March 24, 2020

Die Cut Designs

photo by Liz Banfield

Die cuts are a huge element of design that we are both big fans of and get many requests for, so we thought it appropriate to share some of our favorites today.  The wedding suite above used die cut edges on both the invitation itself and the reply cards.  For a next level element, we also included a laser cut belly band to keep the set in place.

photo by Theo Milo 

This client was having a gorgeous luxury affair with butterfly accents at the Breakers in Palm Beach, so we spared no detail when it came to her invitation suite.  The booklet style featured a gate scroll enclosure with matching pockets to hold the reception and reply cards.  And, for the final touch a die cut butterfly was a pretty final touch.

photo by Liz Banfield

For a feminine New Year’s wedding in Arkansas, we did our own take on a quatrafoil design. And the invitation had a softened edging making it not quite an oval, circle, or rectangle.

photos by Liz Banfield

The wedding invitations for our elegant Charleston wedding, had scalloped edging letterpressed with a pattern to mimic the bride’s lace pattern on her gown.  And with chandeliers as a main decor element, we created die cut chandelier escort cards calligraphied with guests’ names and table numbers and hung from chandeliers at cocktail hour.

photos by Squire Fox

For this wedding, upon request, we made a batch of frilled die cut cards that we could have our calligrapher write anything needed on- escort cards, place cards, signage, etc.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

“Save the Weekend” cards had graciously shaped edges outlined in a pattern matching what would be used in the wedding design.   A grand die cut invitation outlined in gold and emblazoned with the couple’s monogram was a perfect follow up.

photos by Liz Banfield

This set had opposing die cut edges that were edge painted in gold… Each was also backed in complimentary patterns to be seen again.

 

 

March 17, 2020

Green Day

Since it’s St. Patrick’s day, we thought it would be fun to share this wedding printing full of green elements! This pretty mix of green and peach was born out of the bride’s desire to have a “green” wedding in many aspects of the word.  The bride and groom met doing a tour in the Peace Corps in Africa, so a natural element especially in the leafy pattern was a must. A die cut butterfly belly band brought in a playful piece, but the outer envelope’s design still presented as traditional and elegant. All photos by Liz Banfield.

Canvas garden totes were filled with custom packaged goodies and information welcomed guests. These also made for useful totes for exploring Charleston and something guests definitely wanted to take home.

Ceremony accoutrements included programs die cut in a fan shape and tied with satin ribbon, making them easy to spread and open for an outdoor ceremony. Guests also had rose petal pouches to toss at the couple, noted with tags featuring one of the couple’s favorite proverbs.

The escort cards were printed using patterns from fabrics the couple collected while in Africa.  Tara Guerard, the wedding designer, created wooden pieces to display them on a moss covered table.

Simple calligraphy was all that was needed to create lovely signage throughout the event.

Menu cards were laid out with a more modern look, and accented with hand painted leafy stems acting as the place cards.

The bar was seen as a place for a design moment… The same leafy pattern we designed to line the invitation envelopes was printed on fabric used to cover the fronts of the reception bars. Custom printed cocktail napkins were displayed throughout.

The couple departed their party in a vintage hunter green convertible with our art deco just married sign- how perfect to match their palette!

March 10, 2020

Posh Place Settings

photo by Sylvie Gil

Sharing some of our very favorite place settings and menu designs from some of our recent weddings.  For a dreamy blue and white beachside wedding this summer in the Hamptons, our menu cards using a gradient pattern that was replicated on the dance floor.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For a french themed wedding at the brides’ family home in Greenville, SC letterpressed menus were tucked into the napkin folds.  For a fun take on the place cards, individual rustic loaves were wrapped in vellum with guests’ name on them.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For a great all in one design feature, linen dish towels were printed with the dinner menu.  Guests or the couple could keep afterwards… And, marble coasters hand lettered with guests names were used as place cards.

photo by Tec Petaja

This client wanted a good mixture of masculine and feminine for her wedding design. A leather bound menu nicely balances lovely lace like china.  Modern calligraphy and a custom crest come together in an elegant letterpress combo.

photo by Ryan Ray

Acrylic menus that were etched in gold and handpainted in the wedding color scheme were definitely a centerpiece of the place setting. Striped tags made from some of the same paper used on earlier printing pieces were the perfect backing to give some umph to the place cards.

March 3, 2020

Flora and Fauna

photo by Aaron and Jillian 

Something that one may think naturally goes without saying in wedding design are floral designs.. Lately, though, leafy tropical and fauna scenes are having a big moment. This is something that we savor and jump right into designing. The envelope liners for these invitations were inspired by the brides favorite wallpaper, but customized to fit her wedding design.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This “party pack” was for a wedding in Florida, taking a few of the natural elements the locale is known for (think flamingos, citrus trees, etc) and then wove them into a sophisticated design.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

photo by Liz Banfield

These ceremony programs were covered with a custom paper we created that the wedding designer used throughout…It was printed as tray covers, and turned into custom fabric that covered one of the bars.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For a fall wedding with an Italian feel, many seasonal and regional blooms graced  the weekend’s party pack…

February 25, 2020

Making a Monogram

photo by Theo Milo Photogprahy

You are either a monogram person or you’re not, right? But, we think that those that aren’t may have the wrong idea about monograms.  That they are too formal, or old fashioned, or frankly not very interesting.  Well, we are big fans of monograms and coming up with custom ones to match our clients personality or style and know there are so many fun ways to use them throughout your printing pieces. A monogram can be two letters entwined somehow, one letter with an added design element, or more of a crest style.

photo by Theo Milo

We have clients who have used monograms on save the dates, invitations (like this custom belly band monogram for an oversized invitation), dinner menus, coasters, etc.

photo by Theo Milo

Using a custom monogram can go a long way in little places. A cocktail napkin at the bars or with passed cocktails, or matchbooks that are placed on the bars or restrooms are some of our favorite places that make a big impact. And, these are great items for couples to have in their new homes after the wedding!

photo by Corbin Gurkin

A wedding we did with Tara Guerard had a strong focus on a custom monogram we designed. It was used on linens at the reception, napkins, wooden food picks adding a design moment to the late night snacks, and even on a flag adorning the exterior of the reception venue.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Wedding welcome gift branding is another perfect place for a monogram.

photo by Theo Milo

We have also received many requests to create monograms for newly married couples, namely for personal stationary used for writing thank you notes after the wedding.