On Wedding Design

Fancy Cabel
So, exactly four months ago, I totally got married. This has been a completely great thing, and I highly recommend it. You know, when you're ready.

After the wedding, sometimes people would ask me if everything feels different or more great now that we're married. When I would tell people "actually, not really!", I could naturally sense a little bit of romantic disappointment in their faces, like I'm the Harlequin Grinch. But I don't mean "not that different, yawn" — I mean "not that different, because, honestly, it's always been great." [AWWWW.MP3] My overall advice: when you know, you'll know.

Anyway, I don't want bore you with the personal blah blah blah. Instead, I'd like to talk to you about design...

Wedding design! (Guys? Guys? Stay with me here!)

The Brainstorm

I spent a too-long amount of time brainstorming the foundation of our design. First, I knew I wanted to incorporate Nicole's love of visual contrast — she who is so fond of a super-dark gray cloudy sky with a burst of a blue showing through, or a beautiful flower popping up through tired concrete. Second, I knew that the design had to represent both of us, a little piece of each. I know, right? As much as I'd love to make a wedding invitation with photos of say, photos of the latest flavors of Sun Chips ("You're invited to our peppercorn-ranchuptuals!"), it probably wouldn't play too well outside of, uh, me.

Then, two key words popped into my mind:

Pixel flowers.

Retro 8-bit quirky and fun but elegant and beautiful and colorful. Perfect. I immediately remembered seeing a magazine illustration by the amazing Nick Dewar of pixelated blossoms somewhere once. With Nick's illustration serving as mental inspiration (thank you, Nick!), it was time to get cracking.

Save The Date

The first thing we had to tackle was the age-old "save the date". Due some tardiness with the art director (sorry!), we decided to do it electronically to get it out the door instantly. Otherwise there'd be no date to save.

Enter friend and artistic genius David Lanham, out of the Coda icon. He graciously found time to to lend his illustrative talents to this project.

The first bit David cranked out was a perfect little pixel illustration of myself and Nicole, that I hoped we could use in a variety of places throughout the project. It went through some fun variations:

As you can see, we started off super micro (and I looked a little bit like Gob from Arrested Development about to perform a magic trick), then we got super (super) deformed, and finally with a bit more nudging I think David nailed it with the last one — it's cute, with just a dash of disturbing. Just like us! Uhh..

Illustration in hand, it was Cabel's turn. A few fonts, some colors, a clean layout, and a little extra something on my t-shirt (what is that? a tri-force? I honestly don't know why I added it) and it was ready to be e-mailed!

That's it. Simple. To the point. Fun.

Technical notes: I used e3 Software's truly excellent Direct Mail application to send it out. It's got a great statistics view that can show you how many people opened up the message, assuming their mail reader loads images by default. Font wise, that's Metroscript by Alphabet Soup for the logotype, and House Industries' Neutra 2 for the details. I used Neutra 2 primary because I wanted to be the last person to use this font. I love it, but I literally see it everywhere, all day long. So, sorry, suckers! You're not allowed to use this font because I'm the last guy. I called it. It's done, font closed. Use something else. Myself included. Don't look at the Coda header.

The Invitation

Onto the master illustration itself. Once I fully explained what was on my mind, David quickly cranked out a sketch of the core idea: an elegant tree, with little pixel flowers on it.

I wanted to take it into more "tree" than "branch", so I pitched the idea of having it wrap-around to the back of the invitation. David translated this into a rough layout sketch:

I liked it! But the tree seemed a little super-wide. With that in mind, it was time to make it "real".

Finally, wanting to shed the peach color and fill more space after committing to a text-free cover, we arrived here:

Awesome. Yay, David! It was time to start getting print-ready.


I had decided on using letterpress for these invitations. It's good for small print runs, and it's also such a visceral, physical technique. If you ever get a chance to watch letterpress machines in action, it's mesmerizing and also tinged with danger. I found a great, local, and now-highly-recommended print shop — Egg Press — who were happy to tackle the job.

I went through their paper samples and picked one, but ink colors were harder for me — I looked at their stock inks but none of them were quite. It was time to bust out the Pantone book and pick three spot colors (for an extra charge, naturally). For the record, it's Pantone 510U, 5225U, and 5205U!

