// REAL WEDDINGS // Elizabeth + Michael

Elizabeth and Michael were married back in April, with the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia as the beautiful backdrop for their wedding. Elizabeth envisioned all of the details for her special day, putting her personal touch on everything. This included all of her paper pretties starting with her save-the-date cards and carried all the way through her menus.

In fact, through her inspiration research, she found our blog! Although we never met face to face, I felt like we were still able to cultivate a personal relationship. Phone calls followed, and of course, many emails, and together we created a beautiful paper trousseau. A firm believer that touching and feeling paper makes all the difference, I sent her samples of different stock. Even though If It’s Paper has a burgeoning online presence, all of our brides receive our personalized attention.

Elizabeth had seen a duogram on our blog that she liked, and our in-house graphic designer used it as the building block for her Save the Dates. She softened the look using a light grey ink. We love it when one of our brides, as Elizabeth did, comes back to us to say her friends said their Save the Dates were “so her.” Mission accomplished.


Save the Date

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Designed and printed in-house on 100# white felt paper

The invitations used a combination of script and block fonts and a  similar shade of grey ink. I love the petite size they were printed on. Although more formal than the save-the-date, the effect is soft and subtle, as only a letterpress invitation can give. The grey envelopes are the perfect contrast.


Invitations

One color letterpress ink printed on two ply Bella smooth paper, featuring grey envelopes printed with white ink. Reception card and rsvp card printed in one color letterpress on one ply Bella smooth paper.


Details

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Rehearsal Dinner menus: flat print designed and printed in-house on 100# whip cream stock

Crane and Co. Table numbers and place cards, personalized in-house.

We know this blog post will surely inspire many brides-to-be. Elizabeth will have returned the favor!

// REAL WEDDINGS // Margaret Cheatham + Frank

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It was our immense pleasure to work with Margaret Cheatham and her husband, Frank, on their wedding invitations. Margaret Cheatham, with a background in photography, used her keen eye to create a minimalist, and yet formal, paper trousseau. From the Save the Dates to the menu cards, a cohesive look helped tie together elements throughout the wedding. And we couldn’t be happier with how the ever-so-talented Julia Wade, of Julia Wade Photography, captured these paper pretties. Her beautiful photographs showcase the engraving and letterpress. Read on for more details about each piece.


Save the Dates

The Save the Dates featured a sans serif font and a minimalist design to announce the date.

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Platinum engraving on 260# grey Colorplan card stock


Invitations

Engraved in grey and  featuring a blind embossed family crest, the invitations were simplistic perfection. A shaded roman font for the bride and groom’s name contrasted well with the serif block used for the rest of the text.

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White 330# white Arzberger stock engraved in charcoal, blind embossed family crest, beveled and painted edge in silver


Programs

Designed and printed in-house, the petite bi-fold program used the same fonts as the wedding invitation.

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100# smooth finish paper printed in flat digital ink


Menus

Instead of using place cards, each guest’s name adorned the top of the menu.

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Platinum engraving on 165# white paper


Welcome Cards

Guests were welcomed to Charlotte with a bag of treats showcasing some North Carolina and New York goodies. The weekend itinerary was included along with the treats.

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White ink printed on grey paper


Bridesmaids’ Luncheon

In keeping with the “something blue” tradition, the Bridesmaids’ Luncheon invitations were printed in two shades of blue and highlighted with a painted edge. Although they included a floral motif, the chosen botanicals were still simplistic in nature.

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Two color letterpress on duplexed lettra paper with a custom painted blue edge


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// REAL WEDDINGS // Rachel + Joel

Our magnolia trees have started blooming here in the South and we are reminiscing back to a Fall wedding last year with so many sweet southern touches. Rachel and Joel got married this past October. From the magnolia leaves in the bride’s bouquet to the country club reception, this was a southern wedding through and through. And although we southerners love our etiquette, traditions, and sweet tea, we also know how to kick back and celebrate. This wedding embodied both notions.


Save the Dates

Artwork provided from an etsy artist

Artwork provided from an etsy artist

The Save the Dates included a painted portrait of the church where Rachel and Joel would stand before their loved ones and take their vows. Classic and elegant, the text was kept minimal.

Printed In-House on 100# white felt paper


Wedding Invitations

Rachel chose a beautiful classic script for her wedding invitations printed in graphite thermography by our friends at Crane & Co. We think it set the stage perfectly for an elegant affair.

Graphite Thermography on 96# pearl white paper


Program, menu & map

We had the pleasure of working closely with Rachel to design a custom monogram for her to use throughout her wedding day papers. It was debuted on the wedding programs and then continued on the menus, napkins and koozies.

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Rachel wanted to continue the elegant simplicity of the watercolor drawing from her save the dates to greet her guests as they came into town. An artist from Etsy created a custom map of all wedding festivities that we printed in-house on felt paper.


