Pretty Wedding Stationery by Invitations by Helen

Today it is my pleasure to introduce the Wedding Stationery of Invitations by Helen.

Helen designs and creates beautiful wedding invitations and other items, all hand cut with a specialism in diamond fold invites.

 

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I hand over to Helen Gillespie to tell you about her blossoming Business…

 

Who are you, and what do you do?

“Hello, I am Helen from Invitations By Helen – I make wedding stationery from invitations to name place holders and everything in between!”

 

When and why did you start your Company?

“My small business was set up after I got engaged myself in February, and found myself seeing the same invitation designs over and over again.”

“The only ones I like were totally out of my price range, so I set about creating designs of my own!”

“I’ve been making cards and invitations for friends and family for as long as I can remember, but finally took the plunge and set up my Facebook business page.”

 

What inspires you?

“The idea that a wedding invitation sets the tone for the wedding – its the first thing that your guests will see, and hopefully it will be kept as a momento of the day itself.”

 

Do trends influence your work?

“They can do – if I don’t have an existing design to suit a brides request I’m happy to design something new just for them. That’s how our Anna, Elsa and Valentina designs came into being.”

 

What is your greatest achievement?

“Getting my small business started and taking orders (from all over the world!) within just a few months.”

 

What do you see as the future of your Company?

“I’d love for this to become a full time job, making beautiful wedding stationery affordable to everyone. With more and more designs being added to our portfolio, we’re getting really busy which is great.”

“My designs all feature ‘cut out designs’, and can be tailored to suit any colour scheme or budget.”

“Although I’m based in Cheshire I can post anywhere – I’ve even had an order go to Puerto Rico!”

“Below are some the designs I’ve created, the prices range from £1.25 to £3.70 (that’s my most expensive design with ALL the extras). Most are £2.50-£2.70, and all come with an envelope.”

 

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Thank you so much to Helen for sharing her lovely work with us.

 

To Contact Invitations by Helen

Email: invitationsbyhelen@gmail.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/invitationsbyhelen

Phone: 07917 619081

A beautiful Surrey Wedding at Farnham Castle

Today I am delighted to share this beautiful Surrey Wedding at Farnham Castle.

Images of the day were captured by Lee Meek Photography.

 

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Lee Meek, is a documentary wedding photographer living in Reading, Berkshire with his fiance Laura.

Having popped the question recently too he is also planning a wedding and know how daunting it can be stressful at times, but choosing a photographer shouldn’t be.

 

He says of his work…

 

“I began to develop my interest in wedding photography over many years after attending close friends weddings and receiving praise for my coverage as a non-official photographer.”

“I absolutely love weddings, the unpredictability the characters the expressions, no two weddings are the same, which is what I love the most.For me wedding photography should have a

natural undirected flow.”

“I prefer to blend in and capture expressions and emotions whilst not being the center of attention.”

“I get my best work when my subjects are oblivious to my presence, I am a story teller not a director.”

 

“Rebecca & Luke are a creative couple who celebrated a beautiful wedding at the historic Farnham Castle in Surrey.”

“Farnham Castle is incredibly picturesque, acres and acres of beautiful scenery with plenty of places to explore.”

“The interior is equally as stunning, it has many modern features but still somehow keeps to the traditional castle atmosphere.”

“Luke, the groom is a designer so as you can imagine the wedding decorations looked superb especially the graphics for the table plan.”

“They also had a DIY Photobooth with an Instax camera which made for lots of instant Polaroid fun for all the guests.

“The catering by “Galloping Gourmet” was outstanding, I would say as good as a Michelin restaurant, and the couples fabulous naked cake was simply breathtaking.”

 

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Thank you so much to Lee for sharing this lovely Farnham Castle Wedding.

Such beautiful imagery overflowing with just honest, simple human interaction and joy, and celebration of a wonderful occasion.

