Real Weddings: Pretty On Paper

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Meet Jens and Amol, a couple so pretty on paper you would think it too good to be true. World-travelers, yet homebodies when in town, these two businessmen know how to keep the flame alive. Date nights are a weekly ritual and weekends together are a sweet dose of couple activities. Their love for each other seems almost tangible, something which they were able to harness beautifully in their choice of stationery. Crane, being their stationery destination of choice, and a resource they use near exclusively in their home, was an easy decision for their wedding – and the perfect fit. Choosing an invitation suite that accommodated their exquisitely posh – yet within the bounds of casual – affair, was something the Crane team was wholly equipped for, and readily tuned into. The result? Something akin to magic, something near perfect. Their love became a sentiment caught on paper, and one all guests could touch, hold, and feel forever.

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Though it may not have been love at first sight for these two, they appear a seamlessly complementary fit to one another. With a wedding that fully articulated their styles, they approached the look and feel with a sort of casual formality that made their day equal parts lovely and luxurious. What all started at a business conference led to a candle-lit proposal, and then to an incredible wedding that included a surprise serenade by Jens at their reception. This beautiful couple planned quite the event – and it all started with their invitations.

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So let’s get to know them a little bit more in depth. We promise it will only prove that, though pretty on paper, they’re even better in real life.

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Tell us a little bit about yourselves! What type of couple are you – adventurer-seekers, or the popcorn and movie night type?

Jens: We both have hectic jobs that require quite a bit of travel, so when we happen to be in the same place and not working, we really like to just enjoy our time and not be too scheduled…so that could be a bottle of wine at home, a nice dinner out, or hitting the gym. One of my favorite times is our Saturday mornings when we spend hours reading the weekend papers and having breakfast together before working out. We also make sure to have at least one ‘date night’ a week.

Amol: I love our relaxing weekends, and weekly date nights, but when we’re not at home we love traveling (Jens especially!). Over the last two years we’ve been to places like South Africa, Turkey, Belgium, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and the Maldives. Our favorite place is Mexico, for the resorts (Jens) and the spicy, veggie food + margaritas (Amol).

Tell us how you and your partner met, and what was the proposal like? Give us all the details.  

Jens: We met at a networking conference when Amol was in business school and I was representing my employer at that time. Needless to say I was all business and made a bad impression…a couple of months later when Amol was in New York I wrote him to see if he wanted to catch up over a drink. He only realized it was a date about an hour in! The proposal was just as much a surprise to Amol. He had just accepted a new job offer, and I had told him I would come home to cook a celebratory meal. What he didn’t know was that he would be walking in on 400 tealight candles and 1,000 rose petals, as well as a wedding proposal.

Amol: I remember when I first met Jens, and I was so put off because, despite having mutual friends, he wouldn’t talk to me because I wasn’t interested in consulting! I nearly didn’t make it to what turned out to be our first date because it was a cold evening in January, I was coming back from a dinner with a couple of friends, and couldn’t find a cab. I’m glad I made it though! The moment Jens proposed was so indicative of how he is in general — the surprise, the bottle of Dom Perignon he had saved for that very occasion (before he met me, he had that bottle planned), the hundreds of tealights in our apartment. It all felt so perfect and amazing.

Tell me about the process of choosing your wedding invitations and did you have something in mind when you first approached Crane.com? What drew you to Crane.com? Did that change?

Jens: I’ve always used Crane for my personal stationery. I like the combination of a non-fussy design with the formality of the high quality paper stock for a written thank you note. For the wedding we were looking for the same kind of casual formality: black tie dress code at the Harvard Club of New York, but with guests truly enjoying every moment rather than being uncomfortable or bored. The invitation we chose fit with the venue and dress code: heavy paper stock with a very traditional font type and wording. We also worked with a calligrapher, Ashantai Yungai, that came recommended by Crane. He was the cherry on the cake, making sure our invitations wowed people as they received them.

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Amol: We’ve always used Crane stationery at our house, so choosing Crane was our number one choice. Our invitations were hand-calligraphed in navy blue ink, which was one of our wedding colors, and we really wanted them to feel special.

