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Weddings | Sarah & Adam

We’ve had a lot of clients from Australia as of late, and I always love working with our friends from Down Under!  They have such a lovely design sense, and all seem to be lovely people to boot!  The set of wedding invitations you see above were designed by the client, and printed by us, for Sarah and Adam’s wedding in Brisbane, Australia earlier this spring.  The suite featured an A7 size invitation, a 5″ square map/directions card and a 4bar size RSVP postcard, all printed in two ink colors: black and turquoise.  These were paired with unprinted light yellow envelopes from Green Paper Company!

I just love the vintage-looking floral motifs and scripty, decorative font that Sarah used throughout the suite!  The detail on the map card is pretty phenomenal too!

While we’re located in Oregon, Twin Ravens Press is happy to print and ship anywhere in the world!  If you’re looking to have something printed for your upcoming wedding or event, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  We’d love to work with you!

Thanks so much again Sarah & Adam!  Cheers!

 

Weddings | Don & Stephanie

Happy Friday Everybody!  This afternoon I’m really excited to show off an awesome set of wedding invitations that we made for a Eugene couple earlier this year!  We’ve worked with Don and Stephanie on quite a few projects in the past, including business stationery for their company, Oregon Social Media.  I was super-excited earlier this year when Don & Steph came back to me to collaborate on their wedding stationery.  They were married this past June in the small town of Jacksonville, in southern Oregon, and wanted their invites to reflect a modern sensibility, as well as the rustic-ness of Jacksonville, and Oregon on the whole.  What you see above is what we came up with!

Don & Stephanie’s wedding invitations featured an awesome, letterpress-printed A7 invite that was blind embossed with a fun woodgrain pattern, and printed in black ink, a coordinating invitation envelope, and a smaller, laser cut website/rsvp card.  The main motif for their invites was the state of Oregon with a small heart in the bottom left corner where Jacksonville is.  I was excited that we were able to incorporate this little state motif into all three of their pieces.  The invitation and rsvp/website card were held together with baker’s twine in Don & Stephanie’s wedding colors: white, grey and yellow.

Their invitation was paired with a coordinating gravel grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company with Don and Stephanie’s address letterpress printed on the back flap.

Check out the close-up image above of their invitation!  We used a full-bleed blind embossed woodgrain pattern to decorate the background of this invite and then printed their invitation text over the top in black ink.  I love the fun mix of funky, modern fonts that we were able to incorporate!  You’ll also notice in the images below that the state motif was used to decorate the bottom!

One of the most exciting aspects of this invitation suite for me was Don and Steph’s rsvp/website card.  We designed this card to be in the shape of the Oregon motif they had used on the other pieces, but in order to give the piece a little more interest, we laser cut the shape of the card and the little heart out of thin, maple wood veneer.  Rather than printing the text onto the veneer, we engraved it with the laser cutter, so that it had the same depth and texture as the letterpress impression on the other pieces!

Twin Ravens Press is happy to work with you to design small wooden laser cut pieces to incorporate into your invitations or other projects, like this one.  We’re also happy to work with you to create engraved wooden invitations, business cards, and or other stationery.  These reply/website cards were made out of maple wood, but we have several different wood varieties in a variety of colors and textures for you to choose from!  I love the way that this complimented the woodgrain pattern of Don & Steph’s invitation and I love how unique such a small piece can make a whole suite feel.  I mean, how often do you get an engraved, wooden card in the mail?  Not often, and they’re so cool!!

Thanks so much again, Don & Stephanie, for working with us on your wedding invitations!  I always enjoy working with the two of you and I can’t wait to see what projects you have in store for us next!

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!  : )

Pretty Personal Stationery for a Lady Named Laurel

Just because you aren’t getting married, doesn’t mean you can’t have pretty stationery!  About six months ago we created a really lovely set of personal stationery for a lady in Newport Beach, California named Laurel.  Laurel wanted a set of beautiful cards and envelopes to send her personal correspondence, and I can’t think of a more lovely way to do that than with custom letterpress stationery!

Laurel’s personal stationery is an A2 size flat card with coordinating envelopes.  The actual card was fairly simple.  It had Laurel’s first name letterpress printed in a lovely, deep turquoise ink in a fun, modern script in the bottom right hand corner of each card.  These cards were printed on 100% cotton rag Holyoke Paper.  We then paired these stationery cards with an exciting mix of three different colors of envelopes and three different envelope liners.

Laurel’s envelopes were a fun mix of European pointed flaps in white, yellow and kraft brown.  She then picked out three different, lovely, decorative papers for her envelope liners.  Each decorative paper design had at least some turquoise in it, which helped to coordinate them perfectly with the turquoise letterpress printed name on her cards.

We also printed Laurel’s return address in turquoise on the flap of each envelope.

