As the year winds down, we are thrilled to share some wedding photos by photographer Carlie Statsky which were recently featured on Style Me Pretty. Renée and Michael were our first clients to get hitched in 2014 and they hired us to design a custom stationery suite for their event. We had a lot of fun coming up with ways to integrate their romantic, elegant aesthetic with a rustic setting and personalized details like the Claddagh ring and monogram. Their venue, Holman Ranch is nestled in bucolic Carmel Valley, California surrounded by wineries and studded with ancient oak trees. All of these elements were brought into the suite which came to life in a palette of soft blushes, peach, navy, gray and cream.

Custom Save the Date and Wedding Invitation Suite featuring a die-cut Claddagh Ring Save the Date, Monogram of the couple’s initials, and Invitation Suite with water-colored elements including an illustration of one of the iconic ancient oaks at Holman Ranch.   Photo by Carlie Statsky.

Custom Save the Date and Wedding Invitation Suite featuring a die-cut Claddagh Ring Save the Date, Monogram of the couple’s initials, and Invitation Suite with water-colored elements including an illustration of one of the iconic ancient oaks at Holman Ranch. Photo by Carlie Statsky.

Bride Renée with her leading ladies… love the color palette!   Photo by Carlie Statsky.

Bride Renée with her leading ladies… love the color palette! Photo by Carlie Statsky.

Wedding Rings and Invitation; the groom’s Claddagh Ring inspired the Save the Date design.   Photo by Carlie Statsky.

Wedding Rings and Invitation; the groom’s Claddagh Ring inspired the Save the Date design. Photo by Carlie Statsky.

Ceremony Program.   Photo by Carlie Statsky.

Ceremony Program. Photo by Carlie Statsky.

Detail of the Seating Chart we created for the wedding.   Photo by Carlie Statsky.

Detail of the Seating Chart we created for the wedding. Photo by Carlie Statsky.

The Seating Chart directing guests to their assigned tables. We have seen a huge uptick in orders for these as an alternative to individual Escort Cards – they are practical for outdoor weddings and more affordable for larger guest lists. Plus they are a fun way to tie the wedding “brand” into some printed signage.   Photo by Carlie Statsky.

The Seating Chart directing guests to their assigned tables. We have seen a huge uptick in orders for these as an alternative to individual Escort Cards – they are practical for outdoor weddings and more affordable for larger guest lists. Plus they are a fun way to tie the wedding “brand” into some printed signage. Photo by Carlie Statsky.

We branded a real oak wine barrel with the couple’s monogram for guests to sign.   Photo by Carlie Statsky.

We branded a real oak wine barrel with the couple’s monogram for guests to sign. Photo by Carlie Statsky.

One of our Branded Wine Barrel “Guest Books.”   Photo by Carlie Statsky.

One of our Branded Wine Barrel “Guest Books.” Photo by Carlie Statsky.

Congratulations Renée and Mike!

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.

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Today’s the big day for Laura and Greg, custom clients from San Francisco who hired us to create their Guerneville Wedding Suite. Their wedding sounds like a gorgeous, chillaxing affair with a romantic ceremony under the redwood trees in Guerneville, Calforinia – just off the Russian River. We had a lot of fun designing a tree-themed suite that combined a campy feel with a tone of formality. We utilized natural materials including real tree branch buttons, hand-dyed hemp and bark-embossed recycled paper for their Weekend Event Maplet.

Rustic Redwood Wedding Invitation Suite

Congratulations Laura and Greg – may your happiness last longer than the redwoods are tall!

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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.

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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.