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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*

Red Crane Tattoos & Awesome Shoes

Back in November a lovely Etsy shopper in the UK, named Catherine, contacted me about ordering a set of our Red Origami Crane Thank You Cards.  She was getting married in April and wanted to use them as thank you cards after her wedding.  She also told me that she loved my crane design so much that she was hoping to get it tattooed in celebration of her impending nuptials.  She wanted to know if it was okay with me for her to use my design as a tattoo.  Frankly, I found the idea totally exciting, and said yes.

I was extra excited to wake up this morning and discover an email from Catherine.  She got married last week and sent us a photo of her awesome wedding shoes, with our little red crane peeking out from them.

(Photo Courtesy of Julie Tinton Photography)
 

Isn’t that totally awesome?!?  I’m honored.  Plus, I LOVE her shoes.  I’m so excited that  Catherine shared this photo with us and that she loved my little crane artwork so much that she wanted to carry it with her forever.  : )

Above is an image of the original card design that Catherine had her tattoo based off of.  These cards are available in our Etsy Store as singles and in packages of six or ten.  Larger quantities and bulk pricing is available for larger orders.  If you’d like some little red cranes of your own, go check them out!

Thanks so much for sharing, Catherine!  You rock!

Weddings | Jennie & Jason

The set of wedding invitations I have to show you today are pretty special for me and for Twin Ravens Press.  I’ll get to why in a second, but, in order to understand why this job means so much to me, you need a little back-story first.  A year ago today, I was working with an intern in the printshop and I smashed my hand in our platen press and broke it.  Not only was this accident terrifying on principle, but at the time, there wasn’t really any certainty as to whether or not I would fully recover, and I had no way to know how this would affect my ability to continue my career as a letterpress printer.  I’m happy to say that, a year later today, I’m fully healed and entirely capable of creating beautiful letterpress invitations with no loss of dexterity.  I was really lucky.  So, what does this have to do with the beautiful set of wedding invitations you see above?  Well, a couple of days prior to my accident, a year ago, Jennie and Jason signed a contract with us and put down a deposit to have me design and print their wedding invitations.  When I broke my hand, it was going to be at least six-ish months before I could work again and I wasn’t sure that I would be able to do this job. As I’ve always said, if something is meant to be, it finds a way of working itself out.  This job certainly did…

Up until last March, I was basically running Twin Ravens almost entirely by myself.  I had occasional help now and then from interns and very-part-time employees, but there wasn’t a whole lot of consistency in terms of that.  When I broke my hand, I called up a now-very-close friend, Darcy Jeffs, and asked if she wanted to work here, part-time, until I was able to print again.  Luckily for me, she said yes!  Darcy is a graphic designer herself and worked in both Holland and New York City prior to moving to Oregon.  She now lives in a century-old schoolhouse on the Oregon Coast with her fiance and three adorable cats.  She’s also the proprietress of Neue School Press, and one of my very best friends.  Darcy took over this job with gusto, and designed the gorgeous suite for Jennie and Jason that you see above.  After the designs were complete, we printed and assembled these together, here at Twin Ravens.

Jennie and Jason’s wedding suite included an A7 size matted wedding invitation, a 4bar reply card, a Paebaek Ceremony invitation, a small website card, a custom belly band and two sets of envelopes.  Let’s check out their wedding invitation first!

Jennie and Jason’s wedding invitation was an A7 size that was printed in three ink colors (orange, red and chocolate brown) on lovely, 140 lb. Holyoke Natural 100% cotton paper.  Each invitation was matted on a shimmery deep red card stock to create a border.  Darcy created the gorgeous fall leaves and branch imagery that you see on each of the pieces.  We paired the invite with gold A7 envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company and letterpress printed Jennie and Jason’s return address in red ink on the flap.

