Real Weddings: Lisa and Tim’s Organic Elegance

Bride, Groom and Flower Girl

Lisa and Tim envisioned a wedding that was elegant, romantic, relaxed and oh so Colorado. Lisa and Tim met and fell in love here and since 95% of their guests were coming from out of town, including uniquely Colorado details in their wedding celebration was a big priority.

They teamed up with Leah Colby of La Dolce Events to make their day a reality. While planning all the little details that would bring their gathering together, Lisa came to us to dream up their invitation.

“I felt you really got what I was going for, you understood my taste and ideas, and I trusted you from our very first meeting.”


We created their invitations to convey a sense of understated elegance, with Colorado mountains crowning the top and a sweeping script font that hinted at carefully handwritten notes. Subtle colors set the tone for a sophisticated and romantic event (with the blush of the mountains matching the flower girls’ dresses perfectly). Lisa purchased vintage Colorado State and Boulder Dam Stamps to adorn the envelopes and make the ensemble even more whimsical and beautiful. But our very favorite part about this invitation was how it was written. Rather than using traditional invitation wording, Lisa and Tim decided that their darling 2-year-old daughter Eva (who also starred as a flower girl) would be the one inviting guests to the celebration. How cute is that?

Flower Girls

“Our daughter was the biggest and best part of the whole thing! Loved that our invitations were from her! And that she was our flower girl. She is only 2 years old but she made it down the aisle and dropped petals the whole way while smiling at all of our guests. It was magical.”

Bride and Flower Girl

Their Colorado love permeated all things, becoming a theme as well as a location. All those out of town guests received canvas tote bags thoughtfully filled with local products such as Boulder Chips, Ozo Coffee, Rocky Mountain Salsa, Choco Love Candy Bars and Eldorado Springs water bottles. The bags had a cute illustration of the United States printed on them, complete with a small heart over Boulder.

Tim and Lisa are of different faiths, so they chose to have both a priest and rabbi marry them. “So many people commented on how beautiful the ceremony was…so rich and full of tradition…and the two officiants were fantastic together. It really made for a beautiful ceremony.”

Priest and Rabbi Ceremony

Newgrass music played throughout the day. Lisa and Tim hired a band called Head for the Hills to play during the ceremony and their style conveyed the Colorado vibe perfectly.

Lavender and Tent

Additionally, they incorporated many beautiful details to reiterate the romantic and organic elegance of the invitations. We created matching blush and taupe letterpress programs as well as kraft brown CD sleeves for favors. Meanwhile, the tables featured unique Thai rosewood and bronze cutlery and vintage napkins, all carefully sourced by the bride. “I decided early on that I didn’t want typical sterling cutlery at our wedding. Our color scheme was blush, grey and lavender (with a little bit of bronze and gold) and I felt silver would be too stark against all of those warm tones…[the cutlery] was a beautiful addition to the table and everyone was talking about how gorgeous the flatware was.”

Table Setting

The couple also chose to serve a family style meal on long farm tables to maintain a sense of intimacy among the 90 guests “it was elegant and classy but still romantic and relaxed”. One thing that ended up being a surprise hit was the chef, Hosea Rosenberg from Blackbelly Catering, came out and announced each course. “The guests loved it too! We got comments about it for weeks after the wedding.”

Dinner Wedding Guests

To keep the festivities going, Lisa and Tim had the brilliant idea to host a coffee bar for everyone, complete with a couple of local baristas serving espresso and coffee from Ozo.

As guests left for the night they took home tiny succulents (which doubled as escort card table decor) and a CD filled with the bride and groom’s favorite music.

Escort Cards and Succulents

Lisa and Tim’s beautiful, casual, elegant and natural wedding was filled with personal touches that highlighted their love for Colorado, their daughter and each other. We loved working with them and are grateful we were able to contribute such a fitting ensemble to their incredible event.

The Details
Photographer | Ben Christensen, Mesa Arizona
Wedding Planner | Leah Colby, La Dolce Events
Florist | Fiori Flowers
Band | Head for the Hills
Invitations | SWEET letterpress & design
Catering | Blackbelly Catering

Modern Hand-Lettered Ensemble

Modern black and white letterpress invitation with custom calligraphy

Recently, we had the pleasure of working on a very special project with local calligrapher Kelle McCarter of DesignsGirl. I nearly melted when this man, Christopher, walked in the studio and said he was throwing a surprise 20th anniversary party for his wife. How sweet is that?! He was looking for a loose, even messy, hand-written style to be incorporated into an otherwise minimalistic design. We had so much fun collaborating with Kelle and Christopher to create this bold ensemble — save the dates, invitations and thank you notes – featuring jet black ink, chipboard and charcoal gray envelopes lined with a vintage wedding photo of the couple!


Custom calligraphy on chipboard save the date and vintage wedding photo envelope liner

Letterpress save the dates on chipboard, anniversary party, custom calligraphy

Tis the Season

Let it snow holiday photo card

Tired of the same old holiday cards?

Yep, us too. That’s why we’ve been on a mission for several years now to make holiday cards as beautiful and unique as possible. Browse our new holiday card collection for designs that will definitely stand out from the Christmas card crowd.

