You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth saying again. The submissions to the Happily Ever After wedding challenge gave us a tough challenge ourselves – it was incredibly difficult to pick the winners of our special awards. Hence, we decided to show you not only the winner, but the runners up for each award. Each winner will receive a $300 cash award, plus 5% commission on all net sales…
Best Whimsical Design
“Stache + Kiss” by Penelope Poppy pays homage to the quirky chivalry of mustaches and a pouty lip – perfect for a couple who takes fun very seriously. We’ve seen the moustache trend invoked in a variety of ways, but this particular design struck us as particularly playful and well-composed.
Best Fresh Take on a Classic
“Wedding Type” by Emily Ranneby won our pick for “Best Fresh Take on a Classic.” Playing to her strengths, Emily impressed us with her elegant typesetting and use of Kewl Script to add a South American or European flair to the design. Not your grandmother’s black-and-white wedding invitation!
Emily of Pottsdesign is well-known for her illustrative prowess (check out her incredible calendar design, Billboard), but she possesses an equal strength in strong, bold typographic work, such as in her design, “Type Stack.” By styling her type with a strong geometric flavor and softening it with warm greys and magentas, she created a stunning, modern invitation.
Best Outdoors/Nature Inspired
“Romantic Ripple” by Sweet Tree Studio was unexpected – a water design that was not beach-y. This design’s concentric circles convey the feeling of rain drops on a pond. Sensuous, dreamy, and romantic, we felt that this design really made a splash.
Best Couple’s Name/Monogram
For a lesson in “white space,” look no further than Kelli Hall’s “Love Lettered,” a type-driven design that took our breath away. The tangerine and plum color palette feels warm and happy, while the expertly laid out text balances beautifully against a clean, white background. Unpretentious, and neither overtly feminine nor masculine, this confident, gorgeous design elegantly showcases a couple and their togetherness.
In the hands of Paper Plains (aka Sarah Lenger), the most delicate and dreamy aspects of water come to life. In her design, “modern beach,” the “feeling” of the beach is conveyed powerfully, and we found ourselves entranced by the “soft movement in blues and greens.” Sarah describes her design as “mimicking the receding ocean on a beach” but we’d be happy to gaze at this design all day and let our minds wander to any ocean destination that comes to mind.
We were charmed by how Sunnyvale, California-based designer, Ling, channeled an oftentimes spoken phrase and turned it on its head. Sure, there are plenty of fish in the sea, but when you meet “the only fish for me,” that’s love. Please join us in welcoming Ling to the community.
Congratulations everyone! Next up (and the final award) is the Judge’s Pick…11 COMMENTS