A couple of weeks ago I finished a very beautiful and elaborate set of wedding invitations for California couple Lindsay and Shawn’s upcoming wedding in La Quinta at the end of February. We’ve been working with Lindsay and Shawn for a while now. I posted about their awesome, letterpress + photo save-the-dates back in September here. Lindsay and Shawn have an awesome sense of style and we were able to create several gorgeous pieces using the same colors and design elements that we had previously used for their save-the-dates. Their wedding invitation suite included an A7 size wedding invitation with coordinating inner/outer envelope sets, a 4bar size reply card with coordinating envelope, an A2 size reception card, and an A6 size map/directions card. The entire suite was printed in one ink color, black, on 100% cotton Holyoke paper in Antique White. We created a gorgeous invitation wrap out of light pink, lacy, Japanese Uzumaki paper and tied the package shut with a custom letterpress printed monogram medallion belly band. We also printed letterpress wedding menus and place cards for Lindsay and Shawn, which you will see farther down in this post.
A beautiful set of invitations often begins with a beautiful set of envelopes, so let’s start there. Lindsay and Shawn chose to go the traditional route with their envelopes and had us print an inner/outer set. Both envelopes have pointed flaps and are 100% cotton envelopes from Crane & Co. The outer invitation envelope is simply printed with their return address in black ink. The inner invitation envelope features no printing, but a lovely custom lining made from screen printed, floral, lokta paper in black and white that Lindsay picked out. I really love the pattern she picked and I think it compliments the rest of her suite beautifully! In the image on the top right above, you can see what the inner envelope looks like, opened with the invitation package inside. It’s just gorgeous!
Here is what the invitation suite looks like when you pull it out of the envelope. Lindsay and Shawn’s invitation, reply card and envelope, reception card and directions card are all stacked in order of size and wrapped in a custom-made, light pink, spiral, Japanese Uzumaki paper. This paper is tissue thin, yet fairly strong and totally beautiful! When we talked about what their guests would see when opening the invitations, I thought it would be lovely if the pieces were held together in some sort of package, and this is the solution we came up with! I just love how functional, yet delicate, and beautiful this invitation wrap is! The wrap is tied closed with a 2″ round monogram medallion that was printed and die-cut from Holyoke paper, and has a 1/4″ wide, black satin ribbon threaded through it. All of the materials and textures of this suite and just gorgeous together!
Lindsay and Shawn’s wedding invitation is an A7 size and is the largest and most prominent piece in the package you see above. For the invitation design, we used Lindsay’s damask pattern from her Save-the-Dates to decorate the bottom of the invitation and her monogram at the top. The text is laid out in a traditional arrangement with the couple’s names in a lovely script font and the other information in a classic serif face! I just love the impression that letterpress printing this design created in the Holyoke Paper. It’s just as beautiful to touch as it is to look at!
Lindsay and Shawn’s directions and reception cards were designed to match the invitation and were also printed in black ink on Holyoke paper. For these two cards we used the damask pattern on the side, rather than the bottom, and continued to utilize the same script and serif typefaces from the invitation. For the directions card, I created a small map of La Quinta and Indian Wells with Lindsay and Shawn’s church, rehearsal dinner location, and reception location on it. This card should be a handy little reference for guests who are trying to get from one venue to the next.
Lindsay and Shawn’s reply card and envelope, which were also designed to match, are a 4bar size and were printed in black ink. Like the invitation, we used the damask pattern to decorate the bottom, and Lindsay used my adorable animal and vegetable icons for her reception entrée choices for guests to indicate. You may have remembered that we used light pink envelopes for Lindsay and Shawn’s Save-the-Dates. We used the same color of pink envelopes her her reply card envelopes to tie the suite together even more!
Lindsay has a couple of bridesmaids who are taking calligraphy classes, and they offered to do calligraphy for her invitation envelopes and for her place cards. So that they would have plenty of time to do the place cards, as Lindsay and Shawn get their reply cards back, we designed and printed their place cards at the same time as the invitation suite. These beauties are traditional, simple, and match the invitations perfectly. They were printed on Holyoke Paper as well, and feature Lindsay and Shawn’s damask pattern on the fold of each tented card. The pattern wraps from back to front, as you can see in the photo below, making both sides pretty and perfect for writing guest’s names. You can also see another image of the belly band and the Japanese Uzumaki paper we used for the invite wrap in the photo below – just ’cause I thought it was pretty!
For the wedding reception, we also designed and letterpress printed a set of lovely wedding menus to go at each place setting. Lindsay and Shawn’s menus are a #10 size and feature their monogram at the top and damask pattern on the bottom. We used their script font for the headers of each course and the traditional serif face we’ve been using all along for the descriptions of each dish. Aren’t these gorgeous as well?!?
Last, but certainly not least, Lindsay and Shawn wanted a nice little rehearsal dinner invitation that would coordinate with their wedding invitations, but not necessarily match them. For these A2 size invites, we lost the damask pattern and monogram, but kept the same fonts as the other pieces in the suite. Lindsay wanted to use a small motif that would speak to their southern California location, so we chose a small, vintage-looking palm tree image to decorate the top. These cards also came with light pink envelopes in the same shade as the envelopes we used for their reply cards and Save-the-Dates.
I’ve absolutely loved working with Lindsay and Shawn so far on all of the paper goods for their wedding! Lindsay and I are currently working on designing some thank you cards and wedding programs to go with this suite, so I’ll be posting photos of those as well, when they’re done. Thanks so much Lindsay & Shawn! Talk to you soon!