Today we’re debuting a new series — the paper + the event, showcasing the invitation designs and how they tied into the wedding by I’ll Know It When I See It, a design studio based in Vancouver, BC! Enjoy:
Weddings are incredibly personal events and we love it when couples incorporate aspects unique to themselves and their culture into the day. This was the case for Alison + Masa.
Alison + Masa wanted to include elements that reflected Masa’s Japanese heritage without being cheesy. We wanted a design that balanced the cultural aspects and the feel of the wedding venue but also fun and modern.
Origami paper cranes were going to be featured at each table so we took that as a starting point for the design. We included line drawings of the cranes and created a pattern that hinted at the symmetric and geometric folds of origami patterns. With a romantic script, a textured paper and a lovely purple and green it all came together for a simple, yet beautiful design.
The format is an outer folded enclosure with the details inside on a separate card.
While the invites were fun to design, we really enjoyed the items we created for the day of. Alison + Masa need table names, a seating chart and programs as well as a couple last minute items.
The programs followed the same design and doubled as fans for the hot summer wedding.
Because Masa loves The Beatles, their song titles were used for the table names.
What we came up with for the seating chart is by far our most creative to date. Alison was so great in letting us go out on a limb. She had mentioned that instead of a guest book, she wanted to hand out little note cards for everyone to write a message on. We suggested having a seating chart do double duty. Not only would it let each guest know where to sit, it would also allow them to write a note for the bride and groom.
Following the origami theme we created a folded heart for each guest. The hearts were placed on sticks and assembled in flower tins, grouped by table. Guests would find their name on the heart directing them to their table. Each heart also folded open to reveal a space to write a message. At the end of the day, Alison + Masa were left with a collection of folded hearts, all containing well wishes and sweet thoughts.
And finally, we created a couple fun signs for the flower girl and Alison + Masa.
“It was such a pleasure working with Cassie and I’ll Know It When I See It. With their creative design ideas we were able to add unique elements to our wedding to make the day special and reflective of both of our cultures. Cassie went out of her way to ensure that she understood our vision and that everything she designed would work perfectly with what we had planned. She even exceeded my expectations with her original guest book/ seating chart idea. The origami hearts are a special keepsake that we will have for years to come. Cassie was extremely professional and flexible, even making us some items right at the last minute. Thank you so much for making our day even more special and memorable!”
We’re so happy with how everything came together and that our work really complimented the look and feel of the day. Alison was awesome to work with and so generous in sharing her photos with us. Thanks Alison + Masa for trusting us with all your wedding stationery needs and we wish you all the best in your life together!
This post originally appeared on I’ll Know It When I See It’s blog.