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Engadine Design – Elegance with a Touch of the Contemporary

Our navy and hot pink inks have never looked so pretty together! Gus & Ruby Letterpress in Portsmouth, New Hampshire submitted this elegant letterpress wedding suite featuring our Engadine design, which looks amazing next to the bouts of color included on the folio. Hot pink envelope liners add a gorgeous pop of color that guests might not be expecting when opening their invitation.

inks: hot pink + navy | fonts: tennyson + auden + spence | paper: 1-ply ivory | printing: letterpress| folio exterior: reverse virelles pattern in navy | folio interior: champlain pattern in hot pink| liner: grand champlain in hot pink| |invite size: 5.125 x 7.75

colorful letterpress wedding invitations

Olivia & Tim’s Real Wedding + Inside Weddings Magazine Feature!

We love seeing the real weddings of brides and grooms who ordered their wedding invitations from Smock, but it’s an extra-special treat when the wedding photos come from one of our beloved Smock dealers! Today’s real wedding spotlight features Olivia, daughter of Edie Frere (Smock dealer extraordinaire and owner of Landis Gifts & Stationery in Los Angeles!) and her gorgeous wedding at The Holly Farm in Carmel, California. Olivia ordered a stunning invitation suite featuring our modern Ossa design in black and lime inks with a sophisticated folio that tied everything together. Inside Weddings loved her invitation set so much that they chose to feature it in their Summer 2012 issue! Olivia filled us in on what went into planning their fabulous wedding and even gave a few tips for couples who are currently planning their own celebrations.

How did you choose your invitation design & ink color?
I am very fortunate that my Mom and her team at Landis Gifts and Stationery are so good at what they do! We told Mom that we liked letterpress and wanted something fun and unusual. She took it from there!

Letterpress wedding invitations from Smock were featured in the Summer 2012 issue of Inside Weddings

Olivia's Smock wedding invitations, featuring our Ossa design

Can you share with us a bit about your wedding and your inspiration for the event?
We focused on throwing a really fun, casual party for our family and friends.  Our wedding would not have been possible without their support, so we wanted to make sure THEY had a really good time!

What advice do you have for couples currently planning a wedding?
Don’t stress. Planning a wedding can be so overwhelming. I’ll admit, I was a bit of a stress case myself, but in the end it all worked out the way we had envisioned. My husband’s advice: Eat meals together, family style. You can do a better job planning when you talk about it over meals.

What was your favorite moment?
The satisfaction of planning and enjoying the occasion so deeply. We feel we did something as a couple that was greater than what we could have done as 
individuals and that was incredibly meaningful to us both.

Favorite design element of your big day?
We loved the flags that Mom had made for our signature drink. They were a surprise and added a great touch to our reception!  We also loved our wedding cake decorated with a tandem bike.

What’s next for the newlyweds?
We are planning a honeymoon to South America, hopefully this fall! We love traveling and adventure, and are planning to spend a few weeks exploring Chile and  Argentina by bike and boat.

Congratulations and best wishes to Olivia and Tim from everyone here at Smock!

Vendors:
Church
: Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach 
Reception: The Holly Farm  
Save the dates: Custom design by Landis Gifts and Stationery 
Invitations
: Smock via Landis Gifts and Stationery
Photography: Kristy Ahumada of Volatile Photography
Flowers: Kim England at Fleurs du Soleil
Hair and Makeup: Salon at Lincoln Lane
CateringGrapes of Wrath
Desserts: Patisserie Bechler in Monterey
Band: Cam Perridge 415 948 4446

Stunning Evans Letterpress Wedding Invitations

We had the fortune of printing these great Evans letterpress wedding invitations for our friends at Epitome Papers. It’s jobs like these that show us that our stores are the creative ones!!!

inks: midnight + inkless blind deboss | fonts: spence | paper: 1-ply white + 2-ply white | printing: letterpress + offset | folio: exterior pattern: willoughby in inkless blind deboss letterpress + interior pattern: willoughby in midnight letterpress | liner: willoughby in midnight offset | invite size: S-7SQ folio

formal letterpress wedding invitation designs

Design Contest 3rd Place Winner: Art Deco Architecture at the Lyric Opera Inspires

For the last week, we’ve been posting the honorable mentions for the Smock Design Contest. Now we’re down to the final three! Our good friend Nole at Oh So Beautiful Paper chose our winners for this competition, and selected Alphagraphics Lyric Opera Invitation as the 3rd place winner. Here’s what Nole had to say about the design: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a corporate invitation that was so pretty!  I love the patterns, the font selections, and the fold out layout. Gorgeous.”

Nole, we couldn’t agree more! It’s not often we get to print letterpress invitations for galas, concerts, or charitable events, so when we do, we tend to get pretty excited. This espresso and gold invitation to the Lyric Opera’s Charitable Subscriber Concert and Dinner was extraordinary! It was, indeed, a ticketed concert (which explains the use of the pocketfold), and the invitation invited 100 of the Opera’s premier patrons to dinner and a concert.

To the untrained eye, this striped, monogrammed pocketfold invitation looks beautiful and classy. For those who spend a lot of time at Chicago’s Civic Opera House, they’ll notice graphic elements that remind them of the gilded gold walls and ceilings of that very building. When designing the invitation, Amy at Alphagraphics used the opera’s Art Deco elements and color scheme as her guide. She created an invitation that was reminiscent of the old stately edifice, glamorous in its timelessness.

