April 15, 2019

Die Cut Designs

photo by Liz Banfield

Die cuts are a huge element of design that we are both big fans of and get many requests for, so we thought it appropriate to share some of our favorites today.  The wedding suite above used die cut edges on both the invitation itself and the reply cards.  For a next level element, we also included a laser cut belly band to keep the set in place.

photo by Theo Milo 

This client was having a gorgeous luxury affair with butterfly accents at the Breakers in Palm Beach, so we spared no detail when it came to her invitation suite.  The booklet style featured a gate scroll enclosure with matching pockets to hold the reception and reply cards.  And, for the final touch a die cut butterfly was a pretty final touch.

photo by Liz Banfield

For a feminine New Year’s wedding in Arkansas, we did our own take on a quatrafoil design. And the invitation had a softened edging making it not quite an oval, circle, or rectangle.

photos by Liz Banfield

The wedding invitations for our elegant Charleston wedding, had scalloped edging letterpressed with a pattern to mimic the bride’s lace pattern on her gown.  And with chandeliers as a main decor element, we created die cut chandelier escort cards calligraphied with guests’ names and table numbers and hung from chandeliers at cocktail hour.

photos by Squire Fox

For this wedding, upon request, we made a batch of frilled die cut cards that we could have our calligrapher write anything needed on- escort cards, place cards, signage, etc.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

“Save the Weekend” cards had graciously shaped edges outlined in a pattern matching what would be used in the wedding design.   A grand die cut invitation outlined in gold and emblazoned with the couple’s monogram was a perfect follow up.

photos by Liz Banfield

This set had opposing die cut edges that were edge painted in gold… Each was also backed in complimentary patterns to be seen again.

 

 

April 9, 2019

Italian Amore

We are so excited to share this simple but lovely Italian paper suite we did for clients marrying in Ravello, Italy. If only we could have been on site to do all of the last minute signage, etc. Here, Page Palmer (Penned by Palmer) provided perfectly romantic and flourished calligraphy for our elegant letterpress invitations, and stamps featured paintings from an artist in Ravello. Thank you to Sylvie Gil for all of the lovely images.

The wedding welcome information booklets featured an illustrated map of the town, a sketching of the ancient architecture of where the wedding will take place, and a custom monogram we created for the couple.

For the ceremony programs, a sweet backing in a vintage floral design done by a family friend was integrated to give a pretty yet formal feel to the traditional cards.

Sweet signage and details were seen throughout the reception in the signage, and in the details like the monogrammed cocktail napkins and matchbooks displayed at the bar.

With the gorgeous florentine style table top, simple handwritten  menus with an olive branch motif and names were peeking out of the napkins and made for lovely take homes.

 

March 26, 2019

Pastel Palettes

photo by Sylvie Gil

We don’t know if it’s Spring Fever but pastel palettes have all of our attention right now…  We pulled several of our favorites to show you, and to see how perfect we think they are for weddings! A simple suite for a tropical affair in Hawaii used a simple pale peachy pink for the formal invite and a fun pop of color came in the way of a whimsical illustration nodding to the location (illustration by Janelle Riolo)…Wedding design by Morgan Events.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

An unexpected combination of pale yellows, golds, and peaches works together in an array of differing patterns… A lovely die cut belly band that holds them all together.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Pale green and grey give a formal and lovely look to the wedding printing here… We really loved how this combination ended up working together. The pastes notes come in the way of a floral pattern we designed that would be used on the stamps and in other wedding printing areas.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

A wedding in Colorado at a venue with rustic notes received the feminine touch by way of a pastel printing palette… Save the dates were in a pale lilac and sky blue complete with snow capped mountains.

photo by Sylvie Gil

A pastel watercolor illustration and a simple pale blue card were all that was needed for this wedding in Ravello, Italy.  We especially love when a mixture of pastels comes together creating an ensemble.

photo by Liz Banfield

Here, a pale grey takes centerstage with just a note of bridal pink… Lovely!

March 19, 2019

Pattern Play

Designing papers with some kind of patterns offers us a nice break from the straight and traditional. Sometimes we have clients like find a wallpaper, or fabric, or even a painting that they want us to use as inspiration, while others are wide open to our offerings. A backing is a great place for someone who may be ready to branch out and still likes the idea of tradition… you know, kind of like business in the front, party in the back!!!!

For this wedding invitation suite, a spring time cherry blossom pattern was prominent on the invitation itself, but a one color complimentary version also worked well as the envelope liner.

photo by Aaron and Jillian and Theo Milo

Our bride brought us the yellow wallpaper on the right as her inspiration that would be used throughout the wedding design.  So to keep in line with the design vibe an element of the paper was used to pattern the back, and a reworked version was created as the envelope liner.

For a wedding in Palm Beach, Florida, coastal tiles were the inspiration for the varying patterns backing the wedding weekend information packet. Placed together they gave a pretty display for guests.

photo by Liz Banfield 

We created a repeating botanical print that was used to bind the wedding programs and printed as paper tray liners for the cocktail hour.

photo by Liz Banfield

For this same wedding’s information packet, several patterns were created around a watercolor monogram crest we designed or taken from the botanical print, then decomposed to use on many different pieces, like the party pack and rehearsal dinner invites.

March 12, 2019

Precious Metals

Another of 2019’s biggest trends in paper design and printing is the use of metal in multiple forms.  It’s not the first thing that comes to mind, but the results can be amazing, so we’re here to show you why you should consider it. Above, we have printed invitations, dinner menus, program covers, and place card tags all using different shades and styles of metal papers.  Photos by Theo Milo.

We did soften a bit of the metal menu/place card combo, by using traditional paper printed with the menu details.

If you aren’t ready to go full heavy metal yet, metallic paper with printing is also a way to go metallic.

One of our favorite ways to use metal lately is with the resurgence of mirror elements.  Etching on mirrored shapes have made some very pretty and unexpected pieces lately. We also love the thought of acrylic coming back into vogue.

Variations of metallic inks and paper accents are also subtle ways to incorporate metal into your designs.  There are so many shades that work with any style or color palette- Copper is the new Rose Gold, and Platinum and Gold aren’t going anywhere.  We have even done some lovely designs with pearlized whites when printing on darker papers.