Beautiful invitation feature today, starring Alicia and Akimbo! Alicia specializes in one-of-a-kind invitation designs guaranteed to be gorgeous, eye-catching, and perfect for your one-of-a-kind wedding. I love these beautiful purple literary invitations — thank you for sharing them with us, Alicia! Without further ado…
Well hello there. I’m Alicia, the chick behind Akimbo. How better to introduce myself as an invitation designer than to show you my own wedding invitations?
Last October I married the most amazing man at the most amazing venue. The State Library of South Australia features a mixture of Victorian and neo-classical architecture and original decorative street lamps.
In keeping with the venue’s era, the poster format and typography was inspired by the advertising posters of the Victorian age. I’m a total type nerd so I was in my element playing around with the variety of decorative typefaces.
I had it in my head that I would hand print our wedding invitations so I took a short course in screenprinting while already up to my elbows in wedding planning. The invitation I ended up designing didn’t suit this printing method, but I still wanted to incorporate some of my new skills so I screenprinted these cute belly bands with our initials.
As a nod to the venue’s literary theme, I lined the envelopes with vintage book pages (you can find my tutorial here).
The venue is also home to some of the state’s archives, including a fabulous etching of the then new library, which was perfect for our RSVP postcards. I also included space for guests to write us a note, which was great to feel the joy and build the excitement in the lead up to the day.
I finished off the envelopes with some vintage stamps purchased on eBay and this DIY envelope calligraphy trick.
They say designers are own worst client but thankfully that wasn’t the case with me. I loved every bit of it and am delighted with the result. I developed it into a collection called Mortlock, named after the wing where we had our reception.
I was already a graphic designer who loved designing invitations for friends, but it was only when I threw myself into planning my wedding that I discovered just how passionate I am about stationery and weddings. That’s how Akimbo came to be.
Thanks for letting me share my story, Tracy!