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Rehearsal Invite Design
July 29th, 2014


One of my favorite things about getting married is the little design projects that Alana and I had to do together. We both have a very similar design aesthetic – something that should totally be added to the requirements of a good couple – and it’s been such an easy process putting it all together.

This rehearsal invite was a bit more me. I wanted something simple and modern and took cues from one of my favorite design memes – the helvetica list/Roll Call.

I first discovered it back in my Okayplayer days and Questlove had a shirt with the original members of New Edition on it. It had to have been before Feb of 2004, because he can be seen wearing it in the famous John Mayer skit on the Chappelle Show – but I remember seeing a picture or something with that shirt prior to that. Regardless, apparently the origins go back to around 2001 – according to this article on Design Memes/The Helvetica List on How Design.

I’ve owned various versions of this shirt over the years – the Kendrick Lamar verse from Big Sean’s Control.

Alana came in with the suggestion of the heart – which really completes the design. I had sent it to her and felt that it was a bit staid for a fun event. She suggested taking the heart from the informational side of the invite and cropping it in instead of the ampersand between our names. It was a inspired suggestion and brought it together perfectly. Just that hint of color and the emotive aspect of the heart really make this feel much more like a special occasion than the roll call list would be on it’s own. They came out perfectly – printing done by Minted.com – are arriving on the doorsteps of our close family and friends as I write this. Only a few more months before the big event and it’s becoming more real by the minute…

Three Months until My Wedding
July 15th, 2014

Three months to go until my wedding and the invites finally have gone out. Creating and designing the invitations was a pretty fun process. Both Alana and I have pretty similar design aesthetics, so we were able to work together to come up with the design and feel of the invitations pretty quickly. Alana has an amazing sense of design and classy aesthetic and paired with my love of white space we created a pretty bold and powerful

The details of the wedding invitation are what make me really happy.

The hand-canceling stamps (some people even got a Polar Bear stamp!) and the calligraphy


The gold foil, letter pressed invitation itself:


The invitation also included an inner-envelope – which I learned apparently is a Victorian Era throwback and, supposedly, more formal. I just enjoyed having more of the amazing calligraphy put into the invitation. A few more pieces – I’m refraining from posting too much because, after all, it is an invitation to a private party – but I thought I would share a bit of the design elements that I loved in our wedding invitations.

May 27th, 2014


Written this morning before breakfast:

I want to say so much but nuance is contraband and a contradiction to the diction of my speech. You demonstrate the demons in articles but fail to capitalize on the capitulation of the solutions you’re attempting to reach. So excuse me with excuses but don’t delve into my delivery for I’m just a soul that’s besieged. So our theories are theorized and killers are cerealized until we stop buying boxes of Wheaties. We no longer collect box tops for children. Just grave plots for children. And a misplaced morality that fails to teach.

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