HI! I'm Ruth Bleakley, owner and designer for Concertina Press, a nautical stationery company specializing in aquarium wedding invitations, vintage nautical wedding invitations and beach wedding invitations. My love of old nautical scientific illustrations began when I worked at a marine biology library - I couldn't get enough of the gorgeous drawings hiding away in some of the oldest journals. My goal with Concertina Press invitations is to bring those amazing old illustrations back to life in a fun and beautiful way in beach wedding invitations, perfect for your nautical or destination wedding. Some of my past couples have even gotten married at the aquarium!
My digitally printed invitations have the look of letterpress, without the cost - I use high quality recycled papers and envelopes made right here in the US. If you're interested in preprinted samples you can purchase them on my website or if you have any questions or would like a quote, please contact me.
Customer reviews (26)
Our invitations arrived and are BEAUTIFUL. We absolutely love the combo and will definitely be back for thank you notes when the time comes. Everything looks perfect and they are in the mail as of today! Ruth was so accommodating and let us mix and match styles! We love that as soon as you open the envelope, you can see a seahorse head peeking out with the line "We're so excited to celebrate with you." Awesome detail. Ruth was fun, easy, and friendly to work with and every single person has reached out to complement how creative our invites are. Definitely recommend!!
Ruth was absolutely fantastic to work with and I couldn't be happier with our invitations!! She combined a couple different designs for me and they turned out so so so beautifully! She was so great to work with-- responsive, knowledgeable, professional and so sweet and patient even when I was flakey! But the most important thing is how beautifully the invitations turned out-- the paper is beautiful and Ruth has such an eye for detail. Honestly, I knew that the invitations would be really pretty, but when the box came in the mail (before I expected it!), I was completely blown away. I keep sneaking back to the box to look at them! I can't wait to send them to my friends and family!
Ruth was a joy to work with!! Our wedding invitations came out amazing, exactly as I envisioned. From the very beginning of the process, through to the end, Ruth was responsive, professional and I could not have been happier. I would highly recommend Ruth!
I was so thrilled to find Ruth's beautiful designs when we were looking for invitations for our 20th vow renewal ceremony, to be held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. My husband is an environmental scientist, so it was important to us to find invites on recycled and FSC certified paper. Ruth was more than willing to work with us to find paper stock that met our needs--and then we had to choose from all her designs, which was hard! Ruth worked with us to choose a few different designs to use on the invite, RSVP, and additional info cards, so we really got to use quite a few. Her communication and professionalism was outstanding, and the entire process was so easy. When the invites arrived, they exceeded my expectations. The packaging was gorgeous, the colors and quality are fabulous, and we were so excited to find the designs extending onto the back side of each piece. Ruth even printed the addresses for us in a lovely matching script. I literally cannot wait to get these into our guests' hands. Thank you Ruth, you're the best!
I would highly recommend Concertina Press. I was looking for a unique and special sand dollar invitation for our seaside wedding in ME. All I could find online were cartoony simple invitations, until I came across Concertina Press. Ruth's creations are so incredibly special, unique and are very high quality. I was a bit nervous to purchase online instead of being able to see and touch them in person, but all my worries were put to rest when they arrived. The bonus is Ruth is a real pleasure to work with, she was professional, and everything arrived onetime exactly as she said it would. She packed the invitations extremely well to keep them safe and the package required my signature at the Post Office which I was thankful for as it rained the day they were arrived. Totally satisfied customer!
I can not say enough about Ruth/ Concertina Press. It was just crazy luck that I found her designs. While perusing the Pinterest board my sister created for my wedding, an invitation she had pinned caught my eye. It was the style that stuck out. I clicked on the pin to read more about it, and found a magical online shop called Concertina Press.
Until I saw Ruth's beautiful designs, I was seriously having doubts about having everything for our wedding take on a nautical theme. I mean, I like boats okay - and Ruth has some beautiful products featuring ships - but for me, getting married by the sea is something I am doing because I love the ocean. I love all the things about it. So, the standard navy on white invitations with a compass embossed across the pages with an anchor charm dangling off of it, did nothing for me. That didn't feel personal enough for me.
So, when I found the wedding invitation page at www.concertinapress.com, I knew I had found something special. The inspiration for her work comes from old scientific illustrations - which has it's own special meaning for my fiancee and me - and she really brings her subjects to life, and the colors are beautiful. Having recently received the actual invitations in hand, I can say that I am ecstatic about the end product, and the online pictures don't do justice to the beauty of her work.
