Monday, March 30, 2009

Heather & Tony

Heather and Tony described their VISION for their wedding invitation as “elegant”, “simple” and “celebration”. Those 3 words would guide us to the perfect invitation to announce their romantic garden event.

The creation of H&T’s invitation started with a brief phone conversation, followed by a BRAINSTORMING meeting at my studio in Cypress. Heather came prepared with a magazine picture of a wedding cake that inspired color possibilities. She described her wedding gown and examined font samples that ornately displayed their first names, while I made notes of her musings and ideas that would help our design take shape.

Since the couple lived in a neighboring city it was convenient for us to meet face-to-face. During the first hands-on session they experimented with combining and layering different colored cardstock. The COLOR choices had been narrowed down beforehand to a collection that met their expressed criteria, including shades that matched and complimented the wedding cake picture. The atmosphere was relaxed and perfect for enjoying a complimentary bottle of champagne. Note: While bubbly is an "on-site only" benefit, paper samples are gladly sent through the US mail.

With Antique Gold and Crème Brulee colors chosen as the perfect combination, we moved to the next task of considering various SHAPES AND SIZES for the main invitation and enclosures. We also considered elements that might embellish and enhance the design. Note: This is a step in the process that is sometimes handled using CAD (computer aided design) drawings to illustrate various design and layout configurations. With simulated paper colors and life-like clipart I am able to produce design concepts that are realistic, easily modified and convenient for emailing to clients.

Looking at BOTANICALS was the next order of business. And when H&T placed a reddish-burgundy Powder Puff blossom against the Crème Brulee, they loved it! We styled a hybrid flower for the top of the invitation; combining the Powder Puff with red-trimmed Heavenly Bamboo leaves, then added a smaller group of leaves to the bottom corner. From there, the ink colors and other design elements fell into place. Note: Petalos di Pauli maintains a seasonal inventory of flowers, leaves and natural elements. We are also happy to process custom requests for special colors and types of flowers.

A year after the wedding of Heather and Tony I still consider Tony the most “dynamic groom” I’ve worked with. Today he still ranks first for being the most enthusiastic and active male counterpart participating in the custom design process. His enthusiasm was taken to the nth degree when he had the entire invitation ensemble matted, framed and hung in their living room for everlasting enjoyment.

Happy Anniversary Heather & Tony! Thank you for being so much fun to work with.

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