A little over a year ago, I was contacted by a client who was planning to elope on Halloween and who wanted a wedding certificate to commemorate the day. I wasn't actively taking commissions, given that the thesis year was looming, but as she is a lovely co-worker of my mother's, I could hardly say no! Besides, I knew from the photos Anneliese sent along that her aesthetic was perfectly in line with mine -- the best kind of commission. She wanted pointed pen writing on a watercolor background with a Halloween color palette, including, of course, a vibrant orange. Having written on watercolor backgrounds before with broad-edged nibs, I wasn't overly worried about making it work. Well! Pointed pens are, it turns out, a rather different beast. I could get passable lettering on a pale watercolor wash, but as soon as I got enough pigment on the page to make it vibrant, my little pointed pen letters lost their legs and bled out. It was so sad. I tried over and over -- so many times I lost count. I finally had to sheepishly throw up my hands, tell her the unfortunate news, and move on to my thesis project for the time being. We settled on a new plan -- to keep the watercolor wash along an edge so that the paper where the lettering sat remained clean. I had hoped to return to it in a couple months. But the thesis work was so much bigger and more consuming than I thought. And then we sold our house and moved. And suddenly I found myself at October once more, with Anneliese's one year anniversary approaching -- at which point, we can all agree, this project had to get done, hell or high water. And I am happy to report that it has been finished and delivered to my very patient and understanding client.
Because it was a Halloween wedding, Anneliese wanted to add "till death" somewhere on the piece. I played with masking the letters for a ghostly effect but ultimately liked the the shimmer of the gold foil a little better. "Till" is a word I had to get out my trusty dictionary for, as I never am quite sure what the correct usage is. Here's what I found out: you would use an apostrophe when shortening "until", i.e. 'til death. But "till" is a preposition and conjunction all on its own, no apostrophe. Since a small apostrophe floating along a bouncing baseline might not have translated clearly, I opted for the "till" spelling.
At certain angles, the gold letters almost disappear; at others, they catch the light and the eye.
Anneliese also asked me to design a monogram that she could use on her wedding announcement or photos. She settled on Option #4 and provided some examples of how a digital monogram like this can be added to wedding photos. Such a gorgeous photo! I was so honored to help celebrate this wedding and wish Anneliese and Wesley an extraordinarily happy first anniversary -- and many great years to come! Wedding photos were taken by Jenna Noelle Photography, located in Denver.