One of the best parts of my job is being able to design pieces for friends and family. I was so happy to be working with Sara on her wedding invitations because I knew they'd be full of personality and awesome-sauce - remember these business cards from a few years ago?
True to form, Sara and Sam decided to have their wedding at the MIT chapel and the reception at the unconventional (but crazy-fun for us old timey machine lovers) Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. We took our inspiration from that for a gears motif on the invitation.
I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that this tableau met me when we arrived at the museum for the reception.
Backing up, the MIT chapel is an intimate yet breathtaking non-denominational sanctuary designed by Eero Saarinen, and though I've lived down the street for seven years, I'd never visited before. Just look at that backdrop for a ceremony - like little pieces of light falling from the sky to surround the couple with happiness and light (sculptural installation by Harry Bertoia).
Their reply postcard was left blank on the back with an invitation for guests to decorate it. Sara and Sam shared many of the art works at the reception (sorry, no photo) including many sweet portraits of the two of them. I love reply cards that invite thought and creativity from the invitees - they create a truly memorable keepsake for the couple.
Plus there was an ice cream bar manned by people wearing cow suits.
Congratulations, Sara & Sam!