Meghan and Chris came to us looking for a rustic invitation suite that reflected the real life charm of the working dairy farm where they would be married. But since the affair would be elegant and sophisticated with a custom built Sperry Tent that featured hardwood floors, it was imperative their invitation suite didn't feel hokey. We took inspiration from their natural color palette, the gorgeous rolling hills and the wide array of livestock that roam the 1,000 acres. Meghan and Chris had planned a 3-day fete that included everything from a beer tasting to a nature walk and a pig roast so it was important that we think of an interesting way to include all of this information for guests. We created a z-fold invitation that featured 3 separate panels: one for the actual invitation, the middle for a custom, hand-drawn map of the farm and a final panel outlining all of the activities taking place throughout the weekend. As a way to tie in their neutral palette we used ecru paper stock for the base of the z-fold but printed each panel on pearl white and mounted those to the ecru backing. Deep purple, warm raspberry red and dark chartreuse green inks added vibrancy to the piece. Once folded up we tied it shut with natural cotton twine and tucked it inside a kraft envelope that featured beautiful white calligraphy for guests' addresses done by Elizabeth Porcher Jones.
In addition to the elaborate invitation suite we designed and printed we were tasked with creating multiple pieces for the day of the wedding including: menus, escort cards, table cards, favor tags, drink stirrers, coasters and a hand-drawn chalkboard for the program.
Below is the feature from Martha Stewart Weddings followed by some detailed photos of the suite. And if you haven't already, go pick up a copy of the magazine - it's so much more beautiful in person!
Magazine Photo Credits:
Cover photograph by Joe Budd/Martha Stewart Weddings, 2013. Copyright 2013
Story photographs by John Dolan/Martha Stewart Weddings, 2013. Copyright 2013
Ned Jackson Photography
Brea McDonald Photography for Gus & Ruby Letterpress