch a lot of typos throughout the day, but very occasionally, I don’t catch them all, and ultimately, it’s the clients’ responsibility to make sure that everything (including spelling) on their invitations is exactly how they want it, prior to us going to print with it.

While I loved their reply card and envelopes, I must say that Andrew and Kristina’s invitation, in it’s custom folder, was my favorite part of the suite.  It’s so modern and minimalist and yet so perfect, all at the same time.  For the invitation design, we created a card that was slightly smaller than an A7 size so that about a 1/4″ of the purple folder would show, acting as a border, all the way around the invitation.  The top part of the invite was blind embossed with a geometric pattern of squares, and the text was printed below it aligned to the left.  All of the text of their invitation was printed in violet ink, and all of it was the modern, thin, san-serif typeface we had been using all along, except for their names, which were printed in script.

I just loved working on this design with Kristina and Andrew!  Working with them was wonderful, and I imagine that their wedding last July in Fiesole, Italy was wonderful as well.  Thanks so much for working with us again Kristina & Andrew!  All the best to you!

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!

Weddings | Joyce & Tim

I get to work with so many awesome couples during the summer months on wedding-related stationery, that I simply don’t have time to feature them all on this blog in the summer.  I really love the winter months though, because I can take some time to go back and remind myself of all of the beautiful and fun invitations we created over the summer and show off the ones to you that I didn’t quite get to during those months.

The invitations you see above and below, were one of my favorites to design from early summer 2010!  Joyce and Tim of Vancouver, Canada were very fun and had a lot of unique, quirky elements to their wedding that made designing their stationery really fun!

When Joyce first contacted me, she described her upcoming wedding and the stationery she wanted.  Her stationery was to incorporate chartreuse and violet inks on a creamy white paper and she liked the idea of mixing typewriter fonts with fonts that looked handwritten.  She wanted her stationery to incorporate different flight elements, and we chose paper airplane motifs as well as classic “Airmail” stripes to accomplish this.  All of the graphics on these invitations were hand-drawn in a very simplistic style, which I absolutely love.  It’s very cute and quirky and fun!  As we hammered out ideas, we also decided that printing these invitations with all of the pertinent information as one sheet of paper, would be pretty cool, so we designed these as a long accordion folded invite with four separate panels, each of which was printed double-sided, to maximize the space.  Each invitation measures 15.25″x5.75″ unfolded, but folds up to slightly larger than an A2 size card.  Letterpress printing something this large on a platen press can be a challenge, but I love the format and think that it’s a great way to fit a lot of information onto not a lot of paper.

In the image on the left above, you can see the two main panels of the exterior side of the invite.  The small panel at the top folds over the whole package and has the couple’s return address printed on the flap.  The way that this is designed, you could potentially mail them without envelopes.  They actually almost look like they are in an envelope, when they’re folded up, even though they are not!  Because Joyce wanted them to arrive in great shape for her guests though, she also had a us print some A6 size, deep purple envelopes for them to be mailed in.  I do love how the format allows for them to be mailed without envelopes though, and I think this plays into the “airmail” theme in the design really well.  The panel below the one with the address on the backside features an area for Joyce to write in her guest’s names (as well as their address, if she had been mailing them without envelopes).

In the image on the right above, you can see the interior side of the small panel as well as the next two main panels to the right of it.  The two main panels on the inside were the actual invitation panel (left) and a panel with lift ticket, accommodations and directions information all relevant to the wedding celebration (right).  Check out these two center panels closer below!

I just love all of the fun little elements in this design!  The hand-drawn paper airplanes and clouds are so joyful and inviting along with the funky typewriter and handwriting-like fonts, and the airmail stripes!  I also love Joyce and Tim’s unconventional choices in color.  Chartreuse and violet are just awesome together!

Another thing I love about this design is how Joyce gave just enough information in her different informational sections on the right-hand interior panel, without going overboard.  Sometimes I think it’s difficult for couples planning a destination wedding to decide what information is absolutely essential for their guests and what information is extraneous.  Joyce and Tim did a great job of giving just enough information in their informational section, and then directed guests to their wedding website if they needed more info.

The fourth panel of Joyce & Tim’s wedding invitation was a detachable RSVP postcard.  It was also double-sided, and featured all of the important RSVP information on one side (guest’s names, rsvp date, and a place for guests to choose their reception entrée).  I love how Joyce let me incorporate little animal and vegetable icons into the design for the entrée choices.  They’re too cute!

