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Weddings | Louise & Dagan

Hi all!  I must apologize for my lack of blogging this week, but it’s been crazy – busy around here!  To make up for my absence, I want to show you a really special set of wedding invitations that we created last year for a couple in Indiana who had a destination wedding in Florida last April.  Let me tell you, this is a post I should have written, literally, about a year ago.  The couple I’m going to be writing about, Louise and Dagan, were so awesome and wonderful to work with, and so understanding when situations weren’t ideal, that they have been long overdue for some blogging love.  You see, I worked with Louise last year on her fairly extensive set of invitations that you can see in the photo above.  The invitation suite included an A6 size invitation, A7 size inner and outer envelopes, An A2 size reply card and coordinating envelope, a custom monogram belly band, 4bar size rehearsal dinner and brunch invitations and a smaller website card.  The suite utilized combinations of three different ink colors including chocolate brown and two lovely shades of green.  All of the pieces were printed on Crane Lettra Pearl White paper and the invite envelopes were also from Crane.  The lovely light green envelopes that Louise chose for her reply card envelopes were from Waste Not Paper Company.  Everything went completely as planned with this job, and we were a week away from going to print on it, when I fell hiking and broke my leg last January.  I expected Louise to freak out about the sudden, unplanned delay in her printing, but she took everything with stride and was so completely sweet about it to boot.  Despite the delays, her invitations were amazing, and I’m so excited to finally be showing them off to you on this blog.

In the photos above you can see what the whole “package” looked like together.  Louise and Dagan’s invitation suite came in an A7 size envelope and featured all of the cards I mentioned above tied up with a custom, letterpress monogram belly band.  If you have a lot of different pieces in your invitation suite, and aren’t including something like a pocket folder, this is a really nice way to tie everything together (no pun intended) and make it look really nice for your guests when they pull it out of the envelope.

Louise and Dagan’s belly band was a 2″ round medallion featuring their initials in the darker of their two green inks with two little love birds perched on either letter.  The medallion had two small holes drilled on either side of the initials so that we could thread a 1/4″ wide, green, double-faced satin ribbon through each one.  Each ribbon tied in a small knot behind all of the stationery.

The main piece in Louise and Dagan’s suite was their gorgeous, three-color, A6 size wedding invitation.  The invitation featured a classic roman typeface for the majority of the invite text and then a lovely, playful script in green for their names.  The motif on the top of the invitation, was one that I’ve used before several times, but that I love very much.  It’s a couple of love birds in branches surrounded by clusters of lovely blossoms.  Isn’t this invitation gorgeous?!?

Louise and Dagan’s A2 size reply card was also printed in three colors and was designed to match their invitation.  It featured a smaller bird-in-branches motif in the top right corner and all of their response options below in a mix of the roman and decorative script fonts we had used on the invitation.  For the meal at the reception, Louise had her guests indicate whether they wanted Surf-n-Turf with a cow + lobster icon, or vegetarian, represented by a couple of carrots.  I use little animal and vegetable icons for meal choice options on reply cards all of the time, and let me tell you, for some reason they just never get old.  I love them!

Loise and Dagan’s reply card envelopes were printed simply with one ink color (the darker green) on a light green envelope from Waste Not Paper Company.

There were also two smaller invitations – one to a rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding and one for a brunch the morning after the wedding, included in Louise and Dagan’s invite suite.  Both of these invitations were printed on 4bar size cards in one ink color.  The Brunch invite was vertically oriented and printed in the darker green ink and the rehearsal dinner invite was horizontally oriented and printed in the mintier green.  Last, but not least, they also included a small, 3.5″x2.5″ card with their website information and two more little birdies in an even darker green ink.

I just love how everything coordinated so well with this suite!

After we completed their invitations, Louise and Dagan hired me again to do some design work and letterpress printing for their actual wedding ceremony and reception.  We designed and printed for them a coordinating set of thank you cards, some cute monogram favor tags, table numbers and place cards.  Louise’s thank you cards, which you can see in the top photo below, were a 4bar size folded card printed in one ink color that came with matching white envelopes.  The thank you’s featured the same script we used throughout the invitation suite and two little flying love birds across the front of the card.

For their favor tags, Louise and Dagan had me print more of the the little monogram medallions we had used for their belly bands, but instead of drilling small holes in the sides, we drilled a single hole in the top of the medallion instead.  This allowed Louise to run a tiny 1/8″ wide satin ribbon through each medallion and tie them to her favors.

Their table numbers and place cards were really cute!  These weren’t actually letterpress printed, but what we did is took one of the bird designs from the invitation and scaled it up fairly large.  We then found coordinating papers that would match their green inks and custom die-cut several little birdies out of the different green papers.  Louise used one shade of green for the place cards and the other for her table numbers.  She hired a calligrapher to write out the names and numbers on each little card and for the place cards, we drilled holes in the cards so she could hang them from a small tree at the entrance to their reception.  Totally cute idea – don’t you think?!?

Lastly, in lieu of a guest book, Louise and Dagan had me print a run of double-sided postcards in their design in green ink.  The postcards were left on a table, where you might find an ordinary guest book, and guests were instructed to write their well-wishes on a postcard that would be mailed to Louise and Dagan later on in the upcoming year.  I think this is a totally fun idea, not only because it’s more letterpress, but also because then you get wonderfully happy mail from all of the people who attended your wedding throughout the coming year.  Very cool idea.  Very cool.

