rocky mountain invitations

July 9th, 2014 by

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.

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Photography | Julie Roberts

summer vineyard photo shoot

July 7th, 2014 by

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.

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Photography | Julie Roberts

Shoot Design | Jennifer Laraia


glamorous gold foil & letterpress

October 8th, 2013 by

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

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classic calligraphy invitations

June 17th, 2013 by

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!

Photography courtesy Watson Studios – see all the wedding photos here.

floral pattern invitations for M&M

January 14th, 2013 by

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

Sydne + Tim’s rustic Wyoming wedding

October 22nd, 2012 by

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

wooden outback wedding invitations

April 5th, 2012 by

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

bijou theater invitations

March 14th, 2012 by

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!!





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












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.

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*photos by Dixie Pixel










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