A Cotton anniversary gift that inspired love, celebration and started a business

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Original Content Updated 2.21.2024

Turks and Caicos Wedding Memories: A Love Story Retold

Ah, love – it’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it? For my husband and me, our love story found its chapter in the captivating backdrop of Turks and Caicos. It was there, amidst the sun-kissed beaches, that we exchanged our vows and began our journey as a married couple.

Since that magical day, we’ve found ourselves drawn back to Turks and Caicos time and time again – a total of six visits and counting. There’s something about the island’s charm that keeps pulling us back; the allure of exploring new destinations is undoubtedly enticing, but sharing those experiences with the one you love elevates it to something truly extraordinary.

As an avid traveler and hopeless romantic, I found myself inspired to commemorate our special connection to Turks and Caicos in a meaningful way. Thus, the idea for Cotton Prints Wedding Maps was born, initially conceived as a heartfelt gift for my husband on our second anniversary.

Navigating through the plethora of cotton-themed gift ideas, I realized that creating something unique was the only way to truly capture the essence of our love story. And so, armed with determination and creativity, I embarked on the journey of crafting our very own cotton gift.

The process was a labor of love – from conceptualization to execution, each step was infused with sentimentality. I experimented with various techniques until I finally achieved the perfect print on cotton fabric. The result? A stunning representation of our cherished wedding destination immortalized on fabric, shown below:

Turks and Caicos cotton map by JW Design Studio Gifts gifted to Michael Wilkeson from Jessica Wilkeson

Sharing our love story with the world…

Eager to share our joy with others, I showcased our wedding map on platforms like Etsy and Facebook. The response was overwhelming – even before presenting the gift to my husband, orders started pouring in. It was a challenge keeping the surprise under wraps amidst the excitement of burgeoning success.

With each order fulfilled, my passion for creating meaningful artwork deepened. What started as a personal project soon blossomed into a full-fledged business endeavor. As demand soared, I made the bold decision to pursue this venture full-time, bidding farewell to my conventional job in pursuit of my newfound passion.

Fast forward to today, and Cotton Prints has evolved into a thriving small business dedicated to crafting bespoke wedding and anniversary prints for couples worldwide. Our commitment to quality is unwavering; we’ve transitioned to utilizing top-tier materials, including museum-grade cotton canvas and archival pigment ink, ensuring longevity for generations to come. Here is what that same map might look like now:

turks and caicos custom anniversary map

Reflecting on our journey, I’m filled with gratitude for the opportunity to spread love and joy through my creations. From humble beginnings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, our reach now extends far beyond borders, touching the lives of individuals across continents.

With each custom artwork, I’m reminded of the profound significance that special locations hold in the tapestry of love stories. Whether it’s a wedding day, anniversary, or milestone moment, our prints serve as tangible reminders of cherished memories, destined to be treasured for years to come.

As I continue on this creative odyssey, I’m humbled by the countless love stories I’ve had the privilege to be a part of. Each heartfelt testimonial fuels my passion, reaffirming that I’m not just creating art; I’m crafting memories that will last a lifetime.

“My wife picked up the gift about an hour ago and not knowing who it was from opened it in her office for a surprise that brought tears (of joy). The delivery time was so fast I didn’t even have enough to organize getting her reaction on tape. But I’m sure when I finally get to go over again I’ll hear all about it. She is now out frame hunting and trying to get a smaller print for her desk (hope you don’t mind).
So just wanted to thank you for your beautiful work and helping me put a smile on her face from 4000 miles away.”
— Jason L.

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In the end, it’s not just about the prints – it’s about the love, the connections, and the stories they represent. And for that, I’m eternally grateful.

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