Her work was well appreciated by all! Both the Lyric Opera and the event’s attendees thought the invitation was a fantastic bidding to a wonderful evening of music and feasting. Bravo Amy, Bravo!

Congratulations again to Alphagraphics for taking 3rd place in our design contest. This twice-a-year competition recognizes outstanding and inspired designs submitted by our beloved dealers.

Design Contest Winner: Whimsical Aviation Inspired Invitations

We featured these stunning letterpress invitations back in October and are thrilled to show them off one more time as a design contest honoree! This sophisticated set was sent to us by Darcy at Pearl Beach Paperie in Orlando, Florida, and features charming vintage airplanes and a rich color combination of cherry and black inks. The swirls and flourished fonts set a whimsical tone which balances the chic gold stripes printed on the folios and envelope liners. Congratulations and thank you to Pearl Beach Paperie for sending us such a lovely invitation set!

ink: cherry + black | fonts: custom| paper: 2-ply ivory | printing: letterpress | folio exterior: custom pattern in cherry | folio interior: custom pattern in gold | liner: custom pattern in gold |invite size: 5.125 x 7.75 |

Pearl Beach Paperie was featured as a winner in the Smock design contest for the first half of 2012 -- this was the design that was honored.

This design won an honorable mention in our Smock design competition for the first half of 2012. This twice-a-year competition recognizes outstanding and inspired designs submitted by our beloved dealers.

Beautiful Letterpress Invitations: How to Start the Perfect Wedding

We printed these lovely wedding invitations for our friends at Dandelion Patch – Vienna. The letterpress eggplant and lavender inks make this an elegant suite that they will remember for the rest of their lives. This Chasseral design was letterpress printed on ivory bamboo 2-ply paper. Its wrapped up neatly in a Smock pocketfold to give that new age look to a classic design.

inks: eggplant + lavender  | fonts: graham + tally | paper: 2-ply ivory | printing: letterpress | invite size: S-8 Folio

elegant letterpress wedding invitations

Good Vibes Radiated from a Beautiful Letterpressed Suite

Sneak a peek at this beyond beautiful letterpress Rhon invitation suite submitted to us by our friend Casie at Francis~Orr Corona del Mar in Corona del Mar, California.  The color combination of verbena and taupe transforms the look of this set into something almost vintage!  And everyone knows yellow represents sunshine and joy!  We can’t help but feel this yellow hue helps radiant happiness about the couple’s big day.  Our rhon pattern in verbena on the pocketfold’s exterior adds the most elegant touch to this sensational suite!  We always enjoy working with Francis~Orr because they submit some of the most creative invitation sets!

inks: verbena + taupe | fonts: smock spencerian + stockton | paper: 2-ply white | printing: letterpress | corner rounding | folio exterior: rhon pattern in verbena | folio interior: payette pattern in taupe | liner: the payette pattern in verbena | invite size: 5.125 x 7.75

autumn vintage letterpress invitations

Early December Wedding Celebration!

We’re overjoyed to share these recently printed Lashar wedding invitations submitted to us by our friend, Linda at Pen & Paper in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  What better color combination is there than mulberry and gold for a wedding celebration in December?  When guests open up the pocketfold they will see the most incredible wash of mulberry and we think this is where the set is most romantic.  Around here we LOVE December weddings and the colors that come with the holiday season.

inks: mulberry + gold | fonts: cooper + smock clermont | paper: 1-ply ivory | printing: letterpress |folio exterior: marav pattern in gold | folio interior: sinclair pattern in mulberry| invite size: 5.125 x 7.75

holiday theme letterpress wedding invitation

 

Pastel Letterpress Wedding Invitations!

You just might say we have a soft side for pastel ink colors letterpressed on our thick 2-ply bamboo paper-and you would be right.  Take a look at these elegant Engadine invitations submitted to us by our good friends at Salutations in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Softer hues have a way of looking peaceful and calm, without being over the top.  The highlight is of course the gorgeous folio offset printed on the interior and exterior in the coolest colors to keep things modern.  There is a real warmth seen throughout this suite and we adore it!

ink: sea mist + wisteria | fonts: smock harrison + graham | paper: 2-ply ivory | printing: letterpress | corner rounding | folio exterior: virelles pattern in wisteria | folio interior: pippen pattern in moss | invite size: 5.125 x 7.75

botanical letterpress wedding invitations

Colorfully Loud Offset Bat Mitzvah Set

We have been printing a lot of Bat/Bar Mitzvah sets in our shop lately. Thanks go out to Amy at Monograham for sending us this hip Delano customization. This set was offset printed on our bamboo 1-ply ivory paper in Raspberry and Orchid inks. The outer and response envelopes were letterpress printed in Orchid. This set is completed with an offset printed folio; our Cayman pattern in Orchid on the interior and our Fleming pattern in Raspberry. If this special day was half as fun as this suite was, we all missed a great party.

inks: orchid + raspberry | fonts: submitted fonts | paper: 1-ply ivory | printing: letterpress + offset | folio exterior: fleming pattern offset in raspberry | folio interior: cayman pattern offset in orchid | invite size: S-8 folio

colorful letterpress bat mitzvah invitation

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