When planning Peter’s surprise party I knew I wanted to send out physical invitations. It was important to me for the event to be a surprise and I couldn’t risk e-vites, emails, or texting ruining it. TOP SECRET was letterpress in silver on a black cover. Inside a thick 220lb fluorescent white card was blind printed with a deep impression. It was mailed in a bright yellow envelope. It set the tone perfectly. The best part – the party was actually a surprise!! Happy 30th to my dear husband, Peter!
Eric and Amy were married mountain top in Keystone, Colorado in July. Their invitations were elegant and a bit rustic. The front of the main invitation was blind printed with a hand-drawn design to accent the silver and gold text. We used the same hand-drawn design printed in gold on the back. Gold edge printing and a coral ribbon finished up the set.
Photography | Julie Roberts
It was a rainy day in July at the beautiful Pleasant Hill Vineyard in Maryville, Tennessee. Julie Roberts and a team of fabulous vendors worked together to create a lush, lovely set for this pretty photo shoot. The invitations were printed on thick kraft and connected together to create a three panel set. A frayed strip of fabric wrapped the invitation and held a sprig of dried rosemary in place. We used a fabric wine bottle wrap as the menu, this way just a couple could be used per table. As place-cards each guest’s name was on a fabric band that was tied around a peach. This added texture and color to each place setting.
Photography | Julie Roberts
Shoot Design | Jennifer Laraia
Our first conversation with Adrienne was over a cocktail while imagery of a glamorous ceremony and sparkly reception, like something from the Great Gatsby, filled our heads. Her fondness of the Art Deco era style served as the spring board for our design. We worked with a local printer to print gold foil on 220lb cotton paper. We could not be more thrilled with the way the gold turned out!!! We print all of our letterpress work in house but it was fun to outsource this part of the job and watch the masters at Widby Printing print the gold foil. A roll of metallic foil runs through the press and leaves the design’s inverse behind. Well, it was just too beautiful to throw away so I kept it – as seen in the 3rd photo down. We gifted the metal plate used for the printing to Adrienne and Will as a memento. The simple geometric design in shimmering gold was just perfect. The RSVP card was letterpress with black on 110lb cotton paper with a black envelope. The set was wrapped with a black cover and tied together with thin gold string. The thin string created a structured design on the front. A gold envelope with printed addresses was the delightful vessel for the set. Adrienne is a beautiful person inside and out & we are thrilled for her and Will!
Photography by Julie Roberts
Claire & Micheal have a fabulous sense of style. They worked with Jennifer Laraia to bring their vision to life, and what a magical day it was! The invitations feature Feast Calligraphy The palate was soft tones of peach and grey with a touch of gold. We used pearl white 220lb cotton stock for the invitation and edge painted in gold. The RSVP was one color with a grey printed envelope. This was a weekend of events so we needed a clever way to invite guests to both the cocktail party Friday evening and the breakfast on Sunday without adding several additional pieces. We printed a ‘Let’s Celebrate’ card with a small vellum envelope attached. Inside the envelope was a small card/coaster printed on each side with the details of the events. Lace and a gold seal wrapped the set together. A collection of vintage stamps and calligraphied envelopes made this one exciting package to receive in the mail and we think it was a wonderful prelude to the wedding itself. Doesn’t it all just look stunning!
Happy New Year to you!! We are having a hard time believing it is already 2013. It was disappointing that we were unable to produce a calendar this year but our eyes are on 2014 to have a fresh one by then. Here in Tennessee, we have had a bit of a warm streak. I can hear the spring peepers (tiny frogs) starting to sing in the little pond near my home. I am afraid they will be in for a rude awakening when winter decides to come back but today its warm and I am ready to think about spring.
Margaret and Matt wanted a traditional wedding set that was both modern and clean. Sometimes this is hard to achieve a fresh look with traditional elements. We paired an abstraction of their wedding flower, the hydrangea, on a grid of dots for a silhouetted outline. The result was delicate with just the right balance of negative space. The light blue balanced out the feminine floral design. I love how the blue looks on the kraft vs the white. It appears as though two shades of blue were used.
