From the moment Caitlin and Lucas signed on to work with me back in November, I knew that this would be the beginning of a design adventure for the books. From the start, I was touched by the way the couple hoped to create a weekend of celebration for their guests. It was easy to see that they had some very special people in their lives and wanted to make sure that each guest that made the drive up to Northern Michigan knew that they were appreciated.
For those of you who aren’t from Michigan, you may think that it is a frozen tundra year-round. But for those of us from the Mitten State, we know that a summer “Up North” is a total paradise of days spent eating on the deck, taking the boat out, and going on sunset bike rides: Pure Michigan. Its all about enjoying family, friends, and nature. This region has a special place in the hearts of both the bride and groom and they hoped that their marriage celebration would reflect that. The creative vision and guidance of Rachel Moger at Sincerely Ginger, Weddings was completely essential in making their dream wedding a reality.
One of the driving goals behind each of my suites is that all of the pieces I create truly capture the essence, the "brand," of each couple's celebration. In this case, that wedding brand was a fun-filled, family and friends-centered weekend spent enjoying the outdoors. (Their wedding had a chairlift and marshmallow-roasting station, for heaven's sake) Thus, I designed their canoe and paddles wedding logo to highlight the laid-back, outdoor-focused nature of the weekend. I hand-drew the leafy vine accents based on the vision for Caitlin’s bridal bouquet and chose a font palette that would echo the unfussy elegance of the day. The pieces were tied together with a carefully crafted three-color letterpress map of some favorite places and important locations. All of the suite items were lovingly printed one by one on my small antique letterpress, some items being fed through two or three times to apply layers of hand-mixed ink in just the right shades of navy, green, and blush.
To create the pieces for their big day I was able to pull elements from the rich design arsenal that we had created for the invitation suite. The families created the most thoughtful welcome gifts for their guests, filling galvanized buckets with their favorite Michigan-made goodies and stemless wine glasses adorned with their sweet little canoe logo. We included a welcome note with details about the weekend and things to do in the area and topped everything off with a hand-stamped tag. A thank-you note from the bride and groom was folded into each guest's napkin at the reception and the hand-lettered reception place cards were lovingly nestled into little wooden holders, made by Lucas’s father.