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Custom venue-inspired wedding invitations and save the dates

It’s always fun to see the finishing touches that our clients make when it comes to their wedding invitations and save the dates. For Chelsea and JohnMichael’s May wedding at The Hempstead House, we worked with Jill from Jilly P Invitations & Gifts to create a set of custom, venue-inspired wedding invitations and save the dates. Jill shared some background with us on the inspiration for this suite – we’ll let her take it from here! 

Whenever I work with a customer, my goal is to always make their dreams become a reality. For this invitation, the bride wanted a drawing of the castle where the event was being held. So as to hint at the incredible night ahead, we first used a hand drawn image of the castle on the save the date. As we continued the process, we then included the castle design on the direction card in the pocketfold invitation, and to tie it all together, we designed a beautiful stamp incorporating the castle. In finalizing the entire package, we added a wax seal on the back of the envelope with the bride and groom’s initials as a perfect finishing touch for what will be the most magical night of their lives.

Custom pocketfold wedding invitations with matching monogram wax seal from Smock

Custom save the dates from Smock with matching custom postage stamps

Custom save the dates from Smock with matching custom postage stamps

Custom pocketfold monogrammed wedding invitations with matching monogram postage stamp

Custom foil, letterpress and digitally printed wedding invitation suite and save the dates from Smock

letterpress ink: jute |  foil: tawny matte | digital inks: jute + espresso | fonts: smock plaza + wallis | paper: 1-ply white  bamboo | sizes: S-8 folio + S-6 + S-5 | folio interior + exterior: sinclair pattern in jute | envelope liners: metallic camel design: custom library featuring submitted artwork | customization #:35310 + 35404 | Jilly P Invitations & Gifts

Painterly rose gold birth announcements

We worked with our friends at Fat Cat Paperie to create Clio’s painterly rose gold birth announcements and coordinating envelope liners. Her parents drew inspiration from our Ellory invitation suite to create the cards, which paired a digitally printed watercolor wash with our rose gold foil. What a sweet way to welcome a new baby! 

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foil color: rose gold shine | digital ink color: papaya | fonts + design: greenway + hutton, Ellory design | paper: 1-ply white | size: S-6 | envelope liner: miette pattern | customization #34589 | Fat Cat Paperie – Center Moriches 

Harbour Island Wedding in the Bahamas

Melissa and John worked with Colin at Pulp & Ink for their wedding invitations and stationery for their fairytale wedding in the Bahamas. The couple selected our ombre Amira suite and personalized each piece in the same shade of pink that the bride chose for her custom Vera Wang wedding gown. Read on for their beautiful love story!

Custom pink Vera Wang wedding gownPink ombre wedding invitations from Smock

John Jacobs and Melissa Posh first met on June 9, 1994 at a party at Lake Point Towers. John, having just had shoulder surgery, was on major pain relief medication, causing his sense for adventure to be higher than usual. Melissa walked in, John approached, words were exchanged, and chemistry began to operate. For John it was ignited by Melissa’s spark of contagious energy and for Melissa, it was the aura of excitement and wit that attracted her. In a matter of minutes a romance had begun that culminated 22 years later in a fairy tale wedding for the ages.

John is a conservative wealth manager for the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) and Melissa is an entrepreneur in the food, fitness and fashion arenas. Although on paper, they were exact opposites, we all have heard the old saying “Opposites attract”. The twenty-two years seemed to fly by and there was never a day that Melissa did not get excited when John walked through their door at night. 

Their high rise home looked over Lake Michigan and it kept them in touch with their mutual love for the water. John had many hobbies: he was a pilot, an artist, a reader and musician with interests in the guitar and the piano.  Melissa was a creative type. She loved to exercise, run marathons, practice yoga, bake and cook, shop for fashions and always seemed to find the perfect gift to give to a friend or member of her large family. She was also an event planner, organizing a golf outing in honor of her father, Ed Posh, who was the head golf professional for 37 years. The event has raised over $700,000 for college scholarships for local area youth.

