We had an exciting week this past week with 2 shoots, but I was also mostly out of commission from a bad constant headache and stomach flu-like situation. Sorry for the pause in blogging!
I haven’t received the professional photos yet from this lovely wedding, but I really, really wanted to feature this wedding of our friends Christina & Gable. Long before Palettera opened as a studio, Christina was a fan and consistently supported my work that I displayed at local art festivals and various events. Christina loves paper and meaningful stationery, and we learned from their wedding that aside from music, Gable also really loves cars. Anyway, these two are so much in love and the way that Gable cares for Christina is evident in all his mannerisms, words, actions…. everything. They are truly sweethearts =)
We designed a hardcover letterpress invitation based on a retro guitar theme (Gable plays guitar), which was letterpress printed in 3 colours and even featured an authentic vintage rose laid RSVP envelope (from the 60’s-70’s). As artisan purveyors of excellence and perfection, we make every part of our stationery in house (yes, we are control freaks about our work), so even the box was custom wrapped in an embossed edo kosome print. What I found most interesting about this project was the choice of colour. Christina has a good eye for colours and unique things…. she chose 3 colours: silver, mustard yellow & pink! When she first described the colours to me, I thought, “genius!” I could picture a BCBG dress designed with these awesome colours. The colours really transformed their approach to the wedding, as unlike typical weddings, each of her bridesmaids wore a different colour! It made each lady look unique and beautiful, and also made them a part of the flamboyant nature of this wedding story.
Though I missed the church portion of their wedding to participate in my cousin Johnny’s Medichair Breast Cancer Cup at the Dragonboat Festival in Barrie, I heard it was gorgeous. In the evening, we joined the happy couple at their Distillery wedding, at the Archeo Trattoria, one of Toronto’s top restaurants and wedding venues. The exposed brick in the interior and cozy courtyard was a fitting backdrop for this wedding, as guests were generally relaxed and easy to talk to. As well, it perfectly complimented the classy elements with a touch of vintage — exactly as Christina had envisioned.
Christina also asked us to create custom magnets for their placecard magnet board! So we created 3 colours of 1″ magnets and provided some contrasting papers for Christina to create her own miniature envelopes, which enclosed the seating card for each person. She also chose a cute bird cage for cards and gifts that was the perfect touch!
Toronto’s Pink Twig created the lovely bouquets and floral features near the head table. But more importantly, THE FOOD! It was DELICIOUS & I would recommend the Archeo to anyone in Toronto for some yummy dining or for your wedding. Probably some of the best wedding food that we’ve had in a long, long time.
Congratulations to one of the sweetest couples we know, Christina & Gable =)
Photo credits: Invitation shot by Claudia Hung weddings. Other photos: Deborah Lau-Yu.