Its been such a busy few months for me at Knots & Kisses. One of the really lovely things has been the amount of bespoke orders I have had to work on. I love all of my standard ranges of course but its always exciting to get creative and work on something new. So when couple’s order one of my bespoke packages I love to see what ideas they have for their wedding and then get designing something which is perfect just for them. One of the bespoke orders I worked on earlier this month was a Provence wedding invitations suite for the very lovely Claire & Daniel. They are getting married in a beautiful location in Provence next year and so wanted their stationery to reflect the location.
After sending me pictures of their venue I created a pen and ink sketch and incorporated it into a folded invitation surrounded by olive branches and incorporating the roses and lavender colours they were going for in their wedding scheme. The background I created had a slightly vintage aged texture to it to keep in with the theme and I added a rustic brown Kraft envelope to finish the look. I also created a matching rsvp postcard with the olive branch motif and pre-addressed to them with their address and room for a stamp on the back.
As Daniel and Claire are French themselves I was also happy to do the invitations in both French and English versions for them, and they also ordered pre-addressed envelopes making it so much easier to send to their guests.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like a bespoke design for your wedding invitations and just drop me an email to [email protected] or take a look at my bespoke design fees first on the website at http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/bespoke-stationery-service/
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/
Sometimes you get a brief from a client which really tests your design skills! When Nilani contacted me about a bespoke design for her wedding I knew it was not only going to be fun but a little bit challenging. Her theme was English Garden meets Hindu Wedding. I’ve worked on several multi-cultural weddings in the past, so fortunately creating a wedding invitation suite with lots of different cards for different parts of a long weekend of celebrations was not something new. I loved working though to combine Nilani’s ideas of combining her love of ferns and foxgloves and pretty English wedding stationery with the traditions and patterns of Mehndi.
I kept the colours pretty with some gorgeous pale greys, mauves and pinks and worked a hindu style patterned border along with a floral motif for the main invitation, with a more Mehndi print motif as a header for the Hindu ceremony invitation.
I added rustic touches with the string and kraft envelopes to complete the look and also added a coordinating information card and tag to complete the look. I was so happy with the result as was Nilani and the almost 200 invitations looked incredibly pretty en-masse when I was packaging them up.
I love creating bespoke designs for any style of wedding, and all of my ranges can be tweaked or added to if you are having a hindu wedding or any other multi religious celebration with several ceremonies over the course of a weekend and need a different style of invitations. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing me at [email protected] or have a look at the bespoke page on the website for more details of my bespoke services http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/bespoke-stationery-service/
I love creating Pinterest boards to go with bespoke designs I have come up with for clients and so here is my English Garden meets India inspiration to go with Nilani’s invitations … https://uk.pinterest.com/knotsandkisses/wedding-themes-english-garden-meets-india/
Although I’m usually all about the colour and fun when it comes to weddings I do also love the classic simplicity that comes from sometimes creating a scheme which concentrates on the foliage rather than the flowers. Crisp white linen and some well placed ‘greenery’ can be a stunning and very cost effective way of decorating your wedding. One of my favourite types of foliage is eucalyptus which has such a beautiful shape and silvery green look and gives a very classic look to a wedding. It looks amazing when used in loose style bouquets as the background foliage but can equally look stunning on its own. I personally think it gives a very classic Mediterranean look to a wedding
Here are some of my favourite ideas on how to use Eucalyptus at a wedding …
Sprigs of foliage on plates as part of your place setting always create a finished dressed look to a table – keep it simple here with a white plate and simple tag.
A simple bouquet can be created using just eucalyptus …
I love this rustic welcome board with just the foliage wrapped around it … eucalyptus makes for an excellent look for a rustic wedding as well.
Candles and simple eucalyptus run down the centre of the table creating an incredibly effective table dressing without costing a fortune…
I have recently been working on some bespoke stationery designs for one of my clients who is having a beautiful rustic lavender theme. The design we have come up with for her wedding incorporates some really lovely bespoke touches with lace and hessian and a floral lavender motif – I’ll hopefully be sharing the stationery with you at some point over the next few months once they have sent their stationery out to their guests.
I have created some ideas for a Lavender wedding colourscheme on my Pinterest boards https://uk.pinterest.com/knotsandkisses/wedding-themes-lavender/ and wanted to pull these together into a moodboard to share with you on the blog.
