I worked with my graphic design sister, Candace, and a local printer, Good Impressions, to do these custom announcements. I did the calligraphy in black ink on white paper, scanned it, added type, and they adjusted the color. I ordered Stardream paper for the belly bands and 2” gold seals. I designed the monogram and had an embosser made, which we used on the seals (and on napkins and correspondence cards).
560 hand addressed envelopes! That’s what happens when both bride and groom have large families.
● O&B Commemorative Piece
The idea of this piece went around in my head for a long time; I had decided that I would make a commemorative piece for each of my children when they married and Olivia was married first. I actually got pretty far into a different layout, one that looked more like the resolutions of the late 1800s and early 1900s, before I looked at the gothic text and Lombardic caps I chose and realized that Olivia would hang it on her wall but wouldn’t love it. I scrapped it and started over, sketching curved lines on a plain piece of paper with no grid. I knew she liked modern pointed pen best and that I wanted to incorporate Victorian flower meanings to describe their personalities and my hopes for them. It came together quite easily once I switched.
● Framed table toppers
Olivia sent me favorite short quotes to use on the tables at her reception. I used the same paper and ink (actually paint–a mixture of Vandyke brown gouache and Fine Tec gold watercolor) that I used on the announcements. (We got gold frames at every Goodwill store between Indianapolis and Branson, Missouri while on spring break!)