June 30, 2020

Red, Whites, and Blues

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Happy July 4th! So many ways blues make their entrance into wedding paper designs. Like for this summer rehearsal dinner, that not only had a nautical theme, but embraced the red, white, and blue palette…

photos (clockwise) by Jessica Claire, Theo Milo, Liz Banfield, Corbin Gurkin

photos by Corbin Gurkin

photo by Corbin Gurkin

photo by Liz Banfield

And of course, don’t forget monogramed matches for your sparkler send off….

June 23, 2020

Please Take Your Seat

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

We love to see how the wedding designers we work with get creative with our escort cards and their displays. Cocktail hour can often be an area that is hard to do a lot of decor, so these are ways to add something of interest. Maybe some of ours will inspire yours!  Above, for our Newport, RI wedding full of Francophilia, a French market stand display was set up- we filled printed paper cones with lavender and caligraphied guests names and table numbers on them. A sweet touch for guests to take with them to their table.  These weddings were all designed by Tara Guerard Soiree.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a garden inspired wedding, metal plant tags were handwritten with names and table numbers and planted in moss covered garden boxes.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Sometimes there is an empty space or something you’d like to cover up… For a late summer wedding in Aspen, CO bringing in some softer colors to the darker masculine space was needed. A large chandelier was covered with natural greenery, and die cut floral cards were hung at eye level creating a gorge “floral” centerpiece.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

At a nautical themed rehearsal dinner, flags were pinned to a watercolored painted board just for fun!

photo by Adrienne Page

We had a lot of fun designing details for a wedding of a golf loving couple… their escort cards were embroidered golf towels .. guests were blown away by this detail.

photo by Liz Banfield 

Sometimes something more simple or traditional is more fitting. Thoughtful details can go far in making a lasting impression. For a Georgia wedding, the traditional escort cards were displayed using granite rocks (native to the state). Think about local resources or surroundings that you can bring into the design. A gorgeous floral arrangement and linen finishes the look.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a wedding using varying shades of blue, we found a pretty patterned fabric that we used throughout the wedding decor, and then had our calligrapher using complimentary shades of blue ink for a layered look. Oh, and we used white subway tiles instead of paper just for something fun and unexpected.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

We needed to incorporate animals into the decor for a “party animal” wedding… Animal busts are having a moment so finding affordable ones to use wasn’t too hard- lay out perfectly simple cards on a moss covered shelf and you have a keen little vignette.

June 16, 2020

Guest Book Ideas that Aren’t Books

photo by Adrienne Page

Guest registries are still a popular item that we work on for our clients, but we are seeing more and more requests for something different or interesting.  Here are some of our favorite ideas from recent clients that we hope can inspire some new ideas for you… This bride worked as an interior designer, so she selected several of her favorite coffee table books that guests wrote little notes in, and the couple could have in their home.  We created little signage for the display just to tailor the look.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this couple who loved and collected wine, a special bottle was brought in for guests to sign and save in their home for the right time to enjoy.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For a couple with a Nautical themed wedding, large wooden oars were displayed for guests to sign.  The plan for the oars was to be hung on the walls in the couple’s new home.

photo by Liz Banfield

Different displays of photos and artwork has also become increasingly popular. Couples have guests sign the mat of a photo, or their favorite painting. We had an artist created an oak tree illustration and guests stamped their thumbprints as leaves and signed their names on the back side… The couple married under and oak tree so this was a lovely and different touch.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Finally, here we created cards for guests to sign along with attaching a polaroid picture of them attending the wedding. This is so fun, because the guests can also take a polaroid of them selves with matching cards printed with the names and date of the wedding as a take home!

June 9, 2020

Nautical Nights

photos by Liz Banfield

photo by Corbin Gurkin

As a counterpart to our post on beach wedding printing, we also get lots of requests for nautical styled events also… There are many stylish ways to do “nautical” without being too themey, so we’re sharing today, let us know if we can help you with any upcoming parties! These escort cards were made to look like flags on a “watercolor” board paying homage to the yacht club wedding location for the next day.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

With subtle nods to nautical, reversing the somewhat obvious and printing the white text on navy paper gives an upscale result.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For this yacht club rehearsal dinner, we created a custom illustration that was used to line the envelopes, back the invitations, and also printed on fabric to use as table runners. We also created a logo featuring a crest atop crossing oars with an anchor representing two people joining together and anchoring each other in marriage. And, sweet flag place cards were tied with hemp twine.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Of course no nautical party is complete without the traditional look of stripes. To jazz up passing trays, we created simple red, white, and blue nautical striped papers.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

And for dressing up the dessert plates, we made custom printed “doilies” using a rope and knot striped design.

June 2, 2020

Watercolor Designs

photo by Corbin Gurkin

A new wedding paper trend we see becoming more of a classic tradition is the addition of watercolor illustration.  These add such a custom touch, and make the printing pieces truly something both couples and guests will want to keep! Here, for clients’ save the dates, a watercolor illustration of the bride’s family home (where the wedding would be held) anchors the design.

photo by Liz Banfield

Here, the design, solely revolves around watercolor strokes. Not only in the envelope liner, but we also see a custom crest and design hand illustrated.

photo by Melanie Mauer

Another nod to the wedding venue, a custom drawing of the couple’s farm converted into a painting is surely something they will have forever.

photo by Perry Vaile

For this Palmetto Bluff wedding, a rendering of the chapel was the perfect way to get guests excited for this destination.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For a wedding in the S.C. Lowcountry, the perfect envelope liner featured paintings of the famed Palmetto trees.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This floral pattern was originally watercolored for the earlier printing pieces, but was easily printed/replicated to use throughout the wedding design.

photo by Anne Rhett

For a sweet Southern wedding at home, a rendering of the family home was a lovely liner for the invitation liner.