Pale Neutral Wedding with Modern Calligraphy

Natalie and Alexander's letterpress wedding invitations are so soft and dreamy. They held a black tie wedding this summer at a beautiful Four Seasons in Westlake Village, California. They wanted the invitations to be elegant to announce their formal affair, but still have a modern, fun touch. They commissioned calligrapher, Katherine Ross of Script Merchant Calligraphy for portions of the text, which gave the whole set more character. We love the loose, modern style of Katherine's calligraphy!

We printed the letterpress invitation on warm white paper, and paired soft gray with a nude colored ink. The combination is subtle and warm, setting you up for a relaxing weekend in Southern California.

This little illustration of a manor home looks wonderful on top of their information card. It embodies the elegance of the Four Seasons resort perfectly. We absolutely love Natalie and Alex's custom wedding invitations, and we're sure that their wedding was just gorgeous.

The Little Church Around the Corner

Brielle and William had a wonderful rooftop wedding here in New York City at the end of the summer. They held their ceremony at a beautiful church, with the sweetest name and history - The Church Around the Corner - and their reception at a great loft in Tribeca. They wanted their letterpress invitations to be somewhat formal and elegant with a few fun touches.

It's easy to see that they love the color blue, as they paired navy printing with some softer blue envelopes. The envelopes and rounded edges of the invitation soften the set as a whole.

Brielle immediately fell in love with this beautiful, vintage illustration of a ring being slipped onto a woman's finger. Nothing could be more appropriate for a wedding!

The bride and groom wanted to pay homage to their pet parakeet, and we thought this was a sweet and subtle way! The vintage illustration tops off the response card perfectly.

Upstate Wedding at Buttermilk Falls

A few months ago, Joyce and Ben came to us to design and print their wedding invitations. We knew it was going to be a fun job, when their dog popped up to say hello during our meeting! Their wedding was held at a beautiful inn in upstate New York on the Hudson River called Buttermilk Falls.

They wanted a pop of bright color, so we paired a fluorescent blue with a more subdued charcoal ink. The colors contrast each other well, and break up the design in an interesting way. We also printed a custom envelope liner for them, featuring a road map of upstate New York, with their location resting just at the fold.

Joyce and Ben wanted to mix some fun illustrations of their beloved dog, Penny with a classic design, and we think the result is wonderful. They commissioned an artist to illustrate some scenes of Penny from one of their trips to Buttermilk Falls. We love the drawings of Penny, nose to nose with a llama, and hanging out with some chickens. It's fun, personal touches like these that make custom invitations worthwhile.

Blue Rooster Baby Announcement

We love this modern baby announcement with a proud rooster on top. The combination of fonts, and the two shades of blue seemed perfect for a baby born in the midst of summer. The envelopes were lined in a matching colbalt blue paper, for a fun bit of color popping out. We had a lot of fun designing these baby announcements. And what a great name, too!


NYC Wedding with a View

Emily and Julian are New York City residents, and held their wedding here this summer. They wanted their wedding invitations to pay homage to one of New York's most iconic landmarks, the Chrysler Building. We kept the design simple and printed it in one color, a charcoal gray, for a classic look, just like the Chrysler Building.

This art deco inspired skyscraper is truly a work of art, and looks just right on the top of this invitation. The gray letterpress printing shows off all the beautiful details of the building.

Golden Cherry Blossom Wedding Invitations

This beautiful wedding invitation is loosely based on our Pale Floral design, with a few updates. Fiona and Nicholas reached out to us from across the world to design some gorgeous letterpress invitations for their wedding in Sydney. They loved the idea of our Pale Floral design, but wanted a more formal invite with a cherry blossom motif. We printed the cherry blossoms and names in matte gold, with the supporting text in navy blue ink. We added a custom monogram in gold to top off this stunning wedding invitation.

We worked the cherry blossoms into a floral pattern for their response postcard. Not wanting it to be overwhelming, we printed it with a pale tint of gold. The effect is a soft, subtle detail that allows their names to take center stage.

