September 18, 2018

Cake Inspiration

photos by Corbin Gurkin

We find in many ways what we create for our clients is often used throughout the wedding design elements.  Several times one of those main areas is in the wedding cake design.  We love what our cake bakers have incorporated from our printed pieces into the cake design. The metallic gold and peach stripes from the invitation backing added depth to the cake with floral separation layers.  Cake by Jim Smeal.

photos by Adrienne Page

For this printed suite, we created a custom monogram that was sprinkled throughout. One place in particular was the focal point on the wedding cake.. Cake by Jim Smeal.

photos by Liz Banfield

Pink and florals was the name of the game for this bride. Our floral pattern was letterpressed into the corners of the invites to look like they were growing.. But, they were also perfect en masse covering the layers of this oversized cake by Jay Qualls.

photos by Liz Banfield

Here another monogram was designed and used as early as the save the dates, and then seen again as floral pieces on the church doors, a large decal, on the dance floor, and here incorporated along with the custom floral pattern onto the cake. Cake by Jim Smeal.

photos by Liz Banfield

Another custom monogram we designed was featured over the entire cake… On some layers in a larger format, while on others in smaller form en masse.

September 11, 2018

Crazy for Collaborations

photo by Liz Banfield

Some of our clients have had their eyes on favorite designs or graphic designers for a while and then also want us to create some pieces for them. We love collaborating… really every time we are collaborating it’s just either with clients, an event designer, or another graphic designer. Her are just a few ways we have made it work in the past.

photos by Liz Banfield

For this wedding in the Hamptons, we collaborated with Happy Menocal. Known for whimsical illustrations, our bride worked with Happy to create save the dates, invitations, and dinner menus with hand drawn icons. we completed the wedding printing with signage, escort cards, and place cards to coordinate with the suite. Calligraphy by Hatch Cove Designs.

photo by Caitlin Ann

This bride worked with Ragan House to create a custom hand lettered crest and design, which we worked off of to create the illustrated map of the wedding location for the wedding welcome bags.

photos by Liz Banfield

One of our favorite collaborations was with Ceci New York. Our bride was planning a very design heavy affair with vintage birdcages, branches, and vibrant colors. So, we started this theme on the save the dates, and Ceci carried it through and beyond on the invitations… Die cut folds and enclosures, and belly bands were just some of the features on this upscale printing.


September 4, 2018

Holiday Printing

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Even though it’s Labor Day, believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about Holiday printing! We love working with past and new clients on creating custom cards.  Letterpress or not, or an addition of a photo, the sky is the limit for designs.

photo by Jessica Claire

Also, we are seeing a rising trend in New Year’s cards… Mostly because people get so busy and then they feel as if cards get lost in the shuffle, but whatever it is it works! And, another thought is announcing a new baby in conjunction with the holidays if it works.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

photo by Corbin Gurkin

Another thought is to hostess gifts, with so many parties during the season. We have many small yet thoughtful ideas like our custom printed matchbooks (how cool for a hostess to have their own matches or printed cocktail napkins). Our “surcie” tags are also very popular as a gift on their own, or as a finishing touch on your own gift.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

And of course, weddings around the holidays can be very elegant and a note to the season without being so obvious…
We’d love to create something special for you, so reach out!

August 29, 2018

Rich and Rustic

This is a fun fall printing that we are excited to share with you today… It’s a combination of rich deep fall shades accented with pastels making it very on trend. The couple used their wedding hashtag, custom monogram, and their names as part of the printing decor. We even printed the local map on a puzzle to be included in the wedding welcome bags, so fun! The wedding was designed by Tara Guerard, and the photos are by Corbin Gurkin.

For the sweetest of details, calligraphied tags were presented along with the gentlemen’s boutonierres.  Calligraphy by Claudia Hanlin.

For the ceremony programs, thick paper was easily converted into fans for the temperate outdoor ceremony…

There were many cocktail hour details we produced… the speciality drinks had wooden cocktail stirrers with the drinks names printed on them… and of course, our printed paper tray liners.

Also at cocktail hour, Tara Guerard wanted to set up a display featuring a “garden planter box”. We had Claudia hand write guests seating assignments on galvanized garden planters keeping in line with the theme.

The dining tables featured laser cut wooden number cards, along with fresh birch wood slices hand lettered for place cards. Menus were crafted from craft paper adding another layer of texture to the paper suite.

Miscellaneous printing items peppered throughout the party included letterpressed coasters for the lounge, custom matchbooks placed on the bars and cocktail tables, custom water bottles for guests to grab at the ceremony, and custom cocktail napkins and drink stirrers.

One of our wedding design elements, the custom monogram, graced the cake table linen.

Hatchcove Designs created our “beer bar” signage…. Hand painted agate pieces added some color to the rustic tap wall.

The getaway sign was designed to mimic the wedding monogram for a sweet send off.

August 27, 2018

Crushing on Velvet

photo by Corbin Gurkin 

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.

Many people feel that velvet is reserved strictly for the fall/winter months. But, for a very early Spring wedding, the invitation was backed  in a patterned velvet, and packaged together in a custom mailing box.

photo by Corbin Gurkin

These ultra glam winter wedding invites featured luxe golden paper backed with velvet embossed with a custom monogram.

photo by Liz Banfield

For another early Spring wedding, velvet menu booklets with copper tags in an ombre color palette softened the rustic wooden topped tables. Guests looked as these as keepsakes.

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!