Our Southern Wedding | Our Save the Dates
Happy Tuesday, y'all! I hope you enjoyed a nice long Labor Day Weekend, and are easing back into the work week today.
To continue with the fun of sharing our wedding details, today I'll be showing y'all a glimpse into our custom save the dates I designed! We as stationers always like to say that your save the dates and invitations truly set the tone for your wedding day, and get your guests excited to celebrate with you. More than that, I always strive to create custom designs that are such a perfect visual portrayal of your unique love that they therefore become heirloom keepsakes that will be cherished for generations! I'm excited to tell y'all a bit more about how I did so in this blog post - so keep reading!
As always, a huge thanks to miss Perry Vaile for capturing these stunning photos of our wedding details. And if you missed it, make sure to take a look at our wedding feature and interview on the Southern Weddings blog!
photo by Perry Vaile
If you are a fellow stationer, you know how hard it is to design for yourself! There is a slew of inspiration always at our fingertips, and a fear that after we finish our design, some new creative inspiration will strike that we like even more! I went back and forth about various design ideas for weeks, until I decided to take my own advice that I often tell my brides - stick to something timeless and add in fun personal twists to make it your own.
photo by Perry Vaile
photo by the SC Stockshop
One of the design details I absolutely knew I wanted to incorporate was a custom portrait illustration of the two of us based on our engagement session with Perry Vaile. I think photo save the dates are gorgeous, but always like to create a painting based on a photo for some added artistic flair.
To say that Zack LOVES corn hole is an understatement. He has been in corn hole tournaments, and he even taught me how to play on our first unofficial date. Truly adding in personal details to wedding stationery is one of my passions as an artist, and I knew this would be the perfect way to do so, and such a fun surprise for Zack!
I decided to illustrate us with Zack actually playing corn hole, and me watching him while holding a mojito - my favorite cocktail! Because realistically, that is what we would be doing in real life! To really tie the corn hole idea into our design, I chose to paint our wedding crest on the corn hole board, and to have our wedding date written out on the corn hole bags! Those cute little bags might have been my absolute favorite creative idea!
To finish the design, I decided to have a crisp white border around the portrait illustration. I did so to create the fine art print aesthetic that I love so much. It reminds me of beautiful prints that artists only sell in quantities of 100, and sign each one 1/100 to mark the originality of the print! Keeping the front side of our save the dates clean and artistic in this way really allowed the design to become a keepsake piece that our friends and family could frame and display in their living room!
photo by Perry Vaile
Since the front side of our save the dates was so intricate and artistic, I wanted to provide a sweet contrast by having a more minimalistic design on the back. I used the same white border around the back side of the save the date design for consistency, and stuck to a few complementary colors for the design - blush, peach, light fuchsia, and navy. These were some of our more prominent wedding colors, and this was the perfect way to showcase that to our guests to set the tone of what was to come on our wedding day!
iphone photo taken by yours truly!
I wanted to make our envelopes pieces of art in and of themselves, too! I decided to use soft blush envelopes paired with bold navy brush calligraphy for a romantic yet fun aesthetic. Using all lowercase for the name calligraphy and all uppercase for the street address, with oversized calligraphy zip codes to match the name calligraphy, created a beautiful contrast!
One of my other favorite details in our save the dates was the custom watercolor wedding crest I designed. Wedding crests are one of my favorite ways to showcase a couple's personality and love story. You can fill the crest with as many icons as you would like to truly create a piece of custom heraldry that can then be used as a family crest in years to come.
For our wedding crest, I decided to devote the left half of the design to Zack's interests, and the right portion to mine. I painted the Tennessee Tri-Star and an orange football (for UT!) for Zack, and a paintbrush, pencil, and love letter for my icons. A soft French blue scroll underneath our crest displayed our wedding date, and the eucalyptus and watercolor florals in the crest all blossomed upward, conveying that our life together will always be growing.
Finally, I chose to simply use our new married monogram in the center of our crest (instead of also incorporating our first initials, or using an interlocking monogram) in order to be able to transition this design into a family crest once we have children! I can see us creating custom shirts, cups, napkins and koozies with this design in the future!
I hope y'all have enjoyed reading a bit more about the details that went into our custom save the dates! I am excited to share more about our custom wedding invitations and day-of design details with y'all in the upcoming days and weeks!
And of course, thank you to all of our sweet vendors who made this moment and our entire wedding day possible:
Photographer: Perry Vaile | Videographer: Casey and Kristin | Planner and Florist: Rebecca Rose Events | Venue and Caterer: Gettysvue Polo, Golf, and Country Club | Cake Baker: Art of Cakes Bakery | Rentals: HoneyBee Events | Tent Rental and Lighting: All Occasions Party Rentals | Lighting, DJ, and Getaway Car: Music in Motion | Paper Products, Signage, Watercolor Painting, and Pocket Squares: Simply Jessica Marie | Bride’s Gown:“Heavenly Lace” by Reem Acra | Bride’s Veil: “Athena Cathedral Veil” by BHLDN | Bride’s Necklace: “Crystal Arches Necklace” by Kate Spade | Bride’s Bracelet: J.Crew | Bride’s Earrings: Banana Republic and Kay Jewelers | Hair and Makeup: Bangs and Blush | Bride’s Shoes: “Isabella Scalloped Heel” by BHLDN | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN, Amsale, and Lulus | Menswear: Kenneth Cole and Ralph Lauren | Ties: The Tie Bar | Vintage Stamps: Verde Studio | Silk Ribbon and Ceremony Backdrop Fabric: Adorn Company | Guitarist: Logan Murrell | Macarons: Sweet Darling Patisserie | Bridal Party Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bride’s Reception Dress: “Shined Cocktail Dress” by BHLDN