Category: Weddings & Events

Outdoor Wedding In Mendocino

May 3rd, 2013 — 4:51pm

With May Day just a few days ago, I feel like I’ve been hearing mention of maypoles everywhere. Fittingly, it has inspired me to create this post about a very special outdoor wedding in Mendocino, California.
Andie, the bride, was such a delight to work with. She had wonderful ideas, lots of inspiration, and a fun and playful spirit.
I was so inspired by her thoughtful descriptions of what she envisioned for her wedding day…  a whimsical garden wedding with vintage (circa 1915) English country fair decor, the venue – a quaint inn overlooking the ocean, a tent decorated with tissue pom-poms and bunting, garlands and flags, yellow and white old fashioned flowers (cottage roses, daffodils, peonies) displayed in old tarnished mismatched silver teapots, the entire wedding party dressed in period-appropriate vintage-inspired attire with Andie wearing a mantilla style antique lace veil, a family style feast in the pasture for the reception, ducks and chickens roaming the lawns, …. and a maypole! (Or as Andie put it “er… Junepole, I guess, technically speaking”…as their wedding day was the 4th of June).

The moment I heard it, I knew I wanted to incorporate the image of a maypole into the invitation design. I love how the two strands of silk ribbon join the bride and groom (in 1915 appropriate dress!) and create a canopy over the invitation wording. The colors that Andie chose for her wedding really added to the whole look as well: buttercup yellow and white florals, pale robin’s egg blue and an accent of black and white stripes (like grosgrain striped ribbon). She wanted the invitation to be “old fashioned, elegant & stately but not overly perfect… with an element of whimsey”, a description of a dream project for me! I silkscreen printed the yellow cottage roses and robin’s egg blue and letterpress printed in black. I then wove the silk ribbon onto the invitations, doing some in pale yellow, the other half in pale blue.

And here is the sweet hand-drawn map I created. Most of the guests were staying in the town of Mendocino and being escorted by shuttle to the wedding venue, Glendeven Inn. The property of Glendeven is surrounded by beautiful pastures, holds a llama farm, has chickens, guinea fowl, ducks (and sometimes wild turkeys!) roaming the land, and an organic vegetable garden…. just perfect for a country fair themed wedding, don’t you agree?

With Andie’s lovely sense of humor, we just had to put a llama on the rsvp card. The return address design for the envelopes was kept simple and elegant with swallows and garlands of roses.

And here is an example of what the envelopes looked like. Andie selected the most beautiful vintage stamps, such perfect colors. The gorgeous calligraphy of the addresses was done by Adrienne Keats. Andie had wanted a particular style captured, “elegant but with some element of whimsey and eccentricity”…. Adrienne’s execution was perfect.

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Birthday Party At The SF Jazz Center

March 31st, 2013 — 7:45pm

Recently I had the delightful opportunity to design an invitation, and day-of paper, for a very special birthday party held at the SF Jazz Center. Stanlee Gatti, event planner extraordinaire, designed the event. I was so thrilled when he contacted me regarding this project!
The theme was ‘Paris in the late sixties – early seventies’, a time and place that was very memorable for the guest of honor. I so enjoyed researching the fashion, art, color palettes, and overall style of this period.

The front of the invitation was inspired by fashion illustration and posters of the time. I created the illustration of ‘Madame Miner’ working from a gorgeous old photograph.
I found a wonderful floral textile design from the 60′s and used it to inspire my illustrations and designs…. the pattern made playful envelope liners as well!

The back of the invitation.

I continued the floral motif on the envelopes, having them playfully cascade from the back to the front of the envelope.

I used these lovely seals, in the perfect tangerine color, to complete the package.

The envelopes were addressed, in matching orange ink, by the fabulous Wendy Cook
(of Bell’occhio). Her fine elegant hand made them very special indeed.

I used these stamps for mailing the invitations, they couldn’t have been more perfect for a French style party at the SF Jazz Center!

The Day-Of paper items were inspired by the patterns of these textiles being used for the upholstery and table linens (unfortunately, the colors are a little inaccurate in this scan).

Here is the menu, I love the clean modern look of it. I die-cut a window for each guest’s name to appear and found the perfect pop yellow paper for the backing.

And here are the seating items: escort cards, escort envelopes, and table numbers. Such a wonderful project, C’était merveilleux!

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Brooke & Stephen – Santa Fe Wedding

January 4th, 2013 — 12:43pm

I wanted to start the new year with a post about one of my favorite wedding projects of all time; Brooke & Stephen’s wedding in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Brooke and Stephen are some of my best clients ever, working with them was an absolute dream. When I asked them how they found out about me they said they saw my work on Snippet & Ink (one of my favorite wedding blogs!). Recently, this project came full circle in the most exciting way when Kathryn, the creator of Snippet & Ink, said she would be interested in featuring this wedding on her blog!
Please check out Kathryn’s full, 2-part, feature here. Be sure to see Rick Scibelli’s phenomenal documentary-style photography. Please, also, take the time to watch the most romantic film “trailer” created by Thread and Film, they are so talented, I never knew wedding cinematography could be so good! Thank you Kathryn for this wonderful feature, I am honored to have played a small part in this very special story…..
and now, on to the invitations!

