Citrus Themed Mid Century Modern Wedding Invitation

I was dying to get my hands on another wedding invitation design project when Hotel McCoy in Tucson announced they were looking for local vendors to donate their services for a free wedding at the hotel. I immediately sent a message offering the services I specialize in — event signs, envelope addressing in calligraphy, and invitation illustration and design.

Weeks later, I attended a formal meeting with the bride and groom at the hotel with all other vendors. We exchanged information and got started on the event.

Celeste and Cory wanted a citrus themed wedding invitation that included their love of travel, paired with an eye for mid-century shapes and colors. I have to say that I enjoyed the research stage of this project and it was right in the middle of lemon season, so the trees in my backyard were in full bloom and I had plenty of lemons and oranges to sketch! I drew up a garland made of lemons, oranges, leaves, and blossoms and paired it with a couple retro fonts and verbiage. This invitation was 5″ wide and 7″ long.

I designed the reverse of the invitation as a vintage-style travel postcard featuring an illustration of the hotel. The couple wanted to display vintage postcards as a background to the table numbers at the wedding, so this was a nice way to tie the aesthetic in before guests even arrived.

Photo by Jackie Sterna

Between the front and back of the invitation is a heavy orange paper. This added color to the edges of the invitations, as well as weight to each as the guest held it.

The rsvp piece is a small information card that directed invitees to the wedding website, where they could read about the couple, the venue, and also rsvp to the wedding. I kept colors similar to the main invitation and added a little vintage airplane zipping around the background. The reverse of this card featured a suitcase overflowing with lemons and oranges. Between these layers I placed a heavy yellow paper, also to add a brightness to the edge of the cards.

All invitations were enclosed in a slightly textured cream envelope. The postage had different cacti in full colorful bloom. I addressed each envelope in Copperplate calligraphy in a delicious orange sumi ink so the letters would stay in place during transit.