Dreamy San Ysidro Ranch Wedding

copperwillow.com | san ysidro ranch wedding with lavender letterpress invitations

Location, location, location.  When you decide to get married in southern California, you really have the cream of the crop to choose from in terms of dazzling wedding locations.  It's pretty common to swoon over the wedding photos that stream into our mailbox from our happy couples!  But one location never ceases to give us all the heart eyes.  San Ysidro Ranch is so beautiful.  Add in some talented professionals, a sweet Vera Wang dress, and one darling couple who is lovely inside and out, and you have an incredibly dreamy wedding.  

Ashley & Bryant were sent to us by Twine Events with a watercolor crest by Happy Menocal already in hand.  The color and essence were already there, we just needed to fill out the vision.  We used metallic sand envelopes with espresso and lavender letterpress and carried those colors and styling through to the wedding day.  Clean and soft, a sweet compliment to the day.

Photography: Emily Blake   Planner: Twine Events    Florals: Coco Rose Design   Linens: La Tavola (lovely gray and swiss dot!)



Our next Pen to Press: September 24-25

copperwillow.com | pen to press creative workshop

We're happy to announce our next Pen to Press workshop - September 24 & 25th (9am-5pm) in El Segundo, California!  If you're an invitation artist or aspiring to be one, this is a weekend built for you. 

So what is Pen to Press?  This weekend-long course is designed to guide and educate our students in building a business around their art on paper.  We cover every topic, from design basics & preparing scanned art for print, to color-matching, speaking paper lingo, and understanding how production works.  Top that off with in-depth information on website, promotion, pricing, and the legal matters of running a business.  Our students learn it all and no subject is off limits!

Who should consider Pen to Press?  After working in paper design & production for 10 years, we have worked with designers of all backgrounds; advertising, graphic design, architecture, calligraphy, painting, drafting, etc.  All are welcome!  If you're interested in learning how to turn your art into a paper business, this is for you.  Even if you're already working with paper and want to explore your reach or expand your print services, this educational experience will only enhance your client work.  New to paper altogether?  This course is a must.  We have welcomed calligraphers and watercolor artists and helped them build the bridge to taking that next step!

What is the weekend like?  The course is taught by Jill Velez and Leora Mauck, co-owners of Copper Willow.  We also welcome 3 guest speakers who will share their experience, snags, tips, and q&a about their journey into paper.  Our sample topics include:

Art creation techniques, a comprehensive on paper, envelopes, & sizing, overview on print techniques, color design, preparing files for print, finishing techniques, working with a printer, business licenses & accounts, web design & portfolios, networking, photoshoots, marketing, and more!

What's included?  Cost: $500.  Each student receives a welcome gift set and information packet.  Both days include a lunch out with a visiting artist.  The course includes time on our letterpress machines, learning how they operate and printing 25 of your own business cards.  Our students have also kept in touch with us and we are always here to answer questions and give guidance!

Registration opens June 1st and we have 10 seats!  We hope to see you soon!

Glamorous Gray & Gold Wedding at Ritz Carlton

copperwillow.com | dramatic gray & gold foil invitation | wind productions

A fresh garden patio by day...glamorous, chic ballroom at night.  This wedding had it all and was not short on amazing floral creations by Butterfly Floral.  Their invitations previewed the evening with charcoal paper & gold foil print.  The design was classic with a monogram to brand the event, but the shades of gray and gold were a peek into the drama of the evening.  Their menus were printed on light gray and their escort cards were written in gold calligraphy on charcoal card.  

Beautiful photography by Wind Productions | Coordination by Delicate Details

Our Traditional Palms invitation suite was featured on 100 Layer Cake!

Green is a favorite around here, so this invitation palette was right up our alley.  Held at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort in Santa Barbara, this wedding was classically elegant with crisp whites, greens, gold, and gray.  The couple wanted to embrace the beachside location without creating a beach-themed invitation.  A monogram is a perfect place for this emphasis and palms were just the right choice.  Their monogram was used throughout their wedding, even on custom embroidered napkins.  Other custom touches included green calligraphy and a pinstripe liner.  The florals from Brown Paper Design were fresh and crisp, all white and green.  We loved this one so much, we made it a part of our invitation gallery.

Photography by Annie McElwain.  Planning & design by Green Ribbon Parties.

Breathtaking Vineyard Wedding with wine-inspired papers

copperwillow.com | Hammersky Vineyards Wedding | Letterpress Vineyard Invitation

It was hard to resist posting every single image from this wedding!  The vines, the wooden tables, that huppah!  So much beauty.  The ceremony and reception was held at Hammersky Vineyards in Paso Robles, California.  The couple decided to embrace the gorgeous setting and use the oak tree and wine stain artwork on their invitation as well as their wedding menu. Embracing the natural colors of the area, we used a warm pewter gray and copper foil.  And of course a sweet hand drawn map of the Paso area.

The day was designed to perfection by Nancy of So Happi Together with florals from Adornments.  Lovely photography by Jana Williams.

See more details of this stationery suite in our wedding gallery here.