Supplier Spotlight: Vanessa Williams’ Wedding Invitations From Adorn

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Vanessa Williams needs no introduction: singer, actress and former fashion model, Vanessa is mainly known for starring in popular TV series Ugly Betty (for which she received Emmy nominations) and several movies to her credit. Vanessa recently tied the knot with boyfriend Jim Skrip, on July 4th 2015. While we are not featuring her wedding here, we have received the images of her wedding invitations. We interviewed the designers she decided to go with for all her wedding stationery, UK based Adorn wedding invitations, and they have sent us the lovely details of how Vanessa chose them for her wedding invites. So, without further adieu, here are the details:

How did Vanessa and Jim discover Adorn Invitations?

Pinterest frequently features many photographs of Adorn’s wedding invitations on their site. It is a great resource for inspiration of any kind, with Vanessa finding our designs particularly fitting with her envisioned wedding theme throughout her planning process.

Getting started…

Vanessa and Jim first met whilst holidaying in Egypt back in 2012; therefore we were told that they were planning their wedding around an Egyptian theme, to encapsulate their exotic love story. Vanessa also told us of her extravagant Carmen Marc Valvo gowns, which were to both feature ivory and gold throughout.

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Following these few details, the rest was left for us to pitch to the couple. Our designers worked hard together to come up with the best possible design ideas. Our team drew colour and design inspiration from some of the couple’s wedding décor such as their planned Peony flower centrepieces, table settings, gold laser cut cupcake holders etc.

The communication between Vanessa and our team made the whole design process a lot easier. Vanessa was particularly drawn to our suggestion of teaming Marsala highlight (Pantone colour of the year) with gold, adding a touch of regal luxury, and basing our laser cut pattern around the golden leather details from one of her wedding gowns.

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What was included in the designs?

Vanessa and Jim required much more than just wedding invitations; it was up to our team to design a full stationary set that included the main wedding invitation, an RSVP card, accommodation and security information cards, custom envelopes for both the invitation and RSVP response card and place cards for each guest.

The wedding invitation was enclosed behind a golden laser cut gate, which then opened up to reveal all of the wedding information that had been stamped with gold foil onto a Marsala coloured paper. The envelopes for these invitations were made to match the Marsala colour, and also had the laser cut pattern from the invitation gold foiled to the inner lining.

vanessa william wedding invitations

What we the most special elements?

Throughout the design process we discovered that the lotus flower was very significant to Vanessa and Jim’s relationship. The flower itself represents new age spirituality and luck; Jim even had Vanessa’s engagement ring personally designed so that there was a carved lotus flower behind her diamond. After learning this information we decided to incorporate this special symbolisation into their design by creating a 14-carat gold-plated lotus flower, which was then hand applied to every invitation for their final finishing touch.

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What was your timeframe?

After initial contact from Vanessa and Jim, the Adorn team spent just over two months compiling inspiration, generating different design ideas and colour concepts etc. Once the design was agreed upon we sent Vanessa and Jim a sample to gain their final approval before starting the production. The couple then approved and we began the physical production which included offset printing, precision laser cutting, gold foiling and hand assembly, all within fewer than three weeks.

How was Vanessa to work with?

Vanessa was Adorn’s first celebrity customer of such calibre, the experience in itself is one that we will definitely never forget! Vanessa was extremely down to earth and friendly, she always seemed genuinely impressed by our ideas and it was an absolute dream to collaborate with!

The final result…

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Vanessa and Jim were both ecstatic with the outcome of their wedding invitations and stationary, and we extremely grateful for the time and effort that our team put into creating such a beautiful design for them!

“Thanks for such extraordinary work in creating a beautiful piece of art.

The invites were a huge hit with our guests!” Vanessa Williams

All images: Adorn UK

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