I wanted our invitations to not just be tossed after the wedding. I wanted a keepsake and something useful, so that's why I created tea-towel invites. I created a map-like visual of the journey from Calgary to Okotoks as well as showing the key landmarks of the farm.
Calgary-based Stan Purchase has been bending neon by hand for 30 years, but his career came about by chance. He was working as a truck driver, and one day his boss asked him if he wanted to quit and start a sign business together. Today he owns his own company, Purchase Signs, and works alongside his son Nick.
Watching Stan work in his large industrial space is a pretty fantastic experience. He hovers over ribbon burners, plays with mercury, controls currents as high as 26,000 volts, all while gracefully and artfully bending glass into perfect letterforms. It’s dangerous and requires a great deal of skill, but Stan says he enjoys the challenge. He takes pride in working with his hands and seeing each completed product.
The typeface we used for our sign is Ne10, which was designed by Corey Holms. Interestingly enough, the typeface itself was inspired by a neon sign. That’s where Corey was in a pizzeria near his Fullerton, California, home when he spotted a neon cerveza sign and was inspired to create the typeface.
I started working on the save the dates back in August and they have been quite the process. After the design was finished (hand-drawn typography by Zachary Smith), I scoured the internet to figure out how I should get them printed. Originally I was going to silkscreen them white on sheets of thin, dark walnut but then I found a guy in California who was doing some really awesome detailed work on wood.
They are laser etched & cut on sheets of 2mm oak. Because of this, each one is completely unique and one of a kind because of the grain of wood or how the laser hits them.
Pricey, yes, but I am thrilled with how they came out.
I used washi tape that I ordered from Japan to seal the envelopes. They reflect the colors and patterns that will be used in decor of our wedding.
I then ordered a roll of magnet tape so that everyone could put these on their fridge as a keepsake.
For the stamps, I ordered them through Canada post's custom stamp service - Picture Postage. They are more pricey than regular stamps but I was pretty impressed with how quickly then were printed and shipped to me.
We really hope you like them and can save the date for our big day.