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Fresh Florals and Sage Green Invitations for a Summer Wedding…

Cottage-garden colours, a custom map and R.S.V.Ps completed this set of informal, contemporary stationery for Abi & Andy’s wedding.

Abi and Andy are getting married this summer at the wonderful Deans Court in Dorset – a magnificent 18th Century Country House, complete with walled kitchen garden and rolling lawns. They had in mind something fairly informal, contemporary in style but with a rustic feel that complemented their colour theme.

Based on this brief I put together a mix of hand-drawn letter styles, English wildflower colours and floral illustrations, paired with a soft sage-green tone for the reverse and interior sides. R.S.V.P cards were also required, along with an information sheet and a map to help guests find the deceptively tucked-away venue. The whole set was then printed up on Tinteretto Gesso, a super-tactile Italian paper which works perfectly with this kind of design. Take a look at some examples below and see what you think!

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Details

Paper: 300gsm Tinteretto Gesso
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Harman Script (Ahmet Altun), Savu Condensed (Hiekka Graphics)

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Swash and Fold Summertime round-up

It may have been a bit quiet on the blog over the past few weeks, but that doesn’t mean things haven’t been all go, with on-the-day stationery for weddings, brochures, invitations and all sorts of other printed bits and pieces.

There’s been plenty of web-based activity too, but that’s for another post. In the meantime here’s a quick round-up of some of my favourite things that have been keeping me busily Swashing and Folding over the past couple of months…

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Clockwise from top left: Rustic-styled wedding menu to coordinate with these matching invitations; Antique-style menu and book-themed Order of the Day booklet to match these literary-themed wedding invitations; Order of Service and on-the-day signage; Brochure design and business cards for Nicki Macfarlane; Matching correspondence design to complement Anna Morgan’s new branding and website; Invitation design and RSVPs for private functions

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Vintage-Style Wedding Invitations and an RSVP Website

Ryan & Steph thought a Wedding website would be the ideal way to make it easy for their guests to RSVP and find out more about their day, so we set about creating a fun vintage design that would work equally well online and print.

There are plenty of ways you can share information about your wedding day with guests, like info sheets and wedding maps, Facebook groups or email updates. Increasingly people are setting up wedding websites, with lots of services out there letting you add content, maps and links to their pre-designed templates. Steph and Ryan however wanted to theirs to be designed to closely complement their printed invitations, so asked if I could produce both at the same time.

Steph had a clear idea on what she wanted, with vintage-style lettering and an old-fashioned poster layout detailing the back-story to their engagement and wedding. We agreed on some dusty, dusky shades for a splash of retro colour, and I used a combo of HVD’s Brandon Printed and Microbrew from the Albatross foundry – two newish type families packed with weathered detailing, inked imperfections and vintage ornaments, that worked perfectly together and gave Steph the look she was after.

For the website the ever-flexible WordPress was used, creating a simple but flexible site that can also be used to display maps, photo galleries and all sorts of helpful guest-friendly info. Ryan and Steph had their own login details too, so they can update all their information whenever they wish.

Take a look at the finished bits and pieces below…

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Details

Paper: 300gsm Tintoretto Gesso
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Brandon Printed (HVD Fonts), Microbrew (Albatross)

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Folding Book Invitations for a Literary-Themed Wedding

One of the things I enjoy most about working on bespoke invitation designs is the variety… Everyone has something different in mind for their day, and I love the challenge of carrying that across into print.

Laura & Peter’s wedding is taking place deep in Hardy Country, the picturesque corner of Dorset where Thomas Hardy spent so much of his life. With so much rich literary history surrounding their venue it’s no surprise they decided to adopt this as a loose theme for their wedding, which gave me the chance to come up with something suitably book-inspired for their invitations!

The design takes late 19th century book-printing as the starting point, with grained linen and leather covers, hot-stamped gold lettering, embossed details, and precise, immaculate typography on the pages within. The irregularly-sized folds of the final printed piece allow the faux book cover and spines on the front to unfold into an info-packed invitation, complete with detachable RSVP, custom map and plenty of information to help guests get around on the day.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about that bee-autiful copy of “Far From The Madding Crowd” peeking out from under the invitation on the first photo, that’s one of the amazing Coralie Bickford-Smith’s Penguin Classics range – well worth a nose through the rest of her cover designs if you’re not familiar with them. Only of course after you’ve scrolled down and had a look at the rest of the details below…

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Details

Paper: 340gsm Splendorgel Extra White
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Garamond Premier Pro (Adobe), Modnoc (Borutta Wood Type Collection), Appareo (Kimmy Design), Aphrodite Slim Pro (Typesenses)

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Anniversary Invitations for a 75-Year-Old Business

With branches across Dorset and Hampshire, Wessex Pharmacies will have been a part of their local community for a remarkable 75 years this year…

The company is holding an evening event for the people that have helped them reach this impressive landmark, and wanted something a bit special for the invitations. The design features an illustrated “75” made up from hundreds of tiny symbols relating to their business and incorporating their logo and colours. This was printed on a superior quality Colorplan cardstock, and each one hand-finished with a metallic silver and green seal.

Take a look at the finished article below…

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Details

Paper: 300gsm Colorplan Ice White
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Rama Gothic (Flat-it), Beautiful (ES Typography)