P & L's Wedding Invite
Whenever people ask me who most inspire me (which is, like, all the time, duh), I never have to think for very long. For me, it's my two (younger) brothers. Both of them, in very different ways, are very special human beings and it's been a privilege to grow up with them and learn from them. It's the reason why I asked the two of them to be my witnesses at my wedding. I have such deep respect and love for them both.
This spring, my brother Peter is getting married to his high school sweetheart, Lisanne, and I not only have the honor of being one of their witnesses, but I also had the pleasure of designing the invites for their special day. I must admit, though, I was a bit nervous. It always feels like a tremendous responsibility, but in this case, even more so. Peter and Lisanne as individuals and as a couple are amazing to be around. They treat each other with such love, mutual respect, and absolute honesty - it's refreshing and it goes a long way in explaining how they've managed to grow together these past eleven years, instead of growing apart, which so often happens. Bringing love, respect, and honesty (!) to the table is something I strive for in all of my relationships and mostly my marriage, and I think of them often as an example.
Long story short: this invite needed to be perfect. And while I'm not sure it is as perfect as it could be (am I ever sure?), it seems to have done the job for them :-)
Stella (6), Lisanne's niece, made the drawing of the wedding pair, I added the design and park bench illustration. The exact shade of green was the focal point of our discussions (everything else pretty much stayed the same from the first version), which is funny because I just painted my kitchen wall green. And bathroom wall. And bedroom wall. Which may or may not have been a coincidence.