CELEBRATING 20+ YEARS OF LOVE!
OUR 22ND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR ~ My sweetheart Dougie and I have been married for over two decades. The years have truly flown by.
2020 was a milestone 20th anniversary year for us, but sadly, COVID stopped our celebratory vacation to Hawaii in its tracks. In 2021, my husband was at Houston's MD Anderson for a post-op visit on our anniversary, so Hawaii plans were foiled a second time and we celebrated with friends a few months later with a rare dinner out for fine dining.
Blessedly, early this February 2022, we were finally able to head to Maui to enjoy a fun-filled island adventure with dear friends we've known for decades who have made their homes there. Photos leading in the Welcome and What's New pages honor our happy little adventures there.
CONGRATULATIONS to us and thanks to the Gordons ~ Jim, Debi, John and Teri ~ for making our visit so special!.
WEDDING PORTRAITS, INVITATIONS, COLLATERAL PIECES ~ AND MORE
A UNIQUE TIME ~ Life feels like it's beginning return to "normal" thanks to months of wearing masks, vaccinations, and very careful living. A sign of the times? Weddings are happening AGAIN! I've shared some ideas on this page to help make your day truly completely special.
fYOUR FIRST STEP ~ ENGAGEMENT
THE PROPOSAL ~ Egagement is a magical time ~ from the moment your sweetheart pops the question until you celebrate the day of your marriage with family and friends.
THE PROCESS ~ After the proposal, and with all of the romance aside, it's also the beginning of the process that brings you and your fiancé the challenges of arrangements to be made ~ like choosing your wedding invitations. As you go through the process of planning details, remind yourself to breathe and take time to appreciate ALL the good things. Best wishes for not only a joy-filled future together, but the courage to become a team and meet the challenges that life together will inevitably bring. A good marriage is EVERYTHING!
Every couple wants a beautiful invitation ~ and these are easy to find online and at your local stationery shop, but if you'd like something truly unique and completely personal, my work may be a good fit for you. As a professional graphic designer and art director with decades of experience, I can create nearly any type of invitation to suit your taste. See the sample packet of coordinated items below in "Two Different Styles of Wedding Invitations."
MY UNIQUE SPECIALTY ~ My specialty however is one-of-a-kind invitations featuring your commissioned fine art. Months prior to your ceremony, I can paint your wedding portrait to use as cover art for invitations and other collateral materials. The artwork is so personal that many clients feel it rivals photography as the ideal memento.
STEP 1 ~ INITIAL CONSULTATION MEETING
We'll plan a complimentary consultation to go over the details of your order. This may be a FaceTime meeting or an in-person one at my studio where I can share past clients' invitation samples well as portraits I've painted for couples over the years.
Highlight ~ Doug and my wedding portrait of our wedding party is left ~ plus I've shared ten other images further down on this page.
You may have found a wedding invitation that really speaks to you. This meeting is the perfect time to share it.
YOUR HUSBAND-TO-BE ~ If your fiancé is with you at the meeting, and you're a stickler for tradition, this will bring up the dilemma of him seeing you in your wedding gown before the ceremony. You may wish to handle the creation of your artwork without him and give him the painting as a wedding gift. A little planning, plus cooperation from friends and family can help.
AM I THE RIGHT DESIGNER? ~ All my work is custom and much of it hand-made, so smaller orders work beautifully for me. We'll discuss quantity, time-frame for completion, collateral items you want designed ~ and whether my approach is a good fit for you.
COPYRIGHTED ~ All my work is copyrighted. After I create your fine art, I reserve the right to use it to help promote my business, i.e. on my website and on product. Copyrighted means you may NOT reproduce it in ANY manner without my written permission.
