Our Wedding: Invitations

Last week I shared some of the inspiration for our wedding stationery; here is the resulting invitation suite…

White paper with gray ink and red accents were an obvious choice for the wedding we were planning, and they fit with my goal of an invitation suite that was both playful and sophisticated. I started to play around in Photoshop with fonts and motifs, and came up with a design for the invitation, reception card coaster, and reply card. With the help of Laurie Arons (our planner) and Jill Sassa (PS Paper), we finalized the details (exact colors, paper weight, text spacing, etc.), and Jill executed the design perfectly.


The couple times I’ve received mail from calligrapher Betsy Dunlap, it’s always felt like a little gift – I wanted our guests to have that same experience when they received our invitations. Betsy’s whimsical calligraphy (we chose her Sofia style) combined with vintage stamps from The Paper Nickel added just the right amount of fun and color to our envelopes.

For our save-the-dates, Jill found the perfect vintage postcards of a cable car and the Golden Gate Bridge, and added the tiniest bit of glitter to make them extra special. One card was printed with a hand-written note asking guests to save the date, and the other was printed with hotel and travel information. The two cards were tied together with bakers twine, finished off with a custom tag, then mailed in glassine envelopes with a wrap-around address label. (You can see a pic with all of those save-the-date details on the PS Paper blog.)


We used traditional wording on our invitations, printing just our first names in red for a little playfulness. A simple wreath motif was printed without ink (also called a blind press) at the top of the invite.


Laurie suggested a coaster for our reception card, and I immediately agreed that would be a perfect touch for our supper club reception. The coaster and RSVP card also included the blind press wreath. Once all of the designs were finalized, Jill gave the paper rounded corners, had all of the pieces hand-edged in red, and all of the envelopes hand-bordered to match, then brought them to Alan Hillesheim Letterpress for printing. All I can say is that I wish you could touch our invitations – I just love the texture of letterpress, especially when it’s printed on extra thick paper.

For anyone who might be curious, the fonts used in our invitations are ITC Bodoni Seventy-Two and Chopin Script. The paper was extra thick Crane Lettra 100% cotton in Pearl White.

Photos by Elizabeth Messina.



Kiss the Groom (Elizabeth Messina), Laurie Arons Special Events, The Paper Nickel and PS Paper are sponsors of Snippet & Ink. Thank you to Betsy Dunlap for the wedding gift of envelope calligraphy.


  • Because I’m admittedly in love with the color red, {and your entire color palette for that matter} + because I grew up in SF bay area… your invitation suite really strikes me as special. Love the playfulness combined with the classic elegance. Reception card is so creative. Can’t say enough about the vintage stamps, the bakers twine and the idea of using vintage post cards. Truly a special invitation suite.

  • Oh this turned out more than perfect! I love the attention to detail, especially the blind press, the hand coloured edges and borders! Wonderful! However the part I mostly adore is the playfulness of vintage stamps. Thanks so much for sharing “The Paper Nickel Stamp” with us!

    Now just sad that 1. I can’t touch your invitation and 2. German people generally tend to NOT pay so much attention to invitations and mostly send out crappy, uninspired ones!

    Yours, Theresa

  • I love the blind press detail you did. I also really like the red details that were incorporated into the invitations. it really created that playful statement you were going for! xo

  • Thank you for sharing your gorgeous wedding! I’ve so enjoyed reading through your posts, oohing and ahhing over it all. I loved the behind-the-scenes peek of the printing process.

  • I am officially obsessed with your wedding, Kathryn! Everything about it makes me swoon with envy! Love, love, love your invites! :)

  • infamousqbert says:

    so, this is totally off topic, but i noticed your mother’s name. that was my grandmother’s name, and i’ve never encountered another melva!

    back on topic, though, your invitation suite is just GORGEOUS. i wish we could have afforded letterpress. ours were lovely and adorable (imho), but letterpress is just to die for! i’m such a sucker for texture!

  • ULTIMATE LOVE? I love that “Dancing” is big, red, and bold. I love to dance, heck, it’s my profession. I love that you had invitations that highlight it.

    Thanks so much for sharing your wedding day with us. So sweet and so personal. Loved the video, the picture of you staring off into the distance GORGEOUS!

    Can’t wait for my day.


  • Simple, elegant & really fun. The coaster is a great idea for the reception card. I feel like I am using gray all the time these days as an accent color. It goes with everything!

  • Hillary says:

    Beautiful. I like that you were able to mix newer, trendier ideas with classic wedding design elements.

    Selfish question: Did you actually use old “Airmail” stamps (as shown here)? I have some old ones, but thought that since airmail doesn’t exist anymore, I wouldn’t be able to use them.

  • Simple and elegant…I would expect nothing less after seeing your wedding and reading about it online.

  • teresa says:

    i LOVE your reception card…
    but i cant read what it says about drinks in () can you tell me what it says? i am trying to come up w/ my own reception card wording.
    thanks! LOVE LOVE LOVE your wedding!!! =)

  • I am so happy that you’re sharing so many details about your wedding. A lot of the pro bloggers keep their details under wraps. I’m loving everything.



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