About a year ago, I started a mammoth wedding project with some of my favorite clients, the Lozen family. Lisa, the bride-to-be, was living in Chicago at the time finishing up law school, so a lot of the consulting had to be done via email, over the phone or with her mom, Jackie. The first thing to decide with any wedding suite is how you want the wedding to feel…formal? Casual? Chic? Unique? The colors, fonts and paper types will convey the atmosphere, and the invitation really sets the tone for the event. As always, we went through various different ideas. Lisa and Jackie wanted simple and clean but elegant and classy. The colors for the wedding were green and white, and they wanted very minimal color (if any at all) on the invitation. Honestly this was a challenge for me; I love color and a little funk. Black ink on white paper was going to be a little tricky, but I love being pushed out of my comfort zone. I threw out some letterpress options, pocket folders, laser cuts and DOZENS of designs. It wasn’t until Lisa found an idea in a magazine for a booklet-style invitation that we landed on “it.” I did a pearlescent white folder with a double-faced white satin knot, with the main invitation mounted to the inside. They picked a swoopy (that’s a technical term) font and a simple layout. Once this piece was chosen, the rest of the invitation elements fell into place. I did custom map cards for the ceremony and reception, and wormed a little color into the project with a chartreuse, custom-patterned envelope liner.
In the midst of designing the invitation, we needed to send out a Save-the-Date announcement as well. Lisa and her fiance Chris had some amazing photos taken in Chicago, and sent me two images to use for two different versions of the card. I put some very simple wording on the card, and to my delight Lisa asked for a scalloped edge on the cards. (Hey, a little funk!) I used some simple white matte envelopes and sent them on all their way.
When it came time for reception materials, I brought the scalloped edge back on the Menu Cards and Welcome Card for hotel guests. (Jackie made AMAZING gift bags for the hotel guests…it was a “Michigan” theme with Bells Beer, Faygo pop, Better Made Chips, Peanuts from Comerica Park and Saunders Chocolates. Everything was tucked into a really great reusable tote with a graphic of Michigan and all the cities on the front. Very cool.) I also incorporated the chartreuse pattern from the envelope liners onto the backing mat for the Menu Cards, and the same pattern was used on the front of the Ceremony Programs. Escort Cards were basic white tent cards, and I did a few miscellaneous pieces like a sign for the Groom’s Cake and a sign for an Address Card station, as well as Table Numbers. Everything was clean, coordinated and I have to say, perfect. I love when clients think of all the tiny details and want them to match. It really takes an event to another level. And speaking of tiny details, my favorite elements have to be the little Slider Flags. A Late-Night Snack of Slider Burgers and Hummers were brought out at the reception, and Jackie asked me to make about 100 personalized flags to stick into the buns. So clever!
All in all it was a HUGE, FABULOUS project and from what I hear, the wedding was amazing. Cheers to the happy couple and the awesome Lozen family!
**On a personal note, as the wedding approached, I discovered that I was going to be due with my third baby very, very close to the wedding date (yikes). Sounds stressful but this has happened with EACH OF MY CHILDREN. My first son was born just a few days before my first wedding project, and with my second son, I stopped at a UPS Store to mail a box of wedding elements on the WAY to the hospital. So although it sounds nuts, it always works out somehow, as it did with the Lozen’s wedding. I had my last little meeting with Lisa and Jackie on Tuesday, August 20th where I dropped off a huge box of all her reception materials, and guess who was born the VERY NEXT DAY? My daughter, who has impeccable timing, phew!