Happy October everyone! I can’t believe 2010 is flying by so fast. It’s amazing. At any rate, Twin Ravens Press has a very big congratulations for San Francisco couple, Julie & Joe, today. Julie and Joe ordered their wedding invitations and other paper goods from Twin Ravens and are getting married today in Italy (actually they are already married and having their reception, since Italy is so far ahead time-zone wise, but you get where I’m going with this). We worked with Julie and Joe on several different stationery pieces for their wedding, from invitations to pieces for the actual ceremony and reception (happening now!!). You can see their whole invitation suite at the top of this post which included an A7 size invitation printed in two ink colors: deep navy blue and silver, a 4bar reply card, matching envelopes for both and a custom letterpress printed belly band.
All of Julie and Joe’s stationery was printed on Crane Lettra 100% cotton Pearl White Paper in one or two ink colors: deep navy blue and/or metallic silver. Their envelopes were also from Crane’s Lettra line and were pearl white with square flaps. When you first opened Julie & Joe’s wedding invitation, this is what you would see:
Isn’t that a gorgeous package?!? Julie and Joe’s envelopes were printed with silver ink and all of the pieces in their invitation suite were held together with a custom printed, paper belly band that had the word “Amore” (“Love” in Italian) in script in the center of it.
Above you can see their invitation by itself. Julie wanted to invoke a sense of old-world style and romance for her Italian wedding with her invitation. The invitation we designed is a traditional A7 size and featured a delicate, formal, romantic border, printed in blue ink all the way around. Inside the border, we used three different fonts for the text of the invitation. Julie and Joe’s names as well as the name of the church where they are being married in Italy were done in the fanciest script of the suite, with lots of delicate flourishes. We used a simpler, but still very decorative, script face for the wedding date and Julie’s parent’s names, and then we used a still formal, but less decorative, classic serif typeface for the rest of the text. It’s sometimes difficult to incorporate a lot of fonts into a design without making the design too busy, but I think the way we did it for Julie & Joe’s stationery turned out really really elegant.
We also created a 4bar size response card to accompany their invitation. The response card was printed in blue and the envelope for it was printed in silver ink. We still managed to incorporate all three fonts in to the actual card and we used a very decorative circular motif, printed large for the decoration on the card. The reply envelopes featured Julie’s parent’s address on the front and a small flourish on the back flap, both in silver ink. In the group of photos below you can see detail photos of the reply card, both envelopes and the belly band.
After their invitations were mailed out, Julie and Joe hired Twin Ravens Press again to create some additional stationery pieces for their actual ceremony and reception. Here is their wedding program:
The program is also an A7 size with a fold in the center to create a little booklet. We helped Julie design the interior pages for this piece as well. In order to save some money on printing, Julie opted to have the cover of her programs letterpress printed and the interior pages digitally printed. This is a great way to save money on programs and other pieces that may have multiple pages, while still maintaining the look and style of letterpress printing. For this design I created a couple of new flourish-y border elements with birds, and we utilized the same fonts and same dark blue ink color that we had used on the invitations. Julie also had me print a short, sweet little message on the back of each program, which you can see in the bottom right photo of the above grouping.
Many of Julie & Joe’s guests were planning to spend time in Italy before and after the wedding as well. Since Julie and Joe wanted to spend as much time with their guests as possible and also give them ideas and tips on other things to do in and around Santa Margherita, they had me also design and print a wedding itinerary booklet for each guest. Like the program, the cover of these itineraries was letterpress printed and the interior pages were digitally printed. Julie’s guide included tips on things to see, places to eat, maps and other things to do. It seems like a really fantastic guide, especially for guests who had never travelled to Italy before.
The left and top right image in the above grouping are of the Itinerary cover. The image in the bottom right is of their place cards for the reception. These place cards are tented and feature a little bit of the motif from their belly band and reply card in the bottom left corner, and a brand new border printed in blue ink. Julie hired the fabulous Fran Heider of Little Flower Calligraphy to calligraph both her invitation envelopes and her place cards. If you are in need of a calligrapher for you upcoming event, I can’t say enough good things about Fran and her work. She’s just fabulous!
Last, but certainly not least, Julie and Joe also hired us to design and print a set of wedding menus for their reception dinner. Julie and Joe planned to have a traditional, Italian, multi-course dinner for their wedding reception. I lived in Italy for a short time in college and, let me tell you, one of the best things about Italy is the food and the way the Italians take their time and enjoy it. As you can see from the above menu, their wedding dinner involved five amazing-sounding courses. We printed these menus in both English and Italian in blue ink on a #10 size, long and skinny piece of paper. The border we used for the design is the same border I created for them for their invitation. Aren’t those gorgeous, and doesn’t their dinner just sound amazing!?!
Julie and Joe were so much fun to work with and I’m sure that their wedding in Italy today has been amazing. Julie promised to share pictures from the day once they are back in the States, and I can’t wait to see them! Congratulations Julie & Joe! Have a wonderful rest of your trip, and we’ll talk to you soon!