For the July 2011 event, I was in charge of 1/3 of the stationery and paper goods. I designed invitations, pencil favors and menus. It was fun, I had a great time, the food was delicious, we danced. I was hooked. When Michal and Callie asked me if I wanted to go for round two, I had an itch to be even more involved than last time. Michal and I discussed utilizing my design skills and signing on as a coordination vendor, Callie and I talked about how this event (now spreading to Orlando and San Diego) needed a new web design. Naturally, I took my chance to do both.
The inspiration for the March 2012 event is a little mix of the NotWedding aesthetic people have come to recognize... and some new freshness that should entice brides to slough off their winter coats and get ready for some sunshine! It's only appropriate that we would use Ambient + Studio with their spacious blank slate and giant windows, and nom on some delicious treats from Sun In My Belly.
As for the design, the term "vintage" is too vague. It sounds nice, right? Old books, intricate antique furniture, dusty frames. But that's not necessarily an all-encompassing definition. For this event, we're taking vintage to Mid-Century Modern. It's more than "retro." It's a movement:
Think geometric textiles, lacquer, plastic, clean lines and color. Real efforts into sustainable architecture and utilizing natural light - and being able to affordably mass produce housewares. Organic shapes with practical simplicity.
If you're interested, take a look at the Pinterest board I put together to organize all these ideas!
In my mind, there was no way to embrace these ideas without the use of some tactile materials: pigment and paper. I set to work with my watercolors, fencing them in with a sharp lattice border... well, just see for yourself. Click the image to be redirected to the web page.
Anyway, the beauty of the Not Wedding is that it will end up looking like what's inside the vendor's creative minds. It's left open for interpretation, which is why the event is an inspirational mélange of new ideas and beautiful things. It's going to be unique, and as always, fun. I hope to see you on March 8th!