As our guests had come from very far away (the farthest being my cousin Winn who lives in Grenada), we wanted to make them feel welcome and give them a few tips to help make their trip even more enjoyable. We also included a few of our favorite local items to give it some Hawaiian flare. And of course, as everything else in the wedding was, the bags and items within were branded to our wedding.
1. 101 Things to do on the Big Island: A really great guide to the best activities on the Island
2. Kona Coffee, mmmm
3. Kraft Paper Bag: I loved the idea of using this in lieu of a cloth keepsake bag, because let’s be honest, who really reuses those
4. Caroline & Mike are tying the knot tag (extras from the wedding invitations, thank you printers!) and raffia to tie the bag
5. Kona Brewery Beer, mmm
6. Caroline & Mike are tying the knot KOOZIES (I love koozies, any excuse to design a koozie)
7. Aloha stamp my mom located on the island and a custom C&M logo stamp I had printed (along with return address stamps, I LOVE making rubber stamps. I think I’ll dedicate an entire post to custom stamps)
8. Welcome Letter with restaurant recommendations and directions (complete with maps!) to wedding events
9. Macadamia Nuts
10. White chocolate macadamia nut Hershey’s kisses. Yes, those are as good as they sound.
Thank you again to Toby Hoogs for the amazing photography. He was nice enough to humor me while I was getting ready and allow me to help him arrange the welcome kit for these images.
Tomorrow I have shots of all the collateral in action at the wedding!
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!
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!
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.