Cups and Koozies

Rachel and Joel chose to add a festive touch to all the beverages served at their reception with personalized cups and koozies. We love that they even continued the celebration on their honeymoon by taking their koozies along.

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Holiday Cards

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One of our favorite things is when a bride comes back after all the wedding celebrations are over to order stationery with their new name or debut their beautiful wedding photos on a holiday card. We absolutely loved working with Rachel and Joel throughout all the phases of their wedding and wish them the best in their marriage!

// REAL WEDDINGS // Caitlin + Chris

Blogger, Caitlin Covington, and Chris were married in June of 2018, and we had the pleasure of working with them on their save the dates and wedding invitations. Have you ever seen a more beautiful couple? We loved being a part of the process and are excited to share the details with you!

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For her save the dates, Caitlin chose to set the tone for her big day by combining foil text with a digitally printed photo of her and Chris. For design, we enlisted the help of calligrapher Debi Zeinert. We completed the look with a solid foil liner... the outcome was, in our opinion, perfect! We love the way the whimsical calligraphy and tawny matte foil compliment the fall palette of their engagement shoot.

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Caitlin's wedding invitations featured custom calligraphy from Sarah Hanna in fog gray letterpress. The final touches complete the look, so we finished the invitation with a soft pink painted edge and custom envelope liners. Her envelope liners featured peonies and a custom duogram by Sarah Hanna. We love the way the custom liner represents Caitlin's style without compromising the timeless, classic design of the invitation.

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All pieces were printed by our friends at Bella Figura. Are you planning a wedding? We would love to work with you! If you love what you see, fill out the form below to request an estimate for a suite exactly like Caitlin’s.

// REAL WEDDINGS // Rawlings + Tommy

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It’s been almost a year since Rawlings and Tommy tied the knot on Figure Eight Island. Carolina blue skies hung overhead and full hearts celebrated the happy couple. Rawlings’ paper trousseau used a beautiful shade of blue to echo the coastal backdrop. From the Save the Dates to the menus, a cohesive looks was created that tied all elements of the wedding weekend together. No detail was left undone. We just love how all of the paper pretties enhanced the festivities. Read on to see all the details.


Save the Dates

One color letterpress on 220# Pearl White Lettra paper featuring a custom map of Figure Eight Island

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Wedding Invitations

Featured custom calligraphy from Laurie Harper engraved in a custom made blue ink

Invitation suite included the Invitation, Weekend Events card, and Reply Set all engraved on 330# white stock with a painted edge

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Rehearsal Dinner & Welcome Party

One color letterpress on #7 size card

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Weekend Festivities invitations

Par 3 Luncheon

Flat print on square white deckled edge paper

Food Truck Lunch

Flat print on 100# white felt paper

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Programs

Featuring a hand drawing of Saint James Parish printed on 100# white felt paper

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Menus

One color letterpress on Pearl White Lettra paper featuring the couples new custom duogram

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Cups

Printed in gold ink on frosted cups

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// REAL WEDDINGS // Jenna + Patrick

Jenna discovered us after she had already ordered her wedding invitations. She was hoping to have someone local guide her through the final details of the wedding. We were able to take the tone of the invitations, and incorporate her vision for the wedding to create her day-of pieces.

From the place cards tucked into the hand-tied napkins, to the candlelit table for two reserved for the bride and groom, this wedding was all about the details. Cool grey tones were sprinkled throughout the evening and played beautifully against the gold details.

For the programs, we incorporated the grey and white floral motif from the invitation envelope liner. Carrying the same fonts and colors from the programs to the menus helped create a cohesive look between the ceremony and reception. These pieces matched others signage used at the wedding.

You can’t help but feel the love as shown through all of the little details at the wedding. We can help you finalize the details of your wedding, no matter where in the process we meet!

// REAL WEDDINGS // Tyler + Blake

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One never can predict the weather in North Carolina. Even though the calendar says February, this week we are enjoying Carolina blue skies and warm seventy degree days. A tease of Spring and Summer. Tyler and Blake got married at the end of September. The date may have been officially fall, but mother nature gave them a glorious Indian Summer day.

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The day’s festivities were held at the Pavilion at the Angus Barn. The ceremony took place outside, along the lake, with the bride and groom saying their “I Do’s” under a beautiful arbor. How gorgeous are those flowers? The wedding invitations needed to convey the same level of elegance, and we just love how they turned out. The gold foil for the bride and groom’s names is off-set by the understated grey letterpress for the rest of the text. The rounded corners offer a glimpse of the romanticism that the entire evening embodied.


Invitations

2 ply cotton paper with rounded corners printed in taupe letterpress and matte gold foil

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Wedding Programs

The programs were designed and printed in-house and used the same understated block font from the invitations. The pale pink satin bow coordinated with the flowers.

