Here’s a peek at what we’re currently working on for one of our wonderful couples, Britt and Courtney. Together, we decided that their style — wild, bohemian, elegant— and the details Britt wanted to incorporate into their wedding stationery — cosmic details, dancing bears— as well as her floral choices — chocolate cosmos, blushing bride proteas, snowberries, Japanese maple, dinner plate dahlias — would fit perfectly into a motif!
The blushing bride proteas were included for an Australian flair (Britt's fiancé, Court, is from Australia). Their florist, Jackie of Munster Rose, suggested adding the dinner plate dahlias. Jackie grows them specially for her brides in her backyard. The other florals and plants are available around the time of Britt and Court's wedding, and many of it can be found locally in Minneapolis. With this particular suite, the mood is highly floral, almost overgrown, with a woodsy vibe.
I think it's crucial for each couple to have something unique to them and their wedding day, and I love making that special something for each of my couples. Motifs are perfect for brides who love letterpress, and would like to impress their guests with the overall mood and aesthetic for their wedding. Letterpress really lets the details and textures motifs typically have shine. A hand-drawn motif is really great for letterpress, but is not necessarily for digital.
To get started on any motif (including this one!), we chat over the phone, about the couple's specific flowers and what they want to see in their motif. It could be a house, a pattern, an illustration of the couple's venue plus important details from the couple’s relationship ... it really just depends on the couple! It's fun to find appropriate places to use the motif. For example, motifs can be printed on cocktail napkins, engraved on a sheet of marble (unique takeaway), backdrop for reception, printed on tote bags for welcome bags for guests. All in all, a motif is like a staple piece or logo for your wedding.
To give you guys a little insight into my process, here's a very brief step-by-step approach to how this particular motif came to bloom.
After chatting with Britt, we had a a clear idea of which elements are integral to her wedding, and deserve to shine in a special piece of artwork. Next, using my 8B Faber-Castell pencil — which is great for really light marking — I do a light sketch that I want to apply pen to later. I just sketch a soft outline of the shape of the motif and plot out where the flowers will go, and then go over with my HB Faber-Castell pencil to make it pop, and then go over it with pen. HB is a nice medium weight pencil, and creates dark or soft lines depending on the amount of pressure applied. It's great for laying down sketches, or shading. Next, I use a Micron 005 for fine details. Here's a link to a great starter set. The 005 has such a fine point, it allows details in the florals to pop. For example, the stamen of the cosmos and proteas, and all the fine stems showing movement across the motif really shine.
For shading, darkening and filling in dark areas I use a Micron 01 or 03. Finally, I scan the drawing into my computer, and digitize it in Adobe Illustrator. Stay tuned, I promise to do a more in-depth post about the digital part of this process another time :)
For this particular suite, we used the motif to frame the save the date, and then also used it as a label on vintage viewfinders (or last minute envelope sticker as seen above!) that Britt & Court mailed to each of their guests. We wanted it to be a solid part of Britt and Court's suite, but didn’t want to overuse it. We can’t wait to share the rest of the suite (with the motif implemented) with you, it’s going to be stellar.