We did not want the typical hotel ballroom wedding. We would have loved to be outside in someone’s garden but that would not have worked with our large guest list and slim time frame. After a few long hours and one bridezilla moment. We landed on a venue, The Kettle Moraine Ranch. It was a huge barn and boy, oh boy did I have ideas flowing.
We booked the barn which set the stage for our theme…Rustic, vintage, chic. Try saying that 3 times fast.
Next, Mr. Blue Eye and I needed to nail down the guest list. We are both from huge families. Wait, no let me rephrase that…humongous families. Creating the guest list took a few days and lots of discussion but we eventually narrowed it down to 411 of our closest family and friends… not normal.
Because we were planning our wedding in such a short amount of time it was a good thing that I knew exactly what I wanted for the invite. The invitation was going to set the stage for the one of a kind celebration that we wanted our wedding to be.
The idea for the invitation came to me in college when I was at a coffee shop. While waiting for my coffee I was browsing a stand of gift cards. I was checking out the designs and one caught my eye. It was a couple in some goofy wedding attire jumping off a pier into a lake. On the inside of the card it read, “Congratulations on taking the plunge.” At the time I had no boyfriend and a wedding was the furthest thing from my mind but I made a mental note that one day I would find a way to somehow incorporate that image into my wedding.
Mr. Blue Eye was a typical groom throughout the wedding process. When asked his opinion he would say everything I showed him looked good. He even went along with all my crazy ideas. For the invite I wanted to use that same idea of a bride and groom jumping into the water and underneath the picture have it say, “We’re taking the plunge.”
Wedding tip: Find a photographer who is also a graphic designer. You can kill two birds with one stone and like us you can use a photograph to make your invite memorable.
We lucked out because we found, Cavella Creative. This company was able to fill all of our photography and printing needs. Kari, the head photographer, allowed me to be as crazy, creative as I wanted and she took my ideas and ran with them.
Wedding Invitation Photo Shoot
When I told her about my idea for the invite she was on board. My parents live on a lake, which made finding the setting easy. We began the evening by taking a few engagement photos and then we got into our costumes!
I had gone to St. Vincent De Paul and picked out a “vintage” wedding dress and veil for me and suit for Adam (I must not have checked the size) :). We decided to take the picture on a sweet little pier across the lake from my parents. It was seriously perfection, I could not have asked for a better setting. The boathouse looks like a steeple and it was picturesque.
After doing a handful of “fake” jumps we were sweating so bad that we decided to take a leap into the lake in hopes of snapping the last perfect shot. We ran down the pier and took the plunge! Kari and Danny got the perfect shot and it is the one we ended up using on the invite.
With the help of my extremely talented aunt I decided to use little to no real flowers. The flowers that we decided to use were unbelievably beautiful dried Hydrangeas. That is why we decided to use Hydrangeas as the backdrop for our invites.
I researched some wedding invite wording because I knew with a cover like ours the words had to be unique. Then I let Kari have some freedom with the RSVP card and the map card. Then my sweet sister put the cards together and tied them up in twine to go along with our rustic, vintage, chic theme. That way when the guests opened the invite they would see the picture and then the twine wrapped cards. Let me tell you that when I sent those invites out I received so many phone calls! Every guest that received our unique invite loved it and let me know about it!
A Few Shots of the Final Product…