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 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!
Wow it’s been such an amazing week here at Knots & Kisses! Last Friday I attended the most amazing wedding industry event … Chosen Wedding Collective’s ‘The Hub’. A day filled with inspirational talks by some amazing women, I went there thinking I would get lots of practical advice on how to increase orders and improve my business … and this was available in bucket loads! What I wasn’t expecting though was to come away feeling inspired, revitalised, focused and actually happier beyond belief about my future than I have been in ages and confident of a totally new way of working! I created the above image a few weeks ago when Kiki, who runs the Chosen Wedding Collective, asked me to produce some postcards for the bags that were being handed out on the day. Little did I know at the time how true the ‘Be Inspired’ motto was going to be!
Practicly I got some amazing tips from Madeleine Noble Jones, Kate Cullen and Anna Tyler about SEO, Pinterest and Legal Rights which were amazingly helpful. Amy from Bo Boutique got me really thinking about my business and how to progress and make it more about what I want to do. There was also the most inspirational talk from the wonderful Charlie Kingsland-Barrow about how we work and why we do what we do – which left me so motivated, even though she made me dance in public! , that I virtually ran back to my desk on Monday morning to start implementing some of the things we had talked about.
Talks from the wonderful Cat Hepple and Tamyrn Lawrence had me almost in tears as they revealed the passion that lay behind their work and showed me that I needed to get back to what started my passion for stationery way back when I started Knots & Kisses 6 years ago. It got me thinking about really writing blog posts that were from the heart rather than just ‘throwing stuff out there’ because I felt I needed to blog.
Cat got me thinking about really why I create stationery … I started to think about how much I loved to inspire people to put fun, colour and creativity into their own lives. How passionate I can get when a splash of colour can brighten up a dull grey day, whether that be putting on a bright yellow scarf before heading out the door or enjoying watching the bright blue and yellow flash of a blue tit out the kitchen window yesterday whilst making my morning cup of tea. My whole life is about things not being beige! And that is what started Knots & Kisses really … not the friends and work colleagues who needed the stationery, or the need to do something more creative with my life, which are the usual answers I give … but the feeling like I needed to inject a bit of colour and personality into things!
So Knots & Kisses is about colour and fun and textures and prettiness .. and most importantly about me and my clients expressing our personality through stationery. It is about that feeling that I get when I have sent a bespoke design off to a client and they come back and they are over the moon because it fits their wedding so perfectly, and my heart skips a beat when I get the email … because what if it was wrong, what if my instincts weren’t right … and then I punch the air and squeal slightly when they say how much they love it!
It is about me unashamedly admitting that I love flowers and florals and filling my house with flowers at any given opportunity, and so yes lots of my stationery has a floral theme. Its about loving trends and trying out new colour schemes and patterns and loving pretty bits of lace and ribbon and the texture of brown kraft card and twine. It’s about fun and frippery and not being embarrassed about that.
It’s about taking your ‘marriage’ seriously but having fun with your ‘wedding’.
So from now on I’m going to think about all of this every time I write a blog post, post a picture on instagram or start on a design for a client or a new range of stationery, because I want to put this sense of fun and colour into everything I do.
Have a wonderful, colourful weekend!