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Vibrant green letterpress wedding invitations

Julia and Kevin customized our Prescott invitation for their summer wedding in Vermont. They worked with our friends at Gus & Ruby Letterpress to create a monochromatic look by printing their entire suite in our vibrant grass ink color. A striped envelope liner added a fun, preppy touch to this sweet but sophisticated set. 

Green letterpress wedding invitations with striped envelope liners from Smock

Green letterpress wedding invitations from Smock

Green letterpress wedding invitation reply cards from Smock

Green letterpress wedding invitations from Smock

letterpress ink color: grass | fonts: Jules & Naive | paper: 2-ply + 1-ply white bamboo | size: S-8 + S-6 + S-5 | envelope liner: Seneca Stripe pattern in grass | customization #33740 | Gus & Ruby Letterpress

Die-cut letterpress wedding invitations with vintage print envelope liners

Lauren and Hermes personalized our Halifax invitation suite to set the tone for their October wedding at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  The couple chose classic black letterpress ink on our white bamboo paper for their invitation suite, which mixed our square Belmont die-cut shape on the invitations with our Plymouth die-cut shape on the reply cards. We printed a petite website card to provide guests with information regarding accommodations and wedding day details, as well as a vintage anemone patterned envelope liner to add a splash of color.

Die-cut letterpress wedding invitations from Smock

Die-cut letterpress wedding invitations from Smock

Die-cut letterpress wedding invitations from Smock

letterpress ink color: black | fonts: Wallis + Lawrence | paper: 2-ply + 1-ply white bamboo | size: S-8SQ Belmont + S-5 Plymouth + S-3 | envelope liner: vintage print anemone pattern | customization #33696 | Shindig Paperie  

Smock wedding invitations featured by Weddings in Houston Magazine

We were thrilled to spot our Camden and Tensley wedding invitations in the February 2017 issue of Weddings in Houston magazine! The tawny matte Camden suite – complete with a peacock adorned envelope liner – was featured alongside other modern wedding invitations with floral envelope liners and design elements. Our sweet Tensley invitations feature letterpress printing in deep blue ink on our ivory bamboo paper, and were paired alongside other pretty blue invitations (including the Garden Sun invitation from our BFF Bella Figura).  Many thanks to Weddings in Houston for including our invitations on these beautiful pages! 

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Modern brushstroke wedding invitations + foil stamped envelope liners

We combined platinum shine foil with black letterpress ink to create Gregory and Christopher’s modern brushstroke wedding invitations. The pair customized our Flynn design for their November wedding at the Asia Society in Houston, Texas, which was followed by a reception at Hotel Zaza. In addition to the invitations and foil stamped envelope liners, we created a reply card and an information card that shared specifics on information like parking, accommodations, and wedding day details.

Modern brushstroke wedding invitations  with foil + letterpress by Smock

Modern brushstroke wedding invitations  with foil + letterpress by Smock

Modern brushstroke wedding invitations  with foil + letterpress by Smock

Modern brushstroke wedding invitations  with foil + letterpress by Smock

foil color: platinum shine | letterpress ink color: black | fonts: moderno + woodland + barber | paper: 2-ply + 1-ply white bamboo | size: S-8 + S-6 + S-5 | Flynn design | envelope liner: organic stripes pattern in platinum shine foil | edge paint: black | customization #35476 | Events

Monogrammed letterpress birth announcements

We worked with Adrienne at Ipanema Press to create these monogrammed letterpress birth announcements to mark Ashton’s arrival. We letterpress printed the petite S-5 cards in vine ink on our thick, 2-ply white bamboo paper. Adrienne created an adorable patterned envelope liner featuring custom-illustrated airplanes and Ashton’s initials in shades of green and pale blue. Such a sweet way to spread the news! 

Letterpress baby announcements from Smock

Custom airplane envelope liners

Monogrammed + Letterpress baby announcements from Smock

letterpress ink colors: vine | fonts + artwork: submitted | paper: 2-ply white bamboo | size: S-5 | envelope liner: custom submitted artwork | customization #35300 | Ipanema Press

Smock Studio Tour with Invitations & Company

Today we’re sharing a peek inside the studio of Boston-based Invitations & Company. Founder Arlene Cronk is celebrating 25 years in business this year, and has crafted a warm, intimate space for her clients. In addition to running a successful stationery business, Arlene founded the Boston Wedding Group and Marketing to the High-End Bride. BWG is the largest and oldest wedding industry association in New England, while Marketing to the High-End Bride is the most widely attended event for wedding professionals in New England. Arlene also founded a New York Wedding Group, where she was president from 2004-2006. We’ll let Arlene take it from here! 

Arlene Cronk, founder of Invitations and Company

I started the business right after returning from a Caribbean cruise in December 1991. At breakfast and dinner we had been seated with another couple and the wife, Amy, ran an invitations business from her home in the Cleveland area. She and I would take walks along the deck most mornings and during those walks she would describe her business, and I knew immediately this was something I wanted to do. So, the next day after coming home I set up an office at the end of our living room in our Boston apartment and that’s how Invitations & Company began.

