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The Wedding Collective | Stationery | Whiter than White

It’s the final day of The Wedding Collective series which concludes with my stationery board! It’s been such fun transporting ourselves around the world with this fun collab and sharing so much clever inspiration.
 
Decorative patterned rugs, hand-painted tiles and the traditional crafts of Morocco combine with strong geometric graphics from the distinctive Navajo textiles to provide the focus for the stationery elements.
A soft, hazy palette of coral and peach blended with an array of aqua tones and highlighted with deep cerise pinks and olives mix well to create an early sunset vibe.
Tropical heraldic crests painted or etched with palms and exotic flowers containing your wedding date or initials work perfectly for your save the dates, and set the tone of whats to follow. Or create your own naive block printed stamp monogram by taking geometric shapes and combining with your initials to be used throughout your stationery from envelopes to cocktail menus.
 
The Wedding Collective | One theme - Four collaborators | Whiter than White  + Knot & Pop + Belle & Bunty + The Flower Drum | The Stationery by Whiter than White

Credits (from top left: 1. via 100 Layer Cake | 2. via Oh Lovely Day | 3. Mark Rothko | 4. via Martha Stewart | 5. via Once Wed | 6. Sycamore Street Press | 7. via Nomuramaya | 8. via 100 Layer Cake | 9. The Weaver House | 10. via Style Me Pretty | 11. via Style Me Pretty | 12. via Julep | 13. Lovely Little Details

 

For the invitation suites, take graphic Navajo elements and shapes and give them a softer edge by blending with watercolour bled techniques. Alternatively, collect old souvenir postcards of your choice or take your own photographs and use these as a backdrop to overprint with solid geometric patterns and text. Add a touch of luxe by printing with metallic or gold foil shapes instead. For envelope linings – marbling techniques in muted pastel tones create a dreamy map like pattern, or for a quirky, fun vibe use colourful hand-painted zebra prints instead. Decorate envelopes with vintage cactus and palm printed stamps or get involved with some good old cut and paste with geometric shapes to mirror those used in your invitation patterns.
 
The tile influence comes into play with your escort cards by printing names onto small tiles with table numbers displayed beneath. Continue this element through to your table numbers by using mis-matched patterned Moroccan tiles overprinted with colourful or metallic opaque numbers.
Use offcuts of the marbled paper to create hand written name tags at each guest’s place setting. Playfully anchor them with miniature safari animal models sprayed with a metallic gold finish.
Guests are invited to leave well wishes and travel tips for the newlyweds on geometric printed cards, which are then placed in huge sand filled shells.
 
Thanks for joining us on our journey this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed all of these inspiring ideas. It was such fun working on this with so many talented creatives and designers and thanks so much to all those involved. By the way, if you missed any of the mood boards earlier this week you can take a peek by clicking on the links here… The Scene Setter by Whiter than White & Knot & Pop, The Dress by Belle & Bunty, The Decs by Knot & Pop, The Flowers by The Flower Drum.
 
Have a great weekend guys!
Mrs White x

Inky Indigo Sun-Print Inspiration

Blue is one of my very favourite colours, its just such a soothing and calming hue! From the palest pastels to the brightest azure and the deepest inky navy, the spectrum is just stunning. The boards below show ways to incorporate this colour story into your day – using inky watercolour florals and the rather incredible sunography paper. Plus a few DIY craft projects thrown in for good measure! The ideas are perfect as an alternative autumn wedding theme using blue and white leaf shapes instead of the usual rust and yellow! Or of course, it works perfectly for a summer wedding by the sea…
 

Inky Blues Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: (top to bottom/ left to right) 1: Laurent Segretier | 2. Dress: J Mendel | 3. via Indulgy | 4. Luli Sanchez | 5. via AllthingsStylish | 6. via Branco Prata | 7. Joy Thigpen | 8. Luli Sanchez

 

The leaf print design (below right) was created using the amazing sunography paper (a special light sensitive paper). I did some print designs a little while back using this technique and its such good fun. In a nutshell you place any object or transparency onto the sunography paper and then expose it to bright sunlight. Then simply rinse the paper in water to reveal your rich inky blue print! Tip – make sure you expose to bright full sunlight for the best effect and vary the amount of time you expose the paper to ensure you get different levels of colour intensity. You can buy the paper from most craft/ art shops or online here.