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Was there anything about the process of choosing your invitations that you weren’t expecting?

Jens: I didn’t realize there would be so much choice! Nor did I expect that, once presented with all the choices, I actually had strong opinions about wedding invitations. I was also shocked to see how much (or how little) some of the invitations cost. Crane was a great choice for us: I was very familiar with the quality of their products, and it allowed us to get a very luxurious invitation suite without exploding our budget.

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Do you have any advice for couples on the invitation process?

Jens: One of the best tips I received when picking our invitation, was to remember that for months, the save the date and subsequently the invitation are really the only tangible part of the wedding for all of your guests, so you want to set the right tone and create the right expectations. That’s why, for example, we made sure to use a calligrapher for both the save-the-dates and the actual invitations.

Amol: Completely agree. Not skimping on the invitations was one of the best decisions we made. I still have a copy of our invite, which we saved with our album.

Tell me about your wedding! What was your favorite moment?

Jens: The ceremony was actually my favorite moment of the day. We had a dear friend officiate, and the whole ceremony felt very personal. I really liked that we both wrote our own vows. I’ll remember those forever. I also really liked the speeches. We went light on the number of speeches and how long they could go, and everyone did such a great job at keeping them short, sweet, and funny.

Amol: My favorite part of the day was a surprise piano performance by Jens of John Legend’s song, “All of Me.” Jens had every single moment of the wedding planned out, so I was completely taken aback when suddenly this big piano rolled into the room, and Jens sat down to sing and play that song. He serenaded me in front of all our guests and loved ones, it was so beautiful — I was completely struck by how emotional and happy I felt. To this day, whenever I hear that song, I think back to our wedding day, it was really special.

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Photos by STAK Studios.

Kara Neff lives in New York City by way of Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. She can be found writing freelance for beauty, fashion and interior design outside of her full-time job as a fashion writer. 

Are you a bride, groom or stationer who has a Crane & Co. wedding invitation you’d like to have featured in Real Weddings? Email us at submissions@crane.com.

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Enter our “World Stationery Day” Giveaway

In celebration of the 2016 World Stationery Day and the written word, we are hosting a Giveaway! Everyone who participates on April 27, 2016, as detailed below, will receive one box of free Crane stationery. Here is how to take part:

1) Log onto your Pinterest account, follow us and create a board called “World Stationery Day 2016”.

2) Fill your board with at least 15 pins featuring all things stationery, including at least 5 pins of Crane & Co. stationery. Use images from our website www.crane.com or our Pinterest boards as your pins.

3) Email us a link to your board at submissions@crane.com.

4) Tell all your friends about this important day and ask them to enter, too.

5) Keep writing!

Terms & Conditions 

By participating in the 2016 World Stationery Day Giveaway, the participant grants Crane & Co. permission to promote the participant’s name and submission for marketing purposes. Slight alterations may be made by staff in order to fit size restrictions on our digital marketing platforms.

If children under the age of 18 are shown on the participant’s submitted Pinterest board, a parent or legal guardian must approve the inclusion of said photo. The giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m., EDT on Wednesday, 27 April, 2016. Links to boards must be received before the end of the giveaway to be eligible. Any received after Wednesday, 27 April, 2016, will be disqualified. Only one Pinterest board per participant is permitted, and it must be submitted via email.

All submitted boards have an equal opportunity. Boards will be accepted with no discrimination toward sex, race or age. All decisions are final. Crane & Co. reserves the right to refuse any board they deem unacceptable for any reason.

Participants will be responsible for obtaining any and all consents, approvals and licenses required in connection with their participation in the giveaway. Participants will be contacted by Crane & Co. via Pinterest and the prize will be release within two weeks.

Participation in this giveaway includes automatic sign-up for the weekly Crane & Co. e-newsletter.

Each participant will receive one box of stationery from the www.crane.com website, with an estimated value of $20. Crane & Co. reserves the right to substitute a product of equal or greater value. The participant may not exchange the giveaway item for cash or any other merchandise or service. The participant will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize.

