This customization of our Gramercy (designed by Amy Graham Stigler) letterpress wedding invitations, sent to us by our friends at The Village Invites 2, is creativity at its best! Gone are the original leafy designs which are replaced by a beautiful branch motif in blind deboss. The color selection of pewter for the text is absolutely beautiful! When this invite is coupled together with the wedding events/reply card its a sight to behold. The outer envelope liner, shown here in shell ink, is just the icing on the cake.
inks: blind deboss + pewter | font: sans capitals | calligraphy: the harrison hand calligraphy, by Patricia Mumau | paper: 1-ply white| invite size: f-8 | liner: classic color pattern in shell ink
This customization of our Love Notes (by Kamal) letterpress wedding invitation design has us in the mood to celebrate! For an even more festive look, replace the cherry ink and edge paint with red shine foil.
love notes customization = inks: cherry + silver | fonts: danube | paper: white | invite size: f-8 | liner: elegant ombre in charcoal and white | original design by Kamal | customized by in-house designer Sarah Walroth |
embellishment suggestions: edge painting: cherry ink
(Photo Credits: Mark Brooke).
We love sharing photos of the real weddings and letterpress invitations that our fabulous Bella brides send us, but we especially love when we get to feature the wedding of someone we know personally! For today’s real wedding, we worked with Lin Logan of The Stationery Company in Denver and her daughter Jennifer for Jennifer’s letterpress wedding invitations, and we are so thrilled to share details from the big day! Jennifer chose our elegant Jolie design for her October celebration, and we letterpress printed her wedding invitations in pewter and champagne inks. Spencerian hand calligraphy accents by Debi Zeinert added a gorgeous touch of elegance to the sophisticated set, which included a festive reception card and a handy info card that let guests know about accommodations, transportation, and the couple’s wedding website. We are completely smitten with this gorgeous fall wedding — read on to learn about the inspiration behind this fabulous event!
Can you share with us a bit about your wedding and your inspiration for the event?
Our absolute favorite time of year is the fall, so John and I decided that we definitely wanted a fall wedding. With so many of our friends’ weddings taking place in the summer months, we felt like having it at this time of year would allow us to really be creative and different and also give our guests an evening they would never forget during a time when life seems to move at a bit slower pace. That really served as our inspiration for the entire event. We wanted to find a venue that truly showcased the beautiful fall colors of Colorado while also conveying a sense of casual-elegance that would make everyone feel right at home. When we came across Crooked Willow Farm, we felt no other venue could have captured all of these things more perfectly…so with that decision crossed off the list, we then began planning the wedding of our dreams in a Big Red Barn in beautiful Larkspur, Colorado. What could be more “Fall” than that?
How did you choose your invitation design & ink colors?
I think that when most of us think of fall, we think of the traditional fall color palette of reds, oranges and yellows. Once again, trying to think a bit more out of the box, we came up with the color palette of charcoal gray and butter yellow. We felt the palette was warm and inviting and best of all, DIFFERENT! Choosing letterpress on luxurious cotton paper by Bella Figura only enhanced our vision, and they worked with us on such a personal yet effortless level that I felt no stress with regard to the invitations. Our initial vision for the invitation was achieved. When dreaming about how this palette would be reflected in all aspects of our wedding…from the bridesmaid dresses, the flowers and of course, the invitations, we were sold on it immediately. From there we watched all the details unfold so beautifully in sticking with this color theme. We wouldn’t have changed a thing.
What surprised you most about your wedding?
What surprised us most was how quickly the day went. We wanted to hang on every moment of the day as long as we could but all in all, each moment passed along to the next so much faster than we anticipated. What also surprised me was how nervous I felt moments before I walked down the isle. And furthermore, I was also surprised by the immediate calm I felt just moments later as I saw John for the first time and was walking down the isle with our eyes locked on one another.
