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Published: ‘In Love With Me – Wedding Stationary Design’

My work has recently been published in a book from Hong Kong titled ‘In Love With Me – Wedding Stationary Design’. Sweet!

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Riley Stewart Photography

Riley Stewart is a good friend of mine, who also happens to be one of the best photographers I know. Check out some of his work.

I’ve always been drawn to his thought provoking style. His photographs are charming, imaginative and often times emotional.

I think what I like best about Riley’s skill set, is his ability to capture real moments that reveal so much personality of the subject.

This past January, I hit him up to get a new head shot for my recent feature in Applied Arts.

The photo above is the one we ended up using for the article, but below are a few others taken the same day.

I work with Riley any time that I can. Heck, he even shot my wedding!

If you’d like to see more of Riley’s work, check out his websiteFacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Hire him. He’s amazing.

Love at First Flight (3 of 3)

Go back to 1: Intro, Overall Theme, Invitations & Logo
Go back to 2: Venue, (e)Motion Sickness Bags, Food & Decorations

Ceremony

Our officiant, Daniel Brereton, was remarkable. He willingly played along with our vision right from the start. He came dressed head to toe in a full pilot uniform, which we rented from Malibar Ltd.

He also customized his opening speech:

Good evening ladies and gentlemen and welcome aboard. I am your Captain, Daniel Brereton and on behalf of Shaun, Michael and the rest of the crew here at Love at First Flight airlines, I want to welcome you aboard flight 09/03/13 service from St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto to Who Knows Where! We are currently flying at about 249 ft above sea level, however our ultimate cruising altitude will depend on you….and how much you enjoy yourselves this evening.

Our flight time will be about 15 minutes, but remember, this is only one leg of a journey that will last a lifetime.

Please ensure that any baggage you may have brought with you is safely stored. (Looking at Shaun and Michael) Let me repeat….please ensure that any baggage you have brought with you is safely stored!

Wedding Favors

Wrapped inside square kraft paper boxes, we gave away our favorite treat, Bounce Spirulina & Ginseng Balls.

Acknowledging that most people have no idea what the hell spirulina is, Shaun wrote a mini three panel brochure explaining the benefits of this foreign dietary supplement. We held it together using airplane shaped paper clips.

Attire

The two of us were styled by Hudson’s Bay style guru, Vaughn Stafford Gray. We wanted to match, but not wear the exact same thing. Vaughn helped us choose the perfect colours, textures and fit. #bespoke

Mikey:
Jacket & Pants: Gian Paolo Mazzotta
Vest: Theodore 1922
Shirt: Brooks Brothers
Tie: Eton
Shoes: Hawkings McGill

Shaun:
Jacket: Biella Collection from Theodore 1922
Vest: TopMan
Pants: Surface To Air
Tie: Eton
Shirt: Brooks Brothers
Shoes: Ted Baker

Passport Station

We set up a station where guests could take their own professional-style ‘passport’ portraits.

Our cat, Abby, came dressed to the nines. We had to find someway of including our little beast in the evening!

I bought her a dress; had a photoshoot; then printed a life-size cardboard cutout.

She hung around the photo station for most of the night.

Entertainment

I’ve always been a firm believer that if a drag queen shows up at your door, you know it’s a damn good party. Which is why we surprised guests with Toronto’s own, Katinka Kature.

At the stroke of midnight, she burst onto the dance floor dressed all in black as a sexy flight attendant, lip-synching to Toxic by Britney Spears.

Yes, she even had a costume change.

DJ Kevin Ritchie doing his thing. Best. Music. Ever.

End Result

There was laughter. There were tears. By the end of the evening, every last (e)motion sickness bag was consumed. Honestly, the night was a huge success.

A week after the wedding, I received a handwritten letter from my Aunt, Debbie, thanking us for the wedding. Aren’t we the ones who are supposed to send out thank you cards!? I’d like to share part of it:

March 9, 2013 – A day I will never forget. What a magical, beautiful and wonderful event. I have never been to a more moving wedding in my life. You couldn’t have done anything different; the venue, decor, music and food; everything was so unique. A true reflection of Mikey and Shaun. You have a bunch of wonderful friends who love and care for you both so much. Thank you for letting me share your special day with you. I will never forget it.

So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into our special day. We truly are blessed with the most loving family and friends anyone could hope for. I consider us both lucky for not only the endless support from those around us, but to live in a country that recognizes marriage equality. All you need is LOVE, people.

