Last year I was asked to design and style autumn wedding ideas by the lovely Emma Barrow Photography at Ever After, which is a beautiful intimate wedding venue on the edge of Dartmoor in Devon. I jumped at the chance as Ever After is one of my favourite venues in Devon and, of course, I love the rich dark colours of autumn so was excited to put together a autumn wedding look.
Ever After has some beautiful outdoor spaces, and also specialises in Elopement weddings, so we decided to set up a beautiful small tablescape for 4 down on their woodland walk which created a stunning backdrop to a rustic table setting piled with an abundance of autumn fruit and flowers perfect for the season. I was helped by the talented Holly from Holly Bee Flowers who created beautiful autumn wedding arrangements for the whole shoot. Each place setting had a beautiful gilded pear with a placecard attached. All of the stationery for the shoot was hand finished with gold painted names.
We also set up a beautiful small cake table with a gorgeous gilded naked cake from Queen Bee Cakes and I completed the look with sumptuous fabrics and more autumnal fruits.
Another key area was a fabric ceremony backdrop which I set up in the gardens and was again decorated with beautiful flowers and styled with a few lanterns. These fabric backdrops which I create make perfect ceremony areas, focal points or photo booth backdrops for your wedding ( see the bespoke plans and backdrops page for more details. http://knotsandkisses.co.uk/wedding-stationery/bespoke-table-plans-backdrops )
Finally, with the help of the team from Ever After, I created a lovely cosy seating area and drinks bar for after the wedding. Autumn wedding cocktails and a cocktail menu were created and arranged around a beautiful seating area with chairs and rugs.
Autumn Styled Bridal Shoot – Suppliers
Styling & Design: Knots & Kisses – www.knotsandkisses.co.uk
Photographer / Creative Director: Emma Barrow – www.emma-barrow.com
Florist: Holly Bee Flowers – www.hollybeeflowers.co.uk
Cake: Queen Bee Cakes www.queenbeecakes.org.uk
Fabrics : West Country Wedding Planner – www.westcountryweddingplanner.co.uk
Furniture and Props: Virginias Vintage Hire – www.virginiasvintagehire.co.uk
Hair Stylist: Brigitte Fisher – www.brigittefisher.co.uk
Location: Ever After – www.lowergrenofen.co.uk
Make Up Artist: Emma Roberts – www.facebook.com/emmarobertsmakeup
Model: Alex Reeve
Stationery: Knots & Kisses – www.knotsandkisses.co.uk
Silk Ribbon: Kate Cullen – www.katecullen.co.uk
Wardrobe: The Wedding Company, Plympton – www.the-wedding-company.co.uk
Photographer’s Assistant: Liam Ring
The last 6 months for Knots & Kisses has been a total whirlwind. Setting up the styling and design side of the business has been amazing and the culmination of many years work. Over the last few months I’ve been co-ordinating and styling lots of ‘styled wedding shoots’ which are fantastic for inspiration for any of you getting married and also a great way of wedding suppliers showing what they can do. The shoot I want to share with you today is my Industrial Luxe Wedding shoot which was the first ever shoot I designed and co-ordinated and went on to appear in Rock My Wedding!
The inspiration for the shoot started with a visit to the wonderful Great Fulford and the beautiful but slightly dilapidated rooms with their bare brick and peeling plaster. It automatically evoked feelings of Great Expecations for me and Miss Havisham’s dining room. A feel of faded beauty and elegance which I thought would be a beautiful backdrop for a shoot.
My aim was to inspire couples to realise the opportunity to set their wedding in more unusual places than your average manor house – that industrial and run down spaces could be the perfect backdrop for a wedding.
My design concept was to create a wedding look with that feel of faded beauty and so I created a palette to work to of faded pinks, greys and browns to give that really washed out and windswept feel. I wanted the styling elements to feel like they had been there waiting to be discovered for many years. Myself, and Emma from Brompton Buds worked closely on the tablescape so it felt like the flowers were tumbling from the urn – blown down the table.
The scheme needed to have a really luxe feel and we really wanted the juxtaposition of beautiful luxury fabrics and finishes against the bare brick, plaster and rust finishes. I mixed in old antique cutlery and vintage bottles with tapered candles.
