This suite is actually something we worked on during the madness of the summer months and I have been dying to post about it because both the design and printing were both such fun challenges for us. The design was one we had created for another destination wedding client getting married in Mexico. When Jacqueline was describing to me what she was looking for in terms of an invitation style for her wedding I knew that this Spanish damask suite would be perfect for her. It wasn’t on our website yet as a house design (it is now, you can find the Lingua suite here) but I had a hunch that it was waiting for the right client. I knew it was meant to be. And it was. Jacqueline loved the look and we quickly progressed to wording and customizing the layout.
The challenge here was that Jacqueline and Christopher were inviting guests that spoke two languages: English on Jacqueline’s side and mostly Spanish on the groom’s. She wanted to include both versions in the suite and so we ended up printing our first double sided invitation as well as a divided, bilingual response card. We have done bilingual suites before (Armenian, Vietnamese, French and Spanish) but never double sided with English one one side and another language on the opposite side of the same card. With letterpress it presents a unique challenge due to the impression this type of printing makes on the paper, and the inevitable show-through on the backside with a moderately deep impression (which I know you all are nuts about). To be able to achieve something like this it is necessary to use 220lb/600gsm Lettra stock instead of our standard 110lb/300gsm Lettra paper and fine tune the impression so as to achieve just enough on both sides to keep the ink distribution even and crisp and the show-through to a minimum. With this suite we achieved the perfect balance. While you can see the tiniest bit of a shadow from the backside printing everything is evenly impressed, the damask is crisp, eye-catching and tactiley (I may have made this word up) stunning. We loved having the chance to do this and are so happy that Jacqueline placed such importance on being inclusive of all her guests.
The other fun challenge while we were working on this suite is that all the communication occurred while Jacqueline was living in Argentina! We are based in the San Francisco bay area of Northern California, which is I don’t know how many thousands of miles away. It really made me stop and appreciate the instantaneousness of email and how technology makes it possible for us to connect with brides no matter where they are. It still gives me chills!
Many congratulations to Jacqueline and her new husband and thank you so much for letting us be part of your day!