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Ryan and Jeshurun

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Production Cost


Production Time

1 month

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

Invitations: 6 in × 9 in

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Paper Stock


Number of Colors

2 Spot




Sabon (Jan Tschichold)
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Ryan and Jeshurun developed their wedding materials with a series of elements that spoke to their history together, as well as what life had in store for each one of them at that moment. They met in a coffee shop, he manages a coffee shop, she was about to graduate from school and had access to a press…

Of course, as a graphic designer, there is some pressure to make your wedding invites a slice of design perfection. And on top of that, I was finishing my Master’s thesis in graphic design at RISD at the same time I was planning the wedding. Whew! Surprisingly, the invitations came together organically and without much stress. My husband Ryan manages a coffee shop, and we met in a coffee shop, so it seemed natural to incorporate that element as a design detail. Coffee plants are actually quite beautiful. I also recycled burlap coffee bags from his work by cutting them into small rectangles and attaching some home-made buttons of my own design to be used at the place settings.

I letterpressed my Save the Date’s at RISD and attached gorgeous hand-dyed silk ribbon (from Hanah Silk Ribbon) to create the bookmarks. To continue the book theme, I stacked books I had at home into the shape of a wedding cake and then photographed them and traced them loosely in Illustrator to create the invitations. My friend Elana at Spoon&Sailor Letterpress handled the printing of the invites since I wanted a perfect color-match and some additional letterpress expertise.

A rubber stamp and scalloped note cards from Paper Source made the RSVP’s a breeze. The menu was simply ink-jet printed on my Canon at home.
Shades of gray were the main color scheme, while shots of fuschia tied it all together.

As in most projects, there is a lesson to be kept (sometimes small and cheap, sometimes big and expensive):

I learned it is best to go to the letterpress experts, but I’m glad I fumbled my way through printing the save the dates myself. I like the salty look of how they came out. And cheap ribbon will not do, having the hand-dyed silk ribbon made all the difference.

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Invitation: Spoon&Sailor Letterpress
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This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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October 15, 2010


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