Letterpress Bridal Shower Invitations

The term bridal shower may have come from a party thrown during the Victorian age, where a hostess filled a parasol with gifts, and opened it over the bride's head "showering" her with presents. If true, we can only hope that those gifts were small and lightweight!

Now we like to use the opportunity to shower the couple with love, advice for married life, and gifts to start their new home together. We love when friends or family come to us to design a unique letterpress invitation. Its such a thoughtful thing to do and sets a nice tone for the event.

This bridal shower brunch was thrown by the sister of the bride in her home. She loved this image of a stately home, and wanted to keep things simple with rich, black ink. We added a bit of color with a soft, sage green as an accent on the house and the bride's name.

Wine tasting at a bridal shower sounds like such a treat! This invitation marries bright colors with a classic, somewhat formal design. The fluorescent pink ink looks so pretty when paired with silver.

We used our Forest Grove wedding invitation design as the basis for this couples shower invite, printing it in silver and bright coral ink. They held their event at a beautiful, outdoor club, so the trees were the perfect motif. It was fun to design a shower invitation for both the bride and groom to be, and we thought the additional card honoring all the hosts was very sweet.

A New York City Wedding in Central Park

What better place to get married in New York City, than in beautiful Central Park? We love that Christina and Jeremy chose this iconic New York landmark for their big day. They had a semi-formal affair, so they picked our Hanging Lanterns design for their letterpress invitations and reception stationery. Although the design is highlighted by an ornamental border and a flourished script font, they kept it simple by printing in one color: sea blue ink, which looks striking on bright white paper.


Along with their invitations, we designed and printed menus and programs for their reception. We also did a nice card with a thank you note and some details about the events of the day.


The bride had the idea to print a little "Advice for the Newlyweds" card to hand out at the reception. We thought that was a sweet touch, and a fun thing to do while resting your feet after dancing. Adding unique things to your wedding suite makes your event more memorable for all.

Oh la la: A Destination Wedding in the South of France

We love when we have the opportunity to letterpress print wedding invitations for creative couples. These wedding invitations were designed by the betrothed couple, Jennifer and James. The result was a very unique design, full of color and fun flourishes.

Jennifer and James fell in love with the South of France when they vacationed there together. From the delicious food to the warmth of the countryside, they knew that this was the perfect destination for their wedding. The event was held at an idyllic castle called Château de Lisse, no doubt the inspiration for many fairy tales. The week long event allowed their guests ample time to explore the South and the breathtaking grounds of the château.

It was a lot of fun to print wedding invitations in such vibrant and playful colors. The bright green and blue ink look were an amazing combination. The background of the invitation was a half-tone moon printed in perfect sky blue, with stars dotting the edges. The decorative frame  in vivid green added just the right amount of contrast.

They designed these great matching coasters for the reception, as well. We love that they lined the border with the coordinates of the château and topped it off with a very stylish ampersand.

We are envious of anyone who received these letterpress wedding invitations! We're sure it was the trip of a lifetime.

A Blue Banner Wedding

These bright blue invitations were perfect for a summertime wedding. The simple design looks clean and modern, with just the right amount of fun. We love the festive blue banner on the top of the information card. It's such a fun element that looks really sweet with the couple's names printed on the flags.

Bright orange painted edges really make a statement. We think these invitations promise a good time at the wedding!

Custom Letterpress Notecards

Nothing is more elegant than crisp black letterpress printing on bright, white cotton paper. Black ink never goes out of style, so it's always a great choice for business stationery.


Here is another simple letterpress note card that we printed recently. We love take on a custom note card for a family of five. The Chinese Zodiak signs add such sweet character to the stationery set, especially when printed in such a striking orange.


Unique Wedding Favors

We can't rave enough about the Food 52 website. We started working with them a few years to print their stationery and then collaborated with them to sell our coasters and gift tags.

The site has become our go to place for recipes for every meal and also the site we turn to for unique gifts. These porcelain berry bowls are perfect for this time of year.

We're really intrigued by this tea for cocktails set. The mixers are made in New York, and each bottle has recipes for refreshing, summer cocktails.

