San Francisco Wedding Invitations



Elegance and charm don’t go out of style. Just like a hand written note to a friend or a fine letterpress invite to an elegant wedding. Modernism is not synonymous with rashness, rudeness or dismissiveness. Modernism is the price paid by our ancestors and previous civilizations that have brought us to the present high tech life filled with modern comforts.

We can still hold a phone in one hand and the door in another for the person behind us. We can be up to date on all the current trends and news while being attentive to a friend’s conversation.

Similar to how we conduct ourselves in this fast evolving society, it’s important to write a hand written note, use good stationery for business correspondence and follow traditional sense in writing wedding invitations.

Jacques with Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy Sign

This is where Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy comes in. Our owner, Jacques Oskanian, is of Armenian decent from Beirut, Lebanon. But he brings with him an old world charm, sophistication and  sense of how things used to be growing up in a middle eastern neighborhood where youngsters respected their elders and elders were revered, protected and taken care of. Don’t get me wrong, Jacques is also cutting edge. How else could he have stayed in business for the past 30 years in San Francisco, one of the most most expensive cities in the United States if not the world. I see Jacques’ success stemming, like most entrepreneurs, from his passion. He has a passion that won’t quit. He truly loves his customers and whoever he meets for that fact. I think this is just who he is as a person. He studied and lived in Boston, MA before moving to San Francisco, CA which has been his home for over 30 years.

For 30 years, Jacques Oskanian, of Hyegraph invitations & Calligraphy has been serving Bay Area bride and grooms, event planners, socialites, kids planning Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, using his Calligraphy for place card placing people in a particular table at an event, creating creative table names and numbers with themes and colors with his clients. Countless Envelope Addressing with black inks, colors and font styles for companies like the SF Ballet, SF Jazz, SF Opera and alike. This takes passion, love, competence and creates a lot of relationships in the meantime. Relationships are Jacques’ specialty. Relationships with Bay Area Hotels and Venues have put him in the Preferred Vendor’s Lists of San Francisco and Bay Area Venues. Relationships with his Bride & Grooms have brought them back with referrals. Relationships with this printers globally have brought them all the way to our store from Massachusetts, India, around California. It’s this access to culture, passion for life, love of people and special relationships that have brought this business owner from a town far away collaborating with distinguished San Franciscans.

And who are San Franciscans? When I first moved to town, a native San Franciscan told me I wouldn’t meet many natives. He said most people here are from other parts of the world. I also met a lot of folks that said, when you finally make it to San Francisco you don’t want to go anywhere else. Now, myself being from another beloved town, Boston, wasn’t sure about that since I was too busy being home sick. Looking back, I’ve been here for over 15 years. I realize that because my daughter is 15 and she is a native San Franciscan, as much as a daughter of two immigrants can be. I think immigrants do bring riches from other worlds. They bring the best things with them. They bring with them their stories of how life was in another land. They bring with them their love for this new place. They bring with them many languages, they bring with them many people longing for them. They bring with them their hopes of a better people and a better life.

It’s not easy being an immigrant from a distant land. No one has it easy. Even though I was privileged and could count in English, say Thank You and Your Welcome. I and my whole family entered to Boston Logan Airport with our Green Cards. My family was able to buy a house within the first five months of arriving to Boston. I know of a friend who was able to laugh about being smuggled in the trunk of a car from Canada. Another friend came with a travel visa and stayed. I know I was lucky. But still it wasn’t easy for me. I went from being an A student in a private affluent school to not understanding anything the teacher was lecturing. I was at lunch not being able to open a coke can because we had bottled coke where I came from. My patent leather shoes, fur coat, long braided hair and unibrow was something very different for my third grade class. My classmates wore bowl-cut-hair-dos, puffy coats and sneakers. They carried their books in pillow sheets. I wanted to be like them but I wasn’t.

