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2010 real wedding :: icy & jay

It’s been quite a while since we’ve shared one of our real weddings, but I have a few lined up to share with you over the coming weeks! This wedding is one of my favorites from last year, and Chris Sollart very generously shared some of his gorgeous photos.

Icy and Jay were married in October 2010 at the Seattle Tennis Club. Icy initial approached us wanting a modern and fresh design that conveyed to guests that the wedding, while an elegant affair, would also be a really fun celebration. Icy brought along to her initial consultation some photos of the lace on her dress, which immediately inspired us. The lace contained a  floral pattern that was somewhat random and really beautiful.

Working from those photos of her dress, we created a modern floral design that was reminiscent of the lace but not overly feminine or romantic. The design translated so well into letterpress – the invitations are letterpress printed in an elegant navy and a really deep natural green on 100% cotton paper. We tied in additional shades of green with sage rsvp envelopes and deep mossy outer envelopes. The modern floral design is foil-stamped in white on the envelope along with the return address for an additional unexpected pop of modernity.

Icy and Jay’s wedding date was 10.10.10 – Jay is a web developer and was excited with the idea that their wedding date was all ones and zeros, which make up binary code. Playing on that, we added in a string of ones and zeros in the date on the invite – with the date itself standing out in a larger size and different color.

We carried the theme through on to programs and escort cards – Icy and Jay even had it carved into the ice sculpture set up at the bar! Their cake, created by New Renaissance Cakes, contains a beautiful and intricate representation of that lace on Icy’s dress.

Icy is a self-proclaimed “thank you card junkie” and loved the idea of ordering thank you cards with their invitation order. We created two different thank you designs for her and she ordered enough to keep her stationery drawer well stocked beyond the wedding!

Special thanks to Chris Sollart Photography for these gorgeous event photos! Visit his website here.

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in the press :: 1000 more greetings


We recently discovered we were selected for inclusion in the new design publication 1000 More Greetings! 1000 More Greetings features an expansive collection of correspondence for all occasions. We were honored to have two invitations featured amongst an impressive group of designs from around the world.

The invitations included include our London-inspired suite (featured on our blog previously here) as well as our studio open house invite (previously featured here).



Also featured in the book were some favorites like Sycamore Street Press, Orange Beautiful, Rifle Paper Co., and NicStudio! The collection is so much fun to look through – pick up a copy today!

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A small glimpse at a recently delivered project…

I love maps – especially city maps – especially letterpressed city maps…

(Pardon the smudgy picture. After taking some photos I discovered my camera lens needed some cleaning. Oops.)

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hand-lettered loveliness


…just a small peek at a recent order featuring some GORGEOUS calligraphy….

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2009 real wedding :: christina and mike


We first met Christina and Mike in January 2009 at the Seattle Wedding Show. They were planning an elegant East Coast wedding for the fall, and immediately fell for the “two trees” custom invitation suite on display that we created for Lindsey and Phillip in 2008. We worked closely with Christina to create an invitation suite that reflected their own personal style using that imagery.


Using a color palette of autumn yellow and deep gray with bursts of metallic silver, we created an offset invitation suite that consisted of a panel-style invitation, rsvp cards, directions cards, and rehearsal dinner invitations. For their wedding day, we created programs, table cards (each named after a different variety of tree), escort cards, and favor tags. The trees motif carried throughout the wedding day, from a reading of “Two Trees” by Janet Miles at the ceremony to the “Tree in a Box” favors given out at the reception. Christina and Mike were kind enough to share these photos from their event, courtesy of Paired Images Photography.


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2009 real wedding :: sonya and michael

Let’s kick the week off with an absolute stunner!


Sonya and Michael planned a chic destination wedding in Maui and worked with us to create save the dates, invitations, and reception items. Their invitation suite is offset printed on opal metallic paper in green and chocolate brown, with a surprising pop of pink textured paper lining the envelopes.


