My husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary at the end of June. Planning a wedding is a whirlwind. It was a crazy and hectic time in my life as I balanced work and wedding planning. But as I remember those days, weeks, and months leading up to that day, I have a lot of fond memories.
Our day definitely wasn’t perfect. The weather blew in this crazy rain and temperatures dropped into the high 50s for my outdoor, late June wedding in Ohio. You would never know from the pictures, but it was definitely unexpected weather. All of the little details I spent so much time on, like centerpieces and decor, were not able to be set up because of the crazy wind.
But, you know what? It didn’t matter. The day was so fun.
As I was working on some portfolio samples for Limn House's wedding and calligraphy services, I decided to take a revised approach on our own wedding invitations. I designed our first wedding suites, but they didn't have as much spunk and illustration as I would have loved to include.
I asked myself a couple of questions:
- What elements of our wedding did I really love and want to show off?
- Looking back, what would I change?
Our wedding was pretty laid back because of the changing circumstances of the weather. My hair went flat; my bridesmaids were freezing cold so we all wore mismatched sweaters over our dresses; my dress had mud caked into the train at the end of our ceremony; I danced like crazy and ruined two different pairs of shoes in the mud. But I loved all of that. We had a band, and everyone hung out in my parent’s backyard all night. It was laid back and fun and really just felt like us.
I wanted to bring that laid back quality to our invitations. They didn’t need to be completely pretty, just a little smudged and rough around the edges. Our colors were grey, white, and a peachy pink, so I used my simple palette to create a few illustrations and watercolor washes. I created one portrait of Yosi and I and a simple lace design element that I could use in various ways through the other invitation components like RSVP cards and Accommodation cards.
I decided what I really wanted out of our re-imagined invitations was that “handmade” look because, really -- that’s what our wedding was. It was handmade in our backyard. Our friends were the band, and the DJ, and the officiant, and the coordinators. We handmade our wedding so our re-imagined suites needed to have that feel.
Finally, following our theme, I went with basic kraft paper envelopes and designed a liner that pulled the suite together.
Also, if I had it my way, the wind would’ve stayed away and I would’ve created some pretty, custom illustrations for each table to go with our rustic, vintage-y vibe.
All in all, this was a really fun little memory project. If you’re interested in calligraphy or my design services, check out our Wedding Services page. We would love to work with you!
And remember - have fun on your wedding day. Be you! The details help pull your vision together, but how you enjoy the day is what you'll always remember.