Moroccan Inspired

When I was first thinking about color schemes and themes to center our wedding design around, I knew it had to be something that complimented the unbelievable, historic design that’s seen throughout our venue. My favorite room in the space is this billiards room, which has floor to ceiling handpainted wooden (yes, wooden) tiles, and an unbelievably beautiful glass ceiling. The thing with venues like this is when you’re given such amazing patterns and colors to work with, you really don’t need to do much. Tailor your theme and graphics around the venue decor, let the space speak for itself, then call it a day.

When I mentioned how inspired by the tile I was to Becca, she was kind enough to immediately offer to help me mockup a tile design that I could use throughout the wedding graphics suite. I couldn’t even believe her kindness, and, as it would happen, her talent. Here’s how the design played out…and I’m going to let Becca tell you about it!

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Hello there! I’m Becca Atwood from {extra}ordinary wonders.

When Victoria showed me photographs of the geometric tile patterns to be incorporated into the invites, I loved the concept. I love print and pattern and it’s a big part of my job designing textiles.

I did a quick bit of research for inspiration and found out that the simpler pattern on the ceiling of the billiards room comes from the traditional enamel covered terra cotta tile work, called Zellige. This was a very popular technique in the 13th-15th century in Morocco.

I started out with a one-color version and then did a multi one to show the different ways it can be used. (Editor’s note: Yes, Becca made all of the below tiles for me in Illustrator. So much talent and kindness, right? I really don’t understand why everyone doesn’t blog. You meet the most wonderful people!)

I love how Tobe used the pattern on the final design – don’t you?

Another Editor’s note — Yes, the rumors are true. Tobe, who really is awesome, spearheaded our entire invitation suite. She put together these Save the Dates for me:

And also the main invitation, which looked like this, but with text, of course. We echoed the autumnal-hued tile pattern in a belly band that wrapped around the entire invitation packet, which included the RSVP card, rehearsal dinner info, etc.

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I love how everything turned out! I ended up using the tile pattern throughout day-of graphics as well, which I was able to create on my own and then have professionally printed. I’m hoping it’ll not only create a cohesive look, but will also be a recognizable symbol for guests when they arrive.

I really can’t thank Becca and Tobe enough. They did an unbelievable job!!

{Image Credits: Billiards Room; Top tile: Jamie Beck for The Glamourai; Other tiles, top to bottom, left to right: Darin Interiors 1 2, Simply Home Designs, Inspire Bohemia; tile artwork by Becca Atwood; layout and invitation graphic design by Tobe Reed}

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  1. 11.1.12

    Those are awesome! I love how different they are :)

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  3. 11.1.12
    Alyssa said:

    This came out gorgeous! I love seeing how the inspiration morphed into design.

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  4. 11.1.12
    Chedva said:

    Oh, I love that your invitations have such a great story behind them. It adds so much depth and feeling.

  5. 11.1.12
    samantha said:

    i’m blown away, the patterns that becca designed are beautiful. especially the coloured one. you are very lucky :) xx

  6. 11.1.12

    Totally gorgeous. This is right up my alley. I need to use how to use Illustrator!

    And I can’t believe you wedding is so soon. Eeee!

  7. 11.1.12
    Richelle said:

    Those graphics are absolutely gorgeous. Very reminiscent of all the beautiful paper at World Market!

  8. 11.1.12
    rita said:

    beautiful! it’s so fun to see idea to concept to reality!

  9. 11.1.12
    Cyndi said:

    This is outstanding! You have attracted some wonderfully talented and genuinely nice people to your world. I’ve been thinking about you this week. I know you will be a beautiful bride at an awesome wedding! Wishing you all the best…

  10. 11.1.12

    Wow Wow Wow. Its all just stunning. I am so excited you are sharing some of the details. I am so excited for you and cannot believe its finally here!!!!!!!! xoxoxoox

  11. 11.1.12
    the NOW said:

    Geeez!! Becca is so amazingly talented. The finished product is seriously gorgeous. And I just loved that you went for a moroccan theme for these. Can’t believe your wedding is 2 seconds away!!


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  12. 11.1.12
    Kelly said:

    This pattern is so gorgeous! A good inspiration indeed!

  13. 11.6.12
    Denise said:

    love these, what fun and inspiration!