Hello Tenfold Wedding Invitations

sarah and travis' forest wedding

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I'm thrilled to have played a small part in Sarah and Travis' wedding, which is featured in the summer issue of The Knot!

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Planners Alison and Bryan envisioned fabric banners and escort cards for this northern Michigan forest wedding, and we were excited to make it happen. The way it all came together was stunning!

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In addition to the fabric elements, Hello Tenfold created bar menus, rose gold foil stamped dinner menus, place cards, and table numbers.

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Photography above by KT Merry.

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sarah & ben

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I was so excited to get a glimpse into Sarah and Ben's gorgeous Cuffey's Cove wedding in Elk, California. Photographer Greg Petersen did a phenomenal job capturing the day!

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I love it from top to bottom - Sarah's dress, the flowers, the colors (!), and that black leather jacket. Not to mention the scenery. The whole day looks comfortable, intimate, and so genuine.

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Sarah chose the Flora suite, and we stripped the design down to just a few colors — the brightest red orange we could get, cream, and green.

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work in progress

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My favorite studio days are painting days! This week I'm focused on paintings and drawings for custom stationery. I usually don't have a plan in mind when I'm in the painting phase (unless of course I have some client input guiding me!). If I'm making new work for the shop or for a loosely guided commission, I'll pull out my reference books and paint whatever comes to mind. When I come up with something I like, I'll snap an iphone photo to bring the sketch into the computer. Some sketches get turned into black and white images so that they can be used for foil stamping or letterpress. If I want to retain the variations in tone to keep the painted look, I'll clean them up for flat printing. After the sketches are color edited I collage them together to create patterns, bouquets of florals, or interlocking borders, like the winter berry vine above.

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You can see more work-in-progress shots on my instagram.

How to assemble your wedding invitations before mailing

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Unless you've ordered stamping and sealing, we'll ship your invitations to you carefully boxed but not completely assembled. You'll want to stamp your reply envelopes first! Here's the step-by-step for invitation assembly before mailing:

1. Tuck the reply cards under the reply envelope flap. If you ordered printed reply envelopes, we'll do this part for you! You'll want to add postage to your reply envelopes.

2. Stack your invitation suite by size, starting with your wedding invitation (words facing up, just like you read it), followed by your detail card (words facing up), your reply card and envelope (turned 90 degrees clockwise) and your mini card (turned 90 degrees clockwise).

3. Now turn the whole stack 90 degrees counterclockwise, and slip it into your addressed invitation envelope. Stamp, seal, and mail!

New designs coming soon

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Today, photographer Lissa Gotwals and I met in my studio to shoot our newest wedding invitation designs! Here are some iphone shapshots of what's to come.

The above photo is Lissa adjusting cards so that everything lines up... SO hard to get the angles right with a dozen cards on the table. The lens bends things, so we're also adjusting for some of that (and even more bendy adjustments get made to the photos during the editing process. "Bendy" — the official word for it, I'm sure). The orange silk scarf was dyed by my grandmother... a lot of the props I use in my photos came from my grandmothers! It's fitting as they're such a huge inspiration for my work.

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This is Lissa during our first set-up of the day. The first suite always takes the longest to photograph, and this one especially, because we wanted to play with a more dramatic use of light than usual.

Our last set-up was for a vintage styled design. This one feels like I'm going back to my roots, because my very first invitations were all screen printed on hand-torn cotton paper. This one's a little bit artsy, with scientific-like illustrations and hand-torn paper. My original styling for this suite didn't turn out so we had to scrap it and start over. Things can look so different on camera from what you envision ahead of time. Since we didn't get it quite right, we'll try this one again this weekend.

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Lastly, a photo of some of the new (old!) props I gathered for this shoot. I always over do the prop shopping, but I'll use these over and over for instagram shots and other in-house shoots throughout the year.

Now, patience, as the photo picking and editing process begins! We'll have full photos of the new suites in a month or so. Follow along on instagram for more images & behind the scenes videos!

-Ellie