I kept all of the styling for the set ups very loose and free flowing – with finishing touches of scattered petals so everything just felt like it had fallen there.
I brought together a team of local suppliers as I really wanted to showcase the talent that is here in the South West along with the beautiful venue, which is just starting to host weddings through West Country Wedding Planner.
Photographer Clare Kinchin worked closely with me and totally got the vision for the shoot, and along with Tina from Te Amo Brides we picked out some stunning dresses to create the luxe feel we wanted. The addition of veils was incredibly important and we hired in a wind machine to create the windswept feel we wanted. Wrapped around the face and sitting on the forehead in a Mantilla style really added to the atmosphere.
Make-up and hairstyling by Genevieve Satha and The Up Do Girl was kept minimal and ethereal with a loose undone style adorned with stunning hair accessories created by The Lucky Sixpence specifically for the shoot.
It was important to me to hire in beautiful fabrics for this shoot so we borrowed some gorgeous silk runners and fabrics from West Country Wedding Planner. Teamed with the more rustic elements such as the shutters that I used as a ceremony backdrop from Virginias Vintage Hire I was able to create the mix of industrial and luxe that I wanted.
Laura at Sugar Mamas Cakery was able to create a bare plaster finish cake which looked perfect and I styled the cake table with some more rustic elements and some gorgeous macarons.
I also had some wonderful blush and grey ribbons hand painted by Ollie’s Studio which added the perfect finishing touch to not only my stationery designs but ribbons for the bouquet as well.
Co-Ordination – Knots & Kisses – http://www.knotsandkisses.co.uk
Venue – Great Fulford, Dunsford, Exeter EX6 7AJ – http://www.greatfulford.co.uk
Styling – Knots & Kisses – http://www.knotsandkisses.co.uk
Props, Linen & Hire – West Country Wedding Planner – http://www.westcountryweddingplanner.co.uk
Large Prop Hire – Virginias Vintage Hire – http://www.virginiasvintagehire.co.uk
Photographer – Clare Kinchin Photography – http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk
Cake – Sugar Mamas Cakery – http://www.sugarmamas.co.uk
Florist – Brompton Buds – http://www.bromptonbuds.com
Stationery – Knots & Kisses – http://www.knotsandkisses.co.uk
Silk Ribbons – Ollie’s Studio – http://www.olliesstudio.co.uk
Hair Stylist – The Updo Girl – http://www.theupdogirl.com
Make-Up – Genevieve Satha – http://www.genevievesatha.co.uk
Dresses and Shoes – Te Amo Brides – http://www.teamobrides.com
Model – Nola – http://www.nolauk.com
Accessories – The Lucky Sixpence – http://www.theluckysixpence.co.uk
Today I wanted to share with you a wedding look I styled last year – Jungle Luxe Wedding
Bringing together a team of some of Devon’s finest wedding suppliers I created a look which very much took influence from the amazing dining room wallpaper in the venue Paschoe House which recently opened as a stunning hotel and wedding venue.
The look was vibrant and glam with bridal dresses with a 70s influence mixed with leopard print and lots of gorgeous potted plants and ferns.
I created a bespoke hanging hoop table plan which continued with the geometric and jungle luxe wedding them with hanging hexagons for the tables and elements of teal and gold foil, which were echoed in the menus and placecards. I finished the look with gold cutlery and leopard print napkins.
The florist created wonderful matching fern displays and bell jars filled with succulents.
Venue – Paschoe House
Styling – Knots & Kisses
Photographer Maxi Photography
Cake Edible Essence – Couture Cake Co.
Florist Winsor Flower Studio
Stationery – Knots & Kisses
Hair Stylist Brigitte Fisher – Wedding Hair Devon
Make-Up Genevieve Satha Makeup
Dresses and Shoes Rock The Frock Berkshire at The Wedding Hub
Model Sarah-Jane Mackfall
Accessories Kye Tew Jewellery
Videography Liberty Pearl Photo & Film Collective
Cutlery & Prop Hire Elle Winsor Grime
Chair hire Virginias Vintage Hire
I absolutely adore anything botanical at the moment and especially fern wedding themes! I had beautiful leather leaf ferns, which are my favourite, in my own wedding bouquet and throughout our wedding. I also really used lots of ferns and botanicals in a styled shoot which I styled and put together with a team of other suppliers on a Jungle Luxe theme. (I’ll hopefully be sharing lots more of that soon! )
This year has definitely been the year of greenery. With it being Pantone’s colour of the year the wedding industry has been awash with plant heavy wedding ideas and lots more weddings I’ve seen are just featuring foliage rather than flowers or colours.
