I have been reflecting on last year (in April! I know!) and what a whirlwind it was with having a newborn and running this little business. I’ve been trawling through my work and realised I actually managed quite a bit but never had the time to share any of it (or photograph it in its printed form!). Here’s a selected few projects, I still have a lot more to share but I am hoping to photograph the remainder at some point in the near future. Just waiting for the sun to come out…
French Château Save the Date
A save the date postcard for Lee and Sarah’s wedding at the stunning Château de La Côte in France, inspired by vintage travel posters and postcards. It includes an illustrated timeline on the back. We duplexed this card so it was luxuriously thick and tactile.
St Pancras Rennaissance wedding
I’m still hoping to get this beautiful invitation photographed but I adore this illustration so wanted to share it. It was created for Kate and Matthew who were married at St Pancras Rennaissance Hotel in London.
Illustrated Table names
I loved working on Mel and Jamie’s quirky day stationery. I illustrated their table plan and table names with excellent direction from Mel. Their table names have quotes below the illustrations, my favourite being Gin & Tonic.
Illustrated wedding party
Another little project I loved, illustrated caricatures of a wedding party for an Order of Service.
I particularly love map commissions, this one if for the American town of Ardsley, New York. If you would like to commission one of your own just get in touch, prices start from £80.
Now that it’s spring I should be able to get the camera out to get some images of the larger projects i’ve been working on. There has been lots of love for the gatefold format with plenty of florals, botanicals, maps and venue illustrations.
I was very lucky to design the wedding invitations for Annie and Tim who were married at St Audries Park in Somerset last year. We designed a trifold card with an illustrative style influenced by Japanese woodcut artwork and the deer park and landscape surrounding the wedding venue in the Quantock Hills. I used layers of watercolour washes to create the textured colour blocks and we printed on gorgeous GF Smith Callisto board.
As the wedding celebrations lasted several days, we also created this map of the St Audries grounds which was given to guests on their arrival.
This invitation set was designed for Claire and Kush who were married last month. The reception was held in the bride’s parents garden so we included some light florals in pale blue and olive green, along with an elephant logo featuring the couple’s initials. These were printed on a lightly textured watercolour style card with a subtle pink watercolour drop background.
This is a fun commission from boris-bike enthusiasts Sam and Ahmet who tied the knot at Gosfield Hall in Essex earlier this year. They requested a portrait of their stunning venue (which has quite an amazing history!) with the sweet and quirky addition of their caricatures riding an iconic London bike.
We also created an illustrated timeline card for guests on the day – these are a great addition to an Order of Service booklet if you’re having one.
The couple are based abroad and chose to print their own invitations. I’m always happy to help potential clients who just require design and illustration services.
Andy & Sindhu were married earlier this year at Cripps Stone Barn. The venue sits amongst the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds, which forms the backdrop for portraits of the Bride & Groom. As an alternative to a bouquet, Sindhu requested that her likeness hold a pale pink balloon, which is a lovely quirky touch. Illustrated digitally in Photoshop.
We’ve had such a beautiful weekend in London, I thought it a perfect time to share this recent summery project.
Julia & Simon were married in Spain earlier this year at the beautiful Casa Santonja. The venue’s lush gardens were the inspiration for their orange grove themed invitation which was illustrated using a mixture of watercolour, hand-drawn and digital techniques. We used a gatefold format which is perfect for a destination wedding, with the interior side panels used for guest information. The back has an illustrated map of the Jalon Valley, and we used hand-lettering throughout. The invitations were sent in black envelopes which Julia addressed using white calligraphy.
Just loved working on these vibrant invitations for Hannah and Mickey who had a really fun boho wedding. Hannah requested a super-colourful watercolour look which told the story of their incredible venue, Preston Court in Kent. In addition to the beautiful manor house and barn, it has a resident peacock and an amazing carousel! We printed them on a softly textured watercolour card and paired them with rustic kraft envelopes.
I created this bespoke design last year for Lydia & Rowan, who were having an art deco themed wedding at St Lawrence Jewry and the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. The invitation is gatefold format in gold and grey with a illustrated map as the centrepiece and hand-drawn deco elements to compliment.
If you would like bespoke stationery designed for your event, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Tracy and Chris were married on Saturday and, whilst I will be having their complete set professionally photographed, I couldn’t wait to share it! This was a local affair for me – the couple live about 15 minutes walk away and they were having their wedding day at two local venues: the Peckham Asylum and Horniman Museum & Gardens. The theme was modern botanical – perfect for a wedding reception at the Horniman which has the most beautiful glasshouse. I created the above illustrated crest for their wedding website along with the map below. For their wedding day we created a table plan, table names and the bride had the brilliant idea to have terrarium shaped menus. The parakeets used throughout are the infamous Kingston Parakeets that are all over South London in spring/summer (legend has it the original pair were released by Jimi Hendrix on Carnaby Street!). Just so lovely and whimsical.
It’s taken me a while to get my website back to its old self after being “compromised” so it’s a big old break between posts, but I do have a lot to share. This is a project from last year for a wedding at King’s Inns in Dublin. I illustrated the facade of the venue for day and evening invitations as well as a map of Dublin showing selected landmarks for the information card. The primary colour was a fresh mint green with peach accents.