Botanical Garden Wedding Invitation

We recently finished this rather large letterpress wedding system designed by Priya Patel. Check out her fashion forward blog Love Made Visible. We asked her about the design:

Priya: “The background for the design is that the couple are to be married in a botanical garden and the bride Neerja was really inspired by traditional Indian miniature paintings which often depict figures in natural settings. She wanted to incorporate a painting with her invitation so we printed one on vellum as a cover sheet for the invite.”


Priya: “We needed to design invitations for not only her wedding in Virginia, but also a reception the weekend after in Texas that is hosted by the groom Neel’s parents. We also wanted both events to be linked visually, thus the full color nature elements.”

Since the invite was sized for a large A10 envelope, that made for a very large 13 x 20 press sheet that incorporated all the wedding cards. In this wedding, there were two main invite cards – the brides invitation and the grooms invitation. Plus the other reply cards, direction cards and sangeet invitation. That’s a lot of letterpress! Producing multiple pieces on the same press sheet keeps the cost down.


We produced the design from Priya with a combination of letterpress and digital printing. Digital printing is used for the vellum sheet and the back of the reception card. All of the navy text is letterpress printed. The paper stock is 111lb (300gsm) Canaletto Grana Grossa 20% cotton from Gruppo Cordenons. We also die cut the contrasting navy paper for the folding enclosure using French Papers Nightshift Blue and mixed our printing ink to cordinate with the navy paper. The minimal typography and ornamental detail of this design were perfectly suited for letterpress printing and produced a beautiful sculptural impression.

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  • Evoke memories of wedding invites back home in India…
    Letterpress makes everything better.

  • these are simply gorgeous!!

  • well done priya! beautiful!

  • I somehow stumbled across this blog and I am flawed by both the f-ing brilliant design and letterpress techniques of Studio On Fire! What a incredibly talented group of individuals!

    I have not come across a site/blog this exciting, fresh and creative in years.
    So many agencies are churning out the same uninspiring crap ‘yawn’ with no-one wanting to push the boundaries and experiment anymore. It is deemed too risque and the safe route is taken. The result usually being a bad rip-off of some other persons work which wasn’t so great even to begin with.

    Studio On Fire is scorching! Clever and unique concepts teamed with beautiful letterpress techniques makes for an incredible outcome. This amazing work makes me feel hopeful and passionate about working as a designer within industry. I only wish you were not half way across the world from bloody Melbourne, Australia!!!

    Why haven’t I stumbled across you earlier SOF!

  • Those are beautiful. I love the subtle textural Indian elements. The whole thing really worked together so well. Love the vellum overlay too!

  • Carmel – Wow. We are humbled by this kind of feed back. A few of us have worked on the design/agency side of the business. You are right. So much good creative gets presented in agencies and goes nowhere. Ultimately, we love to PRODUCE stuff. In our studio stuff is getting produced everyday and put into hands of people that actually want it. Whether the design work is our own, or provided by a client – it feels good to produce good quality design. Thanks for the love.

  • Credit is given where credit is due. I wish you guys would produce a book to showcase your work. I will definitely be a regular to the site and blog. Take care and keep up the brilliance.

  • This is a lovely invitation. Could you tell me what fonts were used?

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