Ancesserie {Vendor Spotlight Post}

Ancesserie {Vendor Spotlight Post}

We’re thrilled to be showcasing some gorgeous tidbits of work from one of our favorite TWR vendors, Ancesserie. Lydia Derek Wherry, the founder of the letterpress and stationary gem, uses the historic plates found in the archives of her family’s newspaper, The Edgefield Advertiser, which just happens to be the oldest newspaper in South Carolina. Classic, elegant, and of course, a little sassy, Ancesserie offers the finest in everything from invitation suites to coasters to custom hand-calligraphed monograms! To see all things weddings click here.

The fabulous doesn’t begin and end with weddings, however. Ancesserie also can provide and create custom party papers, place cards and coasters for all of those parties leading up to the big day. You can order them in sets of 8 or 50. One of favorites, you ask? The “Please Don’t Take My Drink” coaster has to take the cake. Not only is it sassy and adorable, but it helps cut down on liquor costs to boot!

Read some words from Lydia herself below these images of her gorgeous work and consider Ancesserie for your wedding paper needs!

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“My children have learned what it means to have a letter arrive by post. Every now and then, they walk with me to “check the mail.” “Did I get anything?” It’s almost as if I have to tell them Santa did not come today. There are no letters from anyone anymore. The disappointment on their faces is too much for a mother to bear.

It seems the only place to guarantee their receiving a letter is to send them to camp, a place where visitors are not allowed and the only connection to the outside world is by post. I write letters to them . One – every- day. I pass their address for those two weeks on to Grandparents and Godparents alike, hoping. 

My ailing father was visiting recently and left me a small note, “I love you. Dad” It sits right in front of my computer. Do you think I saved the emails, or turn to them when I want to think of him? No. This little note is all I need. It shows the frailty of his hand, but still the same strokes trying to make their way across the small piece of paper. I know it was a bit of an effort, but one I will always appreciate. I’ll never move that little piece of paper.

 I come from a long line of writers. My family owns the oldest newspaper in South Carolina. For four generations my family has told the story of that community, of America, in writing. I discovered in the old, vacated press room, beautiful cuts, copper engravings wooden and lead type from the time of letterpress. It was as if the new printing technology spat on their worthiness. They were strewn about the tables and presses in utter chaos. I took this tooling, dusted off the presses, and began a line of stationery. I wanted everything to be too beautiful to pass up. A lovely palate to begin writing your history.

I’ve imagined love letters arriving on our pheasant note cards. I have come to know that men enjoy writing notes and lots of them. I envision their granddaughters discovering those letters one day tucked in a book or box somewhere and learn something special about those who came before them, something to hold onto. For I can’t imagine anything written in this email or the masses of emails out there being saved and tucked away. These thoughts are lost, impersonal by nature.”


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