If you have not done so already, please visit their site and support other artisans who make a living making things by hand.

Pale Blue Heart Letterpress Wedding Invitations

We always enjoy letterpress printing wedding invitations designed by our clients or their friends. We're constantly trying out new techniques and printing from other designers' artwork, gives us the opportunity to try something we may not have thought of. This sweet invitation set is a perfect example of that. It was designed by Leah Kim for Hyunbin Park and Lucas Soto. The design was perfect for letterpress and we were so happy to be able to work with this nice couple to print these.

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Summer Reading List

When you pack your bags for summer get away, don't forget one of our letterpressed bookmarks to keep your place.


Inspired by the scenes of the accessories counter in the PBS series Mr. Selfridge, these bookmarks are perfect tucked into our favorite classics, as well as some new beach reads. 


We're really excited that these are now all available at the new paper shop at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, one of our favorite places in the world.


You can also purchase them on our website.

Happy Reading!

Inside the Printer's Studio: All About Letterpress

This month we're starting a new series covering all the ins and outs of designing and printing stationery in our shop. While discussing all the wedding invitations we've done this year, we realized that most of our clients had similar questions about design, wording and printing, in general. We realized it would be a fun project to dive deep into each aspect of the process, so that is exactly what we've decided to do!

We're hoping to provide an extended glossary of sorts, for all things letterpress. Each post will cover a different aspect of the process of designing and printing letterpress, mostly in reference to wedding invitations. This week, we're going to answer some basic questions that we often get when first speaking with a client. Let's get started!

What is letterpress?
Letterpress printing is relief printing where type and image are literally "pressed" into paper. Although movable type can be dated back to 1040 in China, Johannes Gutenberg invented the first actual printing press in 1440. In all that time, some things have changed, but it remains a 100% manual process. Each piece of paper is fed and printed by hand on one of our vintage Golding Jobber presses. While some printers continue to set wood and metal type, we rely on plastic plates made from photopolymer. By using polymer plates, we're able to print our artwork from digital files, giving us more freedom in our designs.


Why should I choose letterpress printing for my wedding invitations?
Your invitations are the first glimpse your guests will have of your wedding, so it's nice give a good impression (pun totally intended). With letterpress you can run your fingers over the type and feel the indentation in the paper. There is no mistaking a letterpress-printed item for something mass-produced. Your guests will love the luxurious paper, the imprint of letters and images and the weight and feel of the invitation in their hands. These invitations will tell your guests that this is a wedding not to be missed.

Why should I work with a stationer?
We have years of expertise working with clients to create beautiful, custom designs. We're very proud of the experience and skills we've earned from all of our hard work. Designing and printing is what we love to do, so we work hard on each and every project that passes through our shop.  We have become adept in listening to clients' ideas and preferences and translating those visions to the stationery design.  We know what works well and how long it will take to print a suite so we can make sure to meet deadlines and stick to a budget.  Planning a wedding can be a lot of work and by hiring a professional stationer, couples can rest assured that the invitations will be perfect and they can move on to focus on another part of the planning process. 

What makes letterpress invitations more expensive than digital printing?
Letterpress is a manual process, so there is a lot of time invested in each piece. We mix many of the colors by hand and each color is printed separately, which means that there are multiple set-ups for each job. We use the highest quality materials available to give you the highest quality work. The paper we use is from a local company, Reich Paper, and is specifically made for letterpress printing. All this hard work, does make letterpress a but more expensive, but we think it's worth it.

What are the limitations?
The main limitations for letterpress printing are the number of colors and certain design elements. Remember that each color is printed as a separate layer, so the more colors you have, the more expensive the job becomes. Large, solid areas are not great for letterpress printing, as they are hard to keep consistently solid. Often, those areas print a little "salty", meaning the color of the paper may show through. If a vintage, handmade look is what you're going for, then that might be perfect for you. Size is also a big limitation. We recommend 5 x 7" for an invitation, although we can go a bit larger.

