When Tyler Thiessen proposed to Jessie Turner, he gave her a travel journal (with an inscription about their new path together) and two fake plane tickets wrapped in a vintage map of Europe. After six years together, on a beautiful June day, they tied the knot in Winnipeg, Canada, with a wedding that embraced their shared love of travel with an "away we go" theme.
Jessie and Tyler designed their invitation suite themselves. After all, they met back in college in the same graphic-design program and today run a design and illustration business called One Plus One Design.
The invitation's design incorporates the venue, the travel element, and a hint of the decorations to come. The color palette sprang from the engagement photos: Jessie's plaid dress and the blue and red balloons in particular. Jessie handled the illustration, Tyler focused on the typography, and Studio on Fire letterpress printed the light-blue and bright-red design. Paired with a map and one of six Polaroid-style photographs from the engagement photo session, the folded invitation was mailed out in a square kraft-paper envelope.
Jake and Jess Kamp of Kamp Photography, who captured the entire day in all its glory, had spotted a collection of old campers a few weeks prior to the wedding. The owner was amused by the request to use them as a backdrop for a wedding-day portrait session and obliged the happy couple and their photographers.
The front table of the reception room is decorated with a globe, a vintage suitcase, and photos from family members' wedding days. The vignette serves as an extension of the wedding's travel theme, and also a landing place for guests' well wishes (written on old European postcards placed at each table setting along with a pen).
Bleached bedsheets were transformed into napkins by Jessie's mother and grandmother and Tyler's mother. They were printed with the wedding date and "Away We Go!" centered in a blue and red design. The couple also screen-printed their signatures in the bottom right corner, above "xoxoxo."
Jessie and Tyler picked raspberries the summer before the wedding, and Jessie and her mother Laura Lyne made jam. The jars were covered with smaller pieces of the same fabric found on the reception's tabletops and were finished with twine. The custom stickers and handwritten labels double as place cards.
Ashley Illchuk, a friend and fellow graphic designer, used colored chalk to write out the dinner menu. Guests enjoyed a buffet of barbecued roast beef with horseradish; baked beans; baked potatoes with sour cream; coleslaw; tomatoes; dill pickles; and dinner rolls, all prepared by The Hitch'n Post Ranch.
For their thank-you notes Jessie and Tyler used stationery that matched the invitation. The letterpressed note card featured elements of the wedding day -- the Mason jars, custom wine, and jam favors. A black-and-white photo of the couple at the wedding was also included in the kraft-paper envelope, with the couple's address rubber-stamped on the back and a label with a flag garland for the outgoing address on the front.