Didn’t the graphics and letterpress printing just turn out so beautifully!?!  Darcy did an amazing job taking on a project that I was (quite literally) unable to handle last year, and the invitations turned out absolutely gorgeous!  The fall theme that she and Jennie came up with was perfect for Jennie and Jason’s September wedding at The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Above, you can see what the invite looked like with the belly band.  Jennie and Jason’s belly band was composed of a circular medallion that was made out of the same Holyoke paper they used for their invitation, and was printed with their initials in red ink.  The printed medallion was then matted onto a slightly larger medallion made out of the same shimmery red paper we used for their invitation matt.  Then, the actual band, was made out of a shimmery bronze (similar to chocolate brown) paper.  It was scored in two places and fastened in the back of the invitation with a clear round seal.

Above you can see two of Jennie and Jason’s inserts!  The one on the left was their invitation to their Paebaek ceremony.  A Paebaek ceremony is a traditional Korean celebration held at weddings.  If you’re interested in what this is, you can read more about it here.  The Paebaek ceremony invitation was a 4bar size and was printed in chocolate brown ink.  On the top right, above, you can see Jennie and Jason’s website insert.  The website card was the same size as a standard business card and was printed in the same orange ink that we used on their wedding invitation.

Below, Jennie and Jason had two different reply cards, one with a July RSVP date and one with an August date.  Sending out two rounds of invitations is a great way to limit the number of attendees to a certain head count, particularly if you have a large guest list.  Both reply cards were printed in red ink and featured a place where guests could indicate what type of entree they wanted at the reception.  Each reply card was paired with a shimmery red envelope that had Jennie & Jason’s address letterpress printed on the front in gold ink.

Jennie was so sweet and patient to work with throughout this whole process, especially considering that my prognosis was so unknown.  I loved working with both her and Darcy on these and I think the final product couldn’t have turned out more beautiful!

Jennie was sweet enough to also send us some images from her and Jason’s wedding day.  Check them out below!  In the next two groupings, you’ll see both family photos from the wedding and photos from Jennie and Jason’s professional photographer, Jennifer Hughes of Jennifer Hughes Photography in Baltimore.

Aren’t they just a lovely couple!?!  Jennie & Jason, thank you so much, for continuing to work with us in spite of my accident!  I’m so happy that we got to do these, and it looks like your big day was absolutely gorgeous!  Thanks again!

Buddy Monday: Weddings | Sarah & Adam

Happy Buddy Monday, everybody!  I’ve been really excited to start this weekly feature now for over a year (yeah, it’s been planned for that long…).  If you read my post from yesterday, you already know a bit about what this series is going to be.  You’ll also know that I stole the idea for the blog series from my friend Sarah, as she did something similar on her blog three years ago.  At any rate, I thought it was only appropriate (since she gave me the idea) to have Sarah & Adam as my first Buddy Monday!

I met Sarah & Adam when Adam started working at a videogame company that my boyfriend was working at several years ago.  Adam had moved to Eugene for the job, while  Sarah had stayed behind on the East Coast.  It wasn’t very long before Sarah moved out to Eugene to join Adam.  A couple of years ago they were married in an awesome wedding on Bailey Island, Maine near where Sarah had grown up in Bath, Maine.  I was super-lucky to be able to attend their wedding, and was overjoyed to collaborate with Sarah on creating their wedding stationery!

Sarah and Adam’s stationery suite featured a custom folder that contained their invitation and directions/information card, a postcard rsvp card and an awesome yellow & cyan invitation envelope!

Sarah is an awesome designer herself and she designed all of the patterns that you will see throughout their invitation suite and that were incorporated into other details of their wedding!  Above is the invitation folded up with the invite envelope.  The invite envelope was an awesome curry yellow color from Waste Not Paper Company.  Sarah designed the cyan envelope liners and we die-cut and glued them in each envelope ourselves.  Each folder was created by hand by blind embossing one of Sarah’s patterns across the length of the folder.  It was scored in three places and sealed shut with a handmade, embossed sticker.

Upon opening the folder, here’s what you would see:

One panel of the folder contained the actual wedding invitation, and the other was reserved for an additional information card with directions, registry and website information.

Sarah and Adam’s invitations were printed in four ink colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK…hee, hee), on Crane Lettra 110 lb. Bright White Paper.  I love all of the different colors and textures Sarah was able to create for these, and their use of modern, unconventional fonts was totally awesome!

