Wedding Paper Accessories: Kanishka & Brian

I had been working with Kanishka since September of last year, which in the wedding world feels like a lifetime ago. As I mentioned previously, she was among the first to hire me despite my limited portfolio. I am eternally grateful that she decided to work with me.

Kanishka decided early on that the rest of her wedding paper accessories would be part of the overall look of her wedding. We worked closely together to ensure that all of her wedding paper accessories would have a cohesive look and feel. Kanishka also wanted to DIY a good portion of the remaining pieces. Much of the remaining pieces were designed to allow for easy printing and assembly. The only element that I assembled were her wedding programs.

Here's a look at my handiwork.




Here they are at the wedding:

Custom Photobooth banner with their signature lotus flower.
photobooth by Partybooths

Here's a look at our collaborative effort.
I created two monograms, which Kanishka used in a variety of ways. She had a custom stamp made and stamped their monograms on napkins.

She and Brian also hand-painted their monogram onto their aisle runner.
Escort Cards
Kanishka wanted something simple to assemble, yet unique. I suggested cards inside of mini envelopes. I designed the labels and insert cards and she took care of the rest.


Table Numbers

Bar Menu

Kudos to Kanishka for beautifully executing each piece. Her vision and color palette was exquisite. To see more photos of this gorgeous wedding, please visit Pix of Life's blog.


Wedding Invitations: Tanya & Oscar

Tanya initially contacted me in May. She had discovered my work indirectly through the Los Angeles boards on theKnot.com. When we had our first initial consultation, she described her wedding as a modern-day fiesta. She and her fiance Oscar wanted very much to honor their Mexican heritage. She had selected persimmon, red, orange, yellow, espresso, gold and ivory as her wedding colors.

She sent me the following images for inspiration:

Invitation featured on Martha Stewart

Wedding Venue - the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens -
photo by Gavin Photography

For design purposes, I used only the red, orange, yellow, and espresso in her color palette. Tanya's other requests were that I use vellum in a manner similar to my own wedding invitations and that I design versions of the invitations in both English and Spanish.

Here's what I created:

Custom Wrap-around label on Tangerine Vellum Envelope


Red Petalfold Enclosure with Vellum Bellyband

Initial Pattern Vellum Overlay

English Invitation

Spanish Invitation (text provided by client)


RSVP cards in English and Spanish (text provided by client) with matching envelope


Wedding Invitations: Lorrie & Justin

Lorrie was referred to by her coordinator Carina McLaughlin of Tealight Wedding and Events. Lorrie had initially contacted me to discuss Rehearsal Dinner invitations and other wedding paper accessories. Unfortunately, she ran into problems with the invitations she had ordered from another company. Instead of continuing our discussion of work for smaller jobs, Lorrie asked me to design her invitations, but there was a catch. She needed a 1.5 week turnaround. {YIKES!} Ordinarily, I don't take jobs on such short notice with that kind of turnaround. It's a logistical and creative nightmare. However, Lorrie's coordinator, Carina, had written such a nice letter introducing herself a few weeks before that I squeezed her into my schedule. {Goes to show you that a good coordinator can really save you.}

So, Lorrie sent me these images and we were on our way.

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Thankfully, Lorrie's wedding was at a venue that I had previously made a map for. This saved us some time. She had already purchased the pocketfolds and envelopes necessary for the job, which was another time saver. After many emails and losing lots of sleep, this is what I designed for her.





Business Cards: Darvie

I met Darvie through theknot.com in the Fall of 2007. She was a bride who almost hired the same horrible wedding coordinator that I did. Luckily, she changed her mind and went with Amanda Auer instead. {Smart move on her part}. The invitation designer she had originally contacted was unavailable. So, she asked me to design her invitations for her. I started working on them. Then, her original designer came available. She politely told me that she was going to go back to working with him. I was tad relieved because I was still working my day job. At the time, I had not even considered designing invitations professionally. Invitations were something I just did "for fun". I credit Darvie for getting me to consider making invitations for people that I'm not related to.

Darvie and her husband Kevin ended up having a gorgeous wedding. She and I kept in touch through facebook. This past spring, Darvie decided she wanted to sell Shure Pet products. She wanted atypical business cards. She sent me these images for inspiration.

She also added she wanted something fun and whimsical. After a few short rounds of revision, this is what I came up with. Darvie had them printed through a local printer.


Darvie also sent me a few samples of Shure Pets Pet Shampoo. It's awesome. You should definitely check out her site.

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