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To get to C+S's wedding, guests travelled by boat across Red Cedar Lake, where a picturesque boathouse awaits. The trifold was probably my favorite part of this suite - not only does it feature the boathouse, immersed in an organic landscape, but it has a unique, interactive element to it. The insert on the middle panel was designed to perfectly overlap the painting beneath it, even though it was actually a separate piece held in place by 2 small cuts in the corner. Guests remove the insert (revealing its illusion), and flip it over to read details about RSVP and lodging.
The bride spent many summers vacationing on the island with family, so it was important that the suite captured its unique charm. All of the activities and icons of the island are represented with custom illustrations on the belly band: the giant chess set, Adirondack chairs, the dinner bell, a campfire, a canoe and oars, a billiards set, croquet, and a bathing suit.
The invitation card features the lawn looking out across the lake, where the ceremony took place. There are two giant trees on either side of the lawn, which I painted here to represent the couple and their families.
And last but not least, the envelope liner. There is nothing more relaxing than sinking back into an Adirondack chair, looking out across a quiet lake, and admiring the colors of the sky. As I imagine the events of their wedding weekend, I hope the couple and their loved ones were able to savor a moment just like this painting.
Early on in the design process, I was thinking about ways to combine C and S for a monogram or logo. Knowing that the bride is a talented concert pianist, the theme of music was definitely present in my inspiration. Eventually, I realized that the letters C and S, when flipped, closely resemble bass and treble clef symbols…it was too perfect. For pianists, the left hand is played in bass clef (the lower notes), and the right hand is played in treble clef (the higher notes) to create a beautiful, rich melody. Thinking about the bass and treble clefs joined in the monogram, I can’t help but think about C+S as each other’s left and right hand, each playing in their own key, but creating something even more beautiful as one.