Huilin + Martin’s Gold Foil Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations

After years working as a freelance designer, Huilin Dai finally had the chance to design for herself: invitations for her upcoming wedding! Inspired by a recent move to San Diego, California and a love of travel, Huilin drew design inspiration from an airplane boarding pass. The invitation suite was letterpress printed by Mama’s Sauce in seafoam green and gold foil, then finished with seafoam edge painting!

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From HuilinAfter working as a freelance designer for many projects, I was excited to have an opportunity to design my own wedding invitations! Our invitation was inspired by a plane ticket for two reasons. First, we both love traveling, so we would like to have a travel theme goes along our wedding. Second, we both moved to San Diego and are getting married here – most of our guests will fly into town without knowing each other.

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We thought it would be a fun idea to give them a “plane ticket.” The ticket was created in two parts: the invitation and a perforated RSVP that can be torn off and mailed back to us, just like the boarding ticket! I also created a set of 4″ x 4″ coasters that will also be used as escort cards for the reception.

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The invitations and coasters were printed by Mama’s Sauce – they were so nice and willing to do what I asked for. The invitations were printed in three colors: gold foil, seafoam, and blind, with edge paint in seafoam. The detail on finished product was incredible, and I was so glad I found them!

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Thanks Huilin!

Design: Huilin Dai

Letterpress Printing: Mama’s Sauce

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Photo Credits: Huilin Dai

Sara + Bob’s Romantic Floral Wedding Invitations

Happy Monday everyone! Allie from AllieRuth Design sent over these beautiful wedding invitations – inspired by the English roses growing in the bride and groom’s backyard garden! Allie combined letterpress printing, digital printing, and even screen printing to create a romantic and vintage-inspired invitation suite that is full of color and texture. So lovely!

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From AllieThese invitations were designed for Sara and Bob, who hosted a beautiful backyard wedding at their home in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. English roses are abundant in their yard and happen to be Sara’s favorite, so we chose to use roses as the motif in her wedding stationery.

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I created floral and foliage patterns using vintage imagery, and paired them with hand lettering for a sweet and playful combo. Their invitation card, RSVP, and save the date were all printed by me using a digital/letterpress combination, which has become a staple in the AllieRuth studio. It allows for so much more color than a traditional letterpress printed piece, yet still gives couples the wonderful texture of letterpress.

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The dark green was chosen for the screen printed cards (printed by Mama’s Sauce) as a nod to their late night after party.

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Thanks Allie!

Design + Letterpress Printing: AllieRuth Design

Screen Printing: Mama’s Sauce

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Photo Credits: AllieRuth Design

Quick Pick: Belle & Union

This week just keeps getting better and better! After two very successful years exhibiting at the National Stationery Show, Meg from Belle & Union finally has an online shop! Get ready to see lots of Meg’s pretty paper goods in my holiday round ups! The Belle & Union collection includes beautiful letterpress printed stationery, calendars, and art prints along with tea towels and gift wrap – all featuring Meg’s signature illustrations and hand lettering.

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Meg also just released a fantastic line of colorful journals inspired by fairs and festivals across the country! Each journal measures 5×9″ and includes 160 unlined pages – all proudly made right here in the USA. Each journal comes with a matching magnetic button! And yes, Meg will totally do custom buttons for groups, events, and organizations. Yay!

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Congrats on the new shop Meg! Check out the rest of the lovely paper goods over at Belle & Union!

Photo Credits: Belle & Union

Lauren + Juan’s Literary Letterpress Wedding Invitations

The ladies of Typecase Industries – Emily, Stephanie, and Alessandra – created these whimsical wedding invitations for a pair of book-loving high school sweethearts right here in Washington, DC! The invitation features a timeline of their relationship along with whimsical illustrations and a gatefold layout with a wax seal. So pretty!

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From Typecase Industries: Lauren is getting her MFA in poetry and is a book lover, and wanted to evoke both of those things with her wedding invitation suite. The save the date is a bookmark! The gatefold invitation with the wax seal was a perfect choice: romantic but not overly complicated, much like the couple themselves.

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Lauren and Juan have been together since high school, so we decided to include a timeline along the gate-fold flaps so the wedding guests could get to know a bit more about their history. Their favorite illustration is the book with a ring in it. Juan had the engagement ring in a hollowed-out copy of Jane Austen’s collected works when he proposed to Lauren in the Bishop’s Garden at the National Cathedral.

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The invitations were letterpress printed on our Vandercook 4 in our studio in Washington, DC. The wax seal was made using an ampersand from our metal type collection at our studio.

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Thanks ladies!

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Photo Credits: Typecase Industries

Jessie + Spencer’s Storybook-Inspired Baby Shower Invitations

These adorable baby shower invitations come to us from Jessie and Jen of Shipwright & Co. – and they’re for Jessie’s own baby shower! The shower doubled as a co-ed pool party and barbeque, so Jessie and Jen wanted to avoid anything traditionally “baby” for the design. They drew inspiration from antique storybooks, incorporating whimsical illustrations and hand lettering. Beautiful!

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From Jessie (and Jen): These invitations were created for a co-ed baby shower doubling as a pool party and barbecue for an expecting mom (me!) who wanted something a little different for her shower. We set out to create an invitation that would be child-like without being overly cutesy. Our inspiration came from storybooks from the 1930s and ’40s, whose beautiful and whimsical illustrations conveyed the sense of childhood that we sought.

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 We printed the moon and animals in a light gray, set against irregular bubbles of overlapping color, to play around with the lovely way in which the translucent inks interact with each other on the lush cotton paper. The details of the party sit within each bubble in hand-drawn text. We loved the way the text pops against the background color and how the pressure of the press raises it up slightly, giving the whole piece that lovely tactile quality you get from letterpress.

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Lastly, we printed the envelopes in the same light green color as the invitations with more hand-drawn text and a different illustration of woodland creatures — this time a happy pair of dancing frogs. This project was hand printed on our 1911 Chandler & Price letterpress on Crane’s Lettra pearl white paper.

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Thanks Jessie & Jen!

Photo Credits: Shipwright & Co.