#GIVENOFAKS : WE'RE MARRIED

 

We are all a little weird and, life's a little weird, and when we find someone who's weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.

DR. SEUSS

I was never a girl who planned her wedding, or had a book full of ideas of what my perfect wedding would be like. The idea of standing in front of hundreds of people terrifies me (I'm from Spain, so you can bet my cousin's neighbor that I don't know would be invited). It's ingrained that a wedding is the best day of one's life; the dress, the flowers, the music, etc... As time went on and people I knew were getting married and planning for months their special day, I felt that maybe I was odd for not dreaming up my own. There were times that I actually pinned a board of wedding ideas even though deep down I knew it wasn't who I was or what I wanted to do. I wasn't the girl that went to dances in high school, I was the one that went to plays & exhibitions instead. Looking back, I never really went with what most did, I did what felt natural & comfortable to me and I didn't care what others thought.

So one day my significant other (aka Joey) and I decided to get married. No, there was no proposal, I'd say more of an agreement haha. We've been together 4.5 years, have a house and dogs together, we were pretty much married but without the legalities. Those that know me, know that when I have something in mind that I feel strongly about I do it, and I don't like to think twice. If I think about something too long, I allow others' judgement of my actions to dictate my choices. And who wants to live like that?

My dream wedding involved honesty + simplicity, but with an edge. I didn't want to plan; my life is full of decisions and questions, and for this day I genuinely wanted a care-free/stress-free day that symbolized who we were as a couple. Although we did not have an ordinary wedding, we still wanted to capture our day in a frozen memory. We're not lovey dovey in the public eye, so why would we portray that in our photographs? We are upfront goofs, and that's how we like it.

As a designer with a passion for photographs, editorials, and vintage, this was definitely a fun photoshoot to plan (my ideas for this photoshoot happened within seconds- talk about excited huh?). The following day I called Bridget to do our photographs; she did the photos for my website and I knew she'd be the perfect person for this job as well. She took my words and my vision and made it a reality with her killer photography skills, plus she's so cool and chill to work with.

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Joey-Sandra Wedding

All in all, the day was exactly what we wanted, the perfect blanket of snow, a beautiful written sermon by my best friend, sushi, kick-ass photographs, bar-hopping and just being us. So who says you need something old, something new, and something blue? When you can have something red, something vintage and something furry?

I hope everyone that sees these enjoy a part of my personal side. It was so hard to choose from all of the photos, I can just look at them for days - Thank you Bridget!

P.S. Below is the mood board I put together for Bridget, sometimes designers can't help themselves... 

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EDITORIAL BLISS : 01

 
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My love for editorials is what has brought me here today. The reason why I chose to do a degree in graphic design is because of my passion for magazines. Not quite sure how I came to love these story-filled stapled pieces of paper; whether it be the imagery, the thought-out typography, or the soft spoken words by the writer that combines the perfect visual painting of our surroundings. There's something oddly comforting and exciting when I have a good piece of editorial in my hands. Although it might be the fresh smell of paper. I'm weird. I know... I am a tree hugger though - scouts honor.

Seeing as though I can go on and on about editorial designs, I figured I make this a cornerstone of the blog and create a series to look forward to. I will share magazines that I love, some that I've discovered, and everything in-between. I would love for this to be a column where a community shares a passion and pass along their printed treasures.

To begin the series, I've put together a few magazines that have my heart at the moment, and I honestly can't get enough of. I thought I would give a brief description of each one and why I've put these together as a set. 

Boat. I've been an avid fan of this magazine since their first issue of Sarajevo. The fact that this group of talented creatives get to travel and make one heck of a piece of work is just something to envy. Not only do they write and depict their subject with great photography and a killer design aesthetic, they live it, and that's something that I commend them for. They have a fluid sense of negative space within their layouts and allow their images to speak for itself, with that alone I'm sold. 

Another Escape. I've recently come across Another Escape, and I honestly can say that it is dreamy. From the way the words float off the pages to the subtle tones in its images. The creatives behind this one took an innovative philosophical approach from their content all the way to their designs. If I can describe this one, I'd say peaceful, but with a lot to say. It's a creatives' treasure that's worth the read.

Mono.Kultur. A work of art that hones the skill of story-telling with incorporating the right balance of imagery. There's something nostalgic and beautiful in the way the images fade into the text in their last issue. The designer creates an atmosphere that allows you to be absorbed into the story and yet still think about what's next and who's the person behind the interview. 

Makeshift. Like Boat in their journalistic endeavors, but with a more investigative approach to their design and content. Their layouts are more copy heavy but their imagery makes you wonder what's out there, and that's what keeps you on your toes. Their design approach is less is more, allowing the raw stories come to life. An attribute that is easier said than done. This editorial is worth every penny and then some. 

I hope I've inspired some of you to dig out some of your favorite editorials and delve into the glory that is print design. I would love to hear your suggestions, I can never have enough magazines!

So let the editorial bliss begin... 

On that note, TGIF everyone! 

 

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