photo by Jessica Comingore

Photo by Jessica Comingore via Presshaus LA.

Today we are so excited to introduce to you to Kristine Arellano of Presshaus LA! Kristine fell in love with letterpress in Germany and decided to bring it back with her to LA. We took a visit to her studio in Silver Lake and got to chat with her and see some of her very cool wedding projects! Below are some highlights from our day with Kristine!

Q: How did you get started in letter press?

 In 2011 my Husband and I moved to Germany. I have always loved paper goods so during my time in Munich, I found a master printer who taught me the artisan craft. It first started out with little projects, but before I knew it I was spending hours there. I just fell in love with it! I learned without any computers or plates. It was the analog way with only metal and wood and all in German!


Fliegenkopf Werkstatt / Munich, Germany. Photo via Presshaus LA

Q: What is your printing style?

I have done a little bit of everything, but definitely like more minimalist style printing. I just love the way the letter press can just stand out and speak for itself.

Q: What kind of press do you use?

I have three machines, Vandercook 4T, a Vandercook SP-15 and a Challenge 15. These printing presses are from the 1950’s and each have their own quirks. Each sheet of paper is hand fed one by one. It takes a little longer but I enjoy the involvement that each print requires.



Photo via Presshaus LA



Q: What projects are you currently working on?

Right now I am really excited to be working on this African Safari wedding. Since the couple was asking for their guests to travel so far for their wedding day, they wanted everything to be very special. We designed everything from the website, the save the dates, wedding invitations, welcome notes and so much more. I am actually about to start printing their day of paper goods!

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Photo via Presshaus LA




Q: Tell us about some of your other letter press invitations!

I just finished working on the wedding invitations for my clients who are getting married in Mexico. It is a combination of letterpress and dip dye. The pattern on the invitations was actually inspired by the tiles at the resort they are going to get married at. I think it really captures the beach vibe of the wedding!



A combination of letterpress and foil stamping:  b

A sample of a couple’s vows we letter pressed:


To see more or get in contact with Kristine please visit Presshausla

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The History of the White Wedding Dress


For years, brides have walked down the aisle in a white wedding gown. Did you ever wonder why the wedding gowns were white? We are here to shed a little light on this royal tradition.


Image from Pinterest

The popularity of the white wedding gown began in the 1800’s with the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. At her wedding, Queen Victoria’s wore a relatively plain white satin gown that she designed herself. The dress’s simplicity was a marked contrast to what people were used to seeing at royal weddings. They would have expected elaborate jewels, ermine trimmed robes and generally silver gowns. Instead she wore a plain white gown with orange blossoms in her hair and an eighteen foot train she carried over her arm.


  Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s official wedding photo was published around the world, and the white wedding gown became very popular with high-society brides. Her wedding changed the trend for the rest of the century and continued to gain popularity. By the late 1800’s most women were wearing soft whites and ivories and the white wedding gown came to symbolize purity and innocence.


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Prior to her reign, most high society brides wore their finest gowns to their wedding. These gowns were simple in design and not heavily embellished. The veil was the most elaborate part of the wedding attire and often was in a blue hue.

For the working class, marrying in a lavish white gown you would never wear again was an extravagance they could neither afford nor justify. Without modern conveniences, cleaning a pure white dress with elaborate embellishments was next to impossible, so many continued to wed in gowns of soft blues, greens soft ivories and even black (if they were marrying a widower).

While the white wedding gown is more tradition than virtue, today’s women still tend to choose wedding gowns that are a white hue.

 Women today are marrying later and becoming more independent.  From a jump suit to a crop top, the 21st century bride is free to choose a dress that represents her own style.


Image from Pinterset

Sources: http://www.perfect-wedding-day.com/bridal-wedding-gown-history.html


By |September 24th, 2015|BLOG, History, Weddings|Comments Off on The History of the White Wedding Dress