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Stationery | Damask Invitation Suite

“Is damask out of style?” she asked me at our first meeting.

Sometimes, yes.

“I just don’t want it to look ‘oldish’ you know?” she said. “I’m already what I’d call a ‘mature bride’…”

Then you’ve come to the right place.

Careful not to go down the road often traveled (who hasn’t done damask?), I set out to bring a fresh perspective to stationery designed with a damask motif.  I played with scale and using different sections of the damask.  I paired it with other patterns.  I reversed out the inks for an all-black out-of-town reception card.  I proposed non-traditional accents, such as a black rsvp envelope.  (Black for a wedding?!  Absolutely.  Why not?)

The result was this bold, graphic and fresh take on a traditional (and dare I say, potentially boring) damask invitation suite that even the youngest of young brides (and the maturest of mature brides) would be delighted to call their own.

My favorite card just might be the all-black Memphis reception card.  Perfect for a formal house party!

The main invitation card alone is oh.so.romantic.

And more than 600 envelopes later… They were all lined!  Including the outer, the rsvp and the thank you note envelopes. Whew!

Stationery | LaBruce + Harrison’s Save the Date

LaBruce and Harrison wanted to set the stage for a very elegant, coastal South Carolina wedding.  LaBruce contacted me when she saw my own calligraphic invitation suite.  She wanted a Save the Date inspired by this look, but done in a black + ivory palette.  This particular design was entirely typeset though, with a little finagling of flourishes to give it that hand-drawn look.  Specialty paper with a slight texture, plus a custom return address rubber stamp, completed the mailer.  Best wishes to you, Mr. + Mrs. Trammell!

Branding | Jams by Mags

Handcrafted.  Artisan.  From Napa Valley to Arlington deliciousness.  That’s Jams by Mags.  All of these jams are hand cut, small batch preserves, created with the highest quality local ingredients, made in the peak of their season.  And Mags needed a brand and package design that conveyed all of that.

Margaret began making jams in her mom’s Napa Valley kitchen.  Now she makes jams in her own kitchen in Arlington, Virginia.  (And she ships orders!  Thanks be to God!)  She came to me with initial ideas for her look – one that would fit the hand cut, homemade, original and unique flavors she fills up in her jars.  And one that wouldn’t break the bank of a young, start up company.  The creative process was great fun!  Mags and I share similar creative bents and continue to pass inspirational tips back and forth in the middle of our work weeks to this day.  How DO we get any work accomplished?!  Well, we do.

The result of our collaboration (and scrumptious product sampling) was a set of custom rubber stamps that she would use to stamp her paper goods as needed – jar labels, business cards, note cards, and shipping labels on boxes.  The stamps were not only a huge budget saver, but a perfect fit for that “handcrafted” look & feel.  And by pairing a classic serif typeface with Maggie’s own handwritten “by Mags” for the logo, the result is a unique brand mark that further conveys that hand made touch.

Note: Jams by Mags is currently stocked with wintertime marmalades and savory jellies!!
Be sure to browse (and drool) and place your orders here.

All photos courtesy of Jams by Mags.  Photographer: Kim Maxwell Vu.

Stationery | Rick + Tonia

Just a few short months ago, my friend Rick found his dream girl – and two days ago they tied the knot!  It may have been a fast track to “I do” but when you know you know… you know?  Although I was not able to travel to their wedding in Greenville this weekend, I did have the distinct pleasure of working with the lovely bride on designing her invitation suite.  Tonia shared her ideas of blue mason jars, wildflowers, and charcoal grays for this July event.  Wedding ceremony in an old church.  Reception on the lawn of a plantation house.  She also really wanted their initials carved on a tree.  The result?  Rustic elegance with southern charm.  And pops of mason jar blue.  Congratulations, you two.  Happy Honeymooning!!

The main card was printed front + back.  Guests were first greeted by this oak tree carved with the couple’s initials.

Invitation on the flipside.  All wrapped up in twine.

A separate card for rehearsal dinner guests.

Sweet details.  And a custom rubber stamp!

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