If, like me, you are starting to think about Bridesmaids Dresses for your wedding then I’ve got the perfect supplier to share with you today! The lovely Kim is a designer who has a gorgeous little boutique shop AbideMaids in Cullompton in Devon. I’ve visited a couple of times and its just the perfect place to take your bridesmaids for a special afternoon sorting their dresses. Kim is really lovely and her dresses – hung in a gorgeous array of sorbet colours and beautiful fabrics in her shop – are beautifully flattering and just that little bit different enough for your maids to feel really special. http://abidemaids.co.uk/ I’ve always found the fabrics Kim uses to be absolutely gorgeous with a mix of finishes include gorgeous lace ‘toppers’ and a great selection of seperates with stunning a-line midi skirts and cute tops.
As well as the dresses the shop also has some beautiful shrugs and really gorgeous jewelled belts which would be a great addition to your bridesmaids dresses or your own wedding dress. And Kim can make adorable flower girl dresses to match.
The whole atmosphere of the shop is one of calm and relaxation. Definitely none of this ‘cattle market’ like bridal shops where you feel like you are in a long queue of people they have to get through. The shop is open by appointment only so you can be assured you will have Kim’s undivided attention!
I can also highly recommend Kim’s services as she is very kindly helping me when it comes to alterations on my own wedding dress. Oh and while you’re there you might like to check out her other range of clothing Abide – really beautifully cut pieces of everyday wear.
Today I want to share with you the third of my new Luxe Collection ranges. This one is called Blush and Gold. Does exactly what it says on the tin really lol. I created the blush and gold range because I had become obsessed with wanting to use gold foiling on an invitation range! I had used it for a couple of bespoke clients in the past and absolutely loved the results. Coming up with the right range to use it on for one of my standard collections was proving difficult though. When I came up with the idea of producing a small capsule Luxe Collection I just knew one of the ranges had to include gold foil!
I wanted the Blush and Gold range to have a really soft dreamy fine art feel, like the rest of the luxe collection. So I created a marbled blush print background and used a darker dusky pink for the text with accents of the couples names in gold foil. I love the script style, almost painterly, font I used for the header text. I also accented everything with a soft white belly band and envelopes which I think pulls the look together.
As with all the luxe collection the blush and gold range is printed to beautiful 700gsm duplexed thick card with quality 135gsm envelopes. You can choose to add envelope liners in glittery gold and have the envelopes pre-addressed for you.
A full range of matching reception stationery is also available. With cute gold foil arrows on the placecards and beautiful blush and white table names. You can also purchase order of service, menus, table plans and lots more. All of the range is available to buy directly from the website http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/shop/blush-gold/personalised-invitations-stationery-blush-gold/
I hope you like the range as much as I do! I’ll be showcasing the whole of the Luxe Collection for the first time at Brides : The Wedding Show at Westpoint Arena, Exeter this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday so be sure to pop along and have a look if you are in the area. You can buy half price tickets still if you use special code KK44 when purchasing at http://www.theweddingshow.co.uk/buy-tickets/ .
Today I’m showing you a bit more about the second of the new Luxe wedding collection which launched on the website this week. The Simply Elegant range.
The Simply Elegant range was what really started me off thinking about creating a luxe wedding collection. I had designed the simple black and white monochrome stationery for a photo shoot for Blue Fizz Events last year http://www.bluefizzevents.co.uk/modern-rustic-autumn-winter-wedding-devon/ . The look for the shoot was more rustic and I’d pared the monochrome stationery with some brown kraft envelopes and card … but I loved the simplicity of the monochrome and the script style fonts. When I discovered the hand painted silk ribbons later in the year from Kate Cullen it all came together! I though the smoky grey ribbon would look gorgeous against the monochrome and started thinking about creating a really beautiful luxe wedding collection which would be printed to really thick 700gsm card and incorporate not only the hand painted ribbons but luxury elements such as gold foil as well.