 

To Contact Leek Meek Photography

Website: http://www.leemeekphotography.co.uk

Email: lee@leemeekphotography.co.uk

Blog: http://www.leemeekphotography.co.uk/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/leemeekphotography

Twitter: https://twitter.com/leemeekphoto

Digital Invites from Paperless Wedding – An Eco Friendly Solution

Today I am delighted to introduce Paperless Wedding who offer an eco friendly solution to your invite needs by creating beautiful digital invites with matching wedding websites.

Whilst I am a fan of paper pretty most of the time, I also see a place for new innovations and choice.

 

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I had a chat with Emma Taylor to find out about this expanding enterprise…

 

Who are you, and what do you do?

“My name is Emma and I own Paperless Wedding.”

“Our company offers an eco friendly solution to your invite needs by creating digital invites.”

“I worked closely with designers and developers to get the site up and running, and it runs over 2 continents.”

“I am also a blogger, tweeter , Facebooker and a full time mum.”

 

When and why did you start your Company?

“We started the company, unofficially, when we got married back in 2008.”

“Then we moved to New Zealand, which is where my husband wrote the original code and our talented friend Ruari McDowall came up with the logo and original design of the site.”

“Then to Australia and we launched there too in 2010.”

“Returning home in 2012 we decided to take a break (insert have a beautiful little girl!) and in 2014 we launched with new code and design ready for the much bigger UK market.”

“We went digital for a number of reasons.”

“We had friends all over the world that we wanted invite and cost was a factor.”

“Online was so much easier and much more interactive.”

“People could feel part of our event no matter where they were.”

“We could share lots more information about the day, venue, surrounding area etc. Saving money was our number one reason really. I could not say I was a true eco bride!”

 

What inspires you?

“I am inspired by successful businesswomen who manage to juggle a busy job, with raising their family too.”

“I know you can do it if you prioritise, manage your time and take time out to relax….I struggle with the last bit.”

 

Do trends influence your work?

“Trends very much influence Paperless Wedding.”

“We need to keep up with themes (vintage, retro, festival etc) that are fashionable.”

“We make sure we have a design that is perfect for each wedding or something they can adapt to make perfect.”

“We also need to be able to keep up with technology.”

“We need to make sure our system can share across social media platforms and work on integrating with gift registries and photo sharing companies. The possibilities are endless!”

 

What is your greatest achievement?

“My greatest achievements are running Paperless Wedding in Australia, New Zealand and now in the UK!”

“Personally I found an amazing husband and now have an incredible little girl. You can’t ask for more!”

 

What do you see as the future of your Company?

“I want to work develop links with paper stationery designers so we can offer matching websites to their print designs and vice versa.”

“If a couple wants paper they will always go to a stationer but they still might want a website so it could be a perfect partnership.”

“We also want to appeal to as many couples as possible we need to have a good cross section of quality designs.”

“This will be my priority over the next few months.”

 

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Thank you so much for Papeless Wedding for sharing their briliant digital invites.

My view is that we are all individual and digital and paper can work well side by side.

With couples busy lives and sometimes with families scattered across the world, this is a pretty, economical and environment protecting alternative.

 

To Contact Paperless Wedding 

Website: https://www.paperlesswedding.co.uk/

Email: emma@paperlesswedding.co.uk

Blog: https://www.paperlesswedding.co.uk/blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperlessweddinguk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperlessWedUK

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/paperlesswed/

Calling in the Favours: Handmade and Second Hand Wedding Escapades

Today our lovely Blogging Bride, Sophie is back with tales of calling in favours and how handmade and second hand is helping to create a cost effective yet fabulous Wedding look.

Sophie has previously shared with us an introduction to her and fiance Jon and also her search for the Wedding Venue, the Wedding Band and the Wedding Car.

 

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Sophie says of the latest step on the journey to being wed…

 

“From the moment we got engaged, we made a pact that our wedding would be a budget conscious one.”

“We sat down and went through the rough cost needed for every element of the day, from the dress to the décor and then worked backwards to gauge how much we would need to be saving each month to achieve our budget goal.”

“So far, we’ve managed to beat the estimated cost of everything we’ve booked – the venue hire came in lower than expected, we shaved off 60% off the budget we’d allocated for the band and the car hire budget became obsolete by securing the lend of an old Triumph owned by a friend who asked for his payment in the form of a beer!”

