Escort Cards on grand piano with floral arrangement by Brown Paper Design. Photo by Brown Butter Photography.As a follow up to yesterday’s post, Our Wedding Suite (Part 1), today I am sharing some of the extended pieces in our stationery suite, also known as the “Day Of” collateral. Again, Rocky and I wanted to extend the tone of our wedding while tying in some personal interests. We are total foodies (Rocky was a professional chef when we started dating) and our love for good wine and local, seasonal food played a big part in our event. Add to that the fact that Rocky is super into music and me into art and design (obvs) and we had a bevy of inspirational sources for all stages of planning. Below are some of the pieces we designed and created to aid and gift to our guests on the big day:

 Tiny Program Booklets: 3x3" 8-page booklet flat printed on 24# Crane Crest 100% cotton paper, covered with Fig cardstock and saddle stitched with green staples. Booklet was held closed with antique ribbon and embellished with our signature wax seal.My favorite piece – which was actually a bit of an afterthought at the time – was our program. I noticed at weddings that programs are usually too large to fit in my often small purse or clutch, and it’s kind of a bummer to fold them up or leave them behind. So it was important to make it a bit of a keepsake, and we also wanted to reintegrate the wax seal from our invitations since, well, we had it made and outside of the wedding we were’t going to have any use for it! In the end I made 3" bound booklets which were tied shut with more of the antique ribbon I scored at the Alameda Flea. Within the booklet was a brief program of the ceremony, short bios of our family members (other than our “best dog” we didn’t have a wedding party), a thank you letter to our guests and friends who helped out, and one of the poems read at the ceremony. I think the end result was concise and precious enough for people to want to keep (hopefully!)

Last page of program featuring a Rilke poem that we so love.

Clockwise from top: Guest escort cards, wine list and dinner menu.

 Escort Cards: Flat printed on 110# Crane Lettra 100% cotton paper with "foodie" icons, guest name and table assignment. Held up in cork stands from long-since-drunk wine bottles. Photo by Brown Butter Photography.

Dinner Menu: Screen printed with ecru ink on Fig paper. Wrapped in Khaki linen and laid at each place setting. Photo by Brown Butter Photography.

 Wine List: Flat printed on Khaki cardstock and placed standing on each table. Wine tasting notes were written by Rocky.

 Table Numbers: Hand-cut lumenaries wrapped in champagne and fig paper, lit inside by candles. Photo by Brown Butter Photography.

Favors: Home-brewed mead (honey wine made by Rocky) bottled and sealed with wax. Wrapped in a flat printed label of Khaki paper. Photo by Brown Butter Photography.

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!

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