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2016 Winter Wedding Fairs

A new year brings new wedding fairs.  Wedding fairs can be an excellent chance to meet suppliers face to face and in the case of wedding invitations and stationery see touch and feel a wide range of items which couldn’t possibly be posted as samples.  Below are the fairs booked so far.  I had hoped to exhibit at Woolacombe Bay Hotel but the hotel is no longer hosting a fair.  I’m also expecting Bridwell Park and Larmer Tree Gardens to be announcing fairs which if the dates work I hope to exhibit.

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Thanks to the uber talented Venetia Norrington for use of the images, see more of her fine wedding photography.

Wedding Save the Dates

Save the Dates are a great way to let your guests know about your wedding.  Of course that’s what invitations do!  So at times Save the Dates may be a nice to do but not something you need to do, at other times they may be a real life saver.  That’s because you can officially reserve your guests without getting everything together that you might need for sending the invitations out.   They’re really useful to stop people inadvertently booking holiday during your wedding.  They can be sent out as soon as you’ve booked the venue.

So if you don’t have some of the details confirmed you can tell your guests when you’ll be getting married.  Maybe where or at least give them an area of the country and that an invitation will be following.  You may even want to say you when you plan to send out the invitations.

Florence Postcard size save the date
Florence Postcard size save the date

At Artemis Stationery it’s two of my items that most commonly get used for wedding save the dates.  These are the postcard sized cards and the magnets.  The Postcard is the most cost effective, even more so now I offer multiple production techniques so where as the one’s I print (very high quality) are £1.85 per invite.  Using other printers I can offer a more standard quality of print from £1.05 each if you need 100.  The prices vary based on quantities as 50 are £1.80 each.  Though some small discounting may be possible if you book and put deposits down on invitations and day stationery if the designs are similar.

Bunting! Magnet Save the Date (2)
Bunting! Magnet Save the Date (2)

The magnets are only available as a handmade item and are mostly £4.  The magnet sits in the middle so the front can be a beautiful design to wow your guests and everyone who sees it proudly sitting on their fridge and the details can go on the reverse.

At the time of writing I’m also running a competition for 40 postcard save the dates on my facebook page so take a look.

At Charlton House Hotel

Come meet Artemis Stationery, for fine and luxury wedding invitations and wedding stationery (<— gratuitous keyword alert) in Somerset at Love Actually’s Charlton House Hotel wedding fair on the 11th October.  Charlton House Hotel is just outside Shepton Mallet and I was lucky enough to be involved in a flower school event here recently organised by Sabine Darrall.  Sabine ran a Brit Luxe workshop at Charlton House and I supplied wedding stationery to compliment it.  You can see the welcome sign I designed for it here.  Hopefully the rest will be featuring on English Wedding Blog soon – nudge nudge wink wink Claire 😉 😉

Brit lux illustrated venue welcome sign and floral display
Brit lux illustrated venue welcome sign and floral display
Welcome sign for weddings or events at Charlton House
Welcome sign for weddings or events at Charlton House

The Fair is 11-3 and you can see more information about it here on Love Actually’s website

See my more of my luxury bespoke illustrated wedding invitations and stationery

Or visit Sabine if you need a florist or are a florist looking to learn Sabine Darrall florist and flower school

 

Table plan featuring Woolacombe Bay Hotel

Table plan featuring Woolacombe Bay Hotel

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Woolacombe Bay Hotel front gate
Woolacombe Bay Hotel front gate

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Woolacombe Bay Hotel is one of my favourite places to go on my wedding fair calendar.  True I have been blessed with great weather each time I’ve been there which is very handy on the coast.  Woolacombe is a fantastic little coastal resort on the north coast of Devon, famed for its long sandy beach and surfing.  Woolacombe Bay Hotel is a Victorian hotel with a prime position with nothing but its own pool and golf course in the way of it and the sandy beach that stretches along the bay.  It’s a beautiful beach, was blessed to see the sunset from the coastal path overlooking it last time I was there.

Path to the beach at Woolacombe
Path to the beach at Woolacombe

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The hotel itself is luxurious inside and has a large ballroom with high ceilings that is a great setting for a wedding celebration.  Other rooms allow you to tie the knot with the Atlantic in the background while you and your guests can be spoilt in luxury throughout the day.

Why am I talking about Woolacombe Bay Hotel?  Firstly, I really like the place.  Secondly I do illustrate wedding venues as a part of my wedding invitation and stationery designs.  They can be the central part of the design or an element within it.  On that note I want to share an image of a canvas table plan design featuring Woolacombe Bay Hotel.  This is from my Coast collection which features a seaside beach scene with a beach, beach huts, groins, a sign which lets me put in the bride and grooms name as well as optional bunting across the top.  In this design you can see the Woolacombe Bay Hotel on the hills behind.  The designs are really flexible and I normally change the colours of the buildings, beach huts, signs and bunting to tie in with any colours being used in the wedding.  I like the canvas table plans as they make great keepsakes and come ready to hang after the wedding.

Table plan featuring Woolacombe Bay Hotel
Table plan featuring Woolacombe Bay Hotel

Visit the main Artemis Wedding Stationery website to see Coast here.  I also have to thank Venetia Norrington for the use of the photo of the table plan she took at a recent wedding fair we both attended at Bridwell Park.  Visit her website here and of course if you want to see more of Woolacombe Bay Hotel visit its website.

