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Wedding Design

Being a designer (and a bit of a control freak), I couldn’t imagine turning over the design for my wedding to someone else. Though it was a lot of work, I enjoyed it and thought I’d share.

It started with the engagement announcement, and the ‘J + J’ graphic and brown & blue color scheme with which I ‘branded’ the union of two people with names that both start with ‘J’.

Invitations followed suit, but with the addition of new elements to make details clear for the many out-of-towners. A modern pictographic language was layered over a historical Portland map, tying in with my love of maps as well as our desire to put down roots in this awesome city.

In some of my other my explorations, I loved the way the overlapping J’s could symbolize our union, while simple pictograms could represent our individual and shared interests. A larger poster came out of this; it was framed and displayed at the reception.

We decided on favors that consisted of wildflower seed packets, and cds of our personal wedding music playlist. I made custom brown craft envelopes for both, which tied into the craft brown inside the invitation envelopes.

The wedding and reception flowers followed the brown/blue color scheme, but for some lively orange thrown in for a pop of color against white chairs. The brown fiddleheads were a perfect way to tie these to the cupcake decorations, which extended the subtle nature theme.


And, just when I thought it was all over and my xacto knife stash safe from being depleted… we remembered that we needed an announcement and a party invite, for all those far and near who we couldn’t invite to the main event.

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