So, do you want to see some wedding photos from Louise and Dagan’s big day?   I know you do.  Louise sent me these a couple of months after the wedding.  She was such a beautiful bride!  All photos below courtesy of Goode Green Photography in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Aren’t they one of the loveliest couples you’ve ever seen?!?  Thanks so much again Louise and Dagan for working with me last year!  You two were so wonderful to work with and I hope I get to work with you again at some point in the future.  All the best!

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 & 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!

Weddings | Leia & Tyler



Happy Valentines weekend, folks! I’m so sorry that I was a bad, well at least, absentee blogger this past week. Needless to say, with the spring wedding season picking up, and my near-total liberation from crutches this week, it’s been a little busy around here. To make up for my absence from the virtual world this past week, I’d like to share with you some stationery for one of my favorite weddings from this past fall. As I’ve said before, I get to work with a lot of really creative, wonderful and awesome people throughout the year, but every now and again I get to work with a couple, family or individual who is just all-out fantastic. Leia and Tyler were one such couple.

Leia & Tyler were married this past October in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Cannon Beach is a pretty, little, Pacific-coast town, just west of Portland, with gorgeous beaches and a very notable natural landmark: Haystack Rock. When Leia, Tyler and I first met, they weren’t sure what they wanted to do for their invitations, but after looking at several examples from past clients, both were drawn to this invitation that I printed for a Portland, Oregon couple, just a few months before. Tyler said he liked it because the invitation looked like a ticket to the wedding, which, if you think about it, really is what a wedding invitation is. Both Tyler and Leia also loved the fact that the invitation I linked to above featured a stylized, yet, photo-realistic image of the Cascade mountains. We figured we could incorporate this same idea, but into something that was more Cannon Beach-y.
Leia and Tyler’s invitation suite is featured all together in the photo above. The suite included a monarch size (3.75″x7.25″) wedding invitation and corresponding light green envelope, a monarch size map/directions card, a 4bar size reply card, with corresponding evergreen-colored envelope and a 3.5″ coaster rehearsal dinner invitation. Here is the invitation by itself:
Leia & Tyler loved the style of the invitation from the suite I linked to above so much that we decided to go with pretty much the same idea for their invitation, with a few modifications to make it their own. Tyler and Leia sent me several photos of Cannon Beach to create a background for their invitation from and the one you see above, letterpress printed in a very light green ink, with Haystack Rock in the upper right and the beach and ocean stretching out in the foreground, is the image we chose. I love how realistic, yet very flat and stylistic, using a photo like this looks letterpress printed. We basically flattened the photograph out until it was only two colors, with the details of the beach dropping away in the front and the silhouette of Haystack Rock and other details left in the background. The light green part of the invitation that was printed was pressed down (de-bossed) slightly, from the letterpress process, which caused the white areas (Haystack Rock and other details) to become slightly raised. Check it out:
The texture of this, was totally awesome! To complete the design, we utilized a darker green ink for the evergreen tree on the right hand side of the design, as well as for Leia & Tyler’s names, and a chocolate brown ink for the rest of the text.
This invitation was paired with a light green, 30% Post-consumer recycled envelope from Green Paper Company that had their return address letterpress printed on the flap.
Leia & Tyler’s reply card was a 4bar size (measuring 3.5″x4.875″) and was printed in one ink color: the darker of the two greens from their invitation. Layout-wise, we continued with a very similar style from their invitation. I used the same serif-typeface and we re-used the evergreen tree on the left-hand side.
Leia and Tyler were holding a welcome picnic in Ecola State Park the day before their wedding, so they included options on their reply card for peop
le to indicate which event(s) they planned to attend. This card was paired with a darker green 100% post-consumer recycled envelope, also from Green Paper Company, and had Leia’s parent’s address printed on the front in chocolate brown ink.
Leia and Tyler’s directions card was also printed in a single ink color: chocolate brown and was a monarch shape, just like their invitation.
The directions card featured directions from the Portland airport to Cannon Beach, as well as information about their picnic and accommodations. When I showed Leia and Tyler samples of other invitations I had done in the past, both really liked the hand drawn maps that we had done for several of our invitation suites. For this card, Tyler hand drew the map himself, and let me tell you: it turned out adorable.
I love how Tyler incorporated several cute little drawings of Cannon Beach landmarks into his map. Some of these included Haystack rock, a wooden fisherman that is outside one of the hotels, a puffin (apparently there are a lot of puffin statues and images in Cannon Beach) and a heart on the beach where their ceremony was to take place. Pretty adorable, if I do say so myself.
Last, but certainly not least, was a rehearsal dinner invitation. Leia and Tyler wanted to do something fun and unique for their rehearsal dinner invite and for this, we chose to do a coaster. (Yes, an actual coaster!)
These coasters are 3.5″ round, thick coaster stock and were printed with the green tree motif once again, and Leia & Tyler’s rehearsal dinner invitation information in chocolate brown ink. I love how we made the text wrap around the shape of the coaster and I love how unique and original this is. I’ve done coasters for Save-the-Date cards and as actual coasters to put drinks on for receptions before, but this was my first coaster-reheasal-dinner-invitation. Pretty cool, don’t you think?!?
Since doing their invitations, Leia and Tyler and I have become pretty good friends. Tyler is an architect and helped me with some minor house problems over the summer, and has also been helping me a bit in my shop since I broke my leg this past January. Both he and Leia are just really cool people, all around. I’ve done some other work for them since their invitations, including some favors for their wedding, and thank you cards just recently, which I will show off in my next post. Leia and Tyler also sent me several photos from their wedding, that I will show off here too! Check back soon!
Thanks so much Leia & Tyler. You guys are awesome!