Our friends over at Minnesota Bride recently featured a hyper-custom suite we designed for a couple marrying at the famed Smog Shoppe venue in LA. Industrial, clever and totally fun—this custom suite was as exciting to design as it was for guests to find in their mailbox. At the couple’s request, we took a cue from their super cool venue, combining layers upon layers of texture (think custom kraft wrapping paper, charcoal letterpress, a three-dimensional box holding an etched metal invitation, die-cut stickers, stamp overlays) with a clean, muted palette and pops of playful, bright red. Chris and Amber are such a fun couple and we made sure their personalities shined through the playful wording and text. The overall result—a wedding suite that’s slightly outside the box (ba-dum-bum!) and totally in-line with the couple’s awesome celebration.

Oswald is our modern gentleman and we love seeing him decked out in yellow and grey. Melissa and Jon ordered their stationery suite through one of our favorite (and for the record, first :) retailers, Urbanic, in Venice, CA. (did you see Lehua’s gorgeous photos from the trunk show we had there!?) You can see more photos of their fun wedding here on Green Wedding Shoes. 
In honor of the month of MaeMae you can get your own tailored version of Oswald for 20%! All collection orders will receive this discount through May 31. Contact us today!
*Please note: photos by Wing Ta of Canary Grey. Check out Wing’s sweet new tumblr!
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It’s the month of Mae! To celebrate, we’re offering 20% off our wedding collection suites, including anything with watercolor – because let’s be honest, we have a serious crush on watercolor.

Don’t believe us, take a look at our instagram feed, there’s watercolor here, here, here, and here and here, and here…oh and here and here too). AND, we’re keeping the good times rolling by releasing a watercolor-themed collection suite this summer. Stay tuned :)

If you’re on the watercolor train too and happen to be planning a wedding, contact us for details on on our month of Mae discount, we can’t wait to break out our paint brushes!

**The calligraphy above is by the very talented (and MaeMae favorite) Betsy Dunlap, it really adds such a special touch to this suite.

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We recently designed a stationery suite for Munster Rose, a floral design company based out of Minneapolis. Jackie Reisenauer, the florist, stylist, and designer behind MR came to us with a clean, contemporary logo and website. Our goal was to create paper collateral with textures and layers of depth that worked alongside the preexisting logo to visually represent the essence of Munster Rose. The thing about Jackie’s floral and design sensibility is that it’s just cool. Effortlessly cool. Her work is both organic and graphic, which makes it simultaneously modern and timeless. Playing off this idea, we created a series of hyper-geometric custom patterns and elements loosely based on organic shapes and paired them with a palette of warm neutrals. Mixing the graphic elements with letterpress and flat printing on cotton papers with gold foil detailing resulted in a layered and highly textured final result. We’re really loving the way that it all came together—almost as much as we love working with Jackie. pssst….we’ve been collaborating with Munster Rose on a beyond  beautiful project and can’t wait to debut our next Munster + MaeMae collaboration!

Teaming up with New Hampshire-based letterpress studio, Gus & Ruby  (one of our 30 retailers around the country) is always a treat, and this project was no exception! The bride and groom, Ashlee and Sean wanted a sophisticated suite that was also appropriate for a destination wedding – enter our Roxy suite! We amped up Roxy’s tropical vibe with punchy lime and peach tones, while the full-color letterpress adds a luxe touch. Now excuse us as we go Google images of San Juan and pretend it’s warmer than 11 degrees in Minnesota.

This sutie was recently featured on Grey Likes Weddings | Photos by Wing Ta of Canary Grey

We’re so excited to be featured in two issues of Brides magazine this fall! In the August/September issue, our die cut wedding invitation from the Violet suite (above) was featured as a “New Classic,” and the modern letterpress invitations from the Oswald collection were shown as part of the “Elegant, Inspired Stationery Ideas” article.

We designed this Oswald suite in partnership with Urbanic Paper Boutique for the gorgeous couple, Melissa and Jon who were married last year in Los Angeles. Scroll down to see some photos from their wedding day (taken by Aaron Shintaku), first featured on the Green Wedding Shoes blog.

