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Lake George, New York

It’s been a little while since I posted — I got caught up in new maps this season! And what a season it’s turning out to be…

This Lake George map was finished just after I got to New York (seems so long ago already). It’s a complex elevated map that was letterpressed by the Aerialist Press along with the rest of the couple’s suite. To begin this map the wedding planner sent me a few images to give me an idea of styling, and that’s when I first learned about Jacques Liozu from iDIY blog. Check out his maps, they’re amazing and inspired me to include a border similar to a traditional map (with longitude and latitude marked) along with the map scale on the bottom left.

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Oh Grand Cayman, what lovely waters you have! Another amazing destination wedding that made me want to jump on a plane and take a vacation 🙂

This map happens to be a Save the Date. Since the wedding is so far away from the bride and groom’s hometown they wanted to give guests the chance to plan ahead and book their flights, etc. The wedding  won’t take place until May of 2011. Just a little color was added to this map – to match the envelopes the bride picked out.

A few fun extras: the turtle (for a local turtle farm) and a stingray (for Stingray City)

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Even though I have been working out of the San Francisco Bay Area I had yet to do a wedding map of San Francisco, so you can imagine my excitement when I was finally given the opportunity!  The bride let me know that the wedding would be taking place near Golden Gate Park and the focus of the map was to be the immediate area. It was an interesting task to pick out a corner of a city that I am extremely familiar with and not overdo it. I found myself wanting to add all kinds of details that I thought were pertinent to the great city, but in the end, there just wasn’t room. The theme of the wedding however helped me focus my creative yens – classic, turn of the century or roaring twenties, San Francisco. The couple was looking to match a wedding suite they had ordered from Hello Lucky. They wanted sepia tones for the illustrations, a diver for the historic Sutro Baths, a bison for the bison paddock in Golden Gate Park and an umbrella with a beach ball for the beach. Perhaps fittingly, this San Francisco map was the last map I printed in my Bay Area office before relocating to New York City!

Florida! This was my first Florida map and I was looking forward to it. The bride knew what she wanted: a flat map with whimsical icons including a 1950’s convertible with a couple cruising down from mainland Florida to the keys. The bride also wanted a black and white version as well as one in color – and the colors – guava, lime, lemon. For the border,  seashells and a lime to match the wedding theme.

Another Mackinac island wedding! This couple wanted their wedding theme (love birds) incorporated, preferably with their names floating near by, so a simple border, some curly embellishments and voilà. After finishing this map I had the urge to play with some color versions and came up with this second look:

This map set was so much fun to work on. The bride and groom asked if it would be possible to include an invitation to a brunch that will be taking place the day after the wedding and I was very excited for the challenge. Since the brunch menu features a hog roast,  the bride asked for a classic image of, well, a roasted pig with an apple in its mouth. The wedding colors are  yellow and chocolate brown so we incorporated them as well – adding some red for the apples and green for the trees. On the back of the map are the directions to each location. The finished product was printed on a cream linen paper and I was told that the bride’s cat was very pleased by the packaging that these arrived in (packing peanuts and bubble wrap).

This map of Antigo, Wisconsin came with a theme: old hollywood. The couple will be decking out their reception site to surprise and delight guests with their theme and wanted to work it  into their map. Once again, the wedding site and reception were too far from each other to do an entirely elevated map so agreed on a mix of elevated and flat map. On the back of the map are written directions and extra instructions.


Another stunning stretch of land for a wedding – Centennial, Wyoming. Since the hotel was so far from the reception and ceremony sites we went for a little bit of an elevated map and a little bit of a flat one…

Mackinac Island, which is located in Lake Huron,  is beautiful, tiny, and dotted with inns and restaurants – perfect for mapping. Not only does the island have live cams of downtown but there are a million pictures of it floating around which made my research super easy. I even watched Somewhere in Time (filmed on Mackinac Island) for inspiration… and because I hadn’t seen it in years so it was a great excuse.

The soon-to-be’s (who happened to have won this map during my spring special!) wanted some of the charming, old-timey elements of the island highlighted: horse and carriages, bicycling around the island and a lighthouse. They also decided that, since everything is within walking distance, addresses didn’t  necessarily need to be included. Guests would be arriving by ferry however so rather than a floating map of the state they wanted to show the ferry lines from mainland Michigan. This map was a lot of fun for me and of course I now have yet another place I want to visit.

This elevated map made me want to visit Jackson – the rubber duck represents the rubber duck race the town holds once a year! Jackson seems like an ideal wedding location: ridiculously quaint, beautiful inns and restaurants abound, not to mention a gorgeous stretch of country.

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