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New Magnet Save the Dates

Single magnets - demo save the date used by me at wedding fairs

I’ve done magnet save the dates for a while.  They’ve been two-sided ones.  Really good if you to give your guests a fair bit of information and want the item to have a sexy side to.  They can be more expensive though as they take a little time to craft after cutting – you need to put in a couple of folds.  Then glue the top to the bottom and then carefully place the magnet in the middle.  The magnet is also more expensive as you need a more powerful one to sit in the centre and still stick to metal with card in between.

So the obvious thing to do – once I found some suitable magnets was to make a single sided version.  A bit smaller at about 9 by 6 cm they’re the ideal size for a fridge magnet.  These are great as your guests will struggle to lose them and will probably keep them long after the wedding.  You can still fit in a design but you need to be a bit more brief with your words.  Though there is easily enough space for your names, the date, a location and some words to the effect of please save the date and we can still make a little info sheet to pass over more information if needed.

At the time of writing everything that could be used as a Save the Date is priced as an invite on the main website so if you don’t see an offer listed on them and are planning to order invites to ask about prices for the both of them.

Take a look at them on the website here or look at the various designs I already have that could be used on the magnets here or contact me about a couture design from scratch. contact@artemisstationery.co.uk

Single magnets - demo save the date used by me at wedding fairs
Single magnets – demo save the date used by me at wedding fairs
Single magnets - demo save the date used by me at wedding fairs
Single magnets – demo save the date used by me at wedding fairs

 

Cakes with Style ;)

Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor

There are lots of people that I get excited when I hear they are going to be exhibiting at a fair I’m going to.  Recently talked about Matt and Tania at the Remarkable Photobooth in this article (they’re awesome go read about their photo booth).  Quite a few are photographers and I have realised I need to chase them for photos as just putting up pictures of their stand might be a bit weird and or/pointless.  There is dynamic duo though who I have lots of great photos of as they seem to have a new and awesome display at every fair.  At wedding fairs they tend to go under the team name of ‘The Well Dressed Cake Company’ which makes sense as the team is made up of Sue from Daisy, Molly and Me (cakes) and Hannah of Hannah Taylor Wedding Stylist fame.  Hannah is a great stylist and is always coming up with new ways to display Sue’s show-stopping cakes at wedding fairs.  This does make sense as sometimes you see amazing cakes stuck on a plain cake in the corner.

They do work individually so it’s not a case of having to have cake from Sue and styled by Hannah.  It does mean there are some exceptionally nice displays when they’re at a fair.  I can whole heartedly recommend them as I really rate their work both together and seperately and as well as being very talented people they’re great company at a wedding fair and when I saw Hannah arrive at a wedding fair I’m also excited to see what she’s about to create.

Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
A decadent vintage look - Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
A decadent vintage look – Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
A decadent vintage look – Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Daisy, Molly and Me
Daisy, Molly and Me
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Table styling by Hannah Taylor - photo by Venetia Norrington
Table styling by Hannah Taylor – photo by Venetia Norrington
Table styling by Hannah Taylor - photo by Venetia Norrington
Table styling by Hannah Taylor – photo by Venetia Norrington
Styling by Hannah Taylor - photo by Venetia Norrington
Styling by Hannah Taylor – photo by Venetia Norrington
Styling by Hannah Taylor - photo by Venetia Norrington
Styling by Hannah Taylor – photo by Venetia Norrington
Styling by Hannah Taylor - photo by Venetia Norrington
Styling by Hannah Taylor – photo by Venetia Norrington
Styling by Hannah Taylor - photo by Venetia Norrington
Styling by Hannah Taylor – photo by Venetia Norrington
Cake by Daisy, Molly and Me. Table styling by Hannah Taylor - photo by Venetia Norrington
Cake by Daisy, Molly and Me. Table styling by Hannah Taylor – photo by Venetia Norrington
Cake by Daisy, Molly and Me. Table styling by Hannah Taylor - photo by Venetia Norrington
Cake by Daisy, Molly and Me. Table styling by Hannah Taylor – photo by Venetia Norrington
Styling by Hannah Taylor - photo by Venetia Norrington
Styling by Hannah Taylor – photo by Venetia Norrington

You can visit Hannah website at Hannah Taylor Wedding Stylist here and Sue at Daisy, Molly and Me here.  These last photos were taken by Venetia Norrington at Bridwell Park on one of their open days.  I was there too and couldn’t resist putting my latest invitation at the time onto the table (I thought the blue would work with the seaside illustration) for Venetia to photo.

Invitation by me! Styling by Hannah Taylor - photo by Venetia Norrington
Invitation by me! Styling by Hannah Taylor – photo by Venetia Norrington
Invitation by me! Styling by Hannah Taylor - photo by Venetia Norrington
Invitation by me! Styling by Hannah Taylor – photo by Venetia Norrington

Check out Venetia Norrington here.  You can see my Salcombe invitation design here.

Do you need Save the Dates?

The simple answer?  Well that = Maybe.

On the plus side they can:

  • Inform your guests of your wedding date and location
  • Reserve your wedding date in your guests diary
  • Give you more time to organise everything you need for the invitation

On the negative side they can:

  • Add cost which can be unnecessary
  • Duplicate your invitation

So in long form I would recommend doing Save the Dates if you really want to and have the budget for them.  Also if you’re struggling to get all the information you need for the invitation together but feel under pressure to officially send your guests something they can be a life saver and buy time to do this.  Though you probably want to be careful not to leave this too late as you don’t want to be chasing RSVP’s in the 6 weeks before your wedding.

But if you can gather everything you need for invites together like meal options and timings why not send your invites out as early as you can.  If you have people needing to book hotels etc the more details they have the sooner the better.  Also if you can inform the people you really need to reserve by other means there’s no need to spend money to do this unless you want to.  They can be nice items to have.  A nice creation on paper or card.  Maybe a magnet or a tea towel.

Take a look at all the stationery I can make here: http://www.artemisstationery.co.uk/

Ps do ask if there are any discounts on ordering Save the Dates and Invites as at the time of writing all the items are priced as invites but Save the Dates are simpler if invitations are also being produced.

