real letterpress wedding invitations: kate + chris

It’s been a cold and rainy winter’s day here in Melbourne, but to cheer us all up, we have a cracking wedding to share! Which of course features some gorgeous letterpress wedding invitations that we designed and printed for lovely couple Kate and Chris.

Kate and Chris’ wedding really warms the heart. It’s her second marriage, his first. The love between the two of them is obvious. And the details… oh the details.

With a ceremony at The Reading Room at Fitzroy Town Hall, followed by a celebration at Melbourne’s Pope Joan, this wedding is a gorgeous celebration from start to finish.

The bride – a journalist and the editor at WHO magazine – has such a way with words, we can’t help but quote from her directly when it comes to describing their day!:

“The invitations were almost the starting point. Our wedding ceremony was formal to reflect the seriousness and emotion of the day – chandeliers, gilt chairs, Gothic columns – but the reception was modern thanks to Pope Joan’s glamorous backyard feel. So the invitations had to reflect the duality of the day, and ours were so perfect. The vintage typewriter font was a nod to the fact the venue was an 1880s library, and the simple minimalist text echoed the contemporary reception. We wrote the gorgeous thank you cards ahead of time and tied them to black goodie bags stuffed with mixed lollies and bride & groom salt and pepper shakers for guests to take home from the reception.”

Kate and Chris opted for letterpress invitations in striking cobalt blue, which we paired with matching mailing labels, digitally printed reply postcards, wishing well cards and thank you cards.

When Kate sent us through their wedding photos, we were so delighted to see how our Simple Type design perfectly introduced their day, with their library-venue ceremony at The Reading Room. This is a great example of the invitation truly setting the scene for the day to come!

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And now for some shots of their lovely wedding day (all photography by Julian Kingma):

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As Kate says:

“Everyone got ready at our place in Collingwood because Chris and I didn’t want to be separated on the day. We woke up together, had breakfast, then started a day of table tennis, homemade hot cross buns and bridesmaids (whose only instruction for the day was to grab a black dress from their wardrobe) in kimonos watching ‘Bridesmaids’ over Moet. The men walked to the Town Hall and we followed in a 1950s bus which later did shuttle runs with guests to Pope Joan. My sons Jack and Felix walked me in to the service, and my daughter Sadie was chief bridesmaid. It meant everything to have them all by my side. Chris and I hugged throughout the whole ceremony, which was completely heartfelt, unforgettable and personal, with the groom (whose entry song was ‘Believe It Or Not’ from 1980s TV show The Greatest American Hero) and bride (my song: The Stones’ ‘She’s A Rainbow’), laughing and tearing up in equal measure.”

So cute. The ceremony was followed by a cocktail reception at Pope Joan with guests taking home flowers from the day, followed by spanakopita and margaritas back at the couple’s home.

We love so much about this day… all the personal touches, doing things their own way, the evident love between Kate and Chris, the gorgeous dress… and let’s not forget the bride’s amazing shoes! (Dolce and Gabbana, in case you were wondering).

Kate and Chris – what a pleasure it was working with you for your wedding stationery, and we wish you both all the very best for a world of marital happiness ahead! xx

Photography: Julian Kingma
Wedding invitations: Simplethings Press
Bride’s dress: Carla Zampatti
Bride’s shoes: Dolce and Gabbana
Bride’s headpiece: Nerida Winter
Groom: Armani
Flowers: Tribal Rose