Way back in March of this year we completed a really wonderful and unique set of wedding invitations for an awesome couple in Vancouver, Canada who were married in June. This is one of those sets of invitations that I had been planning to blog about all along, both because it and the couple it was created for were so cool, but as usually happens during the spring, time got away from me when we were super-busy, and I’m only catching up on the blogging now. At any rate, check out Andrea and Adam’s totally awesome, custom invitation suite above!
Like many couples who work with us, Andrea and Adam wanted a set of invitations for their upcoming wedding that were totally personalized and unique, and ones that really said something about their personalities and who they are as a couple. Andrea explained to me that she and Adam are avid outdoor enthusiasts and had actually met while climbing in British Columbia. Aside from climbing, they are also avid backpackers, hikers, skiers, etc. They wanted their wedding invitations to have an earthy, natural, outdoors-y feel to them, and this is what we came up with. Andrea and Adam’s invitation suite included an A7 size invite and corresponding envelope, an A2 size reply post card, and a coordinating 3.5″x2″ website card. The three main pieces in their invitation suite were printed on a really fabulous paper: Magnani Annigoni, which is handmade in Italy from a blend of cotton and wool fiber. It is unbleached, and not died, so the color you see is what the paper looks like naturally. It’s not a paper that my customers choose very often, but I absolutely love it when they do! It’s just so unique!
As I mentioned above, Andrea and Adam’s invite was a standard A7 size (measuring 5″x7″) and was printed in one ink color: a rich chocolate brown. For the design, Andrea sent me a topo map of the area around Wedgemount Lake in BC – a wilderness area that is very special to Andrea and Adam’s relationship. In order to incorporate this in to the design, we chose to blind emboss the entire section of map into the background of the invitation. This created some phenomenal texture! The design we printed in brown over the top, was fairly simple, but absolutely lovely. We created two evergreen trees which were placed on the left side of the design with the text of their invitation justified to the right of them. We used a combination of a classic serif font for the main information, combined with a much more decorative script for the couple’s names, wedding date and the name of their venue. Isn’t their design just cool!?!
We paired the invite and other pieces with a Moss Green envelope from Waste Not Paper Company and printed their return address in the same brown ink we used for the invite on the flap.
Andrea and Adam’s reply post card also included blind embossing of the Wedgemount Lake wilderness topo map in the background, and we used another evergreen tree to separate the two sides of the card, rather than a plain line. Like a regular postcard, the couple’s return address and a place for a stamp was printed on the right hand side. The left side included lines for guest’s to write in their names, check boxes to indicate whether or not they planned to attend, and then a space for guests to initial meal choices for the reception. We used our popular animal icons for the meal choices, which I just never get tired of. They are way too cute for words! We also included a line for guests to indicate how much parking they anticipated needing. This line was indicated by a little brown VW Bug (my favorite!). Check out some of the details and blind embossing in the photos below!
The top two photos as well as the bottom left one in the grouping above are detail photos of Andrea and Adam’s reply card. The photo on the bottom right, however, shows their website card. Andrea and Adam chose to create a small separate website card to include with their invitations so that guests would know where to go to get further information, without having the web address printed right on the invitation itself. This card is 3.5″x2″, which is the same size as a standard business card, and was also printed in chocolate brown ink. We created a super-cute compass design for this card, with Adam and Andrea’s initials on the compass on either side of a heart. Isn’t that sweet?!? I just love how every little detail we included in the suite really tied in well with Adam and Andrea’s personalities and outdoor hobbies.
Andrea also created a separate belly band herself to tie everything together after she received her invitations from us. She was kind enough to send me a photo of everything all tied up together, and I wanted to share it with you too:
Didn’t she do an awesome job?!? I love the bark paper she chose for the actual band and I think the brown raffia and little compass tag she created to tie it up are really cute.
Thanks so much again Adam and Andrea for working with us on your invitations! I imagine that your wedding this past June was just beautiful! If you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to let me know! All the best!