Save The Date Cards + Logo + Invitations For Las Vegas Botanical Garden Wedding

Beach Proposal-Garden Wedding Blend

Save The Date Postcard

Grant's ocean-front surprise proposal was a long time in the making. He had Ashley's stunning sapphire ring custom made, invited a few of their best friends to the beach near their home in Charleston, and shipped in New Mexican ristras and champagne. Then, with the waves crashing in the background and with their friends watching secretly from the bushes, Grant got down on one knee. Their pal Michael Robinson lent his photography skills and captured the sweet moment and the afternoon's resulting celebration on film. They chose to use this image of his for their Save The Dates.

Since they'd be moving from Charleston to Las Vegas soon and had booked Springs Preserve botanical garden before their wedding ceremony and reception, the couple decided to include botanical elements in their Save The Dates. Their direction plus a Photoshop filter and some Illustrator manipulators helped me create this save the date postcard, which I hope blends beach and botanical garden with flair.


Vegas Soldier-Chic Air Force Patch 

Wedding Logo

Both Air Force pilots, Ashley and Grant envisioned a logo that resembled a military-style patch. Their visions stopped there, though, I had to get creative. Using the information I had about their wedding venue (a secluded meadow near the butterfly pavilion at Springs Preserve) and the limited knowledge I have of military patches, I came up with few drafts to get a better idea of their wants. Adding a couple flutterbies to the same Illustrator pattern from their save the date postcards, I presented a center circle that met their approval. Intertwining rings completed that portion of the logo.

Putting their names and the wedding date in the outer ring seemed best to me, so I carried over the save the date sans serif for their names and then jazzed up the wedding date with a distressed serif font and a couple tiny hearts.

But the Vegas element was still missing, the couple said. I advised against dice, since a marriage should never be a gamble, and against martini glasses, because a wedding is more meaningful than a night in a penthouse club. So a city skyline wrap (plane included) topping off their wedding logo was an ideal way to represent the city of their union.

I ordered wine and beer glasses printed with this logo for them, and Ashley turned the logo into a stamp, which she used on the wedding invitation envelopes and on the seating chart, among other things at their reception.

Just a couple days before the wedding, I wrote Ashley and Grant's seating chart, taking my first real stab at modern calligraphy for reasons other than my own personal correspondence. I wasn't completely pleased with the results, but Ashley and Grant were impressed, and I think their wedding guests liked the handwritten touch, too.

Formal Yet Summery

Wedding Invitations

By the time Ashley reached this stage of the wedding planning, she was tired. She actually said the phrase "I don't care" and typed the words "You choose" when we were texting back and forth about the final few drafts. But she did have a clear idea of what she wanted: black ink on rich paper. Again, I presented a few very rough drafts to gauge her preferences and Ashley directed me from there. From start to finish, this design took just one week. Our friends at Unicorn Press ordered the outrageously pricey but incredibly beautiful paper and within a couple of weeks had printed and shipped the wedding invitations to Las Vegas.


  1. Aww! This is such a nice picture. Congratulations to the sweet couple. I was just looking for some nice ideas for a wedding invite and I guess, I found a good one. My sister is getting married in an event space San Francisco next year and I am her wedding planner.


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