January 10, 2020

Dreaming of the Tropics

photos by Anne Rhett Photography

We are dreaming of warm sunny places to inspire our designs right now.  From our recent wedding in Jamaica super chic elements appeared in our designs from the save the dates to the green and white cabana stripes that lined the invitation envelopes.  The weekend welcome booklet included wardrobe tags..we started adding these for our destination weddings so that guests could unpack and have each outfit ready for the weekend’s festivities.  A custom illustration including the palm treed landscape from the property provided guests a “map” of all of the party locations.

photo by Anne Rhett Photography

Something much more simple and easy to DIY are these tropical leaf table numbers. If you are far away from a coastal environment and can’t source actual leaves, you can order an assortment from your local florist. Using a paint pen to paint on the numbers is an easy way to bring a beachy look anywhere.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For another wedding in Florida, our client wanted more of the natural elements native to a coastal or tropical environment… animals, florals, and tropical greens. A different variation from what you would normally expect from a tropical design but still works in such a chic way.

photo by Liz Banfield

Here, for a fall wedding on the coast of Georgia… exotic leaves were the main focus of the paper design.  Since they were to be the main decor at the rehearsal dinner, the invitation for that party featured a letterpress leaf pattern.

photo by Theo Milo

Sometimes a design inspired simply by the location or style of party is enough to feel like a getaway.  For a margaritas in Mexico inspired rehearsal dinner, this invite design makes you feel like you are going to a street party in Cabo!

January 7, 2020

Precious Metals

photo by Jessica Claire

There is no doubt that metallics have always been a strong presence in wedding design, but we are seeing a strong demand for using them in paper design as well. Obviously, gold and silver have been popular for a while, and Rose Gold had it’s moment last year…But, right now we are LOVING using copper metallic ink in our work. Metallic copper was used everywhere for this bride, it was stunning paired with naturals like guinea feathers, greenery, leather accents, and wood grain.

photo by Melanie Mauer and Jessica Claire

Simple copper sheets were cut and hand painted with table numbers, which partnered so beautifully with the copper foil menu cards..

photo by Jessica Claire

We aren’t sick of gold yet though… Here, a champagne metallic thick paper is die with the couple’s custom monogram and paired with a pop of coral. So pretty. The champagne metallic ink gave a modern feel to the formal invitations.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For this glam bride, metallic sheets were inscribed with the invitation wording and fashioned in a metallic velvet booklet- with a burnout revealing more gold in the form of a monogram! Super luxe.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

We love how gold partners with black for an old world feel.  This corporate client wanted an art deco feel and the gold definitely glams it up.

photos by Liz Banfield

Of course, you can always mix your metallics… For a New Year’s Eve wedding demanding some sparkle, gold and silver came together to produce this glamorous suite.

December 10, 2019

Winter Wedding Printing

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Seasons change, and so do wedding paper stylings in accordance… Winter is a lovely one and we couldn’t be happier to have more folks taking the plunge this season.  Here are some of our favorite winter wedding styles… This classic invitation suite starts with the thickest of paper letterpressed with hand written calligraphy. Then a velvet embossed ribbon is used for a belly band.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Here, for the same wedding’s save the dates, we embraced the color of the season and went with emerald envelopes written with white ink, such a lovely pop of color to receive in the mail.

A more modern take on the green and white brings in black and geometric patterns.. This would work for a Christmas seasonal wedding, but not so obvious that it borders on kitschy…

photo by Sylvie Gil

For those entertaining at home or at an event, the tablescapes and place settings can also be a place where people show their Holiday style.  If you are going big with the place setting, a more simple hand written menu or place cards can be a nice purposeful touch.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We also like to bring in seasonal elements this time of year.  Birch wood slices caligraphied with guests’ names and a sprig of Rosemary give a chic winter feel to the table, and easy to do at home… Birch slices are available on Jamaligarden.com.  And a metallic paint pen would be a pretty way to write the names… Some other greenery great for this time of year to consider – eucalyptus, pine, cypress, and holly would all be lovely. Design here by Tara Guerard Soiree.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We loved designing this Christmas wedding welcome bag. Tartan plaid koozies and seasonal snacks were a perfect treat for guests coming to Palmetto Bluff for the weekend.

December 10, 2019

Winter Blues

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Since Pantone just released their color of the year, and it’s Classic Blue, we couldn’t be more on board. Clearly, our clients have been requesting blue pretty consistently throughout the years, and across all seasons.  Sometimes people think of blue as mostly a “watercolor” or summerish hue, but we’re here to change your mind. Here are some of our favorite wedding printing pieces that have been used at winter weddings.  Above, Tara Guerard had a client marrying in Watercolor, Florida in January.  An icy shade of blue was the perfect fit nodding to the location, time of year, and the traditional “something blue”.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Nothing says “classic” and timeless than navy blue.. .more so than a Black in our humble opinion. When going a traditional route for the invitation, it offers something a little different for guests.

photo by Theo Milo

It can also be used to set the tone for a fun but also sophisticated look. If this was black and white it would have a completely different feel. We love the pattern requested by this bride, which was inspired by some wallpaper that she fell in love with, and lightens up what could have been a dark and stuffy look.

photos by Sarah Kate photo

Of course, blue is a color that works in ombre, or a “watercolor” look because of the range…

photo by Liz Banfield

Blue offers an almost “royal” look when used and countered in the right way. For a New Year’s day wedding, a darker and lighter blue combo was used throughout with many mixed patterns.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Don’t forget to end the night with one last pop of color and celebration! These custom confetti poppers are so fun in classic blue and white.

November 12, 2019

Ceremony Programs

photos by Jose Villa

Ceremony programs are kind of a case of anything goes… Simple or informative- adding to the design or simply serving the purpose of listing the order of service. They can be booklets, single cards, fan shaped, etc so here are many of our recent ones, that will maybe give you some different ideas. The wedding above featured a custom watercolor illustration of the wedding ceremony venue.

photo by Liz Banfield

This double sided single card was simple yet sophisticated. It did have a touch of design, but stayed the course of traditional ceremony program information.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

A square card on our rich textured and thick paper featured letterpress floral notes.  Something like this framed after the wedding would make a pretty piece of artwork for the couple’s home.

photo by Tec Petaja

This single card program included a letterpressed belly band with a personal note from the couple. This was a great way to include that addition without taking away from the space needed for the order of service and wedding party information.

photo by Liz Banfield

Some of our favorite programs to date are ones that we created custom paper covers for based on a flora/fauna theme that was used throughout the wedding designs.