Tuesday, October 9, 2012

c & g wedding invitations

I think it is first worth mentioning that this post is long overdue, but when we decided to stop by the hop farm this weekend, I knew it was finally time to take some pictures of these. 

Last spring (2011) I began working on some custom wedding invitations for a coworker and her fiance who were getting married in July. This was my first wedding invitation suite and I was really happy with the way that it came out, as were the bride and groom.

The wedding took place at Chateau Rogue in Independence Oregon which is a beautiful farm property owned by the Rogue Brewery. When me and Pat visited for the first time a few weeks ago, we understood the appeal for the summer wedding, especially for these two, who are very outdoorsy.

[[ custom wedding invitations for cassie & garrett meigs created by me. ]]

The hops growing in giant vines around the property became a large inspiration for these invitations, as well as the rustic elements from the farm itself. The tag line "Hitchin' at the Hopyard" was created by the groom, and set the pace for the overall design. Vintage scientific illustrations of the hops were used as a visual piece throughout various elements of their wedding day. For the invitations themselves, I took an etching and colored it to match their palette. The fonts used were meant to evoke the casual farm spirit of the property. I also illustrated a vine like boarder to organize various elements, and make the "C & G" logo. Since Cassie, the bride, is a GIS analyst, she created the map which I worked in with directions on the back of the invitation.   

An economic footprint was an element that the bride and groom wished to keep in mind when designing, so we used specially ordered 100% recycled papers, and chose a local and sustainable printer to take care of the production. The returned RSVP cards were used as decoration for the ceremony as well, which provided them with a second life. The envelopes were specially ordered kraft paper to match the set.

Lastly, custom glasses were created based off of the invitations which served as place cards, glassware for the evening, and finally take home favors for the guests.