The space is different from most invitation businesses. It’s not a store and it is no longer based in a home. It is a separate studio unit in a downtown building that looks a lot like someone’s living room, with a small office at one end. We have comfortable couches and chairs and also a large table where we meet with customers and spread out albums of invitations. Along the walls we have shelves and shelves of albums and invitations on display.

An inside look at the Invitations & Company studio in Boston, Massachusetts

So the space is very homey but also very professional. It is very convenient for customers who live or work downtown. We also draw a lot of customers from nearby suburbs who are looking for a huge selection, lots of personal service, and a very personalized shopping experience overall.

An inside look at the Invitations & Company studio in Boston, Massachusetts

What I love most about my job is that it feels so right for me – I like to say that ‘I’m completely self-actualized’ doing this. I was an art history major in college and later earned a masters in social work — and this business combines the art and creative aspects with the social part. Most of my customers are engaged couples and planning a wedding can be very stressful, so the fact that I used to be a licensed social worker helps a lot. In fact, for six years I ran a program called the Bridal Survival Club.

An inside look at the Invitations & Company studio in Boston, Massachusetts

The most challenging part of my job is that I have to be “on” all the time. I am always dealing with invitation issues and talking with customers and invitation vendors, even when on vacations. There is a lot of pressure because my customers expect impeccable products and services, and rightfully so.

5 favorite things in your shop? 

  1. My bulletin boards with photos of brides, and brides with their mothers and grooms, when they see their invitations for the first time.
  2. My photo of Randy Fenoli (“Say Yes to the Dress”) and me.
  3. My office carpet (I scoured every store in Boston and New York until I finally found something I love!).
  4. My large worktable with lots and lots of space to spread things out.
  5. I am really proud of the many great online customer reviews I’ve received over the years.

An inside look at the Invitations & Company studio in Boston, Massachusetts

If someone is visiting your shop, what are the other essential stops in your neighborhood? Anything on Charles Street in Beacon Hill — boutique apparel shops, gift and gourmet food shops, cosmetic boutiques, restaurants — they’re all great!

Does your store support any charities or special causes? Friends of the Public Garden, The Yellowstone Association, and Angell Memorial Hospital (a veterinary hospital). 

Current favorite design trend?I love vintage floral patterns and metallics.

An inside look at the Invitations & Company studio in Boston, Massachusetts

Many thanks to Arlene for giving us a peek inside her cozy space! 

Romantic bronze shine foil wedding invitations

Natalie and Daniel rang in the new year as newlyweds at the beautiful Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, California. We had the pleasure of working with Events to create Natalie and Daniel’s romantic bronze shine foil wedding invitations. The couple personalized our Linden suite with a pretty vintage print and bronze shine foil for their New Year’s Eve wedding. We created an elegant foil stamped wedding invitation and a reply card (complete with cute motifs) for the main components of their suite, while their digitally printed and foil stamped website cards mimicked the romantic, vintage hydrangea pattern on their envelope liners.

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foil color: bronze shine | digital ink color: CMYK process | fonts: submitted + Notera | paper: 2-ply +1-ply white bamboo | size: S-8 + S-5 + S-3 | Linden design | envelope liner: vintage hydrangea patterned print | customization #35750 | Events

Gift wrapping workshop with May Arts Ribbon – Recap

We recently held a gift wrapping workshop here at our Syracuse print shop in collaboration with our friends at May Arts Ribbon. Each attendee learned how to get the perfect gift wrapping measurements, how to make an invisible seam, and how to put together some really cute gift toppers. In addition the gift toppers, guests were able to dress up their gifts with some festive, holiday-themed May Arts ribbons — we came up with so many fun wrap pairings! Take a peek at the event and some of the final wrapped presents below. You’ll even catch a sneak peek at some of our brand new gift wraps that will soon be available! 

Gift wrapping workshop signage from SmockSmock's Jen DeRoberts teaching gift wrapping workshop attendees how to make gift toppers at a gift wrapping workshopSea-urchin style DIY gift topper from SmockSmock gift wrapping workshop with May Arts Ribbon Smock gift wrapping workshop with May Arts Ribbon Smock gift wrapping workshop with May Arts Ribbon Smock gift wrapping workshop with May Arts RibbonHoliday gift wrapping workshop with Smock + May Arts Ribbon

Custom tri-fold holiday photo cards with gold foil

We worked with our friends at Union Street Papery to create these darling tri-fold holiday cards for the Spangler family. The tri-fold card features digital printing on both the front and the back, and each panel highlights a different photograph. Gold matte foil was included to make the initial greeting stand out, and we created custom envelope liners featuring the reindeer pattern from our Merry gift wrap to add some extra holiday cheer. 

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foil color: gold matte | digital printing: CMYK process | fonts: Jules + Moderno | paper: 1-ply white bamboo | sizes: S-6TF | envelope liner: custom pattern based on our Merry gift wrap | customization #:31184 | Union Street Papery

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