Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Ruth Bleakley, Owner/Designer at Concertina Press, based in Cocoa Beach, FL! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
I’ve always loved paper and stationery stores – I remember one of my favorite hobbies as a kid was collecting and trading stickers! After college, I got my dream job working at a small stationery store on Cape Cod. It was there I put my graphic design degree to work creating wedding invitations for couples who came in the shop. When that store closed in 2011, it was a turning point for me because I decided to take my own designs online and started Concertina Press. I decided to specialize in nautical wedding invitations because I love the ocean and am fortunate to live close by (even now that I live down here in sunny Florida!). I also love old science illustrations, so I often use them to create unusual and beautiful invites for folks getting married at the beach or even at the aquarium. My Cape Cod Save the Dates and Cape Cod wedding invitations remain popular – that’s where I was married too, in 2007.
Read the full interview after the cut!
What is your favorite color combination?
My favorite color combination is hands-down blue and white – in fact, I don’t have any other envelope colors besides that in my studio right now!
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
Recently I enjoyed creating a “Halloween/Octopus” themed wedding invitation for a wedding in Canada that is taking place in “Octopustober”. Another fun invitation was a “Book/Octopus” themed invitation for a wedding taking place at the Scripps Birch Aquarium in San Diego. I designed the RSVP card to look like an old library due-date card!
Do you have a favorite typeface?
I love antique-style typefaces and recently acquired one that looks like beautiful old Spencerian script – most recently I used it on my Whale wedding invitations because it fits perfectly with the antique oil paintings I used when I was designing the nautical invitation. I often use old scientific illustrations in my nautical wedding invitation sets. One of my first jobs was at a science library scanning antique books so that the contents would become part of the public domain. I restored many old illustrations to use in my work – I love the idea of bringing old illustrations back to life.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
Someone named “Ella” requested that the two “l”s in her name be made from upside-down seahorses. Regrettably, we couldn’t quite make that work…sorry Ella!
Ampersand or the word “and”?
Ampersand on addressed envelopes, “and” on wedding invitations!
Any advice for brides?
Go with your gut! No one is going to remember your wedding day more than you and your significant other, so don’t let others pressure you into making decisions that you feel bad about. Also, in the end it’s the marriage that counts, not the wedding. Treat each other with kindness and respect every day and laugh together, don’t hesitate to apologize when you’re wrong and be generous with forgiveness. Be willing to change and grow with one another, and don’t take one another for granted. This advice has served me well in my own relationship – we celebrated 10 years of marriage on 7-7-17, and hope for many more years together in the future!
Do you offer more than just stationery?
One of my biggest sellers during the holidays is funny nautical Christmas cards – I am also a book artist and make handmade journals at www.RuthBleakley.com
Thanks, Ruth! For more information about Concertina Press, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.
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