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!
Dusky Blue and Gold is a new favourite of mine … I love it when a classic colour combination mixes with really modern styling to create a new look for weddings or interiors. I’ve been playing a lot myself lately with gold foiling and beautiful silks for my new Luxe collection which is launching at the end of the summer, and I just love mixing metallics with anything at the moment! On this note I’ve been seeing a lot of pale wedgwood and cornflower blues with gold lately and I think it works beautifully. Add a modern twist with geometric shapes and its a fantastic wedding theme.
So here is some of my favourite blue and gold wedding inspiration from around the internet …
I love marbling and splashes of gold leaf so this modern wedding cake from the Wedding Cake Boutique on http://onefabday.com/ie/metallic-cakes/ is just gorgeous
I also love the combination of blue and gold but mixed with rustic elements such as these table and chairs – it gives a real old master ‘painterly’ feel to a wedding scheme. Photo from https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/still-that-kind-woman-1586299/photo-4398286780
Who doesn’t love a pair of sparkly gold wedding shoes! Especially when there is a beautiful blue interior! Image from http://theeverylastdetail.com/modern-glamorous-garden-wedding/#_a5y_p=2941728 … and speaking of cake, the hint of blue in this metallic cake is gorgeous!
Hopefully that gives you a few ideas for your wedding … I’m off now to design some blue and gold wedding stationery! Its definitely got my creative juices flowing!
I absolutely love it when I get brief from a bespoke client which really speaks to what I am enjoying designing right now and Holly & Joe’s modern grey and white save the date cards were exactly that. When I got a call from Holly to discuss her wedding stationery design we clicked straight away and I loved her ideas and Pinterest board she sent me that she had put together for her wedding. Not only that but they are getting married on the same day as me next year. I have to say I’d been wary about taking on too many orders which would clash with my own wedding but I loved Holly’s brief so much that I felt I couldn’t turn it down!
I started with the design for the Save the Date cards. We decided to keep the colour scheme to just one of the colours in her wedding, dove grey, plus a neutral crisp white. I always advise clients to introduce a colour scheme gradually if they are sending out Save the Date cards .. it leaves a nice surprise for the guests when they receive their invitations and see the whole colour scheme in full!
So we kept things beautifully simple for Holly’s Save the Dates with a modern calligraphy style font and then I hand drew a simple floral design for the wording side of the card with a clear modern typeface in grey. To go with Holly’s slightly rustic theme I included brown kraft envelopes so the whole look felt very modern and elegant but with a slight rustic twist, without going down the whole masses of brown kraft card and hessian route.
I was really pleased with the result and I can’t wait to design Holly & Joe’s invitation suites later in the year!
If you would like to get in touch with me to discuss a bespoke design for your own wedding then please just drop me an email to [email protected] or give me a ring on 07976625201.
I love designing stationery for photo shoots for magazines. It often allows me to get really creative … and the Modern Rustic brief that the team at Blue Fizz set me in December was no exception!
I love getting design briefs from the Blue Fizz girls as they are always so different and really push creativity – and the shoots, which often appear in Devon or Cornwall’s Wed magazine are always super stylish, and so glossy and different to a lot of photo shoots in other magazines. They really give realistic and achievable styling ideas for real weddings.
So the modern rustic shoot was shot at the stunning Upton Barn wedding venue near Cullompton in Devon http://www.uptonbarn.com/ . When you think of barn weddings this is definitely not your standard haybales and beams type of venue – the stunning structure and glass doors definitely give it a more contemporary feel – hence the modern rustic brief.
The styling interwove elements of copper, brown kraft and lots of beautiful flowers and foliage with a bit of sparkle to give a really beautiful ‘still life’ feel. The feel of the day was definitely autumn / winter but I can see the copper elements working just as well at any time of year.
Photos were taken by the wonderful Mel from Maxi Photography http://www.maxiphotography.com/
The stationery I designed was modern and graphic in black and white – but with a rustic touch with brown kraft envelopes and placecard tags.
Full team credits :
Photography Mel http://www.maxiphotography.com/
Shoot Styling & direction Bridget http://bluefizzevents.co.uk
Flowers Gemma http://www.poppysofexeter.co.uk/
Cake Kate http://www.kateburtcakes.co.uk/
Hair Rosanne http://www.bridalhairbyrosanne.co.uk/
Make-up Genevieve http://www.genevievesatha.co.uk/
Food Josh & Jodie http://www.pickleshack.co.uk/
Bouquet ribbons http://www.katecullen.co.uk/
Grooms wear http://www.samdaw.co.uk/
Stationery Nikki http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/
Table & venue accessories Blue Fizz Events
External accessories Zara at http://zazahomes.co.uk/
Its been so busy this year at Knots & Kisses – what with a huge increase in orders, moving and planning my own wedding – that I have had to work much more slowly on designing new ranges for the website. But I’m definitely getting there with some fantastic new ranges – both for my standard collections and for a new Luxe collection which I’m very excited about! One of the inspirations behind one of the new Luxe ranges is feathers and so today I wanted to share with you some of my favourite feather wedding inspiration from the wedding world.
