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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.

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.

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

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/

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

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/

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 😉

Bright Wedding Colours

bright wedding colour inspiration from a floral display WDW Epcot

It’s been a while since a colours post.  I’ve always harked on about holiday photos making a great way to come up with wedding colours and now I no longer have to borrow holiday photos I thought I should use one of my own.  Since it’s summer I thought I would go with bright and vibrant colours for this wedding inspiration post.

Vibrant and Bright Colours

Vibrant colours can bring a real sense of fun and celebration to a wedding especially since weddings can be quite white affairs!  So if joy and celebration is what you want to put the accent on using bright colours in your wedding could be a good choice for you.  Especially if yours is a summer wedding where such sights abound in the flowers blooming at this time of year.

 Style vs Colours

It is true that years ago colour was the dominant styling decision and you probably chose one or two if daring and that governed bridesmaid dress choice, ribbons for favours and flower colour to glue onto invitations.  Now style plays a big role and by style I mean things vintage, art deco, rustic, opulent, glamorous, there are many many styles out there and if you don’t like any you can make your own up.  Colour has also got more flexible, with more complex and more varied colour schemes being seen.

I’m having a vintage wedding, do I need to pay attention to this post on bright wedding colours?  Err, if you think having everything mismatched is a badge of honour then no.  If you like the style but it’s a guide and you still want things to look nice you could pay attention but go for more pastel versions of these colours.  As illustrated somewhat in this article I wrote for English Wedding Blog on a pastel vintage colour scheme.

The Colours

As I have said previously on colour posts you don’t have to take all the colours shown here.  I chose a dark and a bright purple as lighter and darker versions of colour generally work well together.  While red and yellow work well together but can also work well with purple to.  Finally there are the cooler counter points provided by the plants in the foreground for the cooler yellow/green and towards the back for the almost white plants.   If you’re wondering whether this photo was from it’s WDW Epcot in Florida.  You can see more of the amazing floral creations there in a previous post.

 

While many of the designs at Artemis Stationery work well with one colour or simple schemes keep an eye on the blog and the website for more bespoke collections that can take more complex colour schemes in their stride like the Way to Go a great rustic or country design or my very own bunting design.

Floral ideas from Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

On a recent holiday I was lucky to inadvertently visit Epcot in Walt Disney World Florida while a flower festival was on.  This should explain the topiary version of Buzz Lightyear above!  Disney characters were dotted all around the rest of the park and these were actually pretty cool.  There was everything from classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Goofy.  To more recent characters like Lightning Macqueen Mater from Cars.  But it’s broader floral ideas I want to share.

Floral Ideas

As well as all the characters liberally spread around the park there were swathes of flowers that I think were over and above the excellent flower borders and features.  There was a pavilion which had many displays on.  These make up the main part of this post and I think are all by the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs.  I’m not sure that all will be to current mainstream UK wedding tastes but there are quite a few different ideas to what I normally see on wedding blogs.  These could be good if you don’t want to be too samey.  Or maybe you’re looking for ideas for making your own centre pieces.  Just remember I’m a stationery person talking about flowers. I have no real floral expertise other than having spent several years in the wedding industry and having seen a heck of a lot of blogs.

A fun and engertic display by Parke Finold mixing natural and man made elements and textures
A fun and engertic display by Parke Finold mixing natural and man made elements and textures
Tropical looking display by Joan Graff
Tropical looking display by Joan Graff

Submerged flowers I have seen a fair bit on Pinterest.  I’m not sure how easily this could be DIY’d but might be worth an experiment fair enough ahead of your wedding that there’s still time to book something with a florist if all does not go well. The gold fish bowl used in one the displays with no water in is probably easier to use an idea.

Underwater themed display by Suzy Valentine
Underwater themed display by Suzy Valentine
Underwater themed display by Pam Cangialosi, I like how the perspex twirl links it together
Underwater themed display by Pam Cangialosi, I like how the perspex twirl links it together
Underwater themed display by Lorraine Gabler I could see suiting a lot of wedding
Underwater themed display by Lorraine Gabler I could see suiting a lot of wedding
Underwater themed display by Penny Decker, really like the gold fish bowl
Underwater themed display by Penny Decker, really like the gold fish bowl

I’m not sure if many florists I know will be rushing to buy Perspex this year or next.  Though if you are looking for something different I like how metal work could feature. 

