Saint Gertrude is a self-taught designer and letterpress printer running her own business. A pretty quirky kid who delivers the unexpected.
To create an invitation to our surprise wedding without giving away the surprise. The invitation needed to effectively convey a decoy message—our daughter’s birthday party—but also create meaning for the guests who, in retrospect, would realize that this was always going to happen: we were getting married.
The purpose of this piece was to give our loved ones the gift of the ultimate surprise and to create an electric memory for them. Weddings can be contrived affairs, with all kinds of preconceived expectations, but we wanted to catch our guests so unaware that they had no choice but to be completely present in the moment with us. The design also held a poignant subtext that although the wedding was a surprise to them, for us getting married was actually a fait accompli; it was always there, just under the surface, and literally written in the stars.