Our wedding illustrator interview today is with Joanna of philoSophie’s Stationery & Gifts, based in New York! Enjoy:
How did you get started doing wedding illustrations?
I started designing Bridal philoSophie’s for my closest girlfriends. Each wanted something unique to share with family and friends on or leading up to their wedding day. I love incorporating distinctive aspects of the couple that really shine through in the illustration.
What is your favorite color combination?
I love ivory and black. These colors are timeless and create a very sophisticated invite. Since the invitation sets the tone for the wedding and reception it’s important to reflect what to anticipate on your special day.
What is the most unique illustration you’ve done?
Each custom philoSophie’s is unique because I start from scratch based on the couple’s details and ideas. But one design that comes to mind is an illustration for a wedding invitation of a couple who grew up on a wheat farm. I also incorporated the fiancés love for his John Deere tractor. I drew the couple on this tractor. I also incorporated their family barn. It was very personal and special to them. Their guests really enjoyed seeing such detail.
Do you have a favorite typeface?
philoSophie’s! I created a typeface of my handwriting and it was fun to name it after the company. This is another unique aspect of my work. Since it’s my handwriting I’ve decided the typeface is only used within philoSophie’s.
What is the most bizarre request you have received?
I’m not sure I have too many bizarre requests. They’re all unique though. I loved designing for a couple who loves Halloween. My style is so whimsical, so it was fun and challenging to make the art have a wedding feel that wasn’t too ghoulish.
Ampersand or the word “and?”
I prefer ampersand because it can be designed so many different ways through the typeface selected. For the design of the invite I always prefer ampersand. For the details or information of the invite I prefer ‘and’. I find that many couples I work with prefer the same.
Any advice for brides?
Just to enjoy your wedding planning and engagement. So many couples I work with come back to share photos and stories from their wedding day and often say they wish they didn’t stress so much and enjoyed the planning period more. The day itself goes by so fast! You know what you like, and go with what feels comfortable. Bridal magazines and websites can be daunting and information overload. Use these tools to seek out what you like, not necessarily what you have to do. Family and friends will have their opinion, especially if they’re contributing financially. Stay true to what you love in celebrations and make your wedding a reflection of your love story and personal style.
Do you offer more than just illustration?
Yes! We also design wedding invitations incorporating graphic design. Many samples can be found under our custom works page at www.ShopSophies.com. Designs may be developed for special gifts as well. Binders, Mugs, and lunch boxes! Lunch boxes are a fun and unique gift for the ring bearer and flower girl. The design is unique to their interest and hobbies and the inside may be filled with activities to keep them busy during the rehearsal. The inside of the box even has a chalkboard sticker to write a special note.
Thanks Joanna! For more about philoSophie’s Stationery & Gifts, check out her WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to her website.
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