Isn’t the texture of these just amazing?!?

Sarah and Adam’s RSVP postcard was designed to match and was printed in two ink colors: yellow and black.  It was printed single-sided with instructions to have guests draw a picture on the reverse side.  At the wedding, Sarah & Adam had a photo album filled with all of their reply cards to show all of the different pictures everyone drew.  It was pretty cool!

Aren’t they so cool?!?  I absolutely love Sarah’s unique design sense, and her color palette was super-fun!

Prior to their wedding I had never been to New England, let alone Maine.  It was an awesome trip and a wonderful celebration of two very special people!  Wanna see some photos from their wedding?!?  I know you do…  All photos below were taken either by me, or by Sarah & Adam’s wedding photographer, Erin, of A Love Supreme Photography.

I love this photo of the happy couple…

Maine (above)!!

Sarah created most of the decor herself using many of the same patterns she had created for the invitations.  See the cute little bird in the wine glass?  Those were her place cards.  Everyone got to take one home!  (I have two of them on my desk right now).  She had all of the fabric for them custom printed by Spoonflower and then sewed them together herself.  She’s one crafty gal!

Above, Sarah & Adam’s reception was held at Library Hall on Bailey Island, Maine.  I love all of the crochet pieces that Sarah made to adorn all of the tables and place settings at the reception.  She also made all of the garlands you see above.

The night before their wedding, we attended Adam & Sarah’s rehearsal dinner which was at an awesome lobster restaurant on Bailey Island.  I had never eaten a whole lobster prior to this, and I have to tell you, it was maybe one of the awesomest culinary experiences of my life to date.

Below left, I just love this timeless photo of Adam & Sarah by Erin of A Love Supreme Photography.  Below, top right, Me and the beau, just in case you wanted to know what I look like.  Below, bottom right: They even had custom printed M&Ms made for the reception!  The two in my hand say “Sarah & Adam, for realsies”.  I just love these two people so much!!

Adam and Sarah have actually moved back to Portland, Maine since I was in Maine for their wedding.  I miss them, but am excited about what they’re up to out there.  Adam is teaching at the Maine College of Art and Sarah just recently started her own event planning business, Daycraft Events.  Check out her Pinterest and Facebook pages while you’re at it!

Adam & Sarah: Thank you for awesome summer BBQ’s, craft projects, DIY popsicles in Dixie Cups, a fabulous trip to Maine, Friday nights at Jameson’s, your awesome sense of humor, style and design, and for teaching me that it is, in fact, possible to dance and drink beer at the same time, so long as you use a straw.  You rock my socks, for realsies!  : )

Weddings | Karthi & Colin

The beautiful and unique set of wedding invitations you see above was easily another one of my favorite sets of invitations from last year.  I absolutely love working with all of our international clients, and Karthi and Colin, from Australia, were no exception!  Karthi and Colin were married this past December in Aukland, New Zealand in a ceremony that combined aspects of both traditional Hindu and western cultures.  Their invitations, which you can see above, included a #10 size ceremony invitation, a monarch size reception invitation, a small rsvp/website card and a red #10 envelope to mail everything in.

Below you can see the invitation all by itself.  For the design, we combined a lovely script font for Karthi & Colin’s names with a decorative serif font for the main body text.  We used the colors of a traditional Hindu ceremony: yellow and red, for the paper and inks, and also used decorative elements that suggested a more traditional ceremony within the design.  The paper for Karthi & Colin’s invite, reception invite and rsvp/website card was a custom-made yellow paper from Porridge Papers.  It had wildflower seeds embedded in it that will actually grow if the invitations are planted.  I love that we were able to have a custom yellow paper made for these!  They were so bright and cheerful!

Aren’t the decorative elements in this design just gorgeous!?!  I love how they reference traditional Hindu art and Mehndi while also being somewhat modern-looking.

For Colin & Karthi’s reception invitation, we used the same fonts, custom-made yellow paper, and red inks.  The design elements for this card were slightly more floral, and I love the Thoreau quote at the bottom.  Colin’s and Karthi’s ceremony was held in the morning at the Swami Narayan Temple Hall in Aukland, and their reception was held later that evening at Hopetown alpha, also in Aukland.

