I’ll never forget the day I got a phone call from Jan.
When I talked to Jan Knobel for the first time on the phone, she was a nervous mother-of-the-bride. And she had a right to be. It was the beginning of May and her daughter was getting married the beginning of August. And their invitation designer went MIA.
Completely missing in action. She emailed and texted and called and left voicemails. Jan was trying everything to have this designer design her daughter’s wedding invitations. Jan worked with this designer for her first daughter’s wedding. But now, she was against a rock and a hard place. She needed a backup plan and fast.
I quickly calmed her down and told her I didn’t want to take business away from anyone, but I would give this other designer one more chance to respond. If nothing, we need to meet on Monday.
And on Monday we met and talked about Haley’s wedding in Lincoln, Nebraska. They knew exactly what they wanted for invitations and we talked about some ideas I had as well. The main concern: timing. I had one month to design and print double thick letterpress invitations with gold edge painting and vellum belly bands with a wax seal.
If you know anything about printing, you know this is a tall order in a short amount of time. And I knew these would going to be some of the most gorgeous invitations I have ever designed, so I had to not only get on it, but get on it fast.
Jan and Haley were amazing to work with, for one. And my print shop blew my mind on their turnaround. The goal was to get these into their hands by June 4. And I failed. Jan picked them up on June 6…but I’m still considering that a win for this situation. They did too.
I’m not sure if I could have dreamt up a more beautiful wedding. Beautiful couple, beautiful day, beautiful everything. I may say that a lot for the weddings I design for, but for real this time. Take a look at these photos from Gleason Photography and I assure you, you will be thinking the same.
One year later, I still am in awe of these beautiful wedding invitations. They rival the invitations I just designed for her sister, Kara, who will be getting married this June.