It’s almost the New Year, and here I am getting caught up on posting summer 2015 wedding invitation photos! I hope everyone is enjoying the last few (busy) days before Christmas. Are you done your shopping? I’m this close to being done, and am dreading a final (please God) trip to the mall to finish up. On a positive note, I’ve managed to take my kids skating this morning, bake some holiday treats with them, and get a bit of work and present wrapping done. #Winning.
So…back to summer weddings!
This custom letterpress wedding stationery suite was designed and letterpress printed in-house for White Rock couple Samantha and Daniel. The couple was married at the Painted Rock Estate Winery in Penticton – a very special venue for the foodie and wine aficionado bride and groom. Their wedding would include reserve and vintage wines expertly paired with each appetizer and meal course, as well as locally sourced and prepared dishes to be served on the vineyard.
I’ve never been to the Painted Rock, but doesn’t it look beautiful? Vineyard photos © and courtesy of the Painted Rock Estate Winery.
Our clients were seeking wedding stationery that married clean, crisp and modern styling (much like their venue), and referenced the vineyard in an abstract way (without being too cute). The bride and groom also wanted the stationery to use only grey ink and a blind letterpress impression (letterpress printing with no ink) to keep the finish simple and to focus on the tactile impression provided uniquely by letterpress printing. The pieces were printed on our thickest 220 lb. Strathmore Pure Cotton cover to provide the extra weight and sturdiness that only a thicker stock can offer.
We created the circle pattern that appears on all stationery pieces by brush painting the circles with Japanese sumi ink. The pattern, suggestive of grapes, is simple and organic, and reminiscent of the Painted Rock Estate Winery‘s logo. Once the pattern was complete, we scanned and digitized the artwork so that it could be transferred to magnesium printing plate and printed on the press.
In all, we designed and printed the invitations, outer envelopes, RSVP cards, RSVP envelopes, BBQ event invitation, accommodations card, oversized schedule of events signage, oversized seating chart signage, and table place cards.
With the exception of the oversize signage (schedule of events and seating chart), the entire wedding invitation suite was printed by hand on our studio’s 104-year old antique cast-iron Chandler & Price printing press. We do not farm out our printing or finishing work and pride ourselves on using the highest quality materials and experienced craftsmanship to create one-of-a-kind stationery pieces for our bridal clients.