Then I re-formulated the art to fit the correct paper size, drawing an extra branch here and a flower there.

I was done. It was printin' time.

Finished Product

The invitations were now ready to go.

I love the texture, rough print, and embossed feel of letterpress. It made the "physical" nature of this job even more fulfilling.

There was one final surprise on the finished piece.

Since letterpress creates an actual physical impression in the paper when it stamps the ink, I thought it would be interesting to do one letterpress plate without ink — our pixel selves, subtly debossed on the inside.

As a bonus, since the impression runs deep, we're also embossed on the outside, and it's carefully aligned so that it looks like we're standing under the tree. Sort-of.

That's it! Here are scans of the finished piece:

Custom Stamps

One last stop before the postal office: custom stamps. We decided to use for this — as should be glaringly obvious. The giant zazzle advertisement (zazzvertisement?) on every stamp was a huge negative, but a high-quality pixel stamp was hard to pass up.

The Event

This fell into Nicole territory — I did the print, she did the space. But I thought she did a really stunning job designing the venue — the colors, the flowers, the details, everything kept the original idea flowing through to something physical, gussying up an industrial warehouse-style bar/venue with beautiful elegance. It was, as they say, like a dream.

I'll let these photos speak for themselves!

Yes. It's true. That is a pixel flower cake. Making that happen? High point of my life so far.

Confidential to those getting married in Portland: the amazing cake came from Bakery Bar, the gorgeous flowers by Francoise Weeks, stunning-to-everyone photography by Robert McNary, and the venue was the accommodating and incredible Holocene. Oh, and my suit? 100% Duchess.

The Photobooth

A quick wedding recommendation: for some really fantastic, non-cheesy photographic memories of your guests, look for a local distributor of good old fashioned photo booths. None of this fancy-pants digital stuff — we're talking a green, incandescent bulb that says "smile", little strips of paper sent by an ancient motor into various vats of chemicals, dropped into your hands still wet, a cool little honeycomb texture running through the paper and an ever-so-slight sepia tone. These are the real memories, four classic frames at a time.

The Gifts

As a "thank you" gift to the wedding party, we decided to get some laser-etched Moleskines made. (Can you tell I enjoyed this project?) I sent the art to Joe at Engrave Your Tech, who happened to be here in PDX, and the books were made super-quick. He also let me individualize each book with the person's name on the spine. They turned out amazing. (Sadly, it looks like Joe's not engraving them anymore (yipes!), but I bet he'll come up with something even better.)

The Ring

The very, very last step in the process: my wedding ring. A gift from Nicole, it holds a secret inside: a tiny pixel flower. You'll never see it, but I'll always know it's there.

Finally, Something Cool From Noby

A little bit before the wedding, a special gift arrived from Japan: custom-made chocolates with our little pixel selves printed on the package. These DECOチョコ (deco-choco) treats came from Noby, one half of Panic Japan. Talk about hitting your target audience — I was amazed. Let this be the best snack food picture I will ever post on this blog!


The rest was a blur.

My great friends Alex and Steve gave killer best-man speeches: embarrassing (there's no shortage of Cabel stories) but also very heartwarming. (Also, Steve delivered this great line: "If you asked me to describe the business relationship between Cabel and I, in Star Wars terms, I would say he is like the R2-D2 to my C3PO. He rolls around, interfacing with computers, solving problems, and making strange beeping noises, while I flap my arms helplessly, and shout 'We're doomed!'")

People ate many foods, drank many things, hugged a lot, saw goofy old pictures of both of us in an amazing slideshow my folks put together, danced like crazy to an amazing mix from the Juice Team on a tiny stage with the people I love, and talked to friends both old and new. And there was delicious cake. So much cake.

This was a great day. And in the end, before we knew it, it was time to close the place out and hop in the car, slightly melancholy that possibly the greatest party of our lives was over but more than slightly excited that the rest of everything was starting right then and there, in the middle of the automatic car-wash at the 76 station, in the early hours of the next day, as a shaving-cream "cabel + nicole" was washed off the hood but, really, will always be there.

Totally married. Totally awesome.