Wedding fairs, Autumn 2015 – Spring 2016

Wedding fairs for Artemis Stationery
Wedding fairs for Artemis Stationery
Wedding fairs for Artemis Stationery

See Artemis Stationery at these wedding fairs

Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016:

  • Dillington House, near Illminster in Somerset, Thursday 10th September 2015, 5-9pm click for more info
  • The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, Somerset, Sunday 20th September 2015, 11am – 3pm click for more info
  • Charlton House Hotel, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, Sunday 11th October 2015, 11am – 3pm click for more info
  • Boutique and Bijou at Abode Exeter, Exeter, Devon, Sunday 8th November, 12noon – 3pm click for more info
  • Bridwell Park, Uffculme, Devon, Sunday 15th November, click for more info
  • Thoroughly Modern Vintage Fair at Saunton Sands Hotel, Saunton, Devon, Sunday 22nd November 2015, 11am – 3pm click for more info
  • Vintage Wedding Fair, Exeter Castle, Exeter, Devon, 16th and 17th January 2016, click for more info

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Interested in Artemis Stationery

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New wedding invitation design

clean and contemporary wedding invitation

Coming soon to Artemis Stationery is a new design where things are kept perfectly simple. Eschewing the traditional cover design in favour of putting the invitation text front and centre in the style of a traditional printed invitation. This allows for a multitude of looks, not just the traditional. It’s simplicity lets it show off practically any style to match your wedding simply by changing the font. As well as a traditional look using a classic serif font it could also be modern and minimalist by keeping things spacious and using a modern clean font. It can also show off beautiful elegant fonts. We could even bring a bit of a background if you want to make a rustic, vintage or a shabby chic looking invitation. Keeping it simple though does show off the quality of the card I use and the hand crafted finish of the invitation.

information on the inside of the invitation
information on the inside of the invitation
By having the invitation text on what for many types of invitations I make is the front cover there is more space for information through out the rest of the invite. Seen here is a full page map along with accommodation information.

You can see some of the fonts you could use here on the Artemis Stationery website.

Example showing a full page map
Example showing a full page map

Although at the time of writing I only have one sample design of a large bifold invitation made and photographed any item from this collection can be ordered. Pricing will be the same as the Genoa and Padua collections unless there is a printed background. Just contact me Nathan at artemisstationery.co.uk to order or for more information.

clean and contemporary wedding invitation
clean and contemporary wedding invitation

Framed table plans

vintage framed table plan with Stag and deer

Exciting times for the table plans and welcome signs that Artemis Stationery can offer. You can see here a really swanky frame which can be bought in a variety of colours or hired as seen. There’s only so much I can store! For buying add £75 to the cost of a A1 poster table plan and hiring £25. Venetia Norrington has been really kind to let me use this photo she took of my stand at Bridwell Park (a really great Devon venue). You can see more of the open day at Bridwell Park here on Venetia’s own blog. Venetia is Bristol based but spends a lot of time in Devon and even has an office there.

vintage framed table plan with Stag and deer

As you can see this frame is great for vintage inspired weddings or where you just want something glamorous and to make a real statement.  This is one table plan which will be hard to ignore.  The design in here was a creation inspired by Bridwell Park which as well as being a very swanky and exclusive wedding venue is home to many many Deer throughout the estate.  The design is yet to make it to the website but just email if you’re interested in Deer Stationery;)

Venetia’s website: Venetia Norrington Photography

Visit my site Artemis Stationery 

 

Recommended at Woolacombe Bay Hotel

Woolacombe Bay Hotel

Happy Days

I’m hugely proud that Artemis Stationery has been chosen as a recommended supplier by Woolacombe Bay Hotel.  A very swanky hotel in Devon with beautiful views of the north Devon coast not surprisingly in the town of Woolacombe.  I was lucky enough to meet Sarah who oversees weddings at Woolacombe Bay Hotel.  This was when Artemis Stationery attended a wedding fair there this spring organised by Blue Fizz Events.  You can read about that wedding fair Barefoot Bride here.

Why it’s particularly great to be recommended by WBH

Being on a recommended supplier list can be a huge privilege.  I say can be as not all recommended lists are what they’d seem.  From an outsiders perspective you’d expect a recommended list to be vendors and professionals whose work they have seen and rate and in whose reliability you can trust.  This isn’t always the case.  In many instances venues charge to be on these lists.  Sometimes in to four figures, or requiring a percentage of your bookings.  So when a venue actually wants to recommend you that’s massive!

You can see the Woolacombe website here complete with their recommended list here.

Illustration

Woolacombe Bay Hotel inspired Coast table plan
Woolacombe Bay Hotel inspired Coast table plan

 

You can see Woolacombe Bay Hotel in the background of this table plan design from the Coast collection.  Coast is a beautifully illustrated coastal scene, one in which we can place any venue, not just Woolacombe Bay Hotel.

Artemis Stationery will be back in Woolacombe for their spring wedding fair and of course you should definitely check out our stunning illustrated wedding collections.  Especially Coast and Beach Huts if you’re looking to get married by the sea!

Illustrated wedding stationery collections
Illustrated collections

 

Table Plans at the Wedding Room

Gold Art Deco Wedding Table Plan

I’ve not managed to blog too much this summer.  Things have gotten ever busier with Artemis Stationery and finding the time to write some of the long pieces I’ve done before for the long has not been possible.  There’s also that elusive target of work life balance I’ve been struggling to maintain.  So it seems easier to write a short piece on what I’ve been up to of late.  There was some very good news on the facebook page this week which I’ll probably blog about here at a later date.

