woodsy wedding

The Trees, Occidental Styled Shoot


For this spring-inspired styled shoot, vendors from the Sonoma County Wedding Collective came together to showcase their offbeat, artisan talents, with Nicki Wolfe Events + Spaces at the helm. The shoot stepped away from overplayed Spring trends, with the mood set by Northern California redwoods at The Trees in Occidental. From the beginning, we held tight to the idea of Woodsy California meets upstate New York, with our inspirational yet imaginary image of a couple of romantic cool kids taking over the family summer Cabin; coming in an dusting off the winter and ushering in the spring...

The unique venue features a 1950’s guesthouse designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright protege — the perfect setting for a romantic, hip couple with artistic style. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed by a lounge area with an unforgettable whiskey bar, appetizers, and refreshments in the courtyard. The house’s vintage dining room sets the scene for an intimate post-ceremony dinner. Dessert is enjoyed around the warm fireplace.


Juxtaposition and contrasting elements was the driving theme that ran through the entire shoot. Each element was weighed against the ideas of:  old + new, hard + soft, dark + light, youth + wisdom. We really focused on placing the freshness of spring against the vintage + lovingly worn elements in the house and the verdant forest beyond.  Luscious greens and indigo blues were played against gold & brass accents and delicate spring flora. The day's shoot was a race against the rain, and when it started to really come down, we altered bits of the plan and played more with the cozy vibe than was our initial intention. And just like a real wedding day, it was perfect, with everything turning out just the way it was meant to be. 


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