WEDDING PORTRAITS, INVITATIONS, COLLATERAL PIECES ~ AND MORE
OUR 21ST WEDDING ANNIVERSARY ~ My sweetheart Dougie and I have been married for over two decades. The years have truly flown by!
2020 was a milestone 20 year for us, but sadly, COVID stopped our special vacation to Hawaii in its tracks. This year, my husband was at Houston's MD Anderson for a post-op visit on our anniversary, so we celebrated with friends a few months later with a rare dinner out. Our anniversary trip to the islands has been postoned until 2022 and we're hopeful that enough folks will have received their vacinations by that time to allow for safer travel.
A UNIQUE TIME ~ This is an unusual time in most everyone's lives as there is no such thing as "normal" quite yet. Even though many couples have postponed their wedding plans, as we inch closer to getting the upper hand with COVID, some are cautiously beginning to plan their big days.
If you fall in the latter group who are hoping for a sooner, yet safer wedding celebration, I've shared some ideas on this page to help make your day truly special.
YOUR FUTURE ~ 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 strength to become a team and meet the challenges that life will inevitably bring. A good marriage is EVERYTHING!
ENGAGEMENT ~ Engagement is a magical time, from the moment your sweetheart pops the question until you celebrate your wedding day 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 arrangementsto be made ~ like choosing your wedding invitations. Every couple wants something beautiful ~ 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 "The Invitation Process."
My specialty however is one-of-a-kind invitations featuring your commissioned fine artwork. Months prior to your ceremony, I 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 perfect memento of your special day.
STEP 1 ~ INITIAL CONSULTATION MEETING
We will plan a complimentary consultation to go over the details of your order. This may be a FaceTime meeting instead of an in-person meeting at my studio because of these unusual times. I will share clients' invitation samples well as images of portraits I've painted for other couples. Doug and my wedding portrait (image left) plus 10 others are 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 your special day. Some clients believe the vintage tradition regarding this. 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 of friends and family can be a big help.
At this time, we'll also discuss quantity, your time-frame for completion and any collateral items you may want designed.
AM I THE RIGHT DESIGNER? ~ Since ALL of my work is custom with much of it hand-made, smaller orders work beautifully for me.
COPYRIGHTED ~ ALL of 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 web site, in calendars, cards, etc. 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 following:
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 information gathered in the complimentary planning process. We'll sign an agreement and I'll receive your deposit of 50% of the total amount. The balance (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 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 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 handful 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.
NOTE ~ Find STEP 4 at the foot of this page.
Here's a sampling of a 10 wedding portraits I've completed over the years ~ many of these commissioned by clients.
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 you have decided upon. Some clients prefer simplicity and others want all the trimmings!
FOR FAMILY, YOUR WEDDING PARTY AND YOUR GUESTS
FAMILY & WEDDING PARTY ~ Before the challenges of last year, an invitation packet for family and members of your wedding party consisted of as many as 7 items. This included invitations (ceremony and rehearsal dinner), R.S.V.P. cards for both, envelopes, ceremony program, plus a map 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, Duncan Garden in Spokane's Manito Park. This gave the bride the best of both worlds by combining elements.
Invitations should be mailed 2 months prior to 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, AND FINAL PICK-UP
Within 2 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 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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