So today I thought I’d show off a table plan I made recently.  It’s one of my stretched canvas types which can be bought through my main website Artemis Stationery or my website specifically for table plans AS Wedding Table Plans.  It’s from one of my Art Deco collections Bologna and is in gold.  I made this particular table plan for display in the Wedding Room in Yeovil.

I know the pictures a little of centre but I love the tree!

 

Gold Art Deco Wedding Table Plan
Gold Art Deco Wedding Table Plan

Cheque Book Wedding Invitations

Cheque book wedding invitation

Recently I was able to have a proper professional photographer shoot some of my work.  Which is great as most of the images on my various websites are taken by me.  So today I’d like to share some of the images that were taken.

These are from my Reggio Emilia collection and shown as a cheque book invitation.  Cheque book wedding invitations are a brilliant way of inviting your guests in style while giving them lots of information about your wedding at the same time.  As they normally have 4 pages (can have more or less) which includes an RSVP page and plenty of space for information. These photos are by RJ Kern, a photographer whose work I’ve been following for a few years now as it’s awesome.  So please take a look at Minneapolis Wedding Photographer R. J. Kern at kern-photo.  Even if you’re not in the US (he does like to travel though) his blog has lots of advice whether you’re getting married yourself or a wedding photographer.

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Behind the scenes at a Wedding Shoot

Behind the scenes at wedding shoot

A while ago you may have seen photos of a visit to Coombe Trenchard House in Devon. If not then you can see them here, there’s lots of the hours and the Gardens. Coombe Trenchard is one of Devon’s newest wedding venues and a real arts and crafts gem. I was there to take some of my designs to a photo shoot being run by Blue Fizz Events for Wed Magazine. The very skilled photographer was Lucy Wallace who is available for weddings, not just fashion.

The table being laid up
The table being laid up

These are some of my photos from behind the scenes of the shoot. There’s a lot of my stationery as you might expect but also the exquisitely styled rooms and spaces. But keep a look out for a very stunning cake.

Framed table plan from capri collection
Framed table plan from capri collection
table name - based on an art nouveau artist
table name – based on an art nouveau artist
Wedding place names
Wedding place names

The other professionals involved were:

Bridal wear & headdress http://www.daysofgracevintage.co.uk/

Grooms wear http://www.samdaw.co.uk/

Hair & make-up http://www.theeventstudios.co.uk/

Flowers http://www.joannagameflowers.com/

Cakes http://www.kateburtcakes.co.uk/

Rings http://www.cooperscouture.co.uk/

Stationery http://www.artemisstationery.co.uk/

drinks :)
drinks 🙂
Wedding cake by Kate Burt
Wedding cake by Kate Burt
The dining room from outside
The dining room from outside
Setup for an intimate outdoor ceremony
Setup for an intimate outdoor ceremony
Photos outside with bride and a peahen
Photos outside with bride and a peahen
Married under the clock tower
Married under the clock tower
Outdoor table with an invitation on ;)
Outdoor table with an invitation on 😉
Flowers
Flowers
The Bride and the door and the photographer and the people watching...
The Bride and the door and the photographer and the people watching…
All setup for afternoon tea, that was for us!
All setup for afternoon tea, that was for us!
The groom taking a stiff drink
The groom taking a stiff drink
Photos on the lawn
Photos on the lawn
Photos on the swing by the stream
Photos on the swing by the stream
All finished
All finished

Wedding Table Plans

Canvas table plan

Table plans are something a lot of weddings can overlook. There is so much to do and that hazy idea of we’ll make our own can so easily get over taken by events. Guests cancelling and replacements being drafted in. Alterations to clothes. Checking the caterer is accommodating the bizarre dietary requirements you might be getting. Making favours, there can be a lot to do! So an easy way to order a table plan, whether you planned to or suddenly time is looking scare could be a life saver. Either way I’ve setup a new website to make this much easier. It uses some of the collections you may already be familiar with from Artemis Stationery. Though instead of needing to email me this lets you order at a click of a few buttons and sending me your details via a word doc or email. Visit AS Wedding Table Plans here.

Canvas wedding table plan with a beach hut design
Canvas wedding table plan with a beach hut design

Like Artemis Stationery you will be able to buy my very popular stretched canvas wedding table plans. These make brilliant keepsakes for your wedding, many of my clients who choose them display them in their homes after the wedding. They make a brilliant and often more affordable alternative to framed table plans. You can also buy table plans printed onto card which can be mounted or are ready for you to frame. If you want me to frame them that’s also possible. But email me at contact@artemisstationery to discuss your needs.

Poster table plan on mount board
Poster table plan on mount board

My thanks Tracy and Laura at the Manor Hotel in Yeovil, Somerset for letting me take some photographs outside their beautiful conservatory.

A visit to Coombe Trenchard House, Devon

Combe Trenchard House, Devon, Wedding Venue

There are some days you wish could last forever. If you have one of those days while you’re working you’re a very lucky individual. I count myself to of been very lucky recently when fate took me down to Lewtrenchard in Devon near Cornwall. I found myself at the most beautiful Arts and Crafts Manor, something which if you’ve ever seen Miss Marple or Poirot was like stepping back in time. It’s a beautiful home, surrounded by beautiful gardens in a beautiful part of the country and I was there on one of the nicest days of the year. This though is a wedding and design blog, so why was I there as I wish it was my home but sadly it’s not.

