Anyone else feel like everyone got engaged this holiday season?
It’s just that season in life—and hey, I’m not one to turn down a good wedding. I also love wedding stationery. It seems like the one occasion in life where people are still willing to splurge on beautiful letterpress, detailed calligraphy, and thick, duplexed paper. Nearly all other correspondence in my life is done online, so I love seeing what brides—and grooms—choose to send out to their closest friends and family ahead of their special day.
I was lucky enough to learn Adobe Creative Suite in high school through the amazing yearbook program we had. I then expanded this knowledge in college as a production/graphics editor for the daily paper and through various internships. This was definitely a skill that helped me snag my first job—the one I still have now—and because my team at work is in the Adobe Creative Suite all day, everyday, I’ve been very fortunate to grow my eye for design even more. Since I work for a real estate developer, most of the work I’m doing isn’t say—feminine and bright, so I’ve created design outlets—like this blog!—where I can work on projects that are much more in line with my personal taste.
Within the past year or so, a few of my close friends and former coworkers have asked me to help out by designing a few one-off pieces for their big day. These projects have been such a wonderful creative outlet—and because of the occasion, are right up my aesthetic’s alley—that I am hoping to find ways to do more projects like these in 2017 both for my friends and for others—so if you have any project ideas, let’s chat: email@example.com.
CITY SKYLINE SAVE THE DATE //
My former coworker asked me to design her save the date as we worked on several post card design projects together when we were at the same firm. She had a really clear idea for what she wanted that I knew I could bring to life.
The skyline from the water tower in the middle to the left is Durham, North Carolina, where she and her husband-to-be met at Duke University—coincidentally, where I was born and where my parents got married, so I know it well. They have since started a life together in Boston, Massachusetts, which is depicted on the right.
She then had these printed on a thick card stock and mailed them out as postcards. (I mocked up a really simple back with their wedding website, return address, etc.) I love how this one turned out, and it’s so cool to receive a piece of your own work in the mail.
BRIDAL SHOWER INVITE //
My aunt asked me to do the invite for my cousin’s bridal shower, and I could have not been more honored. It took me forever to find the perfect font for the “miss to mrs” portion, but I love how it turned out!
We printed these on 8.5 x 11″ craft paper card stock sheets since we were going for a rustic vineyard vibe, and then I had them cut down to the size I designed them to—5 x 7″—so they would easily fit inside standard A7 envelopes.
WEDDING EVENTS MAP //
My sorority little asked me to do this map of Sarasota, Florida, where her wedding was, to include in the welcome bags guests got at the hotel. On the back, there was a short description of each of the places, which was a fun way to give guests ideas on what to do with their free time while in town for the wedding.
A note that all names, addresses, and dates have been changed for privacy reasons.