June 27, 2018

Pretty in Pink

This simply Southern wedding was the perfect marriage between girlie and for the boys… Feminine frills were first noted on the save the dates with the oval die cut shape and full calligraphy letterpress writing.  We thought since they would be celebrating on a large property in South Carolina full of ancient oaks, that an oak tree icon on the envelope liner would just be perfect. All photos by Adrienne Page.

The letterpress invite suite went more to the traditional side but with lots of over the top touches. Die cut edges and borders, calligraphied names blended with a serif font, a belly band with custom monogram and hints of pink throughout.

Canvas travel shoe bags from Twelve NYC are awesome guest bags, because guests actually want to take them home and reuse them.  Letterpress tags with the weekend information doubled as Do Not Disturb tags for the morning after at the guests’ hotels.

The ceremony aisle runner softened the church’s dark wood floors and was a great decor moment for the custom wedding monogram we designed.

Sweet and simple ceremony programs set the tone for the day…

Since the couple were big fans of golf (and owned a couple of golf clubs), touches of golf were incorporated throughout the wedding design and mostly in the printed areas. Embroidered take home golf towels with calligraphied tags became escort cards for dinner.

We used simple wooden shapes with hand lettering as signage throughout… It’s just a hint of thoughtfulness that we can weave for our clients.

Menus were a note back to the save the dates with the oversized and offset caligraphied names, but updated with the textured fabric belly bands. Oval tags as place cards were a great way to also incorporate the femininity of the earlier printed pieces.

For the final “golf” touch, table numbers were designed to resemble flags seen on the holes at golf courses. So fun, right?

June 25, 2018

Punchy Palettes

Maybe it’s the Summer Solstice but we are loving the feel of all of these sunset palettes. The letterpress suite above combines two brighter punchy hues that work well together and don’t appear “circusy”.

Here, coral paper provides a bright backdrop as fresh white ink lightens the load and provides an airy touch. Sometimes when going with bright paper, finding easy ways to tone it down make the most sense… Whereas, above, two bright colors are anchored by the white paper.

Punchy can be sophisticated also… For a wedding where the design of the event itself was full of shades of sunset, the paper pieces were a subtle nod… Metallic ink blends with a pop of pink in a monogram, and it melds together for a warm and elegant combination.

When picking a poppy color, using it in graduated tones makes for a nice look.

photos by Liz Banfield

Coral paired with natural tones like seagrass, jute, butcher paper, and twine  offer an unexpected elegance and dress it up a touch.

photo by Leigh Webber 

We also like to pair it with other brights when the event allows for it… Turquoise, pink, and punch were a happy blend for a client’s 70th birthday party.

June 20, 2018

Green Day

This pretty mix of green and peach was born out of the bride’s desire to have a “green” wedding in many aspects of the word.  The bride and groom met doing a tour in the Peace Corps in Africa, so a natural element especially in the leafy pattern was a must. A die cut butterfly belly band brought in a playful piece, but the outer envelope’s design still presented as traditional and elegant. All photos by Liz Banfield.

Canvas garden totes were filled with custom packaged goodies and information welcomed guests. These also made for useful totes for exploring Charleston and something guests definitely wanted to take home.

Ceremony accoutrements included programs die cut in a fan shape and tied with satin ribbon, making them easy to spread and open for an outdoor ceremony. Guests also had rose petal pouches to toss at the couple, noted with tags featuring one of the couple’s favorite proverbs.

The escort cards were printed using patterns from fabrics the couple collected while in Africa.  Tara Guerard, the wedding designer, created wooden pieces to display them on a moss covered table.

Simple calligraphy was all that was needed to create lovely signage throughout the event.

Menu cards were laid out with a more modern look, and accented with hand painted leafy stems acting as the place cards.

The bar was seen as a place for a design moment… The same leafy pattern we designed to line the invitation envelopes was printed on fabric used to cover the fronts of the reception bars. Custom printed cocktail napkins were displayed throughout.

The couple departed their party in a vintage hunter green convertible with our art deco just married sign- how perfect to match their palette!

June 18, 2018

Monday Blues

Photo by Sara Kate

Blue may not always be the most obvious wedding color, but we sure have seen some pretty use of it.  Afterall, the color symbolizes loyalty, strength, wisdom, and trust.  Above, ombre and marbelized blues come together in a modern manifestation for this letterpress suite.

photo by Liz Banfield

Blues come together as a whimsical accent for a poppy palette. A custom pattern designed to bring water to mind accents the flora/fauna custom monogram.

photo by Adrienne Page

For a bride marrying on Martha’s Vineyard- hydrangeas were the color inspirtation. And, a pattern favored by interior designers (the bride’s field of work) was paired with a seersucker stripe, a staple of the area’s seashore.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

A powerful mix of patterns, shapes, shades, and accents came together in this intricate package. Each different invitation came together with a nod to the overall look.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

White the dominate look in this invite suite is a traditional black and white, blue leaves its mark as a sophisticated accent.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Being close to the water here in Charleston, we see a lot of waterside events- especially rehearsal dinners. Navy and white is the quintessential color combination for nautical nights, and we liked seeing the white printed on the dark blue vs the more obvious seen reverse.

June 13, 2018

Silver Stunner

This pretty printing suite we’re bringing to you today for our wedding Wednesday post was about feminine elegance. The wedding palette of silver and teal worked so well together, and was actually surprisingly neutral. A custom filligree pattern was the main design element and was complimented with a more intricate lace design. We really loved how the reply envelope looked with the lace borders around the address. All photos by Liz Banfield.

Keeping a bit of tradition with the serif fonts, a few pieces written in calligraphy added a pretty touch. The replay cards also required guests to pen a response instead of simply checking a box.  Calligraphy by Elizabeth Jones.

Elegant hand lettered tags noted who should receive each boutonniere and bouquet, a nice touch that designer, Tara Guerard has us provide for her clients.

Guests were welcomed with a customized Charleston related bag.  A canvas Map Tote was assembled with custom labeled waters, printed match box, a Rewind candle (started here in Charleston), and the guest booklet with all of the important weekend details.

To pep up a standard sparkler send off, we created custom matchbooks that were passed out along with the sparklers.

Since, the wedding ceremony took place outdoors, a single double sided card on thick card stock was used for the ceremony programs, which could also double as a fan if needed.

Since silver was a part of the color palette, we wanted to do something different and fun for the dinner escort cards. We cut mirrors in small rounds and had the names and tables hand painted on them, and then “planted” them in metal garden pots.

We love having a client willing to let us do something new and have fun.  These dinner menu/place card combos were placed in a metal box, which opened to reveal a square letterpress menu.

Jim Smeal made mini cakes which were set up on a custom wooden tiered display as a focal point in the tent. So for a pop of color we made printed paper doilies that held the cakes in place…