Last weekend I had the pleasure of bridesmaiding for one of my closest friends in lovely leafy Surrey. I’d also helped them prep a pattern and some illustrations for their wedding website in advance, so I knew the theme was colourful. The brief was to use the six bright colours the bridesmaids would wear - orange, yellow, blue, green, pink and purple - and create some imagery on a white background. Quite an intimidatingly open brief! The wedding reception itself was in a teepee with a festival vibe so I started by drawing some icons from that.
The colours made me think of the mexican fiesta style - colourful banquets, papercut banners and embroidery, so I used this as an influence a created a floral wedding pattern in this style. I was quite happy with the result - and even more so when I saw how the theme came together for their big day!
The bride loves ketchup! A couple of bottles in each of the featured colours decorated tables, which looked really cool. The floral displays by the mother of the groom were fantastic and they made stickers out of the wedding illustration for their favours, as well as using the pattern for various backgrounds and displays.
The favour boxes themselves were made to be used to take away the leftover cake, and had a sticker in them with the little drawing of a colourful cake I made in the wedding illustration. What I didn’t realise was that the bride’s sister who is an AMAZING baker (and, as a side note, also a highly skilled electrician and painter/decorator in her real job) had decorated the cake exactly how I drew it! I don’t think I’ve ever had an illustration completely brought to real life before and I couldn’t believe it! (It also tasted brilliant, in case you were wondering. I did extensive research).
A lot of people worked very hard on this wedding weekend, and it was down to the sheer determination of the bride and groom, and the help of a lot of family and friends that they pulled off such a wonderful day, to be remembered for a long time to come.