Saturday, November 17, 2012

New Design: Alison & Tony's Architectural Wedding

When Alison and Tony contacted me about designing their wedding invitations, I immediately knew they were going to be perfect clients. As a couple they are down to earth, smart and incredibly kind, and as clients they brought those wonderful traits along with a love for paper, details, and a willingness to go outside-the-box to the custom invitation process. (Not to mention, the mother-of-the-bride was beyond amazing, and one of the best mom wedding planners I have ever met).

The couple got married in the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, an architectural beauty in downtown Chicago. From the beginning of our design process, they envisioned the building playing into their wedding paper. The structural and unique lines became the main visual element in every piece of the suite (along with all the day-of design). The overall look was modern, but by using more traditional typography we added in a classic touch. In the end, the letterpress printing, cotton paper, and attention to detail combined with the architectural theme helped build joyous anticipation for Alison and Tony's big day. Enjoy!

  Close up of the response card and detail card.

 The structural lines on the invitation implied the height and strength of the venue.
 The entire suite: invitation, response card, detail card, and thank you stationery.

All of the day-of paper also matched the invitation suite. The program was the main element, but we also did signage, table numbers, escort cards and much more. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Design: Stylish Patina Revamp

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I am very excited to introduce the new look and feel of Stylish Patina (an awesome blog about painted furniture, vintage finds, decorating and more). Tony, of Evenpar Solutions, and I first designed Kelly's page a little over a year ago, but she was ready to update and simplify. I was thrilled to work on her new site, and am extremely happy at the way it turned out. We are still working on a few new buttons and such, but the site is about 90% done. The new look is pretty different from the original design. This site is clean, streamlined and modern with a bit of vintage flare. In my opinion, it is a perfect visual representation of Kelly and all her work.

And, for those of you in the DC area, Kelly's monthly barn sale is this weekend! I wish I lived closer because the stuff for sale is ADORABLE!!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Stars at Night...

...are big and bright. Deep in the Heart of Texas!

I have been in Texas for the last few days and it has made me a little nostalgic for home. Over the weekend, I visited my brother in San Marcos and then attended a wedding for Reid's cousin in Austin. It was a jam-packed weekend filled with good food and lots of quality family time.

In honor of my "Heart of Texas" trip, I thought I would share a few pieces of Texas typography today. I hope you enjoy!

This piece is my absolute favorite. It was done by GSD&M for a Texas tourism campaign. 
If you are from Texas (like me) it is pretty awesome.  

I adore the hand lettering in the above stationery set from etsy.

The type on this one is in stark contrast to the others, but I like the simplicity and modernity.