About Us

Started in 2006 by Josie Helmstetter, Ivory Isle Designs is a stationery studio that focuses on putting your unique story to paper! Based in Waconia, Minnesota, we create wedding and event stationery for events, big and small, around the world. We offer custom design work that is built from scratch based on your own personal vision, as well as pre-designed semi-custom suites which we are happy to tweak to make just perfect for your special occasion.

Our found, Josie Helmstetter, was born in Inverness, Scotland, and though she was still a wee bairn when her family moved to the United States, she still treasures her Scottish roots (so much that they inspired the name of the company!)

She 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 her horizons, Josie explored the world in her twenties, absorbing the beauty and culture of Europe and Asia while falling ever deeper in love with design. 

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

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

Eleven years, two kids, and one dog later, life couldn’t be sweeter for Josie and our Ivory Isle Team. We work with people from all over the world, incorporating different cultures in our designs and printing in languages as diverse as French and Bosnian. Variety keeps the work fresh and engaged. It’s a big part of why we all are so in love with what we do. 

There are no small jobs. Every order the Ivory Isle accepts, every design that we put our hands to, is part of the most important day in a couple’s lives. Every second that we spend making something, we keep that in mind. Attention to detail, quality production and our personal touch ensure that everything Ivory Isle creates perfectly complements your special day.
We are thrilled that you’ve found Ivory Isle Designs, and honored to be entrusted with such an important duty.