We’re very excited to feature Rebecca Peters, one of our incredibly talented local print-makers from Reb Peters Press! For all of our couples considering their options, you’ll see the dedication and creativity Rebecca will bring to designing & creating your event’s prints. Read on to get to know her a bit more and check out her website here!
Where are you originally from?
I grew up in Southern California and then lived 20 years in the San Francisco Bay area.
How long have you been in Portland?
My husband and I moved to Portland about 2 years ago to buy our first house and to be closer to his family.
What is your favorite thing about Portland?
I love how green it is here. It feels good to be in a city jam-packed with trees. I also really appreciate that it feels like a city composed of a lot of smaller towns – each neighborhood has its own thing going on.
What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
I love going swing dancing at Secret Society, where they have live bands play. I also love hiking in Forest Park. I know that’s 2 things, but it was hard enough to narrow it down that much.
How long have you been working as a professional letterpress printer for weddings?
My shop’s ten year anniversary will be this May! I started in a little studio in a large warehouse space in Oakland, CA that was rented out to over 170 other artists and makers. After 2 years, I moved to a larger studio in the same building as my business started taking off. Paper and envelopes can sure take up a lot of room! Then in 2017, I packed up my studio in a 26′ truck (with a lot of help from forklifts and wonderful people) and drove up to Portland.
What people/training/experiences/opportunities led you to this career path?
I studied printmaking in college and then after graduating, I was super lucky to get to work as an assistant to master printer Kay Bradner for a few years in San Francisco before striking out on my own. While I originally printed fine art etchings for artists, I later studied letterpress printing and fell in love with it. I bought my C&P press in 2009 and immediately set up my business to begin printing letterpress wedding stationery. After the first 2 years, I was able to quit my side job and do letterpress full time.
How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional letterpress printer for their wedding day?
Wedding invitations really set the tone to tell guests what type of wedding to expect. By going with letterpress printing, every invitation is like a little work of art, a tactile piece that gives weight, meaning, and importance to your big day. I love helping the couple by creating a design that fits what they’re going for – whether it’s something formal and traditional, playful and rustic, or something in between.
What is the best part of your job?
Handing over the finished invite set to the couple and seeing the excitement spark, as their wedding day goes from something theoretical to something real.
What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
When printing for a wedding, there are two people with potentially very different tastes that need to find where those tastes overlap. I enjoy being part of the process that helps to find that overlap, it can sometimes be an interesting challenge. Luckily, it’s a challenge that I’ve found a lot easier to help the couple navigate after doing this for so long.
Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
I work solo most of the time, but sometimes hire someone to help me when I get really busy, so I can be sure to stay on top of my schedule. Sometimes my husband will jump in to help me finish up a bigger project. Getting work printed on time is really important to me.
What do you attribute to your success as a wedding stationer?
Being a print-maker for 20 years sure helps, as does my background in fine art, being a bit of a perfectionist, being quick to reply to emails, and ridiculously punctual about getting a set printed on time. I also make it a point to find an option that both fits the couple’s style and their budget, without pressuring them to add things they don’t really want.
I treat my couples the way I would like to be treated as a customer, which also means I’ve included general pricing info on my site to give people a general idea of what everything will cost.
At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
For a destination wedding, it is customary to mail save the dates about 8-10 months in advance. For a local wedding, people usually send save the dates 5-6 months in advance to give guests enough time to clear their schedules, make travel arrangements and generally increase their chances of being able to make it to your big day. Then the formal invitations should be sent out about 8 weeks before the wedding. My turnaround time for printing is 2-3 weeks from the time the design is finalized.
Are there any current trends you are excited about?
Right now, I’m loving botanical borders and blind deboss images (where the image is pressed with little or no ink).
What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
To see physical samples of their work on different papers. I think it’s really important to get to see an example of a shop’s printing up close and feel the paper and impression.
What is your best advice for wedding clients?
When calculating what quantity you need, keep in mind that you just need one invite set for each address, rather than one for every guest, but it’s definitely recommend to order a few more than you think you may need (unless your guest list is solid) since it’s much more expensive per card to print short runs if you end up needing to invite a few more people later. Also, make sure there will be enough for you to keep one as a souvenir.
Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
I totally love what I do and will do my best to create your perfect invite set and make the whole ordering process as easy as possible.
What other local wedding professional is currently inspiring you?
I really love the work of Stark Photography. They get some beautifully composed, artful shots.
This Venue Shout-Out was curated by
Ema Hadziselimovic , a local writer and trusted wedding professional.