I always knew I was from another part of the world. A very ancient part of the world that none of my history teachers would every even point out. I spoke different languages. The world I came from was built on many civilizations. In the morning we had very hot tea, you could smell the tea from your bedroom. Every morning we had warm bread from the baker, who only baked bread. The milk man brought tempest milk and you could actually smell the milk. There was dark black olives, and white cheese on the table. There were the whispers of my parents. There were the sounds of my baby sister and even littler baby brother. Both my grandmothers were in the world I left. My lovely aunts and uncles and my beloved childhood friends who were my cousins. I left them all behind for my father’s dream. This was not a line form a movie for me, this was what my father would say, “One day we will go to America.” Of course, I thought America was a fantasy above the clouds and we would go and smile and laugh there all the time. I did not know it was where I wouldn’t understand my teachers or classmates. Where I was an immigrant, not a native. Where the tea need to be soaked in the cup instead of combined in your cup very carefully. Where bread was stored in the freezer and need to be warmed up. In America I live in an attack for 5 months and in a basement for another. Until we moved into the actual house we owned. Was it worth the humiliation of not being able to read in the class when the teacher called on me, was it worth being apart from my big clan family where I would spend many isolated winter in the bedroom writing to my beloved city. I don’t know. I think maybe it was. But it sure was a high price. Being an immigrant is paying a high price of what might be. Nothing is promised nothing is for sure. But in America you are encouraged to keep your identity, develop your voice and express your thoughts. And I know this is not true of where I came from. So I do think this is the greatest land in the world where each human life is considered sacred and the rights of the individual are protected by the Constitution. Where the best minds in medicine, technology and most other fields meet and discuss and advance. I just don’t want that to change. Because then we would become just like the rest of the world and then where would the dreamers go?

I’m not sure why I wrote about immigration while writing about my husband, but it has to do with living in America and we just are immigrants. We’re all from other lands. Many of our clients are from other states and cities here for school or work. They also plan their weddings in their home town like India, Greece, Italy, Hawaii, England, Cape Cod, Napa Valley, Sonoma or just here in San Francisco. The point is we meet and serve so many diverse people but we are just people. It’s fun hearing about a bride’s dream wedding and a groom’s attention to detail about their wedding stationery, and yes they really do care and men do have good taste, why else would they pick out wonderful brides. And in a time where women need to be strong and tough and go getters and not cry, the reality is women do get tired, feel vulnerable and cry. That’s the way we were designed by the almighty. We are not programmed robots and thank heavens for that. Yes there is a time and place for the wonderful accomplishments and contributions of robots but being human is not being less. If we don’t exist, then what’s the point. The point is, it matters! Everything matters. The little note you receive in the mail box with a pretty stamp from a niece or nephew. The wedding you look forward to attending seeing two people in love and taste exotic foods, music and dancing. These are the rhythms of life. Life is a celebration whether it’s a joyous 1st year or 89th Birthday,  a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, a function, gala or wedding, it’s all worth it. So invite, attend, rsvp, eat, drink and dance. Enjoy your life no matter which city or town you live in. Celebrate!




We’re Celebrating 30 Years of Stationery with a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR YOU

We at HYEGRAPH INVITATIONS & CALLIGRAPHY located at 3 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco CA, have been serving the San Francisco Bay Area with Invitations from around the world for 30 Years. We are Celebrating with a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR YOU! You can choose from our select Personalized Stationery, Wedding Invitations, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Invitations, Calligraphy and more. A $250 minimum order is required. Please see our selections on our Website, Hyegraph Blog or Shop Online for our online selections for 20% OFF.

Gift Certificate for Stationery

“We help you make a good first impression”. Whether it’s personalized business stationery, bar/bat mitzvah, holiday cards, gala or fundraiser invitations we are here to work with you to make your event invites beautiful!

We’re here to make life easier for your wedding/event/party planning. We have been working with our bride & grooms, party planners and event planners from San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Silicon Valley, Embarcadero Center, Boston, Texas, Miami, FL, United Kingdom, Seattle, Washington, Cape Cod to name a few.

Our printing and invitation designs vary from letterpress, engraved, thermography, flat printing and digital. We have elegant Scroll Invitations, Foil Invitation, Lace and Laser Cut. The best way is to looks through our designs on our blog, come in to our store or check us online. You are welcome to bring in your wedding/event theme and colors so we can create the right invitation design for your event.

In a time where there are online retailers coming to town, we are here and have been for the past 30 years to have a relationship with you while you create a memorable event with your friends and family. You will look back at the memories with a smile!









San Francisco, CA – March 29, 2017– WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is thrilled to announce Hyegrah Invitations and Calligraphy has won the prestigious annual WeddingWire Couple’s Choice Award 2017 for Wedding Invitations!


Recognition for the Couple’s Choice Award 2017 is determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 750,000 WeddingWire newlyweds. Our past clients are among those that shared their experiences on WeddingWire, the largest wedding review site in the nation.

