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Chloe & Vanessa’s Hybrid Wedding Invitations

Chloe and Vanessa got married today under a big old tree in Spring Green, WI. When we started talking about their invitations early this year, they wanted that beautiful tree to feature prominently in their invitations, and were drawn to the look of watercolor as well as the luxurious tactile quality of letterpress.

Although some printers have created a watercolor-like look via multi-color (read: expensive) letterpress printing, I knew a hybrid method of offset and letterpress printing would be perfect for this project!

The design began with an old botanical sketch of an oak tree, which I laid a green watercolor wash into for their invitation. The small informational text was also printed digitally to allow the couples’ names to be printed with a super deep impression in the gorgeous cream cotton paper.

We let the watercolor shine on the information-only enclosure—the couple decided online RSVPs were the way to go—and a hand-drawn map by the bride shows off well known artistic tourist attractions such as American Players Theatre and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin along with the wedding venue.

Congratulations Chloe and Vanessa, and thank you so much for making me a small part of your big day! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!

Yes Way Rosé: Hand-painted Plexiglass Signage

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When an East Coast wedding planner reached out to see if I’d send a few things for a styled shoot she was working on, I knew just what would complete her high end vision. Using a white ink pen, I emblazoned the shoot theme in simple, modern calligraphy on a crystal clear sheet of Plexiglass. The resulting signage integrates perfectly with contributions from vendors all across the country and offers the photographer the opportunity to create unique shots.

The hand-written invitations were truly over-the-top, this time on a thinner, frosted version of the Plexiglass material. Can you imagine receiving these in the mail?

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Styling: The Newport Bride
Photography: Sarah Pudlo Photography
Rentals, furniture, and place settings: New England Country Rentals
Florist: Beach Plum Floral

Allison & John’s Romantic Floral Wedding Invitations

It’s finally the big day—the one I’ve been waiting for all year. Today is the day I get to share my first wedding of 2017!

Allison and John got married today in a romantic ceremony in a beautiful church in downtown Madison, followed by an elegant and fun reception at a very cool converted warehouse space just outside the city.

I’ve been working with Allison on details for her big day for almost a year now—you may remember her gorgeous floral save the dates from last fall. Being the dream client that she is, she wanted all her paper goods to coordinate perfectly, so I carried the romantic watercolor florals and classic-yet-casual calligraphy throughout the suite and added a truly special touch with a custom liner.

A few months before the big day, one of Allison’s bridesmaids got in touch to ask if I would design coordinating tote bags for the bachelorette party—which I happily did! Such a thoughtful way for all the girls to remember a great day!

I just love the map of local food sources on the back of their mouthwatering menu!

As a parting gift, the couple offered seed packets to their guests featuring a stamped illustration I designed. 

As you can see, Allison went above and beyond to make her day special from start to finish—and most importantly, at the end of the day, she got to go home with her best friend, who is now her husband. Here’s wishing you two all the luck in the world and a love that continues to grow. Thanks for making me a small part of your big day!

True North Treatment Centers Logo

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The opioid epidemic has hit the rural Northwest hard. True North has created a place for what is now the typical demographic struggling with this addiction: 30-something soccer moms. Offering a modern space with all the comforts of home and the most up-to-date treatment options, the Centers wanted a logo that reflected this distinction. Clean and simple while incorporating a simplified nod to a compass, the client was pleased with this logo in the very first round!

High Desert Medical Logo

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Jed is a small business owner with whom I’ve worked on quite a few projects over the years. His latest venture tackles the inefficiency of most medical clinics, offering same-day appointment and on-site imaging and labs, making the entire process easier on the patient. Instead of the more clinical marks I offered, Jed opted for the softest and most approachable logo, which speaks to his reasoning for starting the business in the first place.

Hippie + Heart Eco-Fashion Blog

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Hippie and Heart is an eco-friendly fashion blog by Chicago-based fashionista Carly. The blog she began in college had grown to a point where she needed a consistent brand to move forward. Carly knew she wanted to incorporate a peace sign and a heart into her logo, and wanted it to feature yellow. She’s a modern gal with a wild heart, so I thought clean typography with energetic hand-drawn symbols would be the perfect way to represent her visually. I sent Carly quite a lot of variations on this idea, and I’m so glad she chose this one!

Allen’s 70th Birthday Poster

What to get the man who has everything and is so appreciated by so many people? An artful reminder of just how much he is loved, of course! For Allen’s 70th birthday, the family commissioned me to design a simple black and white piece featuring a list of 70 things they loved about their father and grandfather.

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Not all projects need to be big. In fact, sometimes the smallest make the most impact. I know Allen loved his!

Krista & Chris’ Gorgeous Grey Wedding

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Bride-to-be Krista came to me last fall with some pretty fabulous ideas for her save the date coasters. Inspired by the couple’s love of nature and subtly beer-themed big day, she wanted to focus on stylized leafy laurels. She also knew she wanted to avoid a super-swashy wedding script, opting instead for modern hand-drawn typography.

I spent some time working on each element in my sketchbook before creating vector elements from my sketches on my computer. When I started printing her coasters with sage-grey ink on my antique letterpress, I knew all that work had been worth it.

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When we started talking invitations at the beginning of the year, we both wanted to keep the main design elements the same. I imbued a bit more formality into the invitations by switching out the script typeface from her save the dates for a calligraphy inspired font and lightening up the handwritten typography. I’m absolutely in love with it—especially in white ink on her envelopes!

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Just before the big day, Krista got in touch for a few more projects, including a super creative guest book idea:

“Often times at weddings we find that people write the same thing over and over again in the guest book. We wanted our guest book to be fun and interactive, and the mad libs idea was the perfect fit for this! Almost all of our guests filled it out, some people even filled out two. The best part was that no two were the same. We were able to make the guest book entertaining for people to fill out, and our guests left us some hilarious advice at the end of the mad libs as well. We plan to make a book out of all the response and leave it on our coffee table to reminisce over for years to come!”

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Love and laughter for years to come—I’ll cheers to that!

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All professional photos by Sara Smile Photography

Propeller Health Technical Illustrations

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Some designers find technical illustrations dull and without style, but to me they present a unique challenge. For Propeller Health‘s User Guide, a one point line needed to represent a three-dimensional object and demonstrate how the device worked to both children and adults. Working from both photographs and previous illustrations, I created clear imagery that was consistent throughout the 24-page black and white booklet.

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