sf crushing: wineries and wedding venues

sf crushing- wine country

having lived in the bay area for a month and a half, one of the most popular topics of discussion amongst our friends and the new (wonderful) people we’ve been meeting is wine country. everyone has their favorite vineyard, with great stories about the wine, food, their experiences, and the gorgeous landscapes. i’m very much excited to snag a ride out to sonoma and napa and taste what this california soil and climate have to offer by way of its grapevines. in the meantime, i’ve been pouring over photos, and these are my top picks for gorgeous spots to hold either a big, or intimate wedding ceremony and reception.

 

Scribe Winery

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as a writer, and a designer, i’m already in love with the name and label that this winery boasts. take a look at their website, read their very personal stories, and that love intensifies by the sheer passion these fellas have for what they do, and where they do it. and then you find photos of their pick-up parties. this past february, they had chris fischer of martha’s vineyard fame (always love a good nod to my home state of massachusetts) come and put together an insatiable array of gorgeously prepared food to pair with their wine bounty. just to be present at one of these events looks like it would be an experience filled with great food, amazing wine, cozy fireside conversation, beautiful views, and fun company. i can’t wait to visit for a tasting, and am seriously considering joining their scribe viticultural society.

**Note – At the moment Scribe isn’t holding wedding ceremonies or reception parties on their grounds until they finish renovating the Mission-revival style Hacienda on the property. Down the road, they may be open to those kinds of inquiries, but for now they’re keeping their focus on the Scribe tasting experience.**

 

Photo by Allan Zepeda Photography

Photo by Allan Zepeda

Photo by Allan Zepeda

photography by allan zepeda

as featured on Style Me Pretty

 

Gundlach Bunschu

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imagine being ushered through a cool wine cave, being handed a glass of authentic sonoma valley wine, and exiting to a breathtaking view of an expansive vineyard under a clear blue sky. this is the experience guests encounter at a gundlach bunschu wedding. it sounds, and looks, incredible. add to it some rustic wine barrels, stone walls, and the natural beauty of vines – everywhere – and this particular winery provides such a light and bright environment to share such a special day with friends and family.

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gun bun barrel

photographs by jessica burke

as featured on Style Me Pretty 

 

Annadel

annadel site

this vineyard has everything that i love about infusing different textures, elements, and maintaing the authentic beauty of its location. with old winery ruins and a barn amidst rows of greenery and the most romantic big, beautiful trees, annadel provides so many opportunities for photo shoot backdrops. virtually touring these grounds is making me antsy to get there in person. it looks like it meets all the needs of both an intimate and larger wedding celebration, inviting a great conversation between the outdoor expanse and indoor coziness. bonus – they also provide roses to the san francisco flower mart, so how amazing that the florals might be available right at the venue!

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annadel vineyard

 

photographs by collin hughes

as featured on Snippet & Ink

 

excited to start tasting the wines from these gorgeous venues! tune in next when i shift focus over to the amazing professionals behind the wedding lens. have a beautiful week!

 

sf crushing: letterpress letterpress

sf crushing letterpress

my very dear wonderful talented friend, rebecca elliot, came to visit san francisco this weekend, so it seems only apt that my next sf crushing series is focused on letterpress studios in the bay area. rebecca herself is a letterpress maven, with a giant hunk of steel of her own back in chicago, and meekling press as her homestead for printing unique and quirky (not to mention exceptionally well-written) books and story collections. in her honor, here are my picks for this corner of the country’s best handlers of old vandercooks and chandler and prices.

 

Olive Route

 

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olivia san mateo, owner of this berkeley based print shop, has such a lovely, natural eye for collection. each piece in one of her wedding suites can stand well on its own, but put together with all the elements, the whole unit speaks clear and well-constructed volumes about the couple getting married. i especially love her use of texture, natural elements, and of course, varied types of type. i really appreciate a designer who can weave a story into their work – and her use of layers, small details, and perfect color palettes does this for everything she prints.

 

Twig & Fig

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another berkeley enterprise! twig & fig have, first of all, such a quirky and fun website – this tips me off firstly that their work is made up of personalized and unique elements. i love their uncomplicated, slightly edgy, sophisticated, and utterly fresh approach to designing. it’s clear that their inspiration comes primarily from the people they work with. which, when paired with masterful letterpress and design skills, ends up yielding incredibly gorgeous stationery and invitations.

 

Aerialist Press

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well, apparently i’m in love with letterpress studios based in the east bay. it might be a little biased, since i’m in oakland now, but seriously, when you go take a walk around aerialist press’s website, you just tell me how hard it was for you to leave. not only do they have an abundant portfolio of gorgeous, delicate, type-and-illustration-driven designs, but when executed onto paper, the final product takes your breath away, it’s made so well. i also have a particular penchant for design teams that are motivated not only by their clients’ love, but by their own. alexandra and craig have such a lovely story, and it’s evident that they infuse every project they undertake with the same passion and dedication that they share with each other.

