Pretty Lavender Bridal Shower Invitation

Posted 3 July 2014 at 5:14 PM | Comments (0)

When it was *Natalie’s turn to tie the knot, we took a completely different approach from her sister’s. For Natalie, we went softer, prettier, and used the lavender plant as our theme. I like how it turned out. Design doesn’t always have to elaborate to be good.

Pretty Lavender-Theme Bridal Shower Invitation

*Names have been changed.

Mediterranean Mosaic Wedding Invitation

Posted 25 May 2014 at 9:03 PM | Comments (1)

This may be my favorite wedding invitation I’ve ever done. No, it’s definitely my favorite.

I don’t know how it happened. Conversation with my clients just flowed. They were getting married in Catalonia and wanted the region to inspire their design.

Initially they asked me to incorporate “castellers” in the design, the Catalan tradition of building human towers. We looked at the concept together, and I considered it very seriously, but I was skeptical. I liked the idea—people working in unity to build something strong and beautiful—but didn’t know how to make it elegant and suitable for a wedding.

So I pushed back a little, asking if there was anything else that was very Catalan that they would be happy with. We looked at pictures of the mountains, which still didn’t feel quite right. Church windows, interesting enough. And then it just clicked.

Gaudí.

Gaudí, the Spanish Catalan architect whose distinctive style influences not only the entire region, but the entire world. We specifically thought about his intricate mosaic work in Barcelona’s Park Güell. The couple was mostly interested in nature themes, and the groom wanted me to incorporate a sun, so I thought, “Why not paint an entirely mosaic scene?”

So I did.

Mediterranean Mosaic Save the Date by Mojan Sami

It was exactly what we all wanted. I couldn’t believe it came together quite so perfectly. It really felt like late spring in Barcelona—or at least the storybook version.

Here’s the invitation, which was self-enclosing. You can kind of see the address on the back and their initials on the flap.

Mediterranean Mosaic Wedding Invitation by Mojan Sami

And here’s a closer view of the inside.

Mediterranean Mosaic Wedding Invitation by Mojan Sami

We decided to use the initials as their personal logo, so the couple was able to use it in multiple ways, most importantly on their wedding website.

Mediterranean Mosaic Wedding Monogram by Mojan Sami

And the sun and flower elements also showed up in various places, including their ceremony program. Eventually I’ll offer these individual illustrations on Etsy so you’ll be able to use them as clip art!

Mediterranean Mosaic Illustrations by Mojan Sami

*Names and dates were changed.

Tropical Flower Bridal Shower Invitation

Posted 24 May 2014 at 8:01 PM | Comments (0)

Natalie* asked me to design her sister’s bridal shower invitation. Tropical location, lush scenery—it wasn’t difficult to be inspired by the photographs of Samoa.

I went with a ginger flower theme, which, as Natalie later informed me, inspired the bridal shower décor.

Tropical Ginger Flower Bridal Shower Invitation

*Names will always be changed.

Aubergine and Gold Floral Brocade Wedding Invitations

Posted 9 November 2013 at 9:08 PM | Comments (0)

I’m a huge fan of the elegant simplicity that Elena and Freddy* requested for their wedding. Their exact request: elegant, clean, simple, and modern.

We hit the ball out of the park on the first try. They loved the hint of floral brocade on the side while the clean type took center stage.

Aubergine and Gold Floral Brocade Wedding Invitations

It was easy to apply their design to the rest of their materials, which was a good thing since their wedding planning was super abbreviated and we, literally, had days to finish it all.

Aubergine and Gold Floral Brocade Wedding Invitations

*Names will always be changed.

Bird on a Vine Wedding Invitation

Posted 22 March 2013 at 8:15 PM | Comments (0)

I realize that I’m always bragging about satisfying the client on the first try. But it’s not always the case. Sometimes I’m way, way off.

Like in the case of this wedding invitation for Lori and Derek*. They came to me with numerous images of bird silhouettes and swirly vines, and I was inspired to go in this direction. It looks like a title page from a vintage book, doesn’t it? It would look so good if it was letterpressed.

Birds on a Vine Wedding Invitation Inspired by Vintage Books

Well, vintage title page or not, it wasn’t this couple’s cup of tea. They wanted something warmer, friendlier, more textured and layered. Something more like this.

