Classic Gray and French Blue Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Romantic elegance will never go out of style! These classic gray and french blue letterpress wedding invitations from Lauren of Darling + Pearl feature a custom crest illustration, an illustrated map of the wedding venue, and elegant type selections – all letterpress printed on cool gray and white paper with hand torn edges. We’re loving the combination of classic serif type with an elegant script that conveys the look of modern, organic calligraphy. What a lovely, and classic, invitation suite!

Classic Gray and French Blue Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

From Lauren: I find that clients with a clear, cohesive vision are just as much fun to work for as the clients that really want to put the creative power directly in my hands. Both creative “scenes” are the birthplace for beautiful design that really, in the end, reflect each couple and stationery that fits their history as well as their event.

Classic Gray and French Blue Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

Kara first contacted me with a very clear vision for her wedding invitations. Kara and her fiancé, Andrew, were planning their October 2016 wedding at Fernbrook Inn and Farms in central New Jersey. Fernbrook is a stunning farmhouse style wedding and event venue and we really wanted to encompass an organic and classy experience within their wedding stationery. The venue is a gorgeous 1750s Georgian Manor House in the middle of a 250 acre active farm with tented reception area.

Classic Gray and French Blue Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

The list of Kara’s must haves in regards to their invitations included: mature modern style script, torn edges, and the cherry on top was an illustrated map of the grounds complete with parking areas, outlines of several ceremony options, the reception area, and T-Bone, the farm mascot.

Classic Gray and French Blue Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

The weather vane crest was taken in part from the groom’s own artwork. We added a more detailed and textured rooster and they both couldn’t have been more blown away with the final result. Not to mention, I really enjoy that little guy looking towards the future, how fitting for a union of two amazing people!

Classic Gray and French Blue Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

Classic Gray and French Blue Letterpress Wedding Invitations by Darling and Pearl

The entire wedding invitation suite was letterpress printed with french blue ink on a combination of cool grey and natural white 100% cotton stock. And naturally, ALL the edges were hand torn. These were an absolute pleasure to design, have on press and see through for the final result. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Robinson!

Thanks Lauren!

Design: Darling + Pearl

Map Illustration: Erin Niehenke

Darling + Pearl 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: Lauren Reed of Darling and Pearl

Andrea + Henry’s Illustrated “The Giving Tree” Wedding Invitations

So many of us have wonderful childhood memories of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein – and today we get to see that book re-imagined in wedding invitation form! Clayton Beltran is the in-house illustrator at Smudge Ink and created these invitations for his sister’s wedding. The entire team at Smudge Ink helped bring these invitations to life, from design guidance to letterpress printing!


From Clayton: My sister’s favorite children’s book growing up, and surely still to this day, would hands down be none other than beloved Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree.” Our Uncle (and her godfather) gifted her first and only copy when she was just a wee little whipper snapper still rocking the Punky-Brooster-esque pig tails. Flash forward 28 plus years… one of her most sentimental possessions has now become the inspiration for her wedding and her wedding invitations.





The designing and execution of these invitations has definitely been a family affair involving my blood-related family on the West Coast and my new family of creatives here on the East Coast here at Smudge Ink. Sabrina and Emily at Smudge provided guidance and an injection of realism into my initial overly ambitious layout — especially given the stingy two-week time frame I allotted myself. My bosses at Smudge, Deb and Kate, were so understanding as to let me take last minute half days during the crunch time of production!



Thanks Clayton!

Invitation Design: Clayton Beltran of Smudge Ink

Letterpress Printing: Margaret and Emily of Smudge Ink

Die Cutting: Classic Letterpress in Billerica Massachusetts

Calligraphy: Marilyn Sarasqueta

Paper: Soho Paper


Custom Postage Stamps: Zazzle

Coral Baker’s Twine: Whisker Graphics

Smudge Ink 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: Clayton Beltran

Jen + Dan’s Wedding – Crafting with Rubber Stamps

Hi everyone! I'm Jen with the haystack needle. I'm so happy to be guest blogging this week here on Oh So Beautiful Paper while Nole moves into her new apartment!  I'm a huge fan of OSBP, and there are few things (besides homemade gelato) that I love more than stationery and pretty paper goodness.  To kick off the week, I thought I'd share some details from my wedding. 


I had so much fun planning and crafting the elements of our wedding — for seven months I was stamping, snipping, and sewing on our living room floor.  Dan and I got married on a farm in Maine (his home state), so I let the natural setting inspire all the details.



