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Before we rush forward into the new year, I thought I would look back at some of our custom wedding projects from 2015. The best part of my job is getting to know so many wonderful clients, each with their own unique style and vision for their big day. It's not uncommon for me to sit down with (or Facetime in!) entire families to talk about what this all means for a couple’s stationery. Other times I get to "meet" our clients solely through email and phone conversations. In the end, all that matters is creating pieces that are inspired entirely by their ideas, voices, and of course, love for one another. Thanks to all our wedding clients who befriended and trusted us enough to take on this task. Read on for a few of our most memorable letterpress wedding invitations to date ...

Neon Non-Traditional Wedding Suite | Smudge InkGO BOLD OR GO HOME. Liz and Tucker weren't afraid to speak volumes with their non-traditional neon wedding stationery. With the help of Alexis, the wondergal behind The Little Things, they were planning a celebration on the Harbor Islands complete with a New England lobster bake and donut bar. I love how we paired their affinity for clean lines and minimalism with slightly cheeky copy that perfectly captured their fun-loving personalities. 

Modern Calligraphy Wedding Invitation | Smudge InkMODERN ROMANCE. This special collaboration was inspired by Kathryn and Jake’s love of Sonoma, resulting in a wedding suite that felt natural, romantic, and modern all at the same time. For the letterpress pieces we blended blush and white Italian papers and modern brush lettering (by Chelsea Petaja). Can't get enough? Check out the full suite (and fabric invitations!) on Oh So Beautiful Paper. (Hand addressed envelope provided by Leveret and Hare.)

Eucalyptus Wedding Invitation | Smudge InkNATURAL FORMS. Samantha and Michael had a farm-to-table wedding off the shores of Lake Champlain. They were inspired by the shapes of eucalyptus leaves they were planning to use as part of their wedding décor. We chose moody blue and sage inks to coordinate with Samantha’s bouquet. The simplicity of the natural elements and clean typography worked together to hint at a beautiful celebration by the lake and Green Mountains.

Marblehead Massachusetts Wedding InvitationHANDDRAWN HOMETOWN. Lauren and Pete enthusiastically approached us about illustrating a view of Marblehead, Massachusetts for their invitation. Deb’s family lives in this North Shore town and so she got to drawing right away, nailing its seaside charm and landmarks. The end result was a heartwarming suite that felt like home. When you receive emails from clients that begin with “it’s like Christmas morning!” you know you’re on the right track!

Silver Calligraphy Wedding Invitation | Smudge InkSOMETHING BLUE. Even though Sonya and Chris were too far to meet in person, I was taken in by their warm personalities and southern charm. For their black tie wedding at the beautifully restored historic Swan House in Atlanta, they chose traditional text with accents of flourished calligraphy (by Jan Hutchinson) printed in silver. Incorporating hints of pale blue added a sweet touch that kept with the romantic and timeless look.

Formal Destination Wedding InvitationBEACHY REDEFINED. Shilpa and Lars were planning a destination wedding overlooking the beaches of Bermuda. And while they were excited to lounge in the pink sand and catch up on their golf game, their invitations needed to convey their elegant and formal affair. They chose a traditional layout with a custom motif printed in warm metallic gray and sage. A belly band with their initials completed their classic suite.

I could go on and on about many more wedding projects we've enjoyed, all with their own stories. But for now, I'll save them for future blog posts. If you're interested in learning more about working with us on custom letterpress stationery and want to see more, email us at weddings[AT]smudgeink[DOT]com anytime!