“Of course, I know it’s not always going to be like this and the hidden costs will soon start to emerge.”

“For that reason we’re opting for handmade and second hand alternatives with the help of our crafty friends and family.”

 

Here’s a rundown of what’s been happening at wedding HQ (AKA my mum’s house) over the past month.

 

Collecting Clocks for Centrepieces 

“We decided that we would try and minimise the budget for flowers as much as possible by doing away with big flower arrangements as centrepieces.”

“Instead, we’re using old clocks and drafted in everyone we know to get on the hunt for bargain clocks.”

“I’ve had bridesmaids picking them up in second hand shops and a friend of the family who volunteers at a charity shop has been putting them aside as they’re donated.”

“We’ve paid no more than £6 for each clock and every design is unique.”

 

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Keys as Place Settings

“My gorgeous and creative friend had the genius idea of using old brass keys with luggage tags tied to them as place settings.”

“She managed to order 100 keys for under 30 quid and we’ll handwrite the person’s name on the luggage tags closer to the time.”

 

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Handmade Hessian Hearts

“We’re going for a natural, vintage theme and therefore felt that hessian would be a great material to incorporate.”

“My mum scored a job lot of old hessian potato sacks for £1 each and has used these (along with recycled cardboard from cereal packets) to create little hessian hearts tied with cream ribbon to hang from the backs of chairs.”

“She’s going to create a larger version to hang at the front of the top table.”

 

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DIY Invitations

A friend of mine has long been making her own greetings cards and I floated the idea of her making our invitations.

She thankfully agreed and we’re going to create a crack team after Christmas for Operation Wedding Invitation. She’s compiled a few ideas and we’ll be sourcing the materials in the January sales to drive down the costs.

To further reduce costs, we’re doing away with save the dates and instead, I’ve emailed a few key people and we’ll be popping little notes in with Christmas cards this year with the date and location on them.

 

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“It’s overwhelming to have the support and creativity from so many people around us, not only are they helping to keep our budget within reason.”

“They are also creating something that money just can’t buy, a totally one off day that reflects this collaboration of our loved ones!”

 

About our Blogging Bride: Sophie writes for UK wedding directory Ready or Knot and is currently in the process of planning her wedding to Jon.

When she’s not planning her wedding, you’ll find her out walking her dog Reuben with her fiancé and frequenting one of the many local country pubs around her, for a diet coke of course!

 

Image Credits:  Antique Clocks/Antique Key/Hessian Heart/DIY Invitations

Introducing Bespoke Bridalwear from Lorie x

Today the spotlight falls on Lorie x who create bespoke bridalwear, inspired by the past, romanticism and love stories.

The Collection features  hand inked/photographic prints and is made from the finest silks, laces and jacquards.

 

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I hand over to Laura Hall to tell you more about the Brand…

 

Who are you, and what do you do?

“Lorie x is a collection of bespoke bridal wear which is designed and created in East London.”

“It is made up of bridal gowns, but also separates; and it offers something completely unique, with pieces featuring hand inked and photographic digital prints and invites brides-to-be to have input in the process.”

“Garments are made from the finest silks, laces and jacquards. The collection is feminine and fluid, and the pieces unique and romantic.”

“Brides can choose fabrics and style, using the pieces featured in the capsule range to inspire what can be achieved; and have their own print developed (if they wish).”

“This ensures garments have their personality truly tied up in them, and no two will ever be the same.”

 

When and why did you start your Company?

“It started life as my graduation collection a few years ago (I studied at the London College of Fashion), I believed there was a gap in the bridal market for something alternative (yet not in the stereotypical ‘alternative’ way).”

“Something which still used traditional references (laces, covered buttons), and was feminine and romantic; but with a modern twist, and that used colour – but in a delicate way.”

“The idea of incorporating print came into place and this grew with the notion that each bride could incorporate their own bespoke print to express their personalities further.”

“After working in the fashion industry for the past few years (and making a few bespoke wedding dresses alongside), the idea never truly left my mind and so I revisited it recently and grew the collection to include more dresses and also separates.”

