It’s always so exciting to think about the fact that Minted couples come from all over the world—from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds. And it’s no surprise that so many of those couples want to incorporate elements of their customs and personalities into their big days. I can’t get over how enthusiastically our designers embraced the chance to design for couples that want to honor their heritage in a chic, modern way. Congratulations to our special prize winners below!
Destination Delhi Award for the best Indian inspired design:
“Modern Mehndi” by Laura Condouris
We love the delicate elegance of Laura’s hand-painted “Modern Mehndi.” The watercolor effect gives her flourishes a certain depth and shape that makes them pop off the page. Her simple text and large, but delicate couple’s names provide a perfect balance.
Runner Ups (from left): “Anand Karaj” by Ann Gardner | “Indian Flair” by Kristen Smith | “Indian Love” by Cecile Paper Lounge
UK Royalty Award for the best Kate and Wills inspired design:
“Royal Monogram” by Griffinbell Studio
Lynn has us dreaming of a royal wedding with this design. Her regal lions and bold crown recall traditional heraldic elements, while her textured background and patterned silhouettes add a modern twist.
Runner Ups: “Hyde Park” by annie clark | “Kensington” by nocciola design | “Perfect Union” by Stacey Hill
Going to the Chapel Award for the best Christian design:
“Two Become One” by trbdesign
Taleen’s “Two Become One” sends a lovely message. Her simple cross made up of sunbursts and a single heart gives a lighthearted, almost whimsical flare to this design. Her unusual mustard and grey lend a certain sophistication as well. Taleen incorporates Christian values in a clean, modern way.
Runner Ups: “Quiet Chapel” by ArtSplott | “Vow” by Erin Pescetoo | “Going to the Chapel” by Griffinbell Studio | “Mediterranean Stucco” by karen boehm custom
Amor Amor Award for the best Hispanic/Latino inspired design:
“Con Amor” by Jennifer Long
We can’t get enough of Jennifer’s watercolor hand lettering and illustrations. Her bright, bold, diagonal text gives so much life and personality to this invitation. The color palette is vibrant and festive, which sets a casual, but beautiful tone for the wedding.
Runner Ups: “Heart of Gold” by Susie Allen | “Dia de Amor” by Shari Margolin | “Espana Tiles” by Sharon Rowan
Good Fortune Award for the best Chinese, Vietnamese, or other design with a nod to Asian heritage:
“Double Happiness Screen” by Phoebe Wong-Oliveros
“Double Happiness Screen” would be sure to illicit a (positive) gasp from anyone receiving it in the mail. The red, angular screen pops off the very white background. Phoebe’s justified text aligns with the screen in a perfect balance and her use of red allows the couple’s names to stand out.
Runner Ups: “Double Washi-ness” by Frooted Design | “Wedding Cranes” by Sarah Curry | “Chute” by marabou design
Let’s Tie the Knot Award for the best African inspired design:
“Daishiki” by marabou design
Brandy’s “Daishiki” strikes that perfect balance between bold and clean. Her African-inspired print uses bright, warm, earthy colors that give the design a rich feeling. The straight lines and the stark contrast between colors give the design an element of order that balances so well with her understated text.
Runner Ups: “Ghana” by Lulu Garcia | “A Wedding in Marrakesh” by Cecile Paper Lounge | “Simple Broom” by Laura Condouris
Mazel Tov! Award for the best Jewish design:
“Beloved” by Paper Dahlia
We love how soft, but sophisticated Kerry’s “Beloved” is. Her stamped seal sends a beautiful message and anchors the design on a central element. The various blues and fonts blend seamlessly together, giving an overall clean and casual feel.
Runner Ups: “Pinwheel Stars” by Casey Fritz | “Little Chuppah” by Jess Taich | “Modern Star” by Leslie Ann Jones
Love Knot Award for the best Celtic/Irish/Gaelic inspired design:
“Vintage Celtic Knot” by Katherine Moynagh
Katherine’s interwoven knot instantly grounds this invitation in Celtic heritage. The eternal aspect of the never-ending knot hovers over the couple’s names, suggesting the happiness of their upcoming nuptials. A soft green border and carefully placed dividing lines give order to Katherine’s varying fonts.
Runner Ups: “Minimalist Celtic Wedding Knot” by Adrienne Berry | “Classic Claddagh” by Hooray Creative | “Celtic Eternity Knot” by Please Reply Designs
Across the Pond Award for the best design with a nod to Italian, Scottish, German, or other European heritage:
“German Stein Toast” by Casey Fritz
We love how much fun Casey must have had designing “German Stein Toast.” Every detail adds whimsy and lightheartedness to this design from the delicate scalloped edges to the stylized hearts, the unusual banner, and of course those German steins. Still, the clear focus is on the celebration of the couple’s love. We appreciate the inclusion of a little German language too!
Runner Ups: “Paris” by j.bartyn design | “Tuscan Hill” by Erin Pescetto | “Ello London” by Yolanda Mariak Chendak
It’s a Small World Award for the best design that incorporates two cultures:
“Miles of Love” by Ana Gonzalez
There’s so much to love about this design. Ana captures the multi-cultural aspect of a wedding in such a clever way with her arrows pointing in different directions. Her beautiful deep, watercolor blue ocean and vivid green landscapes give the impression of a map without any limiting specifics.
Runner Ups: “Something Bookish” by Candice Leigh | “Bagatelle” by Cecile Paper Lounge
…And Just for Fun for the best designs incorporating each of these other ‘traditions’:
“Vegas Type” by Elaine Stephenson
Elaine’s “Vegas Type” captures the life and energy of a Las Vegas wedding. Her use of red, black, and white subtly recalls the cards that are so synonymous with the city. The varying fonts and text treatments remind us of flashing lights in a clean, elegant way.
“Enchanted Stars” by Jody Wody
Jody’s “Enchanted Stars” gives any fairy tale wedding the sophistication and elegance it deserves. We love her flowing stars and dots that give an impression of magic. Her soft grey castle outline is subtle and muted and directs our eyes straight to the couple’s names.
Runner Ups: “Ever After” by Jill Means | “Cinderella” by Jacqueline Dziadosz
“Air Force Salute” by Heather Wullenweber
Heather’s planes are so striking. Her careful use of whitespace gives her planes the power and boldness that reminds us of their physicality. Her tightly clustered capitals in Air Force colors and regimented text set the tone for a military wedding, while keeping the couple’s celebration at the center of it all.
Runner Ups: “Navy Stars and Stripes” by Sarah Curry | “Letter Home” by Katie Dirksen
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It’s so very fitting that one of our Hawaii-based designers would design our favorite Hawaiian-inspired invitation. Lori’s kissing fish give the design a fun, tropical feeling that has us San Franciscans longing to grab our snorkels. Her text is lighthearted and casual, which works perfectly with the informality of her type treatment and layout.
Runner Ups: “Aloha Nui Loa” by Rachel Wiles/Benign Objects | “Retro Hawaii” by Gakemi Art + Design | “Tiki Luau” by Simone Klein
“Solstice” by Alex Elko Design
Alex captures the dark elegance of a Gothic wedding. His distressed lace and dusty rose text give this design a romantic feeling, while the oval border recalls the nostalgia of Victorian portraiture. His formal text adds to the sophistication of the design that we find oh so vampire chic.
Runner Ups: “Luna” by Jody Wody | “Dark Romance” by Heather Wullenweber | “After Sunset” by Kristen Smith
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