It’s not often that a graphic designer gets to design his or her own wedding invitations. After all—if all goes right—you only get married once. As a designer myself, I have several designer friends who do not want to design their own wedding invitations because the pressure is too high. I had the opposite reaction—what a great opportunity to design something exactly the way I want to! While I love designing invitation suites for other brides, there is an even greater emotional connection to the project when it’s your own.
I am happy to say I was able to execute the invitation suite exactly as I had envisioned. My husband and I are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). As such, I incorporated religious symbolism into the invitation design. The small illustrated building is the Houston Texas Latter-day Saint Temple, which is where we were married.
The large square with a circle inside is a symbol of the LDS temple. The square represents earth, and the circle represent heaven, so the circle in the square represents the meeting place of heaven and earth. Latter-day Saints believe that marriages performed in the temple will last into eternity. You can see this symbol incorporated into the exterior architecture design of many LDS temples around the world.
The invitation color scheme—especially the gold foil—was inspired by the temple interior. Gold designs are found inside every LDS temple, symbolizing the beauty and refinement of heaven.
Typographically, I was inspired by the work of Kevin Cantrell, Salt Lake City based designer and typographer. I love little details in typography, like patterned fills and three-dimensional rendering. And of course, a big shoutout goes to Workhorse Printmakers for printing the invitations so perfectly. Overall, I had a lot of fun working on this design. It was difficult to fit all the pieces together just right, but everything came together in the end. A once-in-a-lifetime project!