I'm a wedding and portrait photographer living in Vancouver, BC with my husband Randy.  I photographed my first wedding when I was only 17 years old - and I've photographed over 200 weddings since! I am an avid bookworm, lover of green tea, pretty nail polish & my Labradoodle Harley. Thanks for visiting!

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DIY Wedding Invitations

January 29, 2014


Because we are having a shorter engagement, wedding invitations were one of the first things on my task list. At 4 months from our wedding day, there was no point in sending a save the date – only to send an invite 4-6 weeks later! Right away, we booked our venue (we did have a date loosely in mind pre-proposal) and confirmed the ceremony and reception times. Next step was choosing the wedding fonts. Easier said than done. Something I knew about myself but has only been confirmed in my wedding planning process: I don’t enjoy research for research’s sake. I like results too much. I’m too “end goal” focused. Sitting on the couch looking at fonts for hourssss feels like I’m spinning my tires and not going anywhere. (As I type this, there is a frog outside my office window. I can’t see the frog, but OH, I hear the frog. Our neighbour’s house is only 15 feet from my wall… this isn’t the country. Why are their frogs here? Was it their pet? Did it escape? Why can’t I see it – but just hear it? Why did it suddenly appear a month ago and WON’T LEAVE? I need to kill this frog/I need to get Randy to kill this frog.)

Back to the font search. Yes, so anyway, I’m a terrible font researcher or anything researcher – I like work and I like working hard and I like getting tasks done but I dislike the research of said tasks. Those first couple weeks of engagement were a LOT to handle. Lots going on personally, emotionally, and then in wedding world. Randy was very helpful. ;) “Jamie. All you need to do is pick one font. That’s your goal today. Don’t think about anything else.” So fine, he was right and I got it done. (I’m so dramatic sometimes.) I found two fonts I loved – and wah-LAH, “our wedding fonts.” Next, it was onto wedding colours. The men are wearing grey, I’m in white (surprise), the girls are in black dresses. Our table runners are grey and white. So… how do I commit to a colour?! In the end we went with a light blue and a light green for the invites – with grey twine. Some colour to make it interesting but subtle enough so we wouldn’t have to commit to those being our wedding colours – 10 days into the planning process. ;)

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out! I designed both pieces of the invitation. On the front was our names + wedding logo + an engagement photo taken of us by Leanne. The back was the invitation information (the blue paper) and a smaller RSVP + directions card was attached with twine. (In these pictures below, two invitations are side by side, just flipped over. So you can see both at once.) They were printed at Minuteman Press in Langley. Oooh, also, our envelopes are from Paper Source.

Our RSVPs are almost in! 58 days away!

  1. Naomi Elle Schwartz

    January 29th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    LOL @ the frog interruption. :D
    The invitations are beautiful!

  2. Mirelis Heal

    January 29th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    What’s the name of the font you decided on? I’ve been searching for new fonts for some projects I have in the works, and this one is perfect.

  3. allymichele

    January 29th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Soo good!! Love that font!! They look great Jamie!! The overally font and pkging w.twine made me think of Kristen.s … You two must be besties ;) good job friend!!

  4. Karen

    January 31st, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    My prayer for you is that you just enjoy and RELISH this time! It’s such a special time. :)

  5. Cynthia Rankin

    February 28th, 2014 at 1:54 am

    How interesting…. My grandfathers name was John Sherman Cole.

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