Monday, February 18, 2013

Liz & Julian's nature-inspired invitations

Elizabeth and Julian first came to us almost 2 years ago (gosh! where does the time go!?) in search of some beautiful custom letterpress stationery for their June, 2011 wedding. A few phone consultations later (they live and work in NYC), and I felt like we were old friends; I loved hearing about Julian's work in the wine industry and was (and am!) totally fascinated by Liz's nutrition and holistic health business (learn all about it on her website, Dishing Well).

Liz & Julian were getting married on Martha's Vineyard and were looking for stationery that gave nod to the island's incredible natural beauty as well as their passion for local flowers and food. We opted for a playful, illustrated map of the island for their save the dates and you can see and read all about those on the Oh So Beautiful Paper blog.

For the invitation we wanted to keep things a touch more elegant. Using a rich palette of mossy green, plum purple and a deep raspberry, we mixed classic fonts, gorgeous hand calligraphy by Elizabeth Porcher Jones and lush botanical graphics for a nature-inspired and romantic look. Deep purple edge painting, some subtle blind printed pattern on the reply cards and colored backing papers for the festivities insert added pops of visual interest, as well. All the pieces of the invitation were bundled together by a layered belly band that was comprised of blind-printed cotton, burlap fabric and cotton twine with a flat-printed hang tag.  Each tag featured art from a variety of vintage seed packets as reference to the foodie couple. The little bundle perfectly set the tone for their gorgeous summer fete and we were thrilled to create many coordinating day-of pieces to keep the design cohesive.

Wedding day stationery (including program, escort cards, menus, and social stationery):

Design & Letterpress Printing: Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Calligraphy: Elizabeth Porcher Jones
Photography: Brea McDonald Photography

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