Hey Cabel,

I just got married in June, congrats! Did you design a website for the wedding too? I was all hyped up to design our invites, but I just didn't have time.
Anonymous Tommy Day 10/02/2008 11:57 AM  
It's G.O.B., not Job. C'mon!
Anonymous Kevin 10/02/2008 11:58 AM  
Incredible! I'm not planning on getting married any time soon, but when/if the day ever comes, if the day is half as awesome as yours, I'll be stoked.
Blogger Pat 10/02/2008 12:02 PM  
Congrats! I got married in July myself ( The letterpress invites you did are absolutely stunning. Totally jealous.
Anonymous Ben 10/02/2008 12:10 PM  
Holy frick Cabel. This is soo inspiring and awesome. I love the extent to which you took your inner nerdyness. Way to embrace it!

Obviously a wife that would go along with this is equally as cool (and maybe nerdy) - Well, we aren't talking Star Wars weddings here or anything. It it beautiful.

Thanks for your effort in writing this up bro!
Blogger Rogie King 10/02/2008 12:17 PM  
Hi, Lanham's post on Twitter brought me here. I'm still young and quite far from marriage, but this has been quite the inspiration in how to make the event a unique expression. Congrats, good luck, and thanks.
Anonymous Anonymous 10/02/2008 12:24 PM  
Congrats and incredible!
Blogger jcontonio 10/02/2008 12:42 PM  
Congratulations Cabel!

It looks like this was an amazing wedding :)
I love the pixel aspect and the photobooth.

Totally awesome \o/
Blogger Fabien Freling 10/02/2008 12:47 PM  

It’s awesome you got to do so much. I always assumed the bride and her mother pretty much ran the wedding, and that guy’s only jobs was to show up.
OpenID pauldwaite 10/02/2008 1:11 PM  
Color me impressed!

Definitely the classiest and coolest personal wedding designs I have ever seen.

Congrats on getting married and may your love for each other grow as the days go by.

And yes, David Lanham rocks!
Anonymous j.kent.r 10/02/2008 1:18 PM  
So wonderful! I'm definitely featuring this on tomorrow. :)
Blogger Ariel 10/02/2008 1:36 PM  
Very impressive and tastefully done all around!
Anonymous Daniel Jalkut 10/02/2008 1:44 PM  
Congratulations! Very impressive. :^)
Blogger Greg W 10/02/2008 1:49 PM  
"Totally awesome" indeed! Congrats again to you and your bride, and thanks for sharing! The design is gorgeous.
OpenID Andy Matuschak 10/02/2008 1:54 PM  
I can't believe it's been 4 months! Time moves so fast.
Blogger dalas v. 10/02/2008 2:13 PM  
Totally rockin'
Anonymous Jamie 10/02/2008 2:29 PM  
Oh wow, everything came out really awesome. Thanks for sharing all this--and congratulations!
Anonymous Mike Piontek 10/02/2008 2:29 PM  
With my own engagement/wedding looming in the next year or so, this was both inspiring and terrifying.

So, uh... thanks a lot.
OpenID GB 10/02/2008 3:02 PM  
as someone who recently went through the whole wedding planning process, I really appreciate this. Incredible and beautiful.
Blogger Beau Colburn 10/02/2008 3:04 PM  
This is awesome! Man, and I thought weddings were supposed to be boring.

Anonymous Superdotman 10/02/2008 3:26 PM  
Inspiring to hopeful nerds everywhere. Great write-up and great job!

Good luck, you two!
Blogger Andrew 10/02/2008 5:32 PM  
Utterly magnificent in every way! Many congratulations, Artoo!
Anonymous Andrew Green 10/03/2008 1:48 AM  
david's twitter brought me here too. The wedding sounds like it was awesome! I love all the small details with the pixel flowers, and well, everything looks freaking amazing. I hoe my wedding some day is as awesome as yours was. Congrats!

Anonymous cameron conner 10/03/2008 3:28 AM  
So totally impressed by such awesomeness. Congratulations from a total stranger on the other side of the internet.

