Tiny Wren Press · Homegrown letterpress

Traci and Rob had a seaside wedding at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Their colors were navy blue and silver and their flowers had touches of ivory and green. The Flower Lab and Tiny Wren Press were both honored to help with their special day.

Their invitation suite was made up of a 5×7 inch invitation card, 4.25 x 5.5 inch reply card, with printed envelopes. We lined the invitation envelope with a neat deep blue patterned liner.

We printed the text in navy blue ink and the dolphin heart image was printed in silver.

Jenna and Jeff’s wedding was recently featured on One Lovely Day by Project Wedding. We (as The Flower Lab) provided the flowers as well as their letterpress wedding invitations (as Tiny Wren Press). Jenna wanted a vintage look to her wedding design with lots of lace, birds, and chandeliers. Their colors were gold and blush pink. Together with Jenna, here is what we came up with:

The suite of invitations consisted of the main invitation, reply card, and printed envelopes. The text and images were printed in gold-bronze and the monogram and little birds in blush pink.

And some professional pictures from Michael Segal Wedding Photography:

I love what Jenna did with the envelopes! In addition to the beautiful calligraphy, Jenna collected vintage postage stamps to use for mailing.

Parentmap.com recently featured 10 great Mother’s Day cards available on Etsy, and our word cloud Mom card was featured!

Check out the other cute cards in the article too!

A small line of five different Mother’s Day cards, letterpressed for your enjoyment.

They can be purchased on Etsy and theflowerlab.bigcartel.com.

Or stop by the studio in Santa Monica!

Or if you are in the Washington DC area, go to Lulu’s Hallmark Shop where my dear mom is selling them in her shop! Thanks, Mom!

1. A word cloud of words that make us think of Mom

2. Word to the… Mom!

3. This little piggy

4. Somebunny loves Mom

5. MOM is WOW upside-down

Valentine’s Day cards are now available!

They were printed in-house on a hand-operated flatbed cylinder letterpress.   They are $4 each, or pick one free with every Valentine floral arrangement you purchase from The Flower Lab!

Check out flowers and cards at our ONLINE STORE!

Cards and flowers are available at our studio, aka “the lab”, at: 1431 7th Street, Suite 102, Santa Monica CA 90401. We are open this week for Valentine’s Day 12-7 pm, Monday 2/7 through Monday 2/14. Hope to see you here!

1. What is Love

2. Makin’ Bacon

3. Udderly Fantastic

4. Unforgettable

5. Honey Bunny

Here’s a fun and cute invitation for a little boy’s birthday party Tiny Wren Press created recently.  His mother requested monkeys and bananas and lots of yellow!

Big monkeys, little monkeys, bananas, wavy lines, slanted lines, dashes, and dots – all were used as borders to separate each line and piece of information conveyed in the invites.

The look was vintage carnival, reminiscent of the artistic printing style of letterpress printing in the late nineteenth century.  I love the play of different ornamental typefaces and fun embellishments and flourishes exemplified by this style!

And little thank you cards to match for the birthday boy to express his heartfelt thanks!

Betty and I have a lot interesting ties to each other that I didn’t know existed until we met! First, Jin had recommended me as a florist to Betty when they were both planning their weddings. When I talked to Betty on the phone, I learned that her fiance, Michael, is actually a son of one of my dad’s old friends from waaaaay back in the day when I was still in diapers. But it doesn’t even stop there. Flash forward a couple of months when Betty and Mike stop by for a consultation. They bring Mike’s parents as well as Mike’s older sister. Hubby was hanging around that day also and when he saw Mike’s sister, he thought she looked very familiar. Turns out she is one of the doctors in our primary care physician group and he had gone in to see her one time! So crazy!! And to think LA is just one giant sprawl of a city…

It’s been a lot of fun working with Betty and Mike on their wedding. We saw each other again in San Francisco at Jin’s wedding (hey, remember her? She’s the one that brought us all together!) and I managed to convince Betty to hire me to print her invitations by letterpress! See what happens after a few drinks??

Elisa and Dave’s custom designed invitations were printed on Savoy bright white cover stock in magenta and silver ink. The Flower Lab (aka ME!) will also be designing their wedding flowers! Stay tuned to see how they both work out!

As you may know, I have been letterpress printing in my spare time for a few years now. I have always been fascinated by the beauty of letterpress ever since hubby and I decided to get married (all of 5 years ago). When we moved to Los Angeles, I took my first introductory letterpress class at the Armory in Pasadena. It was a short course, providing students with a quick taste of letterpress printing. I didn’t really get deep into it until I met Gerald Lange when I signed up for more classes at Otis. Gerald is a master printer extraordinaire, founder of the Bieler Press, expert digital letterpress printer, and teacher of letterpress printing and all things print and typography at Art Center and Otis.

Anyway, after printing Christmas cards and making various invitations for any friend or acquaintance who I could persuade into wanting letterpressed cards, I have decided to offer letterpress wedding invitations in addition to wedding flowers! I initially thought I’d call this new venture The Flower Lab Press, but after Wren died, I decided to call it Tiny Wren Press (a cousin of The Flower Lab).

So if you are interested in “one stop shopping” for the overall look and theme of your wedding – what better way than to have your flowers coordinate with your invitations? Afterall, the invitations are what your guests will see first when it comes to the design of your wedding – the first impression. And then when they come to your wedding, the flowers will further dictate your wedding’s theme so it all comes together in a beautiful cohesive entity!

Unfortunately, tinywrenpress.com isn’t quite completed yet. However, I signed up for some featured advertising on Wedding Wire: www.weddingwire.com/biz/tiny-wren-press-santa-monica/d7595d0f53264397.html

I’ll post more designs as I complete them…

In the meantime, a general pricing guideline:


Angeles and Steve were introduced to me by their wedding coordinator, Liz Coopersmith, of Silver Charm Events. Liz has a cool blog with very helpful tips and best of all, her Wedding Wise Wednesday posts of cool events and sales around LA and on the web. Not to mention, she’s a nice gal and awesome to work with!

In their invitations, Angeles and Steve wanted to incorporate the atmosphere of their wedding venue, The Hotel Maya Long Beach. They found this fantastic image of the Mayan calendar from istockphoto. We used the bottom right quadrant of the image on the invitation and the top right quadrant for the reply card. I think this image is a great example of how we can get such fine, intricate detail work with digital letterpress. Behold, the awesome beauty of letterpress!