Thursday, June 9, 2011

Voyage d'amour.

For the Autumn marriage of Chisato & Alex, a lovely, jet-setting Manhattan-based duo, we created a seven-piece invitation suite inspired by their love of travel, Machine Age design, and antique paper ephemera.

The invitation elements were housed in hand-made boxes inspired by antique cigar packaging and vintage valises. Each box was covered in recycled butcher-paper, hot-stamped in metallic silver foil with the date and location of their nuptials, then sealed closed with an Art Deco luggage label-inspired sticker.

We wanted each guest to feel as if they were opening a luxe steamer trunk, custom packed for their magical one-night voyage . . . filled with precious accoutrement, each piece crafted of a different paper or fabric, for a uniquely tactile experience.Inside each box, guests received;

~ A folded invitation printed in silver and gold metallic inks, held in a glassine envelope tied with striped baker's twine, and stamped with a custom-made wax seal featuring a '30s jetliner and the couples names.

~ RSVP postcard inspired by vintage Par Avion envelopes, letterpressed, and die-cut into the shape of a luggage tag.

~ Letterpressed envelope holding several blank pages of vintage stationery, for each guest to cover in an art piece and/or memory they'd like to share with the couple, which we will later group together to be hand-bound into a custom guestbook.

~ New York City souvenir postcard, featuring a gorgeous scenic watercolor on the front, painted by genius NY-based artist, Christopher Young, along with letterpressed vintage typography in gold ink on the back.

~ Cotton handkerchief silkscreened with a custom-designed map to the wedding location (The Foundry, Long Island City, NY), also designed by Christopher Young (photos to be included shortly).

Invites were sent to guests in a recycled-paper-padded envelope, hand-stamped with the couples return address.
This elaborate suite was one of the most inspiring projects we've created thus far, aided by clients as enthusiastic and open-minded as Chisato + Alex. They dared us to go overboard, and we always adore a good challenge. We wish them bon voyage on the endless sea of love.

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