Vive la France!

September 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

The coolest part of my job is meeting brides and hearing their stories. Every bride and every wedding is unique. I love hearing the “how we met” stories and “how he proposed” — it’s my favorite thing to ask! So my job is to bring that one-of-a-kind quality through to their paper products.

One of my favorite all-time invite suites was Ashley’s. Her mom contacted me through Cricket Newman about the availability of eco-friendly save-the-dates and invites. But the catch was that Ashley and her fiance lived in France. So we had to do a lot of work via email. She sent idea boards; they all kept coming back to eco-friendly, and she wanted to do something that reflected their life in France.

Her save-the-date was on a beautiful washed-out robin’s-egg-blue flecked paper that is produced in Michigan at one of the country’s last independent paper mills. Oh, and double-bonus, the mill also produces its own energy using hydroelectric generators so it’s gorgeous paper that you can feel good about! But I digress …

Next, we planned out Ashley’s invite. She really wanted to incorporate something French into the invite, while keeping it simple and fresh. At some point, the idea came about to do a dual-language invite, which evolved into doing two languages on a flat card so everyone could see the translation but it seemed repetitive to use Ashley and Jerome’s names twice. We had our calligrapher write the names larger than normal so they could span both translations. We also chose eco-friendly letterpress and beautiful cotton paper for the pieces, and we lined the single envelope with the same blue of the save-the-date. But the best part? It will likely be the only time we can use the words “répondez s’il vous plaît” (what R.s.v.p. actually stands for) and have it be totally, completely spot on!!!

Without further ado, here’s the whole suite … not pictured are the post-wedding single-monogrammed notecards. Anyhow, happy Saturday!


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