Our wedding invitations

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The venue for The Man’s and my upcoming wedding, The State Library of South Australia, is one of a row of beautiful historical buildings on Adelaide’s main cultural boulevard (and my favourite part of the city). Nearby are some gorgeous old they-don’t-make-’em-like-they-used-to street lamps.

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In keeping with the venue’s era and the literary theme, I took inspiration from the highly ornamental and typographical advertising posters of the Victorian age. I had fun playing around with a ridiculous variety of typefaces.

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The poster-style invitation was folded and wrapped in a belly band that I screenprinted onto the same lovely textured paper of the envelopes. I lined the envelopes with vintage book pages as an added touch to the theme.

The venue is also home to some of the state’s archives. Imagine my luck finding this etching of the original part of the library made just after its construction – perfect for our RSVP postcards.

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I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t too keen on our wedding invitations being stamped with a History of Corrugated Iron or Footballers of the Year, so it was off to eBay to find some pretty vintage stamps. DIY calligraphy completed the evelope.

It’s safe to say I’ve never been so excited about a design job than the stationery for my own wedding. Sometimes, though, designers can be their own worst client, so I made sure I began the process with plenty of time for exploring ideas and changing my mind. As it turned out, my concerns proved unnecessary as the concept was established fairly early on – although this left me with way too much time to refine, refine, refine and of course at some point you have to step away and say ‘I’m done’. But done they are, and we couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.




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