Coincidentally, you posted this on my 9th wedding anniversary. I hope you feel the same way about your marriage in 2017 the way I do about mine today! Cheers!
OpenID Alastair 10/03/2008 8:04 AM  
Absolutely stunning. Seriously that's like a dream wedding to me.
Blogger Miss JeffMemorial 10/03/2008 8:30 AM  
I love it! I shared this with my 8-bit-loving fiance as well.
OpenID maggieplans 10/03/2008 8:31 AM  
Awesome! And great job in becoming involved in the wedding!
Blogger Shell 10/03/2008 9:37 AM  
That's just too fantastic. Congrats on a great day!
Anonymous Josh 10/03/2008 2:27 PM  
That I must say sounds like the best wedding ever.
Blogger aptiva 10/03/2008 6:57 PM  
That is beautiful and amazing and I'm actually crying a little bit. I'm glad someone could live out their nerdy nerd dream wedding like that. My wife and I simply could not afford something so extravagant, but we still had a great time. Congratulations to you and your wife on you wonderful day.
Anonymous Andrew 10/04/2008 12:59 AM  
I am getting married at Holocene tomorrow...I am in the middle of taking deep breaths and driving my family around.

Your wedding looks like it was AMAZING!!! It totally just put me in "calm zone". Congrats to you guys. YAY WEDDINGS!!!!
Blogger genevieve 10/04/2008 1:44 PM  
Congrats! All the best. I also got married two weeks ago:) It was small and fun.
I don't know design, but the pixel tree is very beautiful!
Blogger Atanas Boev 10/04/2008 3:02 PM  
Off the chain, wow. I was amazed with myself for just picking a font to go on BOTH the save the date, as well as the invite, both! One font, two things! A theme!
Here's to marrying good ones. Have fun.
Anonymous Elliott 10/04/2008 3:04 PM  
Just beautiful. And so Portland! That's Pinball's letterpress isn't it?

Awesome design. And a great write-up, too.
Anonymous Josh 10/05/2008 4:46 PM  
This is amazing. I got the link from - love it. I'm a graphic designer as well, hopefully soon to be engaged, and this is so fun. I love the letterpress!
Blogger elyse 10/06/2008 8:32 AM  
Super neat!
Anonymous Alex 10/06/2008 1:19 PM  
This post is made of "wow." The depth to which design was applied to every element of the process is formidable and inspiring.
Blogger warrenm 10/06/2008 6:05 PM  
Absolutely adorable details! Such a cute theme. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your marriage!
Blogger Erin 10/07/2008 10:56 AM  
Congratulations Cabel, excellent post and a well planned event. I enjoyed the way you made it almost a design journey. I won't show my partner, or it'll cost me dearly.

Although I love her dearly.
Anonymous Steven Clark 10/07/2008 2:15 PM  
I was looking for wedding design ideas and found this site quite useful lots of psd templates
Blogger pave 10/07/2008 2:35 PM  
Congratulations. That really is a fantastic letter press job. It's always inspiring to see maximum quality pushed out of the basics.
Blogger Christian Skye 10/07/2008 4:04 PM  
Now I want to get married, just so I can have cool stuff!!
Anonymous Anonymous 10/08/2008 5:42 AM  
awesome stuff! what stock did you use for the invites?
Blogger liss 10/08/2008 11:28 AM  
deva vu 1992 with that pixel theme - love it
Anonymous Neil Cowley 10/08/2008 3:37 PM <-- what's that? i like it but have no idea how to make that.
would you mind to share?

and i really love the idea for the stamp. haha... cool!
Blogger nana 10/09/2008 1:12 AM  
Congrats and ditto on the wedding thing. And that looks like it was awesome!

Our wedding was too according to sources after the fact. I did the design and invites myself as well, though it got difficult towards the end to get to everything I wanted to do. Most notably I did a DVD invitation (with extras) just to shake it up a bit.

As embarrassing as it is I'll share the hidden web page that archives the video and save-the-date:

Congratulations and many happy years to you both.
Blogger Eric 10/09/2008 1:14 PM  
Awwww, you two. Your wedding was so beautiful. Your bride was so beautiful! And your wedding design was just so perfectly Cabel and Nicole. I doubt I will live to see it topped. Congratulations again.
Anonymous Courtney 10/09/2008 5:06 PM  
This is by far the most amazing concept I've ever seen for a wedding! You make me want to be a bride!

thanks for sharing
Blogger peasnpickles 10/10/2008 3:13 PM  
Amazing job! I've been looking for ways to incorporate my geekiness into my upcoming wedding, and this has definitely helped inspire me!
Anonymous Kevin Thompson 10/12/2008 9:04 AM  
Huh. I got married on the exact same day in Madison, the Portland of the Midwest. We even used the same white IKEA vases you guys did for our centerpieces!

