For their Parker Palm Springs wedding, couple Tara and Rich wanted something one-of-a-kind for their wedding invitations and enlisted the help of Arley-Rose Torsone and Morgan Calderini, the talented duo behind Ladyfingers Letterpress. Tara and Rich sent over vintage postcards and designs from the ’50s as inspiration, and Arley and Morgan drew from these, as well as the desert landscape and the architectural and decor details of the Parker, to create a truly unique wedding invitation suite in a range of bright colors.
Arley and Morgan specialize in letterpress printing, which is a historic printing method dating back many centuries. Everything is done by hand on an antique press, with each color printed one at a time using a custom printing plate. Letterpress is a relief style of printing, meaning that an impression is made in the paper with the ink printed in that impression, resulting in a very tactile design.
The envelope liner incorporates the distinctive block pattern on the facade of the Parker, and the various layers of the 100% cotton paper in the invitation suite were die cut to mimic the mountain skyline and wrapped with an orange band (called a “belly band”) to hold everything together.
Arley, a talented illustrator, hand-drew the lounge chairs and umbrellas found poolside at the Parker on one of the cards that included additional information for the wedding guests.
Arley and Morgan didn’t overlook a single detail, and even painted the edges of the invitations in neon pink for an extra special touch.