The wedding itself was beautifully coordinated by Katy Griffiths of Vows Wedding and Event Planning and these gorgeous photos were taken by Sandra Coan (thank you Sandra, for sharing!).

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2009 real wedding :: sacha and will


We had the immense pleasure last year of working with Sacha and Will on their save the dates, invitations, and day-of items for their September 2009 wedding. Sacha has been one of the dearest brides we’ve worked with – she came to us with enthusiasm (which we LOVE) and a clear vision for her big day. After our first in-person meeting, when she and Will stood up to leave, she immediately hugged both Jonathan and I, exclaiming “oh, come on! I’m a hugger!” – and I knew we were going to have a blast working together!



I’ve shared their save the dates and invitations on the blog in the past – but when their photographer, Kelly Chandler, shared these gorgeous wedding day photos, I knew I had to pass them along!


Their ceremony was held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and then the festivities continued by the waterfront at the Edgewater.


Sacha compiled a rock-star team of professionals to help her execute her vision of the perfect day: Janel Schlitt with Occasions Weddings and Events coordinated the event, Athina Athan of Athena Flora created stunning floral designs, and Bonnie from New Renaissance Cakes created their cake.


I LOVE that the motif and monogram we created for their invitations is recreated so perfectly in frosting!

Congratulations again, Sacha and Will! Hugs!

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2009 real wedding :: caitlin and dan


I always love sharing real weddings with you all – and this wedding is no exception! We had a great time working with Caitlin and her fabulous coordinator, Shannon Lassen of Sublime Events. Caitlin had a clear vision for her summer wedding: modern yellow and gray, with botanical imagery. We created these clean and simple invitations featuring white modern type and dandelions on a rich gray background. The bright yellow rsvp envelopes added a surprising pop of color when guests opened their invitations.


Seattle photographer Laurel McConnell captured the wedding and celebration at Olympic Sculpture Park and when she sent these photos over I was immediately dreaming of blue skies, bright summer flowers, and warm Seattle weather.



One of the items we created was a booklet-style program, which allowed space to provide explanations of the Jewish traditions included in Caitlin and Dan’s ceremony. Caitlin had the brilliant idea to also include a crossword puzzle on the back of their programs so that guests could have something to do while waiting for festivities to begin – they were a hit!



Thank you so much Laurel, for sharing these gorgeous photos with us and our readers!

Event Coordination: Sublime Events
Photographer: Laurel McConnell
Floral Design: Elements in Bloom
Photobooth: Photobooth Services

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an eensy weensy sneak peek

The blog has been a bit quiet, dear readers – between preparing for the upcoming Seattle Wedding Show, working on our new website (it’s pretty awesome – I can’t wait to show it off), and getting ready for our second Paperpalooza event (details to follow next week) – we’ve been (just a little) busy. I promise the posts will start coming regularly again very soon!

In the meantime, here’s a teensy glimpse at another item we’ve been working on – some gorgeous letterpress invitations for a spring destination wedding!



2009 real wedding :: katie and dave


Seeing as today is the shortest day of the year, and many of us are vaguely irritated with the dreary winter weather, I thought it would be an appropriate day to share this real wedding which took place at the Inn at Spanish Bay, in Pebble Beach (don’t you wish you were there right now?)


Katie was such a sweetheart to work with – her infectious smile lit up our entire studio every time she came in for an appointment. We had such a great time working with her on a classic, tailored wedding invitation suite including invitation, rsvp card, and website card letterpressed in chocolate ink on thick, luxurious cotton paper.Her chocolate envelopes with offset return address printing complemented the suite perfectly!

Additionally, we worked with Katie on a reception package including programs, menus, place cards, and a large seating chart, each item featuring Katie and Dave’s monogram. Everything came together beautifully!



Katie and Dave’s wedding photographer was so gracious to provide us with these stunning images from the wedding itself – they are too beautiful not to share! Many thanks to Scott Campbell Photography in Monterey – visit his website here.


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