Save the Dates Magnet and Cards
Save the Dates Magnet and Cards
Save the date with an illustration of a pet cat
Save the date with an illustration of a pet cat
Save the Date magnet, photo by Laura Cullen Photography
Save the Date magnet, photo used by Laura Cullen Photography
Florence Postcard size save the date
Bunting! Magnet Save the Date (2)

Pets! Weddings! Pets on Wedding Invites!

Close up of illustrated pet cat

A new collection has finally made it to the website.  It’s a bit unusual in that you can see it as a collection in it’s own right or as something to add to another design.  Also there are additional charges depending on the amount of time it takes to do the illustration which in this case can be highly individual.

But why not make your wedding invitations and stationery something highly personal by making your pet a part of it.  Pets are often an important part of the family and every day life but are not always present at the wedding so why not include them on your stationery in some fashion.  Whether it’s as the main attraction on the cover, or an interesting detail on an inner page or reverse.  Once done the illustrations can also be supplied as a separate print.  Expect to see more examples in the future.  Price depends on the time it’s likely to take and it’s always easiest to illustrate from a photo that’s as close to what you want to see as an illustration eg in pose and posture. Why not contact me (Nathan) to discuss at contact@artemisstationery.co.uk

Save the date with an illustration of a pet cat
2626 Save the date with an illustration of a pet cat
Close up of illustrated pet cat
Close up of illustrated pet cat

Seaview and Sparkle Wedding Fair at The Imperial Hotel, Torquay, Devon

Room setup for wedding breakfast

The Seaview and Sparkle wedding fair is a bi-annual event organised by By Invitation Events in at the Imperial Hotel in Torquay, Devon.  By Invitation Events are always popular with suppliers as they come with lunch, it’s so nice not to be worrying about packing sandwiches while stressing on every aspect of your stand.  The setting for this fair in Torquay is quite a venue.  From outside I don’t think anyone would claim it’s much to look at but inside, well just wow.  It has a sense, of grandeur, of history, luxury and most importantly given it’s location the coast and sea.   It’s function rooms and hotel rooms have magnificent views out over Torbay courtesy of the hotel’s location looking down on the bay.

I have some great coast and beach related designs for bespoke wedding invitations and stationery so was thrilled to be asked to attend her by Michelle from By Invitations.  Also on a nice day its great to be able to relax and take a walk around Torquay (or maybe run) once you are all packed away.

So see it as potentially good show for my bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.  These Photos are from the summer version in Sept 2016 and publish the Winter one’s from 2017 soon.  With the first ones being from the hotel.

The view from The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The view from The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
refreshment in The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
refreshment in The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
Agatha Christie - The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
Agatha Christie – The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The view from The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The view from The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay
The Imperial Hotel in Torquay

Now for some photos from the fair itself!

The Bridal Box, Torquay
The Bridal Box, Torquay
The Bridal Box, Torquay
The Bridal Box, Torquay

Hannah Taylor event styling
Hannah Taylor event styling
Fiona Miller
Fiona Miller
Live music with a view
Live music with a view
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Flowers La Vita
Room setup for ceremony
Room setup for ceremony
Room setup for wedding breakfast
Room setup for wedding breakfast

Nick Pearce Photography
Nick Pearce Photography
Talking about styling
Talking about styling
Love on the sparkling dance floor
Love on the sparkling dance floor
Smooch Rings
Smooch Rings
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me - styling by Hannah Taylor
Cakes by Daisy, Molly and Me – styling by Hannah Taylor
View from one of the hotel windows
View from one of the hotel windows
Marion Frances Photography
Marion Frances Photography
1 White Dress
1 White Dress
Carictures
Carictures

Chocolate tiers SW
Chocolate tiers SW
Waterfield's Bride
Waterfield’s Bride
Waterfield's Bride
Waterfield’s Bride

 

Casino Select
Casino Select
Casino Select
Casino Select

Casino Select was there to although these photos were from a different fair.

And finally some of my stationery, mostly from the day but also a few images that sort of fit the theme!  See them on my website here

Corner booklet wedding invitation in blue with art deco fonts
Corner booklet wedding invitation in blue with art deco fonts
Saunton Sands beach cheque book wedding invitation
Saunton Sands beach cheque book wedding invitation
beach huts magnet save the date
beach huts magnet save the date
Beach and coast themed wedding invitations
Beach and coast themed wedding invitations
Framed table plan
Framed table plan
Art Noveau wedding invitation with crystals in red and gold
Art Noveau wedding invitation with crystals in red and gold
Save the Dates Magnet and Cards
Save the Dates Magnet and Cards

Luxury deer silhouette wedding invitation
Luxury deer silhouette wedding invitation
Stag corner booklet wedding invitation
Stag corner booklet wedding invitation
Wedding invitations! Lots of cheque books
Wedding invitations! Lots of cheque books
Sherlock Holmes and Gentlemens Club inspired stationery
Sherlock Holmes and Gentlemens Club inspired stationery
Big luxury beach hut wedding invitation
Big luxury beach hut wedding invitation
Stripey wedding invitations and stationery
Stripey wedding invitations and stationery
Art deco wedding invitations and stationery
Art deco wedding invitations and stationery
Simple and elegant insignia design wedding invitation in navy blue
Simple and elegant insignia design wedding invitation in navy blue

Links to some of my favourites from the wedding fair Hannah Taylor Wedding Stylist, Daisy, Molly and Me Cakes and Flower La Vita.

Table Plans, Seating Charts and Welcome Signs!

Illustrated wedding table plan of Bridwell Park in Devon on canvas

I was going to call this article Table plans, table plans, table plans!  But actually want to talk about the big stuff I can make.  Well not so much talk but show the various big items I like to make on card and canvas.  Which is mostly table plans which may also be called seating charts and occasionally welcome signs which I think rock but are rarely a wedding essential.  I can also just print stuff big, which if you have a stunning photo from your wedding you think would look good blown up and on your wall is a great way to use it.

