Old World Opulence

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Lavish, luxurious, ornate, over the top…

These are words not often used to describe Colorado weddings. So we were ecstatic when Calluna Events asked us to collaborate on their recent “Modern Marie Antoinette” styled shoot and 10 year anniversary celebration. The inspiration was exciting, the venue breath-taking and the list of vendors totally impressive.

Special thanks to Frances Photography & Tess Pace Photography for the lovely images.


Oh, and the party was a whole lot of fun too!
Calluna Events Modern Marie Party | Ashley Sawtelle Photography
(From right – Me, Sahra of Swoon Jewelry Studios, Maggie of Maggie Evans Designs, Ali of European Flower Shop and someone I don’t know 🙂 Photo by Ashley Sawtelle Photography)

Full vendor list:

blanc Denver, Perfect PetalLMD ProductionsCatering By DesignBy Design Event DecorLucky’s BakehousePeak BeverageSugarliciousChairished VintageLa Tavola Fine LinenDJ JahsonicThe Bridal Goddess, Liz (of Goldie & Bob), Alchemy Mineral BlendsMaggie Evans Designs, SWEET LetterpressLana’s ShopdesignsgirlEvent RentsKristen Hatgi,
Ashley Sawtelle Photography,  Frances PhotographyTess Pace Photography
Splendor for your Guests and Todd Reed)

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Modern Hand-Lettered Ensemble

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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

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Calluna Events Open House Party

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We are thrilled to welcome Calluna Events to our North Boulder neighborhood and were honored when they asked us to create the invitations for their open house party. After printing their new letterpress business cards earlier this year, we were excited to collaborate with Heather and her team once again.

We wanted to create invitations that would show off Calluna’s chic new brand as well as introduce some of the fun details that guests would see when they arrived. The custom die cut shape of the cards was inspired by a mirror in the space and prepared guests for some classy fun. The grey ink and envelopes lent the same air of modern sophistication which presents itself upon entering Calluna’s new office and the chevron envelope liners were a nod to the big tufted ottoman that sits in the center of the room.

Here is the finished invitation along with some shots of the space that inspired them:


calluna-chevron-ottoman-business-cards-sweet-letterpress   calluna-inspiration-board

Now, on to the party! Memorable events are often the effort of many people collaborating. While the event was Calluna’s, vendors from all over Colorado came to make it beautiful and let their collective hair down for some low-key, high-beauty congratulations and welcome.

As people arrived, they were greeted by round balloons, smiling faces and fresh styling by Mile High Style. Seasonal florals surprised from every surface thanks to Brighter Day Floral Design. Visitors were invited to sample savory food from Catering by Design and tempted by artistically rendered dessert from Tee & Cakes. Boulder Wine Merchant provided some bubbly refreshment to match the mood while Pekoe Sip House offered beautifully packaged tea with which to wash everything down.

As if the setting wasn’t beautiful enough, everything was accented by the multi-hued outfits guests wore. The kaleidoscope effect created by colorful dresses and various textures served to parallel the way in which so many vendors came together to make this event a fun, creative collaboration.

Connie Dai Photography was kind enough to take these beautiful photographs of the evening.  Take a look, be inspired, and get ready for the creative energy of Calluna Events to knock you off your feet.

(And a warm welcome to Calluna’s lovely neighbors: Tess Pace PhotographyK Hodge Films and One Hitched Lane. We look forward to collaborating with you all again soon!)


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Hand-Carved Linoleum Peony Wedding Invitations

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We just love working with other creative folks! This winter, a bride with print-making experience came to us hoping to collaborate on her wedding invitations. She was dreaming of a large peony and after some brainstorming, we came up with a plan.

She would carve the flower out of linoleum and print it on the Vandercook cylinder press at her school. Then we would take care of the rest —  creating the lovely summer palette of apricot and sage, crafting the whimsical typography and letterpress printing the invitations and envelopes.

apricot & sage peony letterpress wedding invitation


Here is a bit about her process:
“The process of carving linoleum can be a slow and tedious task. After some sketching I made the first prototype, then the second, then the third before I got the shape just right. It’s difficult to translate a sketch to a carved block of linoleum! I then had a couple of trial rounds of printing, before I had the color just right. When all is said and done, the process was extremely rewarding, even though it took some time to get it right. The invitations go beautifully with our vision for the wedding, I’m so happy that the collaboration went so well!”

We couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

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