I absolutely love creating moodboards to go with my stationery designs … I always think that if I wasn’t so passionate about paper I would probably be a wedding stylist instead … I’m just obsessed with pulling colour schemes together. I even make moodboards when I’m looking to redecorate a room in my house. It can really help you for a cohesive idea. For this lavender colour scheme I drew inspiration from the Mediterranean adding in rustic wooden touches and beautiful olive leaves and garlands mixed in with the sprigs of lavender. The addition of lace and really pretty fabrics keeps the look from being too rustic and creates elegance, and I just love this floral crown which is pretty but not too over the top.
Here are some more ideas I love in a lavender colour palette. I’m a big fan of naked wedding cakes for more rustic weddings … wouldn’t this look amazing in a barn or a tuscan villa! … so this definitely had to be included and the beautiful unstructured wedding bouquet is my favourite look for flowers at the moment.
I hope this gives some of you some inspiration for your own wedding … and if you would like some bespoke stationery to match please don’t hesitate to drop me an email to [email protected]
One of the services I most like that I provide is that I will happily change the colour scheme and small elements of the design for any of my standard ranges to better suit your wedding. You can do this on the website by just ordering one of the standard ranges as normal and then adding the £25 bespoke package fee to your basket as well before checking out. After that I’ll be in touch within 48 hours to discuss the bespoke changes you want to make!
That’s exactly what Bethany did earlier this year and I created a bespoke version of my China Blue range of stationery. She wanted to go for a little more of a country farmhouse feel and really wanted to add some chickens to the design and a touch of yellow. So I created a version with the usual blue florals but added a little bit of lemon yellow gingham and some pretty chickens in with the monogram. I think the design worked really well …
To go with this design I’ve created a rustic french farmhouse wedding inspiration moodboard using the blue and yellow colour combination with lots of rustic touches.
Today I’m delighted to share with you some kraft wedding reception stationery which I designed for a couple of www.bluefizzevents.co.uk clients who got married earlier this month.
I had previously designed their wedding invitation around a rustic brown Kraft and postage theme and designed their reception stationery to match.
They had brown Kraft and string tags for their placecards with a little postage mark on …
And I designed a table plan to fit in a hessian frame they had already purchased which had the tables on string attached with small brown pegs to continue the rustic theme …
Here’s a picture of their invitations which this reception stationery matched and I designed earlier in the year …
If you would like me to design something similar for your wedding stationery then please don’t hesitate to get in touch via my website www.knotsandkisses.co.uk or drop me an email to [email protected]
On Monday I shared some rustic brown Kraft wedding invitations which I’d created for one of my bespoke couples http://knotsandkisses.co.uk.gridhosted.co.uk/new/index.php/2015/02/23/rustic-brown-kraft-cream-postcard/ and to round the week up I wanted to share with you some of my favourite rustic wedding ideas and inspiration which would work beautifully with these invitations …
I do love a man in tweed and a gorgeous tweed waistcoat or suit looks fantastic on grooms men at rustic weddings …
As always I love sharing my bespoke designs with you on the blog. Today I’m sharing a design which I created for some clients of the lovely Tracy at Blue Fizz Events http://www.bluefizzevents.co.uk/ .
Tracy contacted me as her clients who are based in France wanted rustic stationery inspired by vintage postcards but with a brown Kraft finish.
First I created at digital electronic Save the Date which they could email out to all their guests and then a full postcard wedding Invitations Pack which I posted directly out to their guests for them.
If you purchase address labels from me and also pay for the postage I will happily provide this extra service so you have nothing to do but sit and wait for the RSVPs to come in!
What with the weather being so very Autumnal at the moment and the leaves finally falling off the trees I’ve been thinking very much about Autumn inspired wedding stationery over the last week. Weddings in the, traditionally ‘off season’, Autumn period are becoming more and popular with couples as they look to save money. Its also a magical time of year to get married if you are looking for beautiful lighting for your wedding photography and a backdrop of gorgeous russet coloured leaves and trees.
I will be launching another autumn themed range of stationery in the new year but today I thought I would revisit my Rose Cottage range which has a lovely rustic Autumnal feel to it in shades of blush, cream and russet red with a brown kraft paper band and envelope.
The Rose Cottage range also has vintage stamp details and is tied up in string … giving your guests a lovely parcel to open.
Add Rose print envelope liners and address labels to complete the look and purchase from a full range of matching reception stationery.
You can purchase samples from my Rose Cottage collection via the website at http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/rosecottageweddingstaionery.html