September 15, 2020

Fall Flora and Fauna

photo by Corbin Gurkin

One of our most requested design motifs are patterns including natural elements. Fruits, plants, animals, reminiscent of vintage French prints or Audubon artwork. We love getting into this and making it wedding friendly. And, in the Fall, there is a whole new world that opens up with colors, textures, and seasonal elements. The above party pack (for a Tara Guerard client) featured a luxe fall palette with some of our favorite fall blooms.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

To feature a floral or fauna pattern in a more sophisticated or subtle way, think about accessories like an envelope liner or stamps. The wedding would have an Italian feel, so olive branches were an unexpected nod to this.

photos by Jose Villa

The paper for this wedding included so many yummy pieces. Wood grain paper, actual cane paper, and hearty fruit, vine, and floral patterns.

photo by Liz Banfield

For a very simple and traditional invitation suite, we created a leafy paper pattern based on a mural at the bride’s favorite NYC spot. It was used later for tray liners, and on fabric to cover a bar.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Another fall feel at a Tara Guerard Soiree wedding. Copper garden tags were “planted” in mini herb pots and displayed as an escort card table. We also designed the custom monogram that was embroidered on the table runner (which will be used in the couple’s new home), as well as the head table napkins… also a gift to the couple after the wedding.

photo by Liz Banfield

From the same wedding above, our floral pattern was also used in a mirror image as the ceremony program cover.

September 1, 2020

Seeing Stripes

photo by Corbin Gurkin

We are making a case for our love of stripes today. They can be soft and sensible or bold and bright. But for someone who is wanting to incorporate some design elements without something too risky, we think you should consider stripes! For the invitation suite above, the stripes were such a nice balance with a more intricate trellis pattern.

photo 2 (Corbin Gurkin), photo 3 (liz Banfield)

Another easy and fun way to use stripes is on your envelope liner. A subtle seersucker liner was perfect for a summer wedding on Martha’s Vineyard. For another party pack suite using many complimentary patterns, we used a calming watercolor stripe. And, for an etched acrylic invite, a bright pop when you opened the envelope was necessary for a bit of depth and dimension.

photo by Sylvie Gil

Here, stripes and an unexpected shape came together for a Hamptons beach wedding.

photo by Ryan Ray

A more modern stripe pattern was used as backing on these place cards. With vellum tags, the pattern helped make the names more visible for guests trying to find their seats.

photo by Liz Banfield

We lucked out finding these bold striped wet bags that we filled with goodies for a destination beach wedding. Are you as into the stripes with us now?

August 4, 2020

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. Zazzle.com is our favorite spots for printing custom stamps. Calligraphy by Elizabeth Jones.

 

 

July 29, 2020

Custom Crests

photo by Jessica Claire

For the classic bride, modern couple, or even nature lover, there is a design element that is the perfect touch for any of them… a custom designed crest. They can include the initials if going the monogram route, or elements that will be seen in the event design, or even a nod to the location.  Something that we’re seeing clients ask more and more of, so we wanted to share some to make a case of considering one.

photo by Liz Banfield

This watercolor monogrammed crest included not only the couple’s initials but elements from the flora and fauna feel that the wedding design was based upon… Different pieces of this crest were incorporated into other aspects of the wedding design from cocktail napkins to water bottles (see below), etc.

photo by Tec Petaja

These clients had a very modern affair planed, so a contrasting color scheme and architectural elements kept with the modern look.

photo by Studio Nouveau

This glam bride incorporated elements of where they live as a couple, where they would be marrying, and where they grew up.  Crests like this can be used for items like thank you notes after the wedding.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For our classic bride with a farmhouse floral feel, just a simple feeling crest with initials fit right in…

July 21, 2020

Welcome To Our Wedding

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Let’s chat packaging and wedding welcome gifts today, you know just for fun, since so many are being changed and looking different these days.

For this Italian inspired wedding we did with Tara Guerard last fall, many custom hand illustrated designs were featured throughout the packaging. The wedding took place at the bride’s family home, so many of the designs were features of the location.

photo by Jose Villa

For this summertime destination wedding in upstate New York, chic picnic lunch bags were the inspiration. Wax canvas bags were filled with local goodies and custom made “trout” cookies- the venue’s name was Troutbeck. A sweet floral pattern from the wedding design was paired down to work on the weekend information booklet.

photo by Anne Rhett Photography

For this fun getaway wedding in Montego Bay, Jamaica, bright colors, playful patterns, and thoughtful items were used.  An illustrated map of the resort featured all of the locations that parties would take place, and lots of the signature patterns and architecture of the property were used in the design. We even made attire tags for each event. Guests could hang the corresponding tag to the outfit for the party while unpacking, making getting dressed a snap!

photo by Corbin Gurkin

For this formal and fancy Charleston affair, the couple’s custom crest the wedding welcome booklet. Each item was packaged and customized to the couples’ color palette and details. And a custom illustration of some of the downtown landmarks (including the ceremony church) were featured on the cover of the save the date.

photo by Sylvie Gil

All the perfect items for a summertime Hamptons beach wedding were repackaged using the couple’s look.  Turkish towels, water bottles, and snacks were perfect for a beach day in the cutest woven beach bags. Local and delicious Wolffer Estate rose was gifted for guests to enjoy at the hotel, or take home.

photos by Liz Banfield

This fun and bold Charleston party featured custom local chocolate bars, a locally made custom candle and printed matches, locally made cheese biscuits, and all sorts of branded details for guests to enjoy.