August 13, 2019

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We often talk a lot about the pretty package on the inside of a wedding or special event mailing… or even the color and calligraphy on the outside, but stamps are also an important piece of the pretty puzzle.  So, we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to use stamps and where to get them. Sometimes  you get lucky and the post office has pretty options available , or sometimes you have to source them- we’ll share some of our favorite spots with you. Calligraphy above by Claudia Engle.

photo by Corbin Gurbin

We have really loved the iconic tributes that the USPS has been doing lately.. like the Audrey Hepburn stamps, or recently Oscar de la Renta was featured…

photo by Liz Banfield

Sometimes there are ways to utilize stamps to add a personal touch. This wedding had a flora/fauna theme throughout the design, and the post office happen to have a series of fern frond stamps.. Paired together they were a perfect fit for the outer envelope. And, since the bride was originally from Memphis, we sourced stamps featuring Elvis for the reply envelopes. Calligraphy by Claudia Engle 

photo by Corbin Gurkin

This wedding was taking place at historic yacht club, so finding vintage stamps featuring ships was such a score. Oh, and green was one of the main colors in the wedding palette, so perfect, right?  Envelope Calligraphy by Elizabeth Jones; Invitations engraved by Reaves Engraving

photo by Jessica Claire

For a bride having a fall wedding in Kentucky, finding a eclectic mix of color and composition was a challenge that paid off. We find that Etsy usually has a great selection of vintage stamps. Calligraphy by Claudia Engle

photo by Liz Banfield

Of course, for some clients custom stamps are the way to go. We often use a monogram or emblem we have designed for these. is our favorite spots for printing custom stamps. Calligraphy by Elizabeth Jones.



August 6, 2019

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 Nashan

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 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…

July 30, 2019

Calligraphy Style

photo by Jessica Claire 

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 Adrienne Page

Elizabeth Jones’ naturally pretty calligraphy was the only “design” needed for this simple save the date.

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 boutonierres 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!

July 23, 2019

Pretty Place Settings

photo by Corbin Gurkin

There are so many ways we are designing and creating wedding menus and place cards based on how the clients or wedding designers envision the tablescapes. This client’s custom gold monogram/emblem anchored the top of the parchment printed menus. Not wanting to cover up the pop of color and design the plates provided, the menus were wrapped around the silverware and tied off with handwritten place cards.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Kraft paper menu cards were topped off with hand painted birch wood slices (used as place cards) and dotted with a sprig of fresh rosemary for a perfectly precious fall set up.

photo by A Bryan Photo

The groom for this wedding was French, so there were many francophile elements woven throughout… a sweet and simple tabletop with an upscale composed flea market feel included a simple menu booklet and place card combination…

photos by Ryan Ray

One of our most recent favorites included etched acrylic menu cards, with an ombre hand painted background (making the wording much easier to read on the clear material).  The place cards were a play on the clear look with vellum tags and a patterned paper backing.

photo by Velvet Raptor

Super chic mini menu booklets included the evening’s menu, wine selections and descriptions, and a personal note from the bride and groom. The front covers were hand written with guests’ names acting as place cards.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For this elegant Southern tabletop, ultra thick paper was letterpressed with the calligraphied menu selections.  These also included a letterpress background pattern…

July 16, 2019

Into the Blue

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.