Ok by gentleman I mean baby. When little Henry needed thank you cards (and when I say Henry, I mean his Mommy, my good friend Kelly), we knew they needed a bow tie. I mean seriously, this is one fashion forward man - just see for yourself...
And so, putting a spin on the standard, "From the desk of..." stationery, I created these flat thank you cards, screen-printed in turquoise and two shades of yellow.
I'm sure Henry had fun writing them (and by writing them I mean drooling and sleeping). Oh wouldn't you love to go back to a time where someone else wrote thank you cards on your behalf...sigh.
The lovely Danielle and Ross hoped for an invitation inspired by the historic buildings of The Distillery District, where they will be married. Of course, I adore personalized concepts like this and went about illustrating the well known Gooderham & Worts sign (swapping the actual text for their names) and the cobblestone streets of The Distillery. I screen-printed the invite on rectangular, cream stock in their fantastic colour palette. The finishing touch was a double-sided bookmark printed with a silhouette of the happy couple kickin' up their heels - oh how I love a couple that doesn't take themselves too seriously!
I'm currently working on program fans for D+R so stay tuned for more from this invitations suite!
One of my favourite things to watch (ok other than the original 90210, thank you Netflix) is a good solid music documentary. I love learning how a band came to be, the meteoric rise, the inevitable 'drugs were fun then nearly ruined us' phase (as best illustrated by Dewey Cox)...I love it all. Cory and I have watched some great music docs in the last 6 months so I thought I would share our recent list.
First off, the Tom Petty documentary Running Down A Dream.
It's 2 parts, so 4 hours in total but fully worth it if you are a fan of rock music..and old rock dudes, which I happen to be. There's a great portion devoted to the Travelling Wilburys (best.super group.ever) and loads of great performances, my favourite being this duet with Eddie Vedder. Never has this song sounded so good...
Another good one, from an entirely different musical genre, is Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, directed by Micheal Rapaport. Sure it takes a dark turn while exploring the fall out between Q-Tip and Phife Dawg, which ultimately led to Tribes' demise, but it's still a great story and of course, the tunes! This is where the old lady in me says, hip hop just ain't like it used to be...
Next up, Pearl Jam Twenty. We both loved this one. As 90s teenager decked out in flared cords and plaid shirts, trying to decipher the lyrics to "Yellow Ledbetter" on my walkman, this movie had me at hello. Speaking of which, it's directed by Cameron Crowe, who knows music as a Rolling Stone contributor and whose movies continually have bitchin' soundtracks (Singles, Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire). Our final thoughts after watching this movie - Eddie Vedder is a genius and why have we still never seen Pearl Jam in concert?
Lastly, The Big Easy Express is a gem.
If only it were longer than 67 minutes. We wanted more. The music of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford & Sons is beautifully filmed and made us both want to hop in my shitty Ford and spend the summer traveling to festivals and shows (this dream was short lived). The movie, which follows the three bands travelling in a train from San Francisco to New Orleans, culminates in a The Last Waltz style finale with everyone on stage and bizarre but endearing Edward Sharpe lead man Alex Ebert jumping around like a maniac. Mind Blown.
We have lots more on our list like Paul Simon's Under African Skies, LCD Soundsystems' Shut up and Play the Hits, The Foo Fighters Back and Forth and the latest Bob Marley Doc, Marley. Do you have any favourite music docs to recommend?
Ruby and Vinny's invites are definitely one of my favourites of the season. After creating their save-the-date, I was excited to continue with their theme and bitchin' colour palette. They opted for the popular three page booklet format. The first page featured a ghetto blaster (screen-printed in silver ink) set against a brick wall with graffiti style text - seriously, do wedding invites get any cooler than this?
Ashleigh & Dan will be using an old Fargo truck on the day of their wedding day, which is pretty cool in itself, in the lovely little town of Elora. They were hoping for an invite that could incorporate this along with elements of Dan's job as a mechanic shop owner and Ashleigh's job operating her own farriery (impressive entrepreneurial couple, right?). I drew inspiration from vintage outdoor mechanic shop signs, added a little horseshoe detail and paired the invitation with shimmer silver ink and a metallic envelope. These are the kind of jobs I love - outside of the box, challenging and resulting in a fun, totally personal invitation.
Here we have Cindy + Dave's black, red and silver booklet invitations. The envelope was printed with metallic silver ink to match the shimmer silver stock that was used for the third page. Booklet invitations continue to be my most popular format but I just love how completely different each couples invite ends up being. In this case, Cindy wanted to incorporate the image of a skeleton key to translate the concept, what is your key to happiness, which will be carried through their wedding. They will also be having games of dice and chess at the wedding reception - how cool is that?
Jen & Ryan's invitations carry on the colour scheme used in their wine bottle save-the-dates, and introduce some vintage elements that will be prominent at their July wedding. A typewriter and stacks of old books are just a few of the decor items that will be displayed at their winery celebration, and so I incorporated illustrations of those particular items to tie it all together. I love the look of this invite which once again uses the dark grey stock that looks so good when screen-printed with pale ink shades.
After finally catching up on photographing my latest invitations, I am happy to start off with the lovely Carolynn & Jason's yellow and grey booklet invitations. They were looking for an invitation that married the rustic feel of their beautiful barn venue with an elegant aesthetic. I think the aged monogram, sweet bird and leaf illustration, and the mix of fonts, conveys just that. The invitation is screen-printed in two colours using three paper colours - I love the combo of the deep yellow with the dark grey (no wonder yellow and grey seems to be the most popular colour palette this season). Initially we had included teal as well, however in the end we nixed it, which illustrates that less can be more as it's not imperative to use every colour in your wedding palette to communicate your wedding style!
Carolynn provided sweet wording for the second page of the invitation, which adds a nice personal touch. I'm always a big fan of replacing the standard wording to make an invitation unique to the particular couple, sweet and fun - just like the wedding day itself! Lastly, the suite was paired with a slate grey envelope printed with their monogram on the back flap, a final detail I adore.
I suppose my lack of posts render it pointless to mention that I've been busy. While I have loads of new custom work to post, for now I've got to keep at it in the studio, printing away! So instead I'll share a tune and video I'm in love love love with. The newest Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros album 'Here' is so good. It makes me feel nostalgic and happy, like I want to let my hair go wavy and lay on the grass in a big park with a bottle of wine and watch the sun go down - is that weird? I think I need a vacation...
After working with wedding clients for months and hearing so much about their plans, it's always so exciting and rewarding to see photos of the big day. I was thrilled to see Amanda + Katrina's wedding feature on Style Me Pretty this month! You may recall the wedding invites and program fans I had the pleasure of making for them, along with a few other wedding day paper designs. A+K's Chicago wedding looked gorgeous (seriously, how cool is that venue!) with so many fun and unique details. They also had an absolutely beautiful wedding video made (which has left me riddled with wedding video envy). Head over to Style Me Pretty to check it out!
Introducing the new addition to the Coulson family, the distinguished Mister Pimms! He's our brand new little ragdoll kitty and we love him to bits. He snuggles up next to me when he's tired and flies around the house like a deflating balloon during his hyperactive moments. Though it will take great restraint, I'll try not to turn this into a kitten blog...but trust you will be seeing lots more of Mr. Pimms. I mean seriously, who wouldn't want to?
I'm so into this colour palette. Looking forward to posting the corresponding invites along with a few others in the coming days. And I will be sharing the new addition to our family, who arrives tomorrow. I can barely contain my excitement. Hint: he's furry.