Well the name of the home I was Coombe Trenchard (visit the website for Coombe Trenchard), there are some very lucky individuals out there who have experienced either the gardens when they have an open day or stayed in one of the four rooms which comprise possibly the most special bed and breakfast in the country. Now though Coombe Trenchard is starting to play host to weddings. Only a very limited number of weddings, after all this is not your standard wedding venue with weddings 5 days a week. Sarah the owner told me she only wants to host weddings where she knows the those getting married their truly value the surroundings. Where the Bride and Groom would feel like part of the family as it was the wedding of Sarah’s son which Coombe Trenchard hosted that was the inspiration for wanting to welcome around ten weddings a year into her home.

To mark the beginning of this adventure Sarah invited Tracy and Bridget from Blue Fizz events (visit website) to host a styled shoot at Coombe Trenchard which is where I came in and drove down to Devon with some stationery designed especially for the occasion. Stationery is a pretty small part of a styled shoot, most eyes are on the clothes and the setting. Both of which dazzled. That though is for another time. The fine folk at Wed Magazine have first use of the photos taken by Lucy, possibly the only person who was glad that day was over. She was soldiering on through a really heavy cold and was trying to keep away from people to avoid passing it on. I think she needed a lay down at lunch. Though what a lunch, I was expecting to take sandwiches but rather I was told lunch would be there. Sarah though treated us to prosecco in the sun at the rear of the house overlooking the beautiful gardens while an amazing buffet lunch was brought out for the various people present. Of which there were about 16 people from photographers, to models, stylists, bakers, stationers and jewellers. It has to be said Sarah is an amazing host and I have suggested my parents could really enjoy visiting it with my Gran.

My set of photos are more a behind the scenes look at the gardens and house. Behind the scenes of the shoot and inside will follow at a later date. I hope you enjoy looking at them.

The drive to the house
The drive to the house
Rolling countryside around Coombe Trenchard House
Rolling countryside around Coombe Trenchard House
The front of the house
The front of the house
Some of the days rare dark clouds
Some of the days rare dark clouds
View from across the stream
View from across the stream
Bridge from the lawn to the gardens
Bridge from the lawn to the gardens
Another bridge into the gardens - so much to explore!
Another bridge into the gardens – so much to explore!
Duck swimming
Duck swimming
View from the bridge
View from the bridge
View into some of the gardens
View into some of the gardens
I love such vibrant leaf colours
I love such vibrant leaf colours
There are signs in the gardens explaining many things for the garden open days
There are signs in the gardens explaining many things for the garden open days
The stone bridge from the other side
The stone bridge from the other side
A modern sculpture on the lawn
A modern sculpture on the lawn
View of the lawn
View of the lawn
Outbuilding with Dovecote
Outbuilding with Dovecote
Dovecote
Dovecote
Peahen
Peahen
Back of the house
Back of the house
Preparing for lunch
Preparing for lunch
Pre lunch drinks
Pre lunch drinks
Back of the house overlooking the lawn
Back of the house overlooking the lawn
One of Coombe Trenchard's residents
One of Coombe Trenchard’s residents
Swallow
Swallow
Clock Tower
Clock Tower
Decorative chimneys
Decorative chimneys
Elaborate chimneys
Elaborate chimneys
The clock tower
The clock tower
One of Coombe Trenchards Lions
One of Coombe Trenchards Lions
Guarding the steps
Guarding the steps

Retro Script Fonts

Retro Script fonts

I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking you’re in desperate need of a pinnable blog post on script fonts that have a bit of a retro feel. Or as my keyword plugin is reminding to say in my opening paragraph retro script fonts. These fonts are for a more modern take on vintage. They can evoke the 50’s and 60’s. Think of Americana, Cadillac’s, drive-ins and the like. If you want to see what I mean easily just google retro food packaging https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=retro+food+packaging&espv=210&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=F40-U7ieFqjx0gXg0IHwAg&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1680&bih=963

Virtual Food for Thought

Some of you may get in the right head space if I mention Fancy Lad Snack Cakes or Nuka Cola. Lobster in particular I think is good for a classic Las Vegas look.
I think this post is fairly self-explanatory. Some of the fonts are stronger on the retro feel than others, but I would happily use all of them in that context. Just some bring that feeling very obviously and others are more complimentary but maybe not exclusively retro.

Why Retro Script Fonts?

Why have a I blogged about these fonts, well I think fonts are marvellous. I design and then make bespoke wedding invitations and bespoke wedding stationery for that matter to! You can see my website Artemis Stationery here. They bring such individual style they can change the feel of art work from elegant to Art Deco, modern to retro. So I put the chance to select practically font as a key part to my wedding stationery. After all with so much choice out there why not create something unique! Script fonts are particularly good for weddings as they’re naturally elegant. While the retro scripts fonts tend to often be fairly easy to read making them good for body text as well as titles.

Over half are freely available to use commercially. Which ones are they? Check the squirrel! Ok not obvious enough the font squirrel. Oh and you want a link because going through google takes too long (well I guess it is pretty slow!….) visit Font Squirrel.