I think the great thing with the simply elegant range is that its a fantastic neutral but modern range, especially for those of you that aren’t having a particular ‘theme’. It would be easy to see it fitting in with so many weddings and if there is a specific colour scheme you already have in mind then the hand painted ribbon colour is easily changed to something more bespoke to fit in with your scheme. With the monochrome background you could add virtually any colour of ribbon and it would work perfectly!
As with all the luxe wedding ranges the Simply Elegant range comes as Day Invitation packs, including a information card, rsvp card and envelope, and tied with the beautiful ribbon. You can also order just Day Invitation on their own with a classic white envelope. Add envelope liners and address labels for that finishing touch and there is a full range of matching reception stationery to go with it. All of these items are available to order directly from my website and you can also order a sample pack to check the quality before ordering. http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/shop/simply-elegant/personalised-invitations-stationery-simply-elegant/
I’ll be sharing details of the third of the luxe ranges – Blush & Gold – on Monday.
All photography by Clare Kinchin Photography http://clarekinchinphotography.co.uk
Over the next few days I’m going to be showcasing in more detail the new Luxe Collections which I launched on the website on Monday. Today it’s the Stormy Skies range.
Stormy Skies came about when I was asked on a wedding industry forum what I would design in an ideal world based on the trends and styles I would really love to see more of in the wedding world. My immediate thoughts were of something darker and moodier than the usual neutrals and pastels. I love dark colours in my own life,painting interior walls in navys and dark greys, and I wanted to create a collection which incorporated these dark colours but with a softness that was suitable for a wedding scheme. The term Stormy Skies came to me before the actual design and I wanted to create the feel of those amazing inky dark skies you get before a storm with beautiful soft greys and inky blues.
To do this I created a subtle textured effect background in a inky blue and layered this with soft grey hand painted ribbon from the wonderful Kate Cullen.
As with all of the new luxe ranges the Stormy Skies range is printed to really beautifully thick 700gsm duplexed card and comes with gorgeous matching grey envelopes with the option of monogrammed envelope liners.
A full range of matching reception stationery is also available, as with all of my ranges, and is now available to purchase via the website http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/shop/stormy-skies/personalised-invitations-stationery-stormy-skies/ . You can also order a sample pack from the website so you can judge the quality for yourself before ordering and check out the gorgeous hand painted ribbons which Kate has produced for me to use on this range of stationery.
I’m really looking forward to creating some luxe Stormy Skies invitations for couple’s weddings very soon!
Ok so its been a few weeks since I published a blog post … but I promise its been worth it! As today sees the launch of my new Luxe Collection of wedding invitations and stationery!
I’ve been so excited to share these for a long time now. It has taken most of this year to finalise the designs, source some beautiful materials and get the website ready but its finally done and I’m over the moon with the results. You can now purchase the Luxe Collection, along with all the standard ranges, on my website at http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/product-category/luxe-collection/
I have started the Luxe Collection with 3 ranges … Blush & Gold, Stormy Skies and Simply Elegant … although I have already got lots of ideas of new ranges to add in the new year!
The idea behind the Luxe Collection was to create a capsule collection of designs which still encompassed my love of pattern and typography but gave couples the opportunity to really go that extra mile with their stationery and incorporate extra thick 700gsm beautiful cotton soft card and finishes such as gold foiling and handpainted silk ribbons. I had spoken to many couples over the last couple of years who loved the feel of stationery as much as I did and were all about those extra special finishes. Although I spent many weeks and months picking out what I considered a beautiful quality card for my existing ranges that would give clients a beautiful finish at a affordable price … designing the Luxe ranges has given me the opportunity to go that extra mile.
I have been wanting to use gold foil on a collection of stationery for some time now after loving using it on a few bespoke designs so this was the perfect opportunity. I’ve also been working with the amazing Kate Cullen http://www.katecullen.co.uk/ who has hand painted some beautiful silk ribbons for me to use on the new collection. Currently a gorgeous smoky silvery grey – but I’m hoping to design new collections soon which incorporate more of her beautiful ribbons … and of course the beauty of hand painted ribbons is that each invitation is unique and its also easily possible to create a bespoke colour for clients as well.
