These are our letterpress designers.

Maura Gaulthier 1

Maura Gaulthier

Maura Gauthier believes that the curves and shapes in nature can make the best compositions. It comes as no surprise, then, to find her invitation designs bursting with her dynamic illustrations of the natural world. Her drawings of ascending roses, blooming sunflowers, and spectacular popies add a distinctive energy and warmth to her work. After receiving training in graphic design at Syracuse University, Maura spent time in the corporate design world, but her creative spirit won out: she now focuses her design talents on invitations and announcements. She finds inspiration for her work in everything, but particularly in old textiles with fantastic patterns, as well as in nature.

What inspires your designs? I do a lot of floral illustrations, so I would have to say nature. I also constantly pull pages from magazines and catalogs with clothes, textiles, upholstery or anything with an interesting pattern. I try to stay on top things and read through design magazines and blogs on a regular basis too.

Describe your wedding. I was married in May 2006. My wedding was fairly traditional. We were married in Cleveland (my hometown) at a cathedral downtown, and our reception was at a country club on the east side of Cleveland. My color was a grass green accented with other saturated colors like a deep berry pink and a dark orange. My dress was simple with ruched silk taffeta all pulling to the left side where a small diamond shaped appliqué anchored it. The diamond shape was the inspiration for all of our wedding stationery. My invitation was very simple (so I could look back on it and still love it). It was just letterpressed text in green on 100% cotton paper. I lined the envelopes with a diamond pattern that I created and I used that diamond pattern on all of the other pieces (including the cake!).

Where did you honeymoon?

What is your most prized possession? My engagement ring. My husband Trevor designed it and had it custom made. He thought of every detail and truly came up with the perfect ring. I never take it off (not at night, not in the shower)!

We went to the Dominican Republic. We knew we wanted to go to the beach and the Caribbean was a short trip from Cleveland. We wanted to stay at a resort with beach and pool access and our travel agent recommended the DR. It was awesome. We spent our time lounging around all day—just what we needed.

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve done? Living in Colorado, we do a lot of outdoor stuff (even though I don’t feel like outdoorsy really describes me). So I’ve been rock climbing, mountain biking, etc., which are all pretty exciting. Ziplining was one of the most exciting things I’ve done in a while. We crisscrossed a deep canyon outside of Vail zipping back and forth about 200 feet above ground. The longest zip we did was 1000’ long and we reached speeds up to 30 miles an hour. Having a bird’s eye view of the canyon below was awesome.

Describe the place where you design. I use a laptop so I design in a variety of places. I work at home, and I have an office there but I rarely use it for working. I spend a lot of time in the living room and sometimes the dining room and when I really need to focus—I get out of the house and I sit in a Starbucks for a few hours.

What are your favorite colors of the moment? I would say pewter and champagne (as a combination). Peacock. And plum. Secretly, I’m hoping plums, dark purples and grey purples, will replace the chocolate browns that we’ve seen for so long.

What were the colors of your childhood? Well my bedroom was peach, though I’m pretty sure that was my mom’s choice. Other than that I grew up in the eighties—so a lot of bright colors mixed with black and white when I was younger, moving in to the preppy colors and plaids in junior high.

What’s on or in your nightstand? Always a glass of water (I have a big fear of being thirsty and not having water). Chapstick and lotion. And whatever magazine or book I’m reading (right now it’s Water for Elephants, along with the latest Domino and Lucky magazines).

What city do you call home? I live in Denver and it’s by far one of the best cities I’ve lived in. The weather is great—usually sunny, and not nearly as much snow as people think. My favorite thing and what I would recommend to first timers is to check out all of the little neighborhoods around Denver. Tucked in to several residential areas are small shops and local restaurants and they make Denver feel so cozy. It’s the best of both worlds, a large city with several small towns. Of course if you have some time to get out of Denver— the mountains are also must see!