Enjoy the fonts

Retro Script fonts
Retro Script fonts for that nostalgic look

Free to print luggage tags

Free to download and print rustic heart luggage tag

Hello! It’s been a long time since I did a free download and the last one was on the excellent English Wedding Blog. So to right this wrong I’ve done a luggage tag pdf in summer colours from the pantone spring/summer 2014 colour report (ok they say color but we know what they mean;)). What’s good about a luggage tag? Well they work well with favours or as alternatives to place cards and I don’t see why they couldn’t be used as Save the Dates either.

Find the other one…..

The post on English Wedding Blog also had the same luggage tag design but in pastel tones that I think worked well in winter or spring.  You can visit them here:  http://english-wedding.com/2014/01/wedding-luggage-tags-free-download/  where this is also a very handy pictures of how they can look when you let someone with good hand writing or calligraphy skills loose on them.

Free to download and print rustic heart luggage tag
Free to download and print rustic heart luggage tags

So what do I do?

Well Step 1, download or save the file here Luggage tag summer heart download.  Either right click and save (Mac users not sure what you’ll need to do) or click the link which should open the pdf and hit save. Step 2, You can use the file in one of two ways.  Either print it as it is and write on what you need.  Or there are text boxes which if you look at the image on this page you can see their location.  They’re set to use the Alex Brush font, an excellent script font with a little bit of retro vibe which can be freely obtained here http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/alex-brush.  The text size will decrease if you have more to fit in but it’s ideally set to use for first names or maybe whole names which aren’t too long.  If you’re putting in names then you can also save the files if you’re unable to print then and there. Step 3, once printed it’s time to cut.  Of course you can use scissors but if you have access to a rotary trimmer I highly recommend that.  While a craft knife with cutting board and metal rule works well if you know what you’re doing. Step 4, there are ways around it but if you’re using with ribbon you’ll probably want to use a hole punch to put a hole in the pointy end.

love bird bespoke wedding invitation peeking inside
love bird bespoke wedding invitation peeking inside

The design for these is derived from my Love Bird collection which can seen here.  They are free to download and print from for non commercial uses. Creative Commons Licence

The Love of Bunting

Bunting at weddings copyright Elizabeth Armitage Photography

Bunting, it’s been very popular of late.  The vintage trend coupled with the jubilee in 2012 has meant a boom time in bunting.  But after all peaks normally comes a trough as people can have a enough of a good thing.  I don’t think bunting should be abandoned altogether though.  I have read in places of the ‘new bunting’, which isn’t bunting by the way.  Sure the cool kids will run off and try and do the next big thing before anyone else.  Possibly in the process doing a fair few silly things to.  Not quite sure who the cool kids are in this wedding analogy?  Wedding planners to oligarchs and the super famous maybe?  I’ve seen tassly things being touted in this way.  The one’s I saw looked like they would be made from tissue paper though which may work in a desert but you’re taking a chance with the British weather.

Varieties of bunting (I particularly like top right), courtesy of Bunting with Love
Varieties of bunting (I particularly like top right), courtesy of Bunting with Love
Bunting Wedding Place Name with polka dot flags
Place Name with polka dot flags

Weddings though I think weddings are something of a different case compared to fashion.  A lot of fashion is about the time, the present, the here and now.  Weddings though I think are striving for a certain sense of timelessness.  They might be anchored in the present but are about love and a hopefully lifelong commitment.  You’ll hopefully spend more time staring at your wedding albums and images than you’re likely to see photos of that last coat or bag you just bought.

Bunting to read, copyright Elizabeth Armitage Photography
Advice from a tree, copyright Elizabeth Armitage Photography
Bunting Booklet Wedding Invitation - disclaimer: attaching an invitation to a clothes line may not help your invitations reach your guests
Cheque book style wedding invitation – disclaimer: attaching an invitation to a clothes line may not help your invitations reach your guests

So I think you should choose things for your wedding with staying power, classics which are timeless and in that regard I think bunting should be included with that.  Sure there is good and bad bunting.  But if you like the idea of green summer meadows and an English village fete, then bunting can play a part in that.  Do you have a big empty hall to make festive and joyful.  Bunting can do it!  The recent boom in bunting now means we not only have the choice of the traditional bunting in primary colours but also those for more sophisticated colour palettes like spring and summer pastel tones or how about some of the great patterned fabric that’s now used.  I think bunting will always put a smile on peoples face and let them now that it’s time to celebrate and be happy.

Lots of bunting from Bunting with Love
A huge choice –  from Bunting with Love
Magnet save the date from the bunting collection
Magnet save the date

I’ve been lucky today to be able to use images from Elizabeth Armitage photography and Bunting with Love to illustrate this article.  Elizabeth is a very talented Devon based photographer who I had the privilege of being positioned opposite at a recent wedding fair.  It’s well worth checking out her photography site Elizabeth Armitage photography to see her stunning work.  Bunting with Love is also based in Devon and has bunting to hire and sell and has 8 different types available.  There has also been a few pictures of my own bunting stationery which you can see more of on my wedding stationery website.

Bunting backdrop to a kiss -  copyright Elizabeth Armitage Photography
Bunting backdrop to a kiss – copyright Elizabeth Armitage Photography
Inside of one of our new illustrated designs.
Inside of one of our new illustrated designs featuring – see Coast.

Photos by Elizabeth Armitage Photography are copyright of Elizabeth Armitage Photography and like the other images on this website may not be reproduced without permission.