In the photo in the bottom left of the grouping below, you can see their website card.  This was a smaller card, measuring only 3.5″x2.5″.  Despite the small size, we were able to incorporate both the rsvp information and website information there, as well as use some of the decoration, for consistency with the other pieces, in the upper-lefthand corner.

The envelopes that Karthi and Colin used were a #10 size and were a bright red color from Waste Not Paper Company.  I love a decorative envelope when I see one!  These envelopes were printed with some of the same traditional design work from their invitation in gold ink on both the front and flap of these envelopes.  It’s hard to see in the photos, but this gold was super-sparkly in person.  We also printed their return address in script in gold ink on the flap of each envelope, which you can see in the lower-right photo below.

Are you ready to see photos of this gorgeous couple on their big day?!?  I was so excited when Karthi sent me photos of her and Colin’s ceremony.  I just love how bright and colorful a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony is, and I think it’s totally awesome that Karthi and Colin were able to incorporate elements and traditions from both of their cultural backgrounds into their wedding day.  All of the photos below were courtesy of Kelly Newland Photography in Aukland, New Zealand.

I love the large group photo of everyone in front of the Swami Narayan Temple Hall above.  So much color and such a beautiful building! Colin and Karthi are such a beautiful couple and I just love how Karthi looked on her wedding day in traditional wedding saree with her bridal mehndi!  So gorgeous!!

Above you can see some of the images from their more western reception.  Karthi and Colin look just as amazing in a white dress and suit as in their traditional attire from earlier that morning.  I love their yellow wedding cake and Karthi’s birdcage veil too!  As I mentioned before, I was overjoyed to get to see these photos!

Karthi and Colin were an amazing couple to work with over such a long distance!  I love how they were able to incorporate aspects of both cultures into their ceremony, and creating their yellow and red stationery was so much fun!

Karthi and Colin, if you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’d love to stay in touch and work with you again sometime in the future!  All the best!

 

Weddings | Jihee & Isaac

The suite you see above was another one of my favorites that we got to print last summer!  All of the pieces in this very modern and beautiful suite were designed by the bride, Jihee, and then letterpress printed by us.  The main invitation suite included an A7 invitation printed in two ink colors with corresponding envelope, and a single-color rsvp card with corresponding envelope.

One of the elements that really tied all of the different pieces in Jihee & Isaac’s wedding stationery together was the meticulous and gorgeous, hand-drawn script text that Jihee created for her and Isaac’s names on their invitation, and then used for a variety of other elements throughout the other pieces in her suite.  Creating a font by hand (particularly a script) can be a very slow and meticulous process, and Jihee’s was beautiful and absolutely flawless.  I love how the words are all linked together too, and how the ends of each line trail off of the page.  So fun!!

In the photo on the left above, you can see the invitation all by itself.  As I mentioned above, I love that their custom script names are a focal point in the design, but I also love how Jihee had us print one single line in the middle of the block of text in a bright pink, while the rest is printed in a subtle, delicate light grey.  The combination of a bold splash of color with an otherwise very delicate and subtle one is really striking!  Jihee chose to have us print all of her stationery on Holyoke 100% cotton rag 140# paper in bone white.  The bone white is Holyoke’s whitest white and I think that this paper also helped really make the letterpress printing and combination of subtle and bold colors stand out.  For envelopes, we paired this invite with a very light “cement” grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and printed Jihee and Isaac’s return address in a darker grey on the envelope flap.  Registration was a little bit tricky on the envelope printing as the ends of their names trail off of the flap, but it turned out really, really cool!

Jihee designed her reply card and envelope in the same style and we printed them in light grey only.  I love how both the “m” and “kindly reply” lines of the reply card were done in Jihee’s same custom script.  The white rsvp envelope was also printed in grey ink with Jihee’s address on the front.

