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Outfit Inspiration / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

One of the fun things (as it turns out) about putting on a wedding, is all the different outfits. In this case, i’ll need 4-ish outfits throughout the 3 days of activities. Not to be limited in style, i assembled various snippets of inspiration – from poets to fictional agents to military troops – to create looks for the various bits.

In brief: 

  • Registration of wedding at city hall – glen plaid suit (custom made in Chiang Mai, Thailand), tie (tbd) and Italian shoes (thrift store)
  • Ceremony at Shinto shrine – black traditional formal kimono
  • Post-ceremony lunch – another kimono (yukata-esque)
  • Party & ring ceremony – “Prince Charlie” highland wear with Royal Stewart kilt, cape, sock flashes, wing collared shirt with french cuffs and ascot (silk), blue / steel broach and cufflinks and formal sporran, also brown brogues – switch to Jacobite shirt after formal part

What follows are various screencaps, photos and etcetera for inspiration and examples. Eventually we’ll all see how these various components come together for various guises. 

Note: No photo/link provided as these were simply harvested in the wild and used for enjoyment, educational purposes. Need a link? Send a note.

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Invitations in process and post / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

I kinda enjoy letting projects get outta hand (some call this “scope creep”) and what started as sending out a few dozen handmade announcement card packets has turned into at least 6 tranches of mailouts. The contents and packaging varied significantly as the batches were sent from different countries, using different printers (pro and home) and different iterations of items.

The (possibly) last batch was mailed from Japan – of course not in time for folks to book at trip but we are at the maximum size anyhow (93+ confirmed!) but importantly, i wanted to share the news and artifacts with as many people as possible in thanks for support and kindness.

Overall, 300+ packets mailed. Some will get lost in the mail (speaking from experience) but anyone who doesn’t receive a dossier in the post can create their own as desired, plus check out the pieces not in your packet. Of course, also assembling galleries of received invites “in situ” to wherever they end up in the world.

What follows is a compendium of evidence of various mailouts, post offices, envelopes, crafting sessions and related whatnots.

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RSVP card / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

RSVP card designed and art’d by Ryoko (Fujita) Olson

Insta-pic / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

Dave + Ryoko, Dec. 24, 2018, Nusa Ceningan
Dave + Ryoko, Dec. 24, 2018, Nusa Ceningan

Thank you for choosing to marry me. I will always be kind, sweet, supportive, creative, patient and close by your side.

Let’s begin!

Announcement storybook / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

Announcement storybook, iteration 2, front
Announcement storybook, iteration 2, front

This wedding announcement card had a few purposes beyond inviting people to events. Notably to share our story and personality to groups of friends and family who didn’t know one another and didn’t know the other half of “us”.

Rather than a “regular” template designed scripty card or modern-ish version with a candid-esue photo and quirky yet rote design, we made something ourselves by hand, analog style. 

All traditional “rules” of design were broken except the ones about “telling a story” and “reflecting personality and culture”. Noting we mixed Japanese, English, images and art in creative ways to tell the story, rather direct duplicate translations. 

The result was 4 panel of truly mixed-media, each panel telling a different part of the story, in a unique way and laden with motifs of various kinds. Pieces used included: letraset run-off lettering (from 1970s), flowers/plants, all sorts of paper collage, watercolour pencils, shodu ink, stamps (postal and inky), stickers, doodles, ephemera and all the rest.

There were 2 iterations due to the use of fresh flowers in the design (which was scanned then printed) which crushed and wilted.

Announcement storybook, iteration 2, back

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Address stamps / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

Important steps include matching postal return address stamps. To be delivered shortly. 

Test proof of rubber ink stamps for return address featuring Ryoko’s new name and Dave’s new address

 

Party Invitation Card / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

design and art by Ryoko (Fujita) and Dave Olson

Ceremony Invitation Card / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

design and art by Ryoko (Fujita) and Dave Olson

Letter to Friends / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

Letter by Dave Olson, enclosed with (some) announcement invitation packet – featuring guest letterhead from Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Transport card / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

transportation info card by Ryoko Fujita (Olson)