Invitation with a watercolor map of California Santa Barbara Zoo wedding invitation Hand painted illustration of Santa Barbara



Santa Barbara Wedding Invitation

Soraya & Adam

For a wedding taking place at the Santa Barbara Zoo, we embraced the look and feel of Southern California while also giving a nod to the couple’s passion for animals and conservation. Hand illustrated animals of the zoo are shown participating in wedding weekend activities and as decoration throughout the suite. A hand painted watercolor wrap seals the suite with a gold wax seal bearing the symbol of a lion. We also incorporated the couple’s beloved cats on the custom coat of arms printed in gold foil.

Since we are a studio specializing in custom work, we put together custom pricing for each project. For your convenience, below is a brief summary of the starting prices for both our collection and custom suites:

• $2,000 is the starting price for pre-existing designs for a 4-piece suite in 1-letterpress color. Suites with additional embellishments such as foil stamping, laser cut sleeves, pocket folders, etc. start at a higher price point of $3,000 and up.

• Custom invitations start at $2,750 for a 4-piece suite in 1-letterpress color.

• For budgets in the $1,000 range, many of our designs can be adapted to a economical price point using flat printing.

Note: A 4-piece suite includes Invitation, Reply Card, Outer Envelope and Reply Envelope. However a suite can be customized to your needs. Most pre-existing designs you see, whether it be from our custom page or collection page, can be made into a ready to order set

To receive a more detailed estimate based upon your stationery needs or to schedule a consultation (by appointment only), please contact us at:

[email protected]

(212) 696-6624 - phone

The Details

Our Santa Barbara wedding invitations truly come to life with all the carefully considered details woven into the fabric of each of our designs. Explore the details in this suite.


Custom crest with two cats Illustration of lion playing violin Gold lion wax seal Santa Barbara Zoo and Stearns Wharf Letterpress whimsical illustration Gold script lettering detail Elephant engraved illustration Hand illustrated Santa Barbara Map Watercolor map details



Custom Process

Our custom process is as unique and creative as our finished pieces themselves. Take a look below to see how we brought our client's vision to life.

The Inspiration

We invite you to explore our inspiration and moodboard for how this Santa Barbara wedding invitation design came to fruition. You’re also welcome to view our creative process to dig deeper into our exclusive design process.

Vintage maps and travel illustrations
Whimsical and classical music inspiration


We began the process by brainstorming a few alternate options for the invitation card and wrap exterior. The designs incorporated old world Santa Barbara inspired elements like wrought iron and Spanish tiles from the local architecture. We also explored ways of weaving animals from the Santa Barbara Zoo into the design in a subtle way.

Santa Barbara wedding sketches


The couple were keen on the idea of a custom crest incorporating their two cherished cats. Other elements we borrowed from were Hebrew letters and musical notation; the rehearsal dinner was at the Music Academy of the West, a famed music conservatory. Last but not least, the crest was framed with a shape derived from local inspired Spanish tiles.

Custom crests with cats

Color Study

Once the couple had chosen a cover design, we experimented with a few different color combinations and options all within the palette of jewel tones.

Folder color study


We hand illustrated elements such as a map of Santa Barbara with locations that were meaningful to the couple. The color scheme and elements were picked up from the invitation and crest design for a seamless look.

Map of Santa Barbara

Details, details, details….

Every element and detail in the suite is carefully considered. We brought our illustrations onto the computer and refined them even further to ensure a perfect print process.

GIraffe and scrollwork art

Final Design

At the end of the creative process, after all edits and refinements are made, the full suite comes to life in the hands of our expert team of printers and craftsmen.

Santa Barbara wedding invitation
Wedding at The Santa Barbara Zoo

The Wedding

Ready to get started?

We would welcome the opportunity to work with you and design your wedding invitations, save the dates and stationery! Contact us for more information and to schedule an appointment by phone or in person.

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