This letterpress stationer is Nicole, whose wedding I photographed back in 2009 in Hot Springs, NC. She and her husband Alex designed and created the invitations and programs for their wedding, which were INCREDIBLE. Their story is incredible, too – and the fact that they are both working artists makes it even more special.
I can vouch for Mink because I’ve seen her work firsthand. Touched it, held it, photographed it – it’s the real thing. Real letterpress work made with sweat and ink and love and the labor of long overnights working with heavy machinery and the drive to get each piece absolutely perfect. She is an artist, a craftsman, and her work shows her talent and her spirit splendidly.
Most people won’t procure letterpress wedding invitations – not when there are dozens of online retailers offering gobs of pretty thermographed and bulk-printed stationery at deep discounts. But there is something indescribably special about a letterpressed piece of stationery. It communicates more than just the words pressed into its fibers. Feeling the heavy weight of the carefully-selected paper… smelling the unique undertones of each ink… admiring the fine imprint of each letter, each swirl, each carefully designed imprint. These pieces are REALLY something special. I definitely recommend at LEAST ordering a sample from Nicole, just to see what I’m talking about. These invitations – they just don’t get thrown out, you know? They don’t feel like something that shouldn’t be held on to, and cherished, and maybe even handed down. They just feel SPECIAL. And, in turn, they make each guest feel special to have received something so delicately produced just for them.
I can’t wait until I have an order to place with Nicole