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A Silhouette Wedding Invitation

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and there is reason for that which I will explain later =)  but first, I wanted to share with you one of the more fun wedding invitations I got to design this year. One of my good friends Christine, whom I’ve known since jr. high enlisted me to design all the wedding stationery. You might remember their “pencil me in” save the date.

The idea behind the invitation was that they liked the idea of the silhouettes of their profiles as well as incorporating a bit of  a Tahitian element because Christine does Tahitian dancing. Initially, as I designed their silhouettes, I felt it was too formal for them. Christine and Jack definitely have their own style (as well as the largest collection of Nike shoes any couple has together). I wanted it to be more modern so I suggested something more modern with some harder lines. Christine has this long hair she always wears in a side braid and Jack has these thick rimmed glasses he’s always wearing. I figured these elements would really make their silhouettes recognizable.  We ended up die cutting and letterpressing their wedding invitations for a fun and whimsical type based invite. It was a great wedding and lots of fun for everyone. It even included a mini pearl tea bar  named “Taylor’s Pearl Tea Bar” after their 4 year old daughter who loves pearl tea =)

Blind embossed their logo onto the belly band.

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photo by Rock the Image

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photo by Rock the Image

We decided to do an RSVP postcard for guests to send in and I always feel like the back side is wasted so I thought it’d be fun to do a little note page area for guests to write a message to the couple. The idea behind this came from Christine being a school teacher! christine-jack-letterpress-invites3

Wedding stationery details. Typography wedding menu and table number signage. unique-wedding-menu

Wedding program cover and inside.

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For the escort cards, we spray painted a bulletin board gray and pinned a card for each name and each guest would receive a little 1″ pin of the couple to wear during the wedding.

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Some lovely photos of the day by Rock the Image.

These two and their impeccable taste for shoes…

Found a picture of the pearl tea bar at the wedding. We served them in little tumblers and cut the straws so it was a cocktail version of a pearl tea drink!

Rooted in Love Wedding Invitation–A Love for Food!

I was browsing on the internets to see what lovely gifts it had to offer today and I stumbled upon this adorable wedding invitation by Brooklyn designer Spencer Paul Bagley. He described the idea behind the design, “Their wedding concept was Rooted in Love, and they wanted the experience to be a mesh of their home towns, Brooklyn and Vermont. A community cookbook consisting of recipes from friends and family was included in a gift bag to guests.”

I love all the illustrations and the community cookbook is a wonderful and unique wedding favor idea.


Images from Behance

Elegant Purple and Gray Wedding

Excited to share with you (but extremely hard to photograph) a classic and elegant blind letterpress wedding invitation. The bride really wanted to incorporate the vintage feel of lace and burlap. In the design, we have blind letterpressed, which means pressed in with no ink, a lacy background into the paper. The beauty of blind letterpress is that it’s subtle but it can give off a really nice “wow factor”. Wrapped in a goccoed burlap belly band, these unique wedding invitations were definitely fun to work on.

Some detail shots of the blind letterpressing

The couple hired the extremely talented wedding photographer, Jose Villa to shoot their special day. Here are some of the details of the day shot by Jose including the couple’s full stationery set. The day took place at the beautiful Bently Reserve in San Francisco.

The wedding program were tucked into goccoed burlap bags.

I found about six of these old frames at a thrift store and paid $30 for them. The bride spray painted them gray to create a consistent and vintage look for the hang tag escort cards. The hang tags were to harp on the previous notion from their wooden hang tag save the dates.

One of my favorite things about this wedding was the gorgeous flowers done by Natalie Bowen. The centerpieces were set into beautiful wood boxes and the tables were identified with zinc letters.

The couple had hired a creme brulee cart as a post-party treat. Everyone received a little wooden spoon with a flag as a ticket informing them of the cart.

Gold Foil Stamped Wedding Invitation

I’m excited to share with you a wedding invitation I most recently worked on. Growing up, my best friend was a girl named Jodie. She was fun, beautiful, outgoing, always stood up for me and most importantly, she accepted me as I was. I met her on the school bus on the second day of kindergarten.

Yea, that’s me on the left with the dorky haircut and cheerleading costume–which is ironic because I was a total tomboy.I think my mom got it because it was on sale. Jodie is on the right! I believe we were in 4th grade here.

Twenty-five years later, she is getting married and I was super honored when she asked me to design her wedding invitations. Her colors were gold and gray but she said she wanted to glitterfiy everything! Well, glitter might be a little too messy though I have seen some really awesome glitter-lined envelopes, we settled on making it “pop” with some foil stamping.


Can’t wait to celebrate with them on their big day! Since I posted embarrassing photos of us from our youth, it would only be right to balance it out with her gorgeous engagement photos shot at the San Jose International Airport by the very talented photographer Vivian Sachs.

airplane themed engagement photography

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