Matt + Jess’s Woodland Baby Shower

Wow, we truly can’t believe it is already March! Time flies when you are working hard to prepare for the upcoming wedding season + a new little edition to the SZP family- 2 months to go!!

We love working on fun + special projects, they don’t always have to be weddings. This woodland baby shower was one of our absolute favorites from 2016 for many reasons. First, we had the privilege of working with Matt and Jess on a wedding back in 2014 and they are fabulous people. It was an honor to be part of this special day! Second, we love working with Carly from Milk Glass Productions, she always knocks it out of the park + makes our job easier. Last, we got to create animal place cards + fun custom signage. Who doesn’t love a good pun? 😉

Congratulations Matt + Jess- we are so excited for this next chapter in your lives and for your growing family!


Planning + Design: Milk Glass Productions // Photography: Coryn Nelson Photography  Floral: Fiori Flowers // Vintage Rentals: Plank & Pearl // Rentals: All Well Rentals  // Cake + Desserts: Indulge Bakery


Kurt + Kaitlin’s Gorgeous Mountain Wedding

Happy Love Month! It only seemed fitting to post Kurt + Kaitlin’s wedding because we love these two + loved being part of their wedding planning process!

Creating custom stationery for a couple’s big day is so very special to us and this one was no different. We sought to create something unique for Kurt + Kait and something that would be a wonderful first impression of their wedding day for their guests.

Many of their guests were coming from out of state, so it was important to them that their invitations suite had a touch of Colorado. We incorporated this through a topographic map liner, a watercolor mountainscape RSVP postcard and a weekend details booklet. The booklet included accommodations, fun things to do in Grandby + tips for dealing with the altitude.

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These two truly got the most beautiful Colorado day in the Rocky Mountains! Their joy is just contagious + we can’t help but smile when looking through their photos! People traveled near and far for their special day and it’s incredibly evident how loved these two are!

Congratulations Kurt + Kaitlin and thank you for letting us be part of your special day!


Venue: Strawberry Creek Ranch // Planning: Pick Me Weddings // Wedding Photography: Mallory Munson Photography //  Floral: Quintessential Events  // Catering: Occasions Catering // Wedding Dress: The Bridal Collection // Invitations + Menu: Sweet Zion Paperie // Invitation Photography: Amy Caroline Photography


Our 2016 Favorites

With the start of a new year, it’s always a good time to look back + look forward. 2016 was a wonderful year for us- Full of growth + beauty! We are so grateful for all the love and support we have received this past year! With 100+ weddings & special events, we had the chance to work with so many amazing clients + vendors! As we reflect back on the past year, we wanted to share some of our favorite invitation suites from 2016- Enjoy!

Sarah + Wes’ Gold Foiled & Floral Invitation


Elizabeth + Michael’s Nautical Destination Wedding Invitation


Modern Marble Styled Shoot Invitation


Melissa + Colin’s Classic Letterpress Invitation


Heidi + Neil’s Gold Letterpress & Wood Invitation

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Kibby + Michael’s Mountain Monogram Invitation


Whimsical Castle Styled Shoot Invitation

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Megan + Albert’s Monogram Letterpress Invitation


Jenna + Anthony’s “It Takes Two to Tandem” Invitation


Kurt + Kaitlin’s  Rustic Watercolor Invitation


1950’s Glam Styled Shoot Invitation 


We can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store for us- Stay tuned for more beauty!

Happy New Year!!

Images by Laura Murray Photography, Amy Caroline Photography, Lindy Hickman Photography, Michele Hart Photography, Yellow Feather Photography, Sara Corona PhotographyElevate Photography & Emily Sacco Photography

Our Growing SZP Family: Welcome Briana!

We are thrilled to welcome Briana to our growing SZP team! Bri is self taught (like me) in both her hand lettering and design skills which makes her an excellent creative problem solver.  She has one of the most positive outlooks – even when things are stressful. She is highly organized, which our office desperately needs and willing to do both the glam and the grunt. We all greatly enjoy her laugh (it’s contagious) and her quick-witted candor around the studio. Enjoy getting to know Briana and seeing photos of her fun family!

