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.
In mint, rose and gold, this invitation was a freshly-colored customization of the original Kate & Deni suite. Done in collaboration with designer Kate Allen, I provided the spot calligraphy and Kate worked her magic on the rest.
Bride and jewelry designer Christina Kober has a “thing” for ampersands, so when the design process for this seven-piece invitation suite started, my first mission was to make a slew of ampersands to incorporate wherever we could. Christina dyed the cotton paper in shades of ombré herself, in a palette ranging from blush to peach to rose, then the full suite was letterpressed by Atlanta-based studio Red Bird Ink.
This suite really speaks for itself — bright turquoise letterpress highlighted with shimmering silver accents, a bold, angled layout, and a tear-off info card for guests to save. I was hired to bring bride Jocelyn Selig’s brain child to life (she had already designed the sacred heart logo with her and her fiancé’s names) and couldn’t be happier with our collaboration. The suite was printed by San Francisco’s Dependable Letterpress, where they were edge-painted with bright silver.
Jun Sasaki is a Japanese painter and illustrator. When he approached me about creating the logo for his new stationery line, I was thrilled and could immediately see how our work complemented one another. But it wasn’t until I received the (adorably-wrapped!) package of finished cards from him that I really swooned. His ink illustrations of animals from around the world are whimsical yet abstract and the Japanese craft and manila papers are luscious. (The last image image in this slideshow is taken from Jun’s website, which is a beautiful site to browse, even if you can’t read Japanese.)
Bettina and Brian were married at Gull’s Way Estate in Malibu, California. My calligraphy — all warm grey ink on cream paper — was letterpressed in the invitation suite, as well as hand-written on day-of items like place cards, menus, and dessert table labels.
Jacey & Grant’s wedding was an impeccably styled soirée at LA’s Smog Shoppe. My involvement started with calligraphing kraft paper invitation boxes in whimsical black script, and designing digitized calligraphy for the invitation and program. Calligraphy for the wedding day included escort and place cards, and hang tags for the buffet table.
Each of these handmade invitations was crafted for a surprise 40th birthday bash in Venice, Italy. The black calligraphy, done on heavy-weight, translucent vellum, was accented with dots of sparkly gold ink. Each was enclosed in a navy card stock pocket folder.
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.