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Bi-coastal couple Arri and Richard live in New York but are getting married a whole continent away, in Los Angeles. Their wedding color is black-on-black. Richard, who is a graphic designer, made up these amazing save-the-date invitations and Studio Z Mendocino executed the printing. We started the conversation, as most often happens, with my sending them a little package of our printed samples, which show different papers, foil and ink colors, treatments. They called back all excited because our super-thick, yummy black Museum Mount paper was exactly what Richard had in mind. At almost an eighth of an inch thick, it’s the fattest paper that will go through a Heidelberg Windmill — practically illegal!

They wanted a swank look with a modern edge. Richard wanted it to be blind embossed at first but I talked him out of that because plain, no-color debossing into the paper, even when hit very hard and deeply, often appears flat and unreadable. To make the beautiful typography really pop I suggested using a gloss black foil for the smaller type and either silver or pewter foil for the big swooshy names.

On the press, Rhea and I knew on sight that it had to be the pewter. I called Arri and Richard from beside the press and said, OK, executive decision time: we are putting pewter foil on these. There is NO question it’s the best choice.

When light hits the foil, there is a bounce and liveliness to the (you would think) understated color scheme that’s as unexpected as it is intriguing. Holding the incredibly substantial card in one’s hand is a sensory experience you have to have in person. They are totally amazing objects.

Is this DRAMATIC enough for you? OMG. So fabulous. And the bride and groom to be were v. happy indeed.

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Alexia and James got married in Mendocino last month in one of the great celebrations the town has seen. We were so happy to work with them on their invitations, which they wanted to be very luxurious and traditional, but with a modern flair. We kept a very muted palette of cream, cappuccino and chocolate brown, and of course printed everything by letterpress on our thickest, yummiest paper, 600 gram Lettra Pearl White. The motif of a graceful olive branch held it all together beautifully.

Everything about the wedding was so romantic, happy, fun and gorgeous. The whole wedding party went out on the headlands then paraded through the village back to the big white tent at the MacCallum House for dinner and dancing to a totally get-down funk band. Very much fun working with this beautiful couple on their amazing day.

Their folding thank you notes finished the wedding suite and they got lots of extras so they could use them long into their marriage for many purposes…invitations to dinner, thank you notes, quick messages to loved ones, announcements of important events, condolences, congratulations and happy birthday missives. There are still times when a nothing but a hand written note on real paper, with a stamp, in the mailbox, will do. Yes, really. And it’s great to have some beautiful paper to grab when the moment strikes. No more going to the store to look for that perfect message: you make up your own and put it on your own personalized informal, which is what this smaller folding note is called.

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Sheesh. Am I a dilettante or just diverse? So, today’s post is about many topics and me me me, I guess. But I have all these things going on right now that are so exciting and fun that I want to tell you about, and, after all, this is MY blog, right?

First: My beautiful, amazing, virtuoso piano playing friend-accompanist Ira Rosenberg and I will be playing Torch Jazz at the Westport Hotel on Saturday, November 19th, starting around 7 pm. The last time we played there it was so packed that there was LITERALLY no room at the Inn. Every room upstairs was booked and every chair in the dining room and back rooms full of at least one person. Ira and I have been working on a bunch of new material and having our usual blast together getting ready for this gig. So please, if you want to come and hear some of the most beautiful songs ever written in the history of the world, songs that take you to another time and place, make reservations asap!!! Here is the number: 707.964.3688. (I gratuitously also mention that we made their website, just so you know we also do that.) Here is us at the September performance:


Second: My show of my new project, My Baby’s Love Letters, has been extended through the month of November!!!!! The opening is on Second Saturday, November 12, from 5 pm. I may or may not be able to be there to tell you about it, but really it doesn’t matter so much. The display tells all:

They make the most love-fest Christmas presents and unparalleled wedding gifts too, not to mention bar and bat mitzvah gifts, baby shower gifts and just about whatever event you can think up. Don’t wait to get that shopping list out! Bring it to the Highlight Gallery and make your orders now. I just made a fabulous initial for a wedding gift from an aunt to her niece. It had the bride’s and groom’s names (which both started with the same letter), their wedding date, the name of their favorite song (You and Me), and a few secret messages from the Tia and Tio. The report was that they LOVED their Love Letter and were so, so surprised. Of course!