Currently there’s two places you can buy table plans.  Both allow you to tailor the designs to your wedding.  All in terms of layout, colours and style.  I created a table plan specific website as it’s often something that couples come to when planning their wedding, it may be overlooked or forgotten and with a month or two to go there’s suddenly a need for one.  You can see AS Wedding Table Plans here.

Table plans can also be bought through my main website Artemis Stationery.  There may be a slight difference between the two places as sometimes a design may make it onto one site before the other but prices are similar within a few pounds and the choices are the same.

Table plans may also become available on my ETSY store.  There’s not much here at the time of writing though.

I specialise in doing stretched canvas table plans.  These are fantastic items made with the idea they will be a piece of art made personally for you and that they’re something for you to keep and treasure.  Can also print onto card or paper.  These can then be put in your own frame.  Or I have antique style frames available in gold, silver, white and black finishes.  The gold ones can also be hired.  Alternatively the print can be mounted on mount board to make it rigid enough to stand up on an easel.

Want to talk about your options?  Give me a call or drop me an email.  07929 197963 and contact@artemisstationery.co.uk

Photos by these talented photographers Venetia Norrington, Frances Carlisle and Becky Joiner.

Framed table plan in blue and gold with illustrated stag head
Framed table plan in blue and gold with illustrated stag head
Framed wedding welcome sign
Framed wedding welcome sign
Deer table plan in vintage frame
Deer table plan in vintage frame
Rustic welcome sign for weddings or special occassions
Rustic welcome sign for weddings or special occassions
Illustrated wedding table plan of Bridwell Park in Devon on canvas
Illustrated wedding table plan of Bridwell Park in Devon on canvas
Dillington House framed wedding table plan
Dillington House framed wedding table plan
Salcombe Harbour hotel and yacht club wedding table with vintage style frame
Salcombe Harbour hotel and yacht club wedding table with vintage style frame
Elegant wedding table plan from Trieste collection in olive and cream
Elegant wedding table plan from Trieste collection in olive and cream
Wedding table plan with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel showing beach and sunset
Wedding table plan with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel showing beach and sunset
Brit luxe welcome sign - photo by Sabine Darrall
Brit luxe welcome sign – photo by Sabine Darrall
Poster table plan on mount board
Canvas wedding table plan with a beach hut design
Birthday signs, can be printed on canvas or card and signed by guests or used as welcome sign
Birthday signs, can be printed on canvas or card and signed by guests or used as welcome sign
Art Deco gold wedding table plan
Art Deco gold wedding table plan
Chevron table plan for sports club
Chevron table plan for sports club
Printed wedding picture on canvas
Printed wedding picture on canvas
Royal Clarence Hotel wedding table plan
Royal Clarence Hotel wedding table plan
Holbrook house canvas table plan
Holbrook house canvas table plan

The Remarkable Photobooth Co

A few words about the best photobooth in the South West.  For a start it’s not a booth which may in some circumstances disqualify it but if you want your guests to be able to have fun, make some memories and get funny photos to laugh about these are the best people.  Why?

  • They actually have an open setup, I believe this is better as it makes it much more of a talking point and a ice breaker.  A way to get the party started.
  • The Props are the best.  No cheap news year eve left overs or job lot from the fancy dress shop.  They have real top hats, real musical instruments, items with class and character, ok I am assuming the guns are toy guns!  But their props are a veritable treasure trove.
  • The backgrounds, they can provide new printed backgrounds to match the venue or event or use their blank screen to add a digital one.
  • The setup, I think the setup looks amazing.  From the cascading props to the white picket fence around the equipment it has charm and class not plastic walls.
  • The people, Matt and Tania are awesome and passionate about what they do.
  • Like all Photobooths they print there and then.
  • Watch the birdy! The bird on the camera, I just love all the details.

They travel through out the South West spreading their photobooth magic from their base in Devon to Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset and beyond.

Visit them here at the Remarkable Photobooth Co

The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
Matt of the The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
Matt of the The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth

Rougemont Wedding Fair in Exeter, Devon

Casino Select

Rougemont wedding fair is an annual event organised by By Invitation Events in Exeter in Devon.  Always popular with suppliers as they come with lunch, less popular at this exact location as there’s not much space when 40 or so people turn up at the same time to drop off their stands but the building oozes class and history.  I think they play to the name to as there is a lot of red decoration around the place.  I love the high celings, greek columns, grand curtains and painting of their main room.  It’s a great space.  Last year it was one of my best wedding fairs so I saw as a bit of a must do so was there with my bespoke wedding invitations and stationery.

Casino Select
Casino Select
Casino Select
Casino Select

I don’t know so many of the exhibitors at this event but am always glad to encounter Casino Select and was lucky to be opposite Eveleigh events who let me take some photos of my stationery on their display.

Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events
Eveleigh Events

The photos feature Casino Select, Eveleigh Events (thanks for letting us take photos with your stand as backdrop), Quite Brazen, Natasha Coles Make up Artist, Katia Marsh Photography, NMC Photobooths, Matt hudson wedding singer, The chocolate fountain company, West Country Wedding Planner, Jonathan Neale Photography, Man of magic, Lille Buttercup cakery, Home Childcare & Babysitting – in Crediton & Exeter, The Bridal Box, Nick Pearce Photography.

If you want links to any of the suppliers follow this link to my facebook post where I have links to them.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/ArtemisStationery/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10154332318465869

You can see my website for bespoke wedding invitations and stationery here for all across the South West including Exeter and Devon.

Obligato string quartet
Obligato string quartet

Obligato string quartet

Afternoon tea at the Rougemont
Afternoon tea at the Rougemont

NMC Photobooths
NMC Photobooths

Jonathon Neale Photography
Jonathon Neale Photography

Man of Magic
Man of Magic
West Country Wedding Planner
West Country Wedding Planner
Little Buttercup Cakery
Little Buttercup Cakery
Little Buttercup Cakery
Little Buttercup Cakery

Greek pillar at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter
Greek pillar at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter
Chandelier at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter
Chandelier at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter

And finally some of my stationery from the day

Cornwall VW table name with sunrays
Cornwall VW table name with sunrays

Pet illustrations on your wedding stationery?

