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Til Death Do Us Part: Our Wedding!

First things first - I consider a wedding an extremely personal and intimate event - so it is a bit strange to be blogging about my own. BUT when you get your weddings photos on Christmas Eve eve and they’re the most picture perfect photos you have ever seen…..they deserve a blog post. And, mostly, I’m just excited about showing off the insane skill of our friend and wedding photographer, Kami Olavarria.

Argus and I planned our wedding from scratch, just the two us. It was fun and annoying :) There were so many moving pieces leading up to our wedding day but honestly, we did an incredible job at keeping our shit together. Argus did a better job than I did, but to be fair, I did launch a small business about five months before our date so I still consider myself a legitimate superstar.

Despite being in charge of all of the planning and logistics leading up to the day, it was Argus and other family members who executed our vision on the day of. We had SO MUCH HELP from everyone with set up (and break down). I didn’t see how anything looked until I was physically there - and even then, I was so distracted that I never had the chance to take in what had come together so beautifully.

Argus and I are super low key - we like to drink beer and play games and surround ourselves with good people - and our wedding was EXACTLY that. Checking out the photos that Kami delivered to us this week was a really fun experience for me, not only because hellooo, wedding photos? but because I had a chance to slow down and take it ALL in, one frame at a time.

Enjoy! xx

letterpress paper goods: Invitation Only Design // photography: Kami Olavarria // florals: The Bouqs. Co. // greenery: Costco Floral // wedding gown: Made With Love Bridal  from Love and Lace Bridal Salon // beauty: Taylor Haupt Makeup // hair: Savannah & Co. // ceremony venue: Torrey Pines Gliderport // reception venue: 32 North Brewery // getaway car: Rolls Livery

Wedding Paper Goods, Weddings

Catskill Wedding Vibes

I love a challenge!

I had a super cool opportunity to create postcard save the date’s for one of my long time friends and her fiance’ last month. If I’m being totally honest, it’s my favorite project to date. I love this project so much because it challenged me both creatively and mechanically, it’s totally my style, and they trusted me enough to re-envision their original idea so that we could do it on press instead of digital print.

The paper goods that I create are for particularly important moments in peoples lives - I don’t expect my clients to all be cool with handing over full creative reign and/or veering from an original idea they loved…BUT when a client does, I truly think that is when the magic happens. I am beyond grateful to Lea and AJ for going with the flow on this one because I am so proud of the outcome!


A quick note on the process

Letterpress is a labor intensive process and not just time wise. Every ink color in a letterpress design requires its own individual plate for the press. What does this mean? It means that you have to run every single piece of paper through the press once for every ink color. In this case, we made about 150 postcards - so, every piece of paper ran through the press 4 times (3 times for the front, and once for the back), totaling 600 passes. Yes, my glutes, thighs and arms are quite tired after a job like this.

This also means that the card has to be PERFECTLY (or as close to perfect as possible!) registered 4 times to make sure that the design turns out exactly as it should without any weird bleeds or spacing.

The last challenge with a design like this is that overlapping colors on press does not work the same way it does in other print forms. You can’t put mustard yellow over a navy blue sky because it won’t show up. You may not want to put mustard yellow over green because you could end up with an unfortunate brown color. It takes time and patience to figure out what colors will give you the outcome you’re looking for but it’s a ton of fun and worth every minute!


Enjoy the progress pics below!

Plate 1: The sky background that I played around with a ton before I got the perfect hue that we were hoping for!

Plate 1: The sky background that I played around with a ton before I got the perfect hue that we were hoping for!

Plate 2: Our mustard sunset and detail text! The registration on this was super tight because I had to make sure that the sunset didn’t bleed into the mountains.

Plate 2: Our mustard sunset and detail text! The registration on this was super tight because I had to make sure that the sunset didn’t bleed into the mountains.

Plate 3: Navy overlay for our headline text! MAGICAL.

Plate 3: Navy overlay for our headline text! MAGICAL.

Plate 4: Single color impression on the back to finish up the postcard!

Plate 4: Single color impression on the back to finish up the postcard!

Trimmed and ready to go!

Trimmed and ready to go!

Wedding Paper Goods

70's-Inspired Wedding Shoot

Let’s get funky!

This Summer, I had the opportunity to be a part of a ridiculously creative bridal shoot with a team of insanely talented ladies and it was AMAZING! The 70’s-inspired shoot focused around a radiant female couple and featured everything your disco/boho/industrial wedding dreams are made of. I challenged myself to create products that would live up to the empowering retro concept, and, in the end, I walked into shoot day with my bag full of letterpress products ready to make their debut: wedding invitations, programs, coasters and leather-cover vow booklets.

Thanks to our one-of-a-kind photographer, Kami Olavarria, the entire day was captured from start to finish. Fast-forward two months — today, Green Wedding Shoes graciously featured the shoot on their website! I feel so grateful to have been a part of this project and am looking forward to the next time that I can collaborate with such a fierce team of creative individuals!

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letterpress paper goods: Invitation Only Design // photography: Kami Olavarria // event design + planning: Plan Prep Party // ceremony installation: Kindred and Copper // florals: The Floral Craft // wedding gowns: Christina Sfez // jewelry: The Diamond Daughters // beauty: Danielle Robeson // cake: Frost Me Gourmet // tabletop rentals: Not My Dish // furniture rentals: CC Vintage // linen rentals: BBJ Linen // Beauty Concierge: Elwynn and Cass // venue: Fruitcraft San Diego