Wedding Photography – Meet Kern Photo

autumn wedding kiss in snow

Today this blog is in for a treat and a short break from stationery to look at another important aspect of a wedding, that being photography .  Any one who follows my blog may know that I’ve had some images of my work photographed by a professional photographer RJ Kern who is based in Minneapolis.  Now I’ve also been lucky enough to have RJ answer a few questions about wedding photography.  I have to say this is just a taste of the wedding, photography and wedding photography wisdom RJ has to offer and there are links to RJ’s post throughout the article.

I also really recommend a browse of his website, the images are great and like all good photographers they show RJ’s style, care and craft.  It’s not just click and shoot, it’s many years of practice, training, knowledge and hard work.  If you don’t already think so I hope this article gives a good idea of why a good photographer should be high up the priority list of most weddings.

RJ Kern Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

Flower girls floral crowns -  RJ Kern Photo
Flower girls floral crowns – RJ Kern Photo

How did you become a wedding photographer?
I majored in Art & Geography from Colgate University and hold a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. My career began at the National Geographic Society where I spent five years and became inspired by some of the world’s finest photographers. For the last 8 years I’ve grown my wedding photography business in both Denver and Minneapolis, but I shoot weddings wherever my camera takes me.

creative lighting sunset photo - RJ Kern Photo
creative lighting sunset photo – RJ Kern Photo

How would you describe your style of photography and what makes your photography special?
I use a blend of candid photojournalism, modern portraiture, and fun, real-moment photography to capture moments on my clients’ wedding days. I am enthusiastic about light in my creative portraits. My clients seem to enjoy watching the process unfold and they enjoy having an ‘artist’ with them on their wedding day.

Groom hugging brother - Kern Photo
Groom hugging brother – Kern Photo

What advice would you give Brides and Grooms trying to find a wedding photographer for their day?
Falling in love with the right wedding photographer should never be a hard sell. After all, it’s all about one thing: Trust.At the end of a wedding day, a bride and groom should look back knowing they trusted the right photographer to shape wedding memories for the good. And the wedding experience is full of positive feelings from start to finish. However, I recommend a solid contract, the proper business licenses, back-up equipment, and good insurance to be considered a “professional.”

I offer my tips on finding a good photographer in this blog post: http://www.kern-photo.com/2013/02/how-to-fall-in-love-with-the-right-wedding-photographer.

Sunset Bride and Groom - Kern Photo
Sunset Bride and Groom – Kern Photo

How would you describe the role of photography in a wedding?
Photographing a wedding is more than just showing up with a camera. It’s all about offering a remarkable experience with images that will stand the test of time in happy dances, squared. Let’s not forget the post-production, album design, customer service, and day-of logistics coordination that represent at least 4 times the time than actual day of wedding shooting. I figure an 8 hour wedding is a full 48-hour work week, without travel. But I know these images will still be important in 50 years.

Sunset Bride - Kern Photo
Sunset Bride – Kern Photo

If you had to recommend a list of shots that a couple should make sure their photographer takes what would they be?
Real, actual occurring moments that tell a visual story. If you are going to take a ring shot, make it interesting and reflect the story of their day. If you are going to take a formal photograph during family portrait times, make sure there is warmth and humanity in the photograph… and for goodness sake, use good light.

Group photo - Kern Photo
Group photo – Kern Photo
Wedding dress detail - Kern Photo
Wedding dress detail – Kern Photo

There are some things which are popular in the US but rare in the UK.  How would you describe the benefits of engagement shoots and shooting the bride and groom before their ceremony?
Engagement sessions allow for my clients to get comfortable in front of my camera so that when I show up on the wedding day, I am more like a friend with a fancy camera. As an added bonus, they get real pictures in real clothes in a sentimental location with good light that they can enjoy now, not have to wait until after their wedding.

Award winning engagement photo - Kern Photo
Award winning engagement photo – Kern Photo

As for the First Look, I challenge clients to plan their wedding day from their tastes, not traditions from a by-gone era. For example, most clients don’t realize that “don’t see the bride before the wedding” and the “veil of secrecy” harken back to arranged marriages…if the groom doesn’t like the bride-to-be, then perhaps he has time to jump town. Most clients then begin to think critically and do things that make sense for them on their wedding day, share in the private moment of seeing each other for the first time and then opt to take couples portraits when hair and makeup is fresh before the ceremony. In the end, I tell them they will be able to spend more time with guests after the ceremony and enjoy cocktail hour. (Cocktail hour also sounds a good idea  – Nathan)

First look photo - Kern Photo
First look photo – Kern Photo

Any words of advice for aspiring wedding photographers themselves?
Dear Aspiring Fellow Photographers:
• Show the work you love
• Be yourself. Nothing more. Nothing less.
• Not everyone is your perfect client. There is a *right* person out there that value your talents.
• Don’t try too hard to sell yourself, if you do, you might be doing yourself a disadvantage. I had a creative writing teacher once tell me, “Show, don’t tell.” It is one thing to show you best work, but another to “show” your personality and style in your branding, marketing, correspondence, and your appearance, and how you choose to spend your time away from work.
• Don’t be afraid to say no. Be willing to sacrifice losing customers to win customers.

Helping hands - Kern Photo
Helping hands – Kern Photo

Your blog is full lots of advice for clients and other photographers.  With the wedding photography industry so competitive why do you share so much knowledge?
Being engaged in a community allows me to share my passion and encourage others to do their best. A raising tide raises all boats:) One way I like to give back to my competition is through my 100+ blog posts to help other photographers succeed. Referrals are an important part of my business as well.

