wedding invitation suite

throwback, illustration, typography

Bears + Gerbera Daisies

With Valentine's Day coming up, I'm going through my box of past projects and posting a love-related piece every day this week. This is Day 3 of 5.

Leslie + Anthony are a great couple who share an eclectic group of interests and wanted a wedding suite that would incorporate that, yet also stand the test of time (no trendy "Jack Daniels" typography was an example they used). For their wedding, they were getting married in a colonial venue and using gerbera daisies in honor of Meg Ryan's You've Got Mail quote. After getting to know them better, I also discovered they have a running joke with bears. Taking inspiration from colonial era books and other traditional American prints and documents, I designed a suite with a custom illustration of two bears holding gerbera daisies in a style that would appear engraved. We used a 100% cotton paper to add some texture and weight to it, customized a font, and incorporated the navy blue wedding color.

The suite incorporated invitations, RSVPs, a double-sided program, table number cards with alternating illustrations, thank you cards, and name cards (not shown) also with alternating illustrations that could be printed on a home computer. A lot of pieces to "brand" and a lot of fun!

It was such a pleasure getting to know this easy-going and quirky couple and working with them on creating something that fit their relationship and special event. It makes me wish we had more to work on together!

Side bonus: I discovered an extra love of my own in the process. Lee's Art Shop is a great printer that can handle challenging papers and small runs such as this with excellent customer service that goes above and beyond. And no, they did not pay me to say this—it really is true love = P.

illustration, throwback

Falling In Love

Continuing through my box of projects and realizing Valentine's Day is less than a week away, I thought I'd post a love-related piece every day this week. This is Day 1 of 5.

If you think about it, designing custom wedding paper suites are surprisingly similar to creating a brand identity, so needless to say I love it!

For Mbong + Mark's fall wedding, they wanted an aesthetic that would reflect the season and match the "spicy, exotic" hues of their wedding. Mbong also noted she likes leaves and flowers and was drawn to horizontally oriented invitations and textured papers she came across in her preliminary search. These qualities were to be balanced by more classic wording and layouts to reflect their identities and venue.

After some experimentation with colors, leaf shapes, and fonts, this was the final result, with varying density and framing of the leaf motif to give each piece a distinctive look when received together:

Top to bottom, left to right: invitation, info card, RSVP card, directions card.

Top to bottom, left to right: invitation, info card, RSVP card, directions card.

Dark browns and greens may be unusual for weddings, but I really enjoy how it all came together—hope you do too!