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Jun072009

tess + adam

Tess and her lovely antique wedding dress have been showing up on a few of my favorite blogs lately. Tess lives in Seattle and asked me a few months ago to help design her wedding invitation (she was married a few weeks ago to a lucky young man named Adam).

To get a feel for what Tess was planning on doing for her wedding, my friend Beth (Tess' mother) came over to share some inspiration. The palette was cream and linen, with mossy greens and a touch of pale pink. Tess is a mycologist (lover of mushrooms and other fungi) so she wanted to incorporate mushrooms and other natural elements like moss and wood into the theme as well.

I first thought about incorporating faux bois into the invite, maybe with a nod to mushroom prints (which I adore). But I kept going back to that dress. Tess' dress is an antique gown she bought years and years ago at a vintage clothing store in New York. I love everything about it, especially the patterns in the lace.

I decided to use the overlapping circles from the front of her dress as the motif for the invitation. I love the symbolism of linked circles for a wedding invitation, linking a couple together, two families together. We letterpressed the invitations on Crane's thick Lettra paper in two colors, with gray for the type and a slight cream for the lace design. (Letterpress printing by Bjorn Press, who did a lovely job)

The inserts for the invitation also used designs I pulled from the lace on Tess' dress. The top card (below) uses the pattern from the lace at the neckline of the dress. The bottom card has a simple dotted circle, gathering in family and friends for the wedding.

The thank you cards (shown below) have a leaf design pulled from the lace on the back of the dress. The small cards (which were attached to favor boxes) have a simple scalloped design inspired by the dress' hem.

You can see more details of Tess' dress here, and details of Tess and Adam's beautiful wedding (with terrariums, ferns and a mushroom cake) here. (photos of Tess taken by photographer Rachel Thurston and used with her permission)

Congratulations Tess and Adam! Now go live a happy life!

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Reader Comments (32)

I love everything you've done!! The invitations are beautiful! If I were her, I'd be asking you to make some personalized stationary now too!

Just lovely and so thoughtfully designed. When you have beautiful material to pull from as a resource you just can't turn away and I love how you used such variety in the details you chose from the dress. A modern not to vintage. Thanks for sharing.

06.12.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRansacked Goods

that dress is stunning... i love her addition of the ribbon. just gorgeous.

06.13.2009 | Unregistered CommenterDog-Eared

Your invitations are beautiful. They go perfectly with her dress.

Wow, it's a really small world. I got one of those invitations! I'm a friend of Adam's from college. I loved the invitation and Tess's dress is to die for!

06.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I've never seen such exquisite stationery. Clever you. I love everything about it.

06.14.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

Simply stunning, and what a treat to get the behind-the-scenes peek at your design process. gorgeous work for a gorgeous bride!

What an amazing wedding, invitation, couple... ! I can't imagine a more perfect dress, party, etc. ...!!

Your work is so consistently perfect.

06.15.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLynne

These are gorgeous. Great work!

06.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterDiana

What a stunning wedding! I love all the details

07.23.2009 | Unregistered Commenterstacey

I love Tess!!! She was my TA for my plant class, and she was always one of my favorites. I (honestly) just blogstalk your blog, and havent checked it out for a while. when i just looked at it i was so excited to see Tess! The invites are adorable, and she of course is lovely :]

08.3.2009 | Unregistered Commenteryourstrulydear

I was wondering where she found her darling dress?

04.3.2010 | Unregistered Commenterbianca

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