Photo: Adrienne Gunde Photography
The San Francisco area is home to some of the most talented stationery designers in the country. Here are some of our favorites:
Julie Song Ink (Above)
Brides love Julie Song's beautiful calligraphy and whimsical watercolor florals. Each custom invitation suite is first painted by hand and then printed on thick, textured cotton paper to preserve the authenticity and nuances of the watercolor artwork. Read real brides reviews here!
Photo: Angie Silvy
If you love the look and tactile feel of letterpress but are worried that it's beyond your budget, check out this Emeryville-based studio that specializes in affordable letterpress. Choose from their collection of more than 50 invitation designs (there's truly a style for every couple), or commission them to create a custom, from-scratch suite. Read real brides reviews here!
Photo: Yonder Design
Company cofounders (and real-life couple!) Chris Neubauer and Julie Forsberg create completely bespoke invitations, save-the-dates, wedding websites, and day-of signage, from laser-engraved wood cocktail-menu signs to luxe, letterpressed wedding invitations wrapped in a custom leather clutch.
Photo: Courtesy of A Day in May
A Day in May
Graphic designers Lesley Hathaway and Eve Weinsheimer manage to find wedding stationery inspiration in the most interesting places. Case in point: One couple brought a favorite pillow to the studio for a consultation meeting and the designers ended up recreating the pattern on the pillow to use throughout the wedding stationery suite.
Photo: Western Editions
After meeting with a couple to get a sense of the overall look and feel of the wedding, letterpress stationers Erin Fong and Taylor Reid will make mockups of potential invitations. Then, once you've given them the green light, they will print the invites on an old-school 1960s Vandercook press.