The image you see above was taken by Jihee & Isaac’s wedding photographer on their big day.  I wanted to show it off as well in order to show you Jihee’s custom envelope liner that she designed herself.  In Jihee’s words:

The idea behind them [the envelope liners] was to have a bold punch of color with some personal element. I played around with having a pattern or motif, but ultimately decided upon the graphic of the three skylines of the cities we’ve lived in together! Boston, for where we met, Chicago, where we spent the most formative years of our relationship, and finally New York City, where we got engaged and now currently live!  I’m not sure that every one of our guests might have gotten that subtle message (especially the ones that tore the side of the envelope open and didn’t even see the liner at all!) but it was fun for me to design!

I think they’re just lovely!

The final pieces we letterpress printed for Jihee and Isaac were a set of thank you cards for them to send out after the wedding.  Each thank you card set featured an A2 size flat thank you card printed in the same bright pink ink we used on the invitation, and a matching light grey envelope printed with their return address on the flap in the same style as the invitation envelope.

Aren’t those pretty?!?  I love how the thank you cards still look beautiful and formal without having a lot of text or extra design elements to them.  I also, again, love Jihee’s custom script that she created for the words “thank you”.  It was such a nice pairing with her more modern, all-caps, san-serif font.

Jihee was kind enough to share some additional photos with us from her wedding!  I love how she was able to incorporate her beautiful graphic design elements into other parts of the wedding such as her table numbers, signs, place cards, and programs.  All of the details looked just beautiful!

I’m really excited to be collaborating with Jihee on design work for another client in the near future.  If you love her designs and are interested in working with her on creating a design for your wedding or other event, contact her!  She’s awesome!

Thanks so much again Jihee for working with us, and sharing your photos!  I can’t wait to work with you more this year!  All the best!

 

Weddings | Jennifer & Ari

Happy Friday Everyone!  The wedding invitations you see above are easily one of my top 10 favorite invitation suites from last year!  Jennifer and Ari were so entirely awesome to work with and I just love their designs!  Jen & Ari’s suite included a 6.25″ square invitation printed in two ink colors with a coordinating, lined envelope, an A2 size reply card and envelope, an A2 size directions card and a smaller website card.  Everything was printed in a super-fun and unique combination of kelly green and navy blue colors, and the combination of script and modern fonts we used is just awesome!

One of the things that really sets the design of Jen & Ari’s invitation apart from many others is that, while we incorporated some script into their invitation design, we didn’t use it for their names or much of the prominent wording at all.  Instead, Jennifer & Ari’s names were printed centrally in kelly green ink and were done in a stylish, modern, all-caps font with the other invitation text layed out around them.  We printed a small, thin green border about 1/8″ in from the edges of the card and used the same lines to accent and separate other information in the design.  I love the large, decorative flourish coming off of the script “and”.  We managed to incorporate this single flourish into almost all of the other pieces in their suite.

Jen & Ari’s invitation was printed on luxurious, 100% cotton, duplex Crane Lettra paper.  The paper is super thick and soft which makes for a gorgeous letterpress impression!

We designed the return address on their invitation envelope to match the fonts used on the invite and printed it in navy blue.

Jen and Ari’s reply card was an A2 size, also printed on duplex Crane Lettra paper.  The card is double-sided and features a couple of lines for guests to write their names, whether or not they’re attending, a spot to indicate whether or not they need a kosher meal option, and lines to write in requests for the band and the bartender.  We managed to incorporate all of the fonts from the invite on to this card and all of the lines and check boxes were printed in the same kelly green ink.  The back side of the reply card was blank, except for a header at the top.  I hope they got a lot of notes on these reply cards!

We paired Jen & Ari’s reply cards with kelly green envelopes from Waste Not Paper Company and printed their return address on the front in navy blue ink.

In the top left photo in the grouping below you can see an individual image of Jen & Ari’s invite envelope.  The envelope was a 6.25″ square one from Waste Not Paper Company printed with the couples’ return address on the flap in navy ink.  Jen picked out an total awesome, modern, floral decorative paper for her envelope liners.  The envelope liner pattern featured 3 different blues, including navy, kelly green and copper and they were absolutely gorgeous!  I think that adding a liner like this was a great way to add a little bit of floral to an otherwise very modern suite.

