This custom invitation suite was designed for a real wedding for our fantastic couple, Ali and David. Our outgoing and much loved bride and groom have been together since they were fifteen: survived high school, long distance through college, ups and downs and were ready to plan an epic soiree of a weekend for all their friends and family! They reside in Chicago and planned a Palm Springs destination wedding (of over 200 guests). Palm Springs holds a special place in the bride’s heart, as do details and clean design (she’s a hotel interior designer) so it was really important to her to set the tone of what’s to come with the invitation suite.
Our inspiration was clean white, desert sophistication, with a touch of fun. Our palette was desert greens and burgundy jewel tones. The star of the suite was definitely the main invitation. We did a blind deboss of a palm design, copper foil stamp, extra thick cotton paper and a burgundy painted edge. This piece has so much weight and texture and really left an impact on their guests.
As a calligrapher as well as a stationer, the whole suite had custom calligraphy on all pieces. The envelope calligraphy called for pointed pen with a diluted burgundy gouache (for a watercolor effect). We pulled vintage cactus stamps, plus some soft pinks to echo her upcoming floral palette. We created cactus watercolor painted envelope liner, and carried the cactus elements throughout. Ali really wanted a fun bellyband to tie it all together, to start from beginning: “a weekend ten years in the making”. Telling their story was important to us, and knowing them is to love them. This day has been highly anticipated and this party was certainly about to be worth the wait!
All photography by Society House