Lovely invitations, etc. We weren't quite that creative, but it all turned out fabulous for us, too.

Blogger SkylarP 10/13/2008 11:08 AM  
congrats! really an amazing wedding!
Anonymous online casinos 10/14/2008 4:06 PM  
I'm a little late to the party, I hope that doesn't impact the value of my comment, but...

Congratulations Cabel! Yourself, Nicole, and everyone who helped you turn this event into a reality are all extremely talented individuals.

Really, congratulations.
Anonymous Tanner Christensen 10/14/2008 5:20 PM  
This is so WOW!!! Thank you for sharing with us!
Blogger cschmeisser 10/14/2008 11:26 PM  
Wow, that is incredibly cool. Would you reveal what the invitations ended up costing you?
Blogger Vic 10/15/2008 9:27 PM  
OH. MY. GOD. As a graphic designer I'm totally geeking out over this - I think when I get married I'll probably enjoy the 'project' more than the event!! I can't wait to tackle this for myself.

Your design and execution of everything here is soooo perfect, elegant and inspiring - the pixel cake was just the...well, icing on the cake! And your wife has some serious talents in the interior dressing arena by the looks of it - well done to both of you, congratulations, and many many wishes for your long and happy future together :-)
Anonymous minxlj 10/16/2008 3:41 AM  
I just the told the girl that I *hope* to marry about this [there's a pretty good chance it'll happen - long story]. This is simply fantastic. Belated congrats man, I'm happy for you.
Anonymous NetOperator Wibby 10/18/2008 3:46 AM  
Amazing! This is so inspiring. I have already decided that I want to design everything for my wedding - it makes it so much more personal and special.

I particularly like the photo booth idea :D
Blogger this chicken 10/20/2008 5:35 AM  
I'd love to feature your wedding on Weddingbee! It's so beautiful and original. :)

Please give me a buzz!
Anonymous Bee 10/22/2008 11:37 AM  
I love your wedding... I almost cried when I saw the wedding ring. I wish you both a lifetime and beyond of love, health, wealth, peace and happiness. A twiiter friend here in organ, Zotbakingco
Blogger Linda Scarlett 10/23/2008 6:52 PM  
AMAZIIIIIIIIIN, YOU are CRAZYYY, The best ANORMAL WEDDING features i see in my Fu^o^ing life,i'm waiting to see your CUBE kids :)
Blogger taghaboy 10/24/2008 10:23 AM  
Holy bananas, I almost want to get married now. Congrats!
Anonymous richard Stevens 10/24/2008 6:59 PM  
So how is it so far Cabel?I hope it is all all right.If you guys have time you should check out my blog about youtube videos!
Blogger 19Hadziabdic95 10/26/2008 9:12 AM  
Great stuff! Glad to see some original ideas from just you!
As a photographer I love it!
Blogger Aaron Potter 10/27/2008 12:33 AM  
eek! this is so cute! I love the invites and everything else. also I love you're little veil!
Anonymous Mlopez Graphicfusion 10/30/2008 3:41 PM  
hey thats sum real inspirational stuff! wow and for your wedding too...its so amazing how design wraps snuggly around your life.

congrats on ur married life!
Blogger Tess C.g 11/04/2008 5:06 PM  
That is the most beautiful wedding invitation in the world! :)
Anonymous Web3 11/10/2008 8:13 PM  
Way cool. just a random passer-by.
I wish we had those custom chocos here in the states!
Blogger Chetwah 11/12/2008 1:40 PM  
that's great idea. i wish i had the same approach 5 years ago :) congratulations!!!
Anonymous Rufat 11/21/2008 10:26 PM  
Incredible! Fabulous! Wow, dude...
Blogger prosediva 11/22/2008 7:54 PM  
Wow, kudos on the design. You guys look fantastic in the last photo. :) I wish all weddings were that fun instead of merely being functional. All the best.
Anonymous Anonymous 11/22/2008 7:56 PM  
Absolutely wonderful! We should do something like this for our 20th anniversary (not much time -- it's December 4th!)

