Raj and Steve were married this summer at the London Wetland Centre in Barnes which has got to be one of the most beautiful places I could possibly imagine getting married in the capital. If you’ve never visited I can highly recommend it (otters!). We designed the stationery in a quirky hand drawn style with the wetlands in mind as well a butterfly and birdcage theme which R&S were using in their venue styling. We printed the invitations on lovely GF Smith Colourplan board.
I created this invitation for Jo and Alex who were married at Chateau Rigaud in Bordeaux, France in the spring. Lavender was their main decorative colour so this was incorporated throughout the illustrations along with a warm peach.
As well as the illustration of the chateau, I created a bespoke map showing the surrounding area and a few small icons to illustrate their guest information.
This is another total joy of a project. This floral invitation suite is for a Bermondsey-based couple who had a super-local wedding on their doorstep on Bermondsey Street. It was a beautifully elegant affair, photographed by Laura Babb (and as a small dog lover, I urge you to check out their sweet dog Freddie in his bespoke tuxedo!! I can’t handle the cute).
The main invitation includes the flowers used throughout the wedding (peonies, sweet peas, roses) with hand lettered names which were gold foiled. The couple are both from the US and many of their guests were travelling to London for the wedding so we created an illustrated map and written guide to the area.
Photos by Holly Booth.
Pembroke Lodge is a beautiful Georgian house in Richmond Park, London. It was a total pleasure to illustrate it for Alex and Simon’s wedding invitations and I was so pleased to be able to include my favourite, flowering wisteria in the illustration for this May wedding. The evening guests received an invitation showing a night time portrait with the windows glowing and a starry sky. I also illustrated a map for the back of the invite of the approach to Richmond Park. I am so pleased with this project and my clients were a total delight. You can see a small peek at their wedding photos here.
This super fun stationery for Katie and Tim’s wedding was illustrated by Maggie Li and designed by me. It was really fun to work with another artist’s illustrations and I just love Maggie’s use of colour.
I designed a landscape invitation card with RSVP postcard, an Order of Service booklet and Table names.
I am so thrilled to be able to share the images of this stationery with you as it has hands down been one of my favourite projects to work on. In collaboration with the bride, Katie, who wanted the stationery to feature lobsters and to be a reflection of Studland Bay, their wedding destination, I designed a Save the Date card, followed by a gatefold invitation containing all the information needed for guests and accompanying RSVP card. All pieces are designed over a blue toned watercolour wash and include illustration and hand lettering. The envelopes were gold lined.
This was a really fun brief: this stationery was for an African fiesta themed wedding dinner. I designed a table plan, table names, a menu and personalised place cards. Each table was named after an animal with accompanying black ink line drawing and we had a elegant matching menu.
Just a little note to say that i’m taking next week off, returning Monday 13th July so if you email me I may not immediately respond. I will be sure to do so on my return. Have a great week!
On Friday I attended Emily Quinton’s photography workshop Makelight for Makers and had what felt like a massive light bulb moment. Honestly, I’ve struggled with photography for years and I don’t think I have ever taken a photograph as nice as the one above, ever. I attended because I wanted to improve my instagram feed and, whilst I will probably always use professional photographers, I wanted to be able to take the odd product photograph and it not look bloody awful. I feel like Emily has given me the skills I need to do just that, which is so exciting!
Emily’s studio is a light filled industrial space in South London and is incredibly inspiring. It is full of beautiful props and pieces of ephemera. Emily is so friendly and relatable and the skills you learn are simple, life-changing (honest) and memorable. The following day I took the below photo with my phone for instagram, and i’m really happy with it. It wasn’t a quick snapshot: I painted that background especially and I waited for the light (the weather was horrible!) but the extra effort and patience were well worth it.
I would hugely recommend an in-person workshop. The people I met were all fascinating, talented people and I expect we’ll all keep in touch on social media. And if you fancy it, please check out my instagram feed… i’m a lot happier with it now and plan on having lots of fun.
Oh my goodness, wedding season is well underway! My to-do list gives me little thrills of panic/joy every time I look at it but equally I have had time to spend with friends and to get outside and be leisurely!
We visited Kew Gardens on a hot, sunny late-April day and thought our tulips compared favourably with theirs…
I got my first pair of glasses! Friends of mine, most of whom are specs wearers, know that I have always hankered after a pair of geek chic glasses in spite of my perfect vision. Lucky me, the ageing process means I now need a pair for computer work. I never could quite bring myself to ‘fake it’ so it was a momentous occasion – I documented it with a selfie that doesn’t quite capture how excited I was….
I’ve been working on some lovely stationery, these two projects were for May weddings. A bit of brush calligraphy for place cards for a London wedding and the animal drawings were for a dinner table plan and table names. Can’t wait to show lots of it off after it has been photographed.
It’s rambling season!! A couple of weeks ago we did a walk in the Kent countryside, from Otford to Eynsford via Shoreham. It was completely glorious. You can find details of the walk here. You can helpfully download the walking guides onto the kindle app on your phone, which was way better than carrying around a book/printed sheets of paper. This picture is of my husband Steve walking down a hill into the village of Shoreham. I can’t recommend it enough.