Due to the creativity shared between Toby & Melissa, their wedding was uniquely personalized. Melissa knew the look they were going for and Toby (the graphic designer) worked with her to achieve it. From the initial concept to the finished product, the Wedding of Melissa & Toby was a result of countless ours of collaboration and hard work... Below are some examples of how it all came together... — T & M
One of the first big decisions by Melissa & Toby was the wedding favours. They wanted to find a memorable frame-set to go with the PhotoBooth they planned on for the wedding. Melissa did some research and found a set of gear-shaped frames available from Umbra, so they snatched up enough for all the guests. While brainstorming wedding themes, Mel suggested something to do with gears and Toby loved the symbolism. After several failed attempts, Toby developed a concept for the invitation that Melis loved... and the wedding theme started to take shape...
Purchasing the wedding favours was the easy part. The challenge was to package and present them in a way that fit the theme, complimented the venue and decor & tell a story.
Packaging the favours was the next step. Melissa & Toby went on several trips to various locations to find the right gift-box. From cardboard boxes to organza bags, they tried everything. They found a favourite with the transparent plastic boxes with purple filler.
Toby even tried to create renderings of how the tags would look on different styles of gift-boxes. They decided the transparent plastic was the winner in the end, but chose to enhance the look using ribbon.
After some more excursions, they found the perfect purple ribbon to complete the look.
After putting together a prototype, they realized that the two frames would need to be secured together to prevent them from shifting around. Melissa stayed up for hours securing each the pairs using white ribbon. The next day they transported everything over to bridesmaid Fern's place to be assembled only to find they were all coming apart. They made the heartbreaking decision to remove all the ribbons and use the Sizzle-fill to hold everything in place. Melissa & her bridesmaids assembled and boxed all 100 sets of frames in the filler.
After the gift-tags were printed, Melissa & Toby commenced their final favour-assembly workshop. Using glue-guns and determination, the two pressed on into night until every last favour was ready and packed.
The wedding cake was an interesting challenge for Melissa & Toby. They wanted something that looked elegant but also fit the "gear"-theme. They did a lot of research and Melis found a cake that featured the silhouette of a couple standing under a tree that spanned 3-tiers. Toby suggested that the tree-leaves could be shaped like gears and Melis loved it! Toby developed several concepts but nothing matched the tree-gears. Toby sent the design to their Cake-Maker, Shirley, and she created a masterpiece out of it!
Toby & Melis had a concept for their Table Numbers very early on. They wanted to use images of themselves holding up the numbers in creative ways, so they enlisted the help of their Wedding Photographer Dmitri Markine.
During their Engagement Photo Shoot, they asked Dmitri to photograph them holding up a white board in different positions.
Once they received the images, Toby got to work super-imposing the text on each image using different fonts. Once they settled on a typeface, the images were printed.
When they picked up the prints, they quickly realized that the actual table numbers would be difficult to make out from a distance. After some brainstorming, Toby developed a concept that involved creating a border for the image enhanced by large table numbers. Melissa created the sturdy borders, glued the prints to either side and used her Cricut to cut each number twice in purple, twice in white (for the border) before gluing the numbers together. Toby finished the project by carefully gluing all the numbers to their bases.
Melissa envisioned something personal as the backdrop for the wedding ceremony. They purchased a 60 foot long white satin runner and planned to inscribe a special poem written by Melissa for Toby along the length of the runner. Toby tried to assist with the layout of the text by creating mock-ups and measurements for the text and Melissa got to work. This proved to be a logistical challenge for Melissa to hand-write the entire poem with limited space and time, so they decided to shorten the poem to fit the area hanging behind the judge. After countless hours of hard work, Melissa finished the runner and it provided the perfect backdrop for the wedding ceremony!
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