Although Elizabeth and Mike's invitation suite was thoughtfully and carefully designed, they wanted it to remain understated and timeless. So, Sam illustrated a custom toile pattern which includes sketches of their wedding venues and other scenes that tell their love story, but we reserved this detailed pattern for the back of each card.
These delicate scroll-style place cards were printed on handmade paper to coordinate with their invitation and then shaped by hand. The cards were carefully looped around each guest's fork to welcome them to their seat.
Elizabeth and Mike feel strongly connected to their family histories and traditions, so we opted for traditional design and colors. Delicate blush envelopes added a touch of dimension without distracting from the classic design.
Small illustrated motifs pulled from the complex toile pattern - like this delicate sprig of greenery inspired by Elizabeth's gown - adorned this simple details card, the return address printed on the back of the outer envelope, and other stationery designs throughout the wedding.
Toile fabric patterns, popularized in 18th century France, were often designed with a series of detailed illustrations that told a cohesive story. To honor this history, Sam designed Elizabeth and Mike's toile pattern to tell their love story. Their toile includes sketches of both of their wedding venues, a harp to symbolize Ireland where they first said "I love you," a deer to represent Deer Valley where they became engaged, and trailing vines inspired by the bride's gown.
In contrast, the front of each card included a simple traditional design with flourished calligraphy and a classic navy border.