Hyegraph Invitations and Calligraphy stands among the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire community, representing quality and service excellence within the wedding industry. Awards were given to the top wedding professionals across 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, and were based on the overall professional achievements throughout the past year.

We are happy to announce that Hyegraph Invitations and Calligraphy is among the very best Stationers within the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding planning sites WeddingWire, Martha Stewart Weddings, Project Wedding and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for voting for us to receive the Couple’s Choice Award 2017.

It has been many years since we at Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy have been competing in Bay Area’s Best Wedding Invitations Contest. Each year we are always proud to come in top 5 or be announced the winner. We can only do this because our lovely brides & grooms are willing to vote for us and value our service to our community which happens to be the exciting San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California.

So whether you’re in the Bay Area you can visit our beautiful store located at 3 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA 94111. If you’re not in the Bay Area please call or email us where we can work via phone and email. We can show you our beautiful selection of Wedding Invitations, Digital Calligraphy for envelope addressing, place cards, menus and programs and our fun greeting cards.

Thank You, the Hyegraph Team







Spring Stationery from Crane & Co. at Hyegraph

First day of Spring in San Francisco started with some Spring showers at Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy. Spring showers mean pretty cards & stationery from Crane & Co. It’s always fun writing a little note or receiving one in the mail. My teenage daughter and her cousins started to correspond regularly by mail from San Francisco to Boston. At first neither one were even aware of purchasing stamps and the correct envelopes nor each other’s addresses. After the first notes they got the hang of it. Now, we get little notes with heart stickers on the envelopes, fun pictures with drawings inside.

No matter what year we’re in, communication via mail has a special place. This is the only way to actually send physical objects and not mere images. Soon, my daughter and niece will be taking the plane to visit. They are making plans and have to-do lists, places to visit and fun activities to share.

Although this young generation of teens face-time daily, they’ve found that sending each other notes with words of inspirations via mail adds an anticipation and physical reminder of their relationship and care for each other. I am sure when they do get together their time will be marked by postcards and scrapbook archiving the time spent together.

Here are some fun notes from Crane & Co. you can pick up this Spring and all year round at our little store at the Embarcadero Center location.

Example One: Letterpress Plum Blossom Note Card

Letterpress Plum Blossom Note Card from Crane & CO. $19.00 per box ~

The above fuchsia letterpress plum blossom note card from Crane & Co. is just perfect for correspondence. It’s vibrant colors and texture are great to write, send and receive.

Example Two: Letterpress Sunflower Note Card


Letterpress Sunflower Note Card from Crane & Co. $19.00 per box ~

The above bright yellow, letterpress sunflower note card from Crane & Co. was a hit on facebook and instagram when we posted it. It’s festive, fun and inspiring for writing a note to a friend or colleague.

Example Three: Great Horned Owl Note Card

Great Horned Owl Note Card $19.00 per box

Great Horned Owl Note Card from Crane & Co. $19.00 per box ~

The above Great Horned Owl Note Card from Crane & CO. is another favorite, teenagers love it and it’s a trend can be found almost on anything including, pajamas, purses, back packs, candles, bookends, etc. It’s another fun motif and inspirational to write a quick fun note for someone close and dear.

All the above cards from Crane & CO. along with many other styles can be found at Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy in San Francisco. Check out our site for more stationery ideas, see our blog and join us on facebook.

You can view and order our Crane & Co. business stationery, and Crane & Co. Personalized Stationery in our store at 3 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco,CA. We are located right in the center of the financial district.

Happy Mailing, Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy






Mr. Boddington’s Studio Fine Greeting Cards at Hyegraph Embarcadero Financial District San Francisco

Mr. Boddington’s Studio offers couture correspondence stationery with a fun, quirky tag line. If you haven’t seen it, stop by at Hyegraph to take a peek, in addition they have a Custom Couture Correspondence Letterpress line which you can personalize for a Save the Date Card, Wedding Invitation suite including a rehearsal dinner card, map card, rsvp card and an activities card. Mr. Boddington’s Studio’s distinguished Letterpress Line is tasteful, and attention grasping for your guests. Mr. Boddington’s Studio is based out of New York City and offers sleek designs for a high end bride, wedding or event. The cost for an invitation suite from Mr. Boddington’s Studio is a minimum of 50 invitation suite for $2000. So you should defanitely have the budget for a couture, high end invitation suite.

