Custom Wedding Portraits, Drawings and Crests

Sunday, August 14, 2022

A custom wedding portrait or illustration to use in save the dates and invitations is something that many couples want to do for their wedding. It might be a custom drawing of the couple, or an illustration of the wedding location or venue. At Digby and Rose, we can do a custom drawing, portrait, crest, or monogram, really any illustration or drawing that you need! They can be realistic, or in watercolor or other artistic style. Our artists are ready to assist you with any painting style for your portrait, to capture a special moment from your journey together. Contact us to discuss your project!

Wedding Portraits

Some couples want to show the moment it all started with a custom proposal drawing. A wedding invitation artist who specializes in drawn portraits can easily do an illustration of the moment of your engagement. We’ll talk to you about the setting and what you want to capture about your moment, as well as the style of drawing such as a watercolor, painting, sketch, cartoon, or other artist style. The couple below had their proposal in an antique library setting. This realistic drawing captures the very moment of the “I do!” in their favorite spot.

This coupe became engaged while on a canoe ride together. This custom drawing shows their sporty proposal, along with their engagement date and favorite flowers.

This couple wanted to show their proposal, but the custom portrait is also of their beloved dogs! This was a great way to bring their pets into the commemoration of their engagement with a cute dog proposal drawing.

Custom wedding drawing with dogs

Custom Wedding Illustrations

Sometimes the couple would like to show the wedding venue location in a painting or drawing, and use it in their wedding invitations. For example, a wedding might be taking place in a particularly beautiful or historic location, that can become part of the artwork for the wedding invitations. This invitation includes a watercolor sketch of the Church Pieve di San Felice in San Felice, Italy. The custom liner includes the pattern of the tiles being used as table decorations at the wedding reception.

Watercolor drawing of italy for wedding invitation

The illustration might also be of something that is special to the couple.

Custom illustration wedding ginger jars
Custom drawing of lemons

Custom Crests and Monograms

We are also able to design a custom crest or monogram for your wedding invitations and items. The crest can go on items for your wedding day such as napkins, menus, and programs.

Custom wedding crest monogram

A traditional wedding invitation often features a vintage antique monogram, such as this “MJ” or “JM” monogram. The monogram can be used on your save the dates, wedding invitations, or other personal items like notecards and thank you cards. We can do a monogram with any initials to fit your needs.

custom vintage retro monogram jm or mj

JM or MJ Monogram, Crest, or Logo

Saturday, August 13, 2022

A vintage, antique monogram is a classic touch for traditional wedding invitations. The retro initials can be used on the save the dates, or other items that are personal to the couple. These monograms are designed to have a vintage look but be readable. This MJ or JM monogram can be purchased directly as a digital print here: JM or MJ Monogram Invitation

Or, contact us if you need different letters or would like to do a traditional letterpress invitation or other custom project.

Monogram with MJ and JM initials

The invitation looks very classic on a traditional invitation like the one pictured below.

Vintage logo with JM or MJ initials.

The Beekman, NYC Custom Wedding Invitations for a Luxury Destination

Sunday, July 30, 2017

“Featured in “The Knot Weddings Magazine”

It’s always a pleasure for us to have clients return to us to help bring the vision of the bride to life with paper, ink and a little something extra.  This is the second time we assisted this busy mom for custom wedding invitations and we thank her for placing her trust in us.  We wish this couple many great years ahead and plenty of grandchildren to fulfill the life of one of favorite mothers of two special daughters.

hand calligraphy
Hand calligraphy provided to Digby & Rose by the groom's mom.

We dare not take all the credit for these invitations because to truly deliver a bride’s vision, you have to have many people involved.  (When we get more information about the artist who penned these, we’ll update our post).

Our first meeting with the bride took place over the phone where we learned more about her taste and of course her venue.  This was one of the first wedding receptions held at The Beekman, a Thompson Hotel.

Architectural Digest called it a transformation of a 19th Century Tower that was, “Transformed Into New York’s Most Beautiful New Hotel”.  If you are going to have a luxury wedding this property should be a the top of the list.

The bride and groom were married at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, located at 22 Barclay Street-New York, NY 10007.  We’re told that the ceremony was meant for such a historic Church.

A few months after the ceremony I penned a little thank you note to the mom for trusting us again to deliver.  A few weeks later she wrote, “Thanks for all your help in making it a perfect day for them.”  Your so welcome and remember that we also design and make custom baby shower announcements ; ).

The Beekman Hotel
Photo: Courtesty of The Beekman Hotel

And now for the custom New York, NY invitations for the wedding event of the season.  It’s eye candy of a joint effort to bring together this luxury wedding invitation set.  It’s a set of stacked cards with rounded corners and a shimmer gold paint.  The bride wanted us to use one of her favorite antique flower images in someway, so is there not only something special holding it all together-the back has it too.

The look of thick invitations coming out of an shimmer paper lined envelope.
Letterpress for The Beekman, NYC
Gold beveled and rounded corners on thick cotton paper.
Image getting invited to wedding event of the season in NYC.

Again, many thanks to all who have participated in bringing the wedding invitations to life.  If you are going to share our content, we only ask that you give @DigbyRose proper photo credit.  More to come with our creative commons license.

We didn’t even realize that these were going into print in The Knot Weddings Magazine and would like to thank them for including us at the request of the bride.  Best Wishes, Team Digby & Rose