I think ferns especially can create a beautiful ‘finished’ feel to a wedding. Lots of greenery is a great accent to whatever other colours you may have picked for your wedding and stops the scheme looking too ‘flat’. Gone, hopefully, are the days of a single colour being picked and used solely with white or ivory across a whole room or wedding. Layering colours and textures is key and botanicals create layers of texture as well as adding in another colour.
I love lots of ferns and greenery down the middle of tables and used as place settings. Ferns can look fantastic against a dark wood backdrop, for a really opulent look, as well as lighter woods which create a more rustic feel.
Photography: Jamie Rae Photo – jamieraephoto.com/ Read More: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2018/01/19/elegant-garden-wedding-inspiration/
I also love creating bespoke backdrops for weddings and creating a wall of ferns would be an amazing backdrop for your ceremony or photobooth!
Hope that gives you just a few ideas and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like me to create and style a botanical or fern theme for your wedding!
One of the things I have most enjoyed over the last few years of designing wedding stationery for my clients is drawing and hand painting a venue map for their invitations.
It’s a great idea to include a little map in with your invitation packs. Day guest especially may be coming from further afield. They may not know the area that well and so need some guidance. Or the venue itself is spread over a wide area and a map of the internal areas would be helpful.
I create either simple line drawn maps up to fully bespoke hand painted maps in colour to match in with your invitations, and I’m happy to add this service to any of my standard collections … just drop me an email to in[email protected]
Here are just a few samples of the type of venue map I can create for you.
This first photo is from a fantastic styled shoot which I hand drew a map for for them to use as part of a wider stationery and styling set up by the super talented fellow stationer Wonderland Invites. This venue map includes small bespoke illustrations of places of interest in and around the local area as well as the venue itself so has lots of detail and is decorated with illustrated olive branches for a slightly Mediterranean feel.
Credits for styled shoot : Coordination | @wonderland_invites and @
Stationery | @wonderland_invites / Hire & Styling | @vintagegardenweddings, @
Flowers | @a_vintage_wedding / Map | @knotsandkisses / Table Runner & Silks | @katecullenstyle
Confetti | @shropshirepetals / Venue | @houchinsweddings
I’ve also produced smaller bespoke maps as part of a bespoke invitation suite for many of my clients.
This is a more modern map for a wedding in Kew Gardens …
This is one I hand drew for a ‘apple orchard wedding’ in devon earlier this year for the lovely Holly & Joe.
If you want me to create a map for your wedding or add a map to one of my existing designs just drop me an email to [email protected]
So today is a very exciting day! A new look for Knots & Kisses is being launched and I’m super excited to share it with you all!
As many of you may have read about on my Instagram feed http://instagram.com/knotsandkisses these are very exciting times at Knots & Kisses. Very soon I’ll be launching my new wedding styling services. You may notice a little ‘styling’ tab has appeared on the website. It’s currently just got a few images to keep you happy but very soon will be full to the brim of lots of gorgeous inspiration from styled shoots and weddings I have been working on over the past few months! Plus information about how you can hire my to create a design, look and style for your very own wedding and how I can be there on the day to pull it all together for you.
In the meantime to coincide with the new direction the business is taking I decided to have a complete overhaul of my branding! I was feeling it was time for a change and as my stationery and styling took on a darker, more colourful and more modern slant the old branding was starting to feel like it really didn’t fit where the company or I was going anymore. So time for a change!
I work on branding and logos for companies myself but I often feel you can be too close to your own brand to see what it really needs to I employed the most marvelous fellow stationer and branding expert Becky Lord http://beckylord.co.uk/ to design a new brand for me. We worked very closely to find the right look for Knots & Kisses going forward and so I’m delighted to introduce it to you today!
