Design Work

Rustic Floral Invitations for a Countryside Wedding

Hand-lettering and a custom map add the finishing touches to these fresh, floral invitations for Hannah & Tom’s farm wedding…

Hannah & Tom are getting married later this year on the farm Tom’s family live and work on. We’re lucky enough to be spending the day with them as their wedding photographers, but they also got in touch to ask if Swash & Fold could produce their invitations.

With so many rural details to draw inspiration from these were great fun to design, even managing to sneak in a few references to Tom’s prize pigs! We produced an info sheet and created a map to help guide their guests through their day, and both the map and invitations were completed with a dash of custom hand-lettering to make things all the more personal.

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Details

Paper: 300gsm Tintoretto Gesso
Design & Hand-lettering: Swash and Fold
Additional fonts: Charcuterie (Laura Worthington), Mirabelle (Magpie Paper Works)

Design Work

Glamorous Art Deco Invitations for a London Wedding

A modern take on the Art Deco glamour of 1930s Hollywood with these sleek, sparkling wedding invitations…

Samantha and Joe are getting married next year in Hackney Town Hall, one of East London’s finest examples of Art Deco civic architecture. The venue is packed with original 1930s fixtures and decor, and the perfect location for anyone wanting to bring a bit of silver-screen style to their day. Sam & Joe certainly thought so, and are embracing this glamourous era in every aspect of their day. The invitations had to capture the spirit of the ‘Hollywood Deco’ era, so the first job was to get some glitz! The designs have been printed on an iridescent, shimmering pearlised paper, which gives everything a deep metallic shine when the light catches it. This was topped off with a gold, green and black colour scheme, matching Sam’s colour theme and the interior of the venue.

This era of Art Deco also had a much more innovative approach to design than the previous decade – artists and illustrators began experimenting with striking angles and composition, faux-three-dimensional effects and airbrushed gradients. This visual style found a perfect partner in the film poster artwork of the era… And I think you’d have to agree, it looks just as good as an invitation!

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Details

Paper: 300gsm Sirio Pearl
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Passage / Passage Decor (Tour De Force), MB Deco(Ben Mecke-Burford / M-B Creative)

Design Work

Springtime New Forest Wedding Invitations

It may be a rainy mid-January day, but today we’re looking forward to a far sunnier springtime with these fold-out invitations!

Lisa & Kevin are getting married this spring at Rhinefield House, a grand Victorian lodge-turned-hotel hiding deep within the woodland of Hampshire’s New Forest. Lisa already had a great Pinterest board on the go packed with fresh, zesty lime colours, pale crisp apple tones and woody neutrals… all offset by splashes of bright, floral tones. This gave us a suitably spring-like colour palette, around which I based the design.

Rhinefield is such a distinctive building I wanted to feature it somehow in the design. The rear of the hotel is a Victorian riot of turrets, peaks and chimneys rising over the striking ornamental pond, hidden from view by the tall pines of the surround woodland. This is carried across to the invitation, revealing a stylised version of Rhinefield once the tree-covered outside of the invitation is unfolded. The remaining sides of the invitation were finished off with a detachable RSVP slip, and a map of the surrounding location.

Take a look at the finished product below!

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Details

Paper: 300gsm Olin Rough
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Cantoni Pro (Debi Sementellis Type Foundry), Passport (Coniglio Type)

Design Work

Deco-Inspired Wedding Invitations

Some more print work today with a set of clean and contemporary wedding stationery, inspired by the streamlined lines of 1930s Art Deco design

When Melanie from Wedding planners Bellissimo Weddings got in touch to ask if I could help with some Art Deco-style invitations, I jumped at the chance! There’s something very satisfying about the clean, streamlined typography of that 1930s style – the strong geometric letter shapes and very structured layouts have been a timeless classic for wedding stationery, and for good reason!

Pieter and Roy also wanted a bit of an identity creating to tie everything together. I came up with something halfway between a logo and a monogram which incorporated their initials, reflected their love of cocktails, and tied in to the general aesthetic of their day with a splash of purple and a gradient rays pattern common to design of that era.

As well as celebrating their day at Bournemouth’s wonderful The Green House Hotel, the guys were having a follow-on event in South Africa a few weeks later. This required its own invitation, which when combined with an “Order of the Day” card and some oh-so-important drinks vouchers made for quite a comprehensive set!

The font just had to be House Industries’ Neutraface, inspired by the signage of 1930’s architect Richard Neutra and with a perfect balance between precise geometry and a warm and human feel. The final invitations were then printed on GF Smith’s iconic Colorplan paper, with a cotton-soft finish that complements the sleek type perfectly. Take a look at the finished product below…

Details

Paper: A6 350gsm Colorplan White
Design: Swash and Fold
Fonts: Neutraface (House Industries)

Design Work

Client work: custom design folding invitations with a vintage flavour

There are heaps of  great choices out there for off-the-peg invitations, but sometimes they just don’t quite fit the bill… which is where a bit of Swash and Folding can come in handy!

Laura & Nick got in touch after scouring the likes of minted.com and not quite finding what they’d had in mind, either in terms of design or the print quality of the end product. We chatted about the sort of thing they were looking for, and decided on a bespoke set of folding daytime and evening invitations which would be completely unique to their wedding.

Laura had already got a fairly extensive Pinterest board on the go, which gave a really clear guide about the sort of style they liked: equal parts modern and retro, combining woodblock-style fonts and banners with hand-drawn and line-art elements. The guys also wanted to play off the fact that the wedding is taking place in London, and give a subtle nod to it being a winter wedding.

We decided to do two designs – a smaller A6 folding card for evening guests, and a square info-packed gatefold shape for those attending the full day – with both invitations featuring a detachable RSVP section to mail back to Laura & Nick.

Both designs feature a very cute illustration of Laura and Nick, drawn from reference photos provided by the guys by the skilled hand of illustrator Laura Cake. The flipside of the evening invitation has a representation of the reception venue, along with a stylised take on the London skyline.

The text treatment combined a mix of serif and san-serif vintage-style woodblock fonts with the sweeping curves of Carolyna, one of the many typefaces from the hand of Emily Lime‘s studio.

The invitation for guests attending the full day also carries the frontage and skyline image seen on the evening card. However…

… flip it open and a wealth of extra information is revealed – all the local knowledge guests attending the day could ever need.

Finally, the full-day invitations also carry a handy map on the back, so there’s no excuse for guests not making it from the ceremony to the reception!

Details

Paper: A6 4 printed page full colour & Custom-sized 6 printed page full colour, both in 300gsm Mowhawk Via Felt

Design: Swash and Fold

Fonts: Carolyna Pro Black, Deming EP, Rama Slab, Cheap Pine, Brioche, Telemark Label Bold