Black and white flower display by Carole Martin
Black and white flower display by Carole Martin
Almost verging on steam punk
Almost verging on steam punk, a floral display by Mayfair Hydro. Makes me remember centre pieces need not always be flowers

I also saw that one of the pieces featured a painted palm leaf – at least I think it was palm leaf but what it is matters less than the idea.  Painting something, whether on plants for those who can paint or know someone who can could be a good way of combining table centres with table names.  If you have kids this could be a way of involving them.  Though that may depend on their skill and how particular you are about the finished result.

Creative painted floral display by Betty Moore
Creative painted floral display by Betty Moore

There was also quite a trend of spary painting things.  Now spray painting twigs silver or gold normally looks good at Christmas and looks very decorative.  Of course make sure you are allowed to gather whatever twigs you might go for.  Although you could always just buy them at Christmas and try and keep them till the wedding.

Painted palms and bird box to compliment the flowers by Rosemary Comtois
Painted palms and bird box to compliment the flowers by Rosemary Comtois
Very tall display by Margaret Kirkpatrick
Very tall display by Margaret Kirkpatrick
Very imaginative blend of flowers and structure Lorene Junkin
Very imaginative blend of flowers and structure Lorene Junkin

I was quite struck by some of the futuristic looking vases.  There’s nothing saying you couldn’t just get a series of vases you really like.  Whether you buy, rent or borrow and fill with flowers.  If your buying from a supermarket though youc could talk to them about ordering specific one’s in.  Some may be able to or just get there early a day or two before the wedding.  Though you may have to be flexible eclectic in what you go for.  This can work with all wedding styles I can think of, with single large vase or several smaller ones.  M&S, Ikea, John Lewis, many places could supply them new.  Maybe check the sales for bargains, their websites may make it easier to get them in greater quantity.  Second hand shops, car boot sales etc could be sources for one off bargains.  This might go with more eclectic styles of weddings like vintage and shabby chic.

I think this a vase - love the squiggly shiny look with the painted twigs and orchids by Inez Brooker
I think this a vase – love the squiggly shiny look with the painted twigs and orchids by Inez Brooker
Loving this unique looking vase - display by Susan Slater
Loving this unique looking vase – display by Susan Slater

Final thoughts

That’s about it for floral wedding ideas from my holiday snaps.  Chances are next post will be back about stationery.  If you would like to visit my stationery website where oodles of wedding stationery and invitations that can be seen at Artemis Stationery Artemis Stationery.  Lots of wedding invitations and all manner of day stationery can be seen there.  If you fancy seeing more floral inspiration I did take some photos of some fabric patterns.  They didn’t come out terribly well but you can see them here of the site.  They’re definitely very bright and fun.

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/03/disney-inspired-handbags-and-accessories-by-vera-bradley-to-bloom-this-fall-at-disney-parks/

More photos from the displays can also be seen on the Federation of Florida Garden Clubs website. There were a lot of great displays I didn’t get a good or more like useable photo of.

So instead we’ll sign of with a flower and garden festival troll from the Norway pavilion looking slightly stunned but also waving good bye!

Bye bye troll - Norway in Epcot
Bye bye troll – Norway in Epcot

Wedding Stationery tips for your Wedding Day

Wedding Day Stationery tips and advice

This is tips and advice for wedding stationery and by that I mean wedding stationery used on the day of your wedding.  So this isn’t about wedding invitations ( <but that article is).  If you’re tight on budget remember the main thing about wedding stationery is that it performs a function.  If you can find an alternative that costs less or is free as long as it performs the job you need that’s all right.  Wedding stationery can make a great contribution to the look and styling of a wedding but that’s a bonus. Albeit a very good one!

If you would like to see more of my stationery visit the main website at for bespoke wedding invitations and stationery. Alternatively carry on looking around our wedding stationery blog.

