Dear Sweet Readers, this time tomorrow I'll be chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool and all readin' and suntannin' out by the pool. (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, anyone?) The Jakester and I leave at approximately 6:00 tomorrow morning for an entire week at Topsail Island with my in-laws, and I am beside-myself-excited. Until my return, I will be taking a break from blogging and obnoxiously posting photos on Instagram. You can follow along if you'd like :) Have a wonderful week!
Oh how I love my job! I get to sit down with brides to discuss every detail of their special day, from the flowers to the favors, and come up with a design that encompasses it all. Wedding invitations are guests' first look at a couple's big day, and I want people to be 'wowed' when they open the envelope.
Each couple has their own unique style, and that is one of the things I love most about weddings: the opportunity to make the day completely your own.
Marielly and CJ share a common interest of video games and Japanese culture. They both love Pokemon, and they asked me to incorporate a drawing of their very own Pokemons into the design of the invitations. They also asked for a modern typeface along with their colors, purple and teal.
I'm a big fan of wedding 'branding' - creating a logo with the couple's names that can be carried throughout the entire wedding, from the invitations to the favor tags. My goal in creating Marielly and CJ's 'logo' was to make it versatile, modern, and fun.
The Pokemon image that Marielly originally gave me was shaded in black and white, so I simplified the drawing and made it into a watermark. A little bamboo helped frame the image on the invitation and it also added a little touch of the Asian theme they were going for.
Because teal is such a bright color, I wanted to use it sparingly. I love the little pops of color on each individual piece of the invitation suite, and the teal tag with their names tied everything together.
I love how everything turned out, and it made my day/week/month to receive Marielly's thank-you note in the mail:
Lauren, I wanted to thank you for all of your work and help in creating my wedding invitations. You have no idea how happy we are with them! You took my vision and made it even better than I could have ever imagined! I have really enjoyed working with you. I look forward to seeing more work that you create. Thank you for everything!
Marielly, I had so much fun working with you! Thank you all for allowing me to be a part of your special day.
Dear Mr. Hooker, the chipmunks, bunnies, turtles, and birds that we've seen all around our yard this spring make me feel like Snow White. Now if only I could sing them inside to do the laundry... ;) I sure do love our cottage. Dear Tebow, after I bragged on you in last week's letter, you decided to bust loose from the invisible fence two mornings in a row. Not only did I look like a buffoon chasing you around in my dress and sandals, but you made me late for work twice. Back on the naughty list, buddy. Dear Topsail Island, this time next week I'll be soaking up some sun on your sandy shores while my husband hides underneath the beach umbrella. I. Can't. WAIT! Dear Jake, our nieces and nephews have declared you as their favorite. But I can't be too jealous; seeing you with them makes my heart happy.
Happy Monday, sweet readers!