An Elegant New Spin on the Holiday Photo Card

This year we’ve launched something new: a high-end hybrid  photo card with a letterpress printed design that is customizable through added digital printing. You can use your favorite photo and print your own unique message on the card, just choose from our choices of colors and fonts to match your tastes. Now you can enjoy the unique texture and old world charm of letterpress with the ease and affordability of modern photographic printing –– for a better holiday photo card. Browse custom photo card designs.

Love peace joy holiday photo card with snowflake

You’ll also find folded Christmas card sets, garlands, ornaments and DIY “photo-ready” cards. Browse our entire holiday collection here.

Enjoy 20% Off

We’re offering Facebook fans 20% off all holiday cards (custom and ready-made) through November 20th. Click here to like us on Facebook and get the promo code.

Getting Married?

Holiday cards are also a great way to show off your engagement photos and start assembling your address list. Fall is a really beautiful time of year for an outdoor photo shoot, so if you haven’t taken your engagement photos yet now would be a good time!

And if you’re interested in exploring our wedding invitations, working on holiday cards is a  great way to get to know us and our process so you know what to expect when it’s time to order your save-the-dates, invitation suite and day-of stationery.

Getting married this winter? We just compiled a lovely Pinterest board full of winter wonderland wedding inspiration with hand-crafted touches for every little wedding detail.

Real Weddings: Natasha and Rory, A Modern Woodland Wedding in the Mountains

Wedding vows on the banks of Hallam Lake

Natasha and Rory first came to us for a custom letterpress save the date. Rory’s mom had illustrated a pair of owls which they wanted to incorporate into the piece and they knew they wanted to use the colors orange and grey. They also wanted to convey a woodsy feel because their autumn wedding was set to take place in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado surrounded by golden trees.

To compliment their vision, we created an original design that included the hand-drawn owls along with their signature phrase “Let’s fly away”.  The save the dates were letterpress printed on a gray chipboard paper with bold typography to create a rustic and modern feel. The save the dates were so well received that Natasha and Rory came back and asked us to create their invitations as well.

orange and gray woodgrain wedding invitations with illustrated owls and rustic fonts

We designed the ensemble to introduce the modern, whimsical feel to their event. We echoed the orange and grey hues of the save the date but on a crisp white paper, textured with a faux bois (wood grain) pattern. The long horizontal format and bold fonts gave it a modern feel while the whimsical brackets, vibrant orange and tear away RSVP card kept it  fun and playful. Our goal was to ensure that when guests opened the envelope, they would know that the wedding would be fun, modern, non-traditional and woodsy. These invitations were so much fun to create and perfectly captured the vision Natasha and Rory had for their wedding.

Log with illustrated owls

On their big day, owls were everywhere and the whole event was full of cute, modern details worthy of some serious DIY credentials. There were owls on woodcut tree slices, sewn into miniature pillows, printed onto favor labels, accenting the drink menu and there was even a real taxidermy owl at the reception! A giant orange wine cork heart was created with the couple’s initials to accent a side table, and the bouquets were full of orange and white sculptural flowers, succulents and grey-green leaves. Orange and grey paint chips served as escort cards and were hung from twine for guests to pin to their clothing (how fun, right?). A vintage typewriter was available for everyone to write notes to the bride and groom.

Name tags made with paint chips

Their vows were spoken on the shore of Hallam Lake, with the fall trees reflecting on the water. Natasha’s dress and the wedding rings were all of modern design. As the night wound down, even more sweet touches became apparent. Miniature painted wooden pegs served as the cake topper for a simple, minimal white cake and test tubes with loose leaf tea were given out as favors.

Natasha and Rory’s wedding was a beautiful and unique take on the rustic theme.  The personal touches were completely true to the couple, starting with the Save the Dates and carrying all the way through to the favors. We loved working with  Natasha and Rory and are so grateful to have been a part of their big day!

The details…

Photography | Ashleigh Miller Photography
Ceremony Venue | Hallam Lake
Reception Venue | The Sky Hotel
Music | The Parlor Pickers
Florals | Zephyros Farms
Cake | Kim and Jakes
Invitations | SWEET letterpress & design

Boulder’s 100 Year Flood

Almost exactly 3 years ago, we were praying for rain as the Four Mile Canyon Fire raged on the mountain side. Now we pray for continued dryness and receding flood waters. These forces of nature are incredibly humbling.

The last few days in Boulder have been surreal, to say the least. Shock and sadness at the suffering of those around us is mixed with relief and gratitude to have a dry house and studio, though the flood waters and debris came all the way up to our door.

SWEET letterpress studio after Boulder 100 year flood

The sun is bright and the sky a beautiful blue, but the National Guard helicopters flying over head are a constant reminder of our friends and neighbors in Lyons and other communities that are still in need.

After the threat to personal safety has passed, there is an overwhelming desire to help. And a helplessness in not knowing how we might go about doing that. We’ve offered our home to friends and offered to help neighbors with raw sewage clean up, but would love to do more.

Financial donations as well as donations of specific material things are being accepted by the following organizations:

Some people have even suggested going to certain neighborhoods with a shovel and offering a hand. I think we’ll be cleaning up for a long, long while.

There is also a wonderful organization that popped up on facebook called Save My Colorado Wedding – a group of dedicated wedding vendors, helping couples whose weddings are displaced by the Colorado floods. Their volunteers are ready to help save the wedding day by  finding alternate venues and wedding vendors.

It is amazing to see our community coming together to help each other through this disaster. Stay safe. Stay dry. Much love.