The backside of this reply card/panel was designed to look like a vintage postcard back.  It was divided down the center and featured Joyce & Tim’s address and a place for a postage stamp on the right side and the left side was blank with a little note asking guests to write a message to the couple.  I think this is such a cute RSVP idea and I imagine that they were really fun for Joyce and Tim to receive in the mail in the months before their wedding.

Last, but not least, we also designed a set of coordinating thank you cards for this stationery suite, for Joyce and Tim to send out their guests after the wedding.  These were also printed in two ink colors: chartreuse and violet, and featured many of the same design elements from the actual invitations, including the airmail stripes, handwriting font, and a chartreuse paper airplane.  These cards were an A2 size, folded, and came with coordinating chartreuse envelopes that had Joyce and Tim’s address printed on the back flap in violet.  Aren’t they cute!?!

Thanks so much again Joyce & Tim for working with me on your wedding stationery!  I really enjoyed it!  All the best!

Baby Announcements | Elizabeth Kathleen

Ladies and Gentlemen, brace yourselves.  For what you are about to see and read about, will quite possibly be the cutest thing you’ve seen and read about all week.

The baby announcements we created for Elizabeth’s parents, Edwina and John, were completed last week, and man, are they cute!  These announcements were printed in two ink colors: a light lilac-y purple and a light green on super-soft, 100% cotton rag, Holyoke Bone White paper, and came with matching, light purple envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company.  These announcements featured a matted photograph of the cute little lady on the center panel of the tri-fold design.  Above you can see one of the announcements and envelopes.  The birth announcement information was printed on the left hand side with a cute little monkey and two little butterflies, and the right side of the tri-fold featured and panda, turtle, more butterflies, some pretty bamboo, and a calendar with Elizabeth’s birthday circled.

Above you can see the two letterpress printed panels of the tri-fold design a little closer.  I just love all of the whimsical little details in this design!  There is also a lot of symbolism in these announcements.  Elizabeth’s family has a partial Chinese background, and having panda bears associated with babies in Chinese (and a few other Asian cultures) is considered to bring luck and happiness for the child.  You’ll notice that these announcements also feature a small turtle wearing glasses.  Elizabeth’s late grandfather on her father’s side was nicknamed “Turtle”, and Edwina and John wanted there to be a little reference to him here as well.

One of the most fun things to me about designing baby announcements, aside from the fact that you often get to draw really, really cute things, is the fonts that you can work with!  I just love the three modern, very playful, fonts we used in Elizabeth’s announcements.  We used different fonts for the little calendar on the right-hand panel and different fonts for her name and the main text of the announcement information.  I just love how playful and light-hearted all three are!  So much fun!

Another thing to note about these adorable birth announcements is the wonderfully luxurious letterpress impression that we were able to achieve.  At Twin Ravens Press, we always strive to have at least some impression in all of the work we do, but depending on the design, and on the paper and other materials being used, sometimes it’s easier to get a deep impression than other times.  With these announcements we used super-soft and thick 100% cotton rag Holyoke paper.  Holyoke paper is specially manufactured for letterpress printing, by a company that does letterpress printing themselves, and it’s quickly becoming one of my most favorite papers to print on.  In all of these photos you can just see the deepness of the impression without having to look very hard.  This, combined with the fact that the paper is thick and wonderfully soft, make it one of the nicest papers I’ve worked with.

I mentioned above that the center panel on Elizabeth’s tri-fold announcements featured a photograph and no letterpress printing.  Edwina and John picked out three, totally adorable photos of their little girl to use in these announcements.  We had the photos printed by a photography studio here in Eugene, and they were each matted on a small, light purple matt and then matted onto the center panel of each announcement.  The paper we used for the photo mattes matches the purple envelopes that were created for the announcements as well.  In order to make the envelopes match perfectly with the baby announcements themselves, I used the same fonts for Edwina and John’s return address as we did for Elizabeth’s cards, and we printed two of the cute little butterflies on the flap as well!  Aren’t these just too cute!?!

If you were curious what three photos Edwina and John chose for the announcements, you can see all three together in the grouping of photos below.  Isn’t she beautiful?!?

And, because I know you all can’t get enough of the awesome pictures, and there were so many wonderful ones of these announcements, check out the extra, gorgeous, detail photos below.

Creating these baby announcements for Edwina, John and Elizabeth was so much fun!  I really can’t express enough what a wonderful family these three were to work with, and how much I just love designing birth announcements!  If you or someone you know is expecting, and are interested in custom letterpress baby announcements or shower invitations, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We would love to work with you!

Thanks so much Edwina, John and Elizabeth!  You’re the best!

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!