Aloha Friday: Our Wedding Preview

They’re heeere. After five and a half weeks of waiting, some patience, some temporarily lost patience, and two Fedex packages from Hawaii, our wedding pictures have finally arrived. Next week I’m going to do several posts on all the invitations and collateral (as there is a LOT), but before I leave for a float trip this weekend near Grand Junction, CO I wanted to post a few of my favorite portraits. Thanks to Toby Hoogs for all the amazing photography!

Can’t even wait to share more… Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!


Aloha Friday 4.8.11

Welcome to the first “Aloha Friday”.  The newscasters in Hawaii refer to Friday (ahh beginning of the weekend) as Aloha Friday. It really doesn’t change anything about the day, as it’s not a holiday. It’s every Friday. But it’s essentially a vacation mentality I wish us “mainlanders” had. Though not all of us are lucky enough to reside in a tropical paradise, we too can have a bit of “aloha” in our lives. So I plan on using my Friday posts, Aloha Fridays, as a more open, free forum (not so strictly design oriented). Just things that interest and excite me.

So right after I’ve told you that Aloha Friday doesn’t always mean design, I’m going to really confuse the matter and start things off on a design oriented post. Aloha Friday also does NOT mean it will always be island related (as I said, it’s more a state of mind, than literally mai tai’s and waves). However, today’s post is both design and island related.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m getting married in Hawaii in May. I’ve always been intrigued by the vintage Hawaiian look. There’s something so classic about it. So I knew right away (and by right away I mean after we deliberated where the wedding would actually take place) I wanted our save-the-date to resemble a vintage Hawaiian postcard. I decided to use an actual image on the front after searching through countless terrible stock illustration. The fonts are some of my favorites (I won’t bore the masses, but if you’re interested, message me and I’ll tell you the names) and I think overall the look is exactly what we wanted. I’m all about the details. Though no one could see the “place stamp here” message under the stamp, I knew I wanted it to aid in authenticity. I was also quite pleased with the fact that the image chosen on the front is our actual venue, Hokulia. Using an image of the actual venue was an excellent way to excite guests.

Anyone need any save-the-dates designed? I’m available for hire and love doing them!


Stroh-Simpson Wedding Invitations

I design everything from logos to websites to billboards, but I must say wedding invitations are quickly becoming one of my favorite projects. Last summer I had the distinct pleasure of designing the wedding invitations and collateral for my future brother-in-law, Pete, and his fiance (now wife), Sarah. Their wedding (which took place last September) was warm and inviting at a gorgeous venue, Arrowhead Golf Club. With huge jutting rocks in the background, it was a modern, yet classic vibe, all of which was enhanced by the richness of a Colorado fall day. Sarah and Pete wanted that same modern, yet classic feel in their invitations, which inspired the collaboration of the traditional peonies, the free-form illustration, and the bright color palette.

Invitation and RSVP card above. Two sided directions card below. Other collateral included programs, table numbers, guest book, and cd inserts (which they gave out as favors).

The stunning venue. Seriously, this could be a postcard. It’s scenes like these that make me LOVE living here (after all, I did grow up where the wind goes sweeping through the plains).

Photos above taken by Kara Pearson.