The product is great, and I couldn't be happier, but just as great as the product, is Ruth herself. We coordinated everything over email, and despite some personal challenges I had getting my email to work properly, Ruth made the whole process streamlined and stress free. She was personable (not always easy yo do via email), courteous, and totally efficient. She has her craft honed, and her business runs like a well oiled machine. The turn around time for response, proofs, printing and shipping were all well within the time frame stated up-front, and in my case, everything happened much faster than expected. She was also very quick to answer any questions we had about the process, and willing to make a special trip to the post office to get us our envelopes early for addressing. The product was carefully wrapped and packaged to protect it during transport, and everything arrived, in tact, neat, organized, and more beautiful than I had let myself hope for. Along with our order, was a handwritten note from Ruth, that included some information about the printing of our invitations. Also, as if that weren't enough, she included a set of beautiful thank you cards, and some post cards with her design. I will definitely be going back to Concertina Press for any stationary/ paper needs in the future. You can be sure that when we decide to start a family, our announcements will feature a bouncing baby seahorse/ squid/ cuttlefish... Thank you, Ruth, for the most amazing invitations I never even knew were possible.
Working with Ruth throughout the process of ordering my wedding invitations was an absolute pleasure! She was responsive to all my questions, kept me up to date on the progress, and offered helpful suggestions that I hadn’t thought of. The price was very reasonable and the invitations got here within the estimated time. I’ve already handed some of them out, and I have gotten wonderful compliments about how beautiful and unique they are. They fit in perfectly with the nautical theme of my wedding, and I’m actually basing my cake design off of the invitations! Concertina Press will be my go-to for any future stationery needs that I may have.
Ruth was amazing! She is so wonderful to work with. We ordered our wave nautical invitations and they are lovely. Stunning and modern. The quality is excellent! She thinks and designs all the little details. The final product is perfect. She was very responsive and answered all of questions. She took all the stress of our ordering our wedding invitations!
Ruth was super to work with and our wedding invites turned out ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!! I can't tell you how many complements I've had from people on the how beautiful the invitations looked. Just a great experiece, could not be happier with the service and the results.
We love our invitations from Concertina Press! They are beautiful and absolutely perfect for us. Fiancé and I are avid bird watchers with a great love of shore birds. We are having a beach wedding in Southern California. Ruth's shorebird invitations couldn't have been more perfect for our special day! We have received so many complements from friends and family telling us that they are beautiful, elegant and so "us". It was such a challenge to find a way to incorporate birds into our wedding in a way that wasn't too cutesy, as soon as I saw Ruth's designs on Pinterest I knew they were meant for us! Ruth was a pleasure to work with from start to finish; she was communicative, patient and extremely flexible with us. We are so in love with her work that we've decided to have her do our place cards and table numbers as well! I will continue to recommend her work and go to her for future stationary needs. Thank you Ruth! We will treasure these invitations always!
Ruth, I just want to say thank you for all of your help with making a beautiful invitation for my upcoming reception. Everyone who have received theirs at this point, have made nothing but great comments on the design. I appreciate all the help with getting them to me quickly. Thank you again, Bernard from St. Pete.
We had been looking for something nautical but unique, but also had a tight deadline -- luckily we found the perfect fit with Concertina Press. Ruth was excellent to work with -- she was patient and clear, with a quick turnaround and great communication. The jellyfish invites we ended up ordered were amazing! We received many compliments once we sent them out. A definite recommend!
Love the save the dates and wedding invite designs! Ruth is a great person to work with. She responds to all emails very quickly and communicates every detail with you. I'm very happy with my invites!
Ruth is, simply put, the best wedding invitation designer and just person to work with. We ordered save the dates, wedding invitations, and rehearsal dinner invitations (custom-made Cape Cod-inspired lobster bib ones) that all turned out FANTASTIC. My brother told me they were the best he's ever seen (and he doesn't give such compliments lightly). From the ordering process, to the personalized design, to corresponding on a daily/weekly basis, Ruth was a consummate professional - and so nice. Two traits you don't often find together. Thank you, Ruth, for helping make our special occasion even more special.
I ordered save the dates and they were so beautiful! Ruth was fantastic and wonderful to work with! I will be ordering my invitations with her and I know that they will be amazing!
I just received my invites and save-the-dates and they are FANTASTIC. The whole process of ordering and preparing all the parts of our invitation suite was so straightforward and infinitely more personal than what I was hoping to receive for my budget. And did I mention my invitations are awesome?