The Luxe range I’m designing is all about more modern graphic feathers rather than anything too boho. The colour combination of white, gold and blush rose works beautifully to create a modern feather wedding so I’ve gone with this colour scheme here.
I love gold tipped feathers – they could be hung from the ceiling as part of some interior decoration over your reception tables or placed on place settings to decorate your plates. I’m also thinking a gold tipped feather as a sort of ‘bookmark’ inside a order of service for each guest would be wonderful and a really nice keepsake.
I just adore this dress with the feather cap sleeves from Kate Halfpenny at Halfpenny London!
Inspiration from Bridal Musings http://bridalmusings.com/2012/11/diy-gold-and-glitter-dipped-feathers/#_a5y_p=3456688
Can you believe its February! Already a month into this year and its feels like 2014 is flying by! I had such a busy week last week .. filled with wedding stationery orders, greetings card orders and lots of work on the new Spring Collections! I also had a lovely visit to beautiful Arts & Crafts wedding venue Coombe Trenchard, which isn’t too far from where I am in Okehampton … I hope to bring you lots more on this venue soon.
Today I’m concentrating on a design which I created for a lovely couple recently … who are based in South Africa but getting married in the UK this year.
Danielle & Christiaan opted to adapt one of my existing wedding stationery ranges, Graphic Prints, to suit their wedding scheme. This is a great option for any of you out there who would like something a bit more bespoke but don’t want to stretch to booking a whole bespoke package … as it costs just a small fee of £25. (Take a look at the existing designs on my website http://knotsandkisses.co.uk ).
Danielle & Christiaan went for a simple navy and white chevron band and grey backing card to compliment their wedding and I think it worked really well …
Obviously some of the details on the image are blocked out to protect client privacy.
I would love to style a wedding with this scheme. Keeping things very simple with crisp white linens, perhaps a navy chevron table runner and some beautiful white flowers tied with navy and white ribbon. Its a classic scheme but with a modern twist with the addition of grey and the chevron pattern.
I hope this has inspired some design ideas for your wedding … and if you would like to get in touch with regards to adapting one of my existing designs or creating a bespoke design for you then just drop me an email at [email protected] or contact us via the website http://knotsandkisses.co.uk/contactus.html
Hopefully you caught this mornings blog post and saw the new Snow Queen range of Wedding Stationery. This afternoon I’m featuring the third of the new Wedding Stationery range called ‘Perfect Place’. http://knotsandkisses.co.uk
Perfect Place was inspired by a bespoke design for a client
who contacted me wanting a sketch of her beautiful lakeside venue incorporating
into her wedding stationery. I absolutely love sketching out anything bespoke
to incorporate into clients invitations so was delighted to do this. I came up
with quite a clean modern look for the stationery which used quite strong
typography and a ‘monogram’ motif of
the clients initials.
With the neutral colours and classic style I think ‘Perfect
Place’ could suit a lot of wedding schemes.
Wow finally its Friday! I have to say its been a struggle being self employed over the last week as I’ve been struggling with feeling like I’ve got the flu .. but obviously unable to take time off due to many orders to make and finish. My other half has been a star however, helping me out, and is also taking me away for the weekend 🙂
So apologies for the lack of blog post on Wednesday but to make up for it here are some beautiful and inspiring wedding cakes that I’ve found recently. The theme is ‘Pretty but Modern’ and I think all of these cakes prove you can have a thoroughly modern wedding cake without compromising on beauty!
Hello all … I hope you all had a good weekend .. it was a jam packed one for me finishing an order of reception stationery.
Talking about reception stationery … I’d like to share with you today the reception stationery I designed to match invitations I created for Evelyn & Simon earlier in the year.
The brief was for the stationery to be classic and neutral and to incorporate a sketch of their beautiful lakeside wedding venue in Ireland.
Here is the stationery I designed including placecards and table names .. and also a header and table plan cards which they could pin to a board or display themselves rather than having a large set table plan board.
I don’t know about you but I’ve rather been enjoying the thunderstorms and tropical weather of late .. it sort of reminds me of when I was travelling round south east Asia! ( Although a if it headed back a little bit more to the tropical than the thunderstorms that would be good ).
It’s definitely put me in the mood for some of the bespoke design work which I’ve been working on over the last week for a couple who are getting married in Thailand and want a colourful tropical look to their wedding invitations.
Hopefully I’ll be sharing this design with you very soon.
Today, however, I want to share another design I worked on for some clients recently. Joanne and Neil loved the modern typography look of my Graphic Prints range but wanted to mix this with a plain but pretty dusky pink band and envelope liner, rather than the bright printed ones which come as standard with the range.
Combined with a mid grey backing card it was a really simple and elegant combination.