I promised you a closer look at the invitations that Courtney from Swiss Cottage Designs created for her Brooklyn wedding, and here they are!
From Courtney: Our invites were quite possibly the hardest thing I had to do for my wedding. Given the fact that I design wedding invitations for a living, there was a bit of “gentle ribbing” from friends and family about their expectations. And frankly, designing for yourself is very hard! We didn’t really have a theme going into our wedding but one thing that kept coming up was music and the colors black and white.
I knew I wanted the invite to be focused around a hand drawn illustration since that is what I love to do. We got married in the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn which has some pretty awesome views. There is one iconic street that showcases the Manhattan Bridge with the Empire State Building nestled below, and I chose to draw that as our main image.
My personal favorite detail was the envelope liner. My friend is a photographer and looking through her pictures, I saw one of a guy with knuckle tattoos. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to incorporate that same idea into our suite somehow. Once I realized that “BROOKLYN” fit on the knuckles, it was a done deal!
One of the important things for me was to have the invite sound like how we both actually speak. We have a very dry sense of humor and we really wanted that to come out in our copy.
I really had my heart set on black envelopes so I knew addressing them would be an issue. In came the ridiculously talented Jenna of Love, Jenna calligraphy. She created the perfect look for our suite complete with little details to match back to our design.
I finished the suite off with a black + gold twine from the awesome Knot + Bow, and had a die cut tag created to hold everything together. I love little silhouettes and created one of our hair to use throughout. Overall, we wanted our invites to set the tone for our wedding, but most importantly to make our friends and family laugh.
Courtney also designs some fun day-of details, like drink stirrers, button pins, souvenir mugs, and a canvas tote.
I’d say this playful invitation suite definitely set the tone for a super fun party! But don’t take my word for it – check out our post on Courtney and Paul’s wedding!
Photos by Courtney Jentzen, Swiss Cottage Designs.