I’ve always loved introducing you to small business owners, but it’s even more rewarding when the business owner happens to be someone you’ve known since you were 16 years old.
I first met Kearsley Lloyd as a dorm mate in boarding school (she can probably attest to the embarrassing ribbon belt collection previously mentioned) and even back then her artistic talent was inspiring.
Post high school Kearsley went on to the Rhode Island School of Design and I’ve enjoyed following her successes ever since; including the launch of a successful accessories collection, Tipsy Skipper, and now, her eponymous graphic design studio, Kearsley Lloyd.
I had the pleasure of working with Kearsley on our wedding invitations and since it is engagement season, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to an amazing talent.
all of Kearsley’s designs start out as watercolors
I’m the first to admit I’m a pain in the butt client–I drive myself crazy with design decisions–so I was a little nervous about working with someone (especially an old friend!) on our invitations. I worried there might be multiple revisions necessary and that I wouldn’t be able to get my vision across, but it quickly became clear all my worries were for naught.
our save the dates ready to be mailed
After a phone call, and a shared Pinterest board, Kearsley came back with a first round of mock-ups for a custom wedding crest that actually bowled me over–she got it on the first try.
I think I asked to see a version slightly lighter and slightly darker just in case, but we ended up using the very first option she sent. How often does that happen?! I can tell you, with me, NEVER.
custom stamps featuring Kearsley’s mussel shells
From start to finish, the process was seamless. We ended up hiring Kearsley to design additional elements for the wedding (I can’t share photos just yet, but soon!) and received so many compliments. One of our friends actually framed one of Kearsley’s illustrations for their gallery wall.
our personal stationery
The mussel shell and coral crest perfectly captured the aesthetic of our Martha’s Vineyard wedding, but I love it so much I’ve since carried it over to our personal stationery.
Working with Kearsley on our bespoke illustrations was such a special part of the process for us and ultimately guided many of our other design decisions.
In addition to wedding logos, Kearsley also designs corporate logos, emblems, and coat of arms. Her talent truly knows no bounds so if you have a project in mind I’d highly recommend reaching out–I’m confident she’ll over deliver!