Weddings | Galen & Jeff

Above is another one of my absolute favorite sets of wedding invitations from last year.  The couple we created them for was so sweet and wonderful to work with, and the design and colors are so much fun!  If you’re a reader of WeddingBee, you may have already seen these before.  The bride we created them for is Mrs. Candy Apple.  Galen and Jeff’s invitation suite featured an A7 size invitation with corresponding envelope, an A2 size reply card with corresponding envelope, and a 4″ square reception card that was printed as a coaster!

Check out their beautiful invitation below!  Galen and Jeff hired Blue Clara on Etsy to create their silhouettes and we incorporated them into this timeless, yet modern design.  The invitation is an A7 size and was printed on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White paper in dark grey ink.  Along with their silhouettes, the design also featured a lovely, decorative border and two different fonts: a fun, modern script for their names, and a classic, all-caps, roman face for the body text.  Their invitation was paired with a moss green envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and was letterpress printed with their return address in grey on the back flap.  I love how Galen had us use a small heart in the address where the ampersand normally would be.  So cute!!!

The letterpress printing on this piece was just lovely!

Below, you can see the reply card that we designed to match.  The reply card was also printed in dark grey ink and featured the same border design and fonts from the invitation.  I love the cute, creative response wording that Galen and Jeff used, and the adorable animal silhouettes are always a fun alternative to simply writing out meal options.

Galen & Jeff also included a separate reception “card” with their invites.  They were married at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Seattle, but held their reception at a separate venue: the Seattle Tennis Club.  They wanted to emphasize the fun aspect of their reception, so for this piece, rather than printing it as a normal card, we printed it on a coaster!  The coasters were printed in two ink colors: the same dark grey from the other pieces in the suite, and a nice olive-y green to match the envelopes.  I think this piece was super-fun!

Galen also added some additional embellishments to this suite that really tied everything together including a Moo Card with one of their engagement photos, bakers twine and custom calligraphy.  The calligraphy was done by Michele Clark of Calligraphy by Michele in Staten Island, New York.  Her work is always beautiful!  If you’d like to see these invitations fully assembled, and read about them on Galen’s WeddingBee Blog, you can here and here.  Check them out!  You can also read more about other aspects of her wedding and see recap photos by clicking the link to her full WeddingBee blog above.

Thanks so much again for working with us Galen!  I love how everything turned out and working with you was a blast!  If you ever need anything else, just let me know.

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!

Weddings | Brianne & Brandon

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Ladies and gentlemen, meet Brianne.  Here she is holding a giant box of letterpress printed wedding invitations in pretty pink envelopes ready to go to the post office.  Isn’t she just adorable!?!  Brianne is one of our fabulous custom wedding clients from this spring and is getting married this upcoming July in Arroyo Grande, California.  If the above photo looks familiar, it may be because you recognize her from  She’s Miss Turtle! If you’ve been following her posts there, you may have already seen and heard about these invitations, however, they’re just so pretty that you’re going to have to hear about them again from us.  Brianne actually designed her invitations herself (isn’t she awesome?!?) and hired Twin Ravens Press to do her letterpress printing.  She had us print for her an A7 size invitation, 4bar size reply card and two sets of coordinating envelopes.

Brianne’s wedding invitation suite was printed on 100% cotton Crane Lettra Pearl White paper.  She chose a duplex weight (really really thick) sheet for the invite and a standard 110 lb. sheet for the reply card.  Everything was printed in chocolate brown ink.  Here are some close-ups of the invitation: 

I absolutely adore Brianne’s choice of fonts (Feel Script and Academy Engraved) and her totally awesome monogram at the top of the invitation!  It’s a very classic format with some very cool modern touches!  Love it!

One subtle, special detail of these invitations is that Brianne had us paint the edges metallic silver.  Edge-painting and gilding are centuries-old, decorative techniques where color is applied to just the edges of paper.  Edge-painting has a rich history in letterpress printing and bookbinding, with the earliest use of the technique dating back to the 10th century.  For centuries, master bookbinders gilded the edges of books with gold, to show their preciousness.  Today we can use edge-painting to give your invites an extra little bit of pizazz by highlighting an existing color in the printing or by introducing an all new color to the suite (like Brianne did).  Check it out:

I’m really excited to be offering this technique in our studio and I think it’s a really classy way to add a little something extra to a set of invitations or business cards!

Brianne also designed a matching 4bar-size reply card to go with her gorgeous invites, and we paired them with a light pink envelope from Waste Not Paper Company, also printed in chocolate brown ink.

The invitation envelope was also pink (as you saw above) and had Brianne’s parents’ address letterpress printed on the back flap, also in chocolate ink.  

If you like the way these invitations turned out, you really ought to go and check out Brianne’s posts about them over on WeddingBee here, here and here.   After receiving the invitations from us, she added some more awesome embellishments herself, including envelope liners, a custom belly band with a wax seal, and some super-cool vintage stamps!  Brianne is super-creative and was really fun to work with on this project and I’m sure the rest of her wedding is going to be amazing.  Thanks so much Brianne and Brandon, you rock!