There are endless ways to use the paper – as place settings, wedding stationery, table plans and table runners! There is even a gorgeous cake above using the technique! If you are thinking of giving it a go then take a look here at this great tutorial on Once Wed. You could even take a pack on your honeymoon, capturing your very own memories whilst your there and then displaying them in frames at home when you return.

 

Sunography & Inky Blue Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: (top to bottom/ left to right) 1: via Branco Prata | 2. via Laudland | 3. via The Gifts of Life | 4. via Once Wed | 5. Luli Sanchez | 6. Poketo | 7. via Seasonal Joy

 

You could incorporate the theme more subtly by using cut-out leaves as stencils through which to sprinkle icing sugar on your desserts!
 

Inky Blue Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1: Joy Thigpen | 2. via Once Wed | 3. CRM Ceramics

Inky Blues Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1: Hazel Terry | 2. Photo: William Henry Fox Talbot

 

The hand-painted pebbles/ paperweights above would make such lovely favours and are totally in-keeping with the theme.
Love, Mrs White x

The Bloomsbury Set

I visited The Charleston farmhouse in East Sussex, England a little while ago and cannot begin to tell you how inspiring and beautiful it is. If you have not paid it a visit then you really must! In 1916 it was the country home of artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and became the country meeting place for a group of artists, writers and intellectuals known as The Bloomsbury Set. The group also included Clive Bell, Roger Fry and Virginia Woolf (to name but a few!) all of whom either lived at or visited the house over the years. The artistic duo transformed the house into a charming retreat by painting furniture and murals on the walls in their own distinctive style. They crammed the place full of incredible decorative art, textiles, ceramics and paintings! The artistic group escaped London and led the most incredible bohemian lifestyles, breaking away from social norms and filling their days with art, beauty and eccentricity! I have often thought what an incredibly unique wedding venue it would be (if only!!!). So that might not be possible but it makes an amazing and highly original theme for your big day…

 

Charleston House Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right 1. via Anca Gray | 2. Claudia Raymat | 3. via Bliss In Images | 4. Sarah Alden | 5. Vanessa Bell | 6. Vanessa Bell | 7. Vanessa Bell |

 

The Bloomsbury Set Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. Photo: Paula O’Hara | 2. Painted by Vanessa Bell via Charleston | 3. Photo: Rodger Obley | 4. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

You can really go all out on the bohemian theme here with a beautiful old antique tea dress, disheveled curls and a flower crown! For your flowers – think wild, country mis-matched blooms in a mixture of old china, vases and glasses.

 

Bloomsbury Set Wedding Inspiration / Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. Joanna Newson | 2. Photo: Shae Detar | 3. Vanessa Bell | 4. Design by Duncan Grant | 5.Invite: Feast | 6. Matt Armendariz | 7. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

If like me you love print and colour then this is the theme for you and its perfect to base your reception decor on too! The boards below show a more modern approach to the theme incorporating the current watercolour and pattern trend. I love the dip dyed napkins, subtly dyed to match your colour scheme. The watercolour story can continue throughout your styling and there is a stunning idea for a table plan below using ombre dipped paper!

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom/ left to right: 1. Dress: Mango | 2. Griottes | 3. Raw Colour | 4. Amy Sia | 5. Erdem | 6. Invite via Colin Cowie Weddings |

 

Bloomsbury Inspired Wedding Cake | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. Lulie Wallace | 2. Photo: Clive Birch |

 

These painted graphics from the original book covers of Virginia Woolf’s books are a great focus and vibe for your invites, menus and place names. Each book has lovely decorative borders that work perfectly for your stationery. You could then use the same print and borders to decorate paper seed packets to be used as favours for your guests.

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Invite Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: 1. book cover designed by Angus Hyland | 2-3. Vanessa Bell book covers | 4. Angus Hyland | 5-8. Vanessa Bell book covers |

 

Be inspired by the beautiful painterly floral patterns and dress your bridesmaids in pretty floral printed dresses.

