I started off with the idea of cartoon-style avatars with a kind of vintage flavor for the two of us to use as part of our wedding design. In the back of my mind, I also had this idea of a loose theme built around “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” which I was re-interpreting as “I Found My Heart in San Francisco.” The theme continued to morph, eventually turning into what we ended up calling “Old Timey San Francisco,” but the heart stuck around, now joined by mustaches as additional graphical elements.
The avatar heads were used liberally in our designs, originally too much so, finding their way onto not only the cupcake picks, photo booth mask props, and name tags, where we kept them, but also for a time on menu cards and signs for the cupcake display, bar, and photo booth, where we eventually removed them.
For the cupcake picks, I assigned a different color to each flavor, and used that color as the background for the avatar heads and for the individual cupcake menu cards: cream for creme brulee, dark brown for salted dark chocolate, latte for tiramisu, lemon yellow for lemon meringue, and cinnamon orange for cinnamon toast bacon praline. We printed the heads on round stickers, along with hearts and mustaches, and then assembled picks using a head on one side and either a heart or mustache on the other. The matching cupcake menu cards were mounted on red heart photo clips.
Building on the theme of “Old Timey San Francisco,” I used photos of locations all around the city and made them look like tin-types or daguerrotypes, and then inserted our avatars within the scenes in clothing or with props appropriate to the location. All in all, there were 16 of these images created for the reception, which were then placed on heart photo clips and used as part of the centerpieces on the reception tables.
An additional image of the two avatars standing in front of the Cliff House, holding mustaches on sticks, while a mustachioed cat on the roof watches on, entitled “Dapper Chaps,” was used on Facebook to accompany a post announcing the party theme and dress code.
And a stand-alone collage of the avatars in their black suits was created for use in lieu of a cake topper, and displayed on the cupcake table.