Rachel Frankel
Designer. Illustrator. Letterer. Doughnut Enthusiast.

Meet Me in the Basement

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Last month, I had the extreme honor of marrying my partner of 10 years in front of our closest family and friends in the city we now call home. I cannot express how beautiful and surreal it was to celebrate with our most treasured people in one room. Easily the best day of my life.

When it comes to getting married, there is a whole lot of noise out there. Be it through well-meaning but overstepping family members or friends or Pinterest-fueled wormholes, one can easily get overwhelmed. But luckily - and what almost no one remembers to tell you - you can treat it like an art project. The best art project of your life. And that’s kind of what we did.

The first wedding-related thing I had my heart set on was our invitation design. In developing ideas, I painfully debated over a pattern vs. illustrative vs. typographic approach - as a designer and illustrator whose work can vary quite a bit, I was so indecisive. Matt and I ultimately went with our shared love of good typography, and I started to obsessively draft flourishes upon flourishes. We decided to keep one element from my initial exploration - a motif of our joined hands, inspired by a photo I took of our tattooed rings.

The invitations were lovingly printed by the fine folks at Mama’s Sauce. Getting to peek at swatches in the mail gave me such a thrill. Few things are as fun and satisfying as print.

I also used our wedding as a ploy to design and manufacture enamel pins. We decided to carry over the hands motif we used on our invitations as the design for this pin, changing the midnight blue interior to black for a sharp contrast against gold.


Marriage is not

a house or even a tent

it is before that, and colder:

the edge of the forest, the edge

of the desert

the unpainted stairs

at the back where we squat

outside, eating popcorn

the edge of the receding glacier

where painfully and with wonder

at having survived this far

we are learning to make fire.

-Habitation, by Margaret Atwood

We partnered with some truly incredible vendors and people who made our wedding incredible:

Venue: Union Pine
Photography: Catalina Jean Photography
Florals: SELVA Floral
Caterer: Crave Catering
Desserts: 1927 S’mores / my mom
HMUA: Kirstie Wight
Invitation Printer: Mama’s Sauce
Enamel Pin Maker: The Studio
Dress: The Wedding Party
Suit: Suit Supply
Jewelry: Olive + Piper / Davie & Chiyo