Another request we often get is to print a light colored ink on dark paper. Most letterpress inks are translucent, so they don't completely cover the paper. We recommend doing the exact opposite and printing dark ink on a light paper. Rich, black ink on crisp white paper is a printer's dream!


I am a designer.  Can I send you my design to letterpress print?
Definitely. We can print directly from your artwork files (Illustrator) or, if you have just an element you'd like to include, like a hand drawn image, we can help translate this to letterpress and design around that.  For details on submitting a file for us to letterpress print, please view the Print Your Design page on our website.

I'm on a budget, but I love the look and feel of letterpress? What are some ways I can cut costs?
Keep the number of colors to a minimum. We do a lot of one color invitations, and they are classic and just as beautiful as multi-color jobs. There are lots of creative ways to cut costs also, like using a cute gift tag as an RSVP or combining several bits of information into one card. Although it is traditional, you can forgo the use of an inner and an outer envelope. Finishing services, add greatly to the cost, so if you love the look a painted edge, consider doing that for the invitation card only. Whatever your budget, we'll work with you to create a beautiful set of invitations.

Alright, I'm interested! How does the process work?
The first step is to take a look at our website. Pick out some templates, fonts and colors and let us know what inspires you. To give you an estimate, we'll need to know roughly what quantity you need and what pieces you'd like to have printed. Once you've decided to work with us, there is a 30% deposit and then the real work begins! We'll send your designs as digital proofs and make any edits you'd like before we have plates made, cut your paper and start printing.

How many colors can you print and how do I choose?
We recommend using 1 or 2 colors on your wedding invitations. We print one color at a time, so the more colors you use, the more time consuming, and therefore expensive.

We have a range of colors on our website that you can choose from. Keep in mind that colors can appear dramatically different on screen.
We can always send a sample of a printed color, so you can have a better idea. If you are interested in a color that isn't listed on our site, then you can send a physical swatch for us to match. Even better, if you have access to a Pantone book (it must be Pantone Uncoated), let us know color code.

I'm very interested and would love a closer look at your work. Can I come in for an appointment?
Sure! We are available for appointments from 10 am - 5 pm, Monday through Thursday. Set up a time and we'll happily go over all the details with you in person. If you live internationally, fear not! We have extensive experience working with clients overseas, so although you can't pop in for a visit, we would love to work with you.

Downtown NYC Wedding Reception

We have more inspiration for NYC weddings today! We can't say enough about how fun it was to work on this set of stationery for a recent New York City wedding. The letterpress Save the Date postcard and invitation suite were lovely, but the accompanying pieces have been even more fun to print. This couple thought of everything, from unique welcome gifts with printed tags, to information about the venue (NYC's Housing Works) to our favorite, a mini guide to NYC amenities for the out of town guests staying in Tribeca. 


This pocket sized book directs people to everything they may need  - coffee, wine, nail and hair salons, transportation and more. It is such a sweet little gift for guests who have traveled to celebrate for the weekend.


Vintage Coney Island Wedding

We're excited to share images from a vintage Coney Island wedding photo shoot featuring one of our recent letterpress wedding invitations.


The styling features our favorite marriage of vintage details and designs with bright pops of color. We love all of the Brooklyn wedding designers' work - the flowers, the pink rock candy and especially the "His, Hers, Ours" decanter set from our dear friends at Love & Victory.


You can see more pictures of this gorgeous photo shoot on Burnetts Boards today.

Vendor Credits:
Planning/ Shoot Design: Kerry Ann Stokes ;
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Photographer: The Melideos ;
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Jewelry + Liquor Decanter: Love & Victory ;
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Shop with us for Mother's Day!

We are excited to be in a pop up shop next weekend with some of our favorite friends and designers. If you are in the Brooklyn Cobble Hill area, please come by and say hello and check out our letterpress stationery along with the beautiful work of Denise Fasanello Flowers, textiles by Lotta Jansdotter and ceramics and jewelry from more local artisans. We hope to see you there!

Mother's Day Pop Up Shop
Saturday, May 9th & Sunday, May 10th, 11-5
203 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY