Intricate details, bold colour and touches of gold! I had so much fun working on the beautiful, bespoke stationery for this lovely couple. I met Maliha and Robert at a cafe in London and I remember Maliha wearing a red scarf as she explained it was her favourite colour. They were having an English wedding, but she wanted her Pakistani heritage to really shine through. She planned on wearing traditional Pakistani wedding jewellery on the day. Robert and Maliha really gave me the freedom to come up with whatever I wanted from their brief. After coming back up North, I asked Maliha to send over some pictures of her jewellery. I researched meena kari jewellery as well as used architectural influences to come up with my my illustration and designs. I played around with a few sketches and sent them over to the couple. My first couple of sketches were a bit more delicate. They loved them, but wanted to be even more bold with the design. Fine by me! So I padded out my border with even more details giving this final look. Not only bold in design, but we went bold in colour using beautiful scarlet red, deep purple and touches of gold.
Hayley discovered my stationery from a styled shoot I did at Gray's Court in York. Hayley and her husband, Craig, also got married at Gray's Court in May last year. Hayley loved the style of the casual hand-writing with minimal design, so I updated the suite to reflect her style and colours.
In the same hand-writing, I also created all of her on the day stationery including place cards and table signs. I also was asked to create a large watercolour welcome sign grey watercolours and with painted feathers as a nod to the groom's love of shooting. They also incorporated feathers in the boutonnières and place settings.
Have a look at the gallery below of more beautiful photographs captured by Yorkshire Portraits. Thanks to Hayley and Craig for sharing their day with us and allowing me to be a part of something so special.
Y'all I know it has been way too long since my last blog post, but it has been crazy non-stop in the studio since Christmas. I have had the busiest new year for my little business yet and I have got some amazing projects this year that I'm so looking forward to sharing. Today, I'm sharing with you one of the most beautiful stationery suites from a winter wedding in November. The bride, Danielle, and I instantly connected at the words "paper snob" and the rest went from there. Beautiful things happened as you can see.
The invitation suite consisted of an invitation, particulars card, reply card and weekend itinerary. The invitation was luxuriously thick made of 100% cotton paper duplexed to a lovely dark blue colour (it was GMUND Linen Cream and Colorplan Imperial Blue for the paper enthusiasts). The back of the invite was gold foiled with their bespoke designed crest and to the front their names and crest were also gold foiled. The rest of the text was letterpress printed in matching dark blue. Finally, the edges were painted in gold. Seriously, Kate and Will's invites were not as royal as these.
The particulars card was letterpress printed in matte gold and dark blue on the same 600 gsm, 100% cotton paper . With a cute little map of the venue location. They chose to have their wedding at Dewsall Court, which is a beautiful exclusive venue where you can have all your nearest and dearest for the entire weekend all in one place.
The reply cards were so lovely with their bespoke crest so beautifully letterpressed in dark blue. The reply cards slipped into an imperial blue envelope which was letterpressed in gold with their return address.
Everything was bound together and placed in an imperial blue envelope which also had their return addresses letterpress printed in gold on the back flap.
As you may know, each of my clients receives two concepts presented as part of their design. Depending on the brief, these concepts can be starkly different or very similar. Danielle and Nicky didn't hesitate and made a quick decision that they loved the concept in which this was the mood board. My inspiration was "bold, textures, rich, extravagant, luxurious". The colour palette was cream and gold with either navy blue or plum and they went with the navy blue.
Their winter wedding would be decorated with deep wintry hues including reds, plums and blue. I'm so thankful that Danielle and Nicky agreed to share some of their wedding day photographs by Luke Woodford, so you can get a feel of their warm, intimate wedding.
What a beautiful wedding for a beautiful couple! I absolutely loved the deep colours, the venue and just how cozy yet classy everything seemed. Wishing you both all the best in your new life together as one!
Image found on Written Word Calligraphy
As if gorgeous letterpress isn't enough for show-stopping invitations! But, seriously, there are some really awesome ways to give your stationery a few finishing touches just to give each invitation that personal flair...the last little cherry on top!
The possibilities are numerous and just takes a bit of creativity and thinking outside the envelope (see what I did there?). Here I list a few basic ways to add a little bit extra. Each of these ways can then be used as a simple idea to launch from. This is one of my favourite parts of my concept design stage and enjoy really coming up with creative ways to make the invitations suite a beautifully curated work of art.
Oh, hello, pop of colour! This fiery red is a stark contrast to the more subdued wedding colours as well as the softer colours predicted by Pantone for Spring 2016 trends. Pantone describes this colour as a harbinger of excitement, encouraging free-spirited exploration to unknown but welcoming locales.
This red is definitely bright with the undertones of yellow, not a berry or pink or deep in any way. To use this colour in a classy way, I would suggest using as accents just to provide that pop of colour to stand out. Think bright red lips or bright red flowers to set against the wedding day's whites.
I love the red soles of Louboutin shoes and they way it adds that little bit of flair to the classic styles. You can channel that vibe throughout the wedding day to add a bit of personality to the decor.
I've been making my way through Pantone's Spring 2016 colour predictions and started with Iced Coffee. I plan on curating a few more inspiration boards from some of my favourite colours from the group. I think Lilac Grey needs to be up next! Have a look at my Pinterest Boards to find more wedding, fashion and interior decoration ideas and if you like the Fiesta Red, have a look at more pins that I have found, including some very bold red dresses!