 

 

so much love for these paper wielders. tune in next week for a peek at some of my favorite winery wedding venues in the area!

sf crushing: florists and floral designers

sf crushing- florists

 

if there is one thing i’ve been appreciating like whoa since being out here – especially for the season and how drastically different it’s being represented here versus chicago – it’s the abundance of plant life. honeysuckle practically wraps a lasso of scent around you as you walk by, forcing you to stop and bathe in the sweetness surrounding you on the sidewalk. the flower buds on the tree outside my living room window have blossomed and burst and since given way to small bright green leaves. there’s crazy jurassic fauna and spiky fluorescent flora. everything smells like heaven, especially after it rains.

to celebrate this bouquet of floral inspiration, my next sf: crushing focus is on the floral designers and florists that harness and arrange and display and showcase and set free the plethora of local flowers and ferns and branches and everything else at their disposal.

 

here are my top three for now:

 

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Studio Choo

the name, first of all, is adorable – as is it’s inspiration (i also tend to have a particular penchant for other creative jills or jillians). the work that this duo – jill and alethea – puts together is just breathtaking. all of their arrangements and installations have a backyard cozy comfortable feeling, but with an elevated sensibility. their use of local grown flowers, and the care they take to showcase each bloom, is heartening. i just want to go live in their studio – what a thoughtful and artistic space to spend their days! take a look through their blog – i love how each post not only showcases the stunning visuals, but tells a personal story of each project’s inception.

 

twigss homepage

 

Twigss Floral Design

as soon as i opened up the website for twigss, i fell in love. i’m obviously the target audience for a hand-drawn laurel wreath and hand lettered logo design. and then they’re a mother-daughter team. and then their philosophy is so spot-on, i feel like i already know them. and then their photos and their flowers are just. well, they’re just gorgeous. i love the seasonal influence that takes precedence in each of their displays, bouquets and headpieces. and i also love their appreciation of the entire lifecycle of a flower – from bud to bloom to decay and deadhead. i’ve been pouring over their blog, and i suggest you do the same.

 

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Chestnut & Vine Floral Design

succulents. succulents. succulents. i’ve been looking for a floral designer/florist in the bay area who uses succulents in an artful way, and svenja brotz of chestnut & vine has hands-down the most gorgeous, lush, well-thought out arrangements using these amazing plants. succulents of all different colors, sizes, and paired with the interesting and complimentary blooms – i could look at her website all day. and i love that she’s based in the east bay, just a bit north of where i am, up in quaint and bustling berkeley. bringing a european sensibility to the abundant materials of northern california, she’s got a real talent for combining skill, vision, and resources. i just want to fill my home with her creations.

 

next week in the sf crushing series: invitations and paper goods. this is a special one, so i’m excited to share with you my favorites in the world of paper and design. have a beautiful weekend!

 

new online hand lettering workshop!

new online lettering flyer

for all of you who have been yearning to learn how to hone your own hand lettering skills, i have a treat for you! i’m running an online 6-week  hand lettering workshop, live via skype. this workshop series is intended to be a private lesson experience, with half hour sessions every wednesday at a particular time slot, giving you ample time throughout the week to practice the skills we went over. there will be fun practice homework, and i’ll be at your disposal the entire length of the program to answer questions, provide feedback, and share helpful guidance.

open to beginners and more advanced students alike. the workshop runs on wednesday evenings from april 2 – may 7. there are 5 time slots available:

3:30pm pst | 5:30pm cst

4:15pm pst | 6:15pm cst

5:00pm pst | 7:00pm cst

5:45pm pst | 7:45pm cst

6:30pm pst | 8:30pm cst

 

you must have access to skype, and a materials list/course syllabus will be provided upon registration. sign up at http://www.jillyink.com/workshops. looking forward to seeing you on the web!

