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, 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.
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.
And here’s a closer view of the inside.
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.
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!
*Names and dates were changed.