Their set included event cards for additional events happening that weekend. It was all bound together with a kraft band printed M & M. Labels were added for the RSVP and the exterior envelope. This couple was on a tight budget and they were thrilled at what we were able to produce for them. In order to save money we did not use our standard cotton paper and we left all the final assembly up to M & M. It just goes to show that nice design and quality printing doesn’t have to break the bank but you do have to get creative.
Photos by Jessie at 5 Rings
Synde and Tim contacted us as med school students living in Minneapolis who were celebrating their recent Italian engagement! Sydne grew up on a cattle farm in Wyoming and found herself looking back to her roots when wedding planning.
She describes the beauty of the Big Sky at the ranch. “I love the idea of having wooden invitations to echo the gorgeous pine and oak forests around our ranch. The ranch is in a very rural area that is full of rolling hills, grazing deer, and lots of sky. There is nothing as beautiful as the night sky in Wyoming. Tim and I love to lay out in the grass in the summer and ooh and aah at the seemingly endless display.”
The reception was held at Devil’s Tower, a huge natural landform several miles from her family’s ranch where the ceremony took place. Since the area was rural it was very important to provide way-finding for the guests in the invitation. We illustrated the map with icons for Devil’s Tower, the Clark Ranch, and the airport. The wishbone graphic for the Clark Ranch is actually the family brand, how cool is that?! Down the center of the map was the South Dakota – Wyoming state line.
We incorporated the brides hand-drawn sketch of the antlers throughout the set. She used antlers at the reception as decor. The main invitation was printed on wood and the rsvp was a letterpress postcard. A piece of black and white bakers twine tied the wrapped vellum map around the invitation to create a sophisticated, yet rustic wedding invitation for this creative, amazing couple!
Photos by Jessie at 5 Rings
How exciting…our first international client!! Aimee and Timothy just got married in her backyard in Western Australia. We incorporated a variety of techniques to achieve an invitation rich in texture. The earthy hues were reflected in the outback wedding and reception with native vegetation. The invitation is a sassafras veneer with a laser etched design. We letter-pressed the rsvp card on 110lb cotton stock and address onto a kraft envelope. It was all tucked inside a green recycled envelope with a kraft address label to tie it all together. Although we were working long distance the process was as smooth as can be. The most challenging aspect was scheduling a Skype video chat due to the 12 hour time difference! Happy wedding Aimee & Timothy – thanks for trusting us Knoxville girls to get the job done well!
“We received our invitations!! They are BEAUTIFUL! I cannot tell you how much I love them! I have showed a few people and they are so surprised when they find out that the invitation is made of wood! Thank you so much for all the hard work and effort you put into these invitations. I can’t wait to send them out!” -Aimee Vander Schaaf
*photos by 5 Rings Photo
David and Lorie came to us in search of a wedding invitation that matched their eclectic style. They are getting married at the beautiful Bijou Theatre in Knoxville during their church’s Sunday service. The rich colors and textures of the theatre lead to a steampunk theme that carried its way through their wedding and reception. It was important that the invitation be rich and intriguing without being overly fussy. A brown paper bag was used as the outer envelope and sealed with gold striped washi tape. Each address was typed, by yours truly, on my Mom’s vintage typewriter and placed on the front. When opened, a vellum inner envelope was sealed with red wax to introduce another layer of texture and depth. A subtle lace pattern was pressed into the creamy cotton stock framing the gold letterpress text. It was so much fun to work with unique techniques on this job for such a fabulous couple – best wishes to you both!!
And a BIG thank you to Jessi at 5 Rings Photos for the amazing photographs. Typing out each address took longer than anticipated but it was worth it to have the typewriter included in these images – totally frame worthy!!
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.