B: I’m originally from Alaska, but spent the majority of my childhood in Conifer, CO. However I was very blessed to be able to visit Alaska twice a year throughout my school years. After high school, I started working full-time and most of my jobs were admin-related. In 2004, I married my wonderful husband Zach and not too long after that we welcomed our two boys, Harrison (2006) and Peyton (2008) into our family. As boys tend to do, they keep us on our toes. I would like to say that we live a quiet life in the suburbs, but I think that’s just something Zach and I are hoping for when the boys are grown and out of the house (boys are LOUD!) 😉

After working many years in the administrative field, in 2008 I joined the wonderful world of bridal and was hooked. I started working in a local bridal shop and planned weddings on the side. Then eventually moved to the wholesale side of bridal and loved that even more. Since then I’ve been working at my church planning our regular Sunday worship experiences, events, learning graphic design, singing, dabbling in social media and much more. It’s been a wonderful and crazy experience! In the Summer of this year,(2016) I was introduced to Sophie through a mutual friend and have been lucky enough to join the Sweet Zion team!
When not working, I love hand lettering, drawing, singing, joking around/laughing (I tend to do that a lot), spending time with all my boys ;), and hanging out with our friends. And, often times, I can be seen with a chai tea, open laptop, a sketchbook, bullet journal, and a plethora of markers very close by.


Portfolio Play Day

Happy Wednesday! This past year has been amazing for our team but also extremely busy! Our studio has been absolutely filled to the brim with invites, programs, escort cards, signage, menus, etc for so many wonderful clients. We wanted a chance to capture all of these beautiful projects for our portfolio + share them with you all!

As we discussed photographing some of our favorites from the past two years for our portfolio, we knew Amy Cronk would be the perfect fit! Not only is she a wonderful  photographer with an incredible eye for capturing details, but also an absolute blast to be around! The day was filled with beautiful styling, laughter and of course, lots of coffee! Enjoy!

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Jennifer + Matthew

This wedding is sure giving us all the #fridayfeels today! We absolutely adored working with Jennifer + Matthew from start to finish. From our initial consultation, it was so obvious how madly in love these two are! Creating their stationery was one of our favorite parts of the 2016 season. Their wedding was so dreamy and we couldn’t wait to share all the images! One of the most special aspects of their big day was how they commemorated Jennifer’s mother who had passed away earlier this year. Enjoy all the gorgeous details captured by Rene Tate Photography and coordinated by Claire Williams of We Tie the Knots at the Denver Botanical Gardens and Four Seasons Denver. Congrats you two and thanks for letting us be part of your big day!


#Featured on Chancey Charm

Happy Thursday Friends!

Today we are taking some time to share about being featured by the creative + talented women of Chancey Charm. We are always honored to be featured, but this one was especially exciting for us as they are an incredible planning studio with wonderful planners from coast to coast. Lauren Groeper is Chancey Charm’s Colorado Wedding Planner and we have loved getting the chance to get to know her and work with her!

Below is a little teaser to get you to head over to their blog and read the article. We promise it’s full of good information and all the fun + quirkiness of our fearless leader Sophie.

“In today’s Chancey Charm Denver wedding vendor highlight, we’re chatting with Sophie Ulibarri of Sweet Zion Paperie! Known for creating custom invitations that are tailored to fit each client’s event vision, style and wedding budget, Sophie considerers it a blessing to bring out + support the creativity in others by crafting the perfect product for a couple’s wedding day. She’s sharing how she got her start in the wedding industry, the best moment of her career, wedding planning tips for brides + more.”

–The Chancey Charm Team

Click here to head on over to their Blog to read the rest.  Stay tuned for more news about what has been going on in the SZP studio. We have lots of beautiful + fun projects to share!


Escort Card Display Inspiration

Happy Summer!! We can’t believe it’s already July- this summer has been flying by for us! It’s probably due to the fact that this year has been crazy busy! Our studio has been abuzz with new clients & new projects! We can’t wait to share more of all we have been up to!

Today we are taking some time to write about escort card displays and sharing some photos of our recent work as inspiration! We always get couples that are struggling to come up with ideas and are tired of spending hours searching on Pinterest. This is where we come in! Below are some of our favorite escort card displays to get those juices flowing!

Before you start scrolling, here are a few little hints to keep in mind when choosing your escort card display:

  • Location, Location, Location– Where you are choosing to tie the knot is key! Mountain weddings are a great place for Aspen Leaves while Four Season Weddings call for something a little more sparkly- Cheers!
  • Consider the Elements– If your wedding is outside, do your planner a favor and keep in mind gusts of wind 😉
  • Guest Count– Take into account the number of guests attending. The larger the wedding, the more escort cards and space needed for your display.
  • 2 for 1 Deal– If you are giving out favors at the wedding, it can be fun to include them in your escort cards display. Jars of honey and little bags of coffee beans are fun favors and can double as an escort card with the guest’s name and table attached.

Though some of our work below was created as place cards, just add a table number and ta-da you have a beautiful escort card 🙂 Enjoy!

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Check out our Pinterest page for more creative ideas and inspiration! Happy Brainstorming!!

