Let me start at the beginning, with the Save the Date:
|This is a map of the country as we see it. Various places we've traveled to and lived in are highlighted. That's our venue up at the top.|
One of the best parts of the wedding (which stuck to the Jewish traditions) was our Chuppah -- the canopy under which the ceremony takes place. I designed the pattern, and my new mother-in-law quilted it all together with old family dresses (including a few generations of wedding dresses, and my wife's old prom dress). The design:
And the finished product, in action (can't see most of it, unfortunately, but hopefully you can get the idea -- here are the groomsman walking it down the aisle):
I designed the invitation to feature a picture of the venue, the Outdoor Art Club -- an awesome, old Arts-and-Crafts style building in the San Francisco area. In the end, I converted the drawing and text to a plate, which was beautifully letterpressed by Paper Boat Studios, in St. Louis.
Here's the invitation design:
|I doubt anybody actually used this, thanks to Google Maps...but it was still fun to draw.|
The entire suite (click to enlarge):
And here's the funky monogram sticker that sealed the envelopes shut:
There was also the matter of the Jewish marriage contract, called the ketubah. Here's the template -- the text was later calligraphed in (in very tiny, black letters) by our rabbi's wife. Beside it is the guestbook page, which all of our guests signed at the door.
|The Hebrew words come from an old poem; they mean "I am my beloved's and beloved is mine."|
Then, there were the table cards. We recycled my illustrations that captured places which were somehow meaningful to our lives.
And finally, just when I thought I was off the hook...it was time to make invitations for our going away party. We will be moving to Amsterdam in a week!