Most bridal couples look for ways to make their wedding unique and memorable, not just for themselves, but for their guests, as well. The very first way that couples can introduce their wedding theme or style, or even location, is when they send out Save the Date cards. They can continue to carry out their vision with everything from their invitations, place cards, and thank-yous …right down to the envelope used for their wedding stationery. Kimberlee Zacek is an artist who can help make this part of a wedding unique, stylish, and most memorable. She attended the Lyme Academy College of Fine Art where she studied classical art techniques, and the Hartford Art School where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in illustration. She continued her education and training at Simmons College, where she earned a Master’s degree in writing and illustrating children’s books.
Zacek has worked as an artist for over 10 years, and in addition to her work in the wedding business, designs logos and branding for small businesses, and creates other fine art and portraiture work. For her drawings, she prefers to use a ball point pen. “It’s my go to for line drawing because of the delicate lines it can create, almost like graphite,and yet can be layered with cross hatch for depth,” she says. “For calligraphy, I use a dip pen for fine sweeping lines and a brush pen for bolder writing.” She adds, “there are many different sources of inspiration I draw upon that influence the style and feeling of my work. Whether it be from the natural world with drawing from life or being inspired by the timeless sensibilities from the art of letter writing as well as etchings and pen drawings created around the turn of the century and earlier.”
“As an artist with both classical fine art and illustrative training, the work I create for weddings, from invitations to table decor, has an integral artistry and unique beauty that is personal and timeless.”
Zacek creates custom wedding stationery and calligraphy with fine art and illustrative elements to personalize and set a beautiful aesthetic for a wedding. She offers invitation suites, Save the Dates, envelope addressing, ceremony and reception signs, table cards and more. Each piece is created as “a work of art on luxurious handmade or other fine papers and finished with details to match your wedding style.”
“Wedding paper goods are both a visual and tactile experience - everything from invitations to table setting cards - the design and quality of paper set the stage for the style of the wedding,” she says.
When asked about the different types of paper she uses, she replied, “one of the most requested types of paper is handmade paper. It is beautiful and elegant, especially for invitations, menus, or place cards. Another request is for eco-friendly paper. One of the sources I have for handmade paper is made from recycled t-shirts. I also like to use card stock made from recycled cotton.”
“I want to hear the couple’s vision and, even if it’s not entirely clear yet, we will work to bring it to clarity and to life. I welcome custom requests and enjoy creating pieces designed specifically for a couple and their wedding style,” Zacek declares. She continued by adding, “custom invitation suites are very popular and give couples the first opportunity to share their wedding aesthetic with their guests. Couples often request their names in hand written calligraphy and for the suite to feature a drawing of their venue or another personal touch such as a drawing of the type of flowers chosen for the wedding day.”
“Hand written calligraphy place or escort cards (for seating charts) with guest’s names are equally popular. They are beautiful keepsakes for guests often on handmade paper with silk ribbon ties.”
When asked for examples of some of the customization work she has done for clients, Zacek shared, “A couple getting married at Quonquont Farm in Whately, MA asked me to do a pen drawing of the barn, which was printed on the envelope liner for their invitations and the bride had it printed on tote bags as gifts for the bridal party. I also created a seating chart for a June wedding, where I hand painted each escort card with watercolor in blush pink and wrote the guest’s name with gold calligraphy. The cards were strung along twine in an old frame which matched the rustic aesthetic of their barn venue.”
When she is customizing a wedding invitation, she creates the design for the invitation first with the hand drawn details requested by the couple, then digitizes the design for printing which either gets sent out or is printed in her home studio.
For envelopes, place cards, signs and other items, each is handmade and hand written with calligraphy.
Zacek says she “loves all parts of my creative work, and creating with couples to bring their vision to life with my art and calligraphy is not only fun, but such happy work to create for their special day!”
Contact Kimberlee Zacek at www.kzfineartistry.com or firstname.lastname@example.org