I recently had the pleasure of designing a most personal wedding invite. As most of you are aware by now that I love taking on new opportunities when it comes to creating so when I was asked to create a drawing for a wedding invite I absolutely jumped at the chance and was so thrilled to be given a this new opportunity. To date I have only ever designed one other wedding invite! (See Image Below)
I really enjoyed the whole process of creating a drawing for a wedding invite, from start to finish. Meeting up to discuss, mulling through what seems to be endless amounts of ideas or overthinking the whole lot and then pulling it back to simplicity whilst endeavouring to capture an essence that perfectly reflects the couple or the couples ideas.
Oftentimes the venue is incorporated into the design of the invite. When speaking with Siobhán and discussing ideas with her I encouraged her to throw all of their ideas at me. I asked her to send on any images that would help and or write down what she was thinking and to sketch them herself if she could (even if it meant stick figure drawings!!) If there were any words, phrases or lyrics that came to mind ... Anything at all really that would help! We also discussed the wedding venue, Ballymagarvey Village in Co. Meath. This became significant in our conversations when Siobhán was describing the setting. You could feel the happiness and delight of this place coming through the phone when we first discussed it. You know when you can almost touch a persons happiness?? (I don't know if that makes sense??? .. lol ) As I had never heard of Ballymagarvey Village I couldn't wait to have a nose :) My goodness what a beautiful venue. Right in the middle of the countryside, an old manor house with adjoining cottages and courtyard steeped in history. Stone walls, secret gardens and water. A special venue.
Some photos I took of the venue when I attended the wedding ...
As you can see a most beautiful setting.
As mentioned previously the venue became significant in the design of the wedding invite. From throwing out lots of ideas to be discussed and examined further we were able to pull it back and create an invite that portrayed the venue and the couple in a most romantic way.
Lots of preliminary sketches were created and images discussed before finalising how the final invite was going to look. Here are some of the initial drawings ...
Then the final design ...
The main theme or the most important aspect of creating this invite was that the couple wanted to make it personal to them. They wanted a one off, unique design that reflected the essence of their relationship and the path they both have taken, both past and present. I created many drawings for this wedding, which I will discuss and show you in another blog post. One idea that came to mind that I thought would be quite quirky and unique to them was the idea of combining a shamrock and thistle into a drawing! The bride being Irish and the groom Scottish. Here's how it turned out ...
They both loved it so much they decided to use it on the envelope of the invite as well as on stickers as part of the wedding stationary!
The initial idea above and the final design below ...
Thank you for taking the time to read,
Art and creativity is in my heart! Always dreaming ...