Tommy, Kristin, and Olive’s new cards

Our good friends, the Solomons, just moved into their new house and threw a house warming party this weekend. For a gift, we designed and created a set of personalized cards for them.

The cards have a subtle light yellow graphic that originates on the back and trickles down the front like pearls, rain drops, rays of sun, or whatever you want imagine. We paired this subtle graphic with a bold gray blue font for their name. Blue and yellow is one of my favorite color combinations and was excited to try these two new shades out this weekend.

As we were printing these, we thought of the next iteration for Tommy, Kristin, and Olive. Since their initials are TKO, we’d love to play off the knockout acronym and create either a beautiful graphic or just use typography to create a fun play on words.

Save the date–Emily + Rafael are getting hitched!

We recently worked on save the dates for Rafael and Emily’s fall wedding. Emily and I have been friends for 9 years (wow!) when we first met as college hallmates at UVa. I was so honored when Emily asked me to be one of her bridesmaids and was happy to help her create very unique save the dates!

Like a lot of brides, Emily started collecting swatches from many different sources to try to pin down her wedding colors. She gathered a few orange fabric samples for our bridesmaid dresses and these hues were inspiration for the save the dates.

Emily didn’t want the normal engagement photo save the date, so she had the idea of combining the color swatches into a paint chip inspired announcement. The varying hues of orange were perfect because we actually were all able to choose our own shade for our bridesmaid dress.

So here’s our rendition of a paint chip announcement! Important milestone dates sit where color names usually are, and we used a distressed font to tie in to the textures of their wedding site (Historic Tredegar in Richmond, VA). We provided a digital file for her to take to a local printer for flat printing–the best option for large solid areas. We’ll be on the lookout for these save the date postcards in the mail in the next few weeks and can’t wait to celebrate with them in the fall!

On their own!

We had the pleasure of hosting Laura and Jim last weekend at the studio as they pressed their entire invitation suite by themselves! They designed the suite themselves that features Laura’s favorite flowers, hydrangeas. They are actually growing flowers in their backyard right now to cut centerpieces for their wedding!

After we got the photopolymer plates in the mail from Boxcar, we taught them a crash course on the basics of letterpress printing a few weekends ago. We helped them set up the press, mix inks, and were here to answer questions, but L+J, you were troopers–YOU did it on your own!

It was wonderful to see such a great couple work together and complement each other’s talents and strengths. They worked together beautifully and took turns with runs of the press to give each others’ hands and arms a rest.

They finished addressing all the envelopes this week and just let us know that everything is in the mail! Congrats, you worked hard, and your suite is beautiful!