Design + Print: Varsity wedding invitations

December 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One of our final wedding projects of 2012 was this show-stopping invitation for February nuptials taking place at the Loring Pasta Bar and Varsity Theatre in Dinkytown. Shannon & Sean, the betrothed, wanted a black and blue invitation suite that would reflect both Minnesota roots and contemporary aesthetics. While we tossed around a few concepts, their favorite idea was to include an image of their reception location. So that’s just what we did. These 5×7 invitations were printed on 130# bright white bristol cover, with the theatre’s distinctive marquee running up the left-hand side. Stylish but not too busy. Clean and simple and cool. The accompanying pieces included an information insert with travel and website invitation, envelopes with custom navy-blue liners, and a RSVP card featuring a rearranged marquee. Since the invitations hit the mail in November, the bride & groom report receiving lots of compliments their unique wedding stationery.

Design + Print: Minneapolis skyline invitations

March 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

We created these skyline invitations last spring for a couple who was planning a downtown wedding. When they asked about the possibility of including an image of Minneapolis on the invitations, we had just finished printing notecards featuring a modified photograph of our downtown skyline (the cards were featured in our blog last March). So it was a breeze to translate this into a sophisticated urban invitation suite. The skyline and invitation text were letterpress-printed in sepia ink on 110# natural white Strathmore wove-finish cover. We created matching smaller cards for the hotel information and RSVP.

You can read more about our recent wedding invitation projects in our blog archive. If you’re thinking about custom letterpress-printed wedding invitations for your big day, click here for general information about our design and printing services.

Look for Lunalux in Minnesota Bride

February 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

We’re honored to grace the pages of the newest issue of Minnesota Bride magazine. First, you’ll find us on page 36 of the spring/summer 2011 issue, on newsstands now; a story about unique wedding stationery includes an invitation printed at Lunalux last summer, along with a brief explanation of the project’s uncommon story. Next, check out the portrait of bride and groom Brandyn & Mario on page 146. See those  rustic old doors? Those are OUR doors, where our studio opens into the back alley. Photographers LOVE those doors. If you’ve got nuptials on the brain, this issue has other great content as well, including unique reception locations and stories about both cakes AND cupcakes. We particularly love the State Fair wedding photos on page 64-65.Visit the Minnesota Bride website for a list of locations that sell the magazine.

If you’re interested in learning more about our custom letterpress-printed wedding stationery, click here for general information about pricing and our process, or click here to explore posts from our blog archive about our favorite wedding projects.

Design + Print: Orange wedding invitations

November 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

orange and tan letterpress-printed square wedding invitationThis project wrapped up months ago. But in honor of the spectacular fall weather we’re enjoying here in Minnesota (in November?!?!), this autumnal-colored wedding invitation gets the spotlight today. Nicole & Mike came to Lunalux over the summer in search of invitations for their September wedding at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum. After a browse through our sample books, they zeroed in on a very graphic invitation suite we created a few years ago; they loved the design but wanted to update the color scheme and explore different typeface options. Considering their plans to marry in a modern art museum, the bold color choice was no surprise: orange and taupe on pearl white cards. The type was a harder nut to crack; we must have looked at their names in two dozen different fonts, ranging from formal script to chunky slab-serifs. This calligraphy-inspired lettering beat them all. The text and a flowering branch is printed in bright orange, over a taupe silhouette of that same branch. The 6.25-inch-square invitations and matching RSVP postcards and thank-you flats were all printed on 100% cotton Lettra cover, and paired with a vibrant orange envelopes. We’re especially pleased with the RSVP card, and the way the branch silhouette separates the mailing address from the rest of the card.

It’s a great pleasure for us to create unique custom wedding stationery, weather that means modifying an invitation we’ve already printed, or dreaming up something new. It’s a treat to help couples imagine the invitation of their dreams, and then bring it into being for them! You can read more about other custom wedding invitations we’ve created in our blog archive, or click on over to the custom wedding stationery page for general information about our process and pricing.

In-house calligrapher, at your service

July 16, 2010 by · 5 Comments 

Helen & Erik live on the east coast, but they discovered Lunalux while visiting Erik’s family in Minneapolis. Erik gets credit for designing their wedding invitation suite, including the fantastic tree illustration. I suggested a few minor edits to the text and the layout, but my main contribution was calligraphy on the invitations and envelopes. The hand-written names are letterpress-printed along with the rest of the invitation text; I wrote the bride and groom’s names over and over again, until each curve was just right, then scanned the best versions and dropped them into the layout like a graphic. The full set – wedding invitation, rehearsal dinner invitation & response card – was letterpress-printed in black ink on pearl white 100% cotton Lettra 110# cover, with matching invitation and response envelopes. When all the work of printing and trimming was finished, I set to the hefty task of hand-addressing the envelopes too, so the mailing address matches the text on the invitations themselves.

I have worked at my penmanship for many years, so it’s a great honor for me to share it with my clients. I have addressed a few wedding invitations in my time, and have occasionally incorporated my handwriting into greeting card designs, but this is the first time that my lettering has been letterpress-printed on an invitation. And it was such a thrill to see the finished product! Since this project was completed a few months ago, I have taken on a few other exciting hand-lettering projects – I look forward to featuring them here in our blog in the coming weeks.

Curious about our letterpress-printed wedding stationery? Click here to read more about our design and printing services. You might also enjoy browsing through our blog archives, where we’ve featured many of our favorite wedding projects.

letterpress-printed wedding invitation with calligraphy hand-addressed envelopes by Jenni Undis

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Custom Designs

Lunalux has been creating custom-designed, letterpress-printed paper goods for over fifteen years. Invitations, stationery, calling cards, announcements and more are printed with great care on vintage printing presses in our Minneapolis studio.

Wedding invitations set the tone for your celebration, and help guests plan for your special day. We can also work with you on save-the-date announcements, thank-you notes, placecards, favors and programs.

The irresistible feel of letterpress-printed business stationery demonstrates to new and prospective contacts your commitment to quality, craftsmanship and style.

Personal stationery & calling cards should reflect your unique style. With a wide range of papers, fonts, graphics and ink colors for you to choose from, we will customized paper goods that suit you to a T.

Letterpress-printed announcements and invitations are an impressive way to mark other milestones as well, such as new babies, new homes, anniversaries, or graduation.

Lunalux letterpress-printed calling cards, stationery, greeting cards, fill-in invitations & other unique paper products are sold in stationery and gift boutiques around the United States.

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