I'll admit I'm happy (overjoyed?) to say goodbye to this summer and welcome a fresh season, my favorite one. The humidity is waning, the temperatures are, hopefully, finally down from the 90's for the year and we're settling into our new house. It doesn't quite feel like home yet, but with every box we open and picture we hang, we're getting closer.
My blog has suffered big time this summer, and I regret not documenting our five weeks of travel here. I love having a record of our year, so I may backtrack a bit and post some trip photos this fall. Or maybe I'll just move on and start showing you the new house. Now that the girls are back in school a few mornings each week, I have some creative time back on my hands and I'm just going to see where it goes.
In the meantime, here are a few snaps from June in the Outer Banks (which will be forever known as our own personal shark week). You won't often find me in front of the lens, but I took some portraits with Jeff's side of the family and snuck in one just of our little crew (thank you tripod and Triggertrap—love this device). These people make me happy.
Last spring a college friend, Julie, asked me to design invitations for her wedding in the French Alps. She had seen the invitation suite I created for my sister's mountain wedding (here and here) and wanted a similar feel. While she had a concept in mind, she needed a designer to pull it together and polish it.
The really neat thing about these invitations is that Julie's fiancé painted the mountain landscape. The original painting was in blue, but they'd settled on an orange and teal color scheme, so we played around with shades until we found the right combination.
Above: Typically you stick to the same fonts throughout, but while Julie loved the all-caps font on the invitation itself, she wanted to make sure the field guide was very easy to read since it contained so much information. So we selected a more versatile font with a similar feel. We also lightened the mountains to highlight the quote in orange.
Above: Front panel of the thank-you notes.
Above: Julie wanted a teal version of the mountains that she could use for place cards or signs around the wedding venue, so I created file she could edit herself or just print and hand write information on.
Congratulations, Julie and Adam! Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day!
I'm Julia Soplop. I've spent my life documenting the world around me in writing and photography. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.