My husband and I were married last December in Sydney, Australia and our favourite photographer was not able to attend. So when we returned to frigid Toronto, Ontario, where we live, we did a little shoot out on frozen Lake Ontario, wearing our wedding gear (as well as vintage bear fur stole and warmer boots
The photographer was Matt O’Sullivan who I believe is one of the best emerging wedding photographers in our city, growing his business from his amazing street photography work: http://thenarrative.net/
[images from Matt O'Sullivan]
We’re getting married at Aspen Hall in Bend, OR. The place is surrounded by a huge Aspen grove so we thought the perfect save-the-date should include a hint about our wedding location. We carved the tree in that grove so it could conceivably be there for decades! We’re planning to go back on the wedding day and take some bride/groom shots with the tree and our carving.
[image from Fig Studio]
My fiance Nate is a musican and growing up as a child of the ’80s, I absolutely loved mix tapes. I thought this would be the perfect way to get everyone excited for our wedding (and to realize that we’re aiming for fun, not total formality.) My friend Skott Johnson of InkHabit design (www.ragejohnson.com) put these together for us based on my idea and he designed our invitations as well. He’s a talented graffiti artist, so I wanted him to use his own handwriting for the label and the back side of the cards. We also made minor changes to the actual front of the tape: We changed the red box at the bottom to say NYC/09 and decided to write “continuous signal” rather than the “Normal Bias…” it said. I attached the original photo of the tape to show you the changes we made.
We got these printed online at VistaPrint (www.vistaprint.com) for a steal! They were $47.78 total with shipping and tax for 250 postcards. People absolutely loved them and everyone says they’re still hanging on the refrigerator because they’re so cute.
[image from Randi]
What we love about our save the date postcard is that it’s not necessarily obvious to everyone what it is, but everyone we sent it to loved it regardless. Matt and I met in Baltimore (I’m from NY, he’s from FL, and we met in grad school) so we wanted to somehow incorporate into our wedding the city where we met and spent two years together and with which we fell in love (and in which we fell in love!). The characters on the front are stylized versions of two Baltimore food and drink icons, Mr. Boh (the face of National Bohemian beer) and the Utz Girl (the face of Utz chips). The two were prominently featured in a billboard in Baltimore in which he was proposing to her, and it was so well-loved by everyone in Baltimore that it stayed up for nearly two years. Matt and I decided we wanted to use that billboard as our save the date, and my dear friend Amy, who is a graphic designer, reinterpreted the billboard into what you see here; we got them printed through VistaPrint for next to nothing. On the back, we included the two characters in their original forms from the billboard and also a link to our website, on which we explained to our friends and family who are not familiar with Baltimore – which is most of them – who those characters are and why we used them on our save the dates. I love when save the dates are fun and unrelated to the actual wedding invitation, so I had to go that route with ours!
[image from Roopa]
Our wedding’s theme is kind of vintage apothecary since we are both in medicine/science and are getting married at the MB (a glorified antiques warehouse, really). Our STDs consisted of a postcard with a magnet attached to the back. The magnet was designed to look like a champagne/apothecary label by a good friend of ours. We printed everything through Vistaprint (which may or may not have been a good thing). I designed the labels myself and printed them up at Kinko’s on sticker paper I bought during my last trip to NYC (Paper Presentation).
[images from Anna]