Lace is one of my favorite details in a wedding. My client, who loves anything bohemian, natural, simple yet beautiful, wanted a lace detail on her wedding invitation. To create something simple and still have a lace detail, we decided that a blind imprint of a lace design would look lovely. Her colors are plum and light blue, but she wanted to have just the plum and the blind imprint of the lace on her wedding invitations. It creates a subtle yet beautiful look with letterpress printing. To add a rustic feel to the invitation suite, we had the outer envelopes be a jute paper with the plum printed as the return address. I would suggest tying twine around the invitation and RSVP postcard to finish the look. For my clients that would love to have letterpress printing in their budget, a great way to cut down on the costs is to have a reply postcard. Here is a photo of the invitation, and below that is the Save the Date that this couple used for their wedding. To order either of these designs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or order in our online shop (and colors can be changed, and the blind imprint of the lace can be a color from our in-house letterpress inks).
Finally I have updated the letterpress pricing for 2013 for my clients to order online and over the phone. I am currently in the process of getting our collection together to view, and the PDF is available to download under the FAQ section of our website. Please be patient as we work on getting all our designs and collection together to view online, but in the meantime, email us if you have a design in mind- we probably have something similar and ready-made!
Here is a more recent invitation and Save the Date for a wedding that will take place on a farm. For the Save the Date, the bride wanted her photo with a textured background. For the invitation, the sweet and lovely bride wanted a custom monogram, so I hand drew it and she also wanted it printed in letterpress in our popular charcoal gray color, combined with jute belly bands and jute envelopes. She was a joy to work with, and was very happy with the final product.
Today I just wanted to update my blog with a couple of photos for other seaside options. As a custom designer, I have now collected hundreds of different designs, which I will need to update daily. I just took these photos of a painted sand dollar (which would look great with a backer, but since it is painted this design cannot be letterpressed), and also a lighthouse design (which this design would look beautiful in letterpress). I will update with some more designs when I have the photos taken. Until then, check these out. Every one of my custom designs can be ordered without the custom charge, and most designs can be printed letterpress. Colors and fonts can be changed.
Today I wanted to update the blog with my most recent letterpress invitation for a beach wedding. The bride wanted a flourish and a beach motif on the invitation. Her colors are Kelly green, and on the main invitation she wanted to add silver to match the silver liner on the outer envelope. She opted for the RSVP postcard, too, which is a new trend that brides are doing to save money on both stamps, the printing on the reply envelopes, and paper.
Happy Fourth of July, everyone! I thought I would spend this hot holiday in my air conditioned office to catch up on my blogging. I was thinking about this year and the wonderful clients that I have worked with, my beautiful daughter arriving 7 weeks early just four months ago (in the middle of wedding season orders- yikes- we are so blessed to have her here!!) and now that I am “officially” back from my maternity leave (although I never really stopped working completely!) I realize how lucky I am to do exactly what I want to do. My sweet daughter is finally sleeping through the night, and I LOVE my job! It actually does not feel like work when I spend a holiday blogging about my job. Who does that?! I also like to think this passion I have for invitations and design shows with how I work with my brides and clients. When people ask why should I work with a small business like you instead of a large company, I like to say because I give the personal attention and customer service to my clients that larger businesses may not be able to do. Although I still have my regular business hours (uhm, please do not call me at 12:00am to talk about your invitations, although I am just as excited about them as you are, and I really am… I cherish my sleep these days!), I will take the time to discuss the design, vision, and steer you in the right direction for your budget and really, truly love working with YOU. Each invitation is a piece of art to me… and I get just as excited about the final piece as my client does. So, I guess this blog is about how I am proud to be an American (since it is the Fourth) and be able to do exactly what I want to do because of this wonderful country I live in. Wow, do I sound cheesy or what?
This week I have been working on custom Fall orders and have a letterpress beach wedding coming up with a sand dollar and flourish design, New Orleans letterpress invitation (which has Crawfish and flourish on them- fun!), and other orders which were already designed but the colors were altered. I am constantly updating my designs, so if you do not see something that fits your event, I probably have already designed something similar. OK, since it is actually a holiday… I will be spending the rest of the day with my sweet daughter and husband, but Happy Fourth of July and I look forward to updating the blog with some of my newest designs this month.
This baby shower invitation is for my sweet cousin, Mary, who is due in October with a little girl! We are so excited for her and cannot wait to celebrate at her shower in a couple of weeks. I designed these invitations with my cousin’s style in mind who is thinking about decorating her nursery with gray damask and pink. The invitation is glued to a pink card stock (flushed) to add extra thickness to this invitation. Congratulations, Mary, on your baby girl and we love you!
We just shipped out a new letterpress order this week, and they look beautiful! The sweet bride is getting married in Blowing Rock, North Carolina and wanted a custom drawing of Grandfather Mountain (which will be in the background of where she will be getting married) in antique gold letterpress. We also added a beautiful hydrangea on the side. The invitations were printed on an oversize square Crane Lettra and the inner envelopes were lines with gold metallic and the reply cards were postcards. Congratulations to the bride and groom, and we cannot wait for you to receive your invitations!
This invitation is another custom design for a bride who wanted the Atlanta Skyline printed on pearlized paper with the text in black thermography and the skyline printed flat. The calligraphy in the photo is by mmink who does exquisite work! These modern skyline invitations turned out beautifully and the bride was such a joy to work with. Congratulations, Lisa, and I hope you love the invitations!
These Save the Dates are for a client who wanted a rustic look for the Save the Dates and invitations for her wedding in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. I hand drew these invitations, and to add a special touch there is a brown backer flushed to the back of the white 100lb cardstock (there is a photo of the back of the invitation with the brown cardstock). This makes the invitation extra thick, and adds to the quality of the invitation. The Save the Dates were sent out in March and now I have just finished designing this bride’s wedding invitations. They loved the Colorado mountain invitations that I drew and designed last year, but wanted a drawing of the Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina (which will be in the background of where the wedding ceremony site is located). The bride also wanted hydrangeas on the invitation, and instead of flat printing them she wanted letterpress (definitely will make this design look stunning!). Stay tuned for photos of this wonderful bride’s letterpress printed suite this month, but first please admire her custom save the dates!
One of my favorite invitations to design are hand drawn, custom invites. This client was so wonderful to get to know in the past year. I worked with her on her daughter’s Save the Dates, wedding invitations, thank you cards, custom monogram, ceremony program, and dinner menus. I also ordered her napkins with the custom monogram and the stamps, and bag for the out of town guests, and koozies to go into the out of town guest bags. Her daughter’s wedding was May 5th, 2012, and Kristy Dickerson of Kristy Dickerson Photography shot the beautiful photos and posted them on her blog. The photos below were taken by The Decisive Moment, also a very talented wedding photographer. The invitation suite and thank you cards were engraved (and everything was hand drawn), and the ceremony programs and dinner menus were printed flat. The invitations were oversized and on torn paper, and glued onto pocket cards so that the accommodations, details, and reply cards could fit in the back. The calligraphy on the envelope was by the talented Ginna Dunlap Emmett Calligraphy, and the stamps were designed by me and ordered custom to match the suite. I was so excited to see the final results, but the best joy of my job is to get to know my clients and have them love the final product! I also love seeing the photos of their wedding! Congratulations, Nickie and Matthew on a life of happiness. I am so glad that I got to help make a piece of your wedding beautiful!