Designing My Wedding Invitation

Sep 08, 2016 · New Work

Elizabeth Lee Wedding Preview

Update: this project was featured on Under Consideration’s print-focused blog, FPO! See the post.

At the end July, I finally tied the knot with my girlfriend Elizabeth Pearce. We had a lovely ceremony and reception in the upstairs rooms at the historic Antoine’s Restaurant in the French Quarter.

When we began the planning process, both Elizabeth and I staked out the areas of this event that were most important to us. As a cocktail historian, it was no surprise that her focus was the menu, ensuring delightful cocktails and classic New Orleans dishes would be on offer. For me, it was all about the invitations.

I knew I wanted the materials to capture a bit of the city’s history. So, I started with image research, eventually settling on two beautiful 18th century lithographs to serve as the backdrop for the typography: Jackson Square and an aerial view of the river.

HNOC Images

Images courtesy of the Historic New Orleans Collection

I then combined these images with large, bold typographic overlays and clean, simple layouts to get the old-meets-new vibe I was looking for.

Elizabeth  Lee Wedding Invitation

The invitation

Elizabeth  Lee Wedding Printed Set

Clockwise from left: invitation, guidebook, and note card

In addition to the main invitation, we wanted to provide guests with a bit more info about the weekend. Borrowing an idea from my (talented) friend, Mary Kunnath, we elected to create a guidebook, which included an itinerary, a map of the French Quarter, and a list of notable locations throughout.

Elizabeth Lee Wedding Guidebook 02

Guidebook interior

Elizabeth Lee Wedding Guidebook 01

French Quarter map

Elizabeth  Lee Wedding Guidebook 3

A little local flavor to close it out

For production, a letterpress solution seemed the only way to go. I worked with Small Fires Press who handled the printing beautifully and helped me find some unique paper stocks: the final invitation is printed on Lettre Ecru in 2 colors, while the guidebook cover and note cards are printed on French Press Gumdrop Green to match the accent color of the other pieces.

Elizabeth Lee Wedding

The happy couple, photo by Morgan Sasser

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