Paper Love

As you know I’m a little bit obsessed with pretty paper goods and can spend hours at the PC browsing wedding stationary designer’s portfolios and blogs. Here are a few of my recent favourite finds. (all images from stylemepretty.com)…

 

 

 

The unusual colour scheme of the suite above is endearing – the bookmark is another extra touch…

 

Gorgeous invitation suite by papermade – love the way it is photographed too – really shows off the design to its best advantage. How cute is the little padlock image on the bottom of the invite?

 

These would make a great favour for guests – the matchboxes would look great paired with some mini sparklers.

So many great inspirational images on the stylemepretty.com website – go check them out!

xxx

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Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair @ One Marylebone

I was absoloutely thrilled when my VIP  invitation to Luella’s Boudoir Wedding Fair landed in my inbox, and even more so when I realised that Queen of the Wedding Bloggers Kat Williams of Rock’n’Roll Bride fame would be there.

So off I marched (well took a tube) to One Marylebone which is a stunning converted church on it’s own little ‘island’ in Marylebone, armed with a notepad, a big handbag (luckily as I picked up tonnes of leaflets and business cards) and my invite…

^The view from outside One Marylebone – It looks absoloutely stunning, as does the ground floor main hall below

 

Although the outside look amazing, and the stained glass windows and organ in the main hall were lovely, truth be told I was a teeny weeny bit dissapointed with the rest of the venue – particularly the toilets, which might make me sound a little bit crazy but the ott gold textured wallpaper in the cubicles just put me off ANYWAY…

The first vendor I met was the amazing Victoria Ferguson and I spent a good half an hour chatting to her about her designs and my own wedding plans, whilst trying on some gorgeous handmade accessories including the ’50’s chic bow’ above and the ‘Swan lake’ headpiece below (which I have completely fallen in love with!), the pictures just don’t do these amazing pieces justice!

My second stop of the evening was to meet Benny from The real princess company who was really lovely and super enthusiastic. Her website hasn’t been updated yet with the pieces that she created for the show but as soon as they are i’ll be sharing her fantastic tulle bows and sparkly creations with you as they are simply stunning. Benny’s new muse is none other than The rock’n’roll bride herself and she created some amazing accessories for Kat to wear on her catwalk debut!

I fell in love at the Cutture stall (not for the salesman so don’t worry) but with the amazing laser-cut, hand pressed and finished invitations created by the Cutture team. My favourites were the ‘storybook’ designs where the design team incorporated bits of the couple’s lives into their stationary – from Milanese monuments and their pet dog for one couple, to ice skating and London monuments for another.

 

 

The designs are absoloutely gorgeous, the finish and attention to detail is amazing! The invitations are priced upwards of £8 each and would be perfect for an intimate, chic city affair, I am in love!

Come back later for some more information from the Luella’s Boudoir wedding fair!

xxx

Now that’s what I call an invitation suite!

This wedding invitation suite I found over on oncewed.com (via union photography) is simply stunning! Although they aren’t traditional wedding colours I love the bright orange, yellow and grey combination! The detail that went into this set is exquisite – from the coordinated stamps, to the pencils and button badges that guests recieved as favours! Amazing!

Every little bit of paper at the ceremony and reception has been thought of and planned to perfection at this wedding – this is the sort of stationary cohesiveness that I am aiming for with my own wedding – although something tells me my DIY attempts won’t look quite as good as these!

Can you believe the bride and groom designed and hand illustrated/printed all of these goodies themselves? That is a work of art not an order of service 🙂

Loving all the typography

I now want  need someone to buy me a ‘badge it’ 🙂 I had one when I was about 12 (why oh why did i bootsale it?!) and now am obsessed with the idea of getting another one – how cute and cool are these pin badges… p.s I do heart chocolate banana cake!

xxx

Super-cool, Funky Invites!

WOWOWOWOW! I am so thrilled to be featuring Sam and Chris’ gorgeous DIY invitations – I shared their amazing save-the-dates a few posts back but was even more thrilled when I got my hands on this gorgeous stationary! Again the details are incredible, every little bit of information is displayed in such a cool and unique way, I am in love!