 

Bloomsbury Wedding Inspiration | Whiter than White Weddings

Credits: Top to bottom / left to right: 1. via StyleSight | 2. via Romantic Chic Atelier | 3. Lulie Wallace | 4. Duncan Grant via Christies | 5. Photo: Mark Tattersall via Lucy Says I Do |

 

I’m really excited by this theme and love the art, craft and unconventional feel to it. Somebody please take this idea and make it your own! You can find out more about the magical Charleston house here.

Mrs White x

Old English Company

I stumbled upon the work of Old English Company through Twitter a few weeks ago and immediately knew I’d discovered something special. I could hardly wait to share these super stylish prints with you, especially as we have a rather fantastic exclusive discount on these beauties too! Illustrator Ben Treanor creates these simple yet utterly charming prints from his own print studio in London. He combines traditional and contemporary illustration with beautiful typography.

Old English Co.
Old English Co. Wedding Prints

These prints make the most perfect gifts for weddings and anniversaries. Not only are they really reasonably priced, but they would easily complement any home decor. You are also able to personalise your print by choosing from a selection of pretty colours and personal message options. Meaning that each and every print is unique and personal to you!
The prints are handmade and printed on thick 100% cotton rag base 220gsm fine art paper, which is completely acid free. They will not fade over time either as only high quality archival inks are used to prevent this.

 

Paper Anniversary Present
Unique Wedding Present

 

Most of the designs are available as greeting cards too. They make the best engagement, wedding, or anniversary cards and can also be framed and hung up in your own home! The cards are illustrated and printed on recycled brown card and come complete with craft envelopes. I like them lots, especially the, ‘He put a ring on it’ design – genius!
Old English Company Wedding Cards
Wedding cards

 

The prints would be a really lovely gift for you or your boy on the morning of your wedding. Or how about presents for your bridesmaids? As you can fully customize the colour and message of these prints they would work brilliantly framed at your reception, maybe besides the guest book or cake? I’m sure it will look equally as great on your wall at home afterwards too!

 

Old English Company Wedding Prints

 

Now for the exciting news, if like me you’ve fallen head over heels for these prints your in luck! The lovely Ben is offering an amazing 20% discount off these gorgeous prints throughout his online shop! This discount is exclusive to Whiter than White Weddings readers, so all you need to do is quote this code at checkout – WHITE20. The offer will expire on the 31st August 2013! There’s lots more available in the shop too, including an equally delightful collection of non-wedding related prints and a great selection of Fathers day cards and prints! Click here to enter the online store – Happy Shopping!

Personally, I think one of these prints would make the most amazing anniversary present, especially for the first year ‘paper’ theme, you can’t go wrong! Hint, hint, hint…

 

Mrs White x

 

 

Hand-Illustrated Bespoke Stationery – Part 2!

I’m sure you all know by now about my mild obsession with paper prettiness so I have thoroughly enjoyed researching for this final stationery post. I have come across so many talented illustrators that you really are spoilt for choice and am delighted to share my most beautiful wedding stationery finds with you. If you are on the look out for your own wedding stationery and are after something deeply personal, hand-illustrated and unique then keep reading… (If you missed Part 1, it showcased some serious talent so take a look here).

WHAT KT DOES

what kt does illustrations

Illustrations by Katy Smail

 

Meet Katy Smail – one hell of a talented illustrator who rightly so graduated with a First from The Edinburgh School of Art! As you can tell from her beautiful drawings, this lady has some serious pencil and paintbrush skills and will work her magic to create your very own personalised pretty wedding stationery. Katy describes her work as, ‘Thoughtful, hand-drawn designs which capture the spirit of your special event.’ They most certainly are just that! Not only does Katy produce full wedding stationery sets that are personally tailored to tell your unique story but she also creates the most charming custom portraits (shown above) to give as a sweet memento to a loved one or as a wedding gift.

Katy will also paint both your own portraits in a format to be used for your save the dates or invitations. I have no doubt you will agree they are utterly charming and would make the most perfect keepsake!

