Time to take a break from the National Stationery Show coverage! This week’s featured invitation is by Artseed Weddings, a beautiful invitation set with letterpress details.

Hello! Eva-Lena Rehnmark here from Artseed Weddings. I am an illustrator/designer with a passion for beautiful, personal weddings. Wedding design is a creative and collaborative process to me. It is really a special experience to create an illustration for a couple that will come to represent their wedding to their family and friends. Coming from the professional world of book illustration I take pride in accepting direction when offered and offering direction when needed.

With this invitation suite the bridal couple (John and Holly) contacted me with the idea that they wanted a floral design on their invitation, maybe poppies or agapanthus. I sketched out both and they liked aspects of each flower.

I researched the flowers further and discovered that the agapanthus is the flower of love/ love letters : The genus name, “Agapanthus” is derived from two Greek words: “agape.” which means “love,” and “anthos,” which means “flower”. Taken together, the agapanthus is the flower of love. It is sometimes also known as “African lily” and “lily of the Nile,” tributes to its African origins. I suggested sticking with the agapanthus which had such a lovely symbolism. The bride agreed, adding “I agree with you on the agapanthus – I have loved them since I was a kid and they filled my mom’s garden – they remind me of fireworks which I love.  I had no idea of the etymology of the Greek, it seems like a sign.”
 

Knowing what flower we were going with was enormous but there was a lot left to decide, fonts, design, etc. With a fair amount of correspondence Holly and I got to know each other and the design went smoothly forward. I knew that the color choices were very important to John and Holly but they lived overseas on assignment in countries with shoddy postal service, so Holly asked me to send paper color samples to her sister here in the US. I love that the invitation design became a family project. Although Holly and John have a wedding planner, they are including their family in the details. Holly’s mom contacted me to ask for the agapanthus illustration file and is making favor bags with the flower. It will be fun to see how she uses the design.

The wedding stationary has come together beautifully. As an added bonus I will see the inside story on the wedding day as my talented pro photographer husband will be the wedding photographer!

 

Such a gorgeous set! Thank you Eva-Lena for letting us know about your invitations. :) To find out more about Artseed Weddings, check them out on WeddingInviteLove or at their website.

The picture above must be, maybe, a tenth of all the booths at NSS. It’s huge!

I took a lot more picture of my favorite booths featuring wedding invitations (WeddingInviteLove vendors are coming in another post!).

I loved Dauphine Press‘s background, and they had amazing examples of their custom wedding invitation suites.

The I also loved the design of the invitations at Designer’s Fine Press.

Studio Slo Mo had one particular invitation that I fell in love with.

Last but not least, Grapevine Paperie.

Next — featured invitation post and the photos from the WeddingInviteLove vendors at NSS!

 

I attended the first day of the National Stationery Show yesterday and it was completely absolutely overwhelming.

One of my main goals is to find new, awesome vendors for WeddingInviteLove, and I’m bribing with gift bags with rose & pepper thumbprints acquired from Whimsy & Spice in Brooklyn:

I regretted today putting the cards IN the bags because they got all cookie-crumb-y! Otherwise they were a great hit, and I have another 20 to pass out today.

I spent the majority of the day yesterday getting my bearings and meeting new people, but I did manage to document a few awesome booths. I literally kept doing double-takes at Linda & Harriett, until I finally took some pictures:

Aren’t these calendars just gorgeous? You don’t need fancy images or professional type, just great calligraphy and paint.

I also found one of my favorite vendors ever, Dingbat Press (who also runs a really great blog):

Dingbat Press’s press kit was also my favorite out of all the press kits I looked through — the most personality with such great design.

Off to find more vendors! Follow me on Twitter as well for on-the-floor updates and images.

Phew, after the traveling-day-of-no-sleep, a good nine hours on my friend’s couch has done wonders! I’m off to wander around NYC, perhaps visit a few stationers, and see some more friends!

(Above — a photograph of my cat’s nose-prints on his favorite window. :P)

Notable links from the week:

New WeddingInviteLove vendors:

Happy Friday everyone!

Wow, remind me never to book a red-eye, connecting flight ever again. Two 3 hour flights in the middle of the night means I’m running on about 2 hours sleep right now (if I’m optimistic about it).

That said, yay, I’m in New York City right now! Right now I’m hanging at one of my favorite places in Brooklyn, Studiomates — a coworking space with a ton of great people, run by the wonderful Tina from Swiss Miss (photo above is the view from the office!).

