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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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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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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.


2009 real wedding :: missy and garrett {part 2}


Yesterday we shared the save the dates and invitations from Missy and Garrett’s late summer wedding – now, here are some of the details from their wedding day. First of all, check out the amazing weather – sunny, warm, and gorgeous blue sky (which is nothing to sneeze at here in the Pacific Northwest).


The sunny details were put together by Missy’s amazing team of professionals: wedding coordination was by Keri Cooper from Bliss Events, styling and floral design were by Collected Design. We worked closely with Missy to create programs, menus, escort cards, table numbers, and signage for the event. One of my favorite details from the day is the garden cart where they displayed the escort cards in grass. Beautiful!


Thank you so much to Abbi from Simply Photography for sharing these beautiful images from the wedding day and thank you to Missy and Garrett for letting us be a part of your planning process!

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2009 real wedding :: missy and garrett {part 1}


One of our favorite couples we’ve had the privilege of working with this year are the lovely Missy and Garrett, who were married in September on a gorgeous Seattle day at the bride’s family’s home. I shared a sneak peak of their invitations last spring – here are more details from their colorful invitation suite.



Missy and Garrett chose offset printing for their invitations and save the date, which was a perfect option as it allowed us to use large areas of color and reversed text and images. We love their color choices (especially the pop of aqua in the envelopes, which brightens up the gray and yellow in the printed pieces).


Missy and Garrett’s wedding photographer, Abbi from Simply Photography, was kind enough to share some STUNNING details from their wedding day – stay tuned tomorrow for some of the details from their outdoor ceremony and reception!

{invitation photos by us, save the date and bride and groom photos by Simply Photography}

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october 2008 real wedding :: katie and andrew


I have been so excited to share this beautiful event! Katie and Andrew came to us with some beautiful and stylish ideas and we had so much fun turning their ideas into reality!


One of their biggest needs was to make sure their guests – both locals and out-of-towners – could get around easily. Most guests needed to be able to navigate ferry schedules as well as driving directions, so the invitation turned into a “travel packet” of sorts – all necessary information was included in a pocket style invite that was then tucked in a handy, organized folio pocket.



Katie and Andrew worked with us on their day-of items as well, including unique accordion-style programs, table numbers, and escort cards. The escort cards were black with white print, and were arranged on a bed of white hydrangeas – stunning!


The wedding and related events were beautifully styled by Stacy Kvam of SK Wedding and Event Design, who was right there with Katie and Andrew through every step of their planning. All of these gorgeous photos were shot by Kim and Adam Bamberg of La Vie Photography (thank you Kim, for sharing these photos with us!)


march 2008 real wedding :: maggie and justin

Some of you may remember the invitations from this wedding – a chic suite in shades of deep red, charcoal gray, and white. Maggie and Justin were so much fun to work with, and in reviewing the photos from their March wedding at the Bellevue Arts Museum, it looks like the event was a ton of fun too!

The museum was fully at Maggie and Justin’s disposal for the night of the wedding, so guests were able to enjoy the various exhibits throughout the evening. How great is that – guests were able to experience some world-class artwork while mingling and enjoying the wedding festivities! Justin’s dad ordered the custom bobbleheads seen in the photo below – so much fun!

The tulips featured in their wedding invitations and stationery were a consistent theme – from the floral decor to the napkins at the buffet.

I love the bright colors Maggie chose for her floral decor – from the green orchids in her bridesmaids’ hair to the vibrant reds, pinks, and yellows in her own bouquet – absolutely stunning!

Thank you Maggie and Justin for sharing your beautiful day with us – and a huge thank you to John of Yours by John Photography for supplying the images featured in this post. Check out Maggie and Justin’s other vendors below.

Photographer: Yours By John Photography

Venue: Bellevue Arts Museum

Floral: Colleen Monette

Catering and Event Coordination: Lisa Dupar Catering

Band: Michael Benson Band

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