Corner booklet wedding invitation in blue with art deco fonts
Corner booklet wedding invitation in blue with art deco fonts
Art Deco wedding invitation with silhouette couple
Art Deco wedding invitation with silhouette couple
Saunton Sands beach cheque book wedding invitation
Saunton Sands beach cheque book wedding invitation
beach huts magnet save the date
beach huts magnet save the date

Decidedly Different Exeter Castle Vintage Wedding Fair

Exeter Castle lobby

2017 and saw the 4th version of this wedding fair.  Ridiculously popular with suppliers for it’s fair pricing and high values.  Being there is a bit of a badge of honour as the organisors Blue Fizz Events want the best suppliers not those with the most money so quality and talent is the order of the day.  And it’s as popular with Brides and Grooms.  The first fair when it was Saturday only on abysmal winter day saw over 500 people attend.  Since then it’s been a two day event regularly drawing over 500 people on each day.  So of course I was there with Artemis Stationery.

My wedding stationery stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair, lots of invitations
My wedding stationery stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair, lots of invitations
The stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair
The stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair

The side of the stand at the Exeter Castle wedding fair

From a suppliers point of view this is great, the nearest comparable show at the Bath and West charges over twice as much and has almost twice as many exhibitors.

Exeter Castle is in an event space just minutes’ walk from the city centre.  As such perfect to hit the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and take in a wedding fair all in one easy trip.

The court-yard of the castle hosts the vehicles which this year included a rather cool gin bar and prosecco wagon.  I think I partook in the prosecco but the gin which I’d saved for day 2 didn’t seem such a great idea after the suppliers gathering which turned into quite a late night with one or two drinks on the quay side.  These were Bubbles and Bakes and Culinary Creative.  There was also a really great caterer Gourmet Street Kitchen selling gourmet mac and cheese which was as excellent as it looked.  The Prop Factory rounded off the outside with tonnes of decoration.

Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Gourmet Street Kitchen
Exeter Castle lobby
Exeter Castle lobby
Light letters from the Prop Factory
Light letters from the Prop Factory
The Prop Factory
The Prop Factory
Bubbles and Bakes
Bubbles and Bakes
Bubbles and Bakes
Bubbles and Bakes
Camper Coffee Co
Camper Coffee Co

Pride of place and getting quite chilly in the lobby of the castle was the Remarkable Photobooth Co.  Matt and Tania are two of my favourite people.  They genuinely care about their clients and their business and always push themselves to excel with new and creative innovations and the best props.  They shared the space with Franki Capri.

The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
The freakin awesome Remarkable Photobooth
Franki Capri
Franki Capri

Either side of the lobby are the terrace rooms.  Brilliant high ceiling rooms with great light.  I was in the corner of one of these rooms.  I shared mine with such awesome people as Lucy Wallace Photography and Maxi Photography.  Two awesome south Devon wedding photographers I always love catching up with.  Days of Grace and Rockbeare Manor were amongst the highlights and I was neighbours with Catkin blooms and Polka Jewellery.  I was also opposite Elizabeth Armitage Photography, I’ve not seen her since the first wedding fair at Exeter Castle and it was great to be reacquainted.

Lucy Wallace Photography - one of my favourite photographers
Lucy Wallace Photography – one of my favourite photographers
Maxi Photography
Maxi Photography

 

Polka jewellery
Polka jewellery

Days of Grace
Days of Grace
Days of Grace
Days of Grace
Catkin Blooms
Catkin Blooms

In the other terrace room catching Charlotte Atkinson water colour painter who can paint live at your wedding.  Gemma from Poppies of Exeter always has an awesome stand and is an expert in her field.

Poppies flowers of Exeter
Poppies flowers of Exeter
Hayne Zeal
Hayne Zeal
Hayne Zeal
Hayne Zeal
Florabella floral wreaths
Florabella floral wreaths
Deer Park near Honiton
Deer Park near Honiton

In the ballroom went I checked in I made a beeline for Kate and Posh Nosh.  Love their food so much and was gutted to learn that this year they were only displaying and not running a pop up café.  I did run away with lots of brownie samples though.  Posh Nosh were situated by the very talented Frances Carlisle Photography, I’ve only come across her a few times but the photos she took at Hillersdon House on a styled shoot I collaborated on were amazing.  The Event Studio did the makeup at that shoot and were styling brides and models in one of the corners.  The ever popular Swing Kings provided the entertainment.

Posh Nosh, possibly the best caterers
Posh Nosh, possibly the best caterers
Frances Carlisle wedding photographer
Frances Carlisle wedding photographer
The Swing Kings
The Swing Kings

Hey Jules accessories Heartfelt gifts

The Events Studios
The Events Studios

Blue Fizz Events
Blue Fizz Events
Blue Fizz Events
Blue Fizz Events

Some more stationery shots from my stand!

Visit my website at Artemis Stationery for some of the best and really most unique wedding invitations and stationery in Exeter, Devon, the South West and the UK (google keywords are a swine)

Gold Crest Corner booklet wedding invitation on gold paper
Gold Crest Corner booklet wedding invitation on gold paper
Salcombe harbour cheque book wedding invitation
Salcombe harbour cheque book wedding invitation
Sparkly Game of Thrones wedding
Sparkly Game of Thrones wedding
A thank you card from one of my clients Sam
A thank you card from one of my clients Sam
Lucy Wallace Photography - one of my favourite photographers
Lucy Wallace Photography – one of my favourite photographers

Days of Grace
Days of Grace

Dillington House Illustrated Wedding Stationery

Dillington House framed wedding table plan

Dillington House I think could very well be my favourite local wedding venue, well I say local it’s about 30 minutes from me.  The House itself is amazing and historic and as you might expect for one I’ve illustrated I think as pretty as a picture especially when the sun shines on its ham stone walls.  Then there’s the immaculately maintained grounds and gardens complete with water fountains.  Inside it’s special to, a real sense of history and unlike a lot of historic venues there’s no sense of neglect inside or out.  It also has some of the most comfortable looking chairs for your wedding guests I’ve ever seen at a wedding venue.

