I'm celebrating my third year being married to my wonderful husband Brent today, so I thought it was the perfect day to share the invites I designed for our fiesta themed wedding in Old Town San Diego, on January 11, 2014. Even though these invites are three years old, they are still one of my favorite suites I've ever designed. It wasn't easy having myself as a client, but was also fun to have complete design freedom.
I had always dreamed of having letterpress wedding invites, but when it came down to timing it was going to take too long to get my dream invites professionally printed. I ended up deciding to print and cut everything myself. It was a labor of love but I was able to get them done in a few days instead of waiting several weeks. Looking back now, after having done several weddings by hand, I would never do this again, but I learned a ton during the process.
I hand lettered type and created illustrations for the main invite and rsvp card. Rather than having a traditional details card, I printed four miniature vintage postcards from my collection, with different details about the wedding on the back of each card, and stuck them all in a mini white envelope. I hired my talented friend and favorite illustrator Brett of Hecho Por Sego to illustrate the custom HOLA font, which he screen printed onto little canvas bags. The rsvp and details cards fit inside these little bags, which I then secured to the main invite with white and gold twine. I really wanted our guests to have fun opening these invites, discovering all the little special pieces involved.
I found gorgeous cream envelopes with the most beautiful decorative flaps when I was in New York for a few days during the design process. I purchased 100 of each, the main envelope and smaller rsvp envelopes, and hand carried them back to California with me on the plane. I found the most perfect vintage cactus stamps on Etsy that I purchased from Verde Studio, they added the perfect pop of color to the all-shades-of-white suite.
They may not have been letter-pressed, but they sure turned out special. Our invites set the perfect tone for our white fiesta wedding, and we couldn't have been happier with them in the end. Thanks to my talented friends Kristina and Jo of Kristina Lee Photography for these beautiful photos AND for being the best wedding day photographers ever!