autumn light

inspiration, booksVictoria VuComment
A Year Between Friends / 3191 Miles Apart

3191 is a number I've come to connect with intention and light. Glimpses of now-familiar windowsills and kitchen sinks, dining rooms at breakfast time and dusk, trusty recipes and growing families. 

A Year Between Friends / 3191 Miles Apart

Artists Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes have long been preserving scenes like these. Over the years and across the distance between two Portlands, MAV and SCB would share photographs of their unfolding friendship, their art and quiet moments, on 3191 Miles Apart. I had happened upon their project early on through MAV, when my burgeoning interest in letterpress prints led me to port2port press. Since then the form of 3191 Miles Apart has evolved, and has become books and quarterlies, all the while remaining true to the thoughtful perspectives of its authors.

In A Year Between Friends, MAV and SCB chronicle their friendship and lives through diptychs (of course!), letters, and treasured rituals. I smiled and cried and chuckled as I followed along, learning of how traditions and newness touched both of their lives with each passing month of 2015.

The book also includes some tried-and-true items from further back: I was delighted to discover my favorite sweet potato biscuits recipe of SCB's here, and MAV's rules for a closet clear-out that's become my go-to each spring. I've filled my copy with post-its, noting new projects to try and comforting thoughts I wish to keep close. 

Thank you, Maria and Stephanie, for sharing your serene light and having me along all this time. What a gift. Warmest hugs and cheers to you both! xo

A Year Between Friends / 3191 Miles Apart


A Year Between Friends is available now. Images used with permission of Abrams.

invitations for a vineyard wedding

projectsVictoria VuComment
Invitation by Paper & Type, photographed by Rachel Solomon.
Invitation by Paper & Type, photographed by Rachel Solomon.

When it comes to invitations, I'm often part of the early stages of a couple's wedding plans. Through conversation I observe their personalities and learn details of how they envision their day. Flowers, colors, table settings, bridesmaid dresses, bowties, cake, music — no detail is off-limits!

As the invitation designer, my work is about translating these particulars into custom designed wedding stationery, then coordinating production to bring the designs into printed form. Lastly, I package up the invitations to ship out and that's that, or, once in awhile for local projects, I have the chance to deliver the invitations straight to the couple's hands and to give a warm hug of congrats (a mix of We finished the invitations!, and, You're getting married!).  

For Tanyelle and Kenton's vineyard wedding in May, the Paisley & Poppies suite was redesigned to fit the traditional card format and to incorporate the couple's monogram and dusty blue. The talented Presshaus LA produced the cards, and the bride sourced beautiful silk ribbon for tying and sealed it all up with white wax. 

I always enjoy getting to see how the initial vision is ultimately realized, and especially how invitation details are carried through the event. It's truly a treat when the wedding photography comes in! 

Photography by Rachel Solomon.

Photography by Rachel Solomon Photography. See Rachel's original post here.

Coordinator Amanda Landon | Venue HammerSky Vineyards | Floral Adornments Flowers & Finery | Cake Just Baked SLO | Catering Gusto on the Go Bistro | DJ Central Coast Premier Entertainment | Gown Panache Bridal | Shoes Valentino | Groom J Crew | Bridesmaids Nouvelle Amsale, Nordstrom | Service Central Coast Party Helpers | Rentals All About Events | Film Lab The FIND Lab