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.

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.

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.

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.

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