October 20, 2020

Christmas Cards

It’s getting to be that time of year again. We just released our Holiday Card catalog for 2020… Lots of lovely letterpress designs for you this year. Here are just a few of our favorites. It’s been quite the year, so let us help ya’ll spread some cheer. Thank you to Gayle Brooker for the photos.

A double sided die cut shape gives a really luxurious look to cards. These clients featured a photo from their recent wedding on the front.

We love the idea of wishing everyone a Covid free do over for next year, so a Happy New Year card may be just the thing you are looking for.

October 13, 2020

Upping Your Bar Ante

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We have been working with clients and planners for years now, and as we have learned, it’s all in the details.  Every little single detail matters, and makes such a difference to clients and guests alike.  One area that we are still seeing tons of requests for new details in is the bar and or cocktail embellishments.  Above, for passed drinks at cocktail hour, trays decked with our custom printed paper tray liners carry drinks with wooden drink stirrers and custom cocktail napkins.  At the very basic level, these are two thoughtful, affordable, and easy pieces for you to order and have.

photo by Gayle Brooker and Liz Banfield

We love these embellishments and want to see more of them used! These are our custom champagne collars…. They work best on the couple style glasses, but we can design them around any type of stem or flute.

photo by Gayle Brooker

For a wedding serving only beer, wine, and a speciality cocktail, the designer really wanted to make sure that there were plenty of design details for the bar. So, we created custom wine labels for all of the bottles being served and relabeled them ourselves…

photo by Liz Banfield

We have also had many clients who have nice wine collections that they like to serve and display, so even just sweet little handwritten tags provide a handy and pretty detail.

photo by Corbin Gurkin and Liz Banfield

Our letterpress coasters have been a huge hit! Ways we have designed them in the past is with the couples name or monogram, or cute sayings or phrases like “Please Dont’ Take My Drink, I’m Dancing”… For one wedding, the groom’s grandmother’s Russian Tea Recipe was served in the reception tent, so we printed the recipe on coasters. So many creative options here!

photo by Gayle Brooker and Liz Banfield

Of course, we are big big big on signage.  So many ways you can do this, but some of our favorites we have done in the past… For a vintage styled wedding, antique mirrors were hand painted with the drink options.   For another wedding, acrylic signs are calligraphied with the menu offerings and hung above the bars.

photos (1,2) by Corbin Gurkin

Another big hit are custom matches… Love the throw back to big service restaurants that offered their printed matches on the bar or Maitre ‘d Stations, but brides are going crazy for this, and we are thrilled to accommodate.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Of course, pretty trays still make a great impact, but here we also embroidered aprons for the servers to wear while passing drinks.  A thoughtful detail that guests loved seeing.

October 6, 2020

Calligraphy Style

When you think of Calligraphy, you think of pretty old fashioned handwriting, right? Who would have known there could be so many styles and fashions of calligraphy. On these envelopes alone, you see everything from a modern “Italic Script” which is done using a felt tip pen, and a pointed pen script, a traditional “Copperplate”, and a flourished copperplate, which are done by using a pen and ink well.  Here are many examples and ways we love calligraphy. Calligraphy above by Claudia Engle.

photo by Sylvie Gil

Here, Page Palmer of Penned by Palmer penned this gorgeous flourishy invite suite for us, featuring a full hand lettered invitation, reply card and envelope and outer envelope.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Claudia Engle also did a full hand lettered invite suite for us, but with a more simple “Rook Script” style and by using an unexpected color this becomes more than just a traditional invitation.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

This is a popular twist on traditional calligraphy, helping brides wanting a bit more modern feel. We combined a serif font with bits of Page Palmer’s romantic and flourishy “Copperplate” lettering for a dramatic invitation that knocked guests’ socks off.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For the uber traditional bride, nothing replaces “English script” black italic calligraphy engraved on smooth white paper… We like to work with Reaves Engraving or Arzberger Stationers when clients want this style. Combined with traditional “Flourished Copperplate” by Elizabeth Jones on the outer envelopes makes for a lovely package in the mail.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

You are probably used to seeing escort cards as one of the most traditionally hand written items at a wedding, but we like to see it in many other places also.

photos by Corbin Gurkin and Liz Banfield

One of our favorite places is in our wedding signage and tags. We love to have pretty calligraphied signage at food stations and for bar signage and menus. Also, we often do simple name tags for bouquets and boutonnieres so that all can be accounted for.

Of course, we also love using calligraphy in areas like place cards and menus, as it makes such a lovely addition to a tabletop design.

photo by Liz Banfield

Of course, we love this simple but classic “Just Married” sign, something like this works in any situation!

September 29, 2020

Pretty Place Cards

photo by KT Merry

Just like menus, or seating cards, place cards and table top details can also have a feel for the season of the wedding. Some of our favorite designs we have created for fall fetes are being shared today. For something different, we embroidered ribbons with each guests’ name, adding a lovely finishing touch to the place setting. Wedding design by Tara Guerard.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For this Italian inspired wedding, vellum paper is wrapped around fresh bread. Each paper is hand lettered with guests’ names. Also, side note, the napkins at the head table were embroidered with a custom monogram. They are cleaned and gifted to the couple after the wedding. Design by Tara Guerard.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Stone coasters are hand painted with guests’ names as a new twist on place cards. And, for another fun design requested by Tara Guerard, menus were hand written and then printed on the napkins.

Like the combination above…With a gold metallic paper menu and white printing, a simple white paper tag with gold ink completed the sophisticated setting. Design by Tara Guerard.

For a fall wedding with lots of natural elements, birch slices were hand painted by Claudia Engel and accented with fresh rosemary sprigs. These definitely went home with guests that evening… These could easily double as sweet Christmas ornaments.

For another tabletop needing a counter balance between feminine and mountain masculine (this was a wedding in Aspen, Colorado), leather bound menu books heavy enough for the fall season sat atop bold florals and pretty china. The leather booklets were imprinted with guests’ names as another take home place card.

September 22, 2020

Fall Printing Inspo

photo by Melanie Mauer

Fall wedding season is officially here!  At least, in the printing world it is.  Mixed materials and mediums still trends. For example, this invitation suite features copper foil ink, printed on a textured paper with guinea feather backing, and vellum paper wraps. Fall is really a time we like to play with texture and hues.

photo by Corbin Gurkin
photo by Melanie Mauer

Wooden paper pieces has long been a popular look in event printing. Fall is also when oyster roasts kick into high gear (here in the South), so using a wood grain theme for an oyster party is pretty perfect for the season. But, we can also use it in smaller ways like with envelopes. Here, for the “southern supper” rehearsal dinner invites are paired with fun and colorful vintage stamps.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Here we can show the flow of the printed pieces by party. The deeper hued evergreen card, letterpressed with a custom illustration of the wedding site, was the save the date. Then, the formal invitation featured a classic formal gold metallic ink, die cut belly wrap, and finally a copper wax seal. Finally, the rehearsal invitation featured wood grain paper backed with a wooden grain pattern.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

Green is easily one of the most versatile hues. And, for fall and even winter weddings it almost becomes a neutral as it balances with everything from beige, to metallics, to even brown and blacks. There is something about receiving a colored envelope in the mail that automatically makes it feel seasonal.

photo by Liz Banfield

The seasonal touches can also be subtle yet impactful. For this twist on tradition, we designed a fall foliage envelope liner .