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September 29th, 2011 by



We have recently been flattered by some of our favorite bloggers.  A special thanks to Oh So Beautiful Paper and Mint for featuring Jeff & Sara’s laser etched wooden invitations.   I particularly love the post because it shows both concepts we had for their invitations during the design process.  With every custom job there are several behind the scene versions that don’t come to fruition.

Michael & Stephanie’s yellow & gray invitations are making a splash!  Thank you to Invitation Crush and to Rustic Wedding Chic for showcasing couple’s great taste and amazing style.

alan & megan’s letterpress invitations

September 27th, 2011 by

Megan and Alan are two talented young architects and it was no surprise that they thoughtfully perfected every detail of their wedding.  They are truly a beautiful couple inside and out and we are so thankful for getting to know them throughout the design process.  Their event was elegant, clean, and beautiful – modern with traditional undertones.  We used a simple palette of black and white with layers of complimentary textures.

After receiving an addressed calligraphy envelope with custom postage the guest will pull out a package wrapped in tulle.   As the tulle is unwrapped a vellum overlay is removed to offer a reveal of Megan and Alan’s names blind pressed with a deep relief into 220lb cotton stock.  A series of pressed bars accentuate the black text to add another layer of texture.  A map of the wedding location illustrates a blind pressed river with the venues located.  The final piece of the set is the rsvp pocket and reply card.  It was important to house the smaller rsvp card and envelope without losing the feel and proportion of the set.

It was pretty brave of them to trust us when we assured them that their names would be legible without ink.  Thanks guys & congratulations!  To see their wedding in action look here and here for one amazing set of engagement photos!


photos 08 + 09 by  Dixie Pixel 

Southern Charm – wedding day

September 22nd, 2011 by

You may remember last week’s post of Casey & Andrew’s invitations.  We had a great time with their invitations and Fourth Year Studio also played a large role in the coordination of their wedding weekend in Charleston and wanted to share just a couple of our favorite photos from the events.  The rehearsal dinner was held at The Palmer House with a low country soiree theme.  Guests wore seersucker and garden party attire while feasting on shrimp & grits, crab cakes, and scallops.

The following day the wedding was held at St Luke’s Chapel with reception at the Old Exchange.  We letterpressed the program cover and tied all the pages together into a booklet with silk ribbon,  By day the Old Exchange is a museum and by night a perfect reception venue. It is located right downtown and has loads of character.  Guests enjoyed a tour of the dungeon during cocktail hour and then danced the evening away.  Casey changed half way through the reception into a short dress that matched the style of her bridesmaids with an amazing hair piece.  We enjoyed having the opportunity to work with such a wonderful couple in one of our favorite cities.  Congratulations to Casey & Andrew!


*Photos courtesy of The Connellys












baby jackson’s announcement

September 20th, 2011 by

The design was kept modern and simple for sweet baby Jackson’s announcements.  The primary challenge was to achieve the practicality of a photo card while keeping the overall format timeless. A blind pressed pattern was used to frame his newborn stats and we hope the layering of cotton paper and photo will serve as an instant keepsake. His photo was stitched on with gray thread and it was all packaged into a kraft envelope.  We just love how the texture of the pattern compliments that of the blanket he is wrapped in, Congratulations John & Jenny on your newest addition!!


*photos by Dixie Pixel 

Braille Notecards

September 15th, 2011 by

While experimenting with the possibilities on our platen press we have become quite fascinated with the ability to print without ink.  The combination of the type of thick cotton paper and the power of the press allows one to press a noticeable design into the paper.   Often this technique is called ‘blind letterpress’. Braille provides the ability to read through texture.  This written communication for those with vision impairments is a truly amazing concept. Through creative abstraction and the help of our press we were able to press the paper to reveal raised dots in the pattern of the corresponding phrases.  ‘oh happy day’ is a pressed phrase but is also printed in Braille.  At first the blind printing is not very visible but upon further investigation the design reveals itself through a visual and tactile sense. This ink-less note card is pressed on 110lb cotton stock with matching envelopes.

Every set of notecards includes 2 of each phrase {hello, xoxoxo, thank you, & oh happy day}  Send mail & help keep the postal service operational  – pick up your own here!

oh happy day

*photos by Dixie Pixel 



Southern Charm Invitations

September 13th, 2011 by

Casey and Andrew met while studying abroad, independently in Spain.  After returning back to the University of Tennessee they continued to date and travel together.  On the Fourth of July, Casey and Andrew tied the knot in Charleston, South Carolina.  It was a true destination wedding that offered a weekend full of fun gatherings for all the out of town guests. Fourth Year Studio provided event design and advice throughout the planning process and was onsite for the weekend as event coordinators.

Of course, the most fun we had was with their invitation design.  It paid tribute to historic Charleston while reflecting the glamour of the bride’s style.  Each event had a spot on the rsvp postcard to indicate which event the guest was planning to attend.  Four – two color letterpress pages were sewn together with a thin cotton fabric cover.  Casey & Andrew’s names were layered on a letterpress live oak image.  The live oak is a traditional low country icon and can be found throughout the city. Gray and coral tones complimented each other nicely and were tied together by the coral thread that held all four pieces together.  The last page was the perforated reply postcard.   Several of their guests loved the invitation so much they declined to tear off and mail back the rsvp but instead called in with their reply.

casey and andrew

*photos by Dixie Pixel