Well, listen, I have to go for a walk in a minute. Loving these last warm Indian Summer mornings along the headlands. The tides are so high right now that the waves are sloshing right up to the cliffs. It’s exciting to watch them crash up against the rocks so closely that spray travels right up to me.

So, Thirdly: The November issue of Real Estate Magazine comes out TODAY and it is SO fabulous I can’t even believe it. You can pick it up all over the county over the weekend or read it online at Real Estate Magazine. The magazine is packed with all things real estate in Mendocino County and our feature story, which, this time, is about Maureen Gealey’s experiences in adopting  and helping others adopt orphaned children from China, and her missions there on medical teams that do cleft surgeries on little kids from the poorest villages out in the countryside. I was crying half the time as I designed the layouts for the cover and the story.

And finally, (sorry this is so long! It’s like four posts in one.) I just want to encourage you to call with your ideas and questions and dreams about our graphic design and printing services. The end of the year is a great time to rebrand or freshen up your present image with a new logo or breathtaking business card or thank you note or website, all of which we can help you with. And don’t forget that we have lots of boxed Christmas and Holiday cards now, all at, as they say, rock bottom prices.

I will have some new business card posts here very soon and also law firm announcements and wedding invitations.

You should also know that we will be vacating our building on Main Street in Fort Bragg very soon. After twenty-seven years, we are ready to make things smaller. But we will continue to provide our same amazing printing and design work from a littler venue. We hope there will be very little interruption in our services during the move but if you need something soon, this is the time to make your order.

OK, must get cracking! I hope your Thursday if full of fabulosity and music and fun and creativity.

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It’s not too early to start planning your Kentucky Derby party for 2012. I know, Animal Kingdom has hardly stopped sweating, but believe me, a Kentucky Derby party worth its julep is going to take lots of creativity and lining things up in advance. You don’t want to get down to the wire and suddenly find the best party planners have already been booked, or that the guests you counted on have already responded to another save-the-date.

You might want to emulate this invitation we created to a Kentucky-Derby-theme birthday party that happened last December here in California. We printed them letterpress on super thick white paper, which we mounted to a gorgeous, deep red backing sheet. That formed a frame and gave the piece even more presence. Then we put it into a deep red BOX. The mailing labels mimicked the horse theme and we tied the whole thing up with a skinny little brown ROPE. We included also in the box instructions about its being a surprise party, and a directions-to-the-venue card. Everything went into a FedEx box and was delivered one-day-air.

The tickets were also printed letterpress on the same super-thick white stock, replete with a perforated stub to make them look even more official. I love the idea that they were sent in a subsequent mailing in #10 Cranes square flap envelopes, which only added to the anticipation for all the fun.

.The party was a hit and everything went off without a hitch, so to speak. Perfect food and drinks, perfect place, perfect guest list, perfect everything. And it was a complete surprise. A perfect winner.

We have been doing lots of wedding invitations in boxes over the last few years, and the idea in this post can be adapted to any number of party or reception themes. Boxes come in a big array of colors and we can choose gorgeous contrasting ribbons to tie them up and an infinity of different ways to make them uniquely your own.

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Oh, sorry about the length of the title on this post. I couldn’t stop.

Louis Bohannan and Alan Ahtow are my dear friends who recently took a media class through Fort Bragg’s local television station, MCTV, to add yet another layer to their already incredible skill sets, and gear up for additional services they offer through their marketing-hospitality consulting-graphic design firm, ImageMendocino.

Louis produced the video and Alan was the host. I am really impressed with the results of this first project. Not just because it’s about me me me, either. These guys are great at whatever they take on and I am very grateful they chose me as the topic of their first go-round with this new art form they have chosen.

Click the button below to see the video interview, which has a link on my home page.

Or you can also see it here on YouTube.