I hope you love the collection as much as I do. I’ll be sharing more details of each individual range over the next few days.
All the photography for the collections was done by the wonderful Clare Kinchin http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk/
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about modern and geometric patterns for weddings. Mainly because I’ve been sourcing some wallpapers to create a backdrop for my stand at Brides The Show at Westpoint arena in Exeter next month. The paper I’ve ended up going for is a subtle geometric pattern which I think will be a suitable backdrop to the bright colours and florals of lots of my stationery ranges, but will also fit in with some of the more modern prints I have in my collections as well as work really well with my new Luxe Collection.
It got me thinking a lot about how modern weddings can look really clean and graphic without using traditional floral or lace patterns which, lets face it, are not for everybody!
So I’ve been scouring the internet for lots of inspiration to share with you all which will show you how to incorporate geometric patterns in to your own wedding.
Geometric wedding cakes are the obvious place to start as there are lots of wedding cake designers out there doing something more modern with the wedding cake …
Geometric backdrops are also a great way to incorporate this trend into your wedding … and relatively easy to do yourself if you have the time, or with the help of a wedding stylist if you are a little less crafty or time short …
credits : http://ruffledblog.com/incredible-handcrafted-wedding-in-salt-lake-city/ http://www.brit.co/etsy-wedding-2015/?utm_campaign=pinbutton_hover http://ruffledblog.com/galleries/geometric-wedding-inspiration-from-sarah-park-events/teal-peach-geometric-wedding-52/
I also really love terraniums at the moment and hanging terraniums or geometric shapes above or on your tables can look amazing – especially when combined with metallics.
I hope that gives you lots of ideas if you are planning a wedding with a bit more of a modern feel. This look can look particularly amazing in modern warehouse spaces or really contemporary hotels … but I definitely wouldn’t rule out using it as a total contrast in a rustic barn or tipi! Just have fun and use plenty of colour!
So yesterday I had my first attack of wedding nerves. I’m pretty sure it won’t be my last … I’m a fairly nervy and worrying sort of person by nature. The reason for the flip of the stomach and the butterflies ? I sent our wedding invitations to print! You’d think, being a wedding stationer, this would be the easiest and smoothest part of the whole wedding planning process … but apparently not! In actuality I’ve been quite stressed out by the pressure of designing my own invitations. I feel even more pressure to get them spot on … to make them really reflect me and Anthony as people and also, because of what I do, to make them something which will have the dreaded ‘wow factor’ when our guests open them. I hate that phrase ‘wow factor’ by the way … but you know what I mean.
So when I pressed send on the email to my printers my stomach did a little flip and I felt kind of nauseous. My mind has since been racing with visions of me getting them back from the printers and realising I’ve made 101 spelling mistakes or that I’ve put completely the wrong date for some unknown reason. I proof read them several times over and got Ant to do the same so I’m pretty sure this is not going to happen … but my worrying nature takes over in these instances and I become completely irrational.
I desperately don’t want to be like this for anything else to do with the wedding so I think I may have to find some ways of calming myself down slightly … perhaps I’ll take up yoga!
On the plus side – many of the decisions which cause angst to many couples and brides whilst wedding planning have seemed to pass us by. My whole outfit is sorted .. picking a dress was easy peasy. I found one I loved online, bought it, loved it and am having some small alterations to make it perfect. Job done. The venue decision was also relatively easy, and deciding on a guest list, because we are paying for it all ourselves took minutes as we aren’t having to invite long lost relatives or friends of our parents that we don’t know and don’t really want to be there!
Ooh and super excitingly we’ve booked our honeymoon! We actually weren’t going to bother as we have so much money to spend on our house renovations … but as we realised more and more how much hard work the next few months was going to be we decided we really needed a break after the wedding! So we’re off to Bali … I cannot wait! ( Almost looking forward to that more than the wedding now! … only kidding! )
Catch up with more of our wedding plans soon .. hopefully this is my first and last attack of wedding nerves!
