sierra & michael’s wedding [part 3] : helado bar

Posted: February 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, design, eats, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »

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They also planned a yummy and colorful ice cream bar as a part of the wedding festivities and I created some fun signage for the display.

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All photography by Jen Huang.


sierra & michael’s wedding [part 2] : table scenes in dominica

Posted: February 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, design, handmade, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »

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Sierra & Juliet (the Poppies & Posies team) kept it simple, but of course it was elegant and dreamy. They sourced all the flowers on site and added these beautiful blue tablecloths to highlight the gold place cards and brilliant bougainvillea blossoms. And I wrote the calligraphy for all the guest names.

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All photography by Jen Huang.


sierra & michael’s wedding [part 1] : field guide invitations for a costa rica wedding

Posted: February 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, handmade, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, press, weddings | No Comments »

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This wedding was one of my best projects of 2013. And thanks to a huge spread in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, I can now share these gorgeous images with you, all shot by Jen Huang.

Sierra (of Poppies & Posies floral and event design) and Michael (of Michael Stuart Catering) are good friends of mine and cherished event-world colleagues. They were married last February in Dominica, Costa Rica, a place dear to both of them and invited a small group of close friends and family to join them for a week.

It called for a unique invitation — less of a classic announcement, and more of a welcoming experience to kick off everyone’s anticipation for the special trip.

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Sierra gave me free reign with the concept, so what developed was this kit of goodies and information, each piece created just for what we named “A Field Guide.” It opened as a box, with all the trip essentials pinned artfully inside.

The invitation elements:

  • Invitation — gold engraving on a dark steel grey stock, listed the coordinates and key details
  • Map of the region — hand-illustrated and watercolored, then folded square and stamped with their personalized crest
  • Mini compass
  • Route details — a roll-out illustrated list of each of the steps that would lead them to a final destination, jumping in the pool at the private villa

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  • Field Notes pencil
  • Essential (and silly) Spanish language guide — letterpress printed on soft ivory stock with a dusty rose ink
  • Blank pocket notebook — illustrated with tropical plants and bougainvillea and printed just for their wedding (now also available in my shop!)
  • Tropical spice rub — seasonings prepared by Michael to get the flavors of the trip going before takeoff

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All photography by Jen Huang.


paperfinger // 2013 highlights. gold foil & engraving invitation

Posted: January 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, weddings | 1 Comment »

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This custom invitation suite was such an exciting process. We were able to combine two printing methods: gold foil for the hand-drawn floret pattern and ivory engraving for the text of the invitation and reply card. So happy with how these came out and excited to now be offering them as a part of our invitation collection.

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paperfinger // 2013 highlights. the ultimate reveal

Posted: January 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, calligraphy, paper, paperfinger | No Comments »

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For Josh & Michelle, I took a very precious call from their doctor to find out the sex of their baby before making them this special wax-sealed card. It provided them with a private and beautiful moment to read the news together. The best!

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paperfinger press : rip + tan site of the day

Posted: January 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, paperfinger, press | No Comments »

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Thanks to Rip + Tan (the delish blog behind designer Jenni Kayne) for the great feature on Paperfinger today!


paperfinger // 2013 highlights. workshops!

Posted: January 14th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, calligraphy, new york city, paperfinger | No Comments »

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From the offices of Martha Stewart Weddings, to my own Brooklyn studio, to the floral studio of Poppies & Posies, to several co-hosted workshops: in Portland with Neither Snow and at the letterpress headquarters of Regas New York, I had the pleasure of hosting quite a few calligraphy workshops in 2013 and met lots of lovely folks in the process. Stay tuned for the next series later this spring (subscribe for updates at the bottom of this post).

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paperfinger // 2013 highlights. envelopes & style experiments

Posted: January 13th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, lettering and fonts, paper, paperfinger, weddings | No Comments »

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paperfinger // 2013 highlights. deco reception

Posted: January 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, calligraphy, paper, paperfinger, weddings | No Comments »

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Some shots from my desk of escort cards and table signs for a deco wedding reception. Clean and simple but I really loved these.

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paperfinger // 2013 highlights. abe & frank

Posted: January 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: calligraphy, menus, new york city, paperfinger, weddings | No Comments »

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Mirror menu signage for Abe & Frank’s wedding at The Foundry in Brooklyn, shot by Scott Clark and flowers by Poppies & Posies.

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