Can we get these framed, please?
Stationery is not something that gets my heart racing all too often, but these wedding invitations by Vancouver designers and calligraphers may have changed my thoughts on wedding e-vites forever. The craftsmanship, personalization and creativity are enough to make anyone—and not just magazine nerds such as myself—excited to open their snail mail. Scroll down to see what I’m talking about. Photo by: Maru Photography
These invitations are a work of love and dedication. Professional calligrapher Maurelle de los Santos hand wrote each one for a wedding in Iceland. Inspired by the destination, she created acrylic paintings of the wedding ceremony and reception on handmade paper.
"Sometimes we have clients with really creative ideas, like these music lovers," says co-owner Amari Yu. If you look closely, you'll notice the couple used a CD cover and CD as the menu and program for their wedding, and a concert ticket as the invitation with table information (each table had a song name!).
For this stunning invitation, the wedding couple wanted to honour their indigenous roots by using an illustration by the groom's father. "I created a layout, combined the illustration with my designs, made some tweaks so all the small details could work for laser cutting," says visual designer Thuyen Nguyen. Photo by: Love by Phoebe
These invitations were inspired by the "retro mod garden look," says principal designer Phoebe Tsui. Green velvet and pink laser cut leaves gives them a memorable edge.
The laser cut lace design and metallic charcoal paired with white-linen paper and touches of gold, oozes luxury. "It's the perfect invitation to set the tone for a quietly sophisticated celebration,” says designer Hesha Phillips. With an invitation like this, do you even need to include a dress code inside?
This floral sketch-style design gives the popular garden look a more sophisticated feel. "The inspiration comes from softness, romance, and everything that I really love," says Violet Grey Creative's Tara Thorp. The company's new decal edge paper makes the invitation feel like linen (aka heaven on your fingertips).