Adorn Wedding Invitations to Die for ….

June 1, 2016

in Real Weddings, Stationery

A wedding love story from Adorn Wedding Invitations

Your wedding invitations are one of the very first things your wedding guests will see and if you get it right it will immediately set the tone for the style of wedding, giving your guests an insight into what is planned. It is not just the wording on the stationery, but the actual wedding invitation design that needs to reflect your wedding colour and theme.

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That is why at NS we have chosen to showcase Adorn Wedding Invitations one of UK’s leading and most loved wedding invitation designers and take you through a very special celebrity wedding invitation design love story:

Vanessa Williams

An Invitation Design for the Pharaohs of Egypt

Adorn had the delightful assignment of designing and creating wedding invitations for the actress Vanessa Williams, we will all know her from Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives.

When Vanessa William’s contacted Adorn to create her luxury Egyptian themed wedding invitations; the team was absolutely exhilarated. With the chance to completely unleash their creative and artistic liberty – the team couldn’t wait to start brainstorming potential designs and creating an invitation that would be just as luxurious and as elegant as the proposed wedding ceremony.

invitation brainstorming

During the research and inspiration process – the team discovered the story of when Vanessa and Jim’s love story first began. Both were cruising the Nile on a holiday in Egypt in 2012, when Vanessa laid eyes on Jim and noticed his Buffalo Sabre’s shirt. With her mother originally being from the small NY town – Vanessa struck up a conversation and after the following four hour long first date – it seemed as if a Wedding Ceremony was inevitable. Paying homage to the setting of where their love first blossomed – the couple thus chose an Egyptian themed wedding celebration.

adorn's window

Dreaming up the Egyptian concept

The team at Adorn worked closely with Vanessa and her renown wedding planner Carla Measer-Costamagna to brain storm glamorous Egyptian inspired ideas. Giving Vanessa the task of creating an online mood board – Vanessa and Jim’s ideas and wishes were always at the vanguard for the design team. The team also drew inspiration from the ceremony itself. Aspects like Vanessa’s gown, the exotic décor, the colour palette and even her hair and makeup were all considered when creating this piece of art.Getting inspiration

Colours of love

The Colours of Love

Drawing from the Stunning Egyptian landscape where the couple first met – the final colour palette for the design beautifully reflects the golden sand dunes and striking wild flowers that grow along the Nile banks. A custom created Marsala was chosen for the main backing of the invitation and the envelopes as the colour beautifully embodies passion and romance with its rich and vibrant tones. This colour, in unification with the golden shimmer highlighters featured in the wording and cage detailing – embody the Royal Egyptian theme just flawlessly.

Invitation wording

It’s the Small Things that count

Just as Vanessa had noticed Jim’s Sabres t-shirt and Jim had been spellbound by Vanessa’s penetrating blue eyes – Adorn also put an emphasis on the nuanced details in the design. So much so, that even lacework from Vanessa’s Carmen Marc Valvo gown made it onto the final prototype of the design.

gold laser cut overlay

Perhaps one of Adorn’s most signature process’ with several laser cut invitation designs, the complex and delicate laser cut detailing that graces the outside of the invitation is the exact mirror image of Vanessa’s lace gown and was intricately created by state of the art software. The designers had first hand drawn – a rarity in today’s modern landscape –   the pattern, and then uploaded it onto a program where it would be duplicated creating a uniform pattern. This pattern was then transferred onto Adorn’s laser cutting machine which using a 3000 watt power laser – delicately cut the intricate shapes into the card.

Invitation detailing the gold lotus flower

However, the team’s favourite element of the invitation design was the 14k gold lotus flower that was hand applied to every invitation. During the research process – the team had discovered the flower is a beautiful expression of the couple’s love story. The flower, which symbolizes growth and new love, was engraved into Vanessa and Jim’s engagement ring. Being the hopeless romantics that they are – the team therefore couldn’t wait to integrate the touch into the design.

Vanessa Williams golden wedding Invitation

The Result – Invitations to complement ceremony

After months of the inspiration and the creation process – the final design had been completed and sent off to Vanessa and Jim and just as Vanessa and Jim immediately fell in love when they had met, it seems that the same could be said for the invitations as well. Vanessa described them as being “a beautiful piece of art” and “an absolute hit with the guests!” Considering that the design team also fell in love with the invitation – with Vanessa’s blessings Adorn will be putting the design into production later this year at a lower cost so all brides can enjoy the romance of such a lavish invitation.

golden invitations

Laser cut initial

Beautiful weding invitation

Delicate laser cut details

Save the date

Final design

Wedding Stationery

Just blown away


Here is a fabulous video of the design  process which will simply blow you away by the extravagance of such a unique 14 carat gold plated design!

Adorn have lots of gorgeous designs to choose from and all within reach of your own wedding budget, and it is not just invitations, you can get everything you need from place cards, menu cards, order of service to even table numbers. Once you have decided on a design you can order a sample of your chosen design for just a £1.00.

Final details

The wedding invitation is just the start of your wedding journey so it is worth taking time over.

We would like to thank Adorn Wedding Invitations for allowing Norah Sleep weddings to share this beautiful wedding story with our readers.

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Sharon Maher is a wedding and party planner, event venue stylist and also writes the blogs Norah Sleep Wedding Style, Norah Sleep Living Style and My Wedding Marquee about weddings, food, fashion, style and things that inspire her in life. Find her on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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