Archive for the ‘Wedding Invitations’ Category

Reliving the Big Day

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

My wedding in Sonoma, California is featured in The Knot Magazine (Northern California) Spring/Summer 2011 issue.

My wedding was actually in August 2009, but seeing the pictures published almost 2 years later is  such a treat! So much has happened since then, that it is really fun to just sit back, flip through the pages and re-live the big day. We have the issue sitting on top of our wedding album. Now there is a cliff notes version!

Here’s the spread:

Green and Gorgeous

Monday, September 20th, 2010

My best friend got married last fall and I had the honor of creating her wedding invitations.

(See their Eco-friendly Wedding Invitation here)

Their San Francisco wedding was a fun filled weekend of events ranging from an intimate ceremony to an up-all-night dance party. All the gorgeous details were featured in Eco-Beautiful Weddings Magazine.

Lovely in lavender

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Due to popular demand, the “Will you be my bridesmaid?” (maid of honor, matron of honor) cards are now offered in a lovely pale lavender. They are printed with the same metallic gold gocco ink as our original pink cards and paired with a metallic gold envelope for the same vintage chic look.

It’s such a sweet way to ask the special ladies in your life to take part in your wedding!

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Protect the pretty paper

Friday, February 26th, 2010

When it comes to wedding invitations, there are so many choices to make and it all adds up quickly. A lot of brides ask if inner and outer envelopes are worth the cost. While it is not necessary, I do think that it adds a certain elegance to be able to open your gorgeous invitation untarnished.

The origin of the outer envelope came from when invitations were delivered by hand. The purpose of the outer envelope protect the invitation from weather and handling. I’ve posted this picture of an invitation from my wedding that made it to Australia and back again. This is a great example of the benefits of an outer envelope. Look at the wear and tear on it! It kind a broke my heart a little to see what the invitation went through after all that hard work.


If you do decide to forgo the outer envelope, I would highly recommend using an envelope liner to at least thicken the envelope. And it’s pretty of course!

A brown and “green” invitation

Monday, January 4th, 2010

I created a fun invitation this past fall for a wedding weekend in San Francisco. This outdoorsy couple chose an earthy color palette of sage green and chocolate brown for their wedding. They had a number of fun events planned for their guests over the course of 3 days and needed a clever way to tie it all together. I incorporated icons from nature to differentiate each of their events.

Many couples are trying to be environmentally friendly when planning their weddings and this is a great example of not having to sacrifice on style to achieve that.

All the paper used was 100% post consumer recycled, 100% carbon neutral, and manufactured with 100% renewable energy. The offset printing, the greenest of printing options, allowed us to use soy-based ink.


I also created 2 custom stamps to match the nature motif, which I posted  in the Jenuine Paper Zazzle Store. The oaktree stamp in particular has become popular for other brides.

Wedding branding

Monday, November 16th, 2009

It may seem weird to “brand” a wedding. It’s the adgirl in me. If you think about it though, most design savvy weddings are well branded in that they are cohesive with a monogram, an illustration, color scheme, theme, or in the best cases all of the above. I even like to create a wedding brand identity sheet that lays out the details from pantone colors to fonts.

For my own wedding I created a custom monogram out of the font from our wedding invitation that incorporated a heart made out of our initials. We put it on our programs as well as our cocktail napkins.


Other places people often place their monograms are on the head of their menu or as lighting on their dancefloor. After the wedding you can get an embosser to stamp stationary or envelopes with it. I’d like to find a way to put it on soap!

Time to crank the press

Monday, November 16th, 2009

In addition to my wedding invitation, I created matching letterpress menus and thank you cards. Since these were less complicated, I decided to print them myself. I rented a Vandercook press at the SF Center for the Book where I learned to print a few years ago.


Picture 1

For the table numbers, I decided to print the design on my inkjet onto the same pale blue from the menus and calligraphy the numbers over the design in a chocolate brown.


Final touches on an Invitation

Monday, November 16th, 2009

I offer 2 kinds of calligraphy to my custom invitation clients. (Click here for more details). I chose the copperplate style in sepia ink for my invitations.

The final touch on my invitation was to create matching postage stamps. I used the poppy image to create custom stamps for the outer envelope and rsvp envelope. The poppy stamp is now available for purchase in my zazzle store where I post custom stamps for my invitation clients to purchase for their own invitations.



Yes- I invited the President.  Although he was too busy reforming our health care to attend the wedding, we did receive a lovely hand signed response.

A California Chic Wedding Invitation

Monday, November 16th, 2009

After months of brainstorming my dream invitation, I came up with a tri-fold letterpress design- incorporating poppies to represent the California girl in me.

My initial invitation design was a 7-panel accordian fold. Sometimes a girl can dream too big. I soon found out that I created an invitation too large to fit even the largest bed of a vandercook press. After reconfiguring the design, I came up with a 2-sided trifold.

A 2-sided, 3-color, tri-fold invitation was not something I wanted to attempt to print myself. I entrusted Aardvark Press in Los Angeles with the job. Unlike most letterpress printers, they still use magnesium plates affixed to wood block for their printing. This is the only way to get the finest of details like the tiny dots on the poppies. Here are a few shots from my presscheck:


The result was amazing!



photography courtesy of Michelle Walker