Aren’t all of Laurel’s color and liner combinations so much fun!?!  I love how it’s basically like receiving nine different sets of stationery from a single order and design!  So many combinations and cool choices!

If you’d like to make your personal correspondence more fun with a set of personal stationery of your own, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Thanks so much again for working with us Laurel!  If you ever need anything else, just let me know!

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!

 

Save the Date | Alexandra & Ryan

Happy Monday, ladies & gents!  See the cute couple in the polaroid on the tandem bike with the whippets?  That’s Allie & Ryan.  They got married this past fall in Sonoma, California and hired us to print their Save-the-Dates last spring.  Their save-the-dates were pretty awesome and definitely included some things they cherish as a couple in the design:

One of Allie & Ryan’s friends designed these totally cute save-the-dates that you see above featuring both the tandem bike and the whippets!  Isn’t it cool?!?  I love the fresh, modern and hip aesthetic of the design and I totally dig their colors!  Allie wanted to make sure that her printed pieces were as eco-friendly as possible, so we printed these with vegetable-based inks on 100% bamboo paper.  Bamboo is an extremely renewable resource for paper fiber and makes a thick and lovely off-white paper that’s perfect for letterpress printing!  One of the above photos was included with each save the date they sent out and their matching bamboo envelopes were printed with their return address on the flap.

I just love how awesome these are!  I’ve actually been in contact with Ryan’s sister, Jessica, recently too, and may be helping her with business cards for her awesome floral design business!  Stay tuned for those!

Thanks again Allie & Ryan!  Congratulations!

Weddings | Ciara & Andrew

It’s no secret here, at Twin Ravens Press we just loving working with Australian couples!  As far as I’m concerned, the Aussies are some of the sweetest people on the planet, and they have such consistently great taste in wedding stationery!  Gotta love ’em!

Ciara & Andrew were no exception to the rule when it came to an international couple who was awesome to work with, and who had a great sense of style!  Ciara wanted a classic, formal, damask-style invite in her wedding colors: grey and yellow, and I was super-excited to work with her on it!  She and fiance, Andrew, are getting married in just a few short weeks in a destination wedding in the Philippines.  I designed and letterpress printed their invite and invite envelope this past fall and I just love how they turned out!

Check out a detail of the impression below!  Ciara’s invitations were printed on Holyoke 100% cotton rag, bone white paper.  They’re a classic style with the couple’s names in script and a damask border all around.  I love the letterpress impression of this design on the Holyoke paper!

Ciara and Andrew’s A7 size invites were paired with a matching grey envelope from Waste Not Paper Company. We printed their return address on the flap of each envelope in the same fonts in black ink.  I just love this design and I know that Ciara & Andrew’s destination wedding in the Philippines is going to be just beautiful!  Congratulations Ciara & Andrew!

Weddings | Heidi & Derek

I hope everyone out there had a very Happy Valentine’s Day yesterday!  The weather outside today is decidedly wintery and cold, so I wanted to show off to you a lovely, much warmer, and cheerier, set of wedding invitations that I finished printing for local couple, Heidi & Derek, last week.  You may remember Heidi & Derek’s matching Save-the-Date cards from a few months back that I posted here.  If not, go check them out, they’re really pretty too!

Heidi and Derek’s wedding invitation suite, which you can see in the photo above, is comprised of an A7 size wedding invitation, a 4bar size reply card, and two sets of corresponding envelopes.  Both the invite and reply card were printed in three ink colors on Holyoke 100% cotton rag Bone White paper.  Both sets of envelopes were a bright, cheerful yellow color from Green Paper Company and both sets were printed with the couple’s return addresses in blue ink.

Heidi and Derek’s invitations were designed to match their save-the-dates and feature lovely clusters of blue and yellow flowers with green stems and vines all along the bottom of the invitation.  All of the text was printed in blue.  I love the quote that Heidi had me put at the top of the invitation!  It’s so sweet!  For the quote, their names, and “Reception to follow”, I used a decorative, but modern, script font, and for the other text, we used a modern san-serif typeface.  Don’t these look great?!?

In the bottom right photo of the group of three above you can see a close-up of the blue return address on their yellow invite envelopes.  I just love this color!  I think that it’s great that Heidi and Derek went with yellow envelopes since we used yellow ink so sparingly on the actual invite design.  It’s a great match!

Above are Heidi & Derek’s reply card and matching envelope.  As you can see, we used the same lovely blue and yellow flowers as a motif for this piece as we did for the invite, so that everything would match.  All of the text is in blue again and I love the line they have for “Number attending (kids too!)”.  I just thought that was a really cute way to let their guests know that yes, kids are welcome.  I just love the look of all of the little blue blossoms with their yellow centers and the combination of these with the yellow envelopes!  They’re too cute!