Be Our Guest: Natasha

We always love catching up with our past brides and hearing about what they are up to now! Catching up with Natasha was no different. Her and her husband Patrick are coming up on their 2nd Wedding Anniversary this June! We truly loved working with them and creating invitations and additional stationery for their Big Day!

I still love sharing their stationery with other couples during consultations. It shows our couples that custom designing really allows them to create something that is unique and special to them. Natasha and Patrick wanted invites that were classic and modern, but with whimsical touches. We love how they all turned out!

Enjoy gorgeous photos from their Big Day as well as advice for future couples & an update on how they are doing now!

Q: Tell us your love story:

A: Patrick invited me to watch a movie with him at his house. It was a Friday the 13th and I had only met Patrick once before, so I was admittedly a bit apprehensive. We ended up watching Fight Club, which will always have a special place in my heart. Once the movie was over, we literally stayed up until the sun rose the next morning talking about anything and everything. That’s how we both knew this was something special. Now, 7+ years later, we can still stay up chatting all night and enjoying one another… and Fight Club and Friday the 13th are now extra special to us.

Q: What was one of your favorite memories from your wedding day?

A: In our culture, the bride wears a white wedding sari. We didn’t incorporate much “tradition” into the wedding, but I really wanted to wear a sari for the ceremony. Patrick didn’t know, and I ended up wearing my mother’s wedding sari, which is just beautiful. Patrick was SO surprised, and I loved seeing his reaction.

Q: What was your favorite part about working with Sweet Zion Paperie?

A: Sophie’s work is like art… it’s just gorgeous! So many of our guests commented on how beautiful our invites were. Loved them!

Q: How has your relationship with your now husband/wife changed from when you were dating?

A: It sounds silly, but I think Patrick is a little more “protective” of me. I’m now officially his responsibility, and I think he loves that. And, we talk about having babies now 🙂

Q: It’s the little things. Now that you’re married, what is one little thing that you love about your spouse that you didn’t notice before?

A: He loves me unconditionally and accepts me for who I am. He is an equal in this relationship (thank you for cleaning the floors today sweetie!), and is constantly seeking to better himself as a person and as a husband. I have learned so much from him in the last few years, and am constantly amazed by his passion, drive, and reflection. And, he’s hilarious. I could not ask for a better partner in crime.

Q: Speaking from experience – Do you have any advice to future brides & grooms for planning their wedding?

Oh gosh, where do I even start? Get ring insurance immediately. Hire a wedding planner, or at least a day-of coordinator! And hire Sophie right away! Don’t be afraid to pay the extra $1K (or even $5K) to get exactly what you want for your special day. Hire a good photographer and don’t skip on the videographer to capture every moment. Do engagement photos (if not to simply have and enjoy, to get used to the camera!). Get a massage the morning of your wedding. If you can, wait to see your future spouse until the ceremony. Make sure to stay hydrated! Take time to pause during the wedding night and count your blessings – every single one of your guests is there to recognize your love and celebrate YOU (how cool is that?). Write all your thank yours on the flight to/from your honeymoon (you’re still on cloud nine and it is soooo easy to be so grateful to everyone who helped you celebrate!).

Q: What is next for you? (babies, moves, jobs, etc.)

A: Patrick just started a new career, so we’re going to let him get settled. And then babies!

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Photography: Jason+Gina Photography / Planning: Bliss Elevated / Venue: Denver Art Museum 


Real Weddings: Veena + Sahil

“Invitations truly set the tone for your wedding.” This is something we say to our clients all the time and we really mean it! Your stationery is the first thing people receive in regards to your Big Day. Not only is the stationery informative, but it gives your guests a sneak peek into the style, colors and feel of your wedding. This gorgeous Palm Springs wedding was no exception; it set the tone for an amazing Wedding Weekend and a beautiful celebration!

This special couple and their gorgeous venue inspired each piece of their stationery suite. We loved incorporating the modernity of the Parker Palm Springs and their personal style and important cultural elements. Two of these intentional touches were a blind deboss and an illustration by the Bride’s sister. The blind deboss inspiration came from the iconic architecture of the venue and we loved seeing it all come together on their Wedding Day. The second special touch was a custom Genesha illustrated by the Bride’s sister for the envelope liner and wedding logo.

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Now that you have seen their invites, check out the beautiful photos from their Wedding Day! We are so thankful that Jolene from Laurel and Rose sent this special couple our way! She did an incredible job along with the rest of this stellar vendor team. Enjoy and Congratulations to Veena & Sahil!

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Photography by Heather Kincaid | Floral by Studio Kate Floral | Attire by BrideIan India