April 23, 2018

Headed to the Beach?

With summer right around the corner, we immediately start thinking of destination weddings, namely beach weddings!  We wanted to share many of the ways we have designed seaside save the dates, invitations, or accessories for beachy weddings.  The above save the date doesn’t feature obvious seaside touches, but a nod to a sandy beach in the coloring, and a natural seagrass string ties a note to guests.

photo by Captured by Kate

For this seaside affair, a simple shell motif is paired with a flourishy touch to add some formality to it.  The palette features a sand and water vibe. For the menu, we switched up the shell motif for the dinner menus and used a sand dollar illustration.

photo by Jessica Claire 

Not all beachside fetes have to include “shells”… A save the date for a wedding in Santa Barbara, CA features a watercolor illustration of palm trees and coastline.

photo by Sylvie Gil 

Just making mention of a known beach location like Hawaii, can be the right design for a beachside wedding. Here, a vintage style illustration of surfers makes the printing perfectly on point.

photo by Liz Banfield

photos by Liz Banfield

The ocean notes continue throughout the rest of the wedding printing here… The dinner escort cards featured a mix of actual shells attached and displayed in bed of sand. Dinner menus are simple so that the real sanddollars are the stars, and for take home cake boxes, starfish faintly appear in the background.

photos by Stephen Karlisch

For another Sea Island, GA wedding, guests received embroidered beach totes with a sand dollar design… Inside were take home beach towels also embroidered!  And, cocktail hour drinks were adorned with stir sticks with tiny shells.

April 18, 2018

Navy Nuptials

We are thrilled to have you join us today for our Navy and White preppy paper. This wedding mostly focused on traditional elements but definitely had playful and updated notes as well. All photos by Corbin Gurkin 

While the overall feel to the invitation suite was formal and traditional, the blue ink gives it an unexpected twist. The reception card featured a very faint background illustration of the reception venue (you’ll see more of this later), and of course a custom wedding monogram shines on the stamp. Calligraphy by Claudia Engle and Elizabeth Jones.

A beyond amazing welcome gift box featured custom printed awning striped boxes filled with everything from champagne splits and custom water bottles, to printed t shirts, a “recovery” kit with custom details, treats, and all of the pertinent weekend information.

Speaking of a custom wedding monogram…. So many pretty places designer, Tara Guerard found to use it. Embroidered ribbon for wrapping the bouquets (and the striped, no less!); then we made a flag that was positioned on the gates of the reception venue as a nod to the historical buildings in downtown Charleston. Since this wedding was a cocktail party style vs. a seated dinner, there was lots of room to dress up the food stations and bars with custom printed matchbooks and embroidered table runners.

Pillows printed with our reception venue illustration found a pretty home on the lounge seating throughout.

Of course with a cocktail reception, we have to make the food presentation personal also.  The personalized napkins featured their names calligraphied and all of the different patterns used throughout the wedding papers were used to present the tailored party foods.

Loved the idea of having guests sign oars that the couple could hang up in their home in lieu of a traditional guest booklet.

The late night food shone through as well with personalized printed items… Mini cronuts rested in the iced coffees with imprinted wooden stir sticks… We embroidered table runners as an alternative to printed signage.

As the couple departed not only did the guests have custom confetti poppers, but we made mini “just married” flags for them to wave… The couple also took the monogramed venue flag with them which ended up as the perfect Just Married sign for them.

April 16, 2018

Precious Metals

photo by Jessica Claire

There is no doubt that metallics have always been a strong presence in wedding design, but we are seeing a strong demand for using them in paper design as well. Obviously, gold and silver have been popular for a while, and Rose Gold had it’s moment last year…But, right now we are LOVING using copper metallic ink in our work. Metallic copper was used everywhere for this bride, it was stunning paired with naturals like guinea feathers, greenery, leather accents, and wood grain.

photo by Melanie Mauer and Jessica Claire

Simple copper sheets were cut and hand painted with table numbers, which partnered so beautifully with the copper foil menu cards..

photo by Jessica Claire

We aren’t sick of gold yet though… Here, a champagne metallic thick paper is die with the couple’s custom monogram and paired with a pop of coral. So pretty. The champagne metallic ink gave a modern feel to the formal invitations.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

For this glam bride, metallic sheets were inscribed with the invitation wording and fashioned in a metallic velvet booklet- with a burnout revealing more gold in the form of a monogram! Super luxe.

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

We love how gold partners with black for an old world feel.  This corporate client wanted an art deco feel and the gold definitely glams it up.

photos by Liz Banfield

Of course, you can always mix your metallics… For a New Year’s Eve wedding demanding some sparkle, gold and silver came together to produce this glamorous suite.

April 11, 2018

Monogramed Marriage

Today’s wedding Wednesday includes some modern takes on tradition, but overall stays with classic design elements like lots of calligraphy, a custom monogram, and a pretty lace pattern. A couple of our favorite elements from the invitation suite included the monogramed emboldened belly band and the reply envelope featuring a letterpressed pattern and a hint of the flourishy calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones… All images courtesy of Liz Banfield.  Wedding design by Tara Guerard Soiree.

The save the date featured a metallic fold out with a letterpressed letter from the couple inviting guests to their wedding weekend.  Simple and sweet but worked elegantly with the invitations that followed.

Wedding guests were welcomed with canvas totes in the wedding colors filled with lots of snacks and goodies custom packaged and special to the couple.  Originally from the NJ and NY area, black and white cookies had to be included but were balanced with Charleston treats as well. And, being that their first date was to see Jersey Boys on Broadway, the soundtrack was given to everyone as well.

We created monograms to use on the ribbons of all of the bouquets… The wedding one was used for the bride’s flowers, and each bridesmaid received a custom one as well. Then, we switched it up a little for the “Mother of the Bride and Groom”.









Pre ceremony, guests were served coupes of champagne… We designed tray liners and matching drink collars to dress them up for the occasion.  This also allowed us to do something a little different for the ceremony programs…

We printed ceremony programs on the thick linen like paper napkins… It may seem a little different, but since the bride didn’t want anyone passing out traditional programs, this became a nice decor element and solution to a problem.

The bride knew she wanted chandeliers incorporated into her wedding design and luckily the historic venue had any of them.. But, we made die cut chandelier cards that were used in many different places. Mainly as the escort cards for dinner (which were hung from actual chandeliers), as tags used throughout for signage, and for the send off. Sparklers were secured to the tags along with monogrammed matchbooks.

The custom wedding monogram was also dominated in the design and was used throughout.  The ceremony featured a monogramed aisle runner. A big statement piece of the dinner tent was a smaller dance floor with a mongorammed decal, where the couple would do their first dance, along with the special embroidered chair covers for the bride and groom. And, it was even used in the cake design by Jim Smeal.

A way we found to bring back a subtle nod to the invitations was in the menus at dinner.  Belly bands out of the metallic paper, hand written with guests’ names, were wrapped around letterpressed menu cards. The menu cards also featured the lace pattern that was featured on the earlier papers.

Of course there were little details throughout- stickers, embroidered pillows in the lounge, printed patterned fabric used throughout… seen here are the late night fries passed out to the dancing guests.

We surprised our bride with her getaway/Just Married signage.  It was a tradition in their family for everyone to have vanity plates, the bride’s read MrsCapi2Be. So we took the shortened version of the last name and came up with a funny little take on it for their going away car.

April 9, 2018

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!