 

what kt does what kt does wedding stationery
what kt does save the dates

 

Katy now lives and works in New York but wherever you are, she is more than happy to work with you to create a work of art for your big day. Make sure you check out her online shop too for beautiful original illustrations, gifts, cards and tote bags!

 

BERINMADE

Unless you’ve had your head under a duvet for past few months you will have heard of BerinMade’s beautiful and colourful florals that have graced the pages of many a national wedding magazine. Being a print designer myself, I immediately had a soft spot for Erin’s sensationally pretty, painterly florals and hand-crafted lettering. Her colour palettes are divine and are just the thing to inject a bit of playfulness and style into your day.

 

BerinMade

 

Erin tells us more… ‘Founded upon a love of fanciful illustrations and beautifully crafted lettering, BerinMade makes beautiful paper goods for the loved and the cherished. We specialise in social stationery, custom stamps and wedding paper goods. We believe that the most simple things in life often hold the sweetest and most powerful memories. A simply folded greeting card, an intertwining monogram or a perfectly printed wedding invitation; these are emblems that are savoured for a life-time, and we are proud to be crafters of these memories.’

I love the selection of printed patterned papers (shown below) that you can buy to line your own envelopes to match your invites. This girl has thought of everything and even provides detailed DIY guides of how to make them!

 

BerinMade floral envelopes

BerinMade save the dates

Credits: | 2. Photo: Mavric Photography

 

Erin offers a gorgeous selection of ready-to-go invitations which are a great option if you have a modest budget. They come fully personalised and are ready to dispatch within 2 weeks. Alternatively, you can select from the semi-custom selection which combines signature lettering with pretty florals. You can mix and match as you please, selecting colours, backers and lettering as you wish. BerinMade will work closley with you, providing three drafts throughout the process to ensure you are happy bunnies. The creme de la creme is their fully bespoke service where they will create something special specifically to your vision!

Alternatively you could buy your very own personalised love stamp which comes in a variety of sizes and can include your names or monogram. You can then stamp away to create your own invites, favours, tags or RSVP’s… the list is endless!

 

Berinmade Stamps

 

BerinMade also create a wide range of ceremony and reception treats from menus and table plans to custom signs and cocktail menus!

 

BerinMade Thank you cards

Credits: | 1.Photo by Lisa Devlin | 2. Photo by by Ed Osborn | 3. Photo: Mavric Photography

 

Now for the exciting news… BerinMade are currently offering a 15% discount on all wedding stationery ranges for the month of May. For more information on this offer take a look here. Also, for every wedding package booked, 10% of the proceeds go towards funding children’s stationery supplies at a school in India. Now that’s just very lovely!

 

THE STORY HOUSE

When I first came across Lucy’s work I was immediately intrigued by the quirkiness and humour in these super cute illustrations. Her work interweaves hand-drawn typography and illustrations to telI your story as a couple for you to then share with your guests. I guarantee if you were to receive one of these lovely bespoke invites through the letterbox it would put a smile on your face!

If you are after something a little bit different and truly unique to you as a couple then Lucy at The Story House offers a wide spectrum of options for your stationery. You can either choose from her gorgeous range of personalised designs or opt for her fully bespoke service providing illustrations designed based on your own story. The illustrations can also be used for your table plan board, place cards, order of service, or whatever else you may require!

The Story House would love to work with you to create your own bespoke illustrations. Lucy says, ‘It’s at the heart of what I love to do; I love to take someone’s story or idea and illustrate it for them, to create something truly special, hopefully with personal touches that they notice on the second or third look, and a light and humorous touch.’

 

The Story House bespoke wedding stationery
hand drawn wedding stationery - The Story House
The Story House Illustrations
The Story House

 

Lucy’s talent doesn’t end there, she also whips up beautiful paper roses which are then arranged into lovely bouquets, corsages or buttonholes, that will all last forever! This is a made to order service so you can select your own papers and colour scheme depending upon your theme. The bouquet below was created from old maps for a travel themed day.
paper rose bouquet

 

Good news! – All of the lovely illustrators and artists featured will ship worldwide too!
Hope this shortlist of great designers inspires you to commission your very own bespoke stationery. Mrs White x