Nautical Nantucket Wedding

Congrats to Meg & Michael on their wedding this weekend in Nantucket! For their formal affair, they chose a classic design in navy ink, with elements perfect for a Cape Cod wedding - waves and a vintage map of the island. We printed a full suite for them, including Save the Date cards, a weekend itinerary, Rehearsal Dinner invites and a menu for the day of.

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Cape Cod Farm Wedding

Congratulations to Cara & Brendan for their wedding this past weekend on Cape Cod! We used a variation on our Pictorial design, printing all the cards in navy ink. On the invitation card, we used a hand-drawn image of a barn from, that they provided. Its always a nice touch to have a custom image included in your suite. On the rsvp card, we added a space for song requests, which is a fun way to have your guests include a handwritten note on their response.

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Vintage NYC Map Wedding

Congratulations to Sarah & Adam on their wedding in NYC this past weekend! We’ve collaborated with them over the past few months to create their a suite of wedding cards based on our Cities design. We began with a Save the Date card, featuring a tinted image of a vintage NYC map in the background, and used this map on envelope liners for the invitations and thank you notes as well. All of their pieces (including table numbers, escort cards, programs and menus!) were printed in Navy ink and were inspired by New York’s iconic landmarks.

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A New York and Italian Affair

Its not often that we get to work with a couple having two weddings. Elettra and Kenneth were lucky enough to have nuptial events in New York City and at a family home in northern Italy. They highlighted each invitation with a nod to an essential landmark - the Chrysler Building for the NYC event, and a mountain range for the Italian. We created a custom map for each event as well, which was a fun project to tackle.

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Classic Long Island Wedding

Congratulations to Jen and John, who were married this past weekend! We really enjoyed working with them on their simply classic wedding invitations. They loved the idea of a coaster save the date, and so did we! It's such an unexpected format that guests love to receive in the mail. We used a vintage map of Long Island as the front in gold, with the text on the back in navy ink. Their invites reflected that same classic feeling on warm white paper.

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Cape Cod Wedding Set

We are in love with these script wedding invitations for a Cape Cod wedding! Eileen and Mustafa wanted a design that was both elegant and touched on tradition, while using a slightly more modern script font. We added touches of nautical flair, in the form of an anchor and a vintage map of Cape Cod. The whole set was letterpress printed in navy ink on bright white paper, for a beautiful contrast. 

Tarrytown, New York Wedding

We worked with a lovely couple last year to create letterpress invitations for their wedding at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York. They were drawn to a couple of our wedding designs (Hudson and Vintage NYC), so we combined elements from both to come up with a unique set of invitations. We used a vintage image of the estate on the top of the navy and gold card. The set has a very regal feeling, fitting their beautiful venue.

Double Happiness Wedding

We printed these classic letterpress wedding invitations for a wedding here in New York City this fall. Simple can be beautiful, and that's true in this case. The invitation suite was printed in navy blue ink on a warm white paper. The couple wanted to incorporate a traditional Chinese ornament, so we centered the the design for Double Happiness on top of their rehearsal dinner and information cards. It's such a meaningful nod to the traditions of the groom's family.

Elegant Monogram in Navy Blue

Here's a little look at the process of printing one of letterpress invitation sets for a black tie wedding in Poughkeepsie, New York. Martha & Michael loved the formal look of our Elegant Monogram design and kept it classic with navy blue ink. Lucky for us, their initials looked great together in a monogram.

The champagne glasses were the perfect touch to their reception card. We imagine they will enjoy lots of toasts and cheers on their wedding day.

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.

Maritime Holiday Cards: In Process

We've been busy printing holiday cards these days and we figured we'd give you a peek into the process while we print our Ship Holiday card, which is one of our favorites. In case you couldn't tell, we're crazy about nautical themed goods! From whale gift tags to anchor note card sets, we've got it all.  Our beloved Golding Jobber press came from a New England seaside town, so it seems fitting that it should be used for these projects. sesame-letterpress-ship-holiday-card-press

We print the red portion of the card first (the boat and red lights), followed by the navy (you can see the plate for the navy in the photo above) and finally the green string of lights. Lining the layers of a card as precise as this one takes a keen eye and a bit of patience.

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We hate to waste paper so we constantly reuse scraps for set up and registration while we perfect the prints.  Sometimes the most interesting things happen by accident. The combination of the soft blue filigree and the navy ship on this piece of makeready really caught our eye.

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We have lots of different letterpress holiday card sets available on our site, as well as some great nautical themed gifts for everyone on your list.

 

Charming Navy Invitation Set

One of the really wonderful aspects of running a letterpress printing studio is the variety of requests we receive. One hour, we might get an email from someone asking us to incorporate a silhouette of their favorite pet into a greeting card and then next hour we will hear from someone who wants a really traditional design. We relish all of these challenges! Here's an example of a design that is both classic and extremely charming.

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The invitation is further elevated with that beautiful dotted envelope liner. We love how this picks out the dots used alongside the solid line border.

A custom monogram adds to the elegance of the design.

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