You will find more images, inspiration as well as links to all the above images on my Fiesta Red Pinterest Board, but here are the direct credits for the curated photos above:
Louboutin Flats: Photo by Jennifer Skog found via Style Me Pretty
Red Watercolour Menu: by Lauren Saylor at A Fabulous Fete
Red Lips with Leafy Crown: Photo by The Barefoot Brunettes found via Rock My Wedding
Red floral bouquet: Photo by DNA Photographers found via Boho Weddings
Red ring box: Ring Box by The Mrs. Box (I want one in every colour, please!) found via Three Sunbeams
Red Lips and Nails: Photo by Greg Finck also on Style Me Pretty
What do you think? Would you incorporate this bright colour into your wedding day? Let me know!
I'm so excited to share this dreamy styled shoot that took place in May earlier this year. I was invited to collaborate on it with Bethany Bevis from Mode 20 Weddings and Events along with a whole team of talented suppliers. Inspired by the recent release of Cinderella and all the beauty that surrounds the princess and her fairy tale, De Grey Rooms in York was the venue of choice.
The colour palette was soft hues of white, creams and dusky blues. I designed a storybook inspired wedding invitation and reply card as well as matching menus. The invitations were letterpress printed in a vintage matte gold and powder blue. They were printed on gorgeous Crane's Lettra cotton paper.
The menus graced the beautifully curated tablescape complete with gold chargers, cutlery, beautiful green and white blooms and a metallic sequin table cover.
Poppy Pickering provided the most perfect cakes. Three variations all in the gorgeous fairy tale blue. I think my favourite one is the one with the ruffles.
Pantone has released their colour trend predictions for Spring 2016, which include some great shades and tones they've seen emerging in interiors and fashion. I totally believe that all trends are cyclical and am a firm believer in going your own way, nevertheless the colours are beautiful and are inspiration for colours you may not have thought of, like the Fiesta Red! I'll be curating a board for a few more of their colours as well. Today's board is inspired by Iced Coffee. I do love a frappe, but the colour is dreamy as well. Though it's a spring colour prediction, I think this neutral tone is perfect for an Autumn wedding. It's natural colour makes it really versatile for a wedding any time of the year.
There are so many ways to style Iced Coffee. With this board, I've kept it neutral with ivory, creams and gold, but I think this colour will perfectly pair with a pop of pink, like Pantone Rose Quartz You can have a look at my Iced Coffee Pinterest board for more ways to style this colour.
Are you having a Spring 2016 wedding? What colours are planning and what were your inspirations?
Shoes: Photography by Blaine Siesser
Flowy drapes: Photo by Mirelle Carmichael found via Style Me Pretty
Dress details: Photo by Sean Flanigan found via Etsy Weddings
Cake: Alicia Cake by The Pastry Studio
Links to the photos used above can be found on my Iced Coffee Wedding Inspiration Pinterest Board and you can find other Pantone Spring 2016 colour-inspired boards that I've curated.
I'm a little preppy at heart. I realise about 80% of wardrobe is navy blue. There is just something classic and comforting about it. When it's paired with gold, we're on a whole new level of elegance. I think that the combination of a deep classic blue and a muted gold (not too flashy!) is so beautiful and timeless. This past week, I completed an absolutely gorgeous commission for a lovely couple that was Imperial Blue, Gold and White. Breathtaking, really! I always put together my own private Pinterest boards when working on bespoke wedding stationery and I suppose that board inspired me to create a public, inspirational one to share with the world.
All the images' sources can be found on my Pinterest board where you can also find many more images for inspiration using and navy and gold wedding style or theme.
Stationery is the first glimpse of what the wedding day will be like. The wedding day should reflect the couple. Therefore, the stationery should reflect the couple. Being open with your stationer from the beginning is key to your wedding invitations and stationery coming out just right.
We all love a perfectly curated Pinterest board! But the wedding celebration is made special by those all-important personal touches. It's exactly the same with stationery. I get to know my clients from the beginning and I like to know all about them. What are their hobbies? What do they like to do together as a couple? Do they have any pets? How did they meet? How do they envision their big day?
I love getting my clients' completed questionnaire and get even more excited when I see they've gone into detail. I usually print it out, make myself a cup of tea and curl up for a read. I circle and highlight things that stand out to me and make notes. This is in preparation for our face-to-face consultation in which we discuss, in-depth, themselves as well as what's important to them and what is a must when it comes to their invitation and stationery design.
So my first top tip in this series is to be open with your stationer and make sure that you are both a great fit. It's a win-win for both parties.
Weddings are a beautiful occasion but can often lead those planning it feeling a bit overwhelmed. From the tension-causing guest list to the tiniest details like should you or should you not put this hair pin in at this angle, etc. Most of all these decisions come down personal preference, compromises and budget.
I thought I'd help a little bit in the area of wedding stationery and am starting a blog series with some tips and advice that I think are very helpful to know and understand on your journey to finding and creating your invitations. Before I begin the series, with my own top tips, I would love to hear from you about what you'd like to know about stationery. Ask anything from etiquette to time frames to questions about letterpress. If you've already been through a wedding or are a wedding supplier, what do you wish you knew or wish your clients knew that you think will be helpful for future brides and grooms?
Leave your thoughts in the comments below or drop me an email
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