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Wedding Designs

My sister’s wedding took place last weekend at Morgansvlei Country Estate in Tulbagh.  It is an absolutely beautiful venue in a surprisingly pretty (and not so far away town). I did a few designs for the wedding, which I thought it now appropriate to post here.

The first, and most important was an ambigram of my sister and her husband’s names (Lirize & Marcel). This was a fairly difficult one to do (it took the better part of a week last June to get it to a satisfactory state), but I think it works very well, especially in the context of a wedding.

The first place where I used it was for the invitations. These were designed as a 3-fold horizontal card. The closed card shows just the ambigram. When this is opened (with the outline of the ambigram cut out so as to emphasise its shape, it reveals a photo of my sister, surrounded by flowers. This then finally opens to reveal the details of the wedding. I am very proud of the card, and like that it has a lot more design than meets the eye.  Particularly cutting around the ambigram necessitated designing it to not only work as a rotation, but also to have an outline that is symmetrical around the centre of the page.

The final interesting thing I designed was a fan, to be given to the guests as a program for the day.  Since Tulbagh is rather hot, and the ceremony was at 16:00 in a small chapel, the fans proved to be not only elegant but also very functional.


  1. Posted 28 Mar ’09 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    Those are GORGEOUS!!! Wow, excellent job! I have never seen such a beautiful font…and the detailing on those fans is just exquisite! Great blog, I look forward to reading more…keep up the fabulous work! ;)

    Jaime @ “It’s A Jaime Thing”

  2. Posted 29 Mar ’09 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    I’m so glad you like my art :-)

    In response to your comments on the older post, I probably won’t finish the picture any time soon (as I said the original burnt down with my PC some time back, so all I have left is the screencap shown there).

    I haven’t really done any bridal-themed sketches or drawings, but it might be a nice thing to try. If I do do any such pictures I’ll be sure to let you know.

  3. Posted 30 Mar ’09 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    You are indeed brilliant, sir.

    I’ve been at a wedding or two where those fans would have been ideal.

    But your ambigram – wow.

  4. Sarah
    Posted 18 Aug ’09 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    Hi there… beautiful work. Just wondering how you made the fan. My sister loves it and I am a graphic designer and would love to be able to design something similar for her. Can you order fan making kits or something? It’s lovely!

  5. Posted 18 Aug ’09 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi Sarah
    Glad you like the fan! As for making the fans, I bought a lot of cheap Chinese fans, stripped the fabric from them and stuck on my own designs (which were printed on paper). This was a very labour-intensive process, as the paper had to be cut and folded and then fairly accurately stuck to the bamboo frames.

    As to making your own fans, I don’t have a great deal more advice than that. I was lucky to find the basic fans very cheaply, and then I designed around those.

  6. Kristin
    Posted 23 Jun ’10 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE your fan and believe or not google the idea which brought me to your website. I have been looking EVERYWHERE for a company that will do them and have found NOTHING! My wedding is in 2 months and would love to use this. Do you, or know anyone, who will do these for a fee?????

    • Posted 24 Jun ’10 at 9:34 am | Permalink

      Hi Kristin
      I unfortunately don’t know of anyone that does this – it took me a great deal of work, and it would have been much simpler if I could find someone willing to make them for me. Sorry that I can’t really help; good luck with the wedding!

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