Inside A+P Designs – Affordable Letterpress Print Shop & Invitation Studio

Welcome to our paper and letterpress world!! We are so excited to give you another sneak peak into everyday life here at the studio and show you a few interesting items that we use to make your experience and your wedding invitations special and unique.  Hopefully this will brighten up the start of your new week even more :)

(If you have not seen part I yet, click here to watch the video)

A&P Designs Custom Invitations Tampa Bay FL

A&P Designs Custom Invitations St Petersburg FLAs you can see, our shop is in the glorious Sunshine State (hint, hint: Florida! :)) Our studio is located in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, a.k.a. Downtown St Pete or the Burg for us locals. We are nestled into one of the remaining old buildings, from the 1920’s, in St. Pete and we are located on the third floor! We absolutely love coming to work and the almost daily experience of the sun shining through our seven huge windows as we work and do what we love: creating art and playing with all things paper!

Custom Wedding Invitations - Tampa Bay Florida

Custom Wedding Invitations - Tampa Bay Florida

Inside A&P Designs - Letterpress Studio

Inside A&P Designs - Letterpress StudioHere at A&P Designs, we try to create a welcoming atmosphere in our shop by displaying a blend of creativity and professionalism.  To accomplish this, we have a mini exhibit in our meeting area of many of our different wedding invitations. That way, each bride gets to see right away the quality and style of our work. I also love to give each bride the opportunity to meet one-on-one. This gives me the chance to learn about each bride’s personality, wedding style, and color palette. Then I use all of these things to create a design that will be unique and specially suited for her. Pat’s beautiful handmade table (above) is where everything starts!

Inside A&P Designs - Letterpress Invitations StudioThis is where I spend most of time. This is my space and the place where I get to play with my ideas and create every design.  Not to mention that this is the area where I communicate with the world by responding to all of the e-mails sent by brides, wedding planners, and everyone else involved in making things happen :)

Inside A&P Designs - Letterpress Invitations Studio

Inside A&P Designs - Wedding Invitations Studio

Inside A&P Designs - Wedding Invitation Studio

Wedding Invitations - Where art meets Paper

Letterpress Printing Shop - Tampa BayThe pictures above gives you an idea of Pat’s playground. He loves to play with paint and colors, so THIS is where everything really comes to life! Every letterpress invite is carefully crafted and printed by Pat. This awesome guy is truly blessed with the ability to work with his hands. There is no task to big for Pat! He can make almost anything a bride wishes to have in her invites. He is in charge of A LOT of things including printing, cutting, and assembling.  Did I mention he does everything manually?!

Affordable Letterpress - Wedding Invitations

lettepress print shop - FloridaAnd last but not least, our faithful printers, Lupe and Lola. Yes, we did give them names, and acquiring these beauties was the beginning of our love for letterpress. Lupe – the bigger press – has been around since 1916,  and Lola – the small press – is from the late 1800s. These girls work like a charm, and this is where Pat prints every invitation, stationery or paper product one piece at a time and every bride, during their appointment with me, gets to see a glimpse of the process involved in making each invite.

custom wedding invitations - where art meets paperI hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about our work! Pat and I would love to have you over to our studio and help make your wedding invitations and paper goods a perfect piece of art!   -A&P


Photos by our friends at Kismis Ink Photography and Esther Louise Photography




Beach Themed Wedding Invitations (Waves Design)

Check out these beautiful and classy beach themed wedding invitations! Amy + Charles did a fantastic job personalizing our Waves design to fit their wedding style! The couple got married at the Tampa Bay Watch, and their wish was to incorporate a unique “beachy” feel to their invitations. To fit their wedding style, we hand-drew seahorses and incorporated them into the invite and response cards. For a clean and elegant appeal, we added the “swirly” design to the bottom edge of the invite and blind pressed (letterpress printing with no ink) both the seahorse and “swirly” motif. To further customize their invitations, we letterpress printed each invite in navy ink on a thick, pearl-white cotton paper stock. We love when our brides choose a design from our Design Bar Collection: it really gives them endless possibilities to customize their invites while keeping them affordable. We always get excited to see all the unique ways that these designs are transformed to fit every bride’s wedding style!