Beach wedding ceremony   Beach wedding ceremony seating

Most of all both Melissa and John were in love with deep-sea fishing and spent myriad hours cruising and fishing in the Caribbean waters.  John had bought a large fishing yacht naturally christened  “The Melissa”.  One of their first marine adventures was a trip to Harbour Island in the Bahamas. It was “Love at first Docking”. The island offered fantastic fishing for John and a three mile long pink sand beach for Melissa. You could even ride horses on the sand. The island was a match made in island heaven. It offered first class gourmet restaurants, fabulous libations, a sprinkling of beautiful boutiques, and it was small and intimate to boot. It was enough to keep them and John’s two children, JR and Lindsay, as well as several of their friends, family and clients coming back year after year.

On June 5th, 2015, twenty-one years after their first meeting, John flew Melissa down to the Island.  By now he had his own plane. He’d made a reservation at their favorite restaurant, The Rock House, and over the course of the evening actually got down on one knee and proposed. I bet none of you are scratching your heads over her immediate response.

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Nautical rehearsal luncheon invitations

We worked with Adrienne at Ipanema Press to create these chic nautical invitations for Lauren and Gerard’s rehearsal luncheon at The Arlington. Our Prescott design was personalized with the addition of a knotted rope motif and custom striped envelope liners to keep with the the venue’s seaside style. An email was provided right on the invitation to collect RSVPs – an eco way to cut down on paper and postage! 

Nautical rehearsal dinner invitations from Smock Nautical rehearsal dinner invitations from Smock

digital ink: slate | fonts + design: nave + bell mt, Prescott design | paper: 1-ply white bamboo | size: S-5 | envelope liner: custom supplied artwork | customization #33179 | Ipanema Press

Sutherlin save the dates + foil stamped wedding invitations inspired by The Baby Doll House

Magan and Keith celebrated their November wedding at the iconic Baby Doll House in Benoit, Mississippi. Their save the dates and invitations provided a glimpse of the venue for guests through a gorgeous watercolor depiction of the Greek Revival style mansion. We combined letterpress and digital printing for the save the dates, pairing them with metallic camel envelope liners. For their Sutherlin wedding invitations, the watercolor artwork was featured again, but this time on the digitally printed inner envelope liners. Tawny matte foil stamping was used on their classic invitations, direction cards, and reception cards, which also included our Sutherlin pattern. 

Custom save the dates featuring a watercolored take on the Baby Doll House in Mississippi Custom foil stamped wedding invitations for a wedding at the Baby Doll House in Mississippi

letterpress ink: gold | foil color: tawny matte | CMYK digital printing|  fonts + design: Smock Spencerian + Carrington Stripes, Sutherlin design | paper: 1-ply + 2-ply white bamboo | sizes: #10 + S-8SQ + S-5SQ | envelope liners: metallic camel + digitally printed, supplied artwork | customization #27716 + #29146 | Lagniappe Fine Gifts 

Custom hazel wedding invitations

We worked with Kara at Nest Paper Studio to create these custom wedding invitations for a November celebration at the Annesdale Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. In order to create a thick, 2-ply piece, we digitally printed both pieces of the invitation in a flood of hazel ink, then duplexed the two pieces together. The invitations feature our popular tawny matte foil stamping for both the text and the edge treatment, adding a sophisticated metallic touch. A hazel watercolor envelope liner tied the entire set together, which set the tone for this elegant fall affair. 

Digitally printed + foil stamped wedding invitations from Smock Digitally printed + foil stamped wedding invitations from Smock Digitally printed + foil stamped wedding invitations from Smock

letterpress ink: hazel | digital ink: hazel | foil color: tawny matte | fonts + design: lilla + sans capitals + mason, custom library-based design | paper: 2-ply ivory (duplexed invitation) | size: S-8 + S-5 | envelope liner: water color 9 pattern in hazel | customization #28643 | Nest Paper Studio

Photo save the dates

Photo save the dates are a great way to share engagement photos with family and friends while giving them a heads on your wedding date and location. They’re also an ideal way to share your wedding website, which can include directions, accommodations, photos, sweet stories, registry info, and more. Today we’re sharing a few of our favorite photo save the dates to give you some ideas on ways to customize your own! 

