The beautiful and unique set of wedding invitations you see above was easily another one of my favorite sets of invitations from last year. I absolutely love working with all of our international clients, and Karthi and Colin, from Australia, were no exception! Karthi and Colin were married this past December in Aukland, New Zealand in a ceremony that combined aspects of both traditional Hindu and western cultures. Their invitations, which you can see above, included a #10 size ceremony invitation, a monarch size reception invitation, a small rsvp/website card and a red #10 envelope to mail everything in.
Below you can see the invitation all by itself. For the design, we combined a lovely script font for Karthi & Colin’s names with a decorative serif font for the main body text. We used the colors of a traditional Hindu ceremony: yellow and red, for the paper and inks, and also used decorative elements that suggested a more traditional ceremony within the design. The paper for Karthi & Colin’s invite, reception invite and rsvp/website card was a custom-made yellow paper from Porridge Papers. It had wildflower seeds embedded in it that will actually grow if the invitations are planted. I love that we were able to have a custom yellow paper made for these! They were so bright and cheerful!
Aren’t the decorative elements in this design just gorgeous!?! I love how they reference traditional Hindu art and Mehndi while also being somewhat modern-looking.
For Colin & Karthi’s reception invitation, we used the same fonts, custom-made yellow paper, and red inks. The design elements for this card were slightly more floral, and I love the Thoreau quote at the bottom. Colin’s and Karthi’s ceremony was held in the morning at the Swami Narayan Temple Hall in Aukland, and their reception was held later that evening at Hopetown alpha, also in Aukland.
In the photo in the bottom left of the grouping below, you can see their website card. This was a smaller card, measuring only 3.5″x2.5″. Despite the small size, we were able to incorporate both the rsvp information and website information there, as well as use some of the decoration, for consistency with the other pieces, in the upper-lefthand corner.
The envelopes that Karthi and Colin used were a #10 size and were a bright red color from Waste Not Paper Company. I love a decorative envelope when I see one! These envelopes were printed with some of the same traditional design work from their invitation in gold ink on both the front and flap of these envelopes. It’s hard to see in the photos, but this gold was super-sparkly in person. We also printed their return address in script in gold ink on the flap of each envelope, which you can see in the lower-right photo below.
Are you ready to see photos of this gorgeous couple on their big day?!? I was so excited when Karthi sent me photos of her and Colin’s ceremony. I just love how bright and colorful a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony is, and I think it’s totally awesome that Karthi and Colin were able to incorporate elements and traditions from both of their cultural backgrounds into their wedding day. All of the photos below were courtesy of Kelly Newland Photography in Aukland, New Zealand.
I love the large group photo of everyone in front of the Swami Narayan Temple Hall above. So much color and such a beautiful building! Colin and Karthi are such a beautiful couple and I just love how Karthi looked on her wedding day in traditional wedding saree with her bridal mehndi! So gorgeous!!
Above you can see some of the images from their more western reception. Karthi and Colin look just as amazing in a white dress and suit as in their traditional attire from earlier that morning. I love their yellow wedding cake and Karthi’s birdcage veil too! As I mentioned before, I was overjoyed to get to see these photos!
Karthi and Colin were an amazing couple to work with over such a long distance! I love how they were able to incorporate aspects of both cultures into their ceremony, and creating their yellow and red stationery was so much fun!
Karthi and Colin, if you ever need anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact me! I’d love to stay in touch and work with you again sometime in the future! All the best!