Real Weddings: Lauren & Sam

Real Wedding

Lauren & Samuel

Brooklyn Museum

December 17th, 2016



Wild winter weather provided a spectacular backdrop to Lauren and Samuel’s ceremony. Sided by charming brickwork from the original Beaux-Arts structure that was designed by the legendary firm of McKim, Mead & White, ensconced guests could gaze past the chuppah, over a joyous gospel choir, and through a modern glass addition with evolving weather cascading safely beyond.


Lauren first visited with Dempsey and Carroll’s Austin Ackles last June with her sister Carolyn and their mother, Wendy, in tow. The three (all sharp, design savvy and decisive) arrived with a very clear vision and with a great appreciation for the tried-and-true engraving process. Our Pewter ink and  Dempsey White paper thrilled them, while the hand calligraphed names of the bride and groom contrasted perfectly with the modern font for the text. After the calligraphy is handwritten, it is then etched into a copper plate that’s inked and pushed to paper, one by one, on an antique press. Finally, edges of the invitation were carefully beveled and hand painted with silver ink and envelopes were finished with a subtle, shimmering silver lining.

With cocktails in hand, guests mingled amongst masterpieces by Corot, Cassatt, and Degas in the colonnade before moving in under the impressive skylight space. The overall feeling was of a classic ice palace, but one given warmth and an edgy modernity, with magically-hued lighting effects in pinks and greens and lavenders.

A winter wonderland and subtle pine scent surrounded Dempsey & Carroll escort cards. Columns of birch echoed those of marble and massive scale that bordered the space.


Additional lighting effects gave the impression of late in the day sun weaving its way through a cluster of swaying aspens.


A smartly conceived floor plan ensured that the guests were wowed by the immense history of place while still close enough to one another for an intimate vibe. Lauren and Samuel’s marriage celebration carried on as everyone let go to classic Motown, R&B favorites and early hip-hop.

Dempsey & Carroll is pleased to have had a role in such a brilliant affair. Congratulations to a most lovely couple!


Photography: Ira Lippke Studios

Wedding Planner: Vanda High Events

Real Weddings: Claudia & Georg

Real Wedding: Claudia & Georg

September 19th, 2015

Rainbow Room

New York, New York




On an absolutely glorious September Saturday, lovely couple Claudia and Georg were married with the bluest skies and the sublime New York City skyline as their backdrop. 200 dear friends and family came from all corners of the globe to share this spectacular day at the incomparable Rainbow Room.



As night fell on Manhattan, the blue glow of the majestic Empire State Building served as a constant presence in so many of the views.



Using our stately Baron Gray ink for the timeless Italian Script adored by Claudia’s parents, Bruce and Ferne, Dempsey & Carroll was delighted to engrave the most classically handsome invitations. The edges of each extra thick card were beveled by hand and then laid with silver foil, which served as an introduction to the exquisitely restored rooms that crown the center of New York and Rockefeller Center. The envelopes finished with luxurious yet subtle light gray tissue linings, nestled the cotton stock of the invitation and was soothing to the touch.




Sophisticated papers for a brilliant couple. Congratulations, Claudia and Georg!



Photo Credit: Ira Lippke Studios

Venue: Rainbow Room