I've always loved skeleton keys, and I liked the idea of having guests pick up a key to find their seat. I organized our 60 guests into seating groups by animals (and the butterfly, my favorite).  These key tags also served as an alternative guestbook.  I made a sign telling everyone to sign the back of their tag, and then my friend Sue-Anne picked them all up.  I have a vintage blue mason jar filled with the key tags now on our dresser.  It's fun to read the messages every once in a while.  By the way, the keys I used were actually wooden skeleton keys I found on Etsy.  I couldn't find a lot of skeleton keys for a good price on eBay, and I liked the idea of wooden keys.

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The table cards were everyday letterpress cards by Pancake & Franks (who also designed our custom wedding invitations, which I'm sharing tomorrow!).  I brought the cards to a local rubber stamp maker who created custom stamps from the images of the cow, horse, pig, bird, butterfly, and rooster on the cards.  Then I stamped river rocks at each place setting to make the seat groupings
clear, since we were using long communal tables rather than separate
round tables.  I loved Stacy Pancake's horseshoe card, so Dan and I used the good luck horseshoe to mark our seats.


The photo above is of our handmade ceremony programs.  Here's what I used: bakers twine, rubber stamps, faux bois paper, Japanese screw punch, and I printed out the program text on kraft brown paper.


I like to use my ever-growing collection of rubber stamps whenever possible.  So the stamping didn't stop with the paper.  I bought floursack towels from Kmart and dressed them up with a little pattern using stamps and fabric paint, and we used the printed tea towels at each place setting. (Do not try this with a large wedding!)  In hindsight, I should have figured out how to silkscreen the pattern, which would have saved a ton of time.  After the wedding, the tea towels were a sweet way to say thanks to my friends who were a tremendous help pulling everything together with me.  We went with biodegradable bamboo forks, knives, spoons, and plates — I saved a ton of money on rentals and didn't need to hire a dishwasher. 


It was blueberry season in Maine in September when we got married.  Early on, we decided our favor should be a food treat and we fell in love with the idea of blueberry jam.  I sampled a bunch of Maine blueberry jams and found them to be too sweet, too jiggly, too pasty, or just not quite right.  Spoon had just debuted their collection of homemade jams, and after sampling their blueberry jam, I knew it was the one.  And it was sweet that Spoon packages their jams in pretty jars  — even the turquoise blue label coincidentally fit in my wedding color palette.  I made paper butterfly tags to dress up the jars.  I love how the butterflies look like they're about to take flight. 


More details on our wedding tomorrow — including our invitations!  See you soon.  

All photographs by our wedding photographer, Charlotte Jenks Lewis.  She's amazing!

Postal Press + Clover & Bee

Good morning everyone!  Can you believe it's already the last day of August?  But even as summer is ending, there are a few new ventures just getting started.  First, Alyson's Postal Press is finally live!  The shop is stocked full of wonderful note cards, journals and other letterpress goodies:

You'll definitely want to head on over to Postal Press and take a look around.  Alyson also offers custom design for personalized stationery and wedding invitations.  You can also follow the Postal Press blog here.
Next up, Rebecca from Oh So RB just launched Clover & Bee, a wedding website dedicated entirely to Midwest weddings.  If you're a bride planning a wedding anywhere from North Dakota to Kansas to Michigan to Ohio — Clover & Bee is the perfect resource for you:
In addition to a "Best of the Midwest" guide launching in September, Clover & Bee has a daily blog with vendor interviews, inspiration, and real Midwest weddings.  
Congratulations to both Alyson and Rebecca!
{image credits: Postal Press and Clover & Bee}

Rustic Ranch Wedding Invitations

I loved this wedding in the latest issue of MS Weddings, but I’m so glad that Maggie from Eat, Drink, Marry tracked down the online photos of this beautiful wedding.  The bride, Satoko, created all the wedding stationery, including the invitation with ranch-inspired graphics of roosters and cows with perforated RSVP card and a screenprinted cloth invitation with red stitching. The invitations were enclosed in a chipboard envelope. So pretty!

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The matching favor bags were also screenprinted and contained recipes used at the wedding.  Handmade paper flowers (from kits available at Paper-Source) also matched the wedding stationery.

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Head on over to Eat, Drink, Marry for more photos from this rustic ranch wedding.

{images from MS Weddings via Eat, Drink, Marry}