Initial appearance of heavily illustrated, tri-level, nested wedding invitation to the wedding of Valissa and Jared Pickard.
The event was a destination event to take place in the home of Valissa, Rincon, Puerto Rico. We decided to really go over the top with the invitation and convince the attendees it would be a party worth the airfare. The wedding would take place at the Horned Dorset Primavera, a Moorish-inspired masterpiece on the edge of the Carribbean Sea.
Shipped in a square envelope, the invitation was bound by a ribbon of brown paper imprinted with a cartouche of the couple's initials.
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Invitation front without binding for the wedding of Valissa y Jared.
The farmer/entrepreneur couple met in New York while working white collar jobs, but loved nature and cultivation so much that they eventually made it the center of their lives. It was natural for their invitation to center on the Flamboyan tree, one of their favorite natural/native elements on Puerto Rico.
This initial illustration uses the tree's greenery to depict another aspect of the couple's ceremony: the joining of their religions. The inner ring of the leaves creates a sun, which draws the eye to a rose-window inspired silhouette. The outer shadows of the leaf ring create a Star of David.
The original piece measured 6 x 6 inches, printed on off-white cardstock.
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Initial flaps for the wedding invitation of Valissa y Jared Pickard. The attendee opens the leaf flaps to reveal the Flamboyan blossoms inside.
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Full view of second layer of Valissa y Jared's wedding invitation.
Flamboyans are a flowering, tropical tree found throughout the island. Each blossom is a group of four separate flowers. The square points of the outer layer of the invitation open to reveal a more organic layer.
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Close up of circular flaps on the wedding invitation of Valissa y Jared.
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In-process unfolding of the second layer. By staggering the closings of the circular flaps, the attendee was given the impression of a blossom unfurling as they opened it.
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The third level depicting a venue-inspired, original, Moroccan-style mosaic. The canopies of two Flamboyan trees intertwine to create a single canopy in a sea of stylized waves.
detail, third level, Valissa y Jared
The stylized waves were based on original designs and the contours of tiles taken directly from the venue's lavish interior and furnishings.
last side, valisa y jared
Final, bilingual layer of the Velisa y Jared wedding. The center composition involves the couples names, lotus flowers, and blue agave, both species found on the grounds of the venue.
The top and bottom sections contain the vital information of the event. An English language version resides at the top while a Spanish version is at the bottom.
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Close up of innermost detail of the wedding invitation of Valisa y Jared.