East meets East Destination Wedding
I have been waiting for the chance to share this experience which started around a year ago. First I’d like to congratulate Karin and Rishad on becoming Mr & Mrs, yeah!!! And for sharing your wedding photography, it looked like you all had an amazing time!!
I’m really thankful that the task of creating Karin & Rishad’s wedding stationery came my way, thank you for the recommendation Carla! It all started with a brief “Can you create wedding invitations that reflect both myself and fiance’s different Asian heritage? I have colour palette of purple & green, I’d like to include the Chinese character ‘Double Happiness’ and here is a link to my Pinterest board (love Pinterest!). And, we’d like something simple and not too big, but possibly a pocket to house the different invitations to our two wedding events.”
After taking a look through Karin’s Pinterest board, apart from the double happiness character another repeating presence was the paisley pattern often used in fabric printing and henna tattooing. I thought bringing these two elements together would be the way forward although I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to do it! Thankfully after lots of image research and playing with the two design motifs, the main design element which has taken us through the entire wedding stationery was formed. A paisley pattern and at its centre, the double happiness character. The two elements have either appeared separately or joined as one design motif.
First up was the wedding invitation, however after seeing the first draft Karin asked if I could help with their paperless ‘Save the Dates’ and banner for their wedding website. Of course I said yes and a simple grey outline version of the design was the first their guests saw of their wedding motif, I’m quite certain they did not expect the invitation that they then later received!
It hasn’t all been plain sailing to get to this final version as you may have guessed, the brief has morphed slightly over time. Simple became ornate, not so big became grand, but I guess it took the route and form it was destined for and the end result was a statement in itself. With its bold colours, two interlinking pockets and two invitation cards completed the final invitation design. However, we mustn’t forget the true essence behind the design, the entwining and merging of two rich Asian cultures, combined with a fun youthful colour palette, a little like art-imitating-life, don’t worry I’m not proclaiming myself as the next Van Gogh, lol!
The next step as you may have guessed was the “On the Day” stationery, a hanging table plan which turned out to be a bit of an installation as the twenty plus tables span the whole length of the 15 meter covered terrace where the guests had cocktails on arrival and after the ceremony. I was very happy to hear that this was a fun talking point for the guests as they wandered through the table plan looking for their seats for dinner, I wish I had been there to experience their interaction! Table Names, Place Cards, double sided Paddle Fans with Order of Service and Wedding Party, Wishing Tags personalised with sentence openers for their guests to complete, a great idea from Karin! Welcome/ Information Cards, Do Not Disturb door signs and Thank You Cards completed our contributions to their Big Day in Malaga Spain.
There is much more to tell with this and many other design projects, but I think I have rattled on enough! I hope you have enjoyed our images!
Paperless Save the Dates
Do Not Disturb Door Hangers
Paddle Fans – Order of Service plus Wedding Party
Thank You Cards
Karin & Rishad’s Testimonial:
Anoulka is a gifted designer. We presented her with the challenge of merging our Chinese and Indian cultures together into a invitation card and our wedding stationery design. She rose to the challenge. Her design reflected the colours we wanted as well as Chinese and Indian influences. Everyone who received the invite loved it. The wedding stationery was equally beautiful and brought a special touch to the celebrations. Anoulka was also very tactful and patient in managing the expectations of all the stakeholders involved – a talent when it comes to wedding stationery.
Thank you Anoulka.
Stationery Photography: Nulki Nulks
Wedding Photography: Chennergy
Planning & Styling: Reviva Weddings