A Fancy-Pants Wedding

We Got Hitched

My husband, Chris, and I are our own worst clients. We know this. We wanted our wedding invitation and every other printed piece around the blessed event to reflect us—our tastes, our sensibilities, our good looks—and ultimately, what our wedding was going to be like. We were getting married outdoors at an old log roadhouse-turned-country-restaurant in rural Virginia, which was the site of one of our first dates. The food was to be delicious Southern fare, and we were going to have a saw player and a bluegrass band usher us into wedded bliss. Or at least food bliss. Maybe both.

Fortunately, we found just the right partner to work with to make this happen. We enlisted the help of John Wischmann of Ocho Loco Press to create an illustration, and I worked with him on the type, color, and layout to give the feel of an old bluegrass poster. John screen-printed the design onto slabs of masonite that we then wrapped up in white paper, tied up in twine, and stuck a couple of screen-printed cards on—one to tell all the details, and one to RSVP.

A great time was had by all.

* Featured in HOW 2011 Self-Promotion Design Annual. *

Invitation system design.

Illustration and hand printing by Ocho Loco Press. Photo by Romy Suskin.