August 27, 2018

Crushing on Velvet

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

Well, it’s official, Velvet is hot hot hot for fall… We are big fans and have been using it in some of our designs and wanted to share some of the ways we have incorporated it if you are looking for more velvet inspiration. For the formal and classic invitations above (a December wedding), the belly bands are formed from embossing kelly green velvet for a polished finish.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

For the same December wedding, velvet covered menu booklets were displayed on the place settings. Gold tags are etched with guests’ names as the place cards.  We collaborated on these menu booklets with Velvet Raptor.

Many people feel that velvet is reserved strictly for the fall/winter months. But, for a very early Spring wedding, the invitation was backed  in a patterned velvet, and packaged together in a custom mailing box.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

These ultra glam winter wedding invites featured luxe golden paper backed with velvet embossed with a custom monogram.

photo by Liz Banfield

For another early Spring wedding, velvet menu booklets with copper tags in an ombre color palette softened the rustic wooden topped tables. Guests looked as these as keepsakes.

photo by Liz Banfield

So much sparkled about this New Year’s wedding invitation suite. Metallic paper was laser cut in a custom filigree pattern we designed, and came together to create an “inner envelope”.  The invitation cards inside were backed in the matching filigreed pattern in burnout velvet.

photos by Liz Banfield

Menus were thick burnout velvet cards with name plates, but once you flipped the menus over, guests found cards tied to them with hand written notes personally from the bride.  We love seeing the elements of velvet making their place in design elements!

August 22, 2018

Love and Lace

This wedding is a perfect transition from Summer to Fall for us to share today.  Golden lace and metallic paper came together for a perfect pretty package.  The custom lace pattern we created for backing the reception card and envelope was a lovely compliment to the finishing touch of the die cut belly band. The rest of the wedding printing was about personalization and prettiness. All of the photos are by Corbin Gurkin and the wedding design by Tara Guerard.

A totally custom bag welcomed wedding guests for the weekend affair. The couple’s wedding hashtag graced the canvas shopping bag, which was filled with mini champagne splits, a local Candlefish travel candle and custom printed matches, a morning after recovery kit, and of course a letterpress information guide.

Sweet ceremony program booklets were tied with champagne satin ribbon and featured frilly calligraphy as a design element. One budget saving tip if you are sold on having a booklet- just letterpress the cover, and then flat print the inner pages.

Of course, little printed details were sprinkled throughout the wedding design.  Custom printed tray liners for the passed hors d’oeuvres, printed pillows for the reception lounge, and custom cocktail napkins and printed matchbooks graced the bars.

Since this wedding leaned more towards the formal and traditional side of things, the dinner escort cards kept in line with that. Cards with the lace pattern backing were hand lettered and then hung in front of  wall prominent during cocktail hour. They “happily” blew in the wind.

Throwing things back to the design of the wedding invitations, the letterpress dinner menus were wrapped in the lace belly bands and tied with name tags…

One of the focal points for the wedding tent was the calligraphied decal we designed for the dance floor.

And, the last note of the night was our hand glittered girlie getaway sign- it was the best day ever.

August 20, 2018

Guest Bag Goodies

photos by Corbin Gurkin 

Of course it’s not just what the wedding welcome guest bags look like on the outside, but also what’s inside that counts. Most of our clients are considering this a design moment, or one of the first places to personalize their wedding.  We are sharing today ways that we have designed bags for our clients based on season, location, or client personalization. For a fall wedding in rugged Colorado, canvas and leather weekend bags were chosen.  We filled them with a mini ER kit (including Oxygen spray), custom packaged trail mix and mini S’well bottles.

photos by Corbin Gurkin 

For a Southern affair around Christmastime, festive koozies with custom water bottles and snacks were stuffed inside travel dopp kits.

photos by Liz Banfield

For a wedding featuring several versions of pattern play, striped dry bags were perfectly presented with our printed welcome tags. Inside was an ER kit and snacks from the groom’s native Australia, both in custom printed canvas pouches, along with other snacks and paperwork filled with the details of the weekend.

photo by Melanie Mauer

For a Kentucky farm wedding in the fall, guests were gifted Mint Julep candles and feather matchbooks (a nod to the invitation design).  It’s not a wedding in Kentucky without something bourbon related, and of course one of our custom made emergency kits.

photos by Corbin Gurkin 

For this guest bag collaboration, Palmetto Bluff provided fresh biscuits and home made jam, we provided the labels, packaging, and letterpress tags. Guests received these baskets on the morning of the wedding day!

photos by Corbin Gurkin 

We created this custom map illustration for our bride marrying in downtown Charleston. The info cards were a whimsical group of floral motifs perfectly paired together. Of course all of the goodies had their own personal touch.

August 15, 2018

Feathers on the Farm

Out of all of the paper pieces for all of the events we have done, we have to say, this one will definitely go down in our top 5 favorites. There is so much to love here- copper metallic ink AND the guinea feather backing… soooooo pretty. This was designed for a bride marrying her love on their family farm property. She is also the owner of a stylish boutique, Morton James in Lexington, KY, so her taste was impeccable making it so fun to collaborate. Thank you to Melanie Mauer for all of the images.

Since the wedding was to be held on the couple’s property with a vintage barn as the ceremony backdrop and cocktail hour location, we did a watercolor hand illustration of the barn for the save the dates. The save the dates should give guests a feel for how the formal wedding will be, or a nod to the location or season, so that guests can be prepared.


Guests received a party pack after the wedding invitations, containing the rehearsal dinner invitations and the accommodations card.  This party the night before would be a family style rustic BBQ on the farm, so wooden envelopes created a different feel for guests to receive in the mail.

These wedding welcome boxes were something to behold!  We imprinted the barn design on the top of the box, which was stuffed with custom packaged goodies, and items focused on on the Kentucky location.

The seating cards were kept simple but still stunning by hand lettering in copper metallic ink…

Of course details included trays with our custom printed paper liners featuring a tailored and modern monogram. Servers wore aprons featuring the barn emblem embroidered in copper thread, for a unexpected detail.

So much prettiness went into the tabletop details… We had copper sheeting cut and finished off to be the hand painted table numbers. The menus featured metallic copper ink printed on the thickest of card stock.  Then, to finish them off, leather tags were embossed with guests name and tied off with a little hint of the feathers from the invitation backing…

We hope you enjoyed this dreamy fall wedding as much as we did designing it.


August 13, 2018

Seasonal Seating Cards

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Wedding design often considers the season, so why shouldn’t printed pieces? Here are just a few ways we have designed printing elements according to the weather outside. For a glamorous winter wedding in Charleston with a simple black and white theme- clear acrylic cards were etched with the custom monogram, and then calligraphied with guests’ seating assignments. Like little snowflakes falling from the sky.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

We think it’s safe to say that Spring and Flowers go hand in hand. So, a pretty palette of pastels die cut in complimentary floral shapes made for springy seating cards.

photo by Liz Banfield

We love using different or unexpected items for seating cards… Tara Guerard often uses this area as a design moment, as she did here.  Copper garden tags were hand written (by Elizabeth Jones) and “planted” in rye grass garden boxes. Perfect for a wedding with a summer feel.

photo by Melanie Mauer 

Fall inspiration typically brings different materials, textures, and colors. We foil printed this dinner menu with metallic copper ink.  Leather tags imprinted with guests’ names were tied off with twine and a little hint of guinea feather.