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!
I come to you with a report from the front lines of the war against 5 inch heeled wedding shoes. I stand before you victorious. I know you all have been on pins and needles, waiting for this report. But, before I unveil the shoes, I must first give you the casualty report. No battle is without it's losses.
So, you know how every wedding album has that shot, that iconic shot of the shoes? Well - if you're like me, when you see that shot, your first reaction is Wow! what a pretty picture of shoes! I can't wait to have my wedding shoes photographed and then prominently featured on wedding blogs the world over!
Well... my search for the shoes has resulted in a cruel lesson in karma! Like I said, with any battle, there will be casualties...
I finally found a shoe that could carry me down the aisle to my beloved. I was standing there, in Saks, admiring my feet and considering instagraming them when I noticed that the right shoe was a little loose.
Here! exclaimed the overzealous salesman helping me, I can fix that!
You can? I asked absent mindedly while opening the instagram app. I slipped off the right shoe and handed it to him... glancing up only at the last second as he was affixing a large, orthopedic looking insert to the inside of the shoe.
See! Now it is perfect! It will never slip or come out! he said, returning it to me proudly
WHAT IS THAT? I asked in horror, What do you MEAN it will NEVER come out?
It is permanent! Now you MUST pay for them! He explained gleefully, realizing he had just killed two birds with one stone - both forcing the sale and making the shoe fit my right foot better. And as I handed over my card, I accepted with the feeling of a deflated balloon that my shoe would never be photo material now with a giant dr. scholl's insert stuck in it.
I know, I know, I know. First world problem. Greenland is melting, time to get over the shoe picture. But isn't that just the way the world works? I write a blog post about searching for the perfect shoes and now they can't even be photographed properly. Oh well, these little traumas only serve to remind me that the real reason I was on the hunt for these shoes was because I am lucky enough to have found someone to eternally love... not because this is my one shot at getting a spread in Town & Country brides.
So... without further, elaborate, drawn out storytelling. I present to you the bridal trifecta. It takes a village to cobble a bride, or at least this bride. I required not one but three pairs of shoes to hit everything on my exhaustive checklist.
Shoe one, the Jimmy Choo Straits in a light gold snake stamped heel meets my D'Orsay needs. At 3.5" heel height it is just the thing to pair with my wedding gown. (and with every black tie dress I'll ever wear again)
Shoe two, the Louboutin Pigalle 85mm is actually the shoe I based my crazy ranting blog post on. Exactly a perfect heel, dropping in a dramatic line from the farthest back tip of the heel, in a glowingly warm nude patent leather will be the perfect shoe for the rehearsal dinner. (and for any cocktail occasion ever again)
And Shoe three - The J Crew Audrey pumps in in lavender floral fills my need for some floral, botanical, organic life breathed into the fabric. How cute are these for the bridesmaid lunch? (and with white jeans on the honeymoon!?)
And there you have it, I've found three pairs of 3" heeled shoes, each celebrating one of my favorite shoe qualities, each ready and waiting in my closet to help me celebrate this special occasion. Thank you all for your very enthusiastic support through this search! I hope you like my trifecta!
Cheers to this gorgeous bride, Caroline, who has planned the most beautiful January wedding to take place this weekend! I created this illustration of her for her bridesmaid brunch invitation.
Congratulations and best wishes and all of that good stuff to you this weekend, Caroline!
Happy Wedding Day to Candice and Hank!
This handsome couple is celebrating their wedding today at the Oheka Castle, here in New York. Here's the illustration I created for their Save The Date...They couldn't have a more beautiful day for a celebration. The sun is shining and fall is in the height of it's glory. Congratulations you two!