Another one of WeddingLovely’s rare double specialization companies — this time, we’re meeting with Brooke of r3mg :: creative boutique, who also does photography! (Stationers, how nice would that be for when you need new stationery shots taken?) Enjoy the interview!
How did you get started doing wedding invitations?
When we started our company, I began designing wedding invitations. For many years, I worked as a general graphic designer creating everything from restaurant menus and logos to websites. With the beginning of r3mg and our focus on wedding photography, I began to focus on wedding invitation design. I absolutely love it! Whether our client is choosing traditional or modern, I enjoy the challenge of creating a custom piece exclusive to their wedding. Now, in 2013, I have developed my own line of invitations and it was great fun designing them. There are some that are for my design taste and others for wedding trends.
What is your favorite color combination?
This is such a hard answer! There are SO MANY combinations that I love. For me, this is almost impossible to answer. My faves, at the moment: grey & yellow and bright blue & bright green. For a classic look, you can’t beat a metallic white, metallic black and beautiful shade of silver. To modernize that, I’d use charcoal instead of the black. See, I can’t even answer one question without changing the color scheme in the middle of it.
What is the most unique invitation you have designed?
For weddings, it was probably one of my first invitations that truly was a work of art itself: the peacock invitations. Our lovely couple, Liz and Joe, had a fantastic vision for their wedding. It was over-the-top and absolutely gorgeous, and a New Year’s Eve wedding too! Their peacock and winter sparkle look was just stunning. The entire invitation and day-of collection reflected elegance and sophistication.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
Again, another question I can’t answer without writing a paragraph. Let’s see, I recently went from over 7000 fonts on my desktop to just under 2000. I’m a type-nerd, even have a “Fonts I Want” Pinterest board. I think the best way is to list them by categories:
- Serif: Amasis MT
- San-serif: Futura or Avenir
- Script: So many choices! Fancy Script: Adios or Parfumerie / Fun Script: Almond Script & Salamander
- Arts & Crafts: Chelsea Studio
- Deco: Riesling
Again, can’t list just one!
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
I wouldn’t say that I’ve had any truly bizarre requests. Some of the ones I’ve had, I’ve loved the ideas: The Hobbit theme for a baby shower, Dungeons and Dragons theme for a wedding. Don’t laugh, I LOVE the idea!
Ampersand or the word “and?”
Depends on the typeface. Typically Ampersand.
Any advice for brides?
Do your research and make sure you can TRUST your stationer! Especially if you’re working with a custom designer. Your stationer should know / have many things, including timelines, exemplary design skills, the ability to listen, the ability to communicate in a timely manner, postal options and more. Find one that you can trust and let them help you navigate the waters of the gazillion choices of stationery.
Do you offer more than just stationery?
Absolutely. We are a family business and I take pride working with my brother (AJ) and my cousin (Mark). They are both wedding photographers. We also offer a boutique photo booth for weddings and events. I also offer all kinds of stationery (showers, birthdays, events, business) and home decoration items based on typography design.
Thanks Brooke! For more about r3mg :: creative boutique, check out their WeddingInviteLove profile or WeddingPhotoLove profile, or head straight to their website. They also have a blog, or follow them on Twitter/like on Facebook.
What’s your favorite design? The one just above (mint green and sea blue) is gorgeous!