Dara & Calvin

The power of social media is incredible. Because of platforms like Facebook, I’ve been able to keep in touch with long-distance relatives, old coworkers and college pals. One of those college friends is Dara, a fellow graduate of IUP’s Honor College. This month, Dara married her sweetheart Calvin. While I don’t know their relationship first-hand, I think they’re just so darn cute together.

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That’s why I was more than happy to craft a wedding guest book for their big day. I was especially excited after learning their wedding theme was peacock colors. Think: deep purples, teals and feathers. Shopping around for materials was actually one of the highlights. Together, Dara and I worked to find the perfect color scheme. And I’m pretty sure we nailed it:

11-13-14: Commissioned wedding guest book.

11-13-14: Commissioned wedding guest book.

I adore so much about this book. Binding it came together seamlessly. There were no malfunctions and everything went according to plan. I ordered quite a different color of book cloth (which Dara approved), and it looked just beautiful. The decorative paper was found at PaperSource. It was a little pricey but worth it. I feel it mimics the theme of the wedding in a way that’s not too much. Plus the colors just really work together.

11-13-14: Commissioned wedding guest book. The wedding theme was peacock.

11-13-14: Commissioned wedding guest book. The wedding theme was peacock.

One of the best parts was that I got to work with Meredith again from Up Down Bindery. A colleague of mine from graduate school, Meredith is my inspiration when it comes to books. Her work is impressive, modern and perfectly executed. Meredith made the card box for Dara and Calvin’s big day. We coordinated through FB messages and ordered the same book cloth. Doesn’t it just look lovely? (Photo credit: Meredith Purvis).

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All in all, I’d say this project came together nicely. I’m glad Dara and Calvin thought of me for their big day. My hope is that I was able to make it a little more personalized and special.

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