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"Do you remember the 16th night of September...?"
Oh ok, it doesn't quite fit... But everything else within this blog will, I promise!
Today I'm giving you a little look behind the scenes at the lovely designs I worked on for Alice and Steve's tipi wedding in September! I've talked about the process behind creating a bespoke design before, this time I wanted to go into some more detail and show you how wonderful the result really can be. This design began a little differently to others, so lets get into it!
My very first contact with the lovely Alice was a Facebook message in which she described her vision for her wedding invitations. She hoped to include a drawing by her future father-in-law and I was immediately excited by this idea. What an honour to be chosen to work with such a precious and personal drawing- I really hoped I was up for the task! Fast forward through many chats about her gorgeous flowers, bridesmaid dresses, table decor... there really was no detail left unfinished. I had a complete, and beautiful, bird's eye view of what Alice and Steve's wedding day would look and feel like.
From there, we worked together to create an absolutely delightful suite of stationery.
The drawing was of the tipi in the field that the wedding reception was to be held in and I blended this seamlessly with a wreath of flowers matched to the blush pink and ivory flowers Alice would hold on the day.
This lovely colour palette allowed me to add in a soft wash of colour for the details card which worked wonderfully when everything was bundled together, tied with some twine and finished with an adorable tag.
An extra special detail was added in the form of an envelope liner. Alice wanted a kraft envelope to hint at the rustic theme that goes so perfectly with hosting an outdoor tipi wedding and the liner inserted into this allowed the beautiful floral elements and the colours of the day to continue through the whole suite.
After rounds of revisions, every last detail was perfect and the designs were ready to be sent off to print.
To complement the watercolour flowers and washes of colour, a hammered watercolour style card stock was chosen which fitted nicely with the gorgeously rustic kraft texture of the envelopes.
Always wonderfully focused on those perfect details, Alice even finished off her address labels with the same font and sourced kraft paper stickers to print on- and off they went into the post.
I think I was almost as excited as Alice when she sent me this action-shot!
Alice and Steve's guests loved the invitations as much as they did, the compliments poured in and excitement for their big day rose.
Now we started to think about the 'on the day' details and first up was the order of service.
To follow on from the beautiful drawing of the tipi, Alice's future father-in-law also drew the church her and Steve were to be married in and it was the perfect link to their invitations.
Inside, a few florals, some more gorgeous pink script for the headings of the various parts of the church service... and we arrived at a stunning folded booklet to guide their friends and family through the wonderfully personal and touching service they had planned with the help of their Parish Minister.
They fitted in beautifully on the day, though nothing could outshine the lovely Alice and her handsome groom, Steve!
Even this adorable little boy and his somewhat unique way of using the order of service!
Next it was on to the wonderful tipi in the field!
Alice had so many ideas for little finishing touches of stationery to tie everything together. From signs to show the cake flavours and explain their sparkler send off, to individually personalised kraft tags tied to her adorable favour jars for the place cards, a matching guestbook and even an illustrated timeline of their whole wedding day. My personal favourite detail, (though it's a very tough choice!) was the table plan. Individual cards for each table were suspended inside a vintage crate and it worked just beautifully on the day.
The beautiful roses and hydrangeas I incorporated into their wedding stationery found their way onto their 3 tier naked cake and into the stunning rustic floral arrangements on the tables of the tipi.
Such careful consideration went into every detail and I hope you agree that it really paid off!
Congratulations once more to the new Mr & Mrs Ashcroft!
It was an absolute pleasure to work on their designs and I'm so grateful to Alice for sharing their lovely photographs with me- it's always extra special to see how everything looks on the day!
For Alice & Steve, bespoke design allowed them to really put their own stamp on the look and feel of their wedding day from the very beginning. From their bespoke wedding invitations to all of the matching on the day stationery, there was a little bit of heart and soul in every little detail they thought to include. It really was all about them!
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Wedding Photography by the talented Leigh Mcara