Tips from a bespoke wedding stationery maker:

  • Seating plans escort cards or seating charts.  If you’re having a meal with set seating you need some way to get guests to show guests where to head.  100 people wandering around a banquet hall staring at each place name might be a bit chaotic.
  • Don’t produce a table plan or seating chart too early.  Especially with larger weddings adjustments may be needed as guests drop out and replacements come in.
Catania a carnival design table plan
Catania a carnival design table plan
  • For really large weddings escort cards over seating charts or table plans have the advantage that changes can be made right up until the last minute.
  • If making yourself aim to finish your stationery a week or so in advance.  This gives time for any mistakes to be corrected and to enjoy the week before your wedding.
  • Similarly if buying your wedding stationery leave yourself time as deliveries are easily missed or damaged in transit.  Things happen that aren’t anyone’s fault.
  • Orders of Service must be checked by the person conducting the service to check there is no copyright infringement.  You may not be able to print hymns or readings without permission.
Bologne Art Deco style place name
Bologne Art Deco style place name
  • Getting place names that have guest names printed can be a great bonus.  Our place names include name printing as standard.  But we do recommend getting a couple of blanks to cover the unexpected!  Why get them printed:
    • They can take a long time to do
    • Not everyone has really neat handwriting
    • You don’t need to worry about mistakes
    • Maintains a consistent and high quality look
    • Then again you could just hire a calligrapher like my friend Claire
Capri table name tent
Capri table name tent
  • If you think the table name holders are a bit unsightly and spoil the look of your centre pieces look for table name/number tents which offer a lower profile alternative in identifying your tables.
  • If you’re having a civil ceremony although you don’t need an order of service you could have a program giving details of the day and ceremony.
  • If you’re having a religious service with an Order of Service you can include a program for the day in with this.
  • If guests have a choice on the day providing menus can be useful!
Capri wedding menu
Capri wedding menu
  • If the meal had choices chosen in advance menus to remind people what the food was and a way to show guests what they chose is also a good idea.  You could put this on the back of the place names using a code like M: Ch meaning Main: Chicken.
Wedding Sign
Wedding Sign
  • If getting married in a large venue a welcome sign identifying where your wedding is can be helpful.  Especially for guests who don’t know too many other guests and might join the wrong event by mistake.
  • Favour tags can be a cute touch but don’t need to be seen as one of the more essential items.
  • Sweet and dessert tables can benefit from labels or tags to identify what’s on offer.  A lot of time this may be obvious but not always.  Allergy and diet advice could also be given.
  • Hard to find venues can benefit from signs reassuring guests they’re going the right way.  Take them down at the end of the day to avoid trouble with the local council.

The stationery ranges featured in this article are the Art Deco stationery collection Capri, also Art Deco inspired Miami and Catania Carnival wedding stationery collection.

A Magnetic Save the Date

Genoa Purple and Grey magnetic Save the Date

I’m so proud of the bespoke stationery that is produced by Artemis Stationery and today I get to share a Save the Date design that we did for one of our really lovely clients back in the autumn. This particular item is one of our magnetic save the dates, from the Genoa bespoke stationery range. The front features a design using letters from the first name of the bride and groom and the date. The rear of the Save the Date has more details on including the location. If you’re wondering about the magnet that stays in the middle so it can be attached either side.

It is in a purple and grey colour scheme and mixes the free flowing nature of the ‘A’ and ‘L’ in flemish script with the rest of the text in Parisian BT which is a very Art Deco looking font. Art Deco fonts are often angular and without too much fuss (though not short in style) and can contrast really well with the free flowing curves and extravagance of script style fonts.

A big thank you to Annabel for letting me share this, her stationery was really good fun to design. If you would like to see more of Genoa click here and there’s a post on the magnets which can be used for anything, not just Save the Dates here.

9 Mistakes to avoid with your Wedding Invitations

Booklet Wedding Invitation Samples from Trieste (top) and Brescia stationery ranges

There are some issues which occur quite regularly when dealing with wedding stationery.  This article looks at those often made with wedding invitations drawing from my several years of experience of designing and making bespoke wedding invitations for our clients at Artemis Stationery.

