We were thrilled when Emily & Jim approached us with this project. They had an idea for an invitation with multiple pieces that would attempt to illustrate the grandeur of Yosemite, where their winter wedding would take place.
For the save the date, the couple wanted something simple and personal. We had one of Emily and Jim's engagement photos printed on heavyweight paper, and then letterpress printed the details over it. For guests also invited to the rehearsal dinner, they received an additional card with hand-written details.
We were so excited to design the invitation! We created three layers of custom-illustrated pieces (with two die-cut layers) picturing the Yosemite landscape and mountains. When the first two layers are removed they reveal the main piece of the invitation, with the details of the event. We combined detailed line drawing with elegant hand lettering (and a bit of quirkiness) to strike a balance between campy and classy. Each of the pieces are printed in gray, green, blue, and white inks. The addition of smoky gray and soft blue paper, as well as deep blue and green envelopes, creates a really beautiful winter color palette.
The suite also contains lots of little details for the couple, including a custom map of Yosemite Valley with illustrations of scenic sites and event venues, the couple's wedding insignia featuring the Half Dome and their initials, and an RSVP with the Latin names of the food choices. One of our favorite details is the belly band with the John Muir quote, "It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of nature I was ever permitted to enter." We are honored that Emily and Jim chose us to create their unique and special wedding suite. It's one of our favorite projects so far, and we had so much fun designing and printing it!