Last, in the October/November issue, Brides featured a MaeMae custom invitation that was designed for a fall harvest-themed wedding. This invitation was digitally printed on cotton paper, which provides a great variance of color. The result is stationery that looks and feels similar to letterpress, but costs a fraction of the price.

What an honor, thank you, Brides!

 




This custom suite was designed for the awesome couple, Jillian and Hosain, who were married last fall. With a killer sense of design and appreciation for paper goods, Jillian was a complete dream to work with (and props to Hosain for rolling with the all-pink invitations!). The images above were shot by Canary Grey, and the below photos are from the wedding, shot by Dawn E. Roscoe.




For even more beautiful photos of the special day, check out Jillian’s blog, Cornflake Dreams and 100 Layer Cake‘s feature of the suite!











At MaeMae, we’re pretty obsessed with black and white. In fact, we’ve been digging the trend for quite a while and thought it would be fun to look back on some old work that showcases our not-so-subtle obsession with all things black and white. For further proof that our love for b&w runs deep, take a look at our three black and white-themed Pinterest boards (quimby, oswald and bw brides) and check out the below blog posts featuring MaeMae invitations:

1. In Design Work Life Megan discusses the five different approaches MaeMae takes when designing in the world of black and white.
2. And in this Grey Likes Weddings post, you’ll find MaeMae work alongside beautiful black and ivory Vera Wang gowns – love the pairing!

What do you think about black and white? Still into it?

xo, Anna

This suite was designed for a sweet southern couple who had a destination wedding on the Pan Handle of Florida. While the suite didn’t feature color it was filled with texture through the mixing typefaces and tactile printing of blind embossing and a soft grey letterpress on cotton paper. My favorite element was the map featuring lots of fun illustrations scattered along the shore of Florida. The bride’s family vacations in Carillon Beach every year and the couple wanted to share their favorite places to dine and visit with their friends and family through this map. Sitting here with my three (let’s get real- it’s five, I was just trying to make you all think I was a hearty Minnesotan…) layers on I’m dreaming of what Elizabeth notes on the map is her favorite key lime pie at the Seagrove Village Marketplace.

Please note: Photos by Wing Ta of Canary Grey
A big thank you to Nole and Oh So Beautiful Paper for featuring Elizabeth and Justin’s stationery! See more photos here on their blog.

 

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I have two types of favorite clients: 1) those who give me very little info because because they just want me to run with it 2) those who have a brilliant vision and come with lots of inspiration and excitement in their eyes. Megan, the bride for which these pieces were created, was the second type of client. When we met she came armed with a variety of inspiration – lipstick colors, over-sized postcards, photos of her family’s beautiful garden, pillows, and food. YES.

The save the dates were double-sided letterpress printed on dangerously thick chipboard (and by that I mean it’s like a mini weapon) and topped off with edge printing. The envelopes were kraft paper with brown letterpress and metallic gold foil.

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These little beauts were letterpress printed onto blush colored Italian paper. How glitterific is the shape of the envelope flap. Amazeglitts. I’ve been pretty obsessed with blush + black for, well this year. Thanks, Sharon + Daniel! I know you will have a magical wedding.

P.S. I Picked up the nifty little vintage match sets in Santa Barbie last weekend. We didn’t want to buy any turquoise jewelry from the owner of the shop (she was hustling those babies on us) and she got pretttttty mad. We ducked and ran past the shop for the rest of the weekend. Worth it.

P.P.S. Happy November! I like this month. Don’t know why. Just do. Oh, and I’m going on a beachy vacation in a few days. So maybe that’s why it’s a fav now. And when I used to live in Scottsdale November is the tops for weather. So good. And pumpkin pie is on the horizon. One thanksgiving we had rice instead of mashies! Crazy right!?? ok now I’m rambling. xx



This is my dream bride. Sara + Ronnie are getting married in Michigan at an old museum. Sara approved all the pieces in the FIRST ROUND of proofs. Kidding me. I about died. I loved this theme so much it is being added to the collection, baby! Of course I’m naming it Ronnie. The formal is double-sided letterpressed onto the thickest (220 lb) cotton paper. I was so fascinated by the pattern the stack of invites and how dang high 50 invites stood. All the other pieces are letterpressed as well.