my favorite project

  I am so excited to debut our wedding invitations! I finally took some time out to photograph each piece, and it makes me so happy to relive the memories of putting everything together. Wedding planning is not for everyone but I LOVED it, 99% of the time. As a designer, it's literally a dream come true to be your own client. It's also kind of terrifying because I put a lot of pressure on myself, but I am so, so pleased with how everything turned out. Without further ado, here are the invitations...

 

I am so excited to debut our wedding invitations! I finally took some time out to photograph each piece, and it makes me so happy to relive the memories of putting everything together. Wedding planning is not for everyone but I LOVED it, 99% of the time. As a designer, it's literally a dream come true to be your own client. It's also kind of terrifying because I put a lot of pressure on myself, but I am so, so pleased with how everything turned out. Without further ado, here are the invitations...

  The theme of our wedding was romantic garden party with a little bit of elegance. Our reception was outdoors at Cleveland Yachting Club, and in such a gorgeous setting that I didn't want the decor to compete. I painted the watercolor flowers in the main color palette for our wedding: bright, bright, bright! I clearly have a huge love for all things colorful and couldn't resist. Since our wedding was in September we could get away with using summer colors, and I love how everything turned out. Each invitation had a foil-stamped element to it, and let me tell you, I was SO EXCITED to foil-stamp personal work! I've been able to work on client projects where we use foil but it was so fun to work on my own designs. I printed with Oliver Printing (http://www.oliverprinting.com/) because their quality of work is incomparable, and they have amazing customer service. I chose Neenah's Classic Crest Super Smooth 100C stock in Avon Brilliant White, gold foil and gold metallic PMS ink. Each piece within the suite had a pattern on the back - stripes, polka dots, an anchor & heart pattern (love!) and a custom map I drew to help guests get to our reception venue. One of the key lanrdmarks? Starbucks :) The kraft paper brought a casual vibe to the otherwise fancy invitations. In both the printed pieces and reception decor, we limited the colors and textures to bright pink, orange, yellow, gold, hints of greenery, bright white and wood. The kraft paper mimicked the wood textures and the envelope liner brought it to life. It's such a cheerful pattern and keeps the invitations from being too traditional and/or boring.

 

The theme of our wedding was romantic garden party with a little bit of elegance. Our reception was outdoors at Cleveland Yachting Club, and in such a gorgeous setting that I didn't want the decor to compete. I painted the watercolor flowers in the main color palette for our wedding: bright, bright, bright! I clearly have a huge love for all things colorful and couldn't resist. Since our wedding was in September we could get away with using summer colors, and I love how everything turned out.

Each invitation had a foil-stamped element to it, and let me tell you, I was SO EXCITED to foil-stamp personal work! I've been able to work on client projects where we use foil but it was so fun to work on my own designs. I printed with Oliver Printing (http://www.oliverprinting.com/) because their quality of work is incomparable, and they have amazing customer service. I chose Neenah's Classic Crest Super Smooth 100C stock in Avon Brilliant White, gold foil and gold metallic PMS ink. Each piece within the suite had a pattern on the back - stripes, polka dots, an anchor & heart pattern (love!) and a custom map I drew to help guests get to our reception venue. One of the key lanrdmarks? Starbucks :)

The kraft paper brought a casual vibe to the otherwise fancy invitations. In both the printed pieces and reception decor, we limited the colors and textures to bright pink, orange, yellow, gold, hints of greenery, bright white and wood. The kraft paper mimicked the wood textures and the envelope liner brought it to life. It's such a cheerful pattern and keeps the invitations from being too traditional and/or boring.

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  In addition to the invitation suite, we also made ceremony programs and menus. I wanted to introduce more kraft paper to make sense of the kraft paper envelope in the invitation suite, so the program and menu were French Paper Kraft Speckletone in 100C. I wanted to print with white ink and I'm so happy with how they turned out. For these pieces, I printed with Genie Repros (http://www.genierepros.com/) and they were fabulous to work with. They invited me to a press check and went above and beyond - because the stock was so light, they had to imprint the white ink 3 times more than the typical coverage! They are incredibly precise and I really appreciated their troubleshooting.

 

In addition to the invitation suite, we also made ceremony programs and menus. I wanted to introduce more kraft paper to make sense of the kraft paper envelope in the invitation suite, so the program and menu were French Paper Kraft Speckletone in 100C. I wanted to print with white ink and I'm so happy with how they turned out. For these pieces, I printed with Genie Repros (http://www.genierepros.com/) and they were fabulous to work with. They invited me to a press check and went above and beyond - because the stock was so light, they had to imprint the white ink 3 times more than the typical coverage! They are incredibly precise and I really appreciated their troubleshooting.

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  Here are our wedding favors. I am ridiculous and insisted on making homemade salted caramels for everyone. They were delicious but also SO tedious! I don't regret making them but perhaps that's because I love to go overboard when it comes to details. To me (as a designer), details are the most important because they show how thoughtful you are. In addition to the caramels, I handpainted gold stripes on kraft paper pouches and designed a recipe card to go inside. Talk about a time-consuming process, but they are so prettyyyyy. It was worth it!

 

Here are our wedding favors. I am ridiculous and insisted on making homemade salted caramels for everyone. They were delicious but also SO tedious! I don't regret making them but perhaps that's because I love to go overboard when it comes to details. To me (as a designer), details are the most important because they show how thoughtful you are. In addition to the caramels, I handpainted gold stripes on kraft paper pouches and designed a recipe card to go inside. Talk about a time-consuming process, but they are so prettyyyyy. It was worth it!

  I love, love, love designing wedding invitations. I'm not sure if I'm in the minority and LOVED wedding planning, even post-wedding, but I can't get enough. I love thinking about how a theme will translate across so many different mediums and am obsessed with tiny details. Speaking of tiny, I found the cutest, teeniest golf pencils with white hearts on them for the cocktail hour "Mad Libs". My family loves Mad Libs, so it was really fun to come up with our own custom wedding versions!

 

I love, love, love designing wedding invitations. I'm not sure if I'm in the minority and LOVED wedding planning, even post-wedding, but I can't get enough. I love thinking about how a theme will translate across so many different mediums and am obsessed with tiny details. Speaking of tiny, I found the cutest, teeniest golf pencils with white hearts on them for the cocktail hour "Mad Libs". My family loves Mad Libs, so it was really fun to come up with our own custom wedding versions!

  I want to do this all over again just so I can have fun designing each piece! This was by far my favorite project I've ever worked on. It's so rewarding to see all of your hard work poured into one event, and it really paid off. If you're in the market for a wedding designer, I'm your girl! I can be as OCD as making a zillion batches of caramel for your favors or tone it down - your call. Am I the only person who is obsessed with planning a wedding? Yes? No?

 

I want to do this all over again just so I can have fun designing each piece! This was by far my favorite project I've ever worked on. It's so rewarding to see all of your hard work poured into one event, and it really paid off.

If you're in the market for a wedding designer, I'm your girl! I can be as OCD as making a zillion batches of caramel for your favors or tone it down - your call. Am I the only person who is obsessed with planning a wedding? Yes? No?