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Style Me Pretty – Southern Inspired Wedding

We are super excited to see another one of our designs featured in Style Me Pretty!!! We truly enjoyed creating this  invitation for Christine + Nils’ southern-inspired wedding at the Tampa Yacht and Country Club. We love that they have a copy of the map we created for their suite hanging in their home! That is what we strive for: to create a one-of-a-kind keepsake! :)

Botanica Floral Designs, Anna Lucia Events and all the other vendors did a fabulous job at bringing their vision to life!

Click here to read the Style Me Pretty post and the beautiful pictures taken by Best Photography!

Many thanks to Style Me Pretty for including us in this beautiful publication!

Style Me Pretty - Southern Inspired Wedding

Christine+Nils_StyleMePrettyThe map photo was taken by Best Photography


Bachelorette Party Invitations

Her wedding day is approaching, and it’s time to party and celebrate before her days as a single lady are over! Nothing says “Let’s celebrate!” like these chic and modern bachelorette party invitations. These beautiful invites display a whimsical, gold-foiled design with an elegant black-and-white-striped background, making them the perfect fit for a fun and memorable night!

Love this design? Click here to order!

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Succulent Wedding Invitations (Jennifer + Patrick)

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today we are featuring these beautiful succulent wedding invitations. These classy invites feature an elegant motif with an organic twist displaying our hand-drawn succulent design with a watercolor finish. To incorporate more of an organic feel, we letterpress printed each invitation suite in sand ink on cotton paper stock and carried the design onto the response cards. For an elegant appeal, we blind pressed (letterpress printing with no ink) a simple border design on the bottom edge of the invite and response card. To finish the design, we wrapped each invitation suite with bellybands showcasing a letterpress monogram (the bride’s and groom’s initials were letterpress printed in sank ink and the ampersand was blind pressed). Lastly, we paired each invitation with Quartz pearlescent envelope for a stunning finished product!

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Featured in Style Me Pretty

We are super excited to see one of our designs featured in Style Me Pretty. We truly enjoyed creating this elegant invitation for Tristan + Leslie’s gorgeous wedding at the historic Powel Crosley Estate.

Click here to see more beautiful pictures taken by Justin DeMutiis Photography. They did a fantastic job capturing the details of this beautiful Florida wedding!

Many thanks to Style Me Pretty for including us in this beautiful publication!

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Watercolor Save the Date

Custom Watercolor Save-the-Date


Country themed Custom Wedding Invitations

We are so excited to show you these beautiful country themed custom wedding invitations! Stacey + Justin are tying the knot at the Hitching Post Barn in Brooksville, Florida, and their wish was to subtly blend the rustic feel of the outdoors into their wedding invitations. To create Stacy’s dream wedding invitation, we created a clean and classy design and incorporated a simple and delicate hand drawing of horseshoes to add a rustic, country feel. For a classy yet organic feel, we letterpress-printed the invites using sand-colored ink on Crane’s ecru Lettra cotton paper. For a personal touch, we created envelope liners displaying the couple’s engagement photo to embellish the pearlescent envelopes. I love how these country themed wedding invitations display personal details that are meaningful to the couple – making the invites a great keepsake to remember such a special moment for years to come! :)

Congratulations Stacy + Justin on your upcoming wedding!!!

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Kate Spade-Inspired Wedding Invitations

We had so much fun creating these Kate Spade-inspired wedding invitations for Michelle + William’s wedding! The Kate Spade-inspired design is a perfect fusion of this couple’s personalities. The bride is a lover of all things Spade, the groom is a fishing aficionado, and their vision was to infuse both of these themes into their wedding invitations. To bring their vision to life, we created a clean and modern motif to reflect the playful and cheeky aesthetic of Kate Spade, and integrated our hand-drawn fishes to accentuate William’s outdoorsy side. (Side note: the groom requested three specific kinds of fish that are native to the area. I think it is so cute and sweet that he was so involved in the process!) To further incorporate the bold feel of Spade, we duplexed the invite with a lime green paper stock and used that same paper to print the enclosure card. To finish of the design, we letterpress-printed the entire suite using gray ink and paired it with gray envelopes. We really love when couples incorporate so many personal details into their wedding invitations, it just makes it so much more special and memorable!

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Featured in Style Me Pretty

We were so excited to see a customization of our “Fauna” letterpress wedding invitation featured in Style Me Pretty. Click here to see more pictures of this gorgeous California garden wedding. Many thanks to Style Me Pretty for including us in this beautiful publication!

Letterpress Wedding Invitation - Style Me Pretty