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Silver & Dove Letterpress

The aptly named silver and dove inks make this letterpress wedding invitation set look both rich and tranquil.  Gus & Ruby Letterpress strikes again with this custom Engadine invitation.  The two-tone look draws the eye and the use of a #10 invite with a business card-sized reception card makes this one of our favorites.

inks: silver + dove | fonts: etienne + tennyson | paper: 1-ply white bamboo | printing: letterpress | offset back pattern: phelps in dove | offset liner: custom virelles in dove | invite size: #10 | customization #: 15295 |

This customization of Smock's Engadine design features a soft tone on tone look.

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

Eggplant + Spring Inks on our Engadine Design

Our Engadine design looks absolutely regal letterpressed in our eggplant and spring inks. Submitted to us by our friends at Christie in Manhattan Beach, California, we were especially thrilled to see these come off press because this set is pure perfection. The offset back pattern on the invitation matches the envelope lining perfectly – helping to maintain the modern feel of this suite.

inks: eggplant + spring| fonts: cooper + spence | paper: 2-ply white| printing: letterpress |back patterning: granby in spring| corner rounding | liner: the reverse granby pattern in spring | invite size: S7
This is a customization of Smock's Engadine letterpress invitation printed in eggplant and spring green inks.

Smock Design Contest – Engadine Save the Dates from Gus & Ruby Letterpress

As promised last week, we’re so excited to share with you the winning designs in our latest Smock Design Contest. This breathtaking customization of our Engadine design is a letterpress save the date brought to us by our friends at Gus & Ruby Letterpress in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The warm burnt orange and ruby colors were custom ink colors chosen specifically to match the look and feel of the couple’s wedding. Samantha from Gus & Ruby shares, “We were so happy to collaborate with Heather (the bride-to-be) to create a classic save-the-date that would set the tone for her fall wedding.  The rich colors and seasonal graphic made this design the perfect choice.”

Letterpress Save the Dates by Smock

Letterpress Printed Envelope - Smock

Thank you so much to Samantha and Whitney of Gus & Ruby for bringing us this amazing customization. To learn more about their fabulous store, check out their recent Smock Store Spotlight feature.

Destination Wedding Letterpress Invitations

It’s a bit ironic that we have sun and summer on the brain today given the blinding snow currently falling over Central New York, but our dreams of sunshine can’t be deterred – we can’t wait for spring to get here! This time of year we start to get a lot of inquiries about invitation designs particularly well-suited to waterfront, beach or destination weddings so we thought we’d dig up some of our favorites from last year to share with you. There’s nothing like the promise of warm summer breezes to get you inspired, snow or no snow.

Lashar Letterpress Wedding Invitation by Smock

Lashar Letterpress Invitation with Patterned Backing

This first invitation is our Lashar design printed in pewter ink using our Smock Spencerian calligraphy font. The back of the letterpress invitation features gorgeous patterned backing printed in sea mist in our lesina pattern.

Palm Tree Letterpress Wedding Invitation by Smock

This invitation was a beautiful custom version of our Haddington design, printed in espresso ink and blind deboss. The palm tree motif was a custom addition to the design, making it perfect for an elegant destination wedding.

Vettore Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Brought to us by our friends at Peabody Papers in Columbus, Ohio, this version of our popular Vettore design was printed in midnight and seamist inks. The flourishes from the Vettore design were modified in such a way that they remind us of water and waves without being literal.

Engadine Letterpress Wedding Invitation by Smock

Beach Wedding Letterpress Invitations by Smock

This custom version of our Engadine design was printed for the folks at Luxe Expressions in Atlanta. It’s a letterpress reply postcard printed in midnight and seamist that features pretty ocean-themed motifs. The card also includes space for guests to reply to multiple weekend events, which is a great option when designing your stationery for a destination wedding.

Smock Design Contest – Engadine Letterpress Wedding Invitations from Judy Paulen Designs

The first of two honorable mentions in our Smock Design Contest brought to us by Judy Paulen Designs at Bloomingdale’s in New York, we’re completely in love with this chic customization of our Engadine letterpress wedding invitation design. It’s printed in elegant wisteria and pewter inks and features our playful Etienne and Shaw fonts for a finished design that is the perfect blend of traditional elegance and modern sophistication. The set also includes a really lovely letterpress reception card that makes the most of a play between the script Etienne font and the clean look of the sans serif Shaw font. It’s minimal and simple, but still fresh and completely chic.

Smock Design Contest Honoree - Engadine Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Smock Design Contest Honoree - Engadine Letterpress Wedding Invitation

Smock Design Contest Honoree - Engadine Letterpress Reception Card

Thanks so much to our friends at Judy Paulen for sending us this beautiful customization!

Smock’s Letterpress Invitations in New York Magazine Weddings and Bridal Guide

Smock’s letterpress wedding invitations were recently featured in one of our favorite wedding magazines, New York Magazine Weddings! They showcased both a customization of our Engadine letterpress invitation…

Smock in NY Magazine Weddings

and our Cavall letterpress reply card!
Smock in NY Magazine Weddings

Smock is also featured in the current issue of another favorite, Bridal Guide, where they highlighted our Aberdeen letterpress invitation as a favorite eco-friendly invitation design.

Smock in Bridal Guide Fall 2009
We are completely thrilled to be featured in such fabulous magazines and send a big thank you to New York Magazine Weddings and Bridal Guide. It is always so fun to see Smock designs in print!

Smock Design Contest – Three Color Engagdine Letterpress Invitation from Kate’s Paperie

It’s not every day that we get to print an insanely beautiful 3-color letterpress wedding invitation and this one, a customization of our Engadine design and honoree in our Smock Design Contest from Kate’s Paperie, is just that – insanely beautiful. Printed in soft cream, verbena and periwinkle inks, this lovely letterpress wedding invitation is truly one of a kind. Using our Smock Spencerian calligraphy font in verbena and our Stockton serif font in periwinkle, this customization feels both bold and modern yet soft and pretty. Opting to use the Engadine leaf motif at the top of the invitation as opposed to in the lower corner as in the original design further personalizes the invitation, making it a true reflection of the couple and their wedding.

Smock Design Contest Runner Up - Engadine Letterpress Invitation

Smock Design Contest Runner Up - Engadine Letterpress Invitation

Thanks so much to our friends at Kate’s Paperie for sending along this customization – we always love the opportunity to print a really fabulous 3-color letterpress wedding invitation!

Letterpress menus make your wedding reception look good!

Designing and letterpress printing menus is one of our favorite things to do here – the weddings become so real at this point, and our clients have really, really good taste in food. Letterpress menus generally evoke your wedding invitation design and bring things full circle. On occasion, menus double as place cards and have the name of the guest calligraphied at the top of the menu. We think these letterpress menus would be fabulous for other occasions – milestone birthday parties, for instance, or even a really unforgettable dinner party of the year. We often do cool customizations like edge painting (go gold!), corner rounding, or even back printing of patterns. Here are a few of our favorite letterpress menus of late!

(designs from upper left: Engadine, Helani, Burstell, Nevis, Nevis, Helani)

Our favorite letterpress menus - by Smock