When Erin contacted me she already had her invitations printed and sent out, so lucky for me a lot of the leg work was already done. What Erin needed were simple wedding programs for the ceremony. She opted to go with a paddle style program, as they were getting married outside at the beautiful Polmenna Barn in Campbellford, Ontario in September. With her colours of golden rod and tones of grey we pulled together all of the key information for the evening, complete with a unique illustration of the bride and groom and my favourite, an adorable food truck icon.
This summer I was fortunate enough to be a part of two of my best friends weddings. The second being this past weekend at my best friends parents beautiful farm just north of Port Hope, Ontario. I knew in the months building up to the wedding that her elegant, but earthy style would come through in all of the details of the wedding. I could rant and rave about her attention to detail, her loyalty to her vision and most of all the importance that everything reflected her and Alex’s personalities and love for one another, but I won’t. I will let the images speak for themselves. (Note: I was fortunate enough to steal my bouquet from the wedding – flowers from Wild Lark Studio, Toronto).
i am inquisitive by nature. i’m pretty sure i was that kid who asked too many questions and i’m pretty sure my parents could only ever come up with answers to half of the questions i asked.
so when i asked my dad how he knew my mum was “the one” – the answer was so genuine it kind of blew me away. “she’s my bestfriend – everything is better when she’s around.” so on st. patrick’s day 2012 when my very close friend jess told me she was dating another childhood friend of ours tyler – this was the first thing that came to mind – bestfriends.
i remember the first time i saw “it” and by “it” i mean the spark. our bar nights had changed from wild nights we could barely remember to nights out with our significant others with cider instead of shots and jeans and boots instead of dresses and heels. jess and tyler were giggling to themselves, talking in funny accents, cracking inside jokes and being their normal selves and in that moment i thought to myself – this is the happiest i’ve seen jess in a long time.. and then my internal babble slapped me in the face and said – “holy shit – this is it!”
you can tell in everything that they do that they’re bestfriends. from adopting two beautiful dogs and renovating the house they bought together, to their shenanigans (sober and drunk!) they epitomize my dads answer – bestfriends.
photography by brandon gray
a couple of years ago, on a warm summer evening, i remember sitting on my parents back patio talking to my mum about who of my friends i thought were going to get engaged first.
there was no question in my mind: my bestfriend miranda and her boyfriend alex.
after witnessing, first hand, their ‘courtship’ and then their budding relationship, i knew – alex was the one and the love that they share is real.
it’s funny because i think friends and family know the outcome of a relationship before the person who is actually in the relationship does.
when he finally proposed i cried. i literally sat on my couch in my condo and cried.
not because i was sad, but because i knew it. i knew it. i knew it. i knew it. i called it!
they’re so perfect and wonderful together – i couldn’t have asked for a more perfect match for my bestfriend.
when we finally sat down to discuss the vision for her save the dates and wedding invitations words like rustic, vintage and classic kept coming up. they’ve traveled all over the world together, planted trees out west together, recently moved to calgary together and have this rustic earthy style that’s indicative of their interests and personalities. i absolutely love these save the dates, but not nearly as much as i love who they’re for:
A lot of brides find themselves in a paradox; they want a wedding stationery suite that looks beautiful and professional, but they don’t want to pay the exorbitant costs associated with professional stationery packages. Being a wedding stationery designer and also a friend of those getting married I see both sides of the argument and I hear the pro’s and con’s lists loud and clear. Hands off vs. complete DIY. Letterpress vs. home printed template. When I first met with Ashley I totally understood where she was coming from – she wanted to save money on her wedding stationery suite, but she also wanted it to look amazing and be functional. She wanted what I like to call a ‘hybrid wedding suite’. She hired me to do the design elements, but used a templated suite of paper and envelopes, that she had purchased, to pull the entire thing together. I think it turned out beautifully and I wish her and her hubby-to-be best wishes, as they tie the knot this weekend!
this was the second time i had the opportunity to work with this client.
the first time i did programs for her wedding ceremony and this time i did postcard style thank-you cards! her wedding photography was stunning so it was very easy (and also hard because i couldn’t pick just three) to design the cards. the back was blank so the bride and groom could write a personalized message and she chose an amethyst, metallic envelope to tie in her wedding colours.
As a designer letterpress is the be-all and end-all of printing (for me at least). When you design something in a digital publishing suite you are truly disconnected from the art of printing. You don’t feel the paper, you don’t have to move the characters so they’re perfectly aligned and there really isn’t any physical assertion going into what you’re creating.
Click. Click. Click. Computers have truly revolutionized printing and design.
Letterpress is so classic and in the world of weddings and fine stationery – it reigns king. When I feel a business card that’s letterpress – I feel nostalgic and appreciate it just that much more. So watch this video. I think it will really open your eyes as to why letterpress is so amazing and thus so expensive. I have a sneaking suspicion you’ll appreciate it just that much more.