Today I would like to share more in detail the only conceptual and graphic project that was truly meaningful to me in my life so far.
My dearest best partner, @steven.scicluna, and I, spent part of this year developing the look and feel for our most-happy-day ever! We decided to party with our closest family and friends in a beautiful hidden spot in Malta to celebrate our marriage! Bringing a crowd that mixed a total of 20 Languages from 15 different nationalities, where not everyone could speak a common language. It was not an easy task, but it was the most exciting!
The main idea was to give an idea of our history together to all of the guests. To achieve this we opted for a “bus-trip” design concept that represent our route/path in life together.
We managed to join old and new traditions while showing the beauty of the Mediterranean history to all our (mostly foreign) guests. Inspired in the now disappeared old Maltese buses, these old vehicles, aside from being just beautiful, had a very bright and colourful color scheme (exactly how we like it!), and were decorated with a uniquely Maltese form of signwriting called ‘Tberfil’. Unfortunately, with the recent retirement of the old Malta buses, the future of tberfil is now in question, so we invited the artist Joe ‘Zuzu’ Farrugia to come to our wedding celebration and provide each and every guest with a piece of this art of their own, and in doing so helping keep this colourful tradition alive!
The invite contained a mock ticket to use on a bus we hired, and we also provided a Maltese Survival Kit fold-out guide for all our guest to discover the country. Invites, microsite, informational posters, different signage…, all the celebration graphic assets were inspired by the Malta buses.
The venue was divided in two spaces dressed with natural green leaves that contrasted with the round shapes of the fantastic balloon decoration.
This weekend I had the privilege of standing beside one of my oldest, sweetest friends (and cry a lot... UGH, I blame you Steve for temporarily misplacing things 😂😉) while she married her Prince Charming.
Jess & I met when I made the BEST decision ever; I skipped my freshmen year homecoming dance to instead travel from Erie to Corry to go to an awesome show in the basement of the Corry Salvation Army (I know, we were so cool 🤘🏻😆). After that night thirteen years ago, the rest was basically history for us.
When you know someone from their brace face stage in high school all the way up to getting MARRIED, you inevitably see a lot of life together; so many exciting new chapters and fun times, but also a lot of tears. I’ve seen a lot of life with Jess. I can still remember exactly where we were standing, exactly where we were in life, the day she told me about Steve. She was absolutely glowing in a totally different way that I had never seen in all those years, and it wasn’t long before I knew this was the one for her.
The most important thing everyone in this world should know, is that to be a good spouse, you really need to be a good friend first. And they really don’t make ‘em like Jess anymore. She is absolutely one of the BEST friends you will ever meet; she is so selfless, forgiving, nurturing, and kind; she is someone you can always, and I mean ALWAYS count on. She is the kind of person who could be having the worst day of -her- life, and yet she will want to sit down and hear about how you are doing, offer her words of wisdom and comfort, and let you know -you- will be okay.
Such a special and rare find. And it is absolutely these qualities that also make her the outstanding nurse she is. I’ve personally come across patients who are back years later, on their second and third kids, asking for Jess, because whether you knew Jess for 12 hours in a nursing shift or 12+ years, she leaves a mark on your life.
Jess is such a special light, and she is also always the person putting herself second, so I was SO especially happy we could dedicate a day to putting her first, to focusing on her beautiful soul finding its mate & their happily ever after💗
I was captivated by this family for their unabashed emotion from the start of my time with them to when I walked out of the wedding reception. Everyone was unafraid and open to show the whole gamut of how a human can be happy, even though they all had “water in their eyes.” Not only was it Shanna and Jared’s wedding day, it was her parents’ anniversary too.
We were about to pull the bridal party out to start pre-ceremony portraits, and I stopped everyone from moving because I knew her father was two rooms down and thought they all might appreciate a reveal instead of an accidental glance in passing. Come to find out, he was waiting in the nursery coloring a picture of Cinderella as a “early wedding present.” We laughed as I led him and the bridesmaids to the foyer to wait for Shanna’s first look.
He joked and posed while he waited for her to come through the sanctuary and as soon as he saw his daughter dressed to the nines, the jokes turned into tear streaks smiles on the family, the florist, and even my photography partner. Soon after, Shanna took a look in her bouquet and found a photo of her and her late grandfather that her sister slipped under the fall palate of flowers. And again, everyone seemed to find their eyes filled with water before the rest of the day could even get started.