  1. Too few wedding invitations, half our clients order more invites than they expect to use.  This is especially important if you plan to invite more people if others say no.
  2. RSVP date – make sure you allow enough time for your guests to realistically get your invitation and reply.  This might mean careful thinking on how soon you can get invitations done if you’re making them yourself or realistically how quickly you can address and post them if you’re having them made.
  3. Guests, sometimes the people closest to you can get overlooked as they’re almost too obvious.  Make sure you invite everyone in the bridal party!
  4. Not keeping an invite for yourselves.  You probably will want one for a keepsake.  Make sure to allow for this when working out quantities or if getting guest names printed (as we do for free) maybe invite yourself so you’re sure to have at least one that can’t be used elsewhere.
  5. Make sure you give a way to RSVP, whether it be a postal address, email address or number to text.
  6. Remember to budget for stamps if sending any invitations by post and if your invitations are extravagant check what postage is needed as posting sizes & weight are strict.  Link to Royal Mail
  7. Getting ‘persuaded’ to invite people you originally hadn’t planned on.  It might be best to mention anybody who is excluded to who it might affect to see their attitude before finalising who you’re inviting.  It isn’t uncommon for people to need more invites for people such as relatives they had hoped not to invite.  Though were later persuaded to.
  8. Spellings and grammar.  There is nothing harder I think than spotting your own mistakes.  I always struggle as I can remember what I meant to write so don’t always see what actually made it down.  There’s many good reasons why I make my living trying to make things look good rather than as a proof reader!  Get as many people as reasonably possible to check your text.  Teachers are particularly good people to know at these times!  I always try and do this on my mine website but have to apologise as with blogging getting a 2nd part to check is not always possible.
  9. Finally guest names, these days seemingly any spelling of a name goes.  Facebook can be a great tool for checking how people spell their names but it may mean checking with people how their partner spells their name.  You could save yourself the hassle with ‘& guest’ but if you’ve met them before it’s probably best to invite them by name.

Have I left anything obvious out?  What difficulties did you have?  I would love to hear your thoughts.  At Artemis Stationery we do our best to guide our clients through the perils and pitfalls so if you’re thinking of ordering wedding stationery check us out today

Stationery for a Rock the Frock shoot

Back in the summer Artemis Stationery was asked to supply some stationery for an urban city centre photo shoot being organised by Laura Jayne a wedding planner based around London. It was a urban city centre shoot and was being shot by Sarah Morris of Sarah Morris Photography. The first scheduled shoot was rained off but the shoot eventually happened on what looks like a very fine London day in September.

The shoot was featured on the Wed in London blog and you can see it here. Artemis Stationery supplied an invitation and wedding sign. The bespoke stationery sent was Capri in light blue featuring Swarovski crystals on the invitation and a wedding sign which was mounted so the couple could hold it in a photo. Above you can see some shots of the items before they were sent out.

You can visit Laura Jayne’s site Your Wedding Your Way here. Sarah Morris the photographer who shot the day also blogged about it and you can see her post here on her blog.

Artemis Stationery in 2013

London, Tower Bridge Menu

This year has already seen some changes for Artemis Stationery with the new blog being launched.  The blog has moved from Blogger to WordPress and now has its own domain name which is ASinvites.com.  The blog aside from insanely busy times will be updated at least twice a week though there is a lot of new blog posts planned for January.

It well continue to feature the regular items like examples of our stationery and projects, stationery advice and inspiration.  Along with new feature items.  The first of these will be items that can be downloaded and printed for free.

Of course being a stationery business there is new stationery ranges coming.  It’s all gone quite seaside with a classic British sea side town inspired design and a Greek island design featuring the famous white buildings and blue roofs is being worked on.  We also have a London design coming (menu design shown above) while birds and polka dots also look set to feature this year.  We’re also expanding the types of items we make.  Even if they are not listed with a bit of time we can normally make most things.  Luggage tags will be one of the first new items listed having been designed and made for two clients already.  If you’re interested in anything that is being worked on but isn’t yet listed unless it’s required very quickly it is likely they could be ordered.

Finally and perhaps quite exciting for us is a new website.  We hope the new website will better showcase the stationery but it should be much more usable for tablets and smart phones.

An example of how ordering bespoke stationery works

Trieste design

Welcome back to the second post on Sue and Daniels Save the Date. In the last post we went over how we accommodated the extra information within a Save the Date in a new way to suit the needs of our new clients Sue and Daniel. This post shows the steps we took to finalise the design.

If you like the design the one used in this post is called Trieste and you can see it here or find out more about ordering with Artemis Stationery here.

This post is to illustrate how the ordering process can work and how we approach our orders to make each stationery order we produce perfect for each client.

The first thing we got right was the colour. Sue and Daniel chose the colour from a colour chart that was sent out in the samples (these can be sent out in samples when it’s known what colour a potential client is interested in – otherwise they’re sent out when ordering). Sue and Daniel were really good, they knew exactly what font they wanted to use so this got sorted really quickly though quite often I will email out drafts with different fonts in so our clients can see what each font looks like in use. The only question was whether to put their names in grey or more like the off white colour of their design. After showing it both ways we settled on Grey so their names would stand out sufficiently.