I absolutely love the combination of dark green, blush and gold – it totally suits what I love at the moment, with my love of dark interiors and just a hint of girly and luxe foil finishes … and I also hand painted a fern for Becky to use in a pattern to go alongside the branding. I love hand painting elements for my couple’s stationery so a hint of that in the brand was just perfect. Plus I’m in love with ferns of any description so it worked perfectly!
You’ll be seeing the new branding across all my social media platforms from now on and hopefully a new look website to coincide with the launch of my styling services very soon!
Wow where the heck did the year go! I’m sitting here not quite able to understand how it’s almost the end of September already … which means it’s been a very long time since I last posted on this blog and so much has happened since then. It’s been a very busy summer here at Knots & Kisses. I’ve got lots of exciting news to share in the upcoming weeks. Including a total rebrand and new look for the business and the launch of my brand new styling services which I’m massively excited about! But I guess I should start with our wedding! The main reason I’ve been so flat out over the summer is because I took a month out for our wedding and honeymoon at the end of May.
Here come the cliche’s but yes it honestly was the best day of my life! No matter what anyone tells you in the lead up you never quite believe that it’s going to feel any different to any other big party or occasion but it really does. The ceremony itself was actually incredibly emotional. Much more than I expected. Yes the whole day was wonderful. I loved flitting round chatting to all my friends and family. Seeing their happy faces and sharing with them all the fun and food and music we had spent so long planning was amazing. Dancing the night away to the best band ever! Lots of laughter over seeing people dressed up in the Photobooth props. Tucking in to the amazing popcorn bar, ice-cream, afternoon tea, dessert cart and cocktails.
However, far and away the best bit of the day for me was walking down the staircase at Coombe Trenchard to see Ant at the bottom waiting for me. I’ll never forget his face at that moment. Walking to the front of the room together hand in hand was the best decision we ever made. It just seemed right after 11 years together. The ceremony was relaxed, informal and fun just as we wanted it and then then rest of the day couldn’t have been more relaxed if we tried. Planning and spreadsheeting the hell out of it for months before hand and then just relaxing and handing it over to the amazing Sarah & Emily at Coombe Trenchard the day before couldn’t have worked better. I was totally at ease on the day and everything worked perfectly. The sun even came out about half an hour before the ceremony and we ended up with a beautifully warm day after a morning of rain!
My advice to any of you out there who are also wedding planning … Plan the wedding you want as a couple. Not the wedding your parents or family want you to have or the wedding you think you should have, but one that truly reflects who you are. Do this and I guarantee you’ll have a wonderful day!
Venue : Coombe Trenchard https://www.coombetrenchard.co.uk/
Photographer : Clare Kinchin Photography http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk/
Stationery & Styling : Knots & Kisses http://www.knotsandkisses.co.uk
Groom’s Suit : http://www.vintagesuithire.co.uk/
Hair & Make Up : http://www.theeventstudios.co.uk/
Hair Accessories : https://www.kyetewjewellery.co.uk/
Florist : http://www.bromptonbuds.com/
Drinks, Personalised Cocktails and Bar – provided by Thirst Choice http://www.thirstchoice.org.uk/
Evening Catering – Pizza Van and Dessert Cart – Two Birds Kitchen http://www.twobirdskitchen.co.uk/
Ice-Cream – Benny’s Organic Ice-Cream http://www.bennysorganicicecream.co.uk/
Canapes – Shortbread and Meringue Kisses – Little Lark Cakes http://www.littlelarkcakes.co.uk/
Cakes : Edible Essence Couture Cake Co. http://www.edibleessencecakeart.com/
Props and furniture : http://www.virginiasvintagehire.co.uk/
Skulls and cutlery : http://www.cybelsvintagehire.co.uk/
Love Letters from http://www.westcountryweddingplanner.co.uk/
Ribbon garland and space hoppers : http://www.bestdayeversouthdevon.com/
Little Tipis : http://www.worldinspiredtents.co.uk/
I’m so excited by how the two new ranges I launched last week have gone down! I’m already getting several enquiries about them and thank you everyone for your lovely comments! Last week on the blog I shared the Spring Garden range and now I’d like to share with you more photos and details of the Watercolour Floral range which was also launched last week.
