Skip the Registry: Custom Couples Portraits

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Many traditions surround weddings, including the age-old ritual of bringing a gift for the newlyweds. Like my mom always said — never go to a party emptyhanded. Weddings are the perfect excuse to show appreciation for the couple and to say thank you for the invite to an awesome party. But perhaps for some weddings (such as your best friend’s big day), that Calphalon pot or set of Egyptian cotton sheets you see on the registry just doesn’t seem to be quite fitting. Instead you get the urge to stray from tradition and do something a bit more unique. 

In this case, we have just the recommendation. What if you skipped the registry and instead brought a custom piece of artwork featuring a portrait of the newly wedded couple? With this gift in tow, you can rest assured you won’t be one of the many guests bringing one of those duplicate kitchen items (Why is it always the mixer!?) that the couple has to return once back from their honeymoon. Instead you will have brought something truly special that will be a reminder of their wedding for years to come.

Recently I had the privilege of sitting down with Paul Michel, the Denver based creative illustrator behind Mountains Versus Plains. Michel creates incredible family and couple portraits perfect for this kind of unique gift. All he needs is a picture of the subject, a pen, and a piece of paper to bring your idea to life. Check out his incredible custom illustrations and get ready to become the best guest at your next wedding! Also be sure to take a look at his offbeat daily poems. I have some of these hung in my apartment entry, just to guarantee at least a couple good laughs each day! 

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Michel quarters in a creative shared live/work space in the San Rafael Historic District of Denver. Perfectly reflecting the creativity and style of the its residents, the space is filled with midcentury stunners, such as a set of McCobb dining chairs, accented by custom artwork crafted by the resident artists. The space organically reinforces the idea that a simple, uncluttered space is often a creative space. 

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Thanks, Paul!

(Images: Kathryn Bacalis)