Mackenci was looking for an invitation suite that was friendly and organic, without being overly feminine. Her classic black, grey and white letterpressed stationery was just that. The suite was complemented by recycled craft paper envelopes, accented with white calligraphy and black string-and-button closures. Printing and the addition of the reception card’s illustration was done by AC Creative Studio.
This small order of 40 white-on-red envelopes were for a birthday bash in Alabama. I was tasked with creating a more fun design than traditional calligraphy envelopes, so I settled on a combination of lowercase script splashed across the paper at a diagonal, and a block of small caps print. The #10 envelopes are a mouth-watering shade of red, which is utterly unbeatable when paired with white ink.
This invitation suite was in the works for a full nine months. I provided the spot calligraphy as vectors, then designer and bride, Kate Allen, incorporated them into one of the most beautiful invitation suites I’ve ever laid eyes on. The envelopes were calligraphed with custom-mixed coral gouache, and lined with custom-printed striped liners. The save the date card, wedding invitation, map, RSVP postcard, and reception invitation were letterpressed on both sides onto heavy conservation board (navy on one side, white on the other) in gold foil and navy ink. The suite was accented with gold-foiled sticker seals and custom-made confetti (printed with the couple’s photos!). The finishing touch to the wedding day calligraphy were place cards written in navy, coral, and turquoise gouache, each color signifying which entrée choice the guests had made. Photos of the reception are here.
Kate & Deni’s St. Louis wedding reception featured a wall-size banner of the calligraphed words “just married.” I provided spot calligraphy as vectors and designer and bride Kate Allen incorporated it into the items that were printed, including phrases that were turned into vinyl mirror decals. Photography by Jon Koch. My photos of the invitation suite are here.