I can happily announce after a whirlwind weekend that my dear friend Laura is now a Mrs! Which means I get to show you the invitations and decorations.
Laura and I have been friends (and once even roommates successfully!) since our undergraduate days at Luther College. The nice thing about working with Laura is that she trusts my design sense. She basically asked for an invitation that had running shoes in it somewhere and that she really liked the look of papel picado. Papel picado is a traditional paper craft of Mexico, with roots as far back as the Aztecs. Artisans elaborately perforate pieces of tissue paper with chisels and the resulting designs are hung to celebrate festive events, such as Day of the Dead, Christmas, quinceañeras, and weddings.
The biggest challenge I had in designing the invites was balancing the full use of the background while making the design pronounced enough not to get lost. Ryan’s designer eye helped with line thickness and consistency. I thought dangling the pair of shoes jauntily from the ampersand added a nice sense of liveliness and fun to the invite, and we used the laser to full advantage with all those curves!
To continue the papel picado theme to the wedding itself, we purchased card stock in the matching colors (all from Paper Source!) and cut letter sized flags to string around the gazebo. Traditionally, papel picado are made of tissue so artisans can chisel many layers at a time, but I’m thankful we went with card stock – the wind would have shredded them to pieces! They withstood the gusts and were able to be transferred to the reception site and used again.
And finally, I was tickled pink that the photographers liked the papel picado so much they incorporated it in to the photo shoots of the bride and groom. Here’s to your hard won, 10 years in the making happily ever after, Laura and Jesus!