STEP 2 ~ PLANNING YOUR PORTRAIT
THUMBNAIL SKETCH ~ At this stage, you will have chosen your setting and shared images of it with me either online or in-person. If not, in some cases, I can do an informal photo shoot of the church, grounds, gardens or whatever you've selected. At this time, we address the specifics of your portrait:
STEP 3 ~ ESTIMATING THE FEE, THE CREATIVE PROCESS & DELIVERY OF YOUR "MASTERPIECE"
The formula is simple. I charge by the number of hours I estimate it will take me to complete the artwork using all the idetails gathered in the complimentary planning process. We'll sign an agreement and I'll receive your deposit of 50% of the total estimated amount. The balance of 50% plus any additional incurred expenses by changes or additions to the piece) is due upon your receipt of the finished artwork. At that time, sales tax (City of Spokane ~ 9% and Spokane County~ 8.9%) for the entire amount is also due. NOTE ~ I accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express and in some cases, personal checks.
As your artwork progresses, sometimes we'll schedule a second consultation (on FaceTime, if need be) to view a pdf to make certain that we have all your details correct. When your "masterpiece" is finished, as my gift to you (unless you wish to handle this yourself), I have your painting framed. I also include an acid-free matted, signed print or a package of art cards featuring your wedding image. You may also wish to order prints on fine paper, canvas or cards for members of your wedding party and family.
STEP 4 ~ Find STEP 4 at the foot of this page.
Here you'll find ten wedding portraits I've completed over the years. Many of these were commissioned fine art by clients ~ and some, gifts presented after the ceremony.
You may choose any or all of the following:
By now, you and your fiancé have chosen the text for the inside of your invitations. At this point in our project, I'll mock up a sample of your invitation with the cover art or whatever you wish.
NOTE ~ You may consider adding ribbon, scalloped edges to soften the presentation, tone-on-tone vellum paper ~ or whatever creates your perfect look. I've found that some clients prefer simplicity and others want all the trimmings!
FOR FAMILY, YOUR WEDDING PARTY AND YOUR GUESTS
FAMILY AND WEDDING PARTY ~ Before the COVID challenges of the last two years, an invitation packet for family and members of your wedding party consisted of as many as seven items. This included invitations (ceremony and rehearsal dinner), R.S.V.P. cards for both, envelopes, ceremony programs, plus maps to the ceremony and / or reception. For some, times have changed somewhat and we'll discuss what specifically works best for you.
GUESTS ~ A wedding invitation packet for guests typically included everything listed above ~ except the rehearsal dinner pieces.
Highlight ~ The program cover pictured here contains design elements of invitations created by another designer, but includes my painting of the couple's ceremony setting, the Davenport Fountain at Duncan Garden in Spokane's Manito Park. This gave the bride the best of both worlds by combining elements.
ITIMING FOR MAILINGS BEFORE YOUR WEDDING ~ Many couples mail "Save the Date's" six months to a year prior the day of their ceremony. Often these feature an engagement photo with the same feel and type font as their invitations.
The invitations should be mailed at least two months before your event ~ even for small family affairs. You want ALL of your loved ones around you, so it's best to give everyone plenty of notice. Consider carefully any other items you would like to order, such as personalized thank you notes, programs, shower invitations, etc.
Once you've made your selections, we'll sign a contract. I'll estimate the cost, as well as a completion date, and receive an estimated 50% deposit.
STEP 4 ~ MOCK-UP, SIGN OFF ON YOUR PROJECT, AND FINAL PICK-UP
Within two weeks of our meeting, you will sign off on all the mock-ups of what you have ordered. NOTE ~ I am not responsible for ANY typographical or content errors.
When you collect your finished invitations and collateral materials, you'll pay your remaining balance plus the sales tax. If you wish to order other items, we can discuss it at that time and negotiate any additional fees.
If you've commissioned a wedding portrait for your invitations, you and your husband will be the proud owners of a memento of the most important day of your lives. Plus your friends and family will have an image of it as well.
CONGRATULATIONS ~ AND WARMEST WISHES FOR A LIFELONG, LOVING MARRIAGE!
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