Cover on 100# cardstock and insert printed on text weight paper, all tied together with a satin bow

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The petite top-fold booklet included the order of the wedding ceremony, list of the wedding party, and a heartfelt sentiment from Tyler and Blake. They concluded their note to guests by saying, “We remain thankful and humbled by the blessing of family and friends.” Perfect words for a perfect evening.

// REAL WEDDINGS // Hannah + Todd

We are always excited to share in the planning and joy surrounding each of our clients’ “big day” and feel especially spoiled when that client is an old friend. Hannah and I trace our friendship to our middle school days and have been pretty much inseparable ever since. Lucky me. It was the most special honor to stand by her side while she and Todd exchanged vows in January, 2018. Their ceremony was at White Memorial Presbyterian Church and the reception followed at The Merrimon-Wynne House.

Hannah combined classic elegance with a touch of modernity, and the outcome was perfection. Keep scrolling for all of the lovely details. All of the photos were taken by the incredibly talented Julia Wade. We adore her work over here.


Save the Dates

Gold Engraving on 165# White Card engraved by our friends at Arzberger Stationers.
Envelopes were lined with their Neutral Marble liner.


Wedding Invitations

Hannah’s classic wedding invitation suite featured the invitation, reply set and a reception card. All pieces were engraved with grey suede ink on the 165# white paper. The inner envelope was lined with gold tissue, echoing the Save the Date. (Arzberger Stationers)


Rehearsal Dinner Invitations

Flat Print on layered green and opal shimmer cards designed and printed in-house.


Day-of Paper Details

Wedding Programs, Table Assignments, Thank You sentiment, and reception signage all designed and printed in-house on white, felt textured 100# paper.


I am in a state of disbelief that just three days ago the Morecrafts celebrated their first anniversary. Anyone else trying to figure out where 2018 went?? A sucker for tradition, I can’t help but take the opportunity to mention the traditional first anniversary gift: paper. Check back next week for our favorite first anniversary gift ideas.

// REAL WEDDINGS // December Deckled Edges

Nothing says December like a deckled edge… that is just what you were thinking, right? We know people typically think of snowflakes and Santa, Christmas cards, and holiday invitations. But December weddings are special in their own right. Everyone is already feeling festive. Churches and venues are filled with greenery and candles.

The same romanticism of a candle lit room is embodied in the torn edges of deckled paper. These two December wedding invitations evoke the feeling of the season in very different ways. Both printed and designed in-house, they also each feature the artwork of an outside artist.


Bethany + Grayson


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Bethany and Grayson’s wedding invitations featured the custom wreath artwork and duogram of Betsy Peters Rascoe of Design Dimensions. We paired a coordinating script font for the bride and groom’s names. The design embraces the season, without screaming Christmas.

Flat print on Ivory Deckled Edge Paper | Photography courtesy of Missy Mimlitsch

Flat print on Ivory Deckled Edge Paper | Photography courtesy of Missy Mimlitsch


Emily + Greg


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Emily and Greg’s invitations are clean and elegant. Featuring their names in the calligraphy of Shasta Bell, we decided to keep the rest of the text very simple. The charcoal ink pairs wonderfully with the crispness of the white deckled paper. The entire suite evokes the quietness of winter.

Flat print on White Deckled Edge Paper

Flat print on White Deckled Edge Paper


If you would like to work with an outside artist or calligrapher on elements of your wedding invitation, we can add additional typesetting to their designs. We require all artwork to be submitted to us in a high resolution file. It can also then be used on napkins, koozies, or other day of paper needs. We have lots of sizes in stock including square and folded cards. So many options and so many possibilities!

Don’t fault us… while others are dreaming of a white christmas, we are dreaming of deckled edges.

// REAL WEDDINGS // Seely + Bo

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Sometimes the backdrop of a wedding is just as important as the people gathered for the celebration. Especially if that location has a personal significance. Seely Stephenson and Bo Nicholson tied the knot in Roaring Gap, North Carolina this past September. The bride’s grandparents were married in the same spot many years ago. In fact, they were gifted with a painting of the wedding site, the Greystone Inn, for their wedding. Seely wanted to incorporate that piece of family history into her paper trousseau.


Save the Dates

The painting was used as the building block for the Save the Date design. The information was kept minimal and the colorful painting set the stage for the wonderful weekend in the mountains.

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Designed and printed in-house- Flat print on 100 lb white felt paper


Invitations

The wedding invitations, printed by our friends at Arzberger, also incorporated the same image, but we softened the edges of the painting. The deep green ink stands out beautifully on the crisp white paper. Using the same fonts from the Save the Dates helped create a cohesive feel for the wedding. These invitations had two press runs, one for the digital image at the top, and a second for the raised text.

