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March 01, 2012 - 1:32 PM
When John and I got married a couple of years back, we registered for the usual items—a coveted KitchenAid Mixer, new luggage and just about every cooking gadget that passed within firing distance of our registry gun. Don’t get me wrong, I loved and continue to love those items, even now, but one surprise gift from a couple of dear friends really won our hearts—a piece of custom art.
The robot-inspired painting of us is such a fun conversation piece and something we will always treasure, which is why I can really appreciate the recent surge of commissioned creations popping up on the wedding scene.
Rifle Design’s Anna Bond really sparked the concept a couple of years back, but the movement has since gained traction and now artists all over the country are offering their expertise in everything from save the dates and wedding maps to thank you cards and ceremony programs.
1. Quirky, vintage farm wedding via 100 Layer Cake. Illustration by the bride, Lauren Gregg.
2. Custom bride-and-groom illustration by Marloes de Vries.
3. New Orleans-inspired invite via Cargo Collective. Illustration by Anna Hurley.
4. Custom wedding map via Wedding Invite Love. Illustration by PaperFinger.
5. Hand-lettered save-the-date via Oh So Beautiful Paper. Illustration by Marilee of Tuesday Mourning.
6. Illustrated letterpress invitation via Oh So Beautiful Paper. Illustration by Etsy’s Lettergirl.
7. Woodland wedding invite via Etsy’s LeFrenchCircus.