Matt + Lauren’s Hand Lettered Save the Dates

I’m super-excited about today’s Save the Dates because we get to go through the entire creation process, from inspiration to sketching to the final result!

These Save the Dates come to us from Sam and Whitney at Gus & Ruby Letterpress, who were approached by Lauren and Matt last October to discuss their upcoming June wedding.  Having received the store’s grand opening invitation in the mail, they were set on having Whitney use her fun handwriting to hand-letter the text and then blind print them on super-thick stock.

Gus-Ruby-Store-Opening{photo by Emilie Inc. Photography}

Whitney started off by sketching out options in different hand-lettering styles…


…and eventually came to this final design:


And here’s the printed result!


From Whitney: The blind printing came out beautifully on the duplex because I was able to give it a lot of impression without showing through to the back side.


Lauren, who is super crafty, also wanted a purple belly band that she could sew herself.  We chose a nice, rich, beet paper for the band, but instead of bringing in another ink color, we chose to print opaque white knowing that the effect would be a lighter shade of the beet — more of a lavender.

Purple-Letterpress-Wedding-Invitation-Belly-Band{photos by Emilie Inc. Photography}


I had never printed opaque white on a dark, colored stock, but was thrilled with the results.  Once they were finished Lauren brought her sewing machine to the store and we assembled them as a team.  Group assembly parties are always encouraged here at Gus & Ruby Letterpress!

Thanks Sam and Whitney!

{image credits: where noted photos by emilie inc., all others courtesy gus & ruby letterpress}

  1. These are insanely beautiful! I love that you’ve been posting stationery from concept to the finished product. It’s great to see the process behind a beautiful creation.

  2. ooh, i love this idea so much. what a beautiful invitation suite. so clever and unique. such a fun way to infuse a style within the event!

  3. I love how fun and free spirited this design is – it screams LOVE 🙂 they are lucky to have you girls designing! Can’t wait to see the full suite. The Mountain View Grand is such an awesome spot here in the White Mountains to celebrate 🙂

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