Dillington House framed wedding table plan
Dillington House framed wedding table plan

The House itself is not alone and there are other buildings onsite including the stable blocks which can also host weddings.  It’s a popular conference venue and as such is very professionally run and maintained.  I regularly do a week day wedding fair and at the end of the day it’s a pleasure to walk through the grounds and gardens to fetch my car for loading.  It looks beautiful when all lit up.

Dillington House Somerset
Dillington House Somerset

I follow them on facebook too and the food looks spectacular.  I think the House acts as restaurant and it’s definitely on my to do list to check this out.

Like all of my other stationery collections these illustrations can still be tailored to you.  From the colour of the sky to the time of year the design reflects and the style of the writing.  Previous clients have also added pets, themselves, personalised design elements and bunting into the designs.  While things like cars and hot air balloons could also be included.  The particular design brings in inspiration from the deer wandering the grounds with a sketched stag head in the central panel.

Dillington House Somerset
Dillington House Somerset

My venue illustrations can be used on anything from Save the Dates and Invitations to the Day Stationery and Thank You cards.  One of my favourite items is the canvas table plan.  It looks great on the day and makes a brilliant keepsake and as such comes with fixings to be hung and is printed to a fine art reproduction level onto a quality canvas and stretched around quality pine frames.

I think the best invitation type when it comes to the illustrated invites is the large bifold.  A5 in size when folded it has plenty of space to show off the artwork.  It features internal panels glued onto the cover which gives it a real feeling of quality.  I think they make a great impression on your guests.  I can make them to two levels.  The first I use a specialist trade printer to do the printing and cutting.  They’re then hand assembled.  This keeps the cost down and offers different choices of card such as those with metallic or pearlescent effects.  The other level is for those who want something really special for their guests.  I print them in house onto a card typically used for fine art reproduction with a printer typically used for that purpose and high quality photographic prints.  Then each piece is individually cut and then they’re hand assembled.  Either way guest name printing is included and they’re effectively little works of art individually made for each guest.

Dillington House illustrated table plan design
Dillington House illustrated table plan design

Visit the Dillington House page on my website for prices and more information.  http://www.artemisstationery.co.uk/bespoke/wedding_invitation/dillington_house

Or see other venues here http://www.artemisstationery.co.uk/menu/venues

 

You can visit the Dillington House website here

Why Choose Artemis Stationery

Deer wedding invitation in blue, a large bifold invite

Why choose Artemis Stationery?  There’s a lot of ways to make your wedding stationery so why choose Artemis Stationery.
My stationery is made in two main ways. Either in house or by leading trade printers. I produce much of my stationery in house as it’s the best way to achieve quality in the print, materials used and finish. I print to a much higher standard than most printers find possible, this is because my printing equipment is more typically used for fine art reproduction printing and high end photographic prints. It is a digital printer, but prints a much broader range of colours as it’s a 12 ink machine. This means it can do true red, green and blue as it has those colours. It can also print at a higher resolution. As such I design my files at 600 dpi twice the industry standard of 300 dpi. This gives a much clearer and less pixelated look than is standard. Circular lines appear more flowing and smooth, fines lines appear crisper and sharper. This means I can do justice to designs like Trieste that have a lot of fine curving lines.

Close up of Genoa card invitation
Close up of Genoa card invitation

My stationery is mostly printed onto high quality card stock. This is typically used for fine art reproduction and high end photographic prints. It’s textured and resembles etching paper and will maintain the vibrancy of the colours printed for a long time. I like it for its thickness and weight which gives it quality feeling that is soft to the touch.

sienna purple and ivory cheque book invitation
sienna purple and ivory cheque book invitation

Once printed it is then cut individually on a rotary trimmer, this allows for precision cutting. A typical trade printer has 3mm margins which means the cut can be anywhere in that area. Instead I print a fine line to cut along. This means for items like the cheque book each page can be precisely cut so the pages all fit together smoothly. With my products it’s all about the quality of the finish. Each item is individually made, quality checked and remade if necessary. Since I see invitations as individual works of art made for your guests I am able to print guest names at the same time as the rest of the invite. This is included in the price of each invitation and means that I can tackle individual menus for your guests.

Inside of invitation showing guest names at top
Inside of invitation showing guest names at top

Sometimes it’s the quality and uniqueness of the design that my clients are after and they’re happy with a more traditionally produced printed item. I do work with a leading trade printer that specialises in the wedding trade. This opens a wider range of card stocks to print on and permits for items to be more affordably printed when the quantities are large. Where there are a few techniques I can’t currently do in house as required I can work with the relevant professionals to achieve them.

Cards printed using a trade printer
Cards printed using a trade printer

Why are my stationery designs more unique than many wedding stationers? This is because most of my work uses artwork that I’ve created from scratch. If you look at my illustrations they’ve been created from nothing but the source material (those being photos of the buildings and landscapes in question) or for more patterned designs from my own sketches. A lot of artwork used in wedding stationery comes from image libraries where artists sell their work. So if you think designs by different stationers look very samey they may well have used the same artwork or something by the same artist. I do this on couture projects where it’s the most cost effective way to produce something for the client and they’re ok with this process.

visit Artemis Stationery website now

 

Dillington House framed wedding table plan
Dillington House framed wedding table plan
Drawn stag stationery cover
Drawn stag stationery cover
Capri menu
Capri menu

Thanks to these talented photographers:

Venetia Norrington Photography (top photo)

Kern Photo (inside invitation photo)

Frances Carlisle Photography (blue stag photo)

Lucy Wallace Photography (menu)

Advice!

Menu booklet with name card, floral design in yellow/gold

When it comes to Bespoke Wedding Invitations and Wedding Stationery there’s a lot of questions Brides and Grooms can have.  This article attempts to list all my advice pieces from my own blog and where I have written for English Wedding Blog for Invitations, Day stationery and general wedding advice and inspiration. You may find some other articles listing these seperately but I thought it would be useful to list everything in one place!

