Jenny and Mitch were one of my most fun couples to date. They arrived in the studio separately, Mitch coming first, feeling right at home, from striking up a conversation about ethical graphic design pricing (inspired by a look through my bookshelf) to pretending Jenny had gotten the wrong studio by speaking in an accent when she rang the buzzer. When they sat down for their custom consultation, they immediately starting joking around how hilarious it would be to go super formal for their wedding invitations, and more specifically, by having me create a custom crest. Neither have the backgrounds that have custom heraldry, so spinning what used to be considered royal for their humble coupling seemed incredibly ironic, and a perfect fit for their personalities.
We went through a multitude of ideas for things to include, from their pup, Poughkeepsie, to transformers, to unicorns. I encouraged them to keep some of the formality, as I thought this could be something that could last. (perhaps premonition of our china and linen line, launched in late 2009?). So we included the city stars of Chicago, a symbol of fertility, their initials, and the aforementioned unicorns. We used a warm color palette of bronze, chocolate, and mustard for their paper suite, and played with the text to reflect their senses of humor. Their bronze engraved invitations were a great match for the warmth of their destination wedding in Mexico.
We used this inscription from the bible for the back of their evelopes, and then later on our custom linen runner.
I am truly grateful to Jenny and Mitch, for being the inspiration for many more crests to come and our Monogram Collection. It really all started with them; I’m thrilled they made it such a fun process for me too.