It is not every day that your best friend in the whole wide world gets married. So, when you get the opportunity to design stationery for her wedding, it is possibly the most fun thing ever. My best friend, Lily, and I go back to middle school, and we've had quite the adventures together over the years.
Lily and her lovely husband-to-be, Lars, chose to have their reception at a beautiful, 20s-era venue in St. Louis called The Peabody Opera House. They both wanted to include details of the amazing architecture of the building into the wedding stationery. So, we started the fun with a Gatsby-themed save the date, and that theme continued throughout the paper products.
Lily was an English major in college, and has always been an avid reader and lover of books. Together, Lily and I chose to include some awesome quotes throughout her stationery, starting with this festive party quote by Jane Austen.
The invitations themselves are one of my absolute favorite invitations to date. I had SO MUCH FUN with these! The invitations were letterpressed and gold-foiled on to luxurious 220 lb. cotton paper. The edges were painted in a bright, neon coral for an unexpected twist.
The remaining cards were also letterpressed and foiled, and the RSVP cards featured matching gold metallic envelopes. One of my favorite details of this suite is the continuation of the use of quotes. We featured a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald on the back of the inner envelope, once again letterpressed and foiled. The guests knew they were in for something special before even opening the envelopes!
The Gatsby design continued to the day-of paper items, including these super fun programs. I used the same coral ink from the invitation edging to had an unexpected pop of color to the design.
The reception details continued the theme with bold black patterns and punches of gold. One of the fun details at each table was a "How To Speak-Easy" guide for guests to talk in 1920's slang for the evening!
Lily also had corsages made for all of her sorority sisters, a personal touch to include people in the celebration. I also chose to code the escort cards according to meal choice, with a different patterned border for each entrée!
I love designing stationery for weddings, but it is especially awesome when I get to design for such a dear friend. I was also honored to be a bridesmaid in this beautiful wedding, and I am so happy for my best friend and her new husband! Thank you to the wonderful gals at L Photographie for the stunning photos!