I love, love, love it when brides and grooms incorporate their personal history into their wedding invitations.  Vanessa and her fiancé George while serving overseas for the State Department and plan to marry in Bethesda next year.  When it came time to design their wedding invitations, they contacted my friend Kathleen Shannon, an incredibly talented graphic designer based in Oklahoma City, and got started on a custom invitation suite that combined two of their biggest influences: their international career, their passion for travel, and their love of Wes Anderson movies!


From Kathleen: Vanessa contacted me for custom wedding invitations after she stumbled across my portfolio on my blog. Vanessa and her fiancé George met in Iraq working for Department of State and love traveling. They are huge Wes Anderson fans, love maps, and giant squids.  Sounds odd and quirky – so of course it was right up my alley.



Vanessa and George had lots of fun requests – along with a giant squid on the invitation they also wanted to include pi (you know, mathematical constant whose value is the ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter in Euclidean space), par avion written in Persian somewhere, and a map with important places to the couple highlighted.


Life Aquatic is one of my favorite movies of all time so I used that as my primary source of inspiration.  We utilized a limited color-palette of emerald and aqua with a few pops of orange.  I managed to include all the requested elements without making the suite feel too cluttered – I think what we came away with was a layered and positively curious collection.


So awesome.  I love the international influences while maintaining an overall modern design.  Thank you so much, Kathleen, for sharing these invitations with us – and congratulations to Vanessa and George!

Photo Credit: Kathleen Shannon

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