Thank You all for your encouragement and support, this really is a great forum, I can already tell.
There really is some deeper meaning to the patterns used in the wedding invitations, their not just for decoration...
The inspiration is an old rocking chair that belonged to my finance's grandparents, that we know have warming our home. It came from their home, and had been there for years since their time in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Her Grandfather was an educator there, making more money than the local people could ever dream of. The government, who hired him and paid his wages, strongly encouraged that he spend the money he make from the people, locally. He did and shipped crates of furniture to family in the US for safe keeping. He had an awesome collection of artifacts. The rocking chair being one of them. One item of particular interest to me as a printmaker was a decrepit old brass Batik stamp.
The rocking chair really is a work of art, having inlaid brass detail throughout the fine wooden frame.
The Rocking chair came to us after the passing of her grandparents in the past year. We really wanted them to be present on that day so we decided that we would remember them and embody our respect and love for them in a special way.
We printed the invitations with this image in remembrance of them.
From a digital image of the inlaid brass I converted the lines in illustrator, using vectors, this gave me the basis for the invitation. From there we selected text and refined the artwork until we were satisfied to go to print. I was initially thinking that I would print by hand the response cards and a map to the site of the wedding. That didn't happen.