Kristi & Kyle - a simple, but elegant celebration of love!

Since love and engagements are in the air (along with some beautiful snow here in Wisconsin!), we want to introduce you to one of our amazing couples! Kristi and Kyle are getting married this June, and we’re making save-the-dates, invites, and day-of paper goods for them. 
This sweetheart of a couple attended Marquette University here in Milwaukee, but didn’t find each other until three years after graduation. Mutual friends introduced them, and they realized they’d probably been in lots of the same places at the same time. But it wasn’t their time until years afterwards. Well, years plus a few asks by Kyle. Because love always finds you when you’re not looking.


Kristi said “yes” June 3, 2017! After five years of dating, they knew it was right and wedding planning came easily and quickly. Kristi is a teacher in West Allis, so her schedule dictated a summer date, and they’re aiming for a crisp, clean and simple yet elegant wedding. In talking to Kristi, the theme of balance was just beneath all details of the wedding. The teacher in her wants eye-catching, easy-to-understand invites that are still unique and elegant. And when I look at these save the dates, that’s exactly the feeling I get. The text is precise and neat, but still casual enough to convey that you can be yourself at the event.  

Kristi and Kyle attended ELEVEN weddings this past year, most of which were in Milwaukee, so they had lots of ideas and examples in creating their own celebration. Kristi wants her guests to feel at home and comfortable, while being treated to a luxurious and special occasion. She aims for relaxed and elegant, simple and beautiful. And that balance equals comfort for her guests. The couple decided to have the wedding in Kristi’s hometown of Madison, a totally drivable location from their current home of Milwaukee.  Having a large Irish Catholic family plus Kyle’s dental school network necessitates a large venue, so they’ll be dancing the night away at the Edgewater Hotel on lake Mendota.
When I asked Kristi how she found Bay View Printing Co, she told me that she’d actually first heard of us through our Drink & Ink events. If you don’t know, they’re a super fun way to learn a new craft and socialize with some friends (or strangers) in our shop. It wasn’t until Kristi read all of the positive reviews on The Knot that she put it together that she had a local letterpress print shop just a few miles from her home! An inquiry online got an immediate response from Ashley, and they quickly set up a consultation. 
What was different about BVPCo was not only our portfolio of beautiful designs, but that Ashley, our Owner/Designer/Boss Lady, gave her simple and straightforward options.  Kristi had felt overwhelmed by other business’s up-sells and add-ons and combinations of options. Ashley gave her simple to understand and easy to modify options, leaving Kristi feeling in control of her choices. Those choices have led to some gorgeous products already, and we’re excited to see how else we can make Kristi and Kyle’s vision come to life this summer! 
A big thank you to Kristi for sharing her story, and we’re so happy to have you as part of the BVPCo crew!  Because your ideas and imagination have made this project come to life.  

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Well hello there.

Welcome to Better Together! This is a place where we highlight one of the amazing people we get to meet, work with, make for, whatever every week. Here we’ll tell you about the truly unique wedding couples whose vision we get to make come to life. You’ll get to hear about the local florist who asked us to print on fabric, so she could make fannypack patches as gifts for her employees. You’ll meet dormant artists, a term I use to describe anyone who’s got an artist inside of them, waiting for an outlet. You’ll meet members…just regular people doing awesome things like making posters as gifts, printing their own invitations, or printing business cards for their Urban Barn Dance events.

You heard me right, there’s an Urban Barn Dance in our fine city. I met Patricia Lynch at open studio in early December. She was working on a few posters for her friends, and I was giving her a hand locking up her type in the Vandercook press. We got to chatting and I asked her how long she’d been a member. Patricia said she’d only recently joined, and had previously worked on business cards for the Urban Barn Dance. *record scratch*  I leaned in closer and asked her to repeat herself, because I’d never heard of those words together. She told me that they organize community dances, open to the public with the intent of just getting people out to socialize, live music held at Good City Brewing.  

When I got home, I did a quick search on Urban Barn Dance and spent the next hour watching videos and reading articles about the idea. It’s family-friendly, easy to learn the steps, and super casual.  I’m sold. It’s a mix of line dancing and square dancing, complete with American music which sounds a bit like bluegrass to an untrained ear. Now, my only real knowledge of square dancing is my grandma Pat’s attic closet. It was FILLED with fancy frocks and puffy skirts, which she used every week with my grandpa well into their retirement years. Patricia assured me that Milwaukee’s Urban Barn Dance isn’t my grandma’s square dance, though. If you’re as curious as I am, check out this link and hit up Good City Brewing this Thursday evening!

Stories like this illustrate why we can’t stop talking about you. You’re the ones who make all these projects come to life, and we are so excited to be a place for our community to come together.  BVPCo believes that ideas shared are ideas in motion, which is why we want to tell these stories. We all grow when we collaborate. And when we know our neighbors, we can heal. See how we got to Better Together?

So join us here each week to learn about someone new. Hear their story and see their vision, and see why we get so excited to come to work and make things for awesome people! Who knows, you might be our next featured artist/maker/friend.  

To get a better idea of who we are on this side of things, meet our crew over on the Who We Are page. Read about Ashley, our Designer, Printer and Boss Lady, the heart of this operation, and inspiration to us all. Meet Danielle, our Designer, Dreamer and Partner-In-Crime whose story took her from teacher to print apprentice and much much more. And Lucas, our Printer, Typesetter, and Poster Boy who can tackle the enormous project of organizing our type collection with grace. And I’m Amber, a Thinker, Creator, and Storyteller. I’ve spent the past three years friend-stalking Ashley and plotting to be an official part of BVPCo. Dreams come true, people!