Weddings | Grace & Mike

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weddings | Julia & John

A couple of months ago, I completed this lovely and classic set of wedding invitations for a couple who will be married exactly one month, less a day, from today! When Julia originally contacted me she wanted her wedding invitations to be beautiful and classic and somewhat reflective of their Cape Cod wedding, without being too beachy or modern. I think we totally accomplished that goal with the set of invitations you see above, which featured an A7 Letterpress wedding invitation, inner and outer invitation envelopes, and a reply card with corresponding envelope.

All of the pieces in Julia & John’s suite were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper and came with matching Crane Lettra 100% cotton envelopes in Pearl White. Here is their invitation by itself:
Julia & John’s invitation was a classic single-color letterpress invitation using navy blue ink and featured a delicate and beautiful blind-embossed border to frame the text. We also blind-embossed a realistic-looking scallop shell in the center of the invitation to separate the invitation to the ceremony from the reception information. Here are a couple of detail photos so you can see the fonts, inks and blind embossing better:
Isn’t it just elegant? I love the way invitations like this one are so simple, and yet so gorgeous style-wise. They really just speak for themselves. I also love that Julia chose to have us blind emboss the border and scallop shell detail rather than using a second ink color. This gave the invitation some lovely texture, that you wouldn’t be able to achieve with other printing methods, without making the invitations look too busy. It’s just gorgeous!
The outer invitation envelope was printed with the couple’s return address, also in navy blue ink using the same script font as the one we used for the couple’s names on the invitation.
Julia & John’s reply cards were a 4bar size, also printed in navy blue ink with blind embossing on Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper. We used the same style of font for the address on the reply card envelopes as we did on the invitation envelopes and tried to incorporate the same design elements from the invitation into the reply card while giving it a distinct and original “look” of it’s own.
The reply card itself utilized the same typefaces as the invitation as well as the same blind embossed border pattern. In order to change things up a bit for this piece though, I enlarged the scallop shell motif quite a bit incorporated it into the design in such a way so that it would “bleed” off two of the cards edges. We still used the blind embossing technique for this to create the awesome, textural impression. I then printed the navy blue text of the card directly over the blind embossing, and let me tell you – both the look and the texture are fabulous!
I love the way Julia & John’s suite turned out! It’s beautiful and classic while being modern and fresh all at the same time! Julia told me that she got many wonderful compliments from her guests and that some even requested to keep the reply card, just because they liked it so much!
Congratulations Julia & John! I know your wedding on the coast is going to be beautiful this September!