Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A custom map was created for Nicole, showing Lake Las Vegas in relation to the Vegas Strip and the LAX Airport. This was displayed alongside the wedding weekend itinerary which included a golf tournament and a welcome party. All cards were made of a pearlescent white metallic cardstock.
After a fun ten months of working with Nicole, she just got married this past weekend! Nicole and Gary, congratulations!! I'll be sharing her other wedding stationery elements soon. If you're interested in this invitation for your upcoming wedding or special event, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, October 23, 2009
More recently, I've been doing lettering on envelopes. Taking the time to write out someone's name in style is a way to give a great first impression. For every card I send out, whether it's a thank you, bithday, or wedding, I always spend a little time to make it extra special. Below are some photos of lettering examples.
Block lettering: clean and modern
Cursive lettering: whimsical and fresh
This lettering is great for envelopes, but would also work well if you're looking for a unique style for tags, place cards, signs, or anything else. My lettering services are available through Pink Orchid Designs. Please email me at email@example.com for pricing!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
If you want to try some fruit from Edible Arrangements, they are actually giving out free boxes of chocolate dipped fruit here. The promotion ends on 11/16/09 and is limited to the first 100,000 participants. Delivery costs are not included. I absolutely love chocolate covered fruit, and want to make sure everyone can take advantage of this amazing offer!
In my previous blog entry here, I went through the design process for some pretty cool Star Wars birthday invitations. When else would I have the opportunity to create glittering light sabers? Then, I found out that Hudson changed his mind about Star Wars, and what did he pick instead? A Carnival Theme! Melissa said that there would be things like cotton candy, a jump house, and face painters. I instantly got thinking about carnivals that I've been to and after discussing some other elements with her, it was time to sketch out some ideas.
Everything was so different than the types of things I draw for wedding invitations, so this was a fun challenge for me. I started sketching out tents, admission tickets, ferris wheels, cotton candy, balloons, and little signs to point to other fun activities. Then I began trying to come up with ideas on how to put all of those ideas on one invitation without it looking really randomly placed. The main issue that I ran across was that there were too many ideas to fit on one 5" x 7" invitation, especially because I had to include information like when and where the party was. So, I opted out of the tent, and came up with the following invitation.
I created blue and orange carnival admission tickets with "Hudson" in place of the ticket numbers. The ferris wheel seats had "H" on them to personalize them for Hudson's birthday. The lights on the ferris wheel were hand-glittered in orange and blue to match the lettering. There were signs pointing to different activities that they will actually have at the birthday party, with some colorful balloons tied to the signs. There was also a cotton candy machine where I hand-glittered the cotton candy in blue and pink. To link all of the elements together, they are all on a path surrounded by grass, so it looks like the ferris wheel is in the distance, and you are only seeing one small part of the carnival.
Aren't these invitations super cute? They are made of a pearlescent white metallic cardstock, with an onyx black metallic cardstock backing. The onyx black metallic envelopes matched the invitation perfectly, and the 35 guest names were hand-lettered in block letters and white ink. Melissa was really happy with how these turned out, and in my opinion, Hudson was able to be the coolest five-year-old to pass out invitations in black metallic envelopes to his classmates at school. If you're interested in these invitations or another custom design, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Or should I say Episode I? I recently received a request from Melissa to design her son's 5th birthday party invitations. She told me that Hudson wanted a Star Wars themed party, and other than rule of "wanting them cute", I was free to come up whatever I wanted. Star Wars is pretty different from the normal wedding invitations that I design, so I tried to think of different elements that I could draw out well. Yoda was pretty much out of the question, but I thought some glowing light sabers might do the trick.
Here is the actual sketch that I used to come up with the concept. I drew out different light sabers for Hudson vs. Darth Vader, and also came up with an idea to have a curve of black in the corner of the invitation with stars on both sides. This was to introduce a planet shape effect, and give the illusion that the text and light sabers were actually floating in space.
After working in Adobe Illustrator, I realized that two corners of this planet shape would make the planet look like a football, so I decided to just go with one corner. I found some great Star Wars fonts and made the 5th Birthday Party a Star Wars Episode, starring Hudson of course. The two light sabers were personalized with "H" and "DV" for Hudson and Darth Vader. I also included hand-glittered elements for all of the stars and the light sabers. I also added a few stormtroopers in for fun. This invitation is on pearlescent white metallic cardstock with a onyx black metallic cardstock backing.
So now, why did I name this part I? Well, after Melissa loved this design, and we finalized everything about it, Hudson changed his mind about the Star Wars party, and wanted something else. I told Melissa not to worry, and I would design her a new invitation for the new theme. I decided to make one of these Star Wars invitations for fun anyways so I could share it with you all on the blog, and in my opinion, the actual invitations for part II are even better! Stay tuned to find out what Hudson picked out for his birthday party theme!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The bridesmaids wore Butter by Nadia dresses where they could wrap the satin fabric to make their own unique styles. The bride was stunning in a beaded wedding dress by Badgely Mischka, and her makeup artist was the talented Kimberly Fosher. The ceremony programs were handmade by the bride's mother, and the invitations matched their fall color scheme perfectly. During cocktail hour, guests perused through an amazing collection of framed ancestor photos. A sign that said "Please find your seat" was placed on the escort card table, where the cards were a variety of chairs that were intricately hand painted by the bride's sister. The reception tables were covered in spice orange silk dupioni linens, with olive satin napkins.
The big highlight was the Horah dance at the beginning of the reception. It was a first for Fiona to have to prevent a guest from carrying delicate armless Chiavari chairs into the crowd, and she immediately signaled over to me where I was ready to push in a napkin and two super sturdy chairs with arms for the bride and groom to be lifted into the air. Once I got into the middle of the crowd with the chairs, everyone knew exactly what to do, and the next thing I know, the biggest cheer came out when the newlyweds were hoisted into the air!
After enjoying a three course dinner of butternut squash bisque, baby arugula salad, and cornish game hen, guests were treated to a French croquembouche dessert and chocolate covered strawberries. The profiteroles were bound with caramel, and some others were dipped in chocolate or vanilla icing. Here is a little preview of the wedding, and as soon as the professional photos from Jamison Wexler arrive, I will definitely share those with you as well!
The wedding went really smoothly, and the entire staff at the Harvard Club was extremely friendly and a joy to work with. Hilary and Joe, it was such an honor to be part of your big day, and have a wonderful honeymoon in Italy!
Friday, October 9, 2009
This boxed invitation in pink is wrapped in chocolate ribbon and is filled with pink tissue paper. The pearlescent white metallic cardstock invitation includes hand-glittered cherry blossoms with some chocolate ribbon detail in two corners. The bronze metallic cardstock backing matches the response envelope perfectly. The response card includes similar hand-glittered cherry blossom details, with little icons to represent meal choices.
I love receiving boxed invitations because it's like opening up a present. It would also get your guests really excited about attending your upcoming wedding or event! If you're interested in boxed invitations or this cherry blossom invitation design, please contact me at email@example.com.