Congratulations to you both, and job well done :D
Blogger zmama 11/22/2008 7:57 PM  
As a graphic designer and a woman married to an engineer (whose birthday is May 31, coincidentally)I really appreciate the 'visual contrast' of the organic illustration and the structured geometric pixels. I also appreciate that YOU, Cabel, appreciate Nicole's little quirks. You will keep a woman happy all her life by paying attention to what's important to HER. :) Well done - in the design, the wedding, and in marriage. Best wishes!
Blogger Sarah 11/22/2008 8:07 PM  
wow... Im not even sure how I found this... all I can say is... wow! what an amazing story.
Blogger daxx 11/22/2008 8:29 PM  
Hi, i dugg your article and got it on the front page of and! =D

Awesome ideas guys.
Anonymous Nelson 11/22/2008 8:43 PM  
Very cool! :) I always like the creative wedding themes. I stumbled onto your site from Digg. My wife and I got married in Las Vegas, so we had custom dice boxes for the gift boxes and poker chips spilled on the tables. One of the best things we did though was get the custom dice.
Blogger splorp! 11/22/2008 9:37 PM  
congratulations. this looks truly awesome
Blogger Praveen 11/23/2008 12:53 AM  
this is amazing. i wish i can make something as cool for my eventual wedding =]
Anonymous skittle_kitten 11/23/2008 1:24 AM  
Looks great!
Anonymous Anonymous 11/23/2008 1:27 AM  
Hey! I live ABOVE Holocene! Why wasn't EYE invited?? Whatever...

No, but seriously... any leftovers?
Anonymous Jack 11/23/2008 2:42 AM  
What a great wedding full of briliant ideas!

All my best whishes of happiness!
Anonymous GCX 11/23/2008 2:44 AM  
Nicely done!

I suppose any wedding crashers would have looked like this:

Anonymous Anonymous 11/23/2008 5:54 AM  
congratulations to you both, that is a really excellent read and some great design :-)
Blogger jeff 11/23/2008 6:15 AM  
Wow, that was a very nice idea you got there for a wedding theme! Thanks for sharing! =)
Blogger Le Chu 11/23/2008 6:33 AM  
Wow, great job! So creative, looks like it was amazing.
Anonymous Anonymous 11/23/2008 6:41 AM  
I came across your blog via digg and would like to link to it on my wedding video site. Outstanding! I am a typography phreak and loved the bit about selecting the fonts!
Blogger Rick Dolishny 11/23/2008 8:00 AM  
... sorry my url on my previous post (go ahead and edit)
Blogger Rick Dolishny 11/23/2008 8:01 AM  
Awesomesauce! Classtastic!

Redirected here by Raul Gonzalez.

I wish you many happy returns of the day, and can only hope my wedding is so cool.
... which, considering I got the garter at the last wedding, but am single at the moment, I have some hustling to do...
Anonymous Zachary Anderson 11/23/2008 11:30 AM  
Simply amazing man, I'm completely inspired!
Blogger Zach 11/23/2008 2:05 PM  
This just makes me so happy :D
Blogger Pinflux 11/23/2008 2:31 PM  
you guys even got featured on notcot ( - that's how i found your blog. congrats on the wedding!
Anonymous Anonymous 11/23/2008 2:34 PM  
Great stuff! Glad to see some original ideas from just you!
As a photographer I love it!
Anonymous Dan 11/24/2008 12:16 AM  
Absolutely crazy!
Anonymous Zakopane kwatery 11/24/2008 3:30 AM  
congrats on getting married. the pixel theme is great! if only my fiance was a bit more geeky, then maybe she'd go for something similar!
Anonymous cchana 11/24/2008 6:56 AM  
really cool!
Anonymous Anonymous 11/24/2008 7:10 AM  
I'm fascinated by this! Thanks for documenting the process. Best wishes!
Blogger cathi o 11/24/2008 9:08 AM  
Congrats and incredible!
Anonymous Calvin 11/26/2008 2:13 AM  
awesome stuff! what stock did you use for the invites?
Anonymous renny 11/26/2008 2:55 AM  
Wow Cabel, that's just amazing. Good job! And good luck :)
Anonymous Daniel 11/29/2008 6:01 AM  
Congratulations! Love your wedding style. So unique and so awesome!!
Anonymous Secret Agent Mama 11/29/2008 6:02 AM  
Whoa! Boy, you did a great job.
I love it veeery much. Congratulations for your brilliant mind and for marriage (i know, very lovely thing).
Blogger Francesco 12/30/2008 1:00 PM  

