One thing is certain, and that is there is no limit to the extent that we will go to in order to make a beautiful one-of-a-kind set of wedding invitations. Take these Italian Leather Booklet Save the Dates that we did for our clients Ali and Zach, for example. The two were planning a blissful wedding week in Italy, filled with travel throughout the gorgeous cities of Florence and Portofino, all while dancing, drinking, and enjoying the local cuisine. Oh, and did we mention that they also wanted to invite 125 of their closest friends and family? What better way to get their guests psyched about their upcoming dream vacation than to send a Save the Date that basically said, “You can’t say no!”
When they initially approached us about designing their wedding papers, they had some ideas about producing a Save the Date that resembled a passport, being that their wedding would be a destination event and many of their guests would need to make in-depth travel plans. What that idea evolved into was a magnificent collection of luxurious materials, fine hand-crafted processes, and a
little bit lot of love that was put into the creation of each of these booklets.
Read on to discover how these beautiful Save the Dates were made!
The interior pages of the booklet and the custom envelope were both letterpress printed, so we made polymer plates after the design was approved and threw them on our Vandercook 219 and 10″ x 15″ Chandler and Price letterpresses.
Using a custom die, we created these thick A2 sized envelopes that featured an “Air Mail” theme on one side and a vintage map of Italy on the other.
We sourced some local raw leather and hand-stained it to match the style that Ali and Zach requested. The leather was then cut down to booklet cover size.
Their custom monogram was then hot foil stamped in gold into the covers.
Marbled Florentine papers were imported from Italy, and we used them as end papers for these gorgeous little booklets. Here, you see the book press hard at work, trying to flatten the booklets.
We invited some friends over, telling them there would be a party, and when they got to our studio we gave them water and a cracker and a bone folder and told them to get to work. Just kidding! Well, sorta. We had a few kind souls come by and help us cut, sort, assemble and hand-stitch each and every booklet. (Remember, there was 125 of these puppies!)
Seeing the booklets finished and laid out one-by-one on the table was one of the most satisfying moments I’ve ever had. This truly was a labor of love, and we would do it all again! The booklets ended up winning the 2014 Louie Award for Print and Production Excellence.