Quite a while ago now Vera Devera with Va De Vie Events contacted me about doing a wedding map. She was still in the planning stage then for her “My $10,000 Wedding,” the name of her blog and the goal for her own wedding. If you haven’t check her out and read about the amazing things she did on a budget. Just the other day Vera sent me an email with a few links to share. This one, with a nice little snippet about her map on her blog, and this one, on the Budget Savvy Bride about her wedding and a breakdown of what she spent on her wedding. The map is a fully elevated and digitally colored map of the Bay Area, California. The colors match the suite and the wedding colors. It was great working with Vera and I love to see these fabulous wedding pictures!

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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.

 

I ran across these adorable cupcakes the other day and had to share.  The company is called Crumbs and Doilies and unfortunately for some of us, are in London!

 

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 being our Thanksgiving in New York City we felt compelled to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Paradeven though we have often watched it in the past, it’s different somehow now that we’re close! While searching for an online stream of the parade (we are a computer-only household), we ran across the Macy’s map and I thought it was too cute not to share – not many holidays come pre-made with a well done map. Have a happy holiday everyone!

Just after I left the state another California map came my way. Mendocino, California with beautiful, rolling hills makes it prime wedding country. This map project came with a great bride to work with too – she wanted minimal text and maximum art space. I had fun stretching the hills to the edges of the paper and tucking the wedding sites into lush corners.

 

Here it is, my official Change of Address card, gocco’d by yours truly. Gocco, the mysterious and wonderful miniature screen-printer, is really as fun as everyones says it is. For more info check out this site, and this one.

On the C.O.A. is an illustration of our last home in California, a floating state CA, an illustration of the new place and a floating NY. In the center, a handwritten message, “we’ve moved,” and the new address. Just for fun I decided to print on a few napkins too. Not wanting to waste a whole screen just for the small design, I left part of the original screen covered up so the ink on the small design wouldn’t be pressed through it. Then, I did the reverse, covering up all but the small design. Make sense? It’s hard to explain unless you’re familiar with Gocco, but believe me, it was super easy and wonderfully satisfying. Well, the one trick was keeping the ink consistent. I was happy with the organic, stamp-like image and I didn’t concern myself too much with consistency and unbroken lines, but kudos to those gocco printers that do whole wedding suites and get solid, unbroken perfection over and over (like this person).

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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While we were searching for a new home and office in New York City we stayed with the boy’s uncle in Manhattan. In fact, we had free reign of the house while his uncle was out of town and we were incredibly grateful. As a thank you gift we bought some goodies, flowers for the table and left them a map of their apartment as a thank you note.

One of the first things to grace the doorstep of our new apartment was this amazing housewarming gift from my wonderful mother, Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

I wasn’t expecting it – my mom can be great at keeping a secret when she wants to and she has a knack for picking out presents I never knew I wanted until I get them, and then wonder why I hadn’t wanted them before.

When the package showed up I tore off the paper, with more gusto than I would have had I known the contents, and caught my breath.  Both the boy and I love to cook and I have a weakness for baking. I am an extreme romantic with a deep appreciation of traditions, warm cookies, an overstuffed chair and an epic cookbook… well, I am now a lover of epic cookbooks, I just hadn’t known that yet. I promptly watched the movie Julie & Julia again, anticipating giddily the moment when Meryl Streep would hold up the copy of the cookbook at the very end – it looked just like mine. And now the question is, what to make first? I’ve decided on the “Reine de Saba,” a chocolate almond cake.

Thank you mom

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