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Adolphson-Wiemer Wedding Invitation


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Cristina Pandol

Photography: Garrett Shannon
Letterpress: Vandercook rental at Lala Press
Save the Date Printing: Typecraft Wood & Jones
Calligraphy: Katrina S. L. Centeno of Calligraphy Katrina



Cristina Pandol via Vandercook rental at Lala Press

Wedding invitations designed and printed with care by someone with a personal connection are all the more special. This set of wedding materials are a nice example of what can happen when the couple trusts the designer. With attention-grabbing quality and tasteful references to wine—because the couple would be married in a vineyard—each piece finds the balance between something safe to send a conservative relative, and a representation of the couple’s energy and creativity. 



Sarah Adolphson

Quantity Produced

125 of each piece

Production Cost


Production Time

3 months

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Paper Stock

Reich Paper / Savoy / Natural White / 236C and 118C

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Lady Rene


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Project Description

Sarah Adolphson is a colleague of mine, so this project was a very personal one for me. Though I've designed and printed many things, this was my first wedding invitation. Normally this would be a huge concern to a Bride who wants everything to be special and perfect, but Sarah had nothing but trust in my abilities and the end result is really lovely.

Robby and Sarah are a fun couple who are energetic, creative, very hands on, and most importantly crazy about each other. They asked me to design something that represented them as a couple and was young and interesting, without being too unconventional or offensive since they would be mailing this to some more conservative relatives. The only design inspiration I was given by the couple was to think wine since they were going to be married on a vineyard and that they wanted people to really take notice when they saw it in their mailbox.

The branding for the wedding started with designing their monogram and once Sarah fell in love with that, everything fell into place. All of the print work used Lady Rene as the focal typeface and Brioche as the secondary typeface. Brioche is so elegant and sweet, while Lady Rene is charming and many of its ornaments are somewhat reminiscent of a vine branch. Every piece was letterpressed with a fairly deep impression on a warm cream colored French cotton paper. Because Sarah is so dear to me, I wanted to make sure the pressing was done properly, so I rented out a Vandercook machine and pressed every piece myself. Sarah wanted to do some of the work herself and be part of the experience, so in addition to texting her photos of the entire process, I created a stencil for her to use to cut all of the envelope liners and secure them to the envelope, in addition to a few other parts that weren't too difficult. Showing Sarah how to score paper was funny, but she got the hang of it and hand scored every single program, menu and thank you card.

Overall, this was a phenomenal project that only brought us closer and I'm sad to see that it's over. If i had to do it all again, I wouldn't change a thing.

Production Lesson(s)

I learned that when it comes to a wedding it is extremely importantly to know who your client is because everyone has an opinion. ”

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Duncan Robertson

Former intern at UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

May 23, 2013


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