 

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Our friends, India and Luke, had their east coast friend, graphic maven Su Barber, design their wedding invitations, which we printed on the venerable letterpresses at our shop here in Fort Bragg, California. The bi-coastal effort resulted in this invitation that we all love. We flew out east and, after stopping in NYC for a couple of days and seeing the musical South Pacific, at Lincoln Center, drove up into New England to join friends and family for the sweet, joyful mid-summer event.

We loved the warm yellow, mandala-like flower they used for the front panel, which matched, among other details, the dresses India hand dyed with turmeric for all the flower girls. Stately typography in black ink got everyone to the backyard on time.

It was a warm, sunny pre-fall day and the garden setting could not have been more inviting. Welcoming, gorgeous people, a wonderful ceremony,  perfect, bright-tasting food, and the most hilarious toasts we ever heard at a wedding, or anywhere else for that matter, preceded dancing in the barn.

They say many hands make light work, which is not necessarily always true, but in this case, many hands certainly made loving work for dear friends on their unforgettable day.

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Meg and Mark have a love story of locomotive proportions that spans decades, miles, and defies probability. To celebrate it in appropriate style, they are having not one, but two events. The first will take place in New York City, small and private, followed by a romantic cross-country train ride to Astoria, Oregon. There, they will board a little trolley, with friends and family, that will take them all to a gala brunch at Gunderson’s Cannery Cafe. Epic!

We loosely based their 4 x 9 invitation on a train ticket. Meg even had me run a line of (seemingly) random numbers and letters, upside down, across the top. Actually, every single figure there has a meaning to the couple. After she received the invitations, she took out her special Conductor’s Hole Punch and put it to work making it look even more ticket-like.

We used Somerset English watercolor paper for its beautiful texture and almost-white color, printed it in black ink, and a red ink that exactly matches the trolley’s paint. Then Meg used her famous creativity for the envelopes, some of which were RED and a few special ones she’d been saving for 24 years. She had custom stamps made with a picture of them walking down the train tracks with Tasha, her most beautiful dog, for the perfect finishing touch.

Everyone is so happy for this amazing union.

Meg sent me an email the other day:

Everyone is starting to get them now, and they love them!  My friend wrote; “THAT IS THE GREATEST WEDDING INVITATION I’VE EVER GOTTEN!!!!! It’s beautiful!! Yay!!!! Oh my GOSH. It’s exquisite!!!”

Happy Trails to Meg and Mark!

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The beautiful table setting by Dee Merz,  with menus by Studio Z Mendocino. Photos by Greg Gibson.

Some time ago I posted a story about the wedding invitations we did for Vanessa Gomez and Mike LaGatta’s destination Napa wedding. Vanessa just sent me these photos from the Big Day and i just had to share them with you. They and the following words, are from the blog of floral designer, Jessica Switala’s Fleurs de France, who created the incredible bouquets you see below. We were very pleased to have made Vanessa’s invitations and all the wedding pieces, table numbers, menus, programs, seating cards, thank you notes.

Vanessa & Mike, their family and friends all traveled to the Napa Valley for this Destination Wedding. The couple hosted their out of town guests to a full weekend of delicious food and wine. It began with an intimate luncheon at Brix in Yountville, proceeding to Groezinger’s for a lively, fun filled evening Welcome Party for all of their guests. The main event was held at Auberge du Soleil after their church ceremony the following day.
Feathers and fiddlehead accented the brides bouquet and the rich textural florals in deep purples, eggplant, apricots and oranges. The shades and textures of their arrangements created a luxurious atmosphere fused with deep purple Peau de Soie linens and Topaz Terracotta napkins and chair cushions from La Tavola. I absolutely loved working with Dee Merz, their Napa wedding planner. We worked easily together, planning, discussing colors, linens, and other endless details. Vanessa provided style and color inspirations and then gave me complete latitude to create from my heart. The tears of joy I saw when she first saw her bouquet were a true indication that everything was perfection and just as she had envisioned. Greg Gibson just sent me these wonderful images! Enjoy!