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We’re excited to start off the new year with a bit of glitz! Our Modern Fete letterpress design is fun and festive with it’s bursts of color reminiscent of confetti and tinsel that just shout a good time! For a touch of sparkle, swap our navy and fuchsia letterpress inks for indigo and purple shine metallic foils.
modern fete customization = inks: navy + fuchsia | fonts: adelais + memphis | paper: white | invite size: f-8 | liner: elegant ombre pattern in fuchsia and pale gray ink | original design by amy graham-stigler | customized by in-house designer: racheal decker
embellishment suggestions: foil edging: indigo shine
(Photo Credits: Jill Thomas)
These simple, yet wonderfully unique letterpress birthday invitations sent to us by our friends over at By Invitation Only in Arizona are a real treat! The set features our Modern Light design (by Ian Koenig) and includes a beautiful invitation to the party as well as a reply card. Each piece is printed in our espresso ink and has a charming monogram (which show off the initials for the person of honor as well as his birth date) in the top left corner. Getting these in the mail would be almost as sweet as a slice of the Birthday cake!
ink: espresso | font: requiem | paper: 2-ply ivory | invite size: sq-7 | edge painting: espresso
The neon trend will continue to thrive in full force in 2012, so we’ve added some amazing new neon ink colors to our collection! Make a bold statement by printing your letterpress invitations in a vibrant neon color, or consider edge painting on your stationery in a bright color to add an extra wow-factor. Read on to see our favorite new neon inks & designs, and check out our tips for how you can pull in pops of neon throughout your wedding day!
Hot off the press & letterpress printed in hot pink ink (clockwise from top left): New Horizon, a modern new design from Tara Hogan; hot pink edge painting on the trendy New Washi invitation design by Kamal; grand old English styled hand calligraphed lettering is printed in hot pink in the Royal Calligraphy design by Debi Zeinert; the New Washi invitation design from Kamal, letterpress printed in hot pink ink and foil stamped in gold shine.
Lime-aid (an electric, lime-colored letterpress ink) adds a gorgeous hint of green to the Tapestry invitation by Tara Hogan (and looks stunning when printed alongside taupe ink); lime-aid ink looks extra-modern when paired with black ink and modern fonts in the Architect design by Erin Jang.
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Bella Figura’s letterpress invitation designs for 2012 have arrived! We’ve added 6 brand new designers and 83 new letterpress wedding invitation designs – which means you’ve now got over 300+ incredible designs to choose from! We’ve added new embellishment options, too — think metallics (foil stamping and foil edging now available in 12 dazzling colors – choose traditional metallics like gold, silver or copper, or go for something a little more daring, like fuchsia, indigo, forest or teal!). Metallics and shine will be a huge wedding trend for 2012, so mix foil stamping with letterpress for a hint of glamour, create a show-stopping look with a powerful pair of foil stamped colors (think two tone gold or gold with silver), or add foil edging for a splash of sophisticated flair.
Counter clock-wise from upper left: Aria by Maybelle; Canto by Kelle Anne McCarter; Fugue by Kamal; Traditional Script by Beth Barr; Moroccan Romantic by Lindsy Aragona; Unique Minimes by Gina Dean and Lauren Richel Kelly.
New designs and metallics aren’t the only thing we’ve got that’s new for 2012! We’ve got new calligraphy styles, new options for pocketfolds, envelopes + envelope liners, and more. There’s a wide variety of artwork, cartouches, and monograms in our motif library. Let Chris – one of our knowledgeable invitation experts – walk you through all of the amazing new offerings (just check out the video below!)
Letterpressed in a sophisticated duet of Wine and Espresso inks, this version of Amy Graham Stigler‘s Mimosa design has an exquisitely lush and warm feel – perfect for a tropical wedding in the French West Indies.
inks: espresso + wine | paper: 1-ply white | invitation size: a7 | client coordinator: chris gannon
It’s easy to get into the holiday spirit with these winter inspired Alpine (by Beth Ann Seal) letterpress wedding invitations. Who could help but fall in love with a wedding invitation that begins…”In the spirit of peace and joy this holiday season”? This suite radiates warm sunshine, because we can’t help but shake the good vibes when looking at each piece. We feel a warm embrace on the coldest of winters nights when we talk about this stunning set! We always love a pop of color and the cardinal ink is absolute perfection paired with pale gray. We can almost see the snowflakes falling! We promise that this romantic set will charm you.
inks: cardinal + pale gray | fonts: parisian + garamond | paper: 1-ply white | invite size: f-8 |
This holiday-inspired customization of our Florian Script letterpress wedding invitation is perfect for a formal, contemporary wedding. The pale, warm ink colors are balanced by festive cardinal edge paint, which sets the mood for an elegant evening event and has us dreaming of snow!
florian script customization = inks: shell + french vanilla | fonts: sakura + utrecht | paper: ivory | invite size: f-8 | liner: elegant chainlink pattern in espresso ink | original design by Jessica Tierney | customized by in-house designer Sarah Walroth
embellishment suggestions: edge painting: cardinal
(Photo Credits: Kio Kreations)