The Watercolour Floral range stemmed from another photo shoot I did for the lovely Elle at Inspire Hire in Cornwall http://inspire-hire.co.uk/ . She styles some amazing weddings here in the South West and has some wonderful things for you to hire on your wedding day as well. Elle was doing a photo shoot for Wed Magazine inspired by Summer Picnics and asked me to design some stationery and invitations to go with the shoot. I of course love designing stationery, whether for clients or for shoots, so jumped at the chance.
The brief was bright and floral so I kept it simple with really crisp white card and really bright purples, pinks and greens in the florals.
I loved the stationery so much I decided it had to be a new range on the website so I designed a full range of matching reception stationery which continues the watercolour floral theme. Placecards have a contrasting hydrangea motif that matches in with the rest of the stationery.
I had so much fun photographing this range with the lovely Clare Kinchin Photography http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk/ at her studio. We kept the styling simple with a white wooden background and some sprigs of bright purple lavender. The aim for the stationery and the shoot was fun and floral but also modern and crisp.
I really hope you like the stationery as much as I do. If you’d like to ask any more questions then please don’t hesitate to drop me an email to [email protected]
I’m very excited today as I have launched 2 new stationery ranges on the website! They are both part of the Brights Collection and I just love how fun and bright and floral they are! The first of the ranges is the Spring Garden range. Bright floral wedding invitations which were inspired by a photo shoot at my very own wedding venue Coombe Trenchard! http://www.coombetrenchard.co.uk/
Last spring the gorgeous ladies at Blue Fizz Events http://www.bluefizzevents.co.uk/ commissioned me to produce some stationery for a style shoot at Coombe Trenchard. The theme was spring garden inspired by the gorgeous gardens at Coombe Trenchard and I really went for it with a bright floral wedding theme with a hint of the rustic in some dark brown string. I thought using the dark string rather than the usual coloured twine really echoed Coombe Trenchards wood and panelling and the history of the house. We had an amazing day on the shoot and I loved the stationery so much I was excited to turn it into a permanent range on the website.
I took samples of the range to the Westpoint wedding show in October and it proved so popular that I knew it was something I had to launch … and so here it is! You can find the Spring Garden range in the Brights section http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/shop/all-collections-spring-garden/personalised-invitations-stationery-spring-garden-3/ .
With this range I really wanted to concentrate on bursts of colour and also create a leaf pattern which could be used across the range. So as well as the bright pink flowers and monogram the back of cards and the envelope liners have the leaf pattern on in a bright burst of green. Against the crisp white card and dark brown twine I think it looks really cheerful and bold.
As with all of my ranges you can order a full range of invitations, Save the Dates, Order of Service and matching reception stationery. Order directly from the website or contact me if you want to discuss any bespoke changes you might want to make first.
I can’t wait to hear from some of you and receive order’s for this range … it brightens up the studio and definitely makes a dull day more cheery!
I’ve also launched another range today Watercolour Florals and I’ll be sharing details of this very soon!
(Photography by Clare Kinchin http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk )
I do love an good bespoke brief from a client! So when Sophie & Ross got in touch last year wanting a vintage travel wedding invitation I was very excited! I do have a vintage travel themed range of stationery but it wasn’t quite what they were after. So they purchased one of my bespoke fees and we had a consultation over the phone to discuss their requirements.
They really wanted to include a gate-fold style of invitation so I designed a vintage travel themed gate-fold. The background had a vintage aged paper feel and was kept together by a simple belly band with a stamp mark and their names. Although they wanted a vintage feel they also didn’t want it to be too old fashioned and fussy so a clean belly band definitely made it more modern.
The next big thing was to incorporate not only one of their favourite photos but also to create an RSVP card in with the theme which allowed their guests to see a menu and return their menu choices. I designed a lovely little round corned folded booklet with their photo aged slightly on the front. Inside were the menu options and tick boxes for the guests. The tick box section was then perforated so it could be torn off, and on the reverse it was pre-addressed to Sophie & Ross so it could be posted back to them with a yes / no as well as the menu choices. I was so pleased with the design I can’t wait to do something similar again in the future!
The invitation itself sat inside a pocket inside the gate-fold and was in the form of a punched train ticket. There was then also a telegram style information card and a little luggage tag with the gift list details.
I absolutely loved designed Sophie & Ross’s travel wedding invitations. If you would like me to come up with something bespoke for your wedding please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the contact form or email me [email protected]