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 @
Stationery | @wonderland_invites / Hire & Styling | @vintagegardenweddings, @
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 …
This is one I hand drew for a ‘apple orchard wedding’ in devon earlier this year for the lovely Holly & Joe.
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]
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!
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!
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’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]
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!
(Photography by Clare Kinchin http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk )
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.
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]
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!
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.
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.
Gosh it seems like ages since I’ve written a blog post and an update on our own wedding! As many of you will know we are having a navy blush wedding colour scheme. We’re also trying to incorporate lots of our love of literature, sci-fi and film. So what does a wedding stationer design for her own wedding invitations!? Well I found out recently as I set about designing and sending out our own wedding invitations for our wedding next May.
We decided that we definitely needed a full ‘pack’ for our wedding invitations. Most of our guest’s are coming from quite a distance. So we wanted to provide them lots of useful information and accommodation details. I also definitely wanted to provide an rsvp card and a stamped addressed envelope to make it as easy as possible for guests to reply. I definitely wanted guest’s to reply via post for the day invitations. There is nothing better than receiving your rsvp’s back in the post and seeing them on the doormat when you get in!
What I really wanted to do was combine a really pretty and elegant invitation style but also incorporate some little twists. So an information booklet had a hint of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy on the front cover and the envelope liner incorporated some little storm trooper helmets. We also added a quote from Lord of the Rings to the top of the invitation.
The skull motif is a running theme throughout the wedding, so this was included on the top of the invitation as well, and then I added lots of florals and wrapped everything up in a vellum wrap and leather thong to make it look like a wrapped up book. A little blush pink tag carried on the colour scheme.
We also wanted to keep things fun and light hearted so the wording on the rsvp card kept things down to earth and fun.
Honestly it was the most nerve wracking thing sending out my own wedding invitations! I felt so much pressure to make them look amazing as guest’s obviously know what I do for a living. Fortunately we’ve had a few really lovely comments about them so I’m pretty sure they were received well.
I’ll be sharing lots more about our wedding planning journey soon.
Occasionally I like to revisit my existing ranges – I like to make sure that if I have had them on the website for a while they still feel current and up to date and what all of you out there planning weddings need and want. One of my slighter older ranges – but definitely still a favourite is my Graphic Prints range – modern retro wedding invitations with a bit of a mid century 1950s danish feel. I designed these invitations a couple of years ago because I love 1950s Scandinavian furniture and the retro prints and colours that go with that era. I wanted to add something to the website with a bit of that retro feel but bring it bang up to date with modern typography and a clean crisp belly band in all of my favourite retro colours of teal, mustard and coral.
As part of the design I also created a little ‘monogram’ motif for the top of the wedding invitations which is repeated throughout the stationery. I find monograms are becoming so popular with people for their wedding stationery as it really creates a lovely personal touch and is something they can carry on using – perhaps in letterheads and stickers – after the wedding.
I just loved the photos my photographer Clare Kinchin http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk/ took of the Graphic Prints range – especially the cute polka dot background and cotton reels we used to style it.
You can order a sample pack or all of your stationery from the Graphic prints range here http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/product-category/brights-collection/graphic-prints/
Phew it’s been such a busy busy time at Knots & Kisses HQ! Normally April and May are a little quieter but so many of my clients are getting married in late May and early June this year that I’ve been flat out the last couple of weeks. I’ve definitely seen a trend over the last couple of years with couples getting married earlier in the year rather than the traditional July August time so I think I should get used to April and May being busy busy!
Today I want to share with you a bespoke version of my Midnight Rose range of stationery to create some Pantone ‘Marsala’ wedding invitations.
Emily contacted me through the Love My Dress blog’s wedding directory ‘Little Book for Brides’ which is an amazing resource for some really fantastic wedding suppliers across the country. http://www.littlebookforbrides.com/
She loved my Midnight Rose range of wedding invitations http://knotsandkisses-co-uk.stackstaging.com/beta/shop/midnight-rose/personalised-invitations-stationery-midnight-rose/ but wanted to change the colours slightly to incorporate a more ‘marsala’ wine colour – I love this colour and it happened to be Pantone’s colour of the year last year so its bang on trend as well. We also played around with the fonts slightly as well, so my ‘mini’ £25 bespoke package was the perfect choice as this gives clients the opportunity to make small tweaks and colour changes to one of my existing ranges of stationery to make it more personal for their wedding.
The invitation suite was designed with a matching RSVP card, information card in the bespoke Marsala colour and a matching belly band to tie it all together.
I was really pleased with the result and definitely think the Midnight Rose range works in a variety of strong colour options.
I’m really look forward to working on Emily’s reception stationery later in the year.