Allison + Mark’s Vibrant and Modern Wedding Invitations

I’m completely thrilled to be featuring this week’s set of real invitations.  Allison and Mark were married last July, and when I saw their wedding on Snippet & Ink a couple of months back I immediately fell in love with their unique wedding programs, and so I asked if they would be willing to share their invitations as well.  Allison and Mark’s wedding was just brimming with creativity, and their wedding invitations and ephemera are definitely a reflection of their combined creative talents!


From Allison: We got married at Atwood Ranch, a horse ranch in Glen Ellen, California surrounded by mountains and trees (including wandering cats) and had our reception in the property’s barn (filled with chirping swallows).  Since the location was such an important part of the day, it seemed only natural that our elements really reflect the spirit of the ranch, the warmth of the day and just the genuine joy the both of us felt about each other.


We didn’t start out with a theme or an idea, and because each piece was done at different time during our planning the variety became part of the charm and the colors and hand-lettering tied it all together.  All we knew was that we weren’t into anything that looked too perfect or “designed” or into just stamping our monogram onto each piece.



Originally we started out with a tighter color palette of yellows and greys, but the fabric we bought to use for the table runners became a big part of our designs and our color palette grew to include about every shade of yellow and orange and some gray. We chose about 10 different fabrics to be sewed into table runners and we scanned them to use on the save the dates as part of the letterforms and they became the envelope liners for the invites.


hand-lettered yellow gray wedding menu

All the hand-lettering was done by both of us, which is why not all of it matches.  Also, we designed so many things so close to our wedding date, hand-lettering was our only option in terms of time and budget!

yellow and red wedding ceremony programs



hand lettered wedding ceremony programs


When we got to the chair labels, we decided upon a loopy cursive because we hadn’t done that type of lettering before and it was faster to write than the painstakingly printed escort cards we had made earlier (in the week!).



Mark and I are graphic designers, but we also do a lot of copywriting, so we paid a lot of attention to how everything was written so that it sounded like us (meaning there was some humor or sweetness in everything).  For instance, the brunch invites were designed and worded exactly like the wedding invites except our names were reversed and Mark’s parents’ names were put first since they were hosting it.


wedding invitation text bird illustration

yellow wedding invitation envelope with vintage stamps

However we also made other cute changes that you had to read it carefully to notice (on the wedding day invitation my parents invited guests to the wedding with “happy hearts” while Mark’s parents invited guests to the brunch with “hungry hearts.”  It also featured a stack of pancakes instead of hearts.

wedding favor buttons

yellow wedding table numbers

Designing all of our materials was probably one of the most stressful parts of our wedding, but we wouldn’t have been happy with anything that didn’t have our stamp on it.  Everyone commented that the wedding really felt like us and I think it did.

I definitely agree Allison!  I love how the design throughout the wedding stationery, from the Save the Dates to the invitations to the programs and seating cards, feels completely personal while maintaining a consistent, even if slightly mis-matched, design approach.  Everything is just so, so lovely.

If you haven’t already seen the photos from Allison and Mark’s wedding, don’t forget to swing by Snippet & Ink to check out the rest of the beautiful photos.

{all photos by Shelly Kroeger from Union Photography – thanks so much Allison and Shelly!}

  1. I had the honor of getting one of these invitations and they were even more beautiful in person. I kept every piece. One of the pins is on my purse and the escort cards are hanging on my closet door. The invitations were so personal + creative and so was the sweet wedding.

  2. Wow, adorable. I love how everything is kind of mismatched, handmade feeling. Using different stamps has such a nice effect. Love it a lot.

  3. Beautiful! What fonts were used on the Wedding and Brunch Invites? I love the juxtaposition.

  4. How did you make the buttons? I would LOVE to do something similar, as we are using circles throughout the wedding.

  5. I would love to know where the hand placard holders on the table are from … do you have any idea? Thanks in advance for any info you could provide!

  6. Wow, I’m so in love with details of this wedding and all the handmade papergoods! I think the save-the-date might be my favorite part.

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