Burning Man wedding photo - Kern Photo
Burning Man wedding photo – Kern Photo
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page boys
RJ Kern of Kern Photo
RJ Kern of Kern Photo

As said at the beginning I really recommend taking the time explore RJ’s site and blog.

As well as many beautiful images there is a lot of great advice for both Brides and Grooms and amateur and professional photographers.

You can visit RJ’s site Kern Photo here: Minneapolis Wedding Photographer

A love bird wedding invitation close up

love bird bespoke wedding invitation peeking inside

Recently I was very lucky to have a proper photographer take a look at my work and even better offer to take some images of my work for me.  Most of the images on my various websites are taken by me.  So today I’d like to share some of the images that were taken.

These are from my Love Bird collection and shown as a bifold invitation.  Bifold invitations can be hard to sum up, as they include an RSVP and the inside of the invitations are made by fixing the inside panels to the front cover piece.  This gives the invitation a brilliant feel and weight to them than makes them feel really substantial. The photos are by RJ Kern, a photographer whose work I’ve been following for a few years now.  So please take a look at Minneapolis Wedding Photographer R. J. Kern at kern-photo.  Even if you’re not in the US (He does like to travel though) his blog has lots of advice whether you’re getting married yourself or a wedding photographer.   That’s it from me today, I hope you enjoy these images.   An example RJ’s work is shown below.

love bird bespoke wedding invitation cover
love bird bespoke wedding invitation cover
love bird bespoke wedding invitation peeking inside
love bird bespoke wedding invitation peeking inside
love bird bespoke wedding invitation inside
love bird bespoke wedding invitation inside
love bird bespoke wedding invitation rsvp
love bird bespoke wedding invitation rsvp

 

 

Barefoot Bride at Woolacombe Bay Hotel pt 2

Suppliers and professionals at Barefoot Bride

Welcome

Welcome back, so glad you could make it!  If you don’t know why I’m saying welcome back the first part of this article was published yesterday and you can view it here.

Woolacombe Bay Hotel
Woolacombe Bay Hotel

After lunch at a Wedding Fair

We left off talking about the busy part of the day.  So now for the second half of the day!  This is generally slower than the first half, when you get a chance to get to know the suppliers around you.  You may be getting sick of me saying this but generally this also another great bit about doing a wedding fair, or at least a good wedding fair.  At a good event you’ll often be surrounded by some of the most friendly, creative and passionate people around.  Nice events also generally have other suppliers there who are very supportive and helpful to each other.  Sunday was no exception.

Some of the Suppliers

On my right side were jewellers Cooper Couture.  They were very polished, display looked great and sets up and takes down quickly.  A fact I’m insanely jealous of as mine takes ages!

Cooper Couture
Cooper Couture

Very friendly people to who definitely knew what they’re doing at wedding fairs and on social media to.  They gave me some great tips, thank you Matt!  They sell rings manufactured by other companies but also create their own and can design from scratch.  On my left was David and Freya, musicians who took it in turns with another singer to perform in the room my stand was in.  It was a real privilege to be positioned near them as their sound was the perfect accompaniment to a great day.

David and Freya, musicians
David and Freya, musicians

They both sing so there is real variety in their sound which suited our coastal setting perfectly.  I’m not up enough my music reading to know how to describe them in a way that does them justice.  A little bit folky, also reminded me of the relaxed Hawaiian vibe of Jack Johnson and one song I think I could pick out was Walk the Line.  They’re new to wedding fairs but not new to weddings.  David has even gone on tour in Ireland.  I guess the best recommendation I can give is that I bought 1 cd for myself and another for a friend who is always keen to hear new (to him) good music.

Shim Sham and Best Day Ever
Shim Sham and Best Day Ever

After I spoke to the stand opposite which were exquisite accessory makers called Shim Sham.  Very jealous of their drift wood in their display.  By them was Best Day Ever who hires vintage props.  There were some lovely pieces on the stand, if I lived closer I would be asking to visit them to photograph my stationery around some of their items.

I also had time to meet a couple who run a mosaic work shop.  The idea being they help people make their own mosaics.  You should see the silk preserved in resin.  That looked stunning.  After the fair was over Jules from Hey Jules a jewellery designer said hello.  We’d followed each other on twitter but we were at the opposite ends of the room, it was great to make her acquaintance.  I was also lucky enough to have wedding photographer Marie Man help me take down part of my stand.  I didn’t see her work but if they were invited by the organisers of this event it’s going to be good.  That can be said for all the suppliers there, quality I think is key to everything Blue Fizz Events does.  I think I have to mention the Matt Stockman photography, he had the coolest transport to any wedding fair I’ve seen.  See this link to the photo booth photos he put on facebook.

Matt Stackman Photography transport
Matt Stackman Photography transport

Which brings me back to where I started.  Blue Fizz Events is holding another (yes they’re industrious and talented) wedding fair Thursday evening at Deer Park near Honiton, from 6 to 8.30.  I’ve not done an evening fair before so I’ll be interested to see what they’re like.  This one is their spring vintage fair.  With Art Deco being so popular at the moment and fitting in with vintage I’m crossing my fingers for a good night, find out more here.  You can see more of my Art Deco stationery here on my main website.

Links to the awesome suppliers and wedding professionals mentioned!

