3.14.2008

Real Weddings: Another Hawaiian Event


Colby approached me over a year ago to create the beautiful invitation for her wedding in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. I was very excited to take part in her DIY invitation adventure. She had the calligraphy artwork letterpress by Jill Nieporte of Jill Cate and then she assembled all the pieces herself. The invitation was quite large, and it was pressed on a very fine handmade paper in a copper ink. Each invitation had a watermark of her initial in the Hawaiian Quilt. It was truly so unique and beautiful. The paper was then layered over a thicker handmade paper and rolled into a scroll. The components were all placed in a tube with a label I addressed in copper metallic ink to each guest. It was truly a challenge to find an ink that would write on these fibrous handmade paper labels Colby printed and tore herself. Instead of an inner envelope, she incorporated a paper band with each guest's name and tied with a copper ribbon, sealed with wax.
Here is the set laid out. She even created these gorgeous programs, hand-covered in bamboo paper. Each program incorporated custom artwork I wrote out as she specified. She did all the design work herself! When I asked how she found the time, she replied that she did a lot of the work while she and her fiance watched TV.
Colby also had a custom map drawn. All the writing she chose was my citadel script. Here is a zoom in of her map. I used the quilt initial as the compass! Because the church was quite a distance from the reception site I incorporated an inset at the top right corner to show directions on how to get there.
Each program had pictures of her family members who had also been married at the same church in Honolulu. The pages each had calligraphed titles printed with the quilt watermark on each edge.

Each place setting was marked with a large envelope place card with a name on each. The place cards were of course assembled by Colby with paper from Paper Source. Colby was one of those brides I had the privilege of working close with over a long period of time. I am always sad when the wedding comes and I know our working relationship is over, however I get excited to see the pictures!

3 comments:

Kathryn said...

Lady - you are so talented! :)

elizabeth @ elizabeth anne designs said...

these are so lovely and unique. fantastic job as always

Nicole said...

Which ink did you end up using, I alway have that issue with labels too!

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