Jenny Overman and Ben Ringler worked hard to create a wedding that combined both of their personalities, even fusing their color preferences (brights for her, neutrals for him) for their May 6, 2011, wedding. The couple, who live in Oakland, California, hail from New York, met at a friend's birthday party two years earlier. Their wine-country wedding highlighted their unique styles in a playful yet serious way.
Jenny and her stationers, Hello!Lucky, collaborated on the stationery. The simple and classic invitation was edged and embossed in gold on thick card stock. It was packaged in a kraft-paper box with a gold-leafed lid that was lined with patterned fabric and tied with rope hand-braided by the bride and her friends from strips of muslin, silk, and printed fabric. Michelle Papineau of Papineau Calligraphy addressed the outer boxes, and mailed with custom postage made through Zazzle.
Included in each box were small cards with sentence fragments that paid homage to the duo's relationship. The bride is a poet and the groom, a psychotherapist, so the free-flowing texts were uniquely them. Textured papers were glued onto the cards, and intricate details like the addition of gold thread or a stroke of neon pink paint made each one distinct. They read: "Capricorn man meets a Cancer woman", "Wall Street gone therapist meets writer/artists", "first date: Ben took Jenny for tapas in Temescal," and "down on one knee, in front of a waterfall, champagne in hand" each had their own card.
For the response cards, glassine bags filled with scraps of patterned paper and different craft materials (like glitter and thread), were sent in muslin pouches alongside blank white cards, glue sticks, and notes that read: "We would be honored if you could leave a prayer, wish, or blessing for us. On the white side of this card, please use the enclosed materials as inspiration for creating some art/collage to be used at our wedding. Thank you! We look forward to seeing them and we are excited to celebrate with you." At the bottom, a side note to have fun and not feel pressured.
Guests also nibbled on gold potato blinis topped with lemon creme fraiche and American sterling caviar; grilled lamb and cucumber-mint raita atop flatbread; prawn spring rolls with orange-ginger dipping sauce; wild mushrooms and brie on warm garlic crostini; and thinly sliced beef tenderloin with caramelized onions, chive-horseradish, creme, and micro watercress on mini brioche.