July 18, 2018

Gorgeous in Gold

The wedding we share with you today is full of glamour but is sophisticatedly simple at heart. We designed an elegant wedding monogram weaving the two initials of their first names together and relied on the beauty of gold foil to make an impact. The bride is an interior designer, so we incorporated some of her favorite patterns but made them our own.

As an alternative to going all modern, we were able to keep the invitation on the more traditional side, by creating a metallic patterned belly band to hold the octagon shaped reply card.  You’ll see more of how we used these octagon cards.

Canvas tote bags held plenty of custom packaged goodies, but our letterpressed Do Not Disturb tags were what guests were really talking about.

Our groom collected wine and was a bourbon fanatic so we created embroidered table linens for self serve bourbon and wine stations… And the varietals were determined by handwritten tags on gold octagons we created to use throughout the wedding for signage.

A dark and stormy was counterbalanced and brightened up by being served on baby pink custom printed tray liners.

Our octagon pattern was also used on custom printed pillows throughout the lounge seating.

Small tags with the gold foil monogram emblem were used to calligraphy the escort cards.

The metallic elements in contracts with the thick paper and letterpress feel made for a luxurious tabletop. And, we loved using the white ink on the golden tags for the place cards.  Napkins were embroidered with the monogram so that the couple could have them in their home after the wedding.

We used one of our patterns as a “doily” during the soup course- little details like this go a long to branding your wedding in guests’ minds. The same pattern was replicated on one of the smaller wedding cakes by Jim Smeal. Instead of a traditional sign in, guests signed a collectable bottle of wine for the couple to keep.

The reception took place on the ruins of an old plantation.. So, we researched what the original plantation home looked like and had that screen printed onto a canvas backdrop that was hung behind the band stage… Made guests feel as if they were looking over upon the old estate.

As a final farewell, guests were asked to take home custom packaged locally made biscuit mix…

July 16, 2018

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We often talk a lot about the pretty package on the inside of a wedding or special event mailing… or even the color and calligraphy on the outside, but stamps are also an important piece of the pretty puzzle.  So, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to use stamps and where to get them. Sometimes  you get lucky and the post office has pretty options available (like the above), or sometimes you have to source them. Kristen Henderson Calligraphy 

photo by Liz Banfield

Sometimes there are ways to utilize stamps to add a personal touch. This wedding had a flora/fauna theme throughout the design, and the post office happen to have a series of fern frond stamps.. Paired together they were a perfect fit for the outer envelope. And, since the bride was originally from Memphis, we sourced stamps featuring Elvis for the reply envelopes. Calligraphy by Claudia Engle 

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This wedding was taking place at historic yacht club, so finding vintage stamps featuring ships was such a score. Oh, and green was one of the main colors in the wedding palette, so perfect, right?  Envelope Calligraphy by Elizabeth Jones; Invitations engraved by Reaves Engraving

photo by Jessica Claire

For a bride having a fall wedding in Kentucky, finding a eclectic mix of color and composition was a challenge that paid off. We find that Etsy usually has a great selection of vintage stamps. Calligraphy by Claudia Engle

photo by Liz Banfield

Of course, for some clients custom stamps are the way to go. We often use a monogram or emblem we have designed for these. Zazzle.com is our favorite spots for printing custom stamps. Calligraphy by Elizabeth Jones.

Some of our favorite combinations of stamps available now through the USPS are below… Spring through Winter… And we adore the Oscar de la Renta stamp for a more simple black and white option, as an icon of the wedding industry.



July 11, 2018

Pink and Green Prettiness

Our clients for this summertime Kiawah Island wedding had only two details required for their wedding design, the pink and green palette, and floral details. Our graphic designer really had a great time capturing those elements and putting them into a cohesive paper suite. Luxury was apparent early on in the save the dates. Pale pink enclosures included cards with a letter from the couple to their guests, weekend events, and accommodation information. The envelopes were sealed with a custom sticker. All photos from Liz Banfield.