LOVE IT! Am so excited to see more of the couples DIY projects soon 🙂

xxx

Crafty Kraft paper!

So, as i’ve already mentioned on here i’m a little bit obsessed with stationary and paper goods. I have scoured the internet for god knows how many hours of my life looking for ‘the perfect’ invitations for our wedding, but despite my best efforts I havn’t found them yet. My problem is that I like so many ideas, little pieces of this design and little pieces of that design and so it was a given that I would have to design our stationary myself! One thing I have always loved seeing used in wedding stationary is Kraft paper – you know the sort of brown paper that you use to wrap parcels? I love it! Here are a few gorgeous kraft paper invitations that I love:

How sweet and simple are these little flags? They would be so easy to put together!

 

Loving the hand illustrated touches in the ones above which I found over on www.msawesome.com 

Amazing Invites and a cool E-session!

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was when this beauty of an invitation dropped on my doormat last week  – I think I may have actually squealed 🙂 The gorgeous save-the-date and invitation are DIY-ed by gorgeous bride to be Sam West. Sam and her fiance Chris get married this July and I am sooo excited to see the photos – if their invitations and engagement session are anything to go by the wedding is going to be fantastic!

See I told you they were gorgeous! I couldn’t do the pictures justice with my dodgy photography skills and so these images are all from the uber-talented Zoe Collyer photography – you have to check out her page!

Here is the couple on their engagement shoot which featured a fab laundromat, a record shop and a game of scrabble – now these two are cool!

How great are these photos? I think i’ve fallen head over heels for this couple and the photography!

Thanks to Zoe for letting me feature her photos – don’t forget to check out her website: www.zoecollyer.co.uk

xxx

An obsession revealed…

Ok so about a billion teenage girls are obsessed with r-patz, almost everybody is obsessed with money, there are plenty of people obesessed with the video game consoles, and a lot of people obsessed with shopping, hundreds and thousands obsessed with their pets, and a hell of a lot more obsessed with sex… but me… my obsession is a little more unusual – it’s with paper.

Yes you read that right – P.A.P.E.R – but not just any old paper, I mean beautiful, pretty, unusual, fun, patterned, colourful paper. My little obsession, I think, began when I started school. I remember the excitement when, just before the start of my first ever school term (and every one after that), my mum took me shopping for school supplies. The endless choice of notepads, pens and pencils, pretty cases and metal tins, mini post-it notes in novelty shapes, folders and ringbinders didn’t overwhelm me as it very well could have – it thrilled me! And ever since my obsession with the stuff has just grown…

Right now there are four gorgeous notepads sitting on my desk in front of me, alongside a mini ringbinder with a VW campervan on the front, my leatherbound filofax, a cute calendar and a stack of post-its in heart and star shapes. P.s it is completely necessary to have all of this on my desk – although Scott doesn’t seem to feel the  same way, ‘bloody notebooks’ he says when trying to find a scrap of paper he left on the desk and which has been covered with my things. ‘Bloody scraps of paper’ I think…

And it’s not just school   ‘office’ supplies – it’s pretty cards, envelopes with patterned liners, calligraphed notes, letterpressed invitations, scrapbooks and EVERYTHING made out of that wonderful, versatile substance that is paper!

And so it has been for years now, I can’t walk past paperchase without popping in, I don’t need an excuse to go into WH Smiths everytime I am at my local shopping centre, I find myself making up projects just to visit hobbycraft, and then I found this, and I nearly cried:

http://ohsobeautifulpaper.com/

And so now I have realised that I’m not the only one out there with this strange obsession, and now I have a daily does of eyecandy when I open up the PC in the mornings, and I am happy. Who cares that we havn’t booked our wedding venue yet? Obviously I need to get started on the stationary for our own wedding… Enjoy… and hands off my notebooks!

xxx

image: 9spotmonk via ohsobeautifulpaper

Image: Rob Ryan via ohsobeautifulpaper

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