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Another international map! Fun and a bit tricky – I am not familiar with Glasgow at all –  but I was excited by the prospect of winding through the streets of this city on Google Street view. And believe me, I tested the merit of Street View on this one.

This is a flat map with complex illustrations as well as simple icons representing wedding sites and key city elements. There is a floating map of Scotland in the corner, simple borders with fonts and colors to match the wedding suite. The suite was designed by an Etsy seller with a fabulous and fun style, Diana Weir and Invited Design. Diana printed this map along with the suite.



A while back, the mother of the groom approached me about doing something a little different for her son’s wedding: a love map. Cathy, that same mother, had perused my blog and seen something I had done several months before thatI dubbed “the Map of Love & Birthdays.” Cathy asked if it would be possible to illustrate the unique and dear relationship of her son and his fiance. What resulted was a complex map to be used as an escort card and multiple small pieces for the wedding reception.

Once I received the couple’s story I went to work. The bride is from Osaka, Japan and the groom from Little Rock, Arkansas. The two met in Arkansas while they attended the University of Arkansas. They fell in love, and despite years spent apart separated by an ocean, coincidence and careers brought them to the same city once again and they got engaged. How cute is that?

Cathy had a vision for the Love Map that helped guide this project to fruition – she knew the fonts, colors and themes she wanted used (she’s very creative). She had already worked with the Aerialist Press to create a gorgeous Save the Date so I was able to use their design as an added guide in creating the map.

The Aerialist printed the finished Love Map that was accompanied by a second text page (printed in-house) telling the story of the bride and groom. The pieces were to rest in a clear envelope, Cathy had devised this elegant wrapping, and handed out to guests arriving at the wedding, serving as escort cards.

Cathy also had the idea to make custom postage stamps for the the invitation suite. She wanted to use images from the Love Map, so together we came up with designs that would fit the dimensions of a stamp. Cathy had the stamps printed through Picture it Postage – and if you haven’t yet, check it out. A custom stamp is an adorable embellishment to add to any suite or Save the Date. It’s super simple and with a couple of clicks you have a custom stamp!

Next Cathy and I embarked on the topper for the escort cards and table markers. It was simply a matter of designing a layout for the map images to rest in since Cathy was doing the printing herself.

Throughout this several month process that spanned my move from West to East coast, Cathy and I spoke on the phone and emailed back and forth quite a bit. It was a wonderful experience and by the end of the project we knew that we had a budding friendship on our hands. We’ve been exchanging letters ever since, Cathy is an amazing pen pal 🙂

This project began as a map and morphed into an entire suite. The bride and groom are friends of mine  – the groom is my childhood best friend’s older brother – so when I heard that he was getting married I excitedly asked if he and his fiancé needed a wedding map. The two are to be married in Oregon, at the Buckhorn Springs retreat center. A beautiful and secluded resort/retreat center, Buckhorn is tucked into the hills not far from Ashland, Oregon.

After the map was finished the couple contacted me again to find out if I would be able to do a few illustrations for the rest of the suite that they were designing themselves. I agreed, and one thing leading to another, I was helping design their suite! It was very much a collaboration: the couple had an idea of the fonts they wanted, the pieces that they needed and the colors as well as the general styling. Together we came up with these three pieces.

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