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Love at First Flight (2 of 3)

Go back to 1: Intro, Overall Theme, Invitations & Logo
Skip ahead to 3: Ceremony, Wedding Favours, Attire, Passport Station & Entertainment

Venue

We chose the Market Kitchen located inside the St Lawrence Market; one of Toronto’s best kept secrets. Shaun and I shop at the market nearly every weekend and had no idea it existed.

It’s a gorgeous venue with a lot character; equipped with high ceilings, exposed brick, wine barrels and giant arched windows that overlook downtown Toronto. It was the perfect space to accommodate our theme.

(e)Motion Sickness Bags

Right before the start of the ceremony, I thought it would be fun to hand out airsickness bags filled with facial tissue. You know, in case of any (e)motion sickness. Har har.

Food

Shaun is a nutritionist, so he was very particular about what we served. Most of the food was gluten and dairy free.

Originally, we envisioned simple grazing stations; however, as the theme evolved, we asked the catering company, Daniel et Daniel, if it was possible to serve ‘in-flight meals’ packaged in kraft paper boxes.

We sealed each box with an MVD>SSR sticker. These were handed out to all the guests by the caterers at the beginning of the evening.

My sister, Jaime, decorated our cupcakes with little handcrafted airplanes.

Decorations

For a relatively inexpensive alternative to wedding flowers (that shit ain’t cheap!), we opted for simple greenery. We bought various types of plants and cacti from IKEA, and repotted them in mason jars.

We stacked vintage suitcases and crates throughout the venue, which we rented from various antique stores, and dressed them up with vintage cameras, globes and books.

My mom handcrafted paper flowers made out of old street maps, which we scattered throughout the decorations.

I designed a number of posters with old photographs, facts and personality insights of Shaun, myself and our wedding party, that were mounted on foamcore and displayed throughout the venue.

For a relatively easy and inexpensive way of branding everything in sight, I had a couple custom stamps made.

Next up: Ceremony, Wedding Favours, Attire, Passport Station, Entertainment & End Result.

Continue to Love at First Flight (3 of 3)

 

Love at First Flight (1 of 3)

March 9th, 2013. The day I married Shaun was the best day of my life. Honestly, I can’t put into words how perfect everything turned out. It was incredible.

Although, I can’t say the planning happened overnight; there was a lot of work involved. But come on, what designer wouldn’t love branding their own event!? I thought I would share our overall vision, including all the fun designy projects we made to create a unique, memorable and affordable event.

We had just a little over two months to bring everything together; invitations, decor, venue, attire, entertainment, food; the list goes on and on. Neither one of us planned such a big event before, so we were more than intimidated of how and where to get started. From the get-go, about all we knew was that we wanted to keep it small and intimate.

I have to give serious props to our close friends, Muqu, Preeti, Ryan and Tyler. We were lucky to have a wedding party that all helped tremendously in different ways. As well as dozens of other friends & family members we tapped in to for help along the way. They all made it possible to make all my dumb ideas come to life.

Overall Theme

True story: five years ago, Shaun and I met at Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) on Christmas Eve. This is an excerpt from our invitations:

Unlike most love at first sight tales, ours began at an airport one Xmas eve. We each were traveling alone, set to see our families. We shared a few glances. An introduction. Then somewhere between poor weather conditions, fate and a cancelled flight, we found ourselves seated side-by-side as the plane took off. And that’s how we plan to stay.

Thus, the perfect theme was born: Love at First Flight.

Invitations

Unfortunately, because time wasn’t on our side, there was no save the date. We just sent an email to our guests that said, well, just that. It was fast and it was cheap. Why do it any other way? Instead, I designed the invitations into two pieces and sent them out together; a postcard and an airline ticket.

Both the postcard and ticket were packaged together in an A4 kraft paper envelope.

On the front of the postcard, I drew Shaun and I when we met at the airport. On the back, was an introduction to our story (excerpted above).

As an ode to my collectible poster designs, the silkscreened postcards acted as mini limited edition art pieces; both hand numbered and signed.

Postcard Specs:
Colours: 3/1
Paper: 100% cotton 245gsm Wheat
Qty: 90
Printed by: Kid Icarus

We wanted the evening to come across as laid back, natural and unrehearsed. The copy on the ticket reflected just that; from the suggested start time, “7:30-8:00 pm ‘ISH’”, to the cheeky footnotes reminding guests not to bring randos. A true reflection of our quirky relationship.

Ticket Specs:
Colours: 1/0
Paper: 35 Pt. Chipboard
Qty: 90
Printed by: Lunar Caustic Press

Logo

The MVD>SSR graphic; our initials made into airport codes; ended up becoming the logo for the event crossing all platforms/materials.

Next up: Venue, (e)Motion Sickness Bags, Food & Decorations.

Continue to Love at First Flight (2 of 3)