Cheree Berry designed all of the paper elements for Allison and Jacob's May Day wedding. First up, a letterpressed card introducing the couple's May Day theme, complete with a maypole icon and a calligraphed envelope. Atop the maypole is a tiny flag with the couple's initials. This icon was also used as a design motif for the actual wedding.
This effervescent letterpress invitation suite was designed by San Francisco artist Jeff Canham, a friend of groom Luke, who also painted the couple's "Just Married" banner. The card on the bottom right invites guests to a casual celebration, complete with taco truck, the following day at Golden Gate Park.
Blue and white ribbons are draped over the tree under which Elizabeth and Barton's ceremony takes place. White chairs are also tied with blue ribbons. The flower girls join the bridesmaids, who are wearing floor-length gowns by Amsale in Elizabeth's favorite color, Tiffany blue.
This nautical theme of this wedding is carried out at each reception place setting, where skewered flags stand tall in coiled crisp white napkins on top of a navy tablecloth. Galvanized buckets in various sizes filled with white dahlias, tulips, hydrangeas, and chrysanthemums make fresh, fragrant centerpieces. Nestled in between are small lanterns, conveying the charm of an old lighthouse.
As owner of Cheree Berry Paper, a stationery and graphic-design company, bride Cheree's goal, she says, is always "to evoke a big smile." And that's surely the reaction Cheree and Jeff's wedding guests had when they opened their mailboxes to find thick, creamy envelopes addressed in swirls of red calligraphy, with the words "love mail" printed in the corner -- all designed, of course, by the bride herself. Different printing techniques (including engraving and letterpress), unexpected touches (the origami chart of St. Louis attractions), and fanciful details (the bee on the reply card) give a richly layered feel. Cheree, deeming a palette of reds, oranges, and pinks "too perfect," laced it with robin's-egg blue.
To mimic the ceremony room's tall white columns, the chuppah was constructed of white dowels that rose from clusters of white hydrangea, moss, rocks, and small ferns, evoking a gardenlike feeling. Atop the poles, a sheer fabric created a cover, and blue satin ribbon of varying lengths cascaded down -- a nod to the ribbons of a maypole because this Connecticut wedding was held on May Day.
This blue, black, and white letterpress stationery takes its inspiration from the garden. Save-the-date dials reveal teasers about the impending day when rotated -- their floral images, as well as those on the invitations and reply postcards, come from clip-art. Plain stickers, hand-stamped with monograms, serve as envelope seals. Store-bought cards (bottom) are used as thank-you notes.
Cheree wears a Carolina Hererra lace gown and carries a bouquet of red, pink, and orange ranunculus with a single tiny golden bee -- one of the motifs she often uses in her work as a stationer -- perched among the flowers. The bouquet is tied with a blue ribbon, and the embroidered hankie, her something blue, is a gift from Martha Stewart Weddings editorial director Darcy Miller.
Playful blue-and-white paper flags showcase table numbers alongside low centerpieces constructed of Spode vessels (collected over months by the antique-loving couple Allison and Jacob); they were propped up on mercury-glass vases and surrounded by lush arrangements of garden roses, parrot tulips, green viburnum, dark-blue delphinium, lilacs, sweetpeas, green amaranthus, and hydrangea.
When bride Allison first proposed the idea of a blue signature cocktail, she meant it as a joke. But after her father and groom Jacob set to work blending the ideal cocktail (Stoli Razberi, blue Curacao, club soda, Sprite, orange juice, and a squeeze of lemon), there was no turning back, and the Blue Ribbon was born.
A card under each charger plate encouraged guests to visit the bar for a taste of the special libation.
Bride, Jane, a lover of the outdoors and horses, used the ranch setting of her wedding to Edward at the Brookside Equestrian Center as inspiration for the decor and invitations. Jane even referenced the wreaths horses get when they win races and designed this blue-and-white invitation suite with this festive and symbolic emblem. The envelope liners featured an illustration of a horse and the word "love" repeated in an alternating pattern.
Stationer Cheree Berry created all of the blue and pink paper elements for this southern wedding, from the save-the-dates to the signage on the getaway car.
The save-the-date, a square mini book, sets the tone for the joyous wedding of Devon and Dan. Disclosing the story of how the couple met in a whimsical, fairy-tale manner, it begins with "Once upon a time." (The "Happily Ever After" comes with the wedding program.)
During the World Wars, when letters to their overseas sweethearts were scrutinized by military censors, lovers developed a secret code: They placed the postage stamp upside down. Then, if the letter inside was confiscated and the empty envelope forwarded on, as often happened, the stamp would still carry a message of devotion. The 19 months that bride and groom Allison and Jacob had spent living on opposite coasts and writing countless love letters made this code more poignant, and they shared the secret with their guests by using blue postage to go with the color palette of their wedding.