“HAPPILY EVERY AFTER” Mr. Boddington’s Studio Couture Greeting Cards:

Mr. Boddington's Studio Couture Greeting Card

Mr. Boddington’s Studio Couture Wedding Greeting Card “…and they lived HAPPILY EVERY AFTER” $5.50

Will You Be My Bridesmaid? Mr. Boddington’s Studio Couture Greeting Card:

Will You be my bridesmaid? Couture Greeting Cards from Hyegraph Embarcadero San Francisco.

“Will You be my bridesmaid?” Mr. Boddington’s Studio Couture Greeting Cards $5.00

The above greeting card is a fun and thoughtful way to ask your friend to join in as part of your private circle to celebrate your wedding day and all the preperations that go along with getting ready for the event.

Congratulations Card from Mr. Boddinton’s Studio available at Hyegraph!

Congratulatons Card on New baby from Hyegraph Embarcadero San Francisco

Congratulations Card on new baby from Mr. Boddington’s Studio $5.00

The Mr. Boddington’s Studio brand is from NYC. Their icons include a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, lobster, crab and yoga amung other interesting artwork designs. There is also city bridges including the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge and the New York Brooklyn Brdige. There are also decorative invitation design borders with lace and scallop as well as transcending wall paper, envelope liners and beutiful ink colors to incorporate into the desing of the wedding invitation suite. The Mr. Boddington’s Studio line is in letterpress, therefore it is considered high end and will cost a lot, so it’s not recommended for a bride or an event on a budget. Hoever, if you can splurge then you can order from this exquistie line.

You can see more of the Mr. Boddington’s Studio fun greeting card selections on our Mr. Boddington’s Studio Category. To design your beautiful Wedding Stationery please come in to Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy at 3 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA. Please call or email us for an appointment. You can also check out or order your Wedding Invitations ONLINE. Congratulations, Hyegraph


Thanksgiving Greeting

Thanksgiving Greeting Cards from Mr. Boddington’s Studio at Hyegraph Embarcadero San Francisco!

thanksgiving greeting card

The Giving Tree

This card is blank on the inside, reads “Thanksgiving Greeting” “GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY LIVING AND EVERY CAUSE FOR TRUE THANKSGIVING” on the cover and comes with an orange envelope from Mr. Boddington’s Studio, retails for $5.50.

Thanksgiving greeting card

Unlucky Turkey Thanksgiving Card at

This Halloween Card from Mr. Boddington’s Studio is fun and quirky, hand drawn from the Turkey’s perspective! It’s blank inside and reads “I AM ONE LUCKY BIRD TO HAVE YOU IN MY LIFE”, “HAPPY THANKSGIVING” on the cover of the card. Retails for $5.50. It also comes with an orange envelope.

We’re happy to have greeting cards for different occasions including Holiday, Wedding, Birthday and now Thanksgiving Greeting Cards! Come and see our selection at Hyegraph Embarcadero San Francisco.


Happy Owleen

Halloween Greeting Cards from Mr. Boddington’s Studio at Hyegraph Embarcadero San Francisco!



This card is blank on the inside, reads “HAPPY OWLEEN” on the cover and comes with an orange envelope from Mr. Boddington’s Studio, retails for $5.50.


TRICK OR TWEET, DARLING? Halloween Card at

This Halloween Card from Mr. Boddington’s Studio is modern referring to a tweet! It’s blank inside and reads “TRICK OR TWEET, DARLING”?  on the cover of the card. Retails for $5.50. It also comes with an orange envelope.

We’re happy to have greeting cards for different occasions including Birthday, Holiday, Thank Yous and now Halloween Greeting Cards! Come and see our selection at Hyegraph Embarcadero San Francisco.



San Francisco Fine Arts Museums’ Invitations for Girl With A Pearl Earring

Girl With A Pearl Earring, Dutch Painting From The Mauritshuis is now showing at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The de Young is the first museum during the Americas tour to show the collection of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis gallery which has not lent out it’s collection for close to 30 years. Recently the Mauritshuis gallery is undergoing renovations and therefore has lent out it’s treasured art collections. Now you can see the Girl With A Pearl Earring by artist Johannes Vermeer right here in San Francisco.

