Last week I shared a glimpse of a wedding invitation on Instagram. Today I thought I'd share a little more detail. Cassie, a beautiful bride planning her upcoming September wedding, commissioned me to create the above botanicals for her invitation design. We focused on the flowers and plants that are being used throughout her wedding. I loved bringing the peachy pinks in and giving these botanicals a distinctly late summer Texan brightness and warmth compared to the cooler springtime tones in my own wedding botanicals.
Cassie worked with her wedding planner, Keely Thorne and her paper designer, Papellerie to create this exquisite suite of paper using my art paired with the work of talented calligrapher Elizabeth Porcher Jones.
The botanicals are printed directly on the reply and reception cards, but then they took it to the next level by printing the florals on the tissue overlay on the wedding invite itself. I love this idea. I wish I could say I thought of it for my own wedding. I wrestled with how to bring my art into my invitation design because I wanted the invite to feel formal and traditional featuring just the calligraphy. We ended up using my art in the envelope lining which was lovely (pictures to come!), but the tissue overlay is pure genius.
And possibly the best part was the stamp... look closely...
Yes! Those are Cassie's family's labs. Aren't they the sweetest things?
Her sweet Cavalier, Mollie had already made an appearance in her Save-The-Date, also illustrated by me. So we figured it was time for the labs to turn into sketches too!
Here's her save the date too by the way, I just realized I never shared it! It is an illustration of her family home where the wedding will take place. Notice Mollie in the front yard...
As I officially pass the Bridal Baton on to every other girl who has yet to walk down the aisle, I'd like to turn your attention to one of my recent Save-The-Date commissions and remind you all that I am here, wearing my Illustrator to the Bride hat, no longer my Bridal hat, and that I'm ready to sketch for you!
For this commission, the bride and groom asked me to capture the glamour of a Gatsby-era evening on the Atlantic City boardwalk with the happy couple as a part of the scene. We worked with a vintage poster that they loved and recreated it in my style.
The couple sent the illustration out in the form of a postcard, with their wedding details on the back, just like a vintage postcard you might have picked up from a trip to the shore... cute, right?!
Happy final stretch to September 6th to George & Kate! And thank you for letting me set the tone for your wedding!
So I have decided the official theme for this week is bridal. I'm moving into my studio and don't have time to sketch up new blog posts, so I figured, who doesn't love brides? So... I will share another bride in the absence of a new blog sketch.
This is Katherine, isn't she a dream? I loved the pictures I got to work with for her painting. This one in particular was so sweet - her mother's locket as a zipper pull...
I wish I could have seen her at her wedding. Sketching Lily from memory at her wedding was so meaningful. I think I am going to start making my bridal commissions invite me to their weddings for research. I mean they invite the photographer, they should invite the illustrator. Right?
Anyway... Check back again this week for more of bridal week on the blog!X