Today we met up with Sofia from Sofia Invitations & Prints. Her work is so fun, I love the creative energy behind it. Here she is—wasn’t she a stunning bride? Take it away Sofia!
1. How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
I used to work as a textile designer in New York City, and I began to experiment with my textile patterns on paper instead of fabric through printmaking processes (like silkscreens and etchings). Soon enough I realized I could use my fine art prints to make some really pretty wedding invitations. I began creating some designs for friends on a freelance basis. When I moved to South Carolina after I got married (and after I designed my own wedding invitations for my wedding in Costa Rica) I decided to make this my full time job, and I have been loving it ever since!
2. What is your favorite color combination?
I created a wedding invitation design for a friend who got married in an old, redesigned theater in Colorado. She wanted bright red, pink, and orange in the invitation and she wanted the design to look like a theater ticket. It came out great. Ever since then, red, pink, and orange have been my favorite color combination.
3. What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
I made a hockey-ticket invitation for a couple that loves hockey. It features images of vintage ice skates, a vintage scroll border, and their hockey colors: maroon and black. The couple was really fun, and the design process was exciting.
4. Do you have a favorite typeface?
That’s tough: I like different typefaces for different purposes. For a bold impression I like Budmo Jiggler, for a pretty script font I like Sudestada, and for an easy to read type I like Copperplate.
5. What is the most bizarre request you have received?
Nothing seems too bizarre to me because I like a creative challenge and I believe couples should do whatever they want for their wedding day and not worry what other people might think. The most creative request I recently received was to create an invitation featuring the Empire Symbol from Star Wars.
6. Ampersand or the word “and?”
I love Ampersand much more than the word “and” but sometimes an ampersand just doesn’t look right on an invitation…
7. Any advice for brides?
Do what you want to do and don’t worry about pleasing your mother, friends, or whoever! This is your day and you should surround yourself with things that make you really happy and reflect you and your husband to be as a couple. If that means you want invitations featuring a lollipop design because you love candy, and you want candy center pieces…. so be it! You want to remember this day forever.
8. Do you offer more than just stationery?
Currently I only make stationery, but the range of stationery items I offer is wide. I have been making letterpress notecards featuring a saying like “hello” or a monogram. I would love to branch out more in the future and create stationery for children, yearly calendars, etc. I love letterpress as a high end alternative to digital printing and look forward to experimenting more in this medium.