Guests received invitations in boxes lined with a custom green and white floral paper we made specifically for this event. The “inner envelope” was a satin pouch with custom written name tags tied with pink ribbon.

For the wedding welcome, we made boxes out of the custom printed floral paper. Since the wedding would take place at the beach, bathing suit cookies made for precocious goodies. We created a simple card with all of the important information that guests could keep with them.

At the ceremony, letterpress program booklets were stylized with the formal floral design as seen on the earlier printed items. And, to keep guests cool at the outdoor ceremony, custom printed water bottles, and Lowcountry Lemonade (a Tara Guerard Soiree speciality) were displayed with calligraphied signage.

Since we had to print a certain amount of both of the boxes to keep the cost at bay for our clients, the wedding designer had the idea to present the dinner menus in the invitation boxes, and then display alphabetically in the guest welcome boxes.

Since guests were bringing their menu boxes to the table, for a total design element, our green and white paper were used as wraps on the napkins, making the place settings perfectly pink and green.

Sometimes the tabletops can get quite crowded and an easy thing to is to utilize the chairs for the table numbers …

There were firepits built into the venue, so we set up S’mores stations for those guests wanting to take a break from the dance floor. Marshmallows were packaged in brown bags with custom stickers.

Jim Smeal, the cake baker, took the pattern elements from the printed pieces and replicated them in icing alternating across the five wedding cakes.

For the send off, and since the groom was originally from Canada, guests waved miniature country flags as they departed…

July 9, 2018

Venue Inspiration

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

When designing for our clients, there are obvious things that contribute to the concept- color palette, formality of the event, and of course the location… Today, we are sharing how an event’s location has inspired the design of their paper suites.  For a wedding overlooking the Rocky Mountains in Aspen, Colorado, the scenery clearly laid the ground work for the save the dates.  We especially love how the mountain range worked on the outer envelopes. And to keep an element of the scenery on the more formal invitations, die cut wildflower belly bands were created.

For this couple, marrying on their private home, a watercolor rendering of the barn that would be the ceremony backdrop seemed like such a pretty picture for the save the dates. And, for the invitation outer envelope’s, a collection of vintage stamps from the state represented…

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

This couple’s save the date featured the lush tree lined grand lawn where the ceremony was to be held… We think that save the dates should get your guests really excited about the big day, and after getting these in the mail, everyone wanted to see this site!

photo by Jessica Claire

The reception card in this invitation suite featured a slight image of the reception location giving it some interest instead of a plain white background.

photo by Perry Vaile 

For this wedding at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, SC, the historic chapel where many of the weddings take place was hand illustrated… the save the dates became more like artworks posted up on the fridge…

Photo by Sylvie Gil

For a wedding on Hawaii’s big island, a vintage surf illustration and hand drawn map of the local added whimsical touches.

Photo by Sarah Kate Photography

For this couple marrying in Dallas, Texas, a watercolor rendering of the city’s skyline perfectly represented their downtown venue…

photo by Liz Banfield

July 2, 2018

Celebrate the Fourth

photo by Corbin Gurkin

What are everyone’s plans for the  4th of July this week? Since wedding sparklers are still the most popular request for the send off at the end of the night. So, we are sharing a quick roundup of some of our favorite ways we have done packaging and printing for these.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this wedding “sleeves” of sparkers were served out on trays at the end of the night, and the Soirettes walked around with lighters to ensure a fast sparkling photo opp.

photo by Liz Banfield

We did a wedding with a chandelier influence… We made chandelier escort cards and had enough to spare; so custom printed matchbooks were attached and sparklers were woven in and passed out to guests for a seamless sendoff.

photos by Corbin Gurkin and Liz Banfield

Aside from them being great design components to a sparkler send off, we get lots of requests to design custom printed matchbooks as take homes, or to put on the bars or side tables.

photo by Liz Banfield

We have even done custom lighters for some clients! Please have a safe and happy holiday…