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Thermography and flat print on 165 lb white paper printed by Arzberger Stationers


Welcome Party

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Designed and printed in-house- Flat print on 100lb white felt paper with kraft paper envelopes

Cocktail Napkins

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While the Welcome Dinner Invitations echoed the mountains with the kraft colored envelopes and motif of greenery, the personalized coral napkins gave a pop of color. Seely and Bo’s fun-loving personalities shined throughout the weekend. And that joyous spirit was included in all of the wedding details. They built new memories on the shoulders of cherished family ones.

How lucky are we to be a part of it all?

// REAL WEDDINGS // Martha + James

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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

This old English rhyme still holds meaning today. The Knot.com describes the meaning behind the poem using words like continuity, tradition, good luck, and optimism. Martha and James’ April wedding embodied these words in spirit, and in all the details.

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From their invitations, to the wedding favors, the bride took classic designs, and gave them a fresh new look-- a traditional layout and font combination in an unexpected horizontal orientation. A time-honored marriage ceremony laid out in a petite, accordion fold wedding program. And the color blue, often used to symbolize love, purity, and fidelity, was sprinkled throughout the wedding reception. A new custom-designed duogram for the bride and groom was used on the Save the Dates. That same motif was carried into other pieces at the wedding (the program, napkins, and koozies). Martha used her program to not only lay out the order of the ceremony, but to describe her something old, something new. Every guest was treated to the sentiment behind many of the details.

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Fans of the handwritten note, we love how the bride and groom wrote letters to one another. Martha had some of her letters to James framed. In another sweet gesture, James had their wedding motif embroidered on a handkerchief. Known to shed happy tears, it was the perfect present for Martha. And you can imagine that same handkerchief becoming a something old or something borrowed for a loved one in the future.

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Save the Date

Designed and printed in-house on deckled paper

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Invitations

165# white card stock printed in black thermography

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Programs

100# felt paper printed digitally and scored

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Koozies

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Napkins

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// REAL WEDDINGS // Blair + Mike

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We just loved being a part of Blair and Mike’s classic, southern wedding. The Barn at Chapel Hill was the perfect backdrop to showcase their love for one another, and the thought they put into every detail. Originally from Burlington, North Carolina, Blair now lives in Washington, DC. As a sign of the times, we worked with her remotely on almost all aspects of the wedding. Between emails, texts, and long distance phone calls, we crafted a cohesive feel for all of her day-of paper needs. The personalized paper elements coordinated with the heartfelt touches the bride included, such as framed photographs of their parents and grandparents on their wedding day. Scroll through the photos below and get a glimpse of this timeless affair.


Invitation

One color letterpress from our friends at Bella Figura printed on 2 ply cotton paper. Hand calligraphy by Sarah Hanna. The classic calligraphy, juxtaposed against a more modern square size, work beautifully together.

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Envelopes

Hand addressed by Calligraphy by Carole. The collection of vintage stamps on each envelope convey the timeless feel the bride incorporated into so many details.

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Wedding Programs,

Menus and Placecards

The couple debuted their custom duogram and carried it through multiple pieces. The programs, menu, and placecards were printed digitally on 100# white felt stock.

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// REAL WEDDINGS // Emily & Nick

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We had the immense pleasure of working with a local Greensboro blogger, Emily Helm Wilkinson, on all her wedding day-of details last Fall. From custom welcome booklets, tags, programs, menus and place cards to printed napkins and cups, Emily & Nick's special day was filled with personal touches that made the day unforgettable.

So for today's post, we are leaving the blogging up to the professional, and just giving you a glimpse of the details we created below. Head on over to Emily's blog to check out all the other goodness from her beautiful wedding.

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All photographs by Alexa's Photography

// REAL WEDDINGS // Mica & Daniel

One of our favorite things is when we have the opportunity to work with a bride from start to finish, helping her turn her vision into a reality… and it’s made even better when the bride is a childhood friend! We had just this opportunity with Mica Medoff for her June 2017 wedding. Mica, originally from Greensboro, now lives in New York City. The summer wedding affair took place in the mountains of North Carolina, and we were honored to be a part of her entire wedding journey.


Wedding Invitation

These beauties were printed by our partners at Bella Figura. Mica used vine green letterpress on two-ply cotton paper featuring custom calligraphy from Sarah Hanna and floral lined envelopes. Her suite included a weekend events card and a response set, and once we held it in our hands, it's hand-crafted charm made it hard to put down.


Wedding Program

A digitally printed folded program featuring a beautiful custom duogram by Sarah Hanna.


Escort Cards


Cocktail Napkins

These simple, yet oh-so-elegant cocktail napkins featured the couple's new married monogram in a moss green matte foil.


Menu


Signage


We were honored to be a part of Mica and Daniel's picturesque NC wedding. All the best wishes to this happy couple!