Chrystal + Brendan’s Magnolia Bloom New Orleans Wedding Invitations

I’ve never been to New Orleans, but between the food and the music I’d love to visit one day! Monique from Metal Doily Press sent over these invitations created for a wedding in New Orleans and incorporating several iconic images from the Crescent City. Printed in bright teal and cool gray, the invitations feature a classic magnolia bloom throughout the suite, from the save the dates to post-wedding thank you cards!

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From MoniqueChrystal and Brendan wanted to welcome their guests to New Orleans before they even set foot in Louisiana by hinting at elements of their big day in their wedding invitation suite.

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The save the dates provided the first opportunity for Chrystal and Brendan to combine their different creative thoughts into one project. They started with the vintage postcard concept and worked out from there. The popular Big Easy phrase “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” captured the intended spirit and required prominent placement on the front. Chrystal’s choice of a magnolia in bloom was also a running theme that started on this collaboration. The fonts were meant to join the jazz character of the city and the vintage theme.

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On the main invitation, Chrystal had a clear vision of the focal point being the gorgeous magnolia flower. The couple enjoyed the idea of having it appear as both an ampersand between their names and as a contrast to the text. Letterpress printing the two color invitation brought out the tactile details of the illustration. The romantic Heraldica font presented their names in a stylistic contrast to the use of Copperplate below. I printed in teal and cool gray on Cranes Lettra 110 lb stock in Pearl White.

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The letterpress printed single color thank you cards were designed to be as bold and sincere as possible. It combined the magnolia bloom again with the Heraldica font in teal. Brendan loved the font. Chrystal loved the color.

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Thanks Monique!

Metal Doily Press is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Bobby Lee Photography

Crescent & Anchor Letterpress Business Cards

It’s always a treat when I get to showcase some beautiful custom letterpress business cards! Jacqueline Marque is an editorial, documentary and lifestyle photographer based in Newport, Rhode Island. In addition to offering portrait, interior, and lifestyle photography, she works as a staff photographer for The Newport Daily News, the arts and entertainment weekly Mercury, and the bimonthly lifestyle magazine Newport Life. Busy lady! After rebranding her photography website and blog Crescent & Anchor, where she shares her work and tidbits of domestic life, she was excited to commission her very own letterpress business cards!

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From JacquelineAfter many months of working closely with the designers at SPACECAMP CO on branding for my photography business and blog, I was excited to have an excuse to commission my very own letterpress business cards. They were designed by Danielle Brodersen of SPACECAMP CO and printed by hand, using an antique tabletop press, by Christy Schneider of Inkello.

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I wanted my photography business and blog to have sister logos that would be similar but each stand on their own. From the start of the design process, I envisioned corresponding logos on a double-sided card. I wanted the branding to have a vintage feel but still look fresh and modern. The fonts Mercury Script and Neutraface helped us achieve that balance.

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The cards were printed on 220 lb. Crane paper. One side is blind embossed with my logo, which combines an anchor and a fleur-de-lis. Aqua edge-painting adds a splash of color to the simple gray and white design.

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The designs and tag line, “Life & Style from the River to the Sea,” are references to my two homes, Newport and New Orleans. The Crescent & Anchor logo draws inspiration from the water meter covers in the Crescent City (seen below).

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Thanks Jaqueline!

Design: SPACECAMP CO

Letterpress Printing: Inkello

Photo Credits: Jacqueline Marque Photography

Quick Pick: Grey Moggie Press

I’m a longtime fan of the letterpress cards (and witty humor!) from fellow DC resident Melanie of Grey Moggie Press. Melanie recently added a ton of new cards to her shop, and today I thought I’d share a few favorites!

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Lots more from Grey Moggie Press right here!

Photo Credits: Mary Kate McKenna Photography

Jaimie + Miles’s Rustic Jackson Hole Wedding Invitations

I’m in love with every detail in these Jackson Hole wedding invitations from Cara at XOWYO! From the antlers used throughout the suite to the screen printed wood veneer rehearsal dinner invitations to the green edge painting, this invitation suite is perfectly understated and entirely cohesive. Love!

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From CaraWhen Jaimie and her mother came to me for her wedding invitations, they wanted a letterpress printed suite their friends and family had not seen before. As a buyer for Macy’s, Jaimie has great style and really led the direction of this suite and other paper products. She wanted her invitations to reflect the woodsy, rustic, and western themes of Jackson Hole, but without being too stereotypical or kitchsy. With plans to be married on a ranch, they envisioned antlers, brands, wood, and kraft paper.

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We first discussed using Jackson’s iconic antler arch for her invitations, but ultimately decided to use just the antlers. We carried the antler theme throughout her entire wedding, from invitation to cocktail napkins. We also decided that rather than using a wood print, or an image of a tree trunk, we would incorporate real wood into the invitation suite with the rehearsal dinner invitation, which was screen printed onto walnut wood veneer. And of course, we added a custom brand like one would find on any Jackson Hole ranch.

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We selected 220# ecru paper for the invitation and reply, with edge painting to incorporate the green color Jaimie would use oner wedding tables. Combined with the gray ink and wood card, this set the tone for her contemporary rustic affair. We decided to do the event invitation in an 80# moss green stock because Jamie needed to convey so much information that it printed perfectly on the inside of the folded card. The website card ended up being a last minute addition, and tucked inside the event invitation perfectly.

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For the wedding, Jaimie found all the vintage keys in her home state of Texas. I printed guests name on parchment paper and then tied them together with champagne silk ribbon. We also created kraft paper bags filled with lavender, which guests used to shower the couple as they walked down the aisle.

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Thanks Cara!

Design: XOWYO

Letterpress Printing and Edge Painting: Boxcar Press

Wood Veneer Screen Printing: Cards of Wood

Check out the Designer Rolodex for more tal­ented wed­ding invi­ta­tion design­ers and the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Hannah Hardaway

Sarah + Alan’s Modern Toile Wedding Invitations

I love toile. Really really love. So I was thrilled when Erin at Lucky Luxe sent over these beautiful wedding invitations with a modern take on classic toile! The custom toile pattern is made from vintage engravings and was inspired by 18th century French toile textiles. Erin paired bright persimmon ink with classic black and white and mixed whimsical lettering with traditional serif text – all with incredibly chic results!

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From ErinTo make the toile pattern for the invitation, we pieced together several vintage engravings of beautiful outdoor scenery and florals, and I was tickled to death to find the sweet couple taking a stroll deep in our bag of tricks.

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French toile is typically printed in red, black, or blue, but we wanted to take this toile down a different aesthetic path. By combining it with quirky hand drawn lettering and a small, traditional serif, it just felt right to print in punchy persimmon ink with black text. The bride is a fashion maven and the bold color pairing looks like her wardrobe — another inspiration for the outdoor event.

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Thanks Erin!

Lucky Luxe is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invi­ta­tions gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Lucky Luxe