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Zoe is my first born child, a beautiful and amazing woman and to top it off, a gifted graphic designer. When she and Noah set the date for their Albion wedding and Mendocino destination reception (lucky them, the destination wedding happened where they actually live), everybody at the print shop knew we were in for something BIG, because when Zoe gets going, it is always trumpets and djembes and madcap unusualness, and we climb on board and RIDE. Zoe and Noah named their property in the country Chicken Pants Ranch — a fabulous organic garden, exuberant landscaping, ornamental yet quite productive chickens … and they somehow manage to make it all look totally chic at the same time.

Chantacleer — All photos in this post by Withers Wanberg Pictures

So, “Chicken Pants Ranch” became the leitmotif for the invitations Zoe designed last summer for their fabulous shindig, and we got busy in the shop producing an endless supply of gorgeous letterpress pieces. She used Kraft covered boxes, for a country-esque connotation and organic-looking paper-bag finish, and paired them with whimsical botanical (and livestock) motifs and typographical elan. As you can see, the mailing label and boxed presentation incorporates the winking, the fun, the stylishness, along with over-the-top calligraphy from Mary Meermans that appealingly predicted how the wedding itself would feel.

Everything – paper, ink, food, flower arrangements, etc. was all recycled and organic and reusable/replantable. I think that’s a very important element! My concept for the invitation was that there was this kind of rustic feeling – the kraft paper – and then a traditional wedding element feeling, with the wedding-y fonts and traditional wording. (Zoe’s note)

Mary’s calligraphy and a custom stamp designed by Zoe and printed up by Uncle Sam’s Post Office, delivered maximum punch in the mailbox… everything went together like a horse and carriage, a chicken and an egg or, to complete the simile-a-thon … no, I have to stop!

The box held invitations we die cut and mounted on thick chipboard. Who wouldn’t want to come to THIS?

There were a lot of pieces included in the box: Rsvp, directions card, menu choices card, envelope for the Rsvp, a separate invitation to the ceremony as well as the reception, etc., etc. etc. It was really too much for an envelope, and it all looked snappy and joyous, chic and fun-loving in the orange, soft yellow and green color palette Zoe devised. Everything was hand finished in the shop by Joe, Zoe and Rhea (we call it “Loving Hands at Home Press” when we do this kind of painstaking hand work), and Rhea was a genius behind the press, printing and die cutting and doing the impossible for days, as usual. Here is my beautiful Zoe; you would never think she is such a great farmer to look at her, but she is as much a genius in the garden as she is as a designer. And I’m not just saying that because I am her mom.

Parking Signs were part of the Studio Z printing job too, but they were NOT letterpressed

Here is Noah’s beautiful MacCallum House Inn and Restaurant, in Mendocino Village, where the reception was held in an enormous tent in its front yard. Here is the tent. It looked like a fairy tale inside…

Mary Meermans calligraphed names on Kraft enclosure envelopes in white ink. The cards were set up in trays of wheatgrass

Everywhere you looked there was more beautiful printing, more iconoclastic design, more amazing calligraphy, more glorious flowers, gorgeous, happy people and details nobody but Zoe and Noah could have come up with… and the food for the sit down dinner for 200 by Mac House chef Alan Kantor, left everybody dazzled.

Well, there are not enough superlatives, obviously. This is the menu.

Table cards, menu choice cards and table seating cards were also part of the printed materials that completed the affair in high style. One of the benefits of having a mom with a letterpress print shop: You get to have EVERYTHING at your wedding.

Table number cards by Studio Z, and centerpiece by Rosa from L & R Farms, in Albion, California. People dickered over which guest got to take the centerpiece from each table home.
Menus were mounted on chipboard too
Chicken, a motif for all seasons (in the country) but bring us your own themes and see what we can come up with

Sometimes, in the hurricane of activity we work in every day, we forget that fabulosity resides at Studio Z Mendocino. If you are getting married, perhaps you have considered sending your invitations in a box, even if you don’t have any chickens. There is an infinity of creative possibility you can request from us, and a universe of special techniques, experience and knowledge that can make your seemingly impossible dream come true. Call us at 707.964.2522.

