Recent bride and amazing client Michelle emailed us over the weekend to share a sneak peek of her wedding photos from her photographer’s blog. Michelle married her fiancé, Jonathan in St. Helena, CA and had the reception at Hans Fahden in Calistoga this June, which is the same venue that Rocky and I got married at last October. She asked us to reonceive our Calistoga wedding suite in her color palette – Navy Blue, Bright Gold, Grey, Cream and Blush. We adapted the design to an A7 size and printed the wrap-around watercolored map on cream linen textured paper. Aside from the pearlescent gold wax seal, the pièce de résistance was the invitation itself, where we screenprinted the script onto Navy cardstock with glittering metallic Gold ink. Michelle went on to ask us to create all of her Day-Of colalteral as well, which included Menus, Escort Cards, Programs, a Wine Barrel Guest Book and Welcome Agenda and really brought everything together at the event!

Check out the photos below by talented wedding photographer, Mariella Hayes.

CONGRATULATIONS, Michelle and Jonathan! We wish you an eternity of happiness together.

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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.


I love Daylight Savings time – the extra hour is something I look forward to every fall (but dread losing in the spring!) Today I used my extra time to finally photograph my wedding stationery suite. I am so excited to share all the details, but for now, here's a preview image of the invitation and some of the day-of collateral (program, escort cards, menus, favor and the likes). Rocky and I were/still are thrilled with how everything came together! And he helped a ton! I will post about the details in the coming weeks.


Just a little teaser photo from Rocky’s and my wedding invitation suite. I think it goes without saying that I am a big geek for handmade stationery, but the wax seal is something that pushes my inner dorkdom much further. Has anyone seen the HBO series, Game of Thrones? Holy cow, it’s soooo good! Rocky and I are in love with it (along with a few other fictionalized period shows set in castles) and I have been reading the book series. In the novels, the author goes into great detail about the wax each lord uses on their family seals – white direwolves for the House of Stark, sparkling gold wax for the Lannisters, black for a letter bearing bad news from the Eyrie. (OK, yes I am sort of a huge dork for posting about this.) In any case, we were inspired to design our own wax seal emblazoned with our initials and wedding date, and plan to use it in a few elements for the wedding. Among those was the invitation, where it held closed a canvas map (more on that later.)

Pretty neat huh? In order to save time, money and our sanity, I used “faux wax” which you just melt in a regular low-heat glue gun. There are tons of colors available and it's pretty easy to do! In fact, Rocky did all the waxing and stamping (while I printed, cut and folded paper in the next room.)

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