Participants are granting Crane & Co. an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use your Pinterest board in connection with the giveaway and feature your Pinterest board and all its content in connection with the giveaway in all media (now known or hereafter developed). Participants agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for us and our designees to make use of the rights participants grant above. Participants will not receive any compensation or credit for use of their Pinterest board, other than as described in these terms and conditions.

By entering this giveaway, each participant is, to the extent allowed by law, releasing and holding harmless Crane & Co., Inc and its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability arising from or in connection with the giveaway or any prize received.

You are not eligible to participate in the giveaway if you are an employee or an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of Crane & Co. or any of its subsidiaries, or a person involved in any part of the administration or execution of the giveaway. This giveaway is void in Puerto Rico and wherever else prohibited.

Have a question about our giveaway? Email the Crane Concierge at submissions@crane.com.

Enter our “Oscar Stationery” Giveaway

In celebration of 88th Academy Awards, we are hosting the “Oscar Stationery” Giveaway. Everyone who participates will receive one box of stationery from the “Boxed Note Cards” section of www.crane.com. Here is how to enter:

1) Log onto your Pinterest account, follow us and create a board called “Oscar Stationery”.

2) Fill your board with at least 7 A-listers nominated for Oscar this year and match them with Crane & Co. stationery pieces that suit their personality best in your opinion. Use images from our website www.crane.com or our Pinterest boards as your Pins.

3) Email us a link to your board at concierge@crane.com.

4) Tell all your friends to enter, too.

5) Toast to all 2016 Oscar Nominees and wish them best of luck!

Terms & Conditions 

By entering the “Oscar Stationery” Giveaway, the contestant grants Crane & Co. permission to promote the contestant’s name and submission for marketing purposes. Slight alterations may be made by staff in order to fit size restrictions on our digital marketing platforms.

If children under the age of 18 are shown on the contestant’s submitted Pinterest board, a parent or legal guardian must approve the inclusion of said photo. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m., EDT on Monday, February 29th, 2016. Entries must be received before the end of the contest to be eligible. Any received after February 29th, 2016, will be disqualified. Only one Pinterest board per contestant is permitted, and it must be submitted via email.

All submitted boards have an equal opportunity. Boards will be accepted with no discrimination toward sex, race or age. All decisions are final. Crane & Co. reserves the right to refuse any board they deem unacceptable for any reason.

Contestants will be responsible for obtaining any and all consents, approvals and licenses required in connection with their participation in the contest. Contestants will be contacted by Crane & Co. via Pinterest and the prize will be release within two weeks.

By entering the contest, contestants are automatically signed up for the weekly Crane & Co. e-newsletter.

The winner will receive one box of stationery from the “Boxed Note Cards” section of www.crane.com. The estimated value of this prize is $20.00. Crane & Co. reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. The winner may not exchange the prize for cash or any other merchandise or service. The winner will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize.

Contestants are granting Crane & Co. an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right and license to use your entry in connection with the contest and feature your entry and all its content in connection with the contest in all media (now known or hereafter developed). Contestants agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for us and our designees to make use of the rights contestants grant above. Contestants will not receive any compensation or credit for use of their entry, other than as described in these terms and conditions.

The potential winner may be required sign an affidavit of eligibility, a liability/publicity release and other documentation. If the potential winner does not and return these required forms within the time period stated on the winner notification message, Crane & Co. may disqualify that person and select an alternate winner. Crane & Co. is not responsible for any unauthorized use of contestants.

By entry this contest, each contestant is, to the extent allowed by law, releasing and holding harmless Crane & Co., Inc and its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability arising from or in connection with the contest or any prize won.

You are not eligible to participate in the contest if you are an employee or an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of Crane & Co. or any of its subsidiaries, or a person involved in any part of the administration or execution of the contest. This contest is void in Puerto Rico and wherever else prohibited.

Have a question about our contest? Email the Crane Concierge at concierge@crane.com.

