Emmy and Raffi's

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When working with such kind and down to earth people such as Emmy and Raffi, it makes the process of creating custom invitations an absolute dream. They had a simple and laid back vision for their early summer Michigan wedding, making it that much more fun bringing it to life.

This suite was extra special for me on a personal level, as Emmy is both a childhood friend and a fellow Traverse City native. Funny enough, her and now husband Raffi both grew up in Traverse City but didn’t know each other until they met while they were both living in DC!

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When they were in the beginning stages of planning their wedding and deciding on what it would look and feel like, the main thing Emmy and Raffi wanted was for their guests to have the best time possible while feeling comfortable and relaxed. They chose the Fountain Point Resort in Leland, MI as their wedding venue because to them it felt like the most quintessential Michigan location that they could hope for. Nestled along the lush wooded shores of Lake Leelanau, the Fountain Point Resort was the perfect weekend getaway for both of their families to come together and have fun while celebrating the love of these two amazing people.

As we started designing their custom wedding invitation suite, it was so much fun seeing that relaxed wedding philosophy come to life. We started it all with their incredibly personal save the dates, featuring the sweetest custom portraits I have done yet.
For the invitation suite, we drew completely from the beautiful aesthetic of Northern Michigan and the Fountain Point Resort. Plenty of organic watercolor greenery with a sweet illustration of the venue was all that was needed to set the tone for their easy going summer wedding.

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Another important part of Emmy and Raffi’s wedding was combining their Jewish and Christian faiths to create a uniquely traditional and personal wedding ceremony.
One of our favorite pieces that we had the pleasure of working on was their custom Ketubah (a very special and traditional jewish wedding agreement). We incorporated elements from both Raffi’s parent’s Ketubah and Emmy’s parents wedding invitations, as well as artwork from Emmy and Raffi’s invitation suite. It was an extremely special piece to work on, and definitely something I will always treasure being a small part of.

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I’m so glad that I not only had the chance to reconnect with an old friend but simultaneously was able to work on one of my favorite suites this year. Between illustrating her and Raffi for their fun and personal save-the-dates, to laying down the watercolor venue painting for their Invitation suite, every step of working with Emmy was an absolutely wonderful experience.


I just know that their infectious kindness and genuine spirits will guide through many years of happiness and love. Cheers to Emmy and Raffi!