 

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sf crushing: wedding planners

sf crushing- planners

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be in the Bay Area. Seriously. Not only do I get to wake up in the gorgeous Lake Merritt neighborhood, just minutes from nature, culture, urban atmosphere, and farm fresh produce, but I also get to work alongside some pretty talented individuals in the wedding and event industry. So, to highlight my love for this area, I’ve decided to start a new series: ‘sf crushing’. First up, some ladies from the wedding planning side of the industry. From my experience, working with some awesome wedding planners in Chicago (you, you, and you!), these ladies have to be multi-faceted. They have to be organizers, time-table enthusiasts, visionaries, designers, stylists. They have to be able to keep everyone on schedule, in line, and most of all, happy. And that’s just their relationships with other vendors. To the clients, the happy bride and groom, they have to be a mentor, friend, sometimes therapist. I take off my bike helmet to the people in this industry that love every single part of it. So many people think that a profession in wedding planning is just fun. These professionals prove that it takes a lot of work, but when done well, and with love, it IS fun.

stacy mccainStacy McCain Event Planning – http://www.stacymccain.com – San Francisco, CA

– Stacy and her team create timeless landscapes. The whole wedding, from start to finish, is styled with perfection, with the whole event in mind. It’s apparent that she takes the time to get to know what is most important to her clients, without compromising on the other pieces. As a designer, I appreciate how clearly she seems to communicate the vision of her clients. As a person, I appreciated even more how lovely she is in person. She is absolutely someone I would trust to handle the specifics of such a momentous day.

lovely little details

Lovely Little Details – http://www.lovelylittledetails.com – napa, atlanta, new england

Jacin definitely seems like the kind of woman who knows what’s important. She limits the number of weddings she plans to 5 per year, serving couples in the Napa Valley, Atlanta, and my home region New England. I appreciate how much attention to detail she puts into each of the weddings she plans, and adding floral design to the mix just makes me love her more. Plus she seems genuinely enthusiastic about her love for elements both big and small, and having such an exclusive client roster, it’s refreshing to know that she’s willing to go knee-deep into building each and every event.

esla events

Esla Events – http://www.eslaevents.com – San Francisco, CA

I first fell in love with Laurel of Esla when scouring design and newly popped up wedding blogs from my cubicle at Random House. She has a dreamy sensibility, and anything romantic with a bit of an edge captures my attention instantly. I also have an interesting soft spot for anyone who’s lived in New York for a period of time – something to do with surviving and thriving there, and then taking that same work ethic wherever you go – and the fact that she’s lived and gleaned inspiration from the various places she’s resided. Whether her events are indoors or outdoors, there always seems to be an element that’s a little unexpected. In my book, that’s the mark of someone I’d definitely want to work with.

 

Have fun spending the rest of the afternoon pouring over the websites and galleries of these three. And to celebrate my favorite thing about being somewhere warm and sunny (and the faint scent of honeysuckle in the air), the next spotlight in the series will be on florists and floral designers.

 

And as a reminder! To all west coast couples – I’m offering a 10% discount on all wedding lettering services if you book with me by the end of the month. For more information, send me a note at jilly.ink@gmail.com. Cheers!

 

 

 

design crush

i’ve just been, you know, browsing the interwebs for hours on end, looking at gorgeously designed paper products for inspiration and general soul-quenching purposes, and holy gorgeous have i found something beautiful to share with you. let’s dig into this paper design crush session with the imagination and logic that makes up cindy and carl, the couple behind bliss and bone.

bliss&bone-reverence std

 

{bliss & bone – reverence suite save the date}

 

i’m in love with everything about this design firm – from the webpage layout, the photos that make you wonder, ‘is this a paper design company, or a clothing company, or a fine arts photographer’s site?’, to the actual, innovative, super unique designs themselves. each suite is only available for one year, so if you choose them, you know you’re getting something that won’t be around the block tons of times. and honestly, it’s the kind of stuff that people will most likely keep on the fridge for a while afterwards, because it’s all just so gosh darned beautiful (and i’m sure, really fun to touch).  plus, cindy admits to wearing lululemon while she works, and being a yoga instructor/employee of the company/designer from my own home studio, i can tell you one thing – girl knows how to be comfortable, and stylish. i feel like we’d be friends, if i lived in hollywood hills. anyway, take a look, and gush with me over these suites:

 

the devoir suite – very parisienne (which, of course, i love love love):

 

bliss&bone-devoir

 

 

the effloresce suite – rorschache-inspired, deep colors, bold lettering that doesn’t weigh too heavily on the paper

 

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the lucent suite – very light, airy, loose lettering juxtaposed with laser cut block letters, set amidst a rosy color palette

 

 

bliss&bone-lucent

 

 

i also love that they include style guides with their invitation suites (and website design, by the way). i might start incorporating that into my own design process. can’t wait to see what’s in store for them in the coming years!

