Get to Know Cameron and Sam
Looking for go-to guidance on weddings and entertaining? Get to know our fab Bespoke couples. Having recently traveled this path, they “dish” on amazing invitations, rocking your registry, hosting in style and everything in between.
Q: Tell us a bit about you and your spouse.
My husband and I met in the summer in New York City as interns. We reconnected after both graduating from college. He graduated from Bowdoin and I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We lived in NYC for several years after college and just moved to Connecticut as married weds!
The invitation suite’s fresh florals and delicate birds are inspired by the hand painted Chinoiserie wallpapers of de Gournay. The romantic, watercolor tones, as reimagined by Bespoke, began with the envelope liner, then carried through a range of event details.
Fresh, young, bamboo green is the pop of color on the beveled edge. Our master calligrapher created flowing, romantic hand calligraphy that was engraved to perfection in French Blue.
Q: What stands out about your experience with Bespoke?
We worked closely with Shari and Monica throughout the wedding planning process. Our wedding planner, Sarah True, connected us with Bespoke Designs. Bespoke was with us every step of the way - listening to our ideas and bringing our vision to life, all the while remaining patient with me as I tend to be incredibly indecisive! They were the creative force behind our invitation suite and all the design details found throughout our design desk.
Beginning with an original oil painting, the family crest was painstakingly designed for sculptured blind emboss. To display the full depth and details of the crest, we approached one of only a few remaining artisans in the field to hard carve it out of a steel block.
Q: What influenced your vision for your invitations?
Our vision was inspired by the wallpaper in the lobby of our West Village apartment building. We both adored our lobby’s beautiful de Gournay-like wallpaper. Every time we walked into our building, it felt like we were going back in time. We wanted our invitation suite to feel old school and elegant, yet fun and playful. Our wedding was at the beginning of the spring season, so we chose blue and green as a nod to the season and the brighter days ahead!
Etiquette dictates that the invitation summon guests to the marriage ceremony, in this case at the house of worship. This necessitates a formal reception card, a.k.a., the invitation to the party!
Q: Any tips related to invitations and wedding inspiration that might help other couples?
Inspiration is all around. Start taking note of anything that sparks your eye. Talk through your vision with your team and trust them to bring your vision to life! Be open to suggestions and ideas, but also stay true to yourself!
Masterful, arched calligraphy on the inner envelope…breathtaking.
The arched calligraphy continues on the escort cards and for each individual menu.
The liner print becomes wallpaper for the escort board and decorates all of the bars at the reception.
Photography: Leila Brester
Flowers: Hana Floral
Planner: True Event