Celebrity singer and actress Jessica Simpson has two companies to thank for her wedding invitations — and they’re both from Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Simpson’s marriage to her husband Eric Johnson, former tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, took place on July 5 in Santa Barbara, California, but the local design and printing companies — Momental Designs, of Wyoming, and Corcoran Printing, of Wilkes-Barre — broke their silence on Monday about their role in the creation of Simpson’s wedding invitations.
Bill Corcoran, owner of Corcoran Printing, explained that he had to sign a nondisclosure agreement after being selected for the project.
“We were pretty excited about it,” Corcoran said. “At the same time, we couldn’t talk about it.”
At long last, Corcoran said he’s able to take credit for his role in printing 150 invitations and reply cards for the Simpson-Johnson wedding.
He explained that Simpson selected his company based on his expertise with foil stamping, a process in which metallic foil, usually gold or silver, is embossed onto the stationery.
“Very few printers have the ability and the skill to produce high-quality foil stamping,” Corcoran said.
Kristy Rice, owner of Momental Designs, said she got the call for this project in October.
She said her friend Mindy Weiss, a professional wedding and event planner, was tasked with finding an invitation designer for the wedding, and immediately thought of her.
“She just called me directly and said ‘I want you to do it,’” Rice said.
Rice said the project came with a small caveat: She didn’t know who the clients were until she was months into the design. Until December, all she knew was that the clients were celebrities.
As they were working on the under-wraps design, Rice’s 10-person design team would make predictions about who their celebrity clients were. As it turned out, some of them had guessed correctly that they were working on the design for the Simpson-Johnson wedding.
Rice said they quickly learned that Simpson had a very particular vision for her invitations. Over the course of the project, Rice said her company went through 12 to 15 fully completed mock-up designs before both parties could agree on a finalized version. A typical wedding invitation project, she said, goes through two or three mock-ups.
“Jessica was pretty detailed,” Rice said. “She knew what she wanted.”
Now that the wedding has passed, Corcoran said he plans to continue to work with Momental Designs for upcoming jobs.
“We’ve formed a nice alliance,” he said, adding that Rice has given his company more business after working on the Simpson wedding invites together.
Rice said she knew about Corcoran Printing before working on these invitations, but after their collaboration, she said she’s impressed by the quality of their foil stamping.
“Corcoran was just amazing, they got right back to us,” Rice said. “We’re referring a ton of business to them now.”