And the winner of our “Love Is…” Valentine’s Day Pinterest Contest Is…

Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 4.16.51 PMThis past week we had the delight of viewing all of the entries for our “Love Is…” Valentine’s Day Pinterest contest. The task was to create a board inspired by our gold engraved #XOXO Correspondence Card, and in response we received a most creative assortment.

Just a few of items our enthusiasts love include:

Unfortunately, we had to pick (at random) one lucky winner. Take a peek at her “Love Is…” Pinterest board.

XOXO,
Crane & Co.

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Photos: Santa’s Elves are Hard at Work in the Factory

Post Script: Writer and Letter Writer David Infante

When we stumbled upon writer David Infante’s lovely online piece praising the practice of writing letters, we of course wanted to know more about the 26-year-old New Yorker’s fancy for classic correspondence. Here, the former conscious thank you note objector shares why railroad spikes may make for good pen pal letters and writing while curious always has the potential for a most memorable response.

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When did your interest in the epistolary world begin?
In college. When I was a kid, my parents made me write “thank you” notes to anyone who gave me a gift—Christmas, birthday, etc.—and I hated it. Sometimes, if the gift wasn’t even that good, I would be angry that it had been given to me. Now I have to write another note, and for what?! I would fight back, too, if I had already verbally thanked the giftee face-to-face. As a Cool Teen™ trying to spend as much time as possible playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater on N64, I didn’t see the point of sending a note after the fact—it seemed redundant.

When I got to college, I was sort of lost. I had a really rough freshman year at a small liberal arts school, and I hated it. I was depressed and alone. I don’t want to make it sound like writing notes “saved” me—I was living a perfectly acceptable life for a college freshman, I was just a bit down on myself. So to cheer myself up, I started collecting my friends’ home addresses and sending them Christmas cards. Just for the hell of it. Everyone seemed to get a kick out of it, so then I did it again at Easter, then again the following Christmas and so on. Obviously I still wrote “thank you” notes—it was an ingrained habit at that point. It kinda went from there, but it started because I had a lot of downtime and wasn’t enjoying myself in a new environment.

What is your favorite step in the process of written correspondence?
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Post Script: Snail Mail Cafe’s Sarah Bentley

Meet Sarah Bentley, founder of pop-up coffee and correspondence spot Snail Mail Café. The Brooklyn resident’s goal is to one day open a permanent space where letter writers can take pen to paper—and indulge in an ice cream cone (or two). Here, Sarah talks to us about blank cards, commemorative stamps and how letters are a lot like (good) food.

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Photos: Holiday is Happening at the Factory

The holiday season may still be a couple months away, but our printing presses are already in full reindeer and nutcracker mode. Since this is our busiest time of year, we thought we’d give you a peek onto the factory floor, where the trimmings include lots of red and green ink, shimmering gold envelope liners and more than a few festive trees—on engraving plates, of course. Our paper is 100% cotton, after all!

A copper plate for our Engraved Harvest Wreath card gets ready for printing…

wreath copper plateGears with a touch of garland…

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An order of Engraved Santa’s Sleigh Cards out to dry…

sleigh card on beltAn order of Engraved Reindeer and Ribbon Cards almost ready to go to one lucky customer…

reindeer cardDreaming of a white (sand) Christmas…

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The Grinch who engraved Christmas…

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How To: Identify a Printing Process

We often get asked the differences between the various printing processes we use to craft our stationery, especially between engraving and thermography. Of course, the best way to tell the difference is to pay a visit to your local stationer so you can feel the difference. However, below we’ve outlined all of the different processes and what makes them unique.

Engraving is the finest, most distinct form of three-dimensional “raised printing.” No other paper manufacturer offers our engraving quality, craftsmanship and level of service.

As a highly skilled craft dating back to the 16th century, engraving conveys an unspoken message of distinction and timelessness. It has a warmth and elegance all its own. Running your fingers over a piece of engraved stationery reveals the textures unique to engraving — finely detailed, raised letters with slight indentations on the reverse side of the paper. There is no substitute for true engraving.

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How it Works

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