September 25, 2018

Pretty Place Cards

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Just like menus, or seating cards, place cards and table top can have a feel for the season of the wedding also. Some of our favorite designs we have created for fall fetes are being shared today.  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.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

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.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this wedding with a mix of chic and rustic, modern and traditional, and warm tones wooden tags painted with metallic ink added depth and interest to this gorgeous tabletop, designed again by Tara Guerard.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

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.

photo by Liz Banfield

A palette of champagne and ivory is so seasonal that it could work for any season!  We designed a custom monogram for this couple, to be used in many areas throughout the wedding design. Even though this was a more intimate wedding, we went ahead with letterpressing a bigger amount of monogrammed tags in a larger size, that could then just be used where ever the need popped up, like here with the place tags.

photo by Melanie Mauer

Finally for this fall fete with a layering of textures and colors, leather tags were emblazoned with guests’ names as place cards and tied to the copper printed menu cards. These were substantial leather tags that guests could take home and use for so many things – luggage tags, etc.

September 18, 2018

Cake Inspiration

photos by Corbin Gurkin

We find in many ways what we create for our clients is often used throughout the wedding design elements.  Several times one of those main areas is in the wedding cake design.  We love what our cake bakers have incorporated from our printed pieces into the cake design. The metallic gold and peach stripes from the invitation backing added depth to the cake with floral separation layers.  Cake by Jim Smeal.

photos by Adrienne Page

For this printed suite, we created a custom monogram that was sprinkled throughout. One place in particular was the focal point on the wedding cake.. Cake by Jim Smeal.

photos by Liz Banfield

Pink and florals was the name of the game for this bride. Our floral pattern was letterpressed into the corners of the invites to look like they were growing.. But, they were also perfect en masse covering the layers of this oversized cake by Jay Qualls.

photos by Liz Banfield

Here another monogram was designed and used as early as the save the dates, and then seen again as floral pieces on the church doors, a large decal, on the dance floor, and here incorporated along with the custom floral pattern onto the cake. Cake by Jim Smeal.

photos by Liz Banfield

Another custom monogram we designed was featured over the entire cake… On some layers in a larger format, while on others in smaller form en masse.

September 11, 2018

Crazy for Collaborations

photo by Liz Banfield

Some of our clients have had their eyes on favorite designs or graphic designers for a while and then also want us to create some pieces for them. We love collaborating… really every time we are collaborating it’s just either with clients, an event designer, or another graphic designer. Her are just a few ways we have made it work in the past.

photos by Liz Banfield

For this wedding in the Hamptons, we collaborated with Happy Menocal. Known for whimsical illustrations, our bride worked with Happy to create save the dates, invitations, and dinner menus with hand drawn icons. we completed the wedding printing with signage, escort cards, and place cards to coordinate with the suite. Calligraphy by Hatch Cove Designs.

photo by Caitlin Ann

This bride worked with Ragan House to create a custom hand lettered crest and design, which we worked off of to create the illustrated map of the wedding location for the wedding welcome bags.

photos by Liz Banfield

One of our favorite collaborations was with Ceci New York. Our bride was planning a very design heavy affair with vintage birdcages, branches, and vibrant colors. So, we started this theme on the save the dates, and Ceci carried it through and beyond on the invitations… Die cut folds and enclosures, and belly bands were just some of the features on this upscale printing.


September 4, 2018

Holiday Printing

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Even though it’s Labor Day, believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about Holiday printing! We love working with past and new clients on creating custom cards.  Letterpress or not, or an addition of a photo, the sky is the limit for designs.

photo by Jessica Claire

Also, we are seeing a rising trend in New Year’s cards… Mostly because people get so busy and then they feel as if cards get lost in the shuffle, but whatever it is it works! And, another thought is announcing a new baby in conjunction with the holidays if it works.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Another thought is to hostess gifts, with so many parties during the season. We have many small yet thoughtful ideas like our custom printed matchbooks (how cool for a hostess to have their own matches or printed cocktail napkins). Our “surcie” tags are also very popular as a gift on their own, or as a finishing touch on your own gift.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

And of course, weddings around the holidays can be very elegant and a note to the season without being so obvious…
We’d love to create something special for you, so reach out!

August 29, 2018

Rich and Rustic

This is a fun fall printing that we are excited to share with you today… It’s a combination of rich deep fall shades accented with pastels making it very on trend. The couple used their wedding hashtag, custom monogram, and their names as part of the printing decor. We even printed the local map on a puzzle to be included in the wedding welcome bags, so fun! The wedding was designed by Tara Guerard, and the photos are by Corbin Gurkin.

For the sweetest of details, calligraphied tags were presented along with the gentlemen’s boutonierres.  Calligraphy by Claudia Hanlin.

For the ceremony programs, thick paper was easily converted into fans for the temperate outdoor ceremony…

There were many cocktail hour details we produced… the speciality drinks had wooden cocktail stirrers with the drinks names printed on them… and of course, our printed paper tray liners.

Also at cocktail hour, Tara Guerard wanted to set up a display featuring a “garden planter box”. We had Claudia hand write guests seating assignments on galvanized garden planters keeping in line with the theme.

The dining tables featured laser cut wooden number cards, along with fresh birch wood slices hand lettered for place cards. Menus were crafted from craft paper adding another layer of texture to the paper suite.

Miscellaneous printing items peppered throughout the party included letterpressed coasters for the lounge, custom matchbooks placed on the bars and cocktail tables, custom water bottles for guests to grab at the ceremony, and custom cocktail napkins and drink stirrers.

One of our wedding design elements, the custom monogram, graced the cake table linen.

Hatchcove Designs created our “beer bar” signage…. Hand painted agate pieces added some color to the rustic tap wall.

The getaway sign was designed to mimic the wedding monogram for a sweet send off.