There may only be one answer to the question, “Which stationery project should I feature first?” Our own, of course! Today’s first post is a closer look at our very own wedding invitation. This remains to be one of my favorite stationery projects to date – it served as the invitation to our nearest and dearest to join us for one of the most blessed events of our life together as Mr. & Mrs. Grubb!
Aside from the fact that I got to be my own client, the creative process behind this suite was truly unique in that I was able to collaborate with another artist. Josie Wolfe of Calligraphy by Josie provided the most central design elements – the main invitation is entirely done by Josie’s hand! Several key phrases of the other pieces in the suite were also drawn by her hand – Kindly Respond, Dinner & Desserts, Reception and so on – all held together in a textured red pocket folder. I love the original flourishes and slight irregularities that characterize hand drawn calligraphy. There is a warmth and elegant tradition to the art. And best of all, the result is one of a kind! Coupled with a traditional serif font, accents of an art deco typeface, and little vintage icons, the result conveyed the 1930s -1940s inspired feel the Mr. & I were hoping to achieve. Josie’s penmanship on the outer envelope finished off the suite.
Hand drawn calligraphy conveys the warmth and traditional elegance of a bygone era.
Icons with a vintage feel convey the content of each supporting card: Directions, Reception, and a pre-wedding Party.
A textured red pocket folder held together event details and the RSVP postcard.
Key phrases in hand drawn calligraphy on each card accent the main invitation.
A hand drawn Map on the back of the Directions card complimented the hand drawn feel of calligraphy.
RSVP postcards offered a spot for guests to write a personal message. To this day we have held onto these as a keepsake!