Indian & English Wedding featured in Vogue

We worked with a great couple on the invitations for their Indian & English wedding in the Cotswolds this year. The final design was gorgeous, with jewel toned colors and beautiful floral elements. They were recently featured on Vogue.com and the photos from their nuptials are absolutely stunning! Its always a treat to see pictures from a wedding, after collaborating with a couple on their invitations.

You can read the article and check out more gorgeous pictures here:

Indian-English Wedding

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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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Hamptons Vineyard Wedding

We designed these invitations for a wedding at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard last year, and they have us dreaming of sipping some rosé in the summer sun. We used our Vineyard invitation template and added some extra details, like green painted leaves on the invitation, and an envelope liner featuring the same vintage map of Long Island that we used on the Save the Dates. The dusty blue and soft green inks look beautiful together on warm white paper.

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Liberty Monogram Wedding

Congrats to Stephanie & Stefan for their wedding in Brooklyn this week! They were married at Liberty Warehouse, which has views of the iconic Statue of Liberty, which inspired their invitation design. They chose our Vintage NYC template and we created a monogram using the Statue of Liberty, to be used on the invite and thank you notes. A vintage map of Brooklyn lined the envelope for a deluxe look.

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Modern Script Wedding

We printed these wedding invitations last year for a lovely couple getting married in Northern California. They chose our Chatham template, but wanted to keep it classic by printing everything in black ink. The cocktail illustrations on the card for their Mexican Fiesta keep this simple set festive.

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Vintage New York Invitations

Congrats to Courtney and Nicholas for their wedding this weekend! They our Vintage NYC design for their lovely city wedding, featuring some city icons and a vintage map for the envelope liner. Black and gold ink were the perfect combination for a black tie wedding.

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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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Black Wildflowers

Congratulations to Jungjoo and Jarrett for their recent wedding in upstate New York! We love that they chose a bold design, using a variation of our Wildflowers template. The black floral frame is striking and modern, with pale pink elements, like the envelope liner and belly band to soften the invitation set.

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Country Chic

We love printing in bright colors, like we did for Slaine and Ben’s wedding invitations! The fluorescent red ink stands out so well against bright white paper, and with charcoal ink for the text. They even opted for a fluorescent painted edge on the card to make their invitations that much more memorable. What a fun wedding invite to receive!

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Made In New York

The exhibition “Made In New York: The Business Of Folk Art,” curated by Elizabeth V. Warren, currently on view at the American Folk Art Museum in New York dives into the rich history of folk art in New York City. With works ranging from portraiture to shop signs, this exhibition highlights the fact that folk art was not just happening in small rural areas, but that there was a flourishing community of painters, printers, potters, and other artisans working in the five boroughs of New York. Many of these artists were self-taught or learn their trade through traditional apprenticeships or family businesses. The exhibition includes works created from 1760 to 1915 including a beautiful Optician’s trade sign from the E.G. Washburne & Co., a painting of the Flushing, a paddle wheeler, by James Bard, and a variety of embroidery samplers, among many other amazing objects. Laura Beach in her review of the exhibition for Antiques and the Arts Weekly states, “its true beauty lies in its meticulous reconstruction of a place and its people.” The exhibitions runs through July 28, 2019. 

For more information about the exhibition, visit the American Folk Art Museum’s site here.

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English Country Estate Wedding

Congratulations to Anjuli & Charles for their wedding in the English countryside! We are enamored of this set with its combination of bold lines and soft florals, printed in a deep green ink. We did a full set of cards for their wedding, including a card for their Hindu wedding ceremony in a coral pink, and a very fun weekend timeline. We think the design is elegant and befitting a wedding at an English estate.

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English Country House Wedding

Congratulations to Lorien & John for their wedding across the pond this week! This lovely couple chose to use our Pictorial design with imagery to match their wedding at a beautiful country home. The soft blue-green and gray colors of this design have us dreaming of the English countryside in the spring.

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Monograms Part II

Sticking with the monograms theme this month, we wanted to share some options for incorporating these on wedding stationery. Monograms are one of our favorite design elements to print. They add a decorative detail and a sophisticated elegance to wedding invitations. Plus, the design can be carried through all of the wedding stationery, from thank you note cards to programs and menus.

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We recommend couples adhere to traditional etiquette, noting that the bride’s initials come first on the stationery until the wedding has taken place. After the ceremony, the groom’s initials may come first (on the menu, escort cards and thank you notes) and/or the couple can use their shared last name, if relevant.

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Even simple initials like this L + A (below) can elevate items like escort cards or menus and give the stationery a personal feel.

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This couple opted for the nautical flags in lieu of letters.

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Monograms

Sticking with our “March Monogram” theme, we’ve added a couple new note card designs to our collection. We always love an elegant script monogram but for many people, this may feel too formal for their style of letter writing. A card with custom printed initials is going to get much more use.

If you’re inspired to order some monogramed stationery of your own, visit our note card collection here: Sesame Note Card Collection

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The simplicity of crisp, letterpressed initials always looks elegant. Monograms have been used for centuries from Roman era coins to modern era royal wedding invitations. We started looking into the history of monograms and here are some of the interesting things we learned:

  • Initials/monograms symbols have been used for centuries, dating back to 350 BC. 

  • Currency during Roman times featured the initials of the Greek and Roman rulers to mark their reign

  • In the Middle ages, artisans used initials to sign or brand their work

  • Early monograms consisted of just two initials. Around the 17th Century, it became more common to use the three letters. In the early 1600’s, Rembrandt signed his early paintings with “R” or “RH” but later added a third initial (and eventually moved on to signing his name).

  • British Royals use the 2 letters and these are intertwined to form a cipher, which is a monogram design for the reigning sovereign.

  • In the Victorian era, monograms were associated with the aristocracy and therefore, were perceived as a sign of prestige. 

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If initials feel too minimalist, a small illustration can be added to personalize the stationery a bit more. Here are a couple we’ve printed and love this month!

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Ferns and Fronds Wedding

Congratulations to Laura and Daniel on their wedding this beautiful, spring weekend! So often we use beautiful floral illustrations on wedding invitations, but this couple wanted something a little different. These ferns and fronds, printed in a mix of black ink and a blind emboss, are a nice alternative for an early Spring wedding.

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