Below the photo of the envelopes you can see an image of Jen & Ari’s website card.  We designed this card in two ink colors to match the other pieces.  This was a very small insert measuring only 3.5″x2.5″ – the perfect size for your website information!

Jen & Ari also wanted to include a separate insert with directions to their venue, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers,  and information on alternative transportation for guests who didn’t wish to drive in New York City.  The directions card was an A2 size and was printed in navy ink.

For the reception, Jen had us print up a set of coordinating place cards with a kelly green border and decorative flourishes.  She then had her calligrapher write each of the guest’s names in navy ink on each one.

The final piece we designed for Jen & Ari was a coordinating set of thank you cards for them to send out after the wedding.  These cards were an A2 folded size featuring the same styling we used in the main invitation suite and both ink colors: green and navy.  For the envelopes, we chose to go with navy this time, and re-incorporated the touch of copper from their invitation envelope liners into the return address color on their thank you card envelopes.  Then, Jen found a totally sweet and playful green paper with white and yellow daisies on it that we used for the envelope liners for her thank you card envelopes!  I think this was a totally cute pairing, and again love the floral + modern combination of styles.

Aren’t Jen & Ari a beautiful couple!?!  The photos above are courtesy of their photographers at 5 West Studios in Manhattan.   If you’d like to check out more photos from their day, you can on their photographer’s blog.

Thank you so much again for working with us Jen & Ari!  I had so much fun working with you last year and would love to work with you again!  All the best!

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!

Beautiful Photos from Boracay, Philippines

You may remember that last summer I worked on a really beautiful wedding invitation that was made up of letterpress calligraphy and blind embossed elements, for a couple getting married in Boracay, Philippines in January 2011.  That couple was Chatie and Hanzy, and you can see the post I did about their wedding stationery here.  Or, if you don’t want to click on the link, below is a reminder photo of how their wedding invitation turned out.  This invite had a blind embossed monogram at the top, and blind embossed tropical motifs along the bottom and right side.  The text of the invitation was printed in a light turquoise blue and the calligraphy for it was created by Fran Heider of Little Flower Calligraphy.  Isn’t it pretty?!?

Well, I was super-excited to hear from Chatie the other day, almost six months after we completed their invitations.  She e-mailed me to say thank you again for creating her and her now-husband’s wedding invitations, and to say that the wedding went absolutely beautifully.  She even sent pictures.  : )  Check them out below!

Such a gorgeous and wonderfully nice couple, and I love their super-tropical pictures!  Thanks so much for staying in touch with us Chatie!  If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to ask.  All the best!

From the Mailbox | Awesome Wedding Bag from Erica & Noah

It’s really fun to open your mail and receive something other than bills and junk, and I wanted to let you all know, I got something totally awesome in the mail today!  Last spring I worked with a couple in New York, who were married in June, on an awesome set of wedding invitation booklets that were letterpress printed on wildflower seeded paper and hand-bound by us.  These invitations were featured on our blog here, back in May and they were one of the most complex (and beautiful) suites I’ve ever designed and produced, that utilized the talents of not only myself, but a couple of my other favorite artists/calligraphers/designers, Crystal Kluge and Fran Heider.  You may recognize her invitations from another well-known wedding site, WeddingBee, if you had seen them before, but not from us.  Erica is Mrs. Hermit Crab.  Erica and her husband, Noah, were two of my favorite clients last year, and so it was awesome to receive some mail from them several months after their wedding had passed.  They sent me the cute postcard that you see above with a photo of them on their wedding day, and the lovely blue canvas bag that you see below.

Erica’s postcard explained that she and Noah had had these bags printed for their out-of-town guests who were attending the wedding.  The bags featured the same hand-drawn map by Crystal Kluge that they had commissioned for their invitation suite.  I thought this was a cute idea, plus, I’m super-excited to have a bag of my own!  If you wanted to see just a glimpse of what their invitations were like, you can below.  The image on the left is of the actual invitation page in their booklet and the image on the right is of their map in the booklet.  If you’d like to see more photos of their invitations and read more about them, click on the link above to go to the full post!

Thanks so much again Erica and Noah!  You two are too sweet!  All the best!