A Selection of Save the Dates

Dempsey & Carroll’s Austin Ackles put together a selection of some of his favorite save-the-dates from our recent work. 

Seaside in the Caribbean

The bride and her mother were undecided about incorporating the couple’s photograph in their save the date design and Dempsey & Carroll was thrilled to provide this pleasing solution: A nice thick card with an elegant time-honored script, depth intensifying painted edges, all in our regent ink. The couple’s charismatic photograph, printed on velum, was laid over the invitation card. Envelopes were finished with matte linings in an eye-popping brilliant cerulean blue.


Verdant Beauty on Lake Michigan

Sweet flourishes capped a breezy script (one that reads as easily as a block font) for this charming save the date. The beveled edges were painted in aquamarine, an accent color that would continue through the invitations and day of papers. After lining with aquamarine tissue, the envelopes were hand-calligraphed by Dempsey & Carroll.


A Peaceful Garden near Melbourne Australia

A vivacious couple from Australia adored our Mark Ingram collection and wanted to incorporate elements throughout their save the date and invitation suite. We started on our generous 6-ply paper, the Mark Ingram watercolor enhanced texturally with blind embossing done by hand on our antique engraving presses, but we swapped out the gold painted edge for a custom spring green ink. We then used sand ink for the classically bold script and the envelopes were lined with a warming sand tissue.


Classic Elegance at the Breakers Palm Beach

The bride and groom knew they wanted gold accents for their invitations but saw in the save the dates the opportunity to be more playful. (They met at school and our rich Orchid ink on creamy Dempsey White paper was the perfect representation of that school’s colors.) The corners of the save the date card were rounded and beveled by hand as was a small insert card with their website information. The envelopes were finished with a lighter shade of the Orchid.


Spotlight on Emily and Steven


Emily Morrison and Steven Krall

June 13th, 2015


Lake Bluff, Illinois


On a flawless June Saturday, an absolutely lovely Emily and a dashing Steven were married on the inviting and placid shores of Lake Michigan, in Lake Bluff, amidst the verdant beauty that is Shoreacres. Entirely gracious welcome cocktails and a Sunday brunch took place amongst the mature trees and cooling shade of Lake Forest resulting in the perfect warm-up, and wind-down, for the big day.


Emily and mother, Susan, collaborated brilliantly as we created an expanse of needful papers starting with an elegantly subtle Save the Date. The wedding invitations were Empire (our largest) with hand beveled edges and rounded corners, carefully painted with Aquamarine ink. The text was hand calligraphed before being etched in copper for presses built long before any of our grandparents were born. The text was then engraved, one by one, with our stately Baron Gray ink. To complete the suite, a classic one-line response card and an literary card, all with coordinating edges, were enclosed in each hand calligraphed envelope finished with a soft and luxuriously simple aquamarine tissue lining.



For the day of, there were sweet little program booklets bound with aquamarine silk ribbon, hand calligraphed escort cards, and charming menus perched at each place setting. On the tables, the theme was completed by way of a provision of soft cotton stock with aquamarine bleeding borders that encouraged guests to scribble a few lasting thoughts for the delightful bride and groom to cherish.







Congratulations Emily and Steven! Dempsey & Carroll is delighted to have had a role on a most important day!

In 1883, Messrs. Dempsey & Carroll published LOVE


Then, more than blest I fondly swear,

“No power can with Love’s power compare!

None in the starry court of Jove

Is greater than the god of Love!

If any can yet greater be,

Yes, my Neaera! Yes, ‘tis thee!”