When you read the words “camping” and “Moonrise Kingdom” in an invitation submission, you know you’re in for a delightfully quirky and playful wedding invitation suite. Tori of The Cozy Gnome drew a handful of outdoorsy watercolor camping illustrations to bring these Moonrise Kingdom-inspired wedding invitations to life. Beautifully curated vintage stamps, bright mustard yellow envelopes, and simple hand lettering accent this rustic, yet whimsical, invitation suite!
From Tori: I work the old fashioned way – by putting pen to paper, starting either with the lettering or the illustrations. In this case, there were so many fun, potential visuals so I starting drawing right away. The bride gave me two concepts for inspiration: camping and “Moonrise Kingdom.” As I started illustrating the tent and the trees, my excitement rose. I knew I wanted to keep the suite playful and full of warm tones so I spent a lot of time watercoloring the illustrations, allowing the white space to come through to give the invitation suite a more whimsical and outdoorsy feel.
One of my favorite aspects of “Moonrise Kingdom” is Anderson’s homage to vintage decor and details, so I knew I wanted to incorporate that somehow. I collect vintage thermoses and knick knacks so I studied the lettering and before I knew it I was adding this chunky, retro lettering style to the suite.
It all came together better than I envisioned and dreamed; it’s just so fun and playful which really propels you as an artist. The invitation suite was printed on a heavy, matte card stock. They really just burst with personality and that mustard yellow envelope just really pops!
Design, Illustration, and Calligraphy: The Cozy Gnome
Photo Credits: Tori Hernandez