There were many others there.  I didn’t talk to the Vintage dress hire people, none of the cake makers I’d seen from a distance and somewhere there was a classical string group.

Vintage dress hire
Vintage dress hire

I like many of the suppliers and I bet many of the visitors did take the chance to explore Woolacombe. Think I should of had an icecream to, that would of been nice but stuck with the remains of my packed lunch. Did have some very nice cookies though which I’d bought for the tin they come in and is now used on my stand! There’s photos from around Woolacombe below or please feel to take a look at my bespoke stationery.

Woolacombe
Woolacombe
How do you like your thirds, extra grass?
How do you like your thirds, extra grass?
or extra sky
or extra sky

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A plinth with a view, Woolacombe bay
A plinth with a view, Woolacombe bay
Rock pools at Woolacombe
Rock pools at Woolacombe

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Path to the beach at Woolacombe
Path to the beach at Woolacombe
Woolacombe Tourist information
Woolacombe Tourist information

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Shiny!
Shiny!
Woolacombe rocks
Woolacombe rocks
Woolacombe Bay
Woolacombe Bay

I did take the chance to take a few photos near the river that had looked so amazing in the morning. The light wasn’t as great but I’m glad I took the time to stop.

River Bray near the A road
River Bray near the A road

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Last shot of the day
Last shot of the day

I did almost forget – I got a chance to photograph one of my sample table plans after packing up!

Catania carnival design table plan
Catania carnival design table plan

Barefoot Bride at Woolacombe Bay Hotel

Woolacombe Bay Hotel

This week is a wee bit intense for Artemis Stationery with two wedding fairs in quick succession.  Sunday I was in Woolacombe in deepest darkest Devon.  Actually it was a delightful part of the world, I only said deepest darkest to try and be interesting and they all began with the same letters as Devon!  The drive there was a little bit magical.  It’s a gorgeous part of the world to on the North Devon coast facing the Bristol Channel and Wales (not that you can see it) – there’s also a South Devon coast facing the English Channel.  Woolacombe is set in a bay with hills all around and a sandy beach which is something of a surfing hotspot.

The Beach at Woolacombe
The Beach at Woolacombe
Rolling waves at Woolacombe
Rolling waves at Woolacombe

The Setting

The wedding fair was at Woolacombe Bay Hotel and organised by Blue Fizz Events (very talented ladies, check them out here).  I don’t know tonnes about the Hotel but I expect the hotel is in quite a historic building.  Woolacombe is quite small so I think it manages to be set on one edge and yet be near the centre of the few shops, restaurants and bars that are in Woolacombe.

The road leading to Woolacombe straight from the restaurants and ice cream parlours.
The road leading to Woolacombe straight from the restaurants and ice cream parlours.

It also has a small golf course in front of it which means there is uninterrupted grass between the front of the hotel and the beach, well aside from the hotels very stylish looking lido.  I so wish I could of gone for a swim.  Would it of been cheeky to ask?  It was my first time there and you do want to make a good impression!  I have to disclaim that I didn’t get much chance to wander but what I saw of the hotel was gorgeous as are the images the hotels website.  I was stationed in the Edwardian room.  I guess you would probably call it a ballroom.  It was definitely large enough.  They also gave all the suppliers the nicest and most stylish chairs I’ve seen at any wedding fair.  Leather and padded, if these come with hiring the venue your guests derrière’s will be well catered for.  Actually they looked comfy but my chairs got taken away as have no space with my display, it was a sad parting.  All the surrounding rooms and corridors were tip top, that careful combination of modern and well maintained yet still keeping a sense of history.  I wish I could of spent more time there.

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The Fair

Doing a wedding fair can be an intensely long day, while the odd supplier will be very local most will have driven quite a way.  I drove 2 hours and so did several other of the suppliers I spoke to.  That meant I was on the road shortly after.  Arrived about quarter past 9.  My satnav took me a rather curious route, not what google recommended.  But the A399 was really quite special, the river Bray runs through a steep wooded valley.  In the morning light it was really special on the stretch before Brayford.

River Bray just after sunset, looked stunning in the morning sun
River Bray just after sunset, looked stunning in the morning sun

Magical setting aside once you arrive you bust a gut.  My stand takes about one hour thirty to setup in its standard form but as with today there was more that could be done to take advantage of extra space.

Woolacombe Bay Hotel front gate
Woolacombe Bay Hotel front gate

Typically you tweak your stand until the first people arrive which at a good event will happen within minutes of the start time.  What begins as a trickle normally gets busy quickly.  So many lovely people to speak to.  This can be tough if there’s only one of you there.  At times on Sunday there was three different groups looking so it’s not easy making sure everyone understands your products and have spotted the mini brochures and samples to take.  It is how ever really nice to speak to all the Brides and Grooms and their friends and family members.  It’s a real high point of the day chatting with and getting to know potential clients.  It’s easier in the latter stages as earlier you want to try and say hello to everyone, even if briefly.  Later in the day there’s less people so you have a good chance to chat to anyone who stops by and is interested in your work.

My stall is tucked in at the end
My stall is tucked in at the end

Come back for part two tomorrow including a look at the other suppliers, why the rest of this week is busy and what I got up to after the fair and was all packed away, it was really exciting (ok, mildly exciting), I did take a few nice photos though.  In the mean time no time like the present to check out some bespoke wedding invitations and stationery!  View my website here.