This may be weird coming from the void of the internet, but you're an incredibly inspiring person. Of course, this is just judging by your blog (I don't know you, I'm just a Gaffer), but you seem to really live life to the fullest.

You emit enthusiasm and charm in all of your projects, this blog being one of them. Congratulations on your marriage!

PS. as retribution for this embarrassingly gushy comment, update more often you bastard!

thanks :)
Anonymous JT 12/30/2008 9:58 PM  
May I ask where you rented the photobooth from?
Blogger OregonGirl 1/03/2009 10:59 AM  
Holy crap Cabel, with a wedding like that even I would want to marry you!

Amazing work with the design and invitations. Stunning!
Blogger Hayden 1/04/2009 9:13 AM  
Your wedding is a nice breath of fresh air - I love it! Just wondering if you would be willing to share it with my readers? Give a shout if you're interested (!
Anonymous Melissa / Wedding Obsession 1/04/2009 2:05 PM  
that is a good idea about the photobooth photos
Anonymous pricelessweddings 1/08/2009 3:23 AM  
Congratulations and wish both of you happy together forever!!
Anonymous Girls Dress Line 1/08/2009 12:05 PM  
I totally want a "do over" on my wedding. So jealous of these chatchkis.
Anonymous joff 1/08/2009 7:03 PM  
Wow wow wow. Beautiful
Anonymous James 1/12/2009 6:33 AM  
Thanks for sharing with us; I really enjoyed how much personalization went into your wedding. Your theme was gorgeous & carried throughout nicely.
Blogger Amy McWeasel 1/12/2009 10:57 AM  
Oh goodness. What an AWESOME wedding!!! Would you mind if we featured it on Can we use your photos for the post, with credit of course? (Email me at christine at the URL if it is ok with you.)

Blogger Christine 1/13/2009 11:43 AM  
Thank you for posting this!!! I just jumped into a wedding design job. It's cool to see that invitations don't have to be traditional all the time. This is my second time coming to your blog. I *have* to bookmark.
Blogger Reflector 1/14/2009 2:53 PM  
Congrats! Amazing job on the stuff. The no-ink pixel selves under the tree is genius.
Anonymous Anonymous 1/15/2009 1:31 PM  
honenstly, when i started this post, i didn't possibly think i could find wedding planning interesting. not only did you exceed my expectations -- you set a new bar for geeks everywhere. :)

congratulations on your marriage and a wedding well executed!
OpenID 1/18/2009 10:58 PM  
congrats on the wedding :-)
Anonymous casino 1/20/2009 6:34 AM  
Hey just wanted to pop in and reiterate what has already been mentioned on here. Hope all is going well for you two!
Blogger Matt 2/08/2009 8:17 PM  
Congrats, Cabel, and great job with the design. It's great to see how you and your bride-to-be worked together to create something truly unique and inspired. With the American divorce rate at a truly horrible high, it is good to see a couple that "gets" each other, no matter how much society "gets" them.
Anonymous Dylan V 2/10/2009 9:33 PM  
How awesome! My wife wouldn't let me design our stuff for our wedding :(

It was still the greatest day of my life though!...just maybe lacking in some nice typefaces. lol

Congrats! You guys did an amazing job. All the best for your marriage!

