It’s no secret that around here we love a vineyard wedding, which is why we were so thrilled when one of our newlywed clients, Ashley and Jefferson shared their photos with us. We adapted our Cork Save the Date into an invitation (complete with coordinating Reply Card) for their wine-drenched event, which was held at Still Waters Vineyards in Paso Robles, California. Everything came together with perfect rustic elegance. Scroll down to see all the gorgeous details in juicy shades of cabernet, syrah, merlot… (is it Friday yet?)

Congratulations Ashley and Jefferson! Best wishes for your life together.

Photography: Radiant Photography by the Chansons.

AuthorEmily Foran

Have you seen our Silvia wedding invitation design? It’s part of our pre-designed Wedding Collection, in which all the suites can be tailored to your event: color palette, wording, materials and technique-wise. I have long been meaning to share the wedding that inspired this design, which took place last September and celebrated the union of Samantha + Ryan.

Samantha contacted us last spring with a request to develop a custom suite for her rustic chic wedding in rural Illinois. The wedding was taking place at a small vineyard (our apparent specialty) in a red barn and the couple were using weathered barn wood as a key feature in their decor. Their color palette was eggplant and green apple.

After some initial design drafts and feedback from Samantha, the final result was what later became our Silvia suite. It was important for the couple to have their three daughters names on the suite, so we included them as small “hearts within the heart” on the invite itself. We also had a die-cut heart shape inviting a select number of recipients to the private ceremony itself, which was held to the invite with twine in keeping with the rustic feel. For an RSVP reply card, we created a postcard on French Paper’s PopTone Green Apple card stock (same as the die-cut heart). Everything was flat printed and mailed in deep eggplant envelopes, on which a distressed rubber stamp reply address was pressed in off-white ink.

These are some photos of the happy family on their wedding day. You can see how their colors and theme tied everything together, down to the sashes on their sweet girls’ dresses.

Thank you so much, Sam – you were a pleasure to work with! Congratulations to your whole fam. And special thanks to Photos by Lydia, who took all the photographs of the wedding shown here.

AuthorEmily Foran

A while ago I posted about Michele & James and their Daring inspiration board, as well as the invitation designs we came up with for them to choose from. Now I'm thrilled to finally present the completed design!

Full invitation in black, purple and silverMichele and James wanted a sleek and modern design that was different from everything they'd been seeing.

Detail of invitationThe invitation itself was screen printed with metallic silver ink on heavy black board. We also included an inner purple envelope for a burst of color that also acts as an enclosure for all the other elements.

Outer envelope

We chose a black outer envelope for the invite so that it stood out against all the other mail guests received along with it. Each envelope was addressed with silver labels, and we created a custom return address stamp that was used on both the reverse side of the outter envelope as well as the RSVP envelope, stamped in silver ink.

RSVP card & envelopeSilver shimmery paper that matched the silver labels on the outter envelope was flat printed with black ink for the RSVP card. 

Details cardMichele & James also really loved the idea of a monogram, but were happy to use it as a secondary element, so we incorporated it here, on the insert card along with the invitation to the day-after brunch.

Brunch invitation

The reverse side of the insert card was used for all the other details the couple wanted to share with their guests.

 Tomorrow, stay tuned for photos from both their engagement session and their wedding!


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It's been quite awhile since we posted a new color palette! Emily and I have decided to make this feature on our blog a shout out to our fellow Etsy creatives who we think are awesome. First up are these hand-felted yarn pom pom flowers.

 Felted Flowers by Berry Island

Back in our days at Syracuse, Emily and I not only roomed together and took all of the same classes in our design major, but we also tried to take at least one elective together each semester as well, especially if it meant working with our hands (and NOT our computers). These little pom poms bring back fond memories of Fibers 101, were we learned to make felt from scratch, knit, crochet, macrame you name it. Perhaps there's some felting in our future?


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!