Recently received my wedding invitations and they came out fabulous! We ordered the navy octopus - I love how unique they are and can't wait to send them out. Working with Ruth was a breeze, she answered all our questions quickly and the invitations didn't take long at all. I would definitely recommend Concertina Press to anyone looking for awesome nautical inspired stationary.
I can't say enough about Ruth! I absolutely loved the cape cod save the dates we ordered - they were the perfect size and weight - a unique design and high quality card. Ruth was incredibly responsive, very helpful answering my questions and quickly shipping samples. The process to order was straightforward and easy. The packaging she sent the cards in couldn't have been cuter. She shared her own ideas and inspiration to fit with our wedding theme. And she went far above and beyond to get the save the dates to us on time despite a snow storm that delayed shipping. I highly recommend Ruth and Concertina Press. Thank you, Ruth!
The save the dates we recieved from Ruth are extremely well done, classy and elegant. I could not be more excited about them!! I am looking forward to a matching set of invitations to compelte the package! I got the nautical compass save the dates and am so excited for all my guests to see them as well. The ordering process was extremely easy and hassle free. I hope everything about wedding planning goes this smoothy and turns out this beautiful! Thanks so much Ruth!
I was on the look out for Save the Dates that were not the "typical" wedding stationary and I came across Concertina Press on Etsy. I emailed Ruth and she replied back to me immediately. I loved the save the dates so much that we asked her if she would be willing to work with us on a custom design for our invitations. Ruth has many designs that we loved (and we actually used some aspects of them (the waves in a royal/navy blue)), but she created an absolutely wonderful invitation and reply post card with our specifications. We LOVED everything that Ruth created and I will also echo another review... Ruth has a great eye for design and was able to help me in designing the most wonderful, personalized invitations that exemplify the look and feel that we hope our wedding will exude. Thank you Ruth!
My invitations from Concertina Press came out just stunning. The colors are elegant and the style is the perfect mix of classic and whimsical. One of the things that I really love about the invitations (I got the waves) is that even though I have the pattern on 3 different cards (invite, RSVP, rehearsal dinner invite), they are all slightly different - so it's a less manufactured looked. Additionally it was really a pleasure to work with Ruth, who was very responsive and really took the time to make sure that I felt good about everything. She has a great eye for design too and made my invitations look fantastic despite my not-always-entirely-coherent ideas. Thank you!
With less than 2 months to choose, order, recieve and send out wedding invitations I was worried I wouldn't get everything right and in time but working with Ruth was quick and easy. The invitations arrived in no time and looked even better in person. I actually took pictures of the items in their packaging because even that was beautiful. I would definitely use Concertina again! Thank you!!!!
I am getting married on Cape Cod this fall and ordered my wedding invitations from Concertina Press. It was such a pleasure to work with Ruth, she was attentive, timely and her invitations are absolutely stunning. The hardest part of ordering invitations from Concertina Press was deciding between designs, they are all so unique and beautiful. When we finally did decide on invitations (pink squid!) they arrived early and packaged with such care. I can't say enough for this fantastic company! Thank you Ruth.
I absolutely LOVED my wedding invitations and RSVP cards that Ruth made! She was wonderful to work with and so accommodating to what I was looking for in a unique wedding invitation. Everything was done quickly and professionally and I couldn't be happier! Thank you so much for your innovative design and your creative eye!
I just received my Save the Dates and could not be happier!!!! They are gorgeous and Ruth was so easy to work with. I am looking forward to working with her again on Invitations! The design and quality are excellent!
Our only daughter is being married in two weeks. We started with Concertina Press for the "Save the Dates" and were so happy with them, we had Ruth do our Wedding Invitations and then custom Thank You Notes! Ruth is very professional, very talented and we couldn't be happier! The quality of the work is beautiful.
WeddingLovely Blog Features
This Navy Compass Wedding invitation is one of the first designs I ever created for Concertina Press – I love the vintage modern feel of the nautical compass, and navy and white are a classic nautical wedding combo. The invitations are printed on 100% tree-free bamboo card stock, and they’re a warm off-white. The envelopes are a deep, rich navy blue.
My Cuttlefish invitation was the second invite I ever designed, right after my nautical compass invitation – I thought it was pretty daring – would other people like it as much as I did? My mom said “ick! who would want a SQUID on their wedding invitations?” (Moms! Gotta love ‘em) but I’m happy to report it’s been one of my most popular invitations!