You can visit my stationery website Artemis Stationery here

Advice for Invitations

Invitation and Stationery Buying Advice
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-buying-advice/

When to send wedding invitations
http://asinvites.com/weddingstationery/weddinginvitations/send-wedding-invitations/

Invitation text and optional information to include in your Invitations
http://asinvites.com/weddingstationery/weddinginvitations/essential-and-optional-information-for-wedding-invitation-text/

Cost Saving advice for Inviting your guests
http://asinvites.com/weddingstationery/weddinginvitations/cost-saving-advice-wedding-invitations/

9 mistakes to avoid with your invitations
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/9-mistakes-to-avoid-with-your-wedding-invitations/

Types of Wedding Invitations
https://english-wedding.com/2013/03/types-of-bespoke-wedding-invitations/
https://english-wedding.com/2013/04/types-of-bespoke-wedding-invitations-part-2/

Gift lists and Asking for Money
https://english-wedding.com/2014/03/gift-lists-asking-money-etiquette/

Do I need Save the Dates
https://english-wedding.com/2015/10/do-i-need-save-the-dates-a-competition/

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Day Stationery Advice

When it comes to Wedding Day Stationery like Orders of Service, Menus, Programs, Place names and Table Plans there’s a lot of questions Brides and Grooms can have. The following article attempts to list all my advice pieces.

 

Large bifold invitation with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel
Place card with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel

Advice for Stationery on Your Wedding Day
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-tips-for-weddings/

About Wedding Programs and Order of the Day
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-programs-and-order-of-the-day/

Orders of Service and Organising your Guests
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/order-of-service-organising-guests/

Quantities of Day Stationery to Order
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/what-quantity-to-order-how-to-distribute-programs-and-orders-of-service/

Quantities of Menus
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/what-quantity-to-order-menus/

Table Plans and Table Plan Emergencies
https://english-wedding.com/2015/09/wedding-table-plans-and-table-plan-emergencies/

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General Wedding and Wedding Stationery advice

Large bifold wedding invitation and place name showing Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon.
Large bifold wedding invitation and place name showing Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon.

This part attempts to list all my advice pieces for general wedding stationery, such as colours, style, buying advice, posting and more.Stationery Buying Advice

http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-buying-advice/

Wedding Colour Inspiration
https://english-wedding.com/2013/04/wedding-colour-ideas/

Branding your Wedding
https://english-wedding.com/2015/10/branding-your-wedding-and-wedding-stationery/

Summer Wedding Table Name Ideas
https://english-wedding.com/2013/07/summer-wedding-table-names/

Christmas and Winter Table Name Ideas
https://english-wedding.com/2013/12/winter-and-christmas-table-name-ideas/

Vintage Styling Advice for Stationery
https://english-wedding.com/2013/05/vintage-styling-colours-and-fonts/

Crafting Advice
Part 1, general and printing http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/diy-wedding-invitation-advice/
Part 2, paper, card and glue http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/diy-wedding-invitation-advice/
Part 3, embellishments and tools http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-crafting-advice/

Posting your Invitations
https://english-wedding.com/2013/04/advice-for-posting-wedding-invitations/

How ordering bespoke stationery can work
http://asinvites.com/weddingstationery/an-example-of-how-ordering-works/

 

That’s all for now, think I’ve missed something?  Then get in touch and let me know and if I can add it I will! 🙂

South Sands near Salcombe Wedding Fair Gallery

Spectacular setting for a wedding fair in the small boutique hotel at South Sands beach in Salcombe.  Great to meet so many amazing suppliers.  I  took a lot of stationery that tied in with the coast and Salcombe.  Including my Coast and Beach Huts Collection.  There was also table plans featuring both South Sands hotel and Salcombe Harbour Hotel as well as the adjacent yacht club.  See more of my stationery on the main website http://www.artemisstationery.co.uk/menu/all

Websites for some of the suppliers:

http://www.martamatsonflowers.co.uk/

textile designer http://www.anniemorris.co.uk/

http://www.clarekinchinphotography.co.uk/

http://www.littlepigfoodcompany.com/

http://www.cremedelacremefuncasino.co.uk/

http://salcombedairy.co.uk/

http://explosures.co.uk/

http://www.littlelarkcakes.co.uk/

Abode Exeter Illustrated Wedding Stationery

Abode Hotel formerly known as the Royal Clarence in Exeter

This blog post follows on from recent posts showcasing some of my illustrations of wedding venues.  You can read about Holbrook House in Somerset here and Lord Haldon Hotel in Devon here.  This much shorter post is about a more recent illustration for a wedding venue I attended last year for a wedding fair.  The illustration was done using photos I found online but having visited it I’m pretty happy it bears a good resemblance.  You can check out Abode Exeter on it’s website here though on the hotels website.  My illustrations aren’t meant to be an exact version of what’s present but more to capture it’s essence and show it off at it’s best.  The hotel itself is based on Cathedral Green so has great views of the historic centre of Exeter.

Abode Exeter formerly known as the Royal Clarence.  Illustrated wedding table plan
Abode Exeter formerly known as the Royal Clarence. Illustrated wedding table plan

These illustrations can be used for more than wedding stationery. Birthdays, corporate, anything really!  Shown in this blog post is the cover of a invitation, table plan (it has a large border as this particular print is for a stretched canvas and so needs print to go over the side) and a place card.

Abode Exeter formerly known as the Royal Clarence.  Illustrated table name
Abode Exeter formerly known as the Royal Clarence. Illustrated table name
Abode Exeter formerly known as the Royal Clarence.  Illustrated place card
Abode Exeter formerly known as the Royal Clarence. Illustrated place card

The styling such as fonts and colours used can be edited to suit your occasion.

