Today’s wedding stationer interview is with Victoria of Milkfed Press, based in San Francisco. I’m so excited to see another stationer who is so multi-talented (I used to do bookbinding too!)
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
I was a bookbinder first. Once I learned how to make a book, take it apart, and put it all back together again, I became interested in how to print a book. I sought out an apprenticeship with a fine printer in Berkeley (Peter Koch), CA. His studio was Paradise, and I fell in love hard with creating large show posters for bands, using his amazing collection of wood and lead type. Eventually, some dear friends asked me to design their Wedding Invitations, and soon after I learned how to turn on a computer.
What is your favorite color combination?
Honestly? Black ink on quality cotton paper gets me every time.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
I’ve created so many different kinds of pieces for my clients that it’s hard to think of one in particular. I like to think that more than being unique, my designs can stand the test of time.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
I really don’t. I think it’s important to seriously consider what you are designing and what it is you’re trying to convey, before approaching your choice of typeface. Classic, Roman typefaces will always reign supreme to me, and of course, there’s no party like a great display type.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
Ring, ring… Hello?
Is your press running… (you’d better catch it!)
I actually just made that up. Nothing too bizarre.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
It really depends on the situation—there are actual rules behind the use of an ampersand vs. “and”, and I always tell my clients if they are (unknowingly) about to break them.
Any advice for brides?
In general, just try to breathe and enjoy your engagement as much as possible. Your wedding day really is about your own community. The people you love are coming together to bear witness and to celebrate the union of two of their favorite people. Soak in the love.
When it comes to working with your stationer, having your budget figured out, as well as a general sense of what it is you want to say is always helpful in getting the best results. We are here to help, and also realize that you probably have not done this before.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
I do! I offer my bookbinding skills to compliment my Invitation Suites. I’m a big fan of coasters and boxes, as well.
Thanks Victoria! For more about Milkfed Press, check out her WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to her website.
What do you think of her designs? Let us know below!