last month two of my dear friends, eitan and joanna, were married. their wedding was a completely epic weekend event that really exemplified the idea of a community coming together to make something happen. but months and months before this monumental weekend i started working on wedding artwork! they asked me to create their wedding invitations and it sort of evolved from there, and i started considering myself the official wedding artist. the first thing i created was their save the date cards. the three of us sat down to get an idea of what they liked and talk about some imagery, then joanna sent me examples of things she liked. then i disregarded every bit of imagery that we had discussed and drew a picture of them. well they are both very kind and patient people and were happy with the save the date card.
when it came time for the discussion of the invite i had to remind myself that this invite was about them and what they wanted, not about me!!! so many conversations later we decided upon some imagery, fonts, paper and colors and the drawing for the invite was created. joanna helped me print the invites. if anyone is interested the save the date cards were drawn in pen, scanned and then just photocopied on to recycled cardstock, with 4-up on a page. the invites were letterpress printed from a photopolymer plate, that was created off of a drawing, the text was also printed from a photopolymer plate. then the pond lily was hand colored with watercolor paint. the response cards were also drawn in pen, laid out on the computer and digitally printed.
along with the invite was a hand drawn map of how to get to the location that the wedding was held, and a small card announcing the brunch that would be held the day after the wedding. the last printed piece was a schedule of events for the day of the wedding and the ceremony. once again these were drawn in pen, and digitally printed.
i stuck to all of my deadlines and everything was finished on time. a lot of people came to the wedding a day or two early to help set up and prepare, myself included. i was immediately put to work on writing out chalkboards. for two days i wrote out many chalkboards, none of which i have pictures of, but they turned out lovely. one of the best things is that we decided to barter for payment. for invites and all the other drawings eitan, with the help of my patrick, made us a dining room table!!!! it is beautiful, and i sit at it as i type this. the table is a farm table that is made from reclaimed pine, from a house torn down in detroit, with cedar legs. we all thought we got the better end of the bargain, so i will take that as a good barter. congratulations eitan and joanna!!!!!