If you want to see more of my illustrated venue stationery you can view it on my website Artemis Stationery here

Abode Hotel formerly known as the Royal Clarence in Exeter
Abode Hotel formerly known as the Royal Clarence in Exeter

Lord Haldon Hotel illustration

Lord Haldon Hotel

The last blog post was about the stationery created using an illustration of Holbrook House (near Wincanton in Somerset).  You can read about here.  This much shorter post is about a more recent illustration for a wedding at venue I haven’t actually visited.  The illustration was done using photos I found online and approved by the client so I’m pretty happy it bears a good resemblance.  You can check it here though on the hotels website.  My illustrations aren’t meant to be an exact version of what’s present but more to capture it’s essence and show it off at it’s best.

These illustrations can be used for more than wedding stationery. Birthdays, corporate, anything really!

If you want to see more of my illustrated venue stationery you can view it on my website Artemis Stationery here

Lord Haldon Hotel
Lord Haldon Hotel

Holbrook House illustrated wedding stationery

Holbrook house large bifold cover

One of the newer stationery collections has been keeping me seriously busy of late.  It has so many variations that each time can take me up to a week to illustrate.  It’s my venue collection, the concept being the collection shows off your wedding venue.  The artwork includes a carefully created illustration of the venue carefully tailored to your occasion.  That’s why each time I get a client at a venue I haven’t illustrated before it’s normally a lot of work.

These illustrations make great bespoke wedding stationery and invitations and table plans in particular.  The invites being a great keepsake for your guests and the table plan being a piece of artwork you can treasure as well as the functional item that lets your guests know where they’re sitting and wows them in the process.

This blog post takes a quick look at one of the venues I’ve illustrated.  Today it’s Holbrook House.  This is a privately owned Georgian House in the Somerset countryside near Wincanton set in 20 acres of Woodland and rolling pastures.  It describes itself as a quintessential English country house surrounded by extensive grounds, elegant terraces, lawns and flowerbeds.

It is ideal for summer garden weddings or winter weddings where you can enjoy the roaring log fires.  It is able to cater for parties up to 140 guests in the main building and is ideally suited for exclusive use. The lawn tennis court is a suitable location for marquee weddings.  Five separate areas licensed for Civil Ceremonies, all with direct access to the gardens.

I’ve spent a fair bit time at Holbrook House where I participated in a styled shoot/flower school in the summer of 2015.  It was great sitting in the gardens under the dappled light of the trees on a sunny day in the beautiful surroundings of Holbrook House.

So far I’ve created a large bifold invitation, canvas table plan, menu, place names which you can see some photos of below:

Large bifold Holbrook House wedding invitation cover and inside
Large bifold Holbrook House wedding invitation cover and inside
Holbrook house canvas table plan
Holbrook house canvas table plan
Illustration of Holbrook house on canvas wedding table plan
Illustration of Holbrook house on canvas wedding table plan
Wedding menu and place card for Holbrook House
Wedding menu and place card for Holbrook House
Front and back of Holbrook house place cards
Front and back of Holbrook house place cards

I also took a few other shots while I was there, mostly of the grounds as the rooms we were in were being taken over by florists from Sabine Darrall’s flower school.

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As well as Holbook House so far I’ve illustrated the following wedding venues:

  • Bridwell Park, Devon
  • Saunton Sands, Devon
  • Abode Exeter, Devon (formerly known as the Royal Clarence)
  • Rougemont Hotel Exeter, Devon
  • Charlton House, Somerset
  • Holbrook House, Somerset
  • Colehayes Manor, Devon
  • Salcombe Harbour Hotel, Devon
  • Lord Haldon Hotel, Devon
  • Pynes House, Devon
  • Castle Hotel, Somerset
  • Woolacombe Bay Hotel, Devon
  • Tunnels Ilfracombe, Devon
  • Carolyn Bay Hotel, Cornwall
  • Newton Hall, Northumberland

And have orders for:

  • Taunton School, Somerset
  • Dillington House, Somerset

And plans for:

  • Larmer Tree Gardens, Wiltshire
  • Maunsel House, Somerset
  • Combe Lodge, Somerset
  • Beaumont Estate, Berkshire
  • Axnoller, Dorset
  • Coombe Trenchard, Devon
  • Mount Somerset, Somerset
  • Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset
  • Deer Park Hotel, Devon
  • Bovey Castle, Devon
  • Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel, Devon
  • Exeter Castle, Devon

Though if you’re getting married at a wedding venue not listed do get in touch.  I’m always keen to do illustrate new, beautiful locations.

Visit the Venues collection on the Artemis Stationery website.

General Wedding Stationery Advice, like colours and styling

Brit lux illustrated venue welcome sign and floral display

When it comes to Wedding Stationery there’s a lot of questions Brides and Grooms can have. This article attempts to list all my advice pieces from my own blog and where I write for English Wedding Blog for general wedding stationery, such as colours, style, buying advice, posting and more. You can see lists for Wedding Invitations here and Day Stationery here.

Visit Artemis Stationery here

Large bifold wedding invitation and place name showing Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon.
Large bifold wedding invitation and place name showing Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon.

You can visit my stationery website Artemis Stationery here

Stationery Buying Advice
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-buying-advice/

Wedding Colour Inspiration
https://english-wedding.com/2013/04/wedding-colour-ideas/

Branding your Wedding
https://english-wedding.com/2015/10/branding-your-wedding-and-wedding-stationery/

Summer Wedding Table Name Ideas
https://english-wedding.com/2013/07/summer-wedding-table-names/

Christmas and Winter Table Name Ideas
https://english-wedding.com/2013/12/winter-and-christmas-table-name-ideas/

Vintage Styling Advice for Stationery
https://english-wedding.com/2013/05/vintage-styling-colours-and-fonts/

Crafting Advice
Part 1, general and printing http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/diy-wedding-invitation-advice/
Part 2, paper, card and glue http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/diy-wedding-invitation-advice/
Part 3, embellishments and tools http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-crafting-advice/

Posting your Invitations
https://english-wedding.com/2013/04/advice-for-posting-wedding-invitations/

How ordering bespoke stationery can work
http://asinvites.com/weddingstationery/an-example-of-how-ordering-works/

Advice for Wedding Day Stationery

Wedding table plan with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel showing beach and sunset

When it comes to Wedding Day Stationery like Orders of Service, Menus, Programs, Place names and Table Plans there’s a lot of questions Brides and Grooms can have. This article attempts to list all my advice pieces from my own blog and where I write for English Wedding Blog.

