A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I promised you that I’d be showing you E+D’s wedding invitation in a future post. I’ll admit that it took me longer than I’d expected, and I wish that I could show you more of it. I hate blurring things out because you lose some of the effect. But I understand the lovely E’s request for privacy!
Before I get to the pretty photos, I want to share the love that she sent me about my last post:
OMG, Elisa! What a super, super sweet feature! Such kind, generous, happy, warm thoughts and words — thank you so much!!! And, thank you so much for getting us and what we were going for — and for helping making it happen! And, you made it look easy and no stress, how do you do that? I miss collaborating, talking and thinking with you! You were always so receptive and supportive of all the crazy ideas from the start, being excited with me about the million cute and creative ideas out there, and talking me through just about all of them. At the end, the day was so much more than I could ask for — all I could be was happy and overwhelmed. :o)
E + D, every time I see the photos from your wedding I end up with a big dopey smile on my face. You guys rock!
And now on to the pretty things!
E wanted a very handmade look to her wedding invitations, so she asked her friend R to make a papercut background for us to use!
R worked magic with her scissors and her scanner, and sent me this. Seriously, isn’t it gorgeous?
She even cut out E+D’s names and “hung” them from the banner between the two trees, but obviously that’s been blurred.
The only thing was – construction paper is a different size and shape than invitations. So I worked with E for about 8 hours, playing with drafts and sending ideas back and forth from San Diego to Los Angeles (thank goodness for the internet!). It was a marathon session, since E+D weren’t sure until a few days before whether they were actually going to send out paper invitations, and wanted to get them sent out a month in advance of the big day. But I’m really really proud of what we came up with.
I know it might not mean a lot to anyone who’s not a computer design nerd. But the original invitation background was made from construction paper. Working with it digitally involved painstakingly cutting out pieces of the original invitation and blending colors (since construction paper has natural variations). And since we changed the aspect ratio (landscape to portrait) entirely, I found I needed to create some pieces of the picture that weren’t there, including lower tree trunks, grass, and flowers. I conjured up tiny shadows to mimic a scanned construction paper page. In addition (and I know it’s hard to see in the photo), I worked with E to find a font that looked like it, too, was cut from paper. I also created a reply card and a map to match, taking little elements of the invitation and recoloring and editing them in the style of the original. This was a true labor of love, but when it was done it was truly beautiful.
But the gorgeousness didn’t stop there. You’ve already seen the front cover of E+D’s program, but in case you need a reminder, here’s the photo taken by Heidi Ryder:
This photo isn’t nearly as gorgeous (since I took it), but here’s the cute bird detail we added to the back of the kraft paper program (we wanted it to look like they were stamped, the look we went for on the front too):
And inside was a beautiful “medallion” that R designed. This art was used on the COOLHAUS wrappers too! Photo by Heidi Ryder (yes, sorry, I blurred out names too).
And R came through during the reception too, creating the gorgeous custom guestbook to match (photo by Heidi Ryder):
Of course I had to get in on the act, adding birds to my chalk welcome sign (photo by Heidi Ryder):
E had tons and tons of ideas. And I love how we were able to in tie many of them – even ones that didn’t seem to go together – using a single motif! The handmade birds really made the details of this gorgeous wedding!