Having lived in New York for 8 years, I prided myself on knowing some of the city’s secret gems. But when Lisa and Jonathan found me–I found a new-found interest in one of the city’s lesser-known boroughs.

Situated in the middle of Staten Island is one of the largest botanical gardens in the country. Lisa’s dream was to feature their famed arbor in invitations for their late-fall nuptials, as the ceremony would highlight it as well. Design and photographic reference for this arbor was hard to come by, however; so in order to create the perfect design elements, I created our own vine artwork which would frame invitation copy and, later, menus & place card information.