November 15, 2011 Leave a comment
Huzzah! My sister and her fiance have finally announced their wedding date…well…they had already set the date, but they have finally announced it in Save the Date (STD) form!! Now, guess who they chose to take the photos and design the STD?
You guessed it! They asked me to help!!!
While I will admit, I am not the best at photography or designing, I did look up some great tips from several books and typography sites for what I was planing on working with and even though the photos and the STDs were not professional in any way, I am very happy with the outcome. If there is any constructive criticism out there regarding the project as a whole, please let me know!!
The project began after we were brainstorming ideas for the STDs. My sister’s fiance was leaving for base in another week, we needed to get the STDs out FAST! We ended up agreeing that the best place to take pictures was in the middle of the museum district here in Houston. We got several shots that we thought would be good for both a STD, and a nifty photo to send with the real invitations. Below are several of the shots that made the short list.
In the end, with both my vote and my parents vote, my sister decided to go with the first photo in the series. The reason behind my sister’s decision with the photo was because it reminded her of Winnie the Pooh where Christopher Robin and Pooh were walking together in the setting sunlight.
The image, to her, was to symbolize her and her prince walking into oblivion together, their happily ever after. The picture that is to accompany the Wedding Invitation, is going to be the fifth picture in this series (after some color correcting to get rid of the blue! I forgot to whitebalance the image after moving into the shade of a building).
My next problem was to create a STD that showed my sister’s idea and theme of her wedding, which is a mishmash of a variety of different Disney Princesses. To conquer that mountain, I went to typography school, and spent a good several weeks trying to learn the rules and qualities of typography. The most informative resource I found, was a site that I spent a good time reading , it’s called Ellen Lupton: Thinking with Type and its a great resource for those who need some introduction into the world of typography, it certainly helped me in deciphering the terminology of typography. The site is based as an online companion to a book she already has out, I’m considering purchasing the book for future reference (Note: If you know of any other good typography references, please let me know in the comments below!).
After reading Ellen’s site, I spent a good deal of time working with fonts that looked great together, but added a bit of mystery and messiness that is my sister’s wedding (Note: Messy in a good way not bad). Seriously people, we’re thrifting bottles to decorate her tables for the reception!
Below is the result of my Sister’s Save The Date after several weeks of work! I know that seems long, but we’re still in the planning stages, I hope everything goes well!
I know it looks messy, but I am very proud of the way this looks, and if there is any constructive criticism out there please, let me know. I know I can improve the way this looks, but aside from the fact that I am a newbie, I am very eager to learn more about typography. Also side note, no amount of tweaking could fix the color of the website information at the bottom of the image.
Dreamers, What do you think of this STD? Have you ever designed something and been so proud of it even though you know people said it looked like a big ol’mess?
Regards, The Oracle of Dreams