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Wedding Wings

an original poem as a charming wedding toast

LOVE MAKES THE WORLD go 'round. And cylinder presses, too. With the romantic comedy The Princess Bride as its inspiration, Chris wrote this poem to be a wedding gift and a toast to the bride & groom (his brother).

At Lead Graffiti, we used it as an opportunity to hand set its unusual format, one of many types of concrete (or visually shaped) poetry. We chose the Codex typeface because of its crisp, yet airy, calligraphic feel. The font is part of the Gingerly Press collection, where we had admired it, and fellow (fella?) printer Lindsay graciously loaned it to us for the project.

To accompany the lightness of the words, we used a pair of especially nice copperplate feathers. We hand rolled the feathers in 6 different pastel inks to echo the dove feather and the wings mentioned in the poem.

This is just one of those lovely excuses to put ink on paper that just falls out of the sky. And we all printed happily ever after.

Print specs

LETTERPRESS BROADSIDE : Wedding Wings

Sorry—this limited edition print is not for sale.

  • Designed and handset in Codex metal type
  • Printed via letterpress in 6 hand rolled colors, plus black, on a Vandercook Universal III
  • Limited edition of 45 prints
  • Size 14.5" x 22.5" on acid-free Somerset Textured white, 300 gsm, with deckled edges at top & bottom

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