You can see lists for Wedding Invitations here

and General Wedding Stationery advice like colours, style and inspiration here.

You can visit my stationery website Artemis Stationery here

Large bifold invitation with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel
Place card with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel

Advice for Stationery on Your Wedding Day
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-tips-for-weddings/

About Wedding Programs and Order of the Day
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-programs-and-order-of-the-day/

Orders of Service and Organising your Guests
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/order-of-service-organising-guests/

Quantities of Day Stationery to Order
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/what-quantity-to-order-how-to-distribute-programs-and-orders-of-service/

Quantities of Menus
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/what-quantity-to-order-menus/

Table Plans and Table Plan Emergencies
https://english-wedding.com/2015/09/wedding-table-plans-and-table-plan-emergencies/

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Advice for Wedding Invitations

When it comes to Bespoke Wedding Invitations and Wedding Stationery there’s a lot of questions Brides and Grooms can have.  This article attempts to list all my advice pieces from my own blog and where I write for English Wedding Blog for Invitations.  You can see lists for Day Stationery here and General Wedding Stationery advice like colours, style and inspiration here.

You can visit my stationery website Artemis Stationery here

Invitation and Stationery Buying Advice
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/wedding-stationery-buying-advice/

When to send wedding invitations
http://asinvites.com/weddingstationery/weddinginvitations/send-wedding-invitations/

Invitation text and optional information to include in your Invitations
http://asinvites.com/weddingstationery/weddinginvitations/essential-and-optional-information-for-wedding-invitation-text/

Cost Saving advice for Inviting your guests
http://asinvites.com/weddingstationery/weddinginvitations/cost-saving-advice-wedding-invitations/

9 mistakes to avoid with your invitations
http://asinvites.com/weddings/stationeryadvice/9-mistakes-to-avoid-with-your-wedding-invitations/

Types of Wedding Invitations
https://english-wedding.com/2013/03/types-of-bespoke-wedding-invitations/
https://english-wedding.com/2013/04/types-of-bespoke-wedding-invitations-part-2/

Gift lists and Asking for Money
https://english-wedding.com/2014/03/gift-lists-asking-money-etiquette/

Do I need Save the Dates
https://english-wedding.com/2015/10/do-i-need-save-the-dates-a-competition/

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Saunton Sands Hotel collection & Wedding Fair

Large bifold invitation with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel

It’s been so sunny but not chilly of late I can’t help but think of beautiful spots on the coast.  Back in the beginning of 2015’s non winter I was lucky enough to spend a great day at Saunton Sands Hotel.  Saunton sands is a beautiful sandy beach in north Devon.  Several miles long it’s overlooked by Saunton Sands Hotel which sits astride cliffs which run perpendicular to the beach giving it great views of the beach, the dunes behind the beach and Westward Ho! in the distance.

the view of the beach from Saunton Sands Hotel
the view of the beach from Saunton Sands Hotel

Saunton Sands Hotel is spectacular 4 star Art Deco hotel and more importantly for anyone likely to be reading this wedding venue.  The day I spent was part wedding fair, organised by the excellent Blue Fizz Events, part drinks with friends.  Thanks Matt and Tania (hoping I got the spelling right), purveyors of the most excellent non booth photo booth setup I have encountered in all my travels in wedding stuff.  Followed by a moonlit run on the beach with myself, thanks me!  No torch, the sound of the waves, beautiful sand, such a tranquil way to end the day.  Actually the wedding fair is part work part catching up with amazing and inspiring wedding peeps and friends.

Large bifold wedding invitation and place name showing Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon.
Large bifold wedding invitation and place name showing Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon.

Saunton Sands Hotel is also one of the venues I’ve illustrated.  With the art deco, the coast the sand, the cliffs, the sky, so much inspiration to draw from!

Large bifold invitation with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel
Large bifold invitation with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel
Place card with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel
Place card with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel
Wedding table plan with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel showing beach and sunset
Wedding table plan with illustration of Saunton Sands Hotel showing beach and sunset
Saunton Sands at sunset
Saunton Sands at sunset
Saunton Sands Hotel at dusk
Saunton Sands Hotel at dusk

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Saunton Sands Hotel swimming pool
Saunton Sands Hotel swimming pool

Some of the great people who were there I and took some photos of their stand!  Obviously Matt Stockman Photography.

Matt Stockman Photography photo booth
Matt Stockman Photography photo booth
Matt Stockman Photography photo booth
Matt Stockman Photography photo booth

Charlotte Atkinson of water colour weddings fame was painting near my, she really is super talented and love it when our paths cross.

Charlotte Atkinson Watercolour Weddings
Charlotte Atkinson Watercolour Weddings
Charlotte Atkinson Watercolour Weddings
Charlotte Atkinson Watercolour Weddings

Mel from Maxi Photography was there and conducted the on the day photo shoot.

Maxi Photography minus Mel!
Maxi Photography minus Mel!

Holts jewellers were there, I thought they were new but when I went to the stand I realised it was a rebranded Coopers Couture.  They really do know their stuff and have a stunning display.

Holts luxury jewellery boutique
Holts luxury jewellery boutique
Holts luxury jewellery boutique
Holts luxury jewellery boutique

The vintage powerhouse that is Days of Grace was also in attendance.

Days of Grace
Days of Grace

Casino Select, Mandy’s great fun, was lucky enough to be by her at an event in Abode.

Casino Select
Casino Select
Vintage Chic China Hire
Vintage Chic China Hire
Lucky Sixpenth
Lucky Sixpence
The Swing Kings
The Swing Kings
Blue Fizz Events
Blue Fizz Events
Teasels Florist
Teasels Florist 

You can visit Saunton Sands Hotel website here.  At the time of writing the Saunton Sands collection hasn’t made it onto the website but pricing is identical to the Coast collection.  It actually started out as a design for this that suddenly became very very Saunton 😉