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










letterpress lovers unite

August 17th, 2011 by

Last weekend we took the scenic drive over to Asheville for the Ladies of Letterpress Conference. It was a great opportunity to be surrounded by fellow printers and designers of all experience levels.  As beginners it is important for us to be able to learn from others and not be afraid to ask questions.  We were inspired by each and every presenter and the quality of work we saw throughout the weekend.  Letterpress is a craft, pure and simple.  It touches all the senses. The ink and solvent have a distinct smell, a running press’s rhythmic chug and whirl sound like what I imagine most production industries did in the 19th century, and the tactility of a letterpress impression is like no other.  You can absorb the design by touch and closing your eyes is a great way to connect to the piece.  Printers now are able to use these obsolete machines in a modern way to create beautiful handcrafted works of art.  It was an honor to meet many of our mentors and make new friends and colleagues.  Emily & I were especially glad to have met Samantha of Hand Deliver Press. In addition to being present for the conference, two of our recently printed invitations were included in the display of work {bicycles & gray/yellow}.  We look forward to similar events in the future and are all geared up to keep on printing!!

letterpress invitation & fan program

August 12th, 2011 by

We went to architecture school with Michael and were thrilled when he and Stephanie got engaged. They are truly the sweetest, quirky couple we know. After Michael had designed their save the dates they thought it would be less stressful to let us help with their invitations. Their ceremony was held at The Lily Barn in East Tennessee. We used a hand drawn sketch of the ground line at the venue. The path outlines their figures, creates a pond, and illustrates the cantilevered barn that the venue is famous for. Abstracted yellow lilies are scattered around them as they stand beside the barn with their small dogs. The accordion fold invite uses the text as a graphic element while overlapping the yellow and gray letterpress layers. A small yellow envelope encloses a vellum map of the wedding and reception site. The 110lb cotton paper was printed, folded, and sealed into a gray envelope with a simple, modern address label. Fourth Year Studio designed and letterpress printed a fan as their program.  It was the perfect way to share ceremony information with the guests at an outdoor summer wedding.  One of Stephanie’s bridesmaids made the wedding cake and used the silhouettes from the invitation as the cake topper – so cute!!  Thank you to the talented Julie Roberts for sharing some photos from the wedding day.  Check out more of their amazing photographs here.




bicycle invitation

August 3rd, 2011 by

Maxi and Seth are bicycle enthusiasts!   They were engaged on a bike ride and rode off in style on a tandem bicycle from their wedding reception in East Tennessee.   You may remember them from their wooden bicycle save the date postcard.  Their afternoon spring outdoor wedding was a sweet laid back event and it was important that the invitations were interactive and playful.   A mailer turned out to be the perfect format.  When unfolded the invite is laid out into three panels.  The top has a blind pressed abstracted bike tread detail with royal blue text.  In the center panel is a small gray envelope that houses a fabric map for the traveling guests.  The bottom is the perforated rsvp postcard.  On the front you indicate the ‘number on your bicycle’.   We were able to pack so much into this one piece without using an exterior envelope or additional postage.  The custom stamps also had a bike graphic to tie it all together.

stitched baby announcement

August 2nd, 2011 by

My sister-in-law, Stacey, thought it would be sweet to have flowers, for a soft natural theme for her baby girl’s announcement. From there we decided a hand-sketched, abstract set of flowers growing from the bottom of the page would be perfect. After a lot of sketching we scanned them in and waited for baby. Once baby Emeline arrived we entered her stats and got her lovely picture to stitch on for family and friends.

{one color letterpress on 110lb cotton stock with stitched photo}

hare thank-you

April 21st, 2011 by

While ordering plates for a job a few weeks back we had a little extra space for something. Excited, I decided to do a little something for myself!

I love my new last name, I mean its nothing too special I guess, but its fun. Most of the time when I leave it for a reservation or tell it to someone new it gets a little confused, but its simple: Haire. I also love that is it the name of a cute little bunny!!! That’s where I got the inspiration for a thank-you. It may be cheesy, but I’m in love with how it printed on the woodgrain paper.

Happy Easter!! It’s the weekend everyone can join me in loving bunnies!

traveler’s save the date

April 6th, 2011 by

We have been fortunate to work with this wonderful couple, Andrew and Casey, who are having a destination wedding in Charleston, South Carolina this July.  Fourth Year Studio is working with them on their invitations as well as event coordination and design for their wedding weekend.  4th of July weekend is going to be such a fun time to gather with their friends and family to share the energy and excitement of the city for their big day.

Their save the dates weave the story of their relationship.  They met while studying abroad in Spain and have been traveling around the world ever since.  It just makes perfect sense that they are traveling to get married in one of their favorite cities.

The postcards were digitally flat printed with a matte finish.  Custom stamps with their silhouettes tie the design together and incorporate the peach tone that is carried through additional wedding details.   Attentive guests will notice the silhouettes next appearance at the reception.   We will be letter press printing their full invitations next week so please check back to see how lovely the entire set will be.


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