When you have as long of a history as this couple, a simple “Save our Date!” seems to fall short. Nicole and Tim first met and started dating in high school – ten full years ago! She originally approached me to customize a Curlicue card for them, but after hearing about their story and seeing their amazeballs engagement photos, I knew we had to go bigger. Thankfully, she was game!
Nicole and Tim’s wedding is going to be crazy awesome. Aside from the very cool venue, Nicole’s family farm, which is home to a Zebra named Sarge (!) among other characters and a beautiful old barn, the couple is going for a classed-up festival vibe with vibrant, saturated colors and a cozy atmosphere. (It makes me wish there was some tradition of inviting your wedding stationer… a girl can dream!)
The first step with a bespoke project is to create a style guide. Nicole is a hip advertising superhero by day, so she knew right off the bat how to speak Designerish, which made creating her look a total breeze. I did try and squeak some zebra print in there (um, how could I not?), but we ended up swapping in some imperfect chevron instead.
Boiling down a decade of relationship moments to just several sentences is tough, but Nicole and Tim did a great job. After a few rounds of wording and sketch edits, we had a great layout pieced together.
We ran a simple timeline along the edges so readers could see the progression of events over the years. And we used the watercolor confetti dots, chevron and brackets from the style guide along with a few simple silhouetted icons to break up the space.
Along with the quirky, fun photos by Matthew Jay, the final product was bright and playful. We decided to use vellum envelopes so recipients could get a sneak peak of the contents and paired them with die-cut labels for the addresses, then finished off the project by printing their return addresses to save Nicole a little time.
Thank you, Nicole and Tim, for letting me flex some creativity and create a fantastic piece for you!