All photos in this post by Withers Wanberg Pictures

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Inside of an invitation that was sent in a beautiful box. Designed by Zoe Bachelor and printed and assembled at Studio Z Mendocino

I just found this latest wedding update on Access Hollywood and thought it was so fabulously trendy that LETTERPRESS invitations are the new IT THING. Read on…

Katy Perry, Carrie Underwood, Emily Blunt and Kristen Bell are just a few Hollywood celebs who are planning a trip down the aisle. As one of the biggest days for marriage proposals, Valentine’s Day is the official start of wedding season.

“The biggest trend this year is nature-inspired, ethereal feel weddings,” says Wanda Wen, Founder of A Soolip Wedding, L.A.’s annual showcase for modern bridal trends. “Brides and grooms are personalizing their weddings more than ever with bold and individual statements in the ceremony and beyond,” says Wanda, who shares a preview of wedding trends for 2010.

GOWNS
Gowns flow with sleek and sophisticated silhouettes this year, leaving yesteryear’s cake toppers and prom night semblances far behind. We’re seeing pared down, elegant and carefree dresses accented with just the right amount of embellishment, creating the perfect dream dress for the bride to take center stage – not the puffy sleeves.

BRIDAL BEAUTY
Hair and makeup are taking cues from the nature-inspired wedding trend this year, with soft, natural, and very personalized styles. According to Yuki Sharoni, A-list hairstylist and owner of Yuki Sharoni: Beauty & Lifestyle Salon in Beverly Hills, soft, flowing curls are the biggest wedding day hair trend for 2010, with the bride’s personality and dress the true inspiration for every look.

Mailing label for an invitation in a box, designed by Zoe Bachelor and printed at our shop in Fort Bragg, California

INVITATIONS
Invitations set the tone of the entire wedding. This year’s favorites are wood veneer and 100% cotton paper letterpress printed invitations with organic and floral accents. Paper lace envelopes are very of the moment as are the always in vogue classic European calligraphered envelopes featuring rich, deep colored inks.

Invitation designed by Zoe Bachelor and printed at Studio Z Mendocino

CAKES
Brides are falling in love this season with organic vintage designs that are romantic and earthy, yet sparkle with metallic and glittering elements, such as hand painted sugar magnolias that resemble silvered glass and sparkly brooches, according to Amy Berman, executive chef and owner of Vanilla Bake Shop in Santa Monica, California. The biggest flavor favorite is the “Fleur Del Sel” dark chocolate cake with creamy caramel, dark chocolate buttercream and a dash of French sea salt. It’s a bold choice, and definitely not your grandmother’s wedding cake!

DANCING
Waltz no more! More than ever, couples want private dance lessons (for themselves as well the entire wedding party) and are requesting their first dance be choreographed. Gina Zamora, of Balliamos Dance Studio in West Hollywood where the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestants rehearse, says that couples are now requesting dance moves or routines they have seen on the show. “The first dance has turned into a featured time piece and guests look forward to the couple’s delivery of either art and grace or fun and outgoing dances.”

So, darlings, after your dancing lesson and trying out those big, loose curls (We have to unearth those old curling irons from the back of the closet), please drop by Studio Z Mendocino to order your trendy letterpress wedding invitations. We have been doing it this way for 25 years, preceded by numerous other years of working for master printer, Al Moise, preceded by 500 years of letterpress trendiness back to Gutenberg’s day. I adore this. You can see a small sampling of our wedding invitation work at www.studio-z.com We routinely use soy inks and recycled and cotton papers and have done several jobs on wood veneer. Letterpress, by definition, uses less ink, fewer toxic chemicals and creates much less wasted paper than any other form of printing. We work with Mary Meermans, the most amazing calligrapher in the known world. And our designs are up to the minute and very beautiful. Call any time to discuss your wedding invitations: 707.964,2522 I love this trend!

Trinidad Tobago destination engagement party invitation designed by Zida and printed and assembled by Studio Z  Mendocino

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