Here is the main invitation. Brooke and Stephen wanted something elegant but also earthy and rustic, like the Santa Fe landscape itself. I hand-lettered the wording in a mixture of old world typefaces and created a flowering succulent illustration in an old botanical style. I letterpress printed the invitation in espresso brown ink and hand-painted each illustration with watercolors and gouche.
Brooke and Stephen wanted their rehearsal/welcome dinner invitation to be inspired by a Mexican Fiesta menu that I had previously designed. The dinner was to take place at wonderful Spanish restaurant, in their outdoor garden courtyard. The imagery for this invitation was festive with a New Mexican flare.
The simple and charming RSVP card for both events.
I silkscreen printed a tissue overlay with their names and date of their wedding and bundled each invitation suite with twine.
I planned to surprise Brooke and Stephen by tying a little sacred heart milagro to each invitation. Luckily, before I committed to this idea, I decided to do a test run through the mail… unfortunately, the milagro damaged the invitation while going through the post office sorting machine. I gave the milagros to Brooke and Stephen anyway and they ended up using them to tie, as charms, to the fans for all the guests at the ceremony…. brilliant idea!
I lined the outer envelopes with an array of soft desert-toned papers from my vintage collection.
Photographs by Rick Scibelli
And last but not least, custom papel picados that I had created for the rehearsal/welcome dinner! I love these stringed banners, such a simple way to transform a space… they are great keepsakes for your guests too!

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Laser Cutting Bliss!

October 24th, 2012 — 4:31pm

I recently completed a custom wedding invitation suite that incorporated laser cutting! I’ve been completely intrigued by laser cutting ever since my trip to New York for the National Stationary Show in May. There were several vendors at the show who specialized in laser cutting and all the samples I saw were very impressive. However, there was one vendor that really struck me, Scott Vogel of Papel Couture, based in Columbus Ohio.
I was first drawn in by their gorgeous booth, decorated with very large intricately cut wall hanging pieces, but after speaking with Scott I knew I was truly hooked. I returned home to the Bay Area with Scott’s card and various samples eager to include the technique on one of my projects.

In June, that perfect project appeared, Gabrielle and Zachary’s wedding invitations! I’ve known Gabrielle for years and it was wonderful to work with a bride that I knew and adored. She wanted something simple and elegant with a nature element, she also suggested trying to bring in some subtle Japanese touches, as Zachary is half Japanese.
This is the front of their invitation! I knew the moment Gabrielle told me that she and Zack would be married under an enormous California Buckeye that the tree would be the central part of the design…. and perfect for laser cutting! It was still a challenge creating/designing an image for a technique I had no experience with. The approach was so different than creating a traditional illustration. And this is where I need to thank Scott Vogel, Scott is not only very experienced in laser cutting, he is also a graphic designer. It was wonderful and educational to work into someone who understood where I was coming from and spoke my language.
This is the traditional Japanese paper that Gabrielle picked out to back the laser cut invitations with. The palette was perfect for her outdoor fall wedding in Bolinas, California. I love the delicate gold line work, it adds such elegance.
Here is the back of the invitation. I found some beautiful handmade Japanese paper to letterpress print the wording onto. I hand-lettered the wording in a graceful style reminiscent of the 20′s. I love the playful, reaching curls on the “R”s.
Here is the RSVP card and envelope, along with an information card. These secondary cards were kept simple with a single Buckeye leaf laser cut in the corner. I designed a simple chop/seal using a “G” and “Z” and had a rubber stamp made. The seal was hand-stamped on several of the pieces which added another subtle Japanese touch.
I found these first class Bonsai stamps online, so perfect for mailing this project!
Along with the rubber stamp, we also had a custom wax seal made in the same design. The envelopes looked so beautiful sealed with such a personal touch.
Now that I’ve seen my illustrations and designs laser cut my mind races with the possibilities for future projects! I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to use this technique and I can’t wait to experiment with it again.

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Artist’s Reception Announcement

September 26th, 2012 — 3:45pm

I recently came across this announcement/mailer in my archives and I was reminded of how much I love old wood type!
Matt Gonzalez, among MANY other things, is a wonderful collage artist and Lola Home Store (which sadly closed last year) was showing his work and throwing a lively artist’s reception. The colorful collage shown was one of my favorites in the exhibit and I felt the style and personality paired so well with the mixture of old wood typefaces that I chose to work with.
I also had fun adding the playful use of color to complement the piece.
I do so miss the great projects and events that I got to be involved with for Lola Home!

