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Redwood Tree Invitations for Woodsy Weddings

Stacy and Elliott at Griffith Woods | Photography by Marissa Kay

Stacy and Elliott at Griffith Woods | Photography by Marissa Kay

Are you having a woodsy wedding? With gorgeous venues like The Grove and Griffith Woods nestled throughout Sonoma County, I can't say that I blame you! I have recently worked with different couples who wanted to utilize redwood trees in their letterpress wedding invitation designs.

Melanie and Patrick hand-painted white trees on their wedding favors: tall brown bottles of home-brewed Belgian beer! This was a couple after my own heart. We decided to turn their painting into a digital file and have copper plates made for hot foil stamping. The redwood tree was featured on their invitation and as a divider on their RSVP postcard. I especially loved the rustic kraft paper.

Letterpress printing tip: the only way to achieve opaque designs on darker papers, like white on kraft, is with hot foil stamping. It can be more expensive than regular letterpress printing, but is worth every penny!

Forest green redwood trees are deeply impressed into 100% cotton paper for Taylor and Kaitlin's wedding invitation. The blind-impressed, topographic background makes this invitation unforgettable.

Creating beautiful, custom letterpress wedding invitations designed to fit your unique style is my specialty. Don't hesitate to reach out if you need help planning your woodsy Sonoma County wedding. Our event planners, photographers, florists, and letterpress printers have plenty of ideas!

-Katie from folding bones press

Nick and Steph's Custom Letterpress Stationery

I recently had the honor of printing my good friend, Stephanie and Nick’s wedding favors and thank you postcards. Letterpress is a lot of fun because there are so many options available for couples. In this case, we used antique lead & wood type, a custom-carved linoleum block, and some photopolymer plates to create the perfect, rustic pieces for their outdoor September 2014 wedding.

We wanted to incorporate the same sunflower motif from her invitation into the day of and day after items, so we had a photopolymer plate made to print from. The plates are made from graphic files, which are turned into film and then photopolymer plates.

After mixing a custom blue ink color to match their invitations, we used a boxcar base with the plates next to some brass ruling to create the back of a thank you postcard:

We also worked a hand-carved heart onto the front of the postcard. I printed the pieces on the C&P printing press at iota press in Sebastopol, California.

The seed pack favors were my favorite part of the project. We filled the envelopes with sunflower seeds provided by Forgotten Farms, a local farm located in Cotati, California.

Seeing the invitations sitting on the guest tables was almost better than printing the items! the ceremony was beautiful and the reception was too much fun. Warren woods in occidental set the perfect backdrop for Nick and Steph to say “I do.”

The result was rustic, original, and full of love. Thank you both for including me in your special day as a vendor and friend! I can’t wait to watch your love grow wild over the years.

#nickandstephlove