“The collection launched with a brand new website and at A Chosen Wedding Fair in London in October 2014.”

 

What inspires you?

“I would say I am inspired by the past and romanticism – I think you can see subtle vintage references throughout the collection – also from all great love stories and the beauty around us; be it nature or amazing architecture.”

“Also London, where I live, and also brides and their stories and visions.”

 

Do trends influence your work?

“I would say I’m not trend led. I think the person’s personality should be captured in what they want to wear for their day and not dictated to by trends.”

“However, separates seems to be the next big bridal trend and by coincidence the collection does have a few!”

 

What is your greatest achievement?

“I think probably pulling everything together as quickly as I did.”

“Designing and making a collection, designing a website, organising a photoshoot, building up an awareness of the brand and launching at a fair all in just a few months was a bit of whirlwind!”

“The fact that it has had such wonderful feedback is great.”

 

What do you see as the future of your Company?

“Hopefully to be able to continue to do what I am passionate about and to grow to make many future brides happy.”

 

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Celine Top and Julia Skirt

The Celine Top is made from a beautiful jacquard and features corded lace details across the front and back bodice and extending over the sleeves.

This version of the top is cropped for a more daring look, yet it is teamed with the Julia Skirt which is a simple circle style, cut in duchess satin and extending into a train which ensures the styles remain elegant and effortless.

Both fasten with self covered buttons and rouleau loops.

 

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Emma Waistcoat and Cordelia Dress

The Cordelia Dress has a bold hand drawn print on the front and features photographic print around the hem of skirt.

Godet panels around the back create volume, and the sandwashed silk habotai it is made from gives a fluid feel.

The dress has a low cut back and the collar is created from vintage lace.

The Emma Waistcoat worn with the dress here is made from individual hand sewn strips of silk organza which follow the contours of the cut. It gives a structured yet romantic edge.

 

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Estella Dress and Nancy Cape

The Estella Dress is made from luxurious duchess satin and features hand inked printed drawings on silk chiffon godets which are inserted between panels at the back of the dress, spreading out as a breathtaking train.

It is beautifully fitted to the body and closes with covered buttons and rouleau loops down the back drawing your eye down the silhoutte.

The Nancy Cape is cut from delicate corded lace and uses the scalloped edges as features along the hems and sleeves.

Cropped at the front and long at the back for a dramatic feel.

 

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Estella Top and Ophelia Skirt

The Estella Top is made from Belgian corded lace and duchess silk and lined in habotai.

The scallops of the lace are used to create a romantic feathery feel around the bodice, and it closes with delicate self covered buttons and rouleau loops at the back.

The Ophelia skirt features photographed peonies printed onto silk organza and has a romantic, subtle feel.

 

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Lucie Dress

With a duchess silk bodice and flowing dropped waist silk chiffon skirt, the Lucie Dress gives a really flattering yet still romantic and feminine shape.

It features a small train and hand inked print which fades out from the hem of the dress.

The print was inspired by the Victorian Language of flowers, in which all flowers have special meanings, in this case they reflect marriage.

The dress has a low v-back neck line and fastens with rouleau loops and self covered buttons.

 

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Tatiana Dress

The Tatiana Dress has a beautiful cream jacquard bodice; and the full dreamy skirt is made up of layers of silk crepe de chine and printed silk organza.

The print features lilies in hues of red, bought at the flower market on Columbia Road, East London and fresh out of the flower press.

 

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Thank you so much to Laura for sharing her bespoke Bridalwear.

Her gowns bring something  fresh to the bridal world where the bride can have a print unique to her printed on the gown.

The perfect anti bride solution to the lady who wants something very much individual.

 

Photo Credits

Photographer –  Lucy Alice Edwards

MUA –  Nicola Madden

Model –  Tatum Marchetti

Bespoke Headpieces – HF Couture

 

To Contact Lorie x

Website: http://www.loriex.co.uk

Email: laura@loriex.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loriexbridal

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/loriex

Tumblr: http://lorie-x.tumblr.com/

 

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