Working on Joe Jasperse’s astonishingly romantic proposal to his long-term girlfriend was one of my highlights of 2018.
So, when their wedding rolled around, I was equally proud and honoured to have my calligraphy feature in their love story once again.
This time, the request came from Joe’s sister, Liz, all the way from Michigan, USA.
By the time she got in touch, Joe and Jill had already done the legal part of their nuptials and they were planning their celebrations with family and friends on both sides of the pond.
(Joe hails from the USA, Jill is from the UK and they met while working in Sierra Leone – if you haven’t read their love story, you can catch up here.)
A meaningful handwritten touch
Liz was looking to continue Joe’s proposal theme with one last card for the happy couple.
As well as their names, she wanted it to feature the co-ordinates of the places where they were married and held their wedding receptions.
I used walnut ink and a green watercolour wash to complement the rustic décor and outdoor nature of the ‘barn wedding’ setting.
She also wanted to create a design for the wildflower seed packets Joe and Jill were going to hand out as favours to their guests in Michigan.
This was to feature their initials and date and we kept it simple, with two copperplate capital Js and the date in Roman capitals underneath.
I then had the design vectorised (by Amy Purdie at Whiteacres Design) so Liz could print the design onto the packets herself at home.
On the day, the seed packets were laid out on wooden tables that were filled with planted succulents and coloured glass.
Adding to a special day
Liz said: “Thank you so much for your work on this. You have immeasurably contributed to this story and I’m so glad you were willing to work with me.
“I was going to wait and not tell them about your help until I gave them the card, but I couldn’t help myself and told them about the image for the seed packets.
“They were so excited about it and they loved it! The card was still a secret until the big day.
“Thank you so much for helping someone thousands of miles away make a special day even more so.”