These invitations from Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby Letterpress were created for a summer wedding at a summer camp on a lake in New Hampshire – which in cold and dreary early spring pretty much sounds like the best idea in the whole world! Since the wedding festivities stretched over a whole weekend, the invitation suite included lots of fun extras for wedding guests, from a custom illustrated map and schedule of activities to signs, menus, and tags for the day of the wedding, all letterpress printed on thick cotton paper. So awesome!
From Samantha and Whitney: This custom suite was designed for a lovely couple getting married at a summer camp situated on an island in Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. The couple wanted their stationery to reflect their love of the camp (where the bride’s family had summered for years!) and the great outdoors while also giving guests a hint at all the fun activities they had planned for the wedding weekend.
When guests arrived on the island for the wedding weekend, each received a custom letterpress printed folio with their names and bunk assignment calligraphed on the front. A custom illustrated map and legend was placed inside each folio, along with waterfall inserts of information pointed guests in the right direction for the various events.
A clean and simple save the date featuring a belly band printed with a birch bark texture and custom seal set the tone while the primary suite featured custom illustrations depicting the camp and camp activities both in a palette of woodsy greens and natural browns. Hand-writing-inspired sans serif typeface mixed with a breezy script and classic roman font all helped to convey the elegant beauty of the outdoor venue while still having a natural, effortless feel.
Each invitation was mounted onto a solid green backing paper and then again onto an extra thick 100% cotton card letterpress printed with a pattern of hand-drawn trees. The duplexing gave the piece luxurious weight and an extra sturdy in-hand feel. All the pieces were lovingly letterpress printed by hand on our antique press (c. 1913) on beautiful, textural, super thick 100% cotton paper. The custom illustration was done by our talented friends at Brainstorm and calligraphy by the amazing Lindsay Letters.
A double-sided schedule of events card featured more custom illustration showcasing the fun camp events taking place. All pieces in the main invitation suite were stacked and tied together with a very fine jute twine to create a little bundle for guests to pull out of the envelope. A fun chevron envelope jazzed up the kraft envelope that each invitation suite was mailed in.
In each bunk, guests received welcome bags complete with letterpress tags and even water bottles featuring custom labels! At the wedding ceremony and reception, coordinating letterpress programs, escort cards, buffet signage, menus, and favor tags kept all event stationery and paper goods feeling cohesive.
So beautiful! Thanks Sam and Whit!
Design and Letterpress Printing: Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Custom Illustration: Brainstorm
Calligraphy: Lindsay Letters
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