Melissa & Zach: Invited!
Melissa and Zach are quite the power couple. Melissa balances work at a medical research facility in Oklahoma and also somehow manages to kick some serious ass booty in dental school, and Zach is an avid cyclist and full-time dentist. Their kids will have some serious smiles one day! I met Melissa through my best friend in the entire world, who also worked at OMRF studying T cells and B cells (and other stuff that I can't pronounce). It's funny how all of my friends are complete opposites of me. While I could never find enjoyment out of taking the spleens out of mice, I really appreciate those who do! Melissa and Brittany, my good friend since elementary school, have made some huge contributions to the science world in a short period of time. I'm so proud of both of them for all of their accomplishments!
Did I mention that Melissa and Zach also have great taste? Yes, not only are they smart, but they're really stylish, too. It's not always easy to work with a bride across state lines, but Melissa made the process a breeze. Whenever I would send over a mockup, she would have nothing but great things to say each time. Talk about an ego booster!
I'm really bad about talking about my clients and not the design process, so here's a little more about the actual artwork:
Melissa was open to stepping out of the typical wedding invitation box, so we used a lot of non-traditional elements in this suite. Even the layout was completely unique, with brackets, finger-pointers and floral illustrations in place of standard text. Instead of using a single font, we highlighted the important details with various typefaces. The custom illustration of a bicycle compliments one of Zach's favorite pastimes, which was carried throughout the stationery. It is always important to include the groom in the artwork, too (as long as he has good taste, right?).
Using details that will be present at the actual ceremony, each piece had a different custom pattern on the back side. The invitations and RSVP postcards were printed on 110 lb felt cardstock, then they were placed inside a gate-folding jacket. A sheer, ivory ribbon secured the entire set and created a nice balance between the kraft paper that we used for the jackets.
*If you're not interested in using two sets of outer envelopes with your wedding invitations, think about purchasing envelope liners instead! They are more economical and more fun!
Enjoy your day tomorrow, Melissa & Zach! Here's to many, many happy years to come.