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 | Brianna & Matt

Happy Friday, everyone! Today I want to share with you a totally lovely wedding suite that I completed for a couple in Florida a few weeks ago. When Brianna and her fiancee Matt first began talking to me about wedding invitations they explained that they wanted to create a design that would be well suited to both of their personalities. Brianna described herself as a “vintage, romantic girl” and her fiancee, Matt, as “a guy who’s just all about the ocean”. Matt has been a surfer all of his life and while Brianna and Matt weren’t incorporating anything obviously ocean-y into their wedding, like seashells or sand, they still wanted something for their invitations that was somewhat ocean-inspired, be it through colors, textures or design elements. This created a really fun challenge for me, as a designer, and you can see the results of what we came up with at the top of this post!

Brianna & Matt’s invitation suite included a 5.5″ square invitation, a 4bar size reply card and corresponding envelopes for both. Here are the invitation and invitation envelope:
Both Brianna & Matt’s invitation and reply card were printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Duplex paper in Ecru. The Lettra Duplex paper is twice as thick as the standard Crane Lettra which made these cards super-plush and substantial. Both of the envelopes were Khaki colored, printed with navy blue ink and came from Waste Not Paper Company. Here is an image of the invitation by itself:
When I was trying to come up with designs for Brianna and Matt, I tried to think of how I could incorporate both vintage and ocean-inspired elements into the design without the invitations seeming too much like a vintage postcard for a beach vacation. We wanted these to be really elegant. One of my favorite things to do when coming up with a design is to try out several different typefaces. For these invitations I ended up using a classic wood-type inspired face for the couple’s names and a more romantic script font for the rest of the text. The “and” that you see in between their names is also vintage-letterpress inspired. In order to come up with the “wave” pattern for the background, I began thinking about some of the cool imagery that I saw in Japan when I was there last November. The Japanese have an incredible and beautiful history of depicting waves and water in several different mediums and historical artworks from woodblock prints to calligraphic images. The final wave image that I used for the background on Brianna and Matt’s invitation was inspired by a classic, historical, Japanese depiction of a wave and I think that it worked out perfectly. The background image was letterpress printed in a very light blue ink and the text was letterpress printed over the top of it in navy ink. Here is a close-up so you can see the ink colors, impression, fonts and details a little more closely:
For the address on the envelope, I used the same navy ink and tried to keep the design similar to the type style that I used for the invitation. Here is how it turned out:
The reply card and reply card envelope were also in the same style and used the same colors: khaki with navy ink for the envelope and Lettra Duplex Ecru paper with light blue and navy ink for the reply card. The reply card and envelope were a standard 4bar size and measured 3.5″x4.875″. Check them out:
Brianna came up with the wording for her invitation and reply card herself, which I think is awesome, because it really lets the personality of the couple shine through. As you can see in the above photo, I incorporated the same wave image into the background for the reply card and utilized the same typefaces for the wording. Isn’t it pretty?!?
Brianna and Matt were absolutely fabulous clients to work with and I know that their Florida wedding this November is going to be fabulous! Brianna even sent me the sweetest e-mail shortly after receiving her invites. She wrote:

“They [The Invitations] are completely and utterly perfect; I have to confess that I must have spent a good 15 minutes just sitting there looking at them! You know you’ve done something special when even a couple groomsmen (and not any of them design-oriented in the least) have all said that they are the “sickest” invitations they’ve ever seen. I promise that’s a huge compliment!

You’ve been absolutely wonderful every step of the way and I’ve already recommended you to several friends. I honestly can’t thank you enough for helping to make this once in a lifetime event even more special for us.

Isn’t that awesome?!? Feedback like that always makes my day!
Thanks again and congratulations Brianna & Matt!