Anonymous Heinrich 2/11/2009 7:44 AM  
oh my god! congratulations, good luck and have a great life! but dude, your plans.. awe-some!!!!!
Blogger ali zahid 2/13/2009 8:19 AM  
What a great article. Thanks for the funny insights and story. Thanks for taking the time to document this for us.
Blogger George 2/14/2009 7:33 PM  
i live in ru
and i think that u rock!
Blogger artem 2/15/2009 8:59 PM  
Hope it doesn't induce guilt, but that advertisement is removable. Congrats on the wedding.
Anonymous Anonymous 2/16/2009 4:35 PM  
Cabelllllllll! Where aaaaaare yoooou?
Blogger ShotSkydiver 2/28/2009 9:38 PM  
Pixelated Awesomeness.
Love it.
Blogger XAg 3/04/2009 7:50 AM  
Congratulations Cabel,
wedding pictures are really beautiful, and wedding card is just awesome.
Anonymous Aparna 3/18/2009 8:58 PM  
Had no intentions of leaving comments on strangers' blogs but you did an amazing job (both of you) on this wedding. Looks like you had a great time and your guests would've been spoilt! Brilliant.
The photobooth is such a great idea too. Congrats and many happy returns.
Anonymous Craig 3/19/2009 6:33 PM  
I find it a cool coincidence that I read this entry for the first time on my 4 month anniversary. Getting married rocks.
Blogger Jasper 3/29/2009 4:48 PM  
Very Very C00L...

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Blogger 4/01/2009 2:23 PM  
This was just absolutely amazing, and thank you for sharing such beauty and creative genius with us :)

(totally stealing your ideas :P)
Blogger Chaime 4/27/2009 6:06 PM  
My god! So beautiful and creative in all details!

Blogger ^^camila baunilha^^ 5/07/2009 7:27 AM  
Well very nice.I love your wedding... I almost cried when I saw the wedding ring. I wish you both a lifetime and beyond of love.
Anonymous Maui Weddings 10/11/2009 9:25 PM  
Thank you for posting this!!! I just jumped into a wedding design job. It's cool to see that invitations don't have to be traditional all the time. This is my second time coming to your blog. I *have* to bookmark.
Anonymous seo optimizasyon 1/10/2010 5:49 AM  
i think that u rock!
Anonymous affiliate 2/01/2010 8:26 PM  
cabel i enjoyed your work on your wedding so much that if you sold this any of your souvenirs ill buy one of them just for thw wonderful art, i loved the books theyre so cool and have amazing art.

hope my gf likes the idea when we get married sometime in the future... hehe i really doubt it but maybe for an after party or something like that..

awesome work
Blogger drive88mph 3/03/2010 10:57 PM  
Love your work - a man after my own heart!

I used a bit of imagination with our wedding invites too.
You can see them if you click on my name below.
Anonymous James Bristow 3/07/2010 1:26 AM  
Congratulations to the wedding.
I had a wedding over 2 years ago (August 2008) and we had it, although decorated in white, but the color combination I think is very nice. In particular, I noticed that cake and I like the most about. And also have floral decorations were very nice. I think the whole it was pretty consistent. Congratulations and keep fingers crossed in married life. :-)
PS: This February, we finally born son
Anonymous casino 3/13/2010 1:36 AM  
Congratulations to the wedding.
I had a wedding over 2 years ago (August 2008) and we had it, although decorated in white, but the color combination I think is very nice. In particular, I noticed that cake and I like the most about. And also have floral decorations were very nice. I think the whole it was pretty consistent. Congratulations and keep fingers crossed in married life. :-)
PS: This February, we finally born son
Anonymous diro 3/13/2010 1:50 AM  
Congratulations and wish both of you happy together forever!!!
Anonymous Ferienwohnung 3/15/2010 1:31 AM  
Thank you for posting this
Anonymous reiner 4/04/2010 1:57 AM  
Revived by Stumble! Happy (nearly) 2Year Anniversary!
I wasnt sold on the digitized look at first, I thought it was going to be another 8bit Mario Wedding, but the final invitation and extras turned out incredible! The colors, textures, embossing, letterpress... these are the details that make this card set over the top. Amazing vision, and great work.
Anonymous Lauren 4/15/2010 8:38 AM  
Thank you very much for this posting.
Anonymous Elektrische Zahnbürste 4/17/2010 1:50 PM  
Your story is really cool and it made me smile while reading. Though I suggest that a wedding stationery will be best for an invitation.
Anonymous Anonymous 4/22/2010 9:12 AM  

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Name:Cabel Maxfield Sasser
Job:Co-Founder, Panic Inc.
Location:Portland, OR