Thanks so much again Heidi & Derek for working with me on these!  I love how they turned out and I’m so glad that you do too!  If you need anything else, just let me know!  All the best!

Weddings | Crystal & Jorge

Remember in this post, last week, how I mentioned that I was finishing up a brand new set of magnolia-themed invitations that day?  Well, the invitations  you are about to see in this post are the set I was talking about.  I couldn’t be happier with how this set, for Orlando, Florida couple, Crystal and Jorge, turned out!  The suite features an A7 size wedding invitation with matching invite envelope, and a 4bar size reply card and envelope.  All of the pieces (including envelopes) were printed in two ink colors: a light yellow and a nice medium grey.  The design for these invitations speaks of classic romance with traditional styling and lots of decorative script.  It also feels just perfect for a warm, springtime wedding in the South!

As I mentioned above, Crystal and Jorge’s wedding invitation is a standard A7 size and was printed on Holyoke 100% cotton rag paper in Bone White.  I can’t say enough good things about Holyoke’s line of rag papers – they’re especially made for letterpress printing, and their soft, subtle texture allows the printing to create beautiful impressions every single time!  For the design we used hand-drawn magnolia flowers and buds on their branches.  The flowers were printed in the background of the design in yellow with the text of the invitation centered over the top of them in grey ink.  We used two gorgeous script typefaces for the text of the invite.  One of the fonts was used only for Crystal and Jorge’s names, and the other was used for the main body text.  Isn’t this just gorgeous?!?

Check out the close-up photo below.  The letterpress impression and colors of this invite on the Holyoke paper are to die for!  They’re absolutely beautiful!!

For the invitation envelope, we wanted to continue to use the magnolias in order to tie the design of the whole set together.  For these, I letterpress printed the same yellow magnolias on the flap of Crystal and Jorge’s envelopes and then printed their address in grey in the same script fonts centered on the flap over the magnolias.  The envelopes we used for this suite are made from 100% post-consumer recycled content and were made by Green Paper Company.  They’re a beautiful and eco-friendly option for any wedding suite!

Crystal and Jorge’s reply card and envelope were designed to match the invitations perfectly!  You can see the reply card and envelope in the photo below.  Both are a standard 4bar size, which measures 3.5″x4.875″.  These were also printed in two ink colors: yellow and grey and feature lovely, big magnolia blossoms in yellow with grey text over the top.  The reply card was printed on Holyoke paper, just like the invite, and the reply card envelopes were also from Green Paper Company.

Check out that big, gorgeous, yellow magnolia in the background of this card!  I just love the way these floral drawings turned out!  The text of the reply card is pretty traditional: there’s a line for guest’s to write in their names with a big flourish-y “M” at the front of it.  Just under that are places for guests to indicate whether or not they are attending and then there’s also a section for guests to choose their entrée for the wedding reception.

In the photo below you can see some details of the letterpress impression and of certain design elements on the reply card.  The image on the bottom right of the grouping below shows the envelope for this card, by itself.  For the envelope, I used two lovely magnolia blossoms sweeping in from the top left corner of the envelope to decorate the front and then printed Crystal and Jorge’s return address over the top of them, in the center of the envelope, in grey ink.  I imagine it will be really fun for Crystal and Jorge to start getting these beautiful envelopes back in the mail once they send their invites out!

Thanks so much for working with us on these, Crystal and Jorge!  I absolutely loved designing and printing this suite for you, and I’d love to work with you again!  Congratulations and I’ll talk to you soon!

Save the Date | Heidi & Derek Are Getting Married!

Check out these pretty Save-the-Date cards we finished a couple of weeks ago for a lovely couple right here in Eugene!  You may remember the totally cute baby announcements that we created for Heidi and Derek’s daughter, Veronica, that we posted here back in September.  They are such an awesome family and I’m so excited to be working with them now on wedding-related stationery!   Heidi and Derek’s save-the-dates are a monarch size (measuring 3.75″x7.25″) and were printed in three ink colors: blue, green and yellow on awesome 100% cotton rag, bone white, Holyoke paper.  They were paired with some pretty yellow monarch envelopes from Green Paper Company that have the couple’s return address printed in blue ink on the back flap.

Aren’t these pretty?!?  I love how they incorporate all three ink colors Heidi wanted, without being over-the-top or busy.  I also love all of the playful little vines shooting out from the flowers on the right side, they were really fun to draw and print.  In the photos below you can see some close-ups of the impression the letterpress printing made in the Holyoke paper.  Holyoke is quickly becoming one of my favorite papers to print on because it’s so soft, yet has some weight to it, and takes the letterpress impression beautifully.

If you like this design, keep checking back in a few months, because we’re currently working with Heidi and Derek on a set of coordinating wedding invitations and reply cards.  Thanks so much Heidi & Derek!   I’ll be talking to you soon!