December 8, 2020

Design Collaborations

photo by KT Merry

We love collaborating with some of the best in the biz. Creativity and delivering the best looks for our clients can come from working together. Also, with the custom work that we do, it’s important for everything to not look exactly the same. So, today we wanted to introduce some of our creative partners. Above, for a smaller wedding, Bernard Maisner’s super romantic script creates the invitation, and each envelope is hand addressed. This is truly a treasure for each guest to receive.

photos by Jose Villa

For another romantic scripty look both on invitations and on wedding day materials, Extras by Emily penned the paper. While it’s certainly acceptable to have a different look on the pre wedding papers from the day of, we really like the fluidity this look gives.

photo #1 by Theo Milo, #2 by Jose Villa, #3 and #4 by Corbin Gurkin

Another calligrapher we have used for many years is Claudia Engle. Claudia also designs gorgeous monograms for people. But, as you can see, each calligrapher has their own unique look, and we love making sure we match them to our clients.

Another Lettered Olive friend we can’t get enough of is Hatch Cove Designs. Not only do we have Hatch Cove do some calligraphy for us when needed, but her watercolor images are featured on many of our designs. One of our favorite items we collaborate on, are our watercolor seating charts. Above, an image of the home where the wedding took place with long tables is illustrated. And, since she also offers calligraphy services, the names are handwritten at each spot. This becomes a lovely gift for the couple after the event.

photo by Liz Banfield

We also had a client with a personal relationship with illustrator and designer, Happy Menocal. Known for her whimisical look, and fun color combos, we loved collaborating on this one.

December 1, 2020

Holiday Looks

Photo by Corbin Gurkin

Since, winter weddings, and holiday parties are looking much different this year (if not non existent), we are just happy with lots of pretty inspiration for next year! You can never go wrong with a green and gold color combo. And, we love using an expected pattern. Like the marbleized paper here for example.

Photo by Corbin Gurkin

Velvet just says holidays. Velvet in every color, and in every way you can use it. We embossed a cross on a velvet ribbon to act as a belly band for this December wedding invitation suite.

Photo by Corbin Gurkin

For the same December wedding, a Christmas plaid was the perfect accent in the wedding welcome bags.

Photo by Corbin Gurkin
Photo by Corbin Gurkin

Red is not to be shy’d away from because of it’s boldness. In fact, we think it should be used because of the impact it creates. For a January wedding that fell around Chinese New Year, the Welcome party played on that theme. So many fun details could be included along with the die cut invites.

Photo by Corbin Gurkin
November 24, 2020

Classic Black and White

There is a reason they call black and white designs “classic”. For one, they work with any accent color from green to pink, metallics, to bold colors. Today, we are making our case with some of our favorite recent designs with the two staples as the anchors. Like this save the date featuring an art deco pattern and font feel.

Those black and white save the dates started off the wedding printing suite, which also included a classic monogram, and complimentary patterns. Gold was also incorporated for a grand touch for this winter wedding.

photo by Liz Banfield
photos by Liz Banfield

We love so much how black and white pairs with green. There were so many fun details used in this printing. Different shapes, patterns, paper types, and even pressed foliage in acrylic that was a stunning showpiece for guests.

Black and white even became the color palette for the wedding welcome gifts. Custom bold tags offer a modern approach and of course all of the goodies receive custom packaging to correlate with the rest of the wedding printing.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This wedding was designed to be bold and glam, so the printing had to set that tone for the guests. One of the most unique pieces to this set, was the save the date. An engagement film was loaded onto custom thumb drives, and mailed in custom black boxes with gorgeous caligraphied address bands. Who wouldn’t want to come to that wedding?

For this invitation set we designed for the Nascar organization, black and white and gold was the perfect palette. An art deco event was designed so these pieces featured intricate laser cut patterns, and fun fonts.

photo by Theo Milo

And of course, one of our favorite sets we’ve ever done! The black and white was inspired by the pattern naturally occurring on guinea feathers. Which, were then used as the backing on the invitation. Also, copper metallic ink and seals added a super chic touch.

November 17, 2020

Velvet Crush

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.

photos by Corbin Gurkin

To give guests a hint of the luxe winter feel, save the dates received a solid evergreen backing.

photos by Aaron and Jilian

For a classic elegant winter wedding, black, white, and gold played together nicely. In addition to the monogram backing, we imprinted RSVP on the back on the response card for an added touch.

photos by Aaron and Jilian

Velvet isn’t only for the paper pieces. We found velvet bags to use for the wedding welcome gift, perfect for the winter wonderland wedding above.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Another classic monogram makes a stand out appearance as a backing in golden velvet, giving it a modern feel.

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!

November 10, 2020

Beautiful Boxes

wedding design by Asheville Event Company

Have you ever gotten an invitation in a box and just thought “Wow”… They are certainly are a way to go a little more over the top. Here are a few ways that we have presented some pieces in boxes. Custom made silk covered boxes housed this above and beyond invitation suite… Backed in velvet, letter pressed in rose gold and wrapped in a filigree belly band.

photos by KT Merry; event design by Anna Lucia Events, Monogram by Emily McCarthy

These wooden boxes were used for the welcome gifts… Standard boxes are customized by lining the top with printed monogramed paper and then wrapped with a custom embroidered belly band ribbon.

photo by Corbin Gurkin; wedding design by Tara Guerard Soiree 

Simple white paperboard boxes are given a curated look with our acrylic die cut monogrammed tags backed with their pretty paper design accents…

photo by Melanie Mauer

We branded the exterior of these wooden boxes with a custom drawn image of the wedding and reception venue.

photo by Corbin Gurkin wedding design by Tara Guerard Soiree

These clients had their wedding videographer make an amazing save the date wedding film for them. We found customizable thumb drives to upload the film to, and then attached them to letterpressed and foil printed save the date cards. They were then sent out in custom made boxes… for a truly memorable save the date…no one wanted to miss this wedding!

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Boxes are even fun for food service. For a Chicago wedding, late night deep dish pizzas were a must. So, of course, custom pizza boxes made for the cutest details.

photo by Liz Banfield

One of our favorite uses we have ever seen of boxes were for our clients that wanted to somehow include their two pooches in the wedding day design. For take home cake boxes, we lined boxes with photos of the pups, and printed little tags for the doggie bags…