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A family crest by watercolor artist Alicia Betz of The Welcoming District.

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Family Crest – The Mangones

After celebrating 20 years of marriage, Carla Mangone decided it was time to cherish the life she and her husband built together with a family watercolor crest. I’ll share the reasoning behind each icon, floral, and color choice, but before I do, check out all those sweet details! There are nine meaningful icons. Do you see each one?

A family crest by watercolor artist Alicia Betz of The Welcoming District.

Family Crest Details

When designing a wedding or family crest, I start with asking my clients what they want their overall aesthetic to be. Are they going for timeless and elegant, meaningful and full of their personality, or a mix of both? Since Carla and her husband have been married for 20 years, they wanted each detail to represent their home and family. They weren’t trying to match a wedding day aesthetic. Instead, they wanted the colors to match their home decor and for each icon to show off what they love most.

 

The breakdown of creating a family crest by watercolor artist Alicia Betz of The Welcoming District.

Every detail she chose represented something meaningful to her family!

 

For their crest and banner color, Carla liked “Midnight” best which is my darkest blue. Their banner is my “asymmetrical” design and features their last name. Next, Carla chose a bouquet that not only complimented their home decor, but features tulips. She carried those in her wedding bouquet so it’s a nod to their special day. The Mangones have three children, who are represented by hearts that match the floral color palette. I tucked them up top since who they love is more important than what they love.

Carla owns Pet Wants in Chantilly, VA and her family wanted to include something for their own fur baby. Rather than a pet portrait, she chose a paw print to represent both. The football and soccer ball are there for the sports their children play and the cards represent fun at family poker nights. Since the Mangones love trips to the beach, Carla chose the crab and oyster shells. What’s your favorite icon?

A family crest by watercolor artist Alicia Betz of The Welcoming District.

Plans for Printing

Carla ordered an 11″x14″ print to hang in their home and display at her son’s graduation party. After I finish custom artwork, I always guide my clients with printing. Some like to print on their own while others like me to set up files and have something shipped to them. Either way, this family has personal printing rights and can use it in countless, creative ways! I’m seeing family crest Christmas cards in their future! And maybe a deck of cards featuring their watercolor crest on the back?!

Client Experience

I have been admiring Alicia’s crests for a number of years since I found The Welcoming District. When we celebrated our 20th anniversary last year, I knew I wanted to commission her to create a crest that incorporates our life together. I was worried I would be throwing a number of items at her to create but her template with ready-made designs was VERY helpful and made the process that much easier.

Alicia was very detailed right down to the colors she suggested to match our newly-painted interior. She designed the perfect crest that means so much to us, from the tulips that were in my wedding bouquet, to the life we’ve created watching our kids play soccer and family poker nights together with our dog. I highly recommend her services for weddings, anniversaries, and other important events in your life. 

Get in Touch

Would you like to commission a watercolor crest or another special piece of artwork? Get in touch with me here or email me at alicia@thewelcomingdistrict.com. I would love to paint a special part of your story!

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