Bird on a Vine Textured and Layered Wedding Invitation

My work may not always happen so magically, but I’m thankful for clients who stick with me through the creative process, confident that I can bring their vision to life.

*Names will always be changed.

Hip Hop Boy Loves Afghani Girl

Posted 4 February 2013 at 10:40 PM | Comments (0)

I was asked to create a tongue-in-cheek silhouette image of a couple for their wedding day. It was supposed to be literal, but I was certain it was overdone and that I’d be asked to try again.

It turns out it was exactly what my client wanted. She was ecstatic about the result and couldn’t wait to show the couple. But, unfortunately, the groom wasn’t all that thrilled. He also thought it was too literal and just wasn’t feeling the caricature of himself.

This happens in my work sometimes. I’ll feel apprehensive about what a client is asking and try to push back (if it seems appropriate), but if that fails I do my best to deliver.

But what’s interesting about those projects is that, 90% of the time, the client’s apprehension eventually meets mine and the idea gets scrapped completely.

So here’s my most recent scrap.

Hip Hop Boy and Afghani Girl Silhouette Clip Art

Pretty Lilac Floral Wedding Invitation

Posted 7 August 2012 at 9:21 PM | Comments (4)

I really lucked out with Sooki and Sean* as clients.

They heard about my work through a friend and asked if I would design their wedding invitations. Our initial meeting was extremely successful, not just because they gave me a very clear idea of what they wanted but also because we really hit it off. We’ve since become friends, and they even invited me to their wedding (aww!).

Anyway, they showed me several examples of what they wanted. It was all very pretty, feminine, and elegant. Florals were a big draw, and so was the color lilac.

Here’s a sampling of what we did for their big day.

Pretty Lilac Floral Engagement Announcement and Bridal Shower Invites by Mojan Sami

Pretty Lilac Floral Wedding Invites, Programs, Etc. by Mojan Sami

I was so honored to be a guest at their wedding! I really enjoyed myself.

Pretty Lilac Floral Wedding Placecards

*Names will always be changed.

Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns

Posted 23 April 2012 at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

I love these! What a great idea for a wedding, a backyard party, or even for every day.

Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns from The Country Barrel on Etsy.com

Hanging Mason Jar Lanterns available from The Country Barrel on Etsy.

Modern Bold Floral Wedding Invitations

Posted 1 April 2012 at 3:08 PM | Comments (0)

Congratulations to Maia and Scott*, who are getting married as we speak!

It was such a joy working with Maia on their wedding invitations. She had a very clear vision of what she wanted and came to me with printouts of images she found online, all of them with three things in common: modern, bold, and floral.

We got it right on the first try. I chalk that up to her knowing exactly what she wanted and doing such a great job communicating that vision to me!

Modern Bold Floral Wedding Invitations: Teal, Orange, Purple

Modern Bold Floral Wedding Programs: Teal, Orange, Purple

*Names will always be changed.

Orange and Steel Wedding Color Palette

Posted 17 October 2011 at 1:47 PM | Comments (2)

Clearly I’m not the first person to suggest orange for an October wedding. So although I don’t win points for originality, maybe I can win points for the cake. The cake that, er, I didn’t make but found on the Internet? Alright, originality fail. But I think you can appreciate what I’m trying to do with this inspiration board—freshening up an expected October color palette.

Yes, it all started with the cake. Isaac Mizrahi’s fall 2011 show sent a “waiter” down the runway, carrying this elaborately decorated, three-tiered cake. Some asked why; I just drooled (over the cake, people! Minds out of the gutter, stat).

Fall 2011 Runway Isaac Mizrahi Orange Floral Wedding Cake

So I used the cake as my starting point, and the small glints of silver at the center of each flower established the accent color. The result is super stylish.

Orange and Silver Wedding Color Palette

Invitation: Watercolor Tulips Invitations by Wedding Paper Divas
Favor Box: Image from stylemepretty.com
Cake: Runway image from elle.com
Shoes: Martinez Valero Cimmy Heels in Orange Satin
Dress: ML Monique Lhuillier Strapless Taffeta Dress
Bouquet: Image from stylemepretty.com
Tablescape: Image from aileentran.com
Kiss with Confetti: Image from stylemepretty.com
Earrings: Briolette Carnelian Drop Earrings from yesstyle.com