When my college roommate Jess asked me to design her wedding invites for her dreamy destination wedding in Kauai, Hawaii, I couldn't have been more excited. Jess shared a room with me in the dorms at SDSU, back in my art school days, and watched me work through many delirious and sleepless nights of drawing, painting, and working on all kinds of projects, so it was extra special to work with her, more than ten years later (already? yikes!) to create custom art and illustrations for her very own wedding.
Jess and Dan were the perfect clients to work with because they really encouraged me to get creative, and wanted to include hand drawn illustrations, which is always my favorite part of the process. They wanted to incorporate pineapples and bright tropical colors inspired by the flowers of Hawaii, like pops of bright pink and yellow, paired with the elegant combo of navy and white. I hand painted Hawaii-inspired elements like pineapples, palm trees, seashells and tropical cocktails to create a pattern for the back of the invite and rsvp card. Jess' little dog Mae is very special to her and an important part of Jess and Dan's family, so I worked in little Mae silhouettes into the pattern as well. I also created hand-drawn icons for each event included on the wedding weekend itinerary.
Jess had the navy blue envelopes addressed in gold ink by calligrapher Michelle Kimberly Chan of MKC Calligraphy, and used colorful, tropical vintage stamps from Pack & Post Shop. The result was just beautiful and it was such a fun treat to receive one in the mail! It was so fun to be able to bring Jess and Dan's vision for their wedding invites to life. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Hasselman!