Invitations for Girl With A Pearl Earring Invitation to premiere

Girl With A Pearl Earring Invitation by Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy

Hyegraph recently created the Invitations for the Exclusive Premiere of the Exhibition which was given by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Mrs. Alfred S. Wilsey, President of the Board of Trustees. The event took place on:

January 22, 2013

de Young Museum

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

There was also an Invitation to a Reception and a Behind-the-Scenes installation of the exhibition, which Hyegraph also created, for the same evening inviting special donors to the fine arts museums.

In addition to creating the reception cards we also used our Digital Calligraphy Service to address the Invitation Envelopes for the Premiere of Girl With One Pearl Earring at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. You can order your invitation ONLINE on come in to Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy at 3 Embarcadero Center in San Francisco where we can create your custom invitations together.

Girl with a pearl earring by Tracy Chevalier

Girl With A Pearl Earring Book

The Girl With One Pearl Earring has also been the inspiration for a Movie and a Book. The book is written by Tracy Chevalier, published in 1999 is a historical novel. It sold over 2 million copies globally. It’s about a servant’s life, a master’s obsession, a matter of honor set in Holland.

Girl with a pearl earring movie

Girl with a pearl earring movie

The film, “Girl With A Pearl Earring”, is directed by Peter Webber and stars Scarlett Johansson and Collin Firth. It was made in 2003 after the book came out in 1999. The film grossed over 31 million internationally and was made with 10 million.

Time in a Painting

Why do we want to look at paintings? Why is it important? Does it connect us to Time: an intangible dimension and makes it more tangible? An object can do that for us, make time appear to be more tangible so that we can see it or touch it. But to transform to 1665, which is when the oil masterpiece, “Girl With A Pearl Earring” was painted by Dutch Painter Johannes Vermeer you do have to go to de Young Museum in San Francisco where you  can witness first hand “time” in a painting.

For tickets and information on visiting de Young Museum please visit their Plan Your Visit Page. Enjoy witnessing time at all your local museums.

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Dinner with Dianne ~ Menu, Program and Wine List Custom Calligraphy

Here’s our interpretation of custom calligraphy for Menu, Program and Wine List for a high profile dinner with Senator Dianne Feinstein. She recently was the key note speaker at the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange dinner in San Francisco. Linda Hylen, Director of Julia Morgan Ballroom coordinated the fundraiser. We created the set of Menus, Programs and Wine List to match the theme and decor of the Dinner which was copper and cream. Enjoy the custom stationery & calligraphy we created for the event:

Custom Menu for Dinner with Dianne at the Julia Morgan Ballroom:

dinner menus for dinner with Dianne

Dinner Menus for Dinner with Dianne at the Julia Morgan Ballroom

 Custom Program and Calligraphy for Dinner with Dianne Feinstein:

custom menu and program with calligraphy

Dinner with Dianne Feinstein Custom Menu Card & Program Card Calligraphy

The above custom Program Card was created to match the theme of the event in cream and bronze. For more Menu Card and Calligraphy options please see our Menu and Calligraphy Categories. To create custom stationery and calligraphy for your next event please see our website or come in for a consultation. Hyegraph


SF Themed Wedding Menu Cards with Digital Calligraphy/Computer Calligraphy at Hyegraph San Francisco

I just worked on these fun San Francisco themed Wedding Menus with Digital Calligraphy/Computer Calligraphy for a wedding client. Each menu is personalized with the wedding guest’s name and I added the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge logo at the top because the venue is in San Francisco. I used one of my favorite font styles, “Bickham” for the script font with black ink on ecru white stock stationery!

San Francisco themed Wedding Menus with Digital Calligraphy

San Francisco Themed Wedding Menus with Digital Calligraphy

If you’d like help with your Wedding Menu Cards and Wedding Menu Card Calligraphy Service please contact me at, call us at 415-626-0461 or come in to Hyegraph Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. I can personalized your Wedding Menus to match your Wedding or Event theme. Please see our Menu and Wedding Menu Card Categories for more Wedding Menu Card Examples. To pick out a Calligraphy Font Style for your Menus please see our Calligraphy Page. We can also personalize your Wedding Invitation Envelopes with Elegant Computer Calligraphy. To create a uniformed theme you may also consider custom place cards with Elegant Calligraphy and custom table cards and table names. Thank You for Considering me for your Wedding stationery Calligraphy Services, Jacques/Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy San Francisco

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