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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.

Digitally addressed wedding invitation envelopes from SmockPink ombre wedding invitations from Smock (more…)

Foil stamped coaster save the dates

Nina and Francisco worked with Sarah at the Windmill Paper Boutique to create their coaster save the dates. They created a custom, text-based design and used our Plaza calligraphy font by Sarah Hanna to add a touch of romance. Their save the dates were printed in blue shine foil, and ombre envelope liners in ocean-like hues complemented the wedding locale perfectly. 

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foil color: blue shine | fonts: Smock Plaza + submitted  | paper: coaster stock | size: 4.5 x 4.5 | corner rounding | envelope liners: ombre pattern in azure + ocean + tiffany + sand | customization #25221 | The Windmill Paper Boutique 

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. 

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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

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 

Elegant Ombre Bat Mitzvah Invitations

These elegant ombre Bat Mitzvah invitations are a must have if you’re looking for a wow-worthy invitation design. Our Amira customization features digital printing and a cool ombre effect, with gold matte foil stamping and a vibrant patterned envelope liner in varying shades of orange to match. We’d bring in fun golden touches — like a glittery golden photobooth backdrop and cake pop tassels — and lots of colorful pink & orange decor to an Amira-inspired party.

Ombre + gold foil Amira Bat Mitzvah invitations + party ideas from Smock

Photo credits: Cake, cake pops + flowers / Gold backdrop