Joanna and Andy came to BB10 Creative looking for invitations for their September wedding in California. They had already created and sent a Save the Date card on their own, which displayed a picture of pine trees at sunset. They knew that their color scheme was going to be gray with hints of orange. I have to admit, I absolutely love using gray in designs, especially paired with yellow and orange. It’s always nice to select a neutral in your color scheme because they play so nicely with other colors that need to pop.
Initially I went in a few different directions on this design for Joanna and Andy. I created a few designs that would coordinate with the save the date, a few that had a vineyard theme since the wedding was going to be held at a vineyard, and even a few with a poppy theme, as that was the wedding flower. In the end they decided on a design that coordinated with their save the date, selecting a design of pine trees and hills at sunset. We actually chose a fixed width sans-serif font paired with a classic serif. The pine tree design cascades over the cards in the pocket in the back and orange is subtly used for accent text.
They really wanted a simple invitation, so we decided on using a newer type of enclosure, a panel pocket. Panel pockets consist of one solid piece of cardstock with room for the invitation card on one side, and a panel on the back side. This worked perfectly for Joanna and Andy’s invites, as it came in a nice slate gray color in a matte finish. Matte finish enclosures are perfect when you are looking to incorporate more natural textures or designs. The invitation was sent in a matching gray matte envelope with a custom return address sticker on the back.
Coming up next we have another eggplant wedding invitation design to feature from 2012, and then we move on to the new designs coming up for 2013! So far we have a peacock theme, baseball theme, two tropical themes and another simple and lovely gray and yellow invitation. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for all the latest BB10 Creative news, to find helpful invitation tips and connect with some of our preferred vendors! Our new Pinterest board is also seeing a lot of repinning action – share your ideas there too!
Up next we have a fall themed wedding invitation! I had previously blogged about Susan and Aric’s wedding in my Save the Date post. Susan is a good friend from my college days at Marquette and I was so honored to be helping out with her wedding materials and couldn’t wait for her big day! Susan had a very specific idea in mind when she first came to BB10 Creative for her invitations. The ceremony and reception took place at a resort in northern Wisconsin where Susan has been going on family vacations her whole life. So naturally she wanted to incorporate a design that would reflect the location while still being elegant enough for a wedding. Specifically, she was very interested in incorporating designs with birch trees or birch bark.
The final design Susan and Aric decided on uses this elegant birch tree design that includes their wedding colors of charcoal gray with yellow accents. We used a more formal script font paired with an elegant serif for the text, and printed the invitation on a clean white linen cardstock. The invitation is mounted on a metallic charcoal gray vertical pocket enclosure and was sealed shut with a custom sticker using the birch tree design. The whole package was mailed in a matching charcoal gray metallic envelope that Susan had addressed by a professional calligrapher.
As a side note, I do often get asked if BB10 Creative offers hand addressing or calligraphy. While we do offer mailing services, we do not offer hand addressing, and our invitations are mailed out either using labels or printing directly on the envelope, depending on the materials used.
Back to Susan and Aric! Overall, I was really pleased with how this invitation turned out. It may be hard to see in the pictures, but the subtle shading on the birch trees with the yellow leaves ended up being the perfect elegant design for their theme. I was also lucky enough to be one of the guests in attendance at the beautiful wedding and thought I would post some additional photos to show how Susan tied the theme all together.
Leaf shaped place cards were hung from these tree branches with ribbon. So elegant!
Close up of the place cards.
The cake, decorated with yellow leaves.
Beautiful Birch Tree Themed Centerpieces!
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A warm fall September wedding seems so far away right now in the frigid temperatures of Wisconsin, but I recently completed these Save the Dates for Susan and Aric’s upcoming wedding and wanted to share them.
Susan and Aric have picked a fall theme for their wedding since their location is a beautiful north woods resort. The resulting design appears not only on these classy save the dates but will also carry over to the invitations. Based on the wedding colors of charcoal gray and yellow, we chose a beautiful metallic charcoal gray paper for the backing and envelope and incorporated the yellow accent color in the design. Susan’s only request was that we somehow incorporate birch trees into the design, and voila! – this elegant design was born.
We also included a small card with each save the date that includes accommodation information for the wedding guests. It’s a nice way to include the necessary information without cluttering the design.
More to come from BB10 Creative soon – another save the date design is in the works as well as our second wedding of the year, coming up in May! Also, if you want to check out Susan and Aric’s amazing engagement photoshoot done by my associate Lisa Mathewson – click here!