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Design-it-Yourself Wedding

Will and I got married on July 5 of this year. The day was an incredible, joyful blur. I am immensely grateful for all those who were there with us! It was a perfect day.

Being a graphic designer, it was also an excuse to make some gorgeous letterpress-printed artwork. Why not? I had access to a print shop and a paper cutter through MICA (Thanks to Allison at Globe for your help with the printing process!) So of course I had to design and print the save-the-dates, invitations, detail cards, envelopes, wax seal, menus, programs, name cards, guest book, and coaster favors. But I didn't stop there. I also frost-spray-painted the salvaged, centerpiece mason jars and made all the bouquets and centerpiece flower arrangements (with a lot of help from my dear family). I may have gone overboard. But hey, it saved us a lot of money, and quality was not sacrificed! 

Details on all of the things below...

 

We couldn't have asked for better weather on a July day in Baltimore. 

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

The type lockup for the straightforward, no bullshit save-the-date.

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Lettering for the invitation. As a first-time letterer, it took many iterations to get right. But I was pleased with my simple, mono-line results! Thanks, Dai Foldes for the tips during your lettering workshop at MICA.

Plate made and on press, inked for printing. 

The invitation plus detail card and wax seal.

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

All together now.

All the things, including envelope. 

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Programs. They were double-sided with ceremony info on the back (both sides were letterpress-printed). With help from my sisters and Will, we glued on the handles and rounded all the corners. Martha Stewart ain't got nothing on me!

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Shutter for name cards, and guest book. My mom refurbished the shutter. Thanks, Mom!

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

For the guest book, I bought a plain Moleskin and transferred the design on with a transfer marker. 

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Chalkboard drink menu. Beer & wine only, folks.   

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

We even had matching straws, courtesy of Etsy! And stars because, well, it was 4th of July weekend. #fireworksforever 

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Dessert menu. Y'all know. 

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Pies! No cake here. And no, I didn't make these. But I considered it. 

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

Cin cin! Cheers coaster favors. The coasters were the one thing I did not print at MICA, since they don't own a C&P press. So thanks to Kim and Kyle at Baltimore Print Studios for helping Will and I print these!

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson

And the designers lived happily ever after... 

Photo by Piper Watson

Photo by Piper Watson