Save the Date with White writing
Step 1 trying names with white writing
Save the Date with Grey writing
Step 1 trying names with grey writing

In the next step we tried the design without the colour behind the swirls in the design and we also copied in the extra information we had to include with this Save the Date. The extra information was details for staying at the wedding venue. After this stage we were ready for a physical proof to go to our clients Sue and Daniel. A physical proof is sent so there are no surprises and clients have a clear idea what their order will look like.  I was very glad to see they liked when they received.

Trieste Save the date draft design
Step 3 information added

“Well that was speedy I’ve received it in today’s post. I’m absolutely delighted with the proof it looks fantastic. Before we go to print there is just one more thing I’d really like to add into the information if possible?” Sue

After seeing the proof Sue and Daniel asked if we could include the hotels website address which was no problem at all. We also experimented with adding in a QR code. The QR code split opinion and they decided it was best not to risk baffling older relatives.

Save the Date with QR Code
Save the Date Blog QR Code
Final Save the Date design
Final Save the Date design

So now we were ready to produce the order and a week or so later it was posted out.

“They’ve arrived and are absolutely fantastic. We can’t thank you enough and look forward to the remainder of our order in due course.”

It’s always a relief to know the stationery arrives safely and that it was well received and really looking forward to working with Sue and Daniel on their invites in the new year. Also have to say a big thank you to Sue and Daniel for letting me write about their order.

Orange Sienna Booklet Invitations

In a recent post I talked about possible trends for 2013 and one of them at least from the world of fashion was the use of a lot of oranges so todays post is showcasing an some orange invitations from last year.

Orange can be a really fun and vibrant colour to use for a wedding and it can work well in the summer or compliment shades of brown in the autumn. More pastel shades could be used in the spring.

Shown in the gallery are pictures of Sienna booklet wedding invitations. The first two are from an actual order (thank you Bev and Chris for letting me share these pictures) and the final pic is of samples using the same colours but with a different choice of font.

Visit Sienna on the website here or if you want to read about our huge range of colours here.

Wedding Stationery Trends for 2013

Bespoke Art Deco Wedding Invitation from Miami stationery range

Future Wedding Stationery Trends – what will be big in 2013

Here is a brief look at what may be big in the coming year for wedding invitations and stationery. We try and look ahead at what will be coming in the future. Although a big disclaimer – really choose a design on how much you like it, not by how on trend something is. Often the trendiest things at the time become the silliest later, like shellsuits and mullet haircuts. Lots of styles come around quite regularly. I’m seeing styles which were popular in 2010 and 11 in one movement coming back around for 2013 already, twenty years down the line when you’re looking at your gorgeous wedding album I’m not sure you will really care if it was that trendy at the time.

So lets see if there’s anything new!

Stripes, stripes are going to be big. It doesn’t seem that long since I did a stripey range when I thought stripes were cool! But they’re coming back. The catwalks of Milan were stuffed with them, vertical and horizontal and including chevrons which were already featuring 2012. Might be time to introduce my own chevron design!

Orange – coming off the catwalks of New York orange could feature a lot this year. Artemis Stationery makes bespoke stationery, our designs can be printed in any colour so I’m going to somewhat ignore this, while thinking that it might be wise to do a few more orange sample photos for the website just encase. Read about Artemis Stationery’s colour option’s here.

http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/galleries/TMG9541285/2/New-York-Fashion-Week-springsummer-2013-Top-trends-in-pictures.html

Art Deco – I’ve been saying art deco is coming for a while and so has Vogue. Though to be fair I did read it on Vogue, which is odd as I don’t often read it. But they’re still saying it and so am I.  The main reason it will be big is the Great Gatsby film remake. Sara of Burnett’s Boards is also highlighting this. We have several very strong Art Deco ranges, like Miami, Bologne and Capri and several others which can be styled to look more Art Deco. See Artemis Stationery’s ranges here

http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/trends/2012-spring-summer/gatsby-glamour

Birds – birds apparently will grow in popularity.  I’ve been noticing them grow in popularity on sites selling decorative items. Maybe it’s a consequence of the birdcages which everyone was into in 2011! I do like the look of birdcages, some of them are amazingly ornate, I just always wondered about the symbolism of them. Probably thought about it too much.

Patterns – along with stripes and maybe dots floral patterns are coming back. Prada and Bottega Veneta both used floral patterns on the Milan catwalks. While Chrissy from the Perfect Pallette is predicting paisley will be popular again.