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Go big: Ashley and Klint chose our larger S-8 invitation size for their photo save the dates, and added tawny matte foil for an extra touch of glamour. 
digital printing / CMYK process + tawny matte foil | white bamboo paper | 5.75 x 8.375 | #26222 | No Regrets 

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Make it personal: Ellie and Andrew included their adorable dog on their custom photo save the dates, and used our Stella calligraphy font to add a touch of whimsy. 
digital printing / CMYK process + gold matte foil | white bamboo paper | 4.5 x 6.75 | #25667 | Hitched 

Napa Valley save the dates

Show the locale: These scenic photo save the dates gave guests a peek at the beautiful scenery to come for Nathalie and Neil’s Napa Valley celebration. 
digital printing / CMYK process | white bamboo paper | 4.5 x 6.75 | #25170 | Rugg Road Paper Company  

Kennebunkport Maine photo save the dates

Share your story: Tory and Andy got married in the place they met as teenagers – and added their wedding website to their save the dates to help tell their love story! 
navy digital printing / CMYK process | white bamboo paper | 4.5 x 6.75 | finn envelope liners in navy | #25467 | Gus & Ruby Letterpress 

Black and white photo save the dates from Smock

Keep it classic: Laura and Justin combined letterpress printing and digital printing for their Ashbourne save the dates, and went for a timeless look by using a black and white photo. 
digital printing / CMYK process + pewter letterpress | white bamboo paper | 4.5 x 6.75 | #25756 | Write Selection 

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Tie it all together: Tanya and Matthew took advantage of our 6+ printed pieces discount (and saved 10%!) for their wedding stationery. They printed their save the dates and their Barnesly invitations at the same time, and tied it all together by matching the fonts and adding blue to their save the date envelope liners to match the blue watercolor wash on their invitations.  
digital printing / CMYK process + gold matte foil | white bamboo paper | 4.5 x 6.75 | clairveaux envelope liners in pool | #25307 | The Dandelion Patch 

Amira letterpress Bat Mitzvah invitations + coral ombré sleeve

Papaya and mocha ink paired together beautifully for Abbie’s letterpress Bat Mitzvah invitations. We customized our Amira design for the occasion, and created a coral ombré sleeve to match. Our Talwara patterned envelope liners added a hint of Southwestern flair, which complemented the sunset inspired invitation sleeve and party card perfectly. 

Letterpress Bat Mitzvah invitations + coral ombré sleeve from Smock Letterpress Bat Mitzvah invitations with coral ombré sleeve from Smock Ombré Bat Mitzvah party card

letterpress inks: mocha + papaya | digital inks: mocha + papaya + coral | fonts: Clermont and Percy | paper: 1-ply + 2-ply white | size: S-8 + S-5 | sleeve: ombré fade in coral; juliette style | envelope liner:Talwara pattern in coral + papaya + apricot | customization #24148 | Jenny’s Paper, Ink

4th of July Barn Party wedding invitations

Danna and Michael treated their guests to a casual 4th of July barbecue for their wedding last summer. We digitally printed a custom map complete with adorable illustrations that was adhered to a red, white and blue invitation folio. Their barn party wedding invitations were actually inserts for the folio, and included a phone number for RSVPs. We love the checkered look on the outside of the folio — perfectly fitting for a barn party celebration! 

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letterpress ink: cherry + royale | fonts: Ruby + Barnes | artwork: submitted | paper: 1-ply white | size: S-8 + S-6 | folio exterior: custom pattern in cherry; folio interior: fleming pattern in royale | customization #22078 | Arabesque 

Peach + gold ombré wedding invitations and save the dates

We created matching save the dates and ombré wedding invitations using our Spence design for Kasey and Adam’s Stone Harbor wedding celebration. The entire set was printed with gold matte foil, and the main two pieces included a pretty peach ombré fade. We duplexed the invitations to make them ultra thick, then added corner rounding and gold matte foil edging for a polished finish. 

Orange ombre wedding invitations and save the dates from Smock Orange ombre wedding invitations and save the dates from Smock  Orange ombre wedding invitations and save the dates from Smock

foil color: gold matte | digital printing: ombre pattern in peach ink  | fonts: Smock Plaza + Lazlo + Stockton  | paper: 1-ply + 2-ply white | size: S-8 + S-6 + S-5 | corner rounding | foil edge: gold matte |  envelope liners: champagne metallic | customization #27102 + 24836 | Nota Bene 

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