 

a stationer’s dream anniversary

you always remember your first… anniversary. it’s special, memorable, fresh in the mind. but the traditional gift isn’t necessarily something that most people get all excited about. paper. it’s not quite as shiny or sparkly as the jewel years, or the precious metal years. but, as a self-proclaimed paper lover myself, i can’t help but think that this one might actually be the best. sure, a lot of people most likely go the traditional book route, but there’s so much room for creativity with this one, that it’s almost a shame to waste it with something typical.

i’ve had the pleasure to work with two very creative ladies on their first anniversary gifts to their husbands, and while they’re both very different takes on the traditional gift, i think they’re both incredibly special pieces that will eventually travel with each couple as they move forward beyond this first year of matrimony.

photo (2)for meredith, she wanted her and her husband’s vows written out as ‘something beautiful, in a romantic script’. they both wrote their own vows – and he even paused in the middle to play the guitar, a gesture that surely brought tears to more than just her eyes – and cherished those words so much that having them hung on their walls was a no-brainer.

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we decided on gray ink (a prevalent color in their wedding decor) and slanted script. i’m so pleased at how thrilled she is with the final result, and i’m sure the prints look even more beautiful framed, and on the walls of their home.

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IMG_3721danielle, my dear wonderful cousin, contacted me with a super unique idea for her first anniversary gift. her husband bobby has a side passion for dj-ing, so her thought was to have the lyrics of their first dance song- songbird – written out to look like a vinyl record. this was so much fun to create, and i’m in love with the progression of the script around the outside of the record. they just celebrated this past weekend, so congratulations danielle and bobby!

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i’m currently working on a super different wedding guest ‘book’ for a special bride, and i can’t wait to see what other interesting and lovely and personal commissions come my way!

 

paper and pen crush

i’ve been doing a lot of perusing around the stationery world recently (and by recently, i really mean for the better part of the last three years), and i just have to remark on some of the lovely work that’s kept my eyes trained on the screen (sometimes at the sacrifice of doing my own work… it’s all in the name of inspiration, right?).

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pitbulls and posies – an la-based paper goods and design shop run by amber moon (who seems to love her hippy-esque name just as much as i did upon first glancing at it). i love the mixture of softness and edge that permeate all of their projects. some of my favorites include the deconstructed chevron pattern with sequins suite for an elopement announcement, and their desert mod invite suite, full of vibrant colors, tumbleweed silhouettes, and a playful layout.

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neither snow – this lady’s penmanship is breathtaking. all at once whimsical, fluid, edgy, and graceful, it’s so utterly romantic, it makes complete sense why people would want her script on their invitation designs, or their bodies. i’m in love love with the parisian wedding for which she scripted dinner menus, place cards, and table numbers on distressed vases. it’s all so timeless and fluid, organic and wistful, almost melancholic. i tend to draw a lot of inspiration from things that have those traits, and mara’s hand is one of them.

neither snow2

 

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just a little eye-candy to keep you occupied for the rest of your afternoon, as you look longingly out the sunny window and wish you had an extension cord long enough to bring you outside to finish your work… err, or that could be just me. either way, happy wednesday!

gaga for gatsby

recently i was asked (by the lovely ladies of soiree weddings & events) to contribute to a 20s themed wedding vendor spotlight in honor of the highly anticipated dicaprio and mulligan great gatsby premier. i couldn’t have been more excited. if i could pick any other era to live in, it would definitely have been the golden, roaring, fringe and feather, pearl and diamond clad 1920s (new york or paris, that’s the real question). in preparation for the chalkboard lettering, i started doing some research on art deco fonts, and discovered a few that i immediately fell in love with. herewith – the ones i drew inspiration from, along with some deco-esque lines and accoutrements:

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seriously – isn’t pinterest the best? so many resources to draw from. after three hours in the zapwater communications meeting room, here’s what i came up with:

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i’m now thoroughly obsessed with art deco lettering. i’m sure you’ll see more inspiration and influences on here in the future. until then, go get yourselves some tickets to the great gatsby (opening tomorrow!) – it was simply splendid, gorgeous, and full of life.

{other vendors that contributed to the lovely evening: soiree weddings & events, be u weddings & brides, mignonette, pure kitchen catering, goose island catering, cage & aquarium, fig media, pistil & vine}

getting inky

(earth, wind, fire, water, moon – for alex raffael)

sometimes how we envision things happening doesn’t end up being the case. in fact, this happens most of the time. if, a year ago, someone was to tell me i’d be receiving weekly commissions to draw and design words and pictures that people all over the world would be permanently marking themselves with, i’d have thought that sounded amazing, and completely unbelievable. well, now, just seven months after designing my own, first tattoo, i am happily occupied with translating ideas, words, and images into tattoos. i love it. of course, now i can’t imagine not thinking of this in the first place.

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(tattooed version of this design – for jessica silva)

here are a few recent tattoos that i’ve designed, and as always, i welcome many more to come.

(‘bird’ – for katie prange)

(meaning ‘to live life passionately and unafraid – for megan mateer)