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Collab: Commission for A Wedding Invitation with Ana Schubert Design

 

It all started last November.  Ana Schubert is a friend who I've know for quite some time.  As we discussed our creative pursuits we mentioned the possibility of collaborating.  Shortly after, Ana was sending me a message and so our journey began.

Read about Ana's custom wedding invitations, our creative process, failures, and ultimately a wonderfully crafted custom wedding invitation to be remembered by all. 

Congratulations Ivanna & Diego on this special day! Thanks for letting me be a part in creating your memories. 


 

A Spring Wedding in Monterrey

 
 Amazing wedding set designed by Ana Schubert Design with commissioned painting by Helga Sierra.

Amazing wedding set designed by Ana Schubert Design with commissioned painting by Helga Sierra.

 

Custom commission for Ana Schubert Design and her wedding client, Spring 2018.

 

 

The Commission: Mountains of Monterrey

A spring wedding in Monterrey Mexico: what a magical view. 

I was commissioned to create a watercolor painting for Ana's wedding invitation design for a couple who chose a venue with the backdrop of the mountains of Monterrey

 
 Watercolor painting of Monterrey mountains. 

Watercolor painting of Monterrey mountains. 

 

 
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Theme

Ana had clients who are getting married in Monterrey, Mexico who wanted to showcase the beautiful mountains that are the backdrop to the city.  I happened to visit a friend who lived in Monterrey for a day in 2012 and remember the spectacular shape of these mountains. 

PURPLE

Since purple is the Pantone Color of the year, shades of purple were a necessary must.  (I will add, that since the age of 4 purple has been my favorite color).

Soft & Delicate

We decided colors: pastels for the floral decorations, so we needed pastels for the painting.   On the wedding day, the bride and groom have chosen to decorate with gold accents for silverware and have soft pastel flowers, creating a peaceful airy feeling against the backdrop of the mountains.

 
 Color Drafts.

Color Drafts.

 

We had originally chosen lime green tones for the mountains. However in the process, the client wanted to showcase the natural gray tones of the mountains of Monterrey, and so we obliged.  Here's a picture of the first final draft. 

 First Final for Ana Schubert Design by Helga Sierra.

First Final for Ana Schubert Design by Helga Sierra.

 

Ana Schubert Design: It's the Details

Ana Schubert Design specializes in high-end custom Wedding Stationary and design.  If there is one thing I can say about Ana is that she's always been a detailed perfectionist, and that is just what you need when you work in the wedding industry.  She had the best handwriting growing up, and she has a specialization in paper and paper sourcing, so we had to try again and the final result was perfect.    

After discussing new color options, we realized the soft pink chosen for the envelope would actually match a blue sky and grayish blue mountains.  Ana has quite the skill set when it comes to calligraphy and she wrote out all the invitation names by hand. 

The invitations are printed on paper that emulates the original watercolor paper, adding an extra touch of authenticity.  Ana's secret recipe lies in sourcing high quality paper and printing techniques.

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Process: Watercolor 

While watercolor is not my traditional medium, it is something I explored as a teenager and during my college studies.  We wanted a softer approach while still maintaining consistency of colors as my painting would be printed inside the liner of the invitation.  Unlike the abstract art I normally do, this commission looks more like my former style.  Color is something I always enjoy exploring.

 
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Sometimes the perfect result takes more than 1 try.

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More on Stationary

 
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Ana's invitations can now be found in El Armario in Tegucigalpa, which specializes in home and event decor.  If you're looking for someone with a delicate eye and have specific needs in the wedding industry or calligraphy, Ana is your person. She's currently based in Texas.   

As for me I'll keep doing my painting, graphic design, photography, video and marketing. 


 

 

KNOWING A PLACE:My creative process

My creative process is greatly influenced by the observation of new places and cultures.  I'm a firm believer that your perspective changes when you experience a place.  While I was only in Monterrey for a day, I'll always remember the amazing shrimp tacos we had for lunch and getting stormed out.  Here's a few of my remaining pictures from my 2012 trip to Monterrey to visit one of my best friends.  

I'm hoping I'll go to Monterrey soon.  

 
 

 

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