Incredible anniversary card.

So if an envelope like this showed up in your mailbox, wouldn’t you automatically assume you had been invited to a wedding?

(Note: my favorite part may be the ‘Airmail’ in that brilliant red!) Or in my case since I know Papineau Calligraphy really well, as Michelle did my wedding calligraphy and I think she is the absolute best… I instantly started going through my rolodex wondering who I knew that had picked her for their wedding invitations as well. But as it turns out, it was the most amazing card from Erika Givens of Gleaux, the amazing woman behind our incredible wedding invitations.

Seriously, so touching! And beautiful. Erika has a thing for tiny jewels–they are the perfect little touch–see that little one right under Hong Kong? You can see how she has pulled elements from our invites… which were a bit unusual to say the least…. into her card.

She sketched the church where we were married and pulled fonts and graphical details from railroad stock certificates from the turn of the century, which happened to have been when the church and the reception venue were built. She also had a little punch so each invitation was numbered. And there were little jewels as well in a few key places!

Behind the giant stock certificate / nuptial summons (can you tell the Mr. works in finance?), which was individually addressed to each and every person invited, was a map including the ceremony and reception locations, as well as meaningful places to us, like where we met, where I grew up, and where our favorite place to have Tacos on Tuesday was. Our reception venue, One Fort Mason, is sketched bottom center.

I loved our RSVP card, especially the food choices!

The pool party invitation was equally cool — as you can see nothing escapes Erika! Every little detail is attended to.

And then the rehearsal invitation, which also included a sketch of the Pelican Inn, which was a special place for us as it is right next to the secluded beach where the Mr. popped the question. I love the font Erika used for “swim and dine” and “rehearsal dinner”.

Erika also tackled the equally overwhelming task of the wedding programs.

And then there was the menu card–my personal favorite. I loved how we were able to include lots of really personal details about our family and I love the icons Erika included. She somehow managed to fit an incredible amount of text into a relatively small space! It was really important to the Mr. that we do beer, as well as wine, pairings so we noted all of that here. My good friend Aaron home brewed some special beers just for the wedding, my Dad caught the salmon we served in Alaska, and my aunt Amy made the carrot cake

We started this whole project with the logo, which I just love. And as you can see Erika included it in her sweet card.

And a few photographed shots of the suite all together.

And more pretty calligraphy from Papineau.

I loved our invitation so much I have the entire suite framed in our living room.

Erika is hands down one of the most talented creative people I have ever met. She just gave birth to a daughter, after having twin boys several years ago, and is enjoying being a mom for the moment so she isn’t doing a lot of custom work, but the minute she is back in business full-time I will let you know. In the meantime, I did manage to get her to enter a few Minted challenges before Miss Brooklyn arrived, so you can buy her lovely holiday cards and personal stationery here. A big, huge thank you to Erika for making not just my wedding’s paper components, but also our first anniversary absolutely unforgettable. Same goes for Michelle! Cheers to two very loving and talented ladies.

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3 responses to “Incredible anniversary card.

  1. I think that even kings and queens and princesses don’t have such amazing invitations.

    You outdid yourself in creativity, and Erika is a stunning artist. And the calligraphy…I have kept a name card of mine just because I love seeing my name written out so beautifully!

  2. Natasha, What a great post : ) So cool to see the whole thing framed so beautifully. I’m honored. The whole experience comes rushing back!
    All the best my friend,
    xoxo Erika

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