From Our Portfolio: Invitation Project

WEDDING INVITATION TAKES A CUE FROM THE PAST

We don’t often do work for individuals, but when lovely Samantha Eichenburg called me up and asked if we’d design her wedding invitations, we could hardly say no. Samantha’s vision was an invitation mailer with RSVP card that reflected a 1920s vintage feel that fit with their choice of venue—an historic supper club in Northeast Minneapolis. She requested gold and silver to match her wedding colors, and a sense of traditional elegance.

In designing the concepts, we researched the era and were drawn to both neo-classic and art nouveau styles that were popular at the time. We combined hand illustration with vintage illustrations to create custom borders for each concept. We selected type that fit the era after a search of hundreds of fonts. The following are the two concepts we presented:

Concept 1: Neoclassic Revival

A mixing of classic fonts, ornate, Roccoco-era borders, and updated colors (pewter and gold), create a balance between classic and contemporary. The Italian-inspired ornaments are a nod to the country where you met.

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Concept 2: Art Nouveau

Retro to the Art Nouveau period, this concept feels like a perfect pairing with a reception at Jax Cafe. Fonts and decorative flourishes suggest the period, and a subtle linen pattern in the background adds a layer of texture. Muted colors and copious white space suggest updated elegance.

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Samantha and Joe selected the first concept, which we used to inspire the rest of the project’s pieces. The result is below:

Mockup of full invitation

Selected invitation: one-sided invitation, two-sided reception card, and rsvp card.

Bride and groom were pleased with completed pieces, and we had gained a new appreciation for an historical era past.

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