Vintage-Inspired San Francisco Wedding Invitations

Happy Tuesday everyone!  For my U.S. readers, I hope you all had a wonderful July 4 weekend!  I’m slowly easing back into my weekly routine, and thought I’d start off with these beautiful letterpress wedding invitations that Kathleen recently created for a couple getting married in San Francisco, California.  I’m loving the summery combination of aqua and gold ink – not to mention the vintage woodcut flourishes used throughout the invitation suite!

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From Kathleen: Courtney & Blair are getting married at The Presidio of San Francisco and have an antique Latin American theme going for their wedding.  The architecture of the chapel where they plan to marry was my inspiration for the overall shape around the invitation text.

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Once the shape had been established, Courtney and Blair loved the idea of old school tattoo symbols like hearts, swords and doves.  I found some vintage woodcut illustrations of these flourishy birds and pulled in a neat old crown to top off the design.

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The entire design of this invitation suite is a balance of feminine and masculine graphic elements, colors and typography.  I used aqua and metallic gold ink on an uncalendered Lettra stock in ecru.

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I also pulled in some of the elements from the invitations onto the envelopes.  The added texture from the letterpress printing compliments the design.  I couldn’t be happier with how these invitations turned out.

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Thanks Kathleen!

{image credits: kathleen shannon | & kathleen design}


{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  Between plans to go blackberry picking and hanging out with good friends over the long 4th of July weekend, I haven’t been this excited for a weekend to kick off in a long time.  I really can’t believe it’s July already – the summer is flying by so quickly!  I’m heading off to enjoy the weekend, but in the meantime…

peaceful summer afternoon {happy weekend!}

…a few links for your weekend!

And in case you missed it, a few favorite posts from this week:

That’s it for me this week!  Oh, and you all are totally awesome with the kids party invitations!  I’ve received so many submissions that I’ll be doing a few more round-ups over the next couple of weeks.  So keep them coming!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and I’ll see you all back here on Tuesday!

{image credits: snaphappyraa}

Perfect Half Wedding Invitations

These two wedding invitations couldn’t be more different in design and layout, but I love the way the invitation elements work together like pieces in a puzzle.  The first design features a fold-out poster style wedding invitation, which when folded shows the name of the bride on one side and the groom on the other.  When the invitation is opened, the two names come together to form the same heart pattern printed on the clear vellum envelope:

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{monique kneepkens via fpo}

The two halves of this letterpress wedding invitation by Norman’s Printery literally fit together like two puzzle pieces – but the modern geometric shapes in the heart keep the overall design from being overly sweet or feminine.  Plus, you know I’m always a sucker for a crisp blind impression like this one:

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So beautiful!

{image credits: monique kneepkens via FPO; norman’s printery}

Melissa + Jerome’s Argyle and Golf-Inspired Wedding Invitations

After setting the tone through their golf-inspired Save the Dates, Melissa and Jerome set off to create golf-inspired wedding invitations that reflected the elegant tone of their wedding.  Working with Sideshow Press, the result is a beautiful letterpress invitation suite in a modern green, white, and black color palette:

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From MelissaAfter the great response to our golf tee save-the-dates, we wanted to keep the same aesthetic for the invitation design, while evolving to be more subtle and elegant.

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Simplifying the argyle pattern to a quilted pattern still gives us a sense of the diamond argyle with out being too heavy.

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The actual invitation sits on a digitally printed card of a golf course, die cut to hold the invitation in place.  The digital print gave the invitation suite just enough color to offset the whiteness of the letterpress and reinforce the golf aesthetic.

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The invitation, map and reply card are all wrapped with the a diecut bellyband that displays our logo right up front (and adds in a nice amount of color).

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Beautiful!  Thank you so much Melissa!

Letterpress invitations: Sideshow Press

Digital print enclosure: Lake County Press

{image credits: melissa depasquale}

Watercolor Popsicle Cards

Ashley from Fine Day Press was inspired to create these popsicle cards by the early summer heat wave we’ve been having over here on the East Coast.  Each card features a different popsicle, all based on Ashley’s original watercolor paintings done on a hot and sticky afternoon in Brooklyn:

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So perfect for the bbqs and lazy weekends of summer… check them out over at Fine Day Press!

{image credits: fine day press}