Joseph & Jordan

Joe and Jordi - Zephyr DesignsJoe and Jordi had some of the most stunning photographs I have had the pleasure of working with.  Joe is an artist and put together an intriguing design on his own that he asked me to tweak, finalize, and put into print.  The photograph they took in the field made for a spectacular front cover photo and allowed for the inclusion of writing right in the margin.  On the back, a desaturated collage played off the bold purple used throughout their theme.  The insert card for the Temple sealing was perfect, but the interesting twist came in the creation of the insert card for the Ring Ceremony–we thought it would be perfect to have a nice shot of the rings but they hadn’t taken any photographs like that.  Joe went out during our phone call and staged the beautiful picture seen on the insert card–perfectly accented by the purple flower in the background.

Matthew & Cherise

Matthew and Cherise - Zephyr DesignsMatt and Cherise are especially close friends of mine.  Working with them on their wedding announcement was a joy for me, but it was not the easiest announcements I have ever worked on.  The biggest obstacle was the vehicle that we had to edit out of the background of their back picture using Photoshop.  Their red and yellow theme came through beautifully mainly because of their use of their colors in their photographs.  To seal the deal, their insert card was given an added layer of red to increase the dramatic intensity and conform to their color scheme.  This announcement was perfect for Matt and Cherise and solidified my decision to use Temple insert cards whenever possible–the effect is appropriately stunning for the occasion.

Jeff & Alyssa

Jeff and Alyssa - Zephyr DesignsAlyssa is an artist.  From the beginning, she and Jeff had a vision of a Tuscan wedding with deep, vibrant purples, reds, and yellows.  Their vision carried over into their invitations, which featured beautiful, Idaho winter photographs.  My personal favorite touch from their wedding announcement came from the inclusion of the banister in the actual design on the front.  The illusion of them leaning over the purple design had a cool faux depth and added to the warm, personal, Italian theme they planned.

Derek & Libby

Derek and Libby - Zephyr DesignsDerek and Libby had some fun ideas from the start.  Libby worked for a printing company and knew what kind of paper she wanted and what size.  They had some great pictures and wanted a cool logo to accompany the photographs.  Catering the design (and especially the colors) to the parchment Libby had chosen was difficult at first but resulted in a highly unique design–just what they wanted.

New Partnership with AmberLynn Photography

Amber Lynn PhotographyThe recent partnership with AmberLynn Photography should make for some exceptionally high-quality wedding announcements, graduation announcements, and even birth announcements (check out her awesome work with couples and infants!).

A good design starts with a good photograph. Contact her for some good pictures, then contact Zephyr Designs to do the rest.

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Champions Cup 2012 T-Shirts

Champions Cup 2012 T-shirt design

T-shirts created for the Vern Gebhardt Champions Cup 2012 in Manteca, CA.  The client wanted a cup, a ball, exact text, and BLUE (all on a white shirt).  The final product contains custom vector graphics created specifically for this project in Illustrator and a blend of bold sans serif fonts with loose, handwritten fonts.  T-shirts will be available at the tournament at Sierra High School on March 9-10, 2012.

The Beginning – Jake & Brittney

Jake and Brittney

In the summer of 2005, I met my wife, Brittney, back in California.  Fast forward to Christmas Eve 2009 and you find me, on my knee, proposing marriage to that same girl.  I wanted to tell everyone about our impending marriage, and knew that I had to do it my way.  I researched many sites dealing with wedding invitations and found a lot of useful tools (thanks Cordelle!) but I wanted to have complete control over the design of our wedding announcement: so I began the two-week process that would culminate in the above design!

Our first consideration was the colors: we wanted classic black & white (with a touch of red for some classy flair) so those colors became the backbone for the design.  We already had beautiful, high-resolution photographs (amazing work, Laurie Hite!) so the design had to be crisp and sharp to match.  After many drafts, we chose to use a single photo on the front side with our names BIG & BOLD–one of the biggest complaints I’ve heard is that the pictures on announcements don’t show the faces of the couple and the name isn’t prominent enough!  Sometimes Aunt Edna (who does not use Facebook) has no idea you were even dating anyone and can’t make out the face of your fiancé.  The front photo had to be full-color as well to add to the clarity we were looking for.

The back side design took a different turn.  The primary concern was to have legible, properly-sized typography so the background picture had to be achromatic and fade to black on the side bar for the perfect background for legible text.  We had to continue the flair to break up the monotony, so we chose red accents carefully to add interest and intrigue to the design.

The final touch to our design was the addition of the invitation to our sealing in the Oakland temple.  The card was small, so we had to make the most of the real estate.  We chose to again use an achromatic background (image of the actual temple) with text on top.  Of course, the subtle flair had to be reincorporated with the red accents.

Designing the invitation was enjoyable and a very rewarding experience.  I created over 20 drafts and spent many nights in the design lab at BYU tweaking items pixel by pixel.  The results were perfect (for us!) and the catalyst for all the work I have done since.  I’m not an elementary school teacher, so I can have favorites: this is my favorite wedding invitation I have ever designed.