Here Comes the Bride, Orchids in Hand

LAURA ANN's love of spring orchids continues this week with a spotlight on the origin of the Orchid Collection, which was designed for the wedding of Logan Smith and Pete Pollack. As the couple celebrates their three year wedding anniversary in just a few days, LAURA ANN looks back on the collaboration. 

After designing the wedding stationery suite of Logan's brother Ramsey, I was thrilled to hear from Logan when she was looking for a bespoke illustrated wedding program. She asked for orchids in place of the tree branches of Kathy and Ramsey's program, in a beautiful, bold fuscia color. When I sent her the first draft, she requested that the orchids be brighter. I went back to the watercolor and ink painting and added more pigment.

LAURA ANN custom illustration for Logan and Pete's wedding program. 

When I saw photos after her wedding of her bright orchid bouquet, I understood why! She envisioned this spectacular bold color to pop as she walked down the aisle, and how coordinated it was of her to anticipate this detail for her guests in her wedding program before making her entrance down the aisle.

Logan Smith Pollack's bridal bouquet of orchids. Photo by Tracy Turpen.

LAURA ANN orchid wedding program for Logan and Pete. Photo by Tracy Turpen.

The theme even carried into Logan and Pete's welcome bag stickers.

Taking the LAURA ANN mantra of personal touches to the next level, Logan mailed in a drawing by Pete's daughter to incorporate on the back of the program - an adorable, heartwarming touch!

Logan and Pete's trifold orchid wedding program, inside and out.

Logan and Pete's trifold orchid wedding program, inside and out.

Three years later Logan and Pete's LAURA ANN orchid commission has inspired a whole collection of stationery, from the retail thank you notes, Hawaiian "Aloha" and "Mahalo" notes, and place cards, to menus and invitations for the "something borrowed" host. Happy anniversary, Logan and Pete!

Mr. and Mrs. Pollak. Love the touch of orchids in Logan's hair! Photo by Tracy Turpen.

Mr. and Mrs. Pollak. Love the touch of orchids in Logan's hair! Photo by Tracy Turpen.

Virginia is for Lovers, and Cherry Blossoms

As this week marks the three year wedding anniversary of my dear friends and clients Steve and Ellen, LAURA ANN looks back on Steve and Ellen's illustrated Cherry Blossom Collection invitation suite, which is as current now as ever. The beautiful Virginia venue Raspberry Plain and the seasonal cherry blossoms native to Virginia inspired the design and custom illustration.

Photo by  Studio Juno

Photo by Studio Juno

Photo by Studio Juno

A custom illustration of the couple in the venue's gardens for the invitation reception card anticipated the happy day.

Photos by Studio Juno

The couple wove key elements of their courtship into the names and descriptions of custom beer labels that Steve brewed himself. Cheers!

Photo by Studio Juno

Manhattan Love Production Party

As a graphic designer and illustrator of wedding stationery suites, I have the unique pleasure of sharing in the love of my clients, giving visual communication to their emotions. With Adam and Marianne I also had the joy of working with them to bring the stationery pieces themselves to life. At LAURA ANN, I help clients find the printing (or digital) solution to best fit their needs, and I love it when clients jump in for a "do it yourself" stationery project.  I was delighted to lead a production party with the bride and groom to be and their lovely friend.

Adam and Marianne brought the LAURA ANN "Manhattan Love" collection to life for their New York City nuptials at the chic, modern Tribeca Loft venue. The illustrated island of Manhattan and the couple's initials with a heart in their wedding color became custom marks used from their thank you notes, to the menu, program, escort and table cards, and even the cake and photo booth (wedding day photos to come!).

The bride and groom found black and white photograph postcards of iconic New York City landmarks to inspire their table names, inscribed on the back with hand calligraphy as table cards. Look closely and you'll see that the heart moves on the map to match the location of the landmark!

Cheers to Adam and Marianne!