The National Stationery Show is right around the corner, here are a few awesome things that are (mostly) related to it:

  • Paper Crave’s recommended exhibitor list — really great for me since I’m going to be wandering around completely overwhelmed!
  • There is a recipe card scavenger hunt which I may try to get in the first day (so I can ensure I get all of them), and then add them to my giveaway later this month!
  • I just realized there are daily demos at the show, which I am totally attending.
  • I will be walking around with 40 gift bags of cookies from Whimsy & Spice to giveaway (hopefully to vendors who I want to sign up to WeddingInviteLove — yes, I am resorting to bribery!). Find me if you want a gift bag. ;)
  • I am mostly free tomorrow, Friday the 12th. Are you a stationer in Brooklyn or Manhattan and want to grab some drinks/food? Perhaps have a dedicated post on the blog? Ping me ([email protected]) asap!

Happy Thursday everyone… time for me to take a nap!

While it’s exciting and fun to look at all the beautiful couture invitations that exist out there (letterpress! engraving! die-cuts!)… the vast majority of us are still on a budget and we got to think small, but still beautiful! These vendors have indicated that their invitations are typically under $3 each (so, $300 or less would be your invitation budget if you’re printing 100 invitations), but all of them still have great design skills to really knock your invitations out of the park.


Belletristics


Blush Printables


e.m. papers


Mango Ink


A Printable Press


Rane Designs


Six Modern Paper Goods


Southern Fete Creative


Truly Noted

Happy Wednesday everyone! Jumping on a plane tonight (a red-eye flight may have been a poor decision… :P).

I was so pleased when these mailers arrived on my doorstep — I’m still a “newbie” to the stationery world and this is my first time going to the National Stationery Show (next week, aaaugh), so knowing there are some people out there who think I’m important enough to send me one of their beautiful letterpress invitations to see them at the show. You can be assured I will definitely seek them out!

Anemone Letterpress, booths 2362-2368 — love the colors here.

Fig. 2 Design Studio, Booth 1547, including a really lovely personal note for me!.

Joie Studio Design & Letterpress, Booth 1963, refreshing pale pink and grey with gorgeous type.

Looking forward to NSS and meeting a ton of really great people — can’t believe I’m leaving for NYC tomorrow night!

Today I’m excited because not only do I have a gorgeous invitation to feature, we’re also treated to great details about the printing process! Eleanor at e.m. papers is a really wonderful designer, and this is one of her top selling designs based on an invitation that’s very personal to her.

I wanted our California wedding last August to have the feel of a ‘mid-summer nights garden party’ which is what inspired my design. I really like the fact that a design that was so personal to me has also become an e.m.papers bestseller!

My dad is a letterpress printer, otherwise I would definitely not have had the budget to have invitations done letterpress – twice (we also had a ceremony in Munich, Germany where we live the preceding November, and my Dad printed those up too). I was not only lucky to get them done for free, but usually my dad refuses to do wedding invitations because according to him “People getting married are the worst clients in the world” (I don’t agree!). In spite of this, I spent a week sitting with my Dad in his shop, going over my Illustrator files, creating color separations and finally working with him (or more accurately observing him) while he printed all 3 pieces of the invitation suite. While this was going on, my (now) husband Armin documented it, taking pictures and video.


I designed a 3-color invitation suite including an invite, RSVP card and map. The design used white ink on chip board, which I thought would be really easy. When my dad took a look at it he sighed and muttered something about ‘designers always wanting something impossible…’ I thought he was being melodramatic. What I didn’t appreciate was how difficult it is to work with white ink, and white ink on dark chip board no less. We had to do a ‘double bump’ (run the white ink twice) to get it to read enough, and with letterpress getting everything to register (align) isn’t as precise as with offset or digital printing. To make matters worse chipboard is heavy and more uneven in weight than normal paper, so it was tricky to get it to feed consistently on the printer.


It was a long 2 days in the shop. Although Armin and I were both surprised by how much we enjoyed it, I remarked to my dad “Wow. This is a lot of work” without missing a beat he responded “Yeah! that’s what I wanted you to see!” At the end of it all, we had really beautiful invitations and a new found appreciation for what my Dad does (you think I would’ve paid more attention over the years.) The best thing about the invites was that they were permeated with the  love, laugh and happiness that Armin, my dad and I spent during those couple of days in his shop getting them printed.

So great, thank you Eleanor! I couldn’t include the whole set of the process, so I highly encourage everyone to check it out on Flickr and see more pictures of the process and Eleanor’s notes. Also go see e.m. paper’s other great invitation designs on WeddingInviteLove as well on empapers.com.

Thanks again for letting me feature your invitation design, Eleanor!