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When it comes to invitations, Yonder Design favors a far more interesting approach, choosing mother-of-pearl, granite and live botanicals over the expected materials.

Modern Moss custom-etched acrylic invitation (price upon request)


Modern Painting handpainted acrylic invitation with letterpress cards (prices upon request)


 Custom-etched Geometric Slate invitation and letterpress cards (price upon request)

We may live in a digital world, but, thankfully, wedding invitations remain one of the few items exponentially better IRL. Made up of husband-and-wife team Julie and Chris Neubauer, San Francisco-based Yonder Design embraces materials not normally associated with the medium. “Couples we work with are searching for something unique that isn’t available online,” says Chris, who adds that clients are seeking to highlight elements beyond paper that allude to the look and feel of the big day. “For a wedding last summer, we [used] olive branches found at Meadowood as part of the save-the-date, and for a party at The Pearl in San Francisco, we incorporated cement, copper and cork to play off the mixed materials found throughout the venue,” he says. Chris believes that days at a desk staring at flat images call for invitations that are tactile. “For a wine-country wedding, we used lavender sprigs to add a French country feel and even evoke a sense of smell,” continues Chris. “By giving them something to unwrap, we see each invitation, not just as a piece of art, but a small gift from the couple to the guest.”