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Botanical fern wedding theme

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.

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credit : http://festivalbrides.co.uk/sheer-delight-acrylic-wedding-decor-details/

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.

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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!

Debbie Lourens / Confetti Daydreams) via https://www.brit.co/fern-inspired-wedding-decor-ideas/

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!

Nikki x

 

venue map bespoke illustrations for your wedding day

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 [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 @carolineopacicphotography /Photography | @carolineopacicphotography
Stationery | @wonderland_invites / Hire & Styling | @vintagegardenweddings@rockthedaystyling and @anthologyvintagehire
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 …

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This is one I hand drew for a ‘apple orchard wedding’ in devon earlier this year for the lovely Holly & Joe.

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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]

Nikki x

A new look for Knots & Kisses

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!

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new look for knots & kisses 

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!

Nikki x

 

Our Wedding Day

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!

Nikki x

Credits :

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

Dress : http://www.needleandthread.com/ with alterations by http://www.abidemaids.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/

Bands : http://www.theswingkings.co.uk/ and http://www.ynfb.co.uk/

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/

watercolour floral wedding invitations and stationery

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]

Nikki x

Spring Garden Bright Floral Wedding Invitations

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!

Nikki x

(Photography by Clare Kinchin http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk )

Bespoke Vintage Travel Wedding Invitation

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.

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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]

Nikki x

Provence Wedding Invitations and Stationery

Today I wanted to share some more photos I have taken recently of bespoke work. Last year I worked on Claire & Daniel’s bespoke Provence wedding invitations. At the moment I’m working on some reception stationery designs for them so it was lovely to revisit the design. I drew a sketch of their beautiful Provence wedding venue and then incorporated that into their stationery. Adding an olive branch and rose design to create the perfect Provence wedding invitations.

Their invitations came in both English and French versions. I’m always more than happy to do this for client’s. I’ve done lots of invitation suites in the past in various different languages. As long as client’s can send me over the wording in their chosen language. I can then use it to produce proofs in as many languages as they want. I obviously can’t read all these languages so the proofing process becomes even more important! In the past I’ve done invitations in South African, Italian, French, German and Polish for clients.

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We’re working on some really pretty reception stationery for Claire & Daniel’s wedding so I hope to share that with you soon.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me, either via the contact form on this website, or by email to [email protected] if you would like a bespoke design. Or if you are interested in having your invitations printed in various languages.

watercolour wedding invitation with cat illustration

Today I’m sharing another of my bespoke designs. The design for Sammii and Adam was a watercolour wedding invitation in style. Incorporating a hand painted illustration of their gorgeous cat! I met them ( Sammii & Adam that is … not the cat! ) at the Westpoint wedding show in Exeter back in October. They really liked one of my existing designs with its watercolour floral illustrations. They wanted though to incorporate some personal details and their colour scheme of pinks and greens. With one being from Cornwall and the other from Devon I used crossed Devon & Cornish flags on the belly band. I then did a painting of their cat wearing a bow tie sitting in amongst all the flowers they liked. He will be forever known in my head as ‘dapper cat’ as he looked so adorable in the bow tie!

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I love creating invitations that are totally personal to the couple and their wedding so this was a fantastic brief to work on and I think the results were really lovely and the invitations were still pretty and elegant as well as fun.

The watercolour wedding invitation was accompanied by a matching rsvp and information card. It was then wrapped in the belly band and came with a crisp white envelope to match the card.

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I love working on bespoke designs and am more than happy to adapt an existing design to make it more personal to you. If you take a look at the bespoke page of this website you will see I have a ‘Tailoring Fee’ which can be bought alongside any of the existing ranges. I can then change the colours of any range to suit you. If you also want a watercolour wedding invitation where I hand paint some extra details for you then get in touch by emailing [email protected] . I can give you a bespoke quote for the work.

Dinosaur Wedding – Bespoke Invitations

I love a fun and quirky design brief for a client’s wedding invitations and stationery and boy did I get one when I spoke to Emily & Ben at the South West Wedding Showcase at Bath Showground last year! Their opening lining was pretty much “we’re having a dinosaur wedding theme, do you think this is something you could do ?” … to which I got very excited and practically had to stop myself from jumping up and down on the spot! Who wouldn’t love to work on a dinosaur wedding theme and invitations to match!

A little later Emily got back in touch and we had a chat via the phone to go into a little more detail about what they wanted from their bespoke invitations.

The colour scheme was a really striking black and white monochrome with a hit of orange … perfect for Jurassic Park fans! The colour scheme was perfect as I was able to incorporate the dinosaur theme without the whole thing looking too childish.

I designed a full suite including a lovely little orange information booklet which incorporated all the details that they needed to give their guests in a handy little guide. I did this for my own invitations and it worked out really well so was glad to use this format again for a client. The invitations were layered up with the information booklet, rsvp card and a belly band to give a really luxe look and crisp white 350gsm card and envelopes made for a really fun but modern feel.

I’m pleased to say Emily and Ben were over the moon with the result and I’m seriously looking forward to working with them again on their reception stationery later in the year!

If you are looking for a unique bespoke theme for your wedding invitations … or are wanting a dinosaur wedding theme yourself! … then please don’t hesitate to drop me ( Nikki ) an email to [email protected] and we can start chatting about creating something amazing!