We’re opening up a new chapter in weddings as more and more gay couples are legally getting married. It’s an exhilarating time.
I was just chatting with a very talented event planner Katie Rose. It seems that so many wedding visuals are feminine – from guest books to invitations. Now we have an opportunity to create a whole new tone and vision for weddings for a new group of people getting married. It’s incredibly exciting.
I like to think of a more masculine aesthetic as ‘rugged’ and I’ve turned to folk art for inspiration. I created a very bold invitation suite using Hungarian folk art. As many of you know, my father was Hungarian and I grew up surrounded by gorgeous Hungarian embroidery. I even remember writing a report on Hungarian folk art in elementary school.
Are you under the mistaken impression that men aren’t romantic? I find that men’s romantic side translates into more robust look – less lace or chiffon, more damask or brocade. I’ve been musing over how to transform that into a wedding invitation – which gives a peek at my process.
I’ve been thinking ‘architectural’ and really love Charles Rennie Mackintosh, whose look is similar to Frank Lloyd Wright. His aesthetic is strong yet voluptuous. With a change in the
color palette – probably using deep, rich colors – I can use this as a jumping off point to capture a masculine romantic mood. Stay tuned for more as this develops.
I’m excited to be involved in creating gorgeous wedding invitations for gay weddings. It’s a heady time.