Get ready to tie one on!

  • Get ready to tie one on!


Anna Andrew Wedding Web Sized-148I get a lot of interesting requests for custom artwork, and I love a creative challenge.

So when the soulful, vivacious Anna Graham asked if I could create an invitation suite that featured peonies and fly fishing for her Lake Placid Lodge wedding, I did not bat an eyelash. And when she told me she wanted the response card to read, “Yes, we’re ready to tie one on” and “No, we heard it’s going to be a reel sinker,” I was hooked!

I started with illustrations…fishing flies, wood grain, fish scales and gorgeous vintage florals. You know….everything that comes to mind when you think “wedding invitation.”

I sent the drawings and a slew of custom calligraphy to the brilliantly-talented Darcy Sang (owner of Pearl Beach Paperie), and, as usual, she turned them into something delicate and wonderful.

The bride’s response to the first drafts was just as we’d hoped – “I’m in love! I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it!”

The beauty of this suite lies in its surprising subtlety. The background on each piece is either patterned fish scales or wood grain. The monogrammed belly-band looks like it is all floral, but what appears to be leaves are actually fishing flies.

Everything is hand-illustrated, so there is a relaxed, rustic quality to the suite.

The invitation phrasing was traditional with splashes of delightful humor. The reception card reads, “Cocktails and Reception, followed by awkward but enthusiastic dancing.”

And, obviously, we placed a trout underneath that line.

The bride had this to say about her invitations, “We told Sarah about our ideas, and she turned them into something magical. We wanted to create something that felt like us, like both of us. The art work…it was more than we could have imagined! Everything after that just fell together beautifully.”

It did.

Anna and Andrew were married on a crisp, spring day in beautiful Lake Placid, New York.

The setting, the award-winning Lake Placid Lodge, is a celebration of all that was – and remains – best about the Adirondacks. The wooden beams are hewn by hand, its beds carved by local artisans and its fifty stone fireplaces laid piece-by-piece by Adirondack masons.

It was the perfect place for the angler and his bride to tie the clinch knot. (What? I am an avid fly-fisherwoman…of course I speak-a the language!)

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Recalling cruising into the sunset with her groom on a mahogany Hacker-Craft boat, the new Mrs. Anna Eggleton muses, “It was the most wonderful day. I cried far too much from being far too full of love and happiness. We wouldn’t change a thing about that fabulous day. It was a perfect day that looked and felt just like us.”

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