Happy New Year and Happy Friday Everyone! With the busy-ness of the holiday season, it’s been a while since we actually showed off anything new! There’s no time like the present to remedy that! To start off the year, I want to share with you one of my favorite new designs from last summer, that I hadn’t gotten around to showing you yet. This invitation was created for San Francisco couple Kathryn and Richard, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out! You can see the full suite in the photo above. It included an A7 size invitation with corresponding outer envelope, a 4-bar size reply card with corresponding envelope, and a cute, A2-size Welcome BBQ invitation!
When I initially began talking to Kathryn about what she envisioned for her invitation suite, she mentioned really liking this set of invitations that was originally designed by New York City designer, Jihee Wu, for her own wedding and letterpress printed by us. While Kathryn loved Jihee’s suite, she also wanted her design to utilize some more traditional fonts and to possibly add a few more decorative elements, rather than just relying on the text as decoration. I think what we came up with was a perfect melding of these two aesthetics! Kathryn and Richard’s invite was printed in metallic ink colors: gold and silver on Crane Lettra Pearl White Paper! I love the large, gold script names in the center of the design, as well as the gold flourishes at the top and bottom! So pretty!
For the invitation envelope, Kathryn chose an awesome, shimmery metallic black envelope and we letterpress printed the same flourishes from the invitation on the upper-left and bottom-right corners of the front in silver ink. We also printed their return address in silver on the back flap, using the same fonts from the invitation!
One of my favorite things about this suite is the awesome combination of different papers Kathryn chose for the different pieces! For her reply card envelope, we matched the colors from the invite envelope and simply printed a matching envelope in a smaller size. For the reply card itself, Kathryn picked out an awesome, shimmery grey (almost dark silver) paper for the actual card, and we printed the design on it in black ink.
Last, but not, least, is their Welcome BBQ invitation. In lieu of a formal rehearsal dinner Kathryn & Richard held a fun, Welcome BBQ at their home in San Francisco, the evening before their wedding. For this smaller invitation, we hired the wonderful folks at Porridge Papers to create a custom gold paper for us to print on. It’s difficult to see in the photos, but this paper is bright and shimmery, much like the envelopes Kathryn chose, but still awesomely soft and perfect for letterpress printing. For the design of this card, we used a slightly more casual and whimsical font for “Welcome BBQ”, and added two little hearts to the line at the bottom. Too cute! These cards were printed with shimmery silver ink.
Check out the detail of the letterpress printing in the image above! I just love printing on custom papers!
Kathryn and Richard, thanks so much again for working with us last year! I hope the new year to come brings you both lots of joy! Thanks again!