About Us

Josie Helmstetter – CEO/Creative Director

I was born in Scotland, where I enjoyed my first few years in serene and welcoming Inverness. Friends were family and the Highlands were my playground. Though I was still a wee bairn when my family moved to the United States, I treasure my Scottish roots.

I attended college in Southeastern Minnesota and also Oxford University in South East England, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Winona State University.

Eager to expand my horizons, I explored the world in my twenties, absorbing the beauty and culture of Europe and Asia while falling ever deeper in love with design.

Eventually settling in Southern California, I found work in the fast-paced world of advertising, employed by agencies in San Diego and then Los Angeles.

My design work took a personal turn after I fell in love and started planning my wedding. I adored the process of designing timeless stationery, knowing that each piece would be held and read by the people I cared about the most. Soon after, friends planning their own weddings asked that I create their stationery, and what began as a heartfelt favor for friends soon blossomed into a creatively fulfilling custom business of my own.

One decade and two kids later, life couldn’t be sweeter. Today I work with people from all over the world, incorporating different cultures in my designs and printing in languages as diverse as French and Bosnian. Variety keeps me fresh and engaged. It’s a big part of why I’m so in love with what I do.

There are no small jobs. Every order I take, every design I put my hand to, is part of the most important day in a couple’s lives. Every second that I spend making something, I keep that in mind. Attention to detail, quality production and my personal touch ensure that everything I create perfectly compliments your special day.

I’m thrilled that you’ve found Ivory Isle Designs, and honored to be entrusted with such an important duty.

Welcome!

KaceyKacey Medenwaldt – Designer

A gifted artist and stationery designer, Kacey Medenwaldt hails from Monticello, Minnesota.

“I trained at the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul,” says Kacey, who completed her education at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

“It was there I discovered how much I enjoy print design,” she continues. “Art was always my favorite subject at school. A chance to exercise my imagination and paint beautiful things.”

Kacie joined Ivory Isle Designs in July 2016. “I have a lot of ideas and designing wedding stationery allows me to work them out. It’s very satisfying.”

“Every time I’ve created a different stationery set there’s been a moment where I figured out something creative and interesting. I always get kind of giddy when that happens!”

Customer Reviews

Jessica Hardison

Perfect! Received order very quickly. Thank you!

Catherine Ewart

Josie was absolutely WONDERFUL to work with- She was so very patient and made all the changes that I requested. She was very prompt in her responses/emails to ensure we got the programs[…]

Randi Worthman

exactly what i was expecting! well done

Barbara Baudino

Josie was great to work with!!! I LOVE my programs and would recommend her to any bride. High quality programs for a great price. They are just perfect. I am very happy.

Dominika B

Very happy with my order. I ordered the place cards shortly before my wedding (10 days or so – super stressed). Josie was a pleasure to work with – super fast to respond[…]

Elizabeth Bond

these are perfec and will look great on my tables!

Melanie Wood

I couldn’t be happier with my wedding programs! I love the design and the quality. Seller was sooo wonderful to work with and made the whole process very easy. If there’s anything I[…]

Teresa Plathe

LOVE LOVE LOVE – they are the perfect programs for my wedding.

Lindsay Wieland

Our menus were absolutely beautiful and they came SO fast!

Lee

WOW! Josie amazing! She and I communitcated back and forth multiple times, she was always so quick to respond, and she customized the the programs to be so perfect! They are absolutely beautiful,[…]

Sonia

Thank you so much for working with me to create a custom, two-sided listing. They are lovely and just what I was looking for!!! Can’t wait to use them at our wedding reception!!

kyrashaw

Josie is great to work with. We purchased our wedding programs through her, as well, and I cannot say enough praise for her work. The escort cards turned out wonderful, and all our[…]

Amy Sederberg

These programs are even more stunning in person! Josie was awesome to work with and made the process a breeze 🙂 Nice to have a stress-free experience in the wedding planning process. From[…]

Stacy

Thanks again for the wonderful service.

Leonora Rodriguez

Everything was perfect! Both the rehearsal invite and dinner menu are gorgeous and exactly what I wanted and needed. Josie is very easy to work with and very quick to respond. She had[…]

Jill Vanderlinden-Starace

Perfect wedding ceremony programs and fast shipping!! Thank you so much for all of your help!!!!

cemorch

Everything worked out wonderfully with Josie. She promptly responsded to any issues and concerns I had. She was great to work with and I highly reccommend her to any bride!

Meghan Catenacci

These were exactly what I wanted, however, I would have appreciated if the cards were kept in alphabetical order… If I send a list to you (as requested) in alphabetical order, I kind[…]

Marissa Pick

Josie was so accommodating and awesome to work with and the finished product was just as great! We got rave reviews on our programs and will be putting one in our memory shadow[…]

Sandy Buckley

The seller responded immediately and the designs are nicely done in high resolution. Thank you–they are super cute!!! Sandy

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We’re committed to creating your dream wedding stationery. If there’s anything you need to know, or something you’d like to discuss, drop us a line. We’re here and happy to help!