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Martha Stewart Weddings – Summer Issue

July 31st, 2012 — 7:48pm

I have been dying to post about another amazing project for Martha Stewart Weddings, featured in their summer issue! I was contacted by the Martha Stewart design team to create a wedding suite inspired by berries! We decided to center the designs around a custom illustrated border that I had created.
Here is our original inspiration, a wedding invitation that I created for Aya and Corey, perfect for a story about sweet summer weddings!
All of my designs were beautifully printed by Moontree Letterpress. I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with them. The gorgeous quality of their work made my designs shine! In this photograph above, you can see the actual wedding suite pieces along side the magazine… my little escort cards look delicious in those darling baskets of berries! The elegant calligraphy of names/table numbers on the escort cards was created by Wendy Cook of Bellocchio, her hand is so exquisite… truly one of my heroes.
I also want to thank the talented and generous Rebecca Kutys of Moontree Letterpress for allowing me to use her beautiful photographs for this post!!! Due to timing, I didn’t get to see the finished printed pieces before they were photographed for the article.
Thank you Rebecca!

Another one of Rebecca’s wonderful photographs. I couldn’t be happier with the whole overall look of the article. I love the pale green they chose to print in.
An elegant close up, again from Rebecca, the quality of the printing really adds a whole other layer to the experience. A wonderful collaboration.

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Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…

February 14th, 2012 — 1:06am

Oh how I love Valentine’s Day! Such a great excuse to pause for a moment, remember the ones we love, and create something… a note, a card, a piece of art…. to express our feelings and appreciation. This Valentine’s I thought I’d post about a sweet menu that I created for Chez Panisse Restaurant. Alice, the owner, created a wonderful tradition of giving each couple, dining on Valentine’s Day, the most perfect bouquet of violets (one of Alice’s favorite flowers). So it seemed fitting to create a menu featuring an old botanical image of violets, I painted each menu with watercolor and gouache. I hand-lettered the menu in a style inspired by one of my hero’s, Ludovico delgi Arrighi, an Italian master from the 16th century.
Here’s a photo of one of those sweet bouquets! So romantic!
Beautiful cases of violets delivered to the restaurant.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I hope you all take a moment to express your love to those close to your heart.

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Spring Wedding

February 3rd, 2012 — 5:00pm

I took a walk this morning with my dog, Lola, and was astounded by the cherry/plum blossom trees in my neighborhood! They were full of blooms and the scent in the air was so fresh and alive, it made me think of the wedding suite I designed for Bridget & Peter.
Bridget wanted to do an early spring theme for her wedding. She told me “…springtime in New York… the plum and cherry blossoms start to bloom and grass begins to peak up from the ground which is charming. I also like the concept of a new marriage and new beginnings that are represented in spring.” She wanted a soft “Easter palette” of buttery yellows, pale purples, plum colored ink and “tea stained paper“.
I had never tea stained paper before but the idea sounded beautiful… I was curious to give it a try!
The results were beautiful, each invitation a slightly different shade… however, I must admit it was very labor intensive… not sure if I would challenge it again. I ended up having to steam iron each card by hand to get it to lay flat before I could silkscreen and letterpress print them!
I was able to find gorgeous Italian envelopes in the perfect colors. Below is the response card and envelope. I’m so happy Spring, once again, is in the air!

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happy new year!

January 25th, 2012 — 11:23am

I’ve always loved Chinese New Year… the vivid colors, the artwork, the ceremonies, and all the gorgeous paper! This year is year of the Water Dragon, the most powerful energy of all the zodiac signs. Last Sunday I was fortunate enough to attend a fascinating talk on Chinese Astrology and what lays ahead in 2012.
In short, this is the year of limitless expansion…. anything is possible!

I feel excited and inspired this year and I thought it a perfect excuse to send out a fun ‘Happy New Year’ promotional piece. I loved going treasure hunting in San Francisco’s Chinatown. I found beautiful paper, rubber stamps, and these fantastic paper dragons (the head and tail are each mounted on a stick with a tissue paper accordion body in between).
I lined each box, 40 all together, with canary yellow paper and stamped the dragon
‘paper cut’ image in hot red ink. I filled each box with a paper dragon, a personal note,
and 2 custom fortune cookies! (I ordered fortune cookies with my own personal messages at and was very happy)
I even had fun making protective packing material out of all the beautiful papers I collected.

I used this golden dragon paper as a top cover sheet and wrapped each box with a brilliant red and gold paper (below).

Here are my ‘custom fortunes’…. so fun.
May this year be happy, healthy, prosperous, productive, and FULL of creative projects!!!
Gung Hay Fat Choy!

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Martha Stewart Debut!

December 17th, 2011 — 5:21pm

I have been dying to post about my first appearance in Martha Stewart Weddings!
I was one of the lucky designers that was contacted to create a wedding suite inspired by pattern. I was assigned stripes!  Instead of sticking to the classic crisp lines we know so well, I created stencils and hand-painted watercolor washes onto each and every piece.
Labor intensive, yes, but I wouldn’t have it any other way ; )
The results are so soft and romantic.

Here is my full page feature! Beautifully photographed by the Martha Stewart team.
I love the way they styled the photograph with the background fabric and hand-painted cookies…. can you believe they found the fabric for the background after I created the suite?! It’s perfect! So exciting to see my work on the page of such a well known and respected publication!

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