The night before Valentine's Day, a Friday the 13th in fact, Frank Green III met Amy Kreft at a party. The theme was "A Nightmare on Valentine's Day", fitting because of the date, and also because it was hosted by Amy and her roommates, who lived on the corner of 31st and Elm Street in San Diego. Frank and Amy, now consider Friday the 13th a lucky day.
Eight years later, on October 20, 2012, they turned to their talented friends to help bring their vision of an intimate celebration to life.
The bride, who is the art director at Elum, a letterpress and design studio, illustrated and designed every piece of paper for her big day, starting with the save-the-date. It kicked off her book-themed suite, with volume 1 in a series that extended through the wedding reception. The mini book tucked safely into a tiny letterpressed pocket with a die-cut window showcasing the cover's main text: "And so our story begins."
Volume 2 of Amy and Frank’s series was the invitation suite, which carried out the color palette of mossy green and bright coral. This larger, more complex book incorporated layers of original textile patterns and hand-drawn florals, all letterpressed into soft cotton paper. Three bookmarks outlined the weekend's events.
Amy found inspiration for the illustrations in vintage floral fabrics, flower arrangements, and mixed patterns found in Middle Eastern textiles. Nearly half a dozen decorative borders surrounded the text of the actual invitation. The paperie was just one way the couple achieved their concept of combining layers, textures, and motifs to create an eclectic aesthetic.
Amy's bountiful bouquet had a just-picked feeling to it. It was made by Cherry Blossom Floral Designs and was comprised of garden roses, spray roses, tracheliums, feverfews, ranunculus, lisianthus, veronica, bupleurums, and ferns. Ivory ribbon and lace wrapped around the stems.
Terrariums filled with moss, maidenhair ferns, toadstools, and delicate flowers were placed on crocheted doilies in the center of each table. Milk glass vases filled with fern and stems of fresh flowers surrounded them. Moss numbers atop slices of wood identified each table for guests to find their seats.
The 155 guests feasted on a local farmers market salad with lavender vinaigrette, wood-fired breadsticks, grilled corn with cotija cheese, and barbecue pulled pork with pinto beans, fire-roasted potato salad, and corn bread. An unexpected mist during the evening didn’t put a damper on this delicious meal.
A small white velvet cake with macerated strawberries and vanilla bean and strawberry buttercream was created by Small Spoonful. In addition, guests enjoyed a dessert table of sweets that acknowledged the bride and groom's heritages and Viva Pops popsicles in lavender lemonade, key lime pie, strawberry basil, and salted caramel flavors.
Photography: Sweet Little Photographs
Location: Keys Creek Lavender Farm
Event Planning: Francine Ribeau Events
Flowers: Cherry Blossom Floral Designs
Calligraphy: Wendy Ware
Cake: Small Spoonful
Rentals and Lighting: Abbey Party Rentals
Hair: Mallory Zuidema of Jet Rhys Salon
Makeup: Judith Cervants
Popsicles: Viva Pops
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