The Couple

Ever wonder what a stationery pro chooses for their own wedding invitations? When Jessi Gilbert, Minted's senior photographer and stylist, tied the knot with her longtime love Alan Vance, she chose a stylish mix of stationery designs that combined deep-blue watercolor washes, pops of gold foil, and touches of greenery. The combination was the perfect complement to their fall nuptials set amid eucalyptus groves in the hills of Berkeley, Calif. Here, Jessi shares their wedding story.

Their Story

bride and groom smiling at their wedding

How They Met

We met in college working for the school newspaper. Alan was photo editor and I was a photographer, so Alan was my boss. Then, the next year, I became photo editor and became Alan's boss.

The Proposal

Alan and I went on a motorcycle ride along the Northern California coast near Stinson Beach and Mount Tamalpais. He pulled over to fix something on his '79 BMW; later, he pulled off again for what I assumed was another quick fix stop. I was admiring the view and turned around—and there he was, proposing.

Wedding Venue

A friend of ours was looking at the same venue for their wedding, the Brazilian Room in Berkeley, Calif. They didn't end up going with it, but I remember looking at the details then and immediately looked it up for ours.

Wedding Vibes

The venue itself is pretty simple and we didn't add or change much. We wanted to put the bulk of our budget towards making sure everyone was having a good time rather than decor. We also played almost exclusively Motown music (a nod to where I'm from—near Detroit), which set a nice vibe as well.

Wedding Dress
Minted Real Weddings: Jessi & Alan
Wedding invitation in custom colors

Wedding Stationery

I wouldn't say we had a wedding theme, but I chose the gold-foil invitation "Gallant" by Genna Cowsert and loved its whole vibe. It was a good mix of modern and minimal, plus some extra personality with the watercolor texture.

Custom Colors

To add a floral touch to the invitation suite, I chose a different design for the RSVP card—"Spring Wildflowers" by Mere Paper—and a Minted design associate helped us create a custom blue color so that it complemented the invite.

DIY Details

I made the table number signs by pressing and drying sprigs of eucalyptus; the wedding favors were printable starfinders I found onlne—Alan is into all things space exploration and they showed a map of the stars and constellations. And I made the seating chart using a Minted frame and reception cards that I used as table-number assignments.

Wedding Advice

Make a list of priorities—this will help you decide what to put your money towards. Also, the guest list is a never-ending headache, so I'd recommend having a casual dinner party that's actually your surprise wedding, ha!

wedding invitation design in custom colors
Minted Real Weddings: Jessi and Alan

Get the Look

foiled edge Foil-Pressed Save The Date Cards
Foil-Pressed Save The Date Cards


Chicago, IL

Kindred Save The Date Cards
Save The Date Cards

byMelissa Egan of Pistols

midnight Foil-Pressed Save The Date Cards
Foil-Pressed Save The Date Cards

byEverett Paper Goods

Veiled Foil-Pressed Save The Date Cards
Foil-Pressed Save The Date Cards

byItsy Belle Studio

Buckley, WA

Watermark Wedding Invitations
Wedding Invitations

byKaydi Bishop

Medford, NJ

Gilded Woods Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations
Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations

byrobert and stella


Painted Frame Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations
Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations

byKelly Schmidt

Vancouver, CA

Celestial Wedding Invitations
Wedding Invitations

bycarly reed walker

Richmond, VA

Desert Wash Menu

byAmy Kross

Birmingham, AL

Edged Conservatory Foil-Pressed Table Numbers
Foil-Pressed Table Numbers

bySnow and Ivy

Detroit, MI

Romantic Wedding Programs
Wedding Programs

byLori Wemple

Huntersville, NC

stippels Foil-Pressed Place Cards
Foil-Pressed Place Cards

byPhrosne Ras

Cape Town, South Africa

Wedding Details


Photography: Kindred Weddings
Venue: Brazilian Room, Berkeley, CA
Florals: Hello Flowers
Stationery: Minted
Wedding Dress: "Philomena" by Willowby by Watters
Engagement Ring: Heidi Gibson
Hair and makeup: Wild Heart Brides
Groom's Suit: Express
Catering: Cafe Soleil
Cake: Crispian Bakery
Photo Booth: U2 Photo Booths

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