I have to say I’m a bit obsessed with pheasant feathers at the moment! I used a couple at the photo shoot for one of my new luxe ranges last month and now I just can’t get enough of them. I’ve always found though ( for obvious reasons given the game season ) that pheasant feathers are always cropping up in styling images for more autumnal and winter looking weddings when I’ve been browsing pinterest and the internet. You can now buy them nearly all year round from various different online suppliers and I personally think they can look amazing with spring and summer weddings as well …. so I had a bit of a hunt to find some more summery inspiration to share with you!
I love the mixture of pheasant feathers with more summery flowers like peonies and roses – lots of pinks and greens and ruby colours.
credits : Wedding Sparrow http://weddingsparrow.com/article/wild-at-heart-styled-shoot-paula-ohara-and-pearl-godiva/ and Style Me Pretty http://www.stylemepretty.com/2013/06/18/tuscany-wedding-from-lisa-poggi-photography/
Pheasant feathers also make a wonderful addition to place settings …
I love how this bride has collected feathers together to form an alternative bouquet, and I always approve of pheasant feathers as decoration on cakes …
Finally who wouldn’t love to finish off their wedding with a chill out area full of teepees with feathers sticking out the top! Or arrange a few to one side for a little area for children to play in throughout the day. Summers wouldn’t be summer without festivals and a few tents would create a wonderful summer atmosphere!
I really hope that’s given you a few ideas as to how you could incorporate pheasant feathers in to your spring or summer wedding.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of providing some stationery and invitations for a wonderful styled shoot which took part at one of my favourite wedding venues in Devon Coombe Trenchard http://www.coombetrenchard.co.uk/ . The theme was a Spring Wedding and the fabulous ladies at Blue Fizz Events http://www.bluefizzevents.co.uk/ put together a fantastic team for the shoot. The stationery was inspired by the setting and the gorgeous gardens at Coombe Trenchard and we had a fantastically creative day and hopefully created some really useful wedding inspiration for couples for their wedding as well.
I put together an invitation pack tied with a pretty tag with a foliage print and some dark brown twine and this was echoed with bright greens and fuschia pinks across placecard tags, with the same brown twine, and a table plan and menu. The whole spring wedding feel really came together but with really bright colours rather than pastels, which was really refreshing!
The stunning photography was by Mckenzie Brown http://www.mckenzie-brown.com/ and couture dresses by Christine Trewinnard http://christinetrewinnard.co.uk/ The beautiful natural flowers were created by Vanessa at http://www.theflowermillcornwall.co.uk/
Gorgeous cakes were made by the amazing Laura at Sugar Mama’s Cakery http://www.sugarmamas.co.uk/
The exciting news is that I will be launching this stationery as a new collection on my website later this year! It will be called Spring Garden, but if you would like to order this range for your wedding stationery in the meantime then please don’t hesitate to get in touch and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
So I’m more than a little obsessed at the moment with marble! I’m very much considering a marble work top for my new kitchen island and I’ve been working on a Luxe Collection of stationery which I will be launching very soon and one of the invitations is very much inspired by marble and rose gold. So today I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite marble wedding inspiration from around the web.
I especially love really pretty grey marbles at the moment mixed with blush pinks and gold or copper metallics but they also look gorgeous with elegant blues as well.
Marble plates look especially pretty with Italian style foliage and simple placecards or hire in marble tables or table tops with gold cutlery for a really luxe feel to your reception space. Marbled cakes are an absolute favourite of mine at the moment and a much more budget friendly way of incorporating marble into your wedding day. I also love the idea of marble print envelope liners as well.
And as we are discussing marble and all things Luxe I though I might give you a sneaky pink at one of my new Luxe ranges which will be launching next month! This one incorporates all of my favourite things – blush pink, gold and a marbled textured background … can’t wait to share more with you!