Paper goods are very important to me. As a graphic designer, there are few things I can’t do digitally, but the art of letterpress and calligraphy and everything in between is craftsmanship I have not mastered. That’s why you need a Tim. Over the last two years I’ve been working with Tim from Quality Letterpress, and I can’t say enough amazing things about him. We just get each other. He has helped me with so many swoon-worth creations, I couldn’t wait to have him help me with my own wedding stationery. So I bought a pack of handmade deckle edge cotton paper and started designing.
Save The Date
I did a trial-run with our Save The Dates, and I loved them. I wanted to play on blush tones, and the subtle pink in Gmund’s Powder Pink paper was just right; just enough girly. I went with a severe script in an all-over gold-foil press that apparently no one could read. I said I was ok with that because we were trying to get our guest count down (haha) but in the end, I simplified our invitations for reader ease.
All photos via the talented Andria Lindquist
Our invitation suite involved a few artists, multiple textures, delicate details, and a lot of cursive. I wanted to go for a super Old-Hollywood vintage, sophisticated and dainty look to set the tone for the wedding. I had admired artists like Brown Linen Design forever, so I knew I wanted to incorporate their style, and workmanship, into our suite. I enlisted them to draw our GORGEOUS map, and I worked around their talent. I used the same powder pink paper for the details card, outlining the events we had lined up for the weekend. I also decided to do an online RSVP because our Wedding Website came with a simple template, and we had more than one event to RSVP for, so it was extra easy. Ultimately, we had a formal invitation wrapped in a hand-drawn map and sealed with a feather and wax seal, bundled with our details card. I ordered complimenting handmade cotton envelopes too delicate to mail on their own, so they became our inner envelopes that my very talented girlfriend addressed. Finally, we sealed the parcel in a thicker cardboard envelope, and I loved how it felt like a gift. Naturally, I took to eBay and Etsy to curate a set of vintage stamps, paired with forever stamps, tying the whole suite together.
When we decided not to do paper menus at each setting, I wanted to add a Ceremony Card to the mix. I love when couple’s introduce their wedding parties and pay tribute to the officiant and special speakers, and I wanted to highlight our ceremony songs, too. The wedding party walked down to Gospel by The National, I walked down to Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones, and our recessional was Let’s Dance by Bowie. I will never listen to those songs the same (or without crying). Together Erik and I wrote a little note at the bottom of the programs – we wanted a personal touch – and had them on the seats as to surprise my mom (she couldn’t know every last detail I was planning!) Tim helped press our signature E+C crest at the top, and I will forever cherish them (all 200 because no one took them!!!) ♥
The talented Frankie of Quite Frankly Creative killed it with our wedding signage. Her signature cursive became a delicate statement throughout our wedding. I loved the idea of big vintage mirrors; they introduced a Beauty & The Beast element that I had never seen done the way we did it. We found a monster gold mirror that was perfect for all 150 names for escort signage. We leaned it against the opening of the courtyard to keep guests contained during cocktail hour. That way, we were able to keep the reception area a surprise reveal as we transitioned into dinner in the backyard.
Our welcome mirror was a gift from my mother-in-law that was originally intended for the seating signage. When we realized we needed something larger, I knew it’d be the perfect statement piece to create a grand welcome.
For place cards I wanted to incorporate more black, so Frankie worked her magic with a rose-gold pen. It was the perfect touch to the tables.
The paper goodness and signage throughout our wedding was so special; I would go the extra mile again to recreate it all. The last piece of my curated wedding paper goods are our thank you cards, that I’m still eagerly working to finish & send. More details to come on those bad boys.