Although I posted portfolio photos of our wedding invitation suite on our site weeks ago, I am only just now officially sharing the details on them. I can’t wait to share images from the event itself, and will finally be doing so in the coming weeks.

Sealed with a kiss! Wedding photo by Brown Butter PhotographyRocky and I were married at Hans Fahden, a small cabernet vineyard in Calistoga (at the top of Napa Valley) last October, “during the wine harvest” as our Save the Dates announced. As an invitation designer I had high hopes that I would really nail the design, but more importantly, Rocky and I both wanted the suite to eloquently set the tone of our relationship and wedding for our guests; many of whom were flying across the United States to celebrate with us. We also didn’t want anything too fussy, matchy-matchy or overdone (of course definitions for which are completely subjective!) In the end, we were 100% happy with the result, which was a labor of love that reflected elements meaningful to the setting, time of year and most significantly, us as a couple. So without further ado, below are the ins and outs of our so-called Wine Harvest Wedding Suite:

The entire suite, clockwise from left: Illustrated, printed canvas map-wrapped suite, reverse letterpressed invitation, letterpressed reply card, foodie-inspired escort cards with wine cork stands, small engagement photo/wedding url insert, screen printed dinner menu, wine-stained wine list, homemade mead favor, personal letter welcoming each guest, pocket-sized program booklet, reply envelope, invitation suite outer envelope with ombre addressing

Outer Envelope: Letterpress printed reply address and flat printed, ombre-effect recipient address on Crane’s Crest 100% cotton paper A9 envelope in ecru. Monarch Butterfly postage stamp from USPS. Not shown: envelopes were lined in pomegranate rice paper.

Closeup of ombre-effect on flat printed recipient address on outer envelope.

Enclosed invitation suite wrapped in a custom-illustrated map of the route from San Francisco (where we live) to Calistoga (where we got married!) Various wine appellations (Carneros, Rutherford, etc.) were highlighted with a wine-stained watercolor effect. Flat printed on canvas, wrapped around invitation and etceteras, and fastened with a wax seal featuring our initials and wedding date.

Custom wax seal featuring our initials & wedding date. This was definitely Rocky’s favorite part!

Map detail featuring the foggy San Francisco end

Map detail of a landmark along the way (the Sonoma Mission, kiddy-corner to our Rehearsal luncheon)

Map detail of downtown Calistoga (where everyone stayed) with directions to Hans Fahden

Beneath the map: Reverse letterpress printed invitation, set in the typeface Adios and printed by Mama's Sauce on 220# Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper stock in ecru. Reply card, envelope and engagement photo/url insert tied with antique silk ribbon (from the Alameda Flea!)

Detail of reverse letterpress printing. Instead of the text being pressed down, (as in traditional letterpress printing) the inked area around them was, so they had an embossed effect.

Reply Card and Envelope: Reply card is letterpress printed on 110# Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper stock in ecru. Reply envelope is Moss Green with a custom rubber stamped return address and Rustic Garden stamps from USPS.

Detail of letterpress printed reply card with “foodie’” icons and an area for guests to write-in travel plans (which came in handy when we distributed the Welcome Bags.)

Small flat printed insert featuring an engagement photo (of us walking on Baker Beach) and our wedding url. Not shown is the pomegranate rice paper backing, also used on the envelope liner.

More to come tomorrow, when I share Part 2 of our suite, the “Day Of” collateral!