Wow it's been a while since I've written a post but I've gained a ton of inspiration since my last one!
I was lucky enough to have travelled to some inspiring places in the last few months and be completely blown away by the beauty of them (Kyoto, Osaka, Paris, Mykonos, Ibiza, Château de Gudanes and Barcelona to name a few) but one thing remained constant: I still find myself incredibly blessed to be living in Melbourne. Hence I've been working on a new collection of designs inspired by this amazing city.
The eccentrics of Fitzroy, the swag of Brunswick, the bohemians of St Kilda, the diversity of Melbourne, the superlative coffee and design culture, the wit of Melburnians - I'm loving it all and absorbing this into my designs. It is more graphics based and definitely a lot different from what I've been doing in the past. Most of these designs will be available on Etsy for you to purchase and make it your own. If you have any ideas that you'd like to suggest, please feel free to drop me a line!
I simply can't get enough of bold florals on dark backgrounds. Have you seen the stunning floral wallpapers of late? Gone are the days of the cottage chic Chantilly styles and hello to in-your-face wall murals.
A particular favourite of mine is Dark Floral II Black Saturated wallpaper by Ellie Cashman Design.
So bold and simply breathtaking.
Feeling inspired by this, I have decided to design a collection based on moody florals mixed with my personal favourite, geometrics. I'm super excited for this collection as it resembles my personal design style more than most of my previous designs.
These are the first two designs for an invitation and wishing well:
I will be posting more designs in due time!
If this style is something you love too, drop me a line! I would love to design a suite like this for your wedding!
The wishing well is one of those topics that always comes up in my consultations with my clients. I know there are couples that feel very uncomfortable asking their guests for money instead of presents. The act of giving and receiving money is still taboo in some respects mainly because we associate this with charity funds. However couples moving in together before marriage is becoming very popular in our modern world and add in the fact that renovating and styling your own place is now an exciting activity (i.e. The Block style) there really is no need for unnecessary household gifts anymore.
While the main point of having a wedding is to celebrate and share your marriage with your loved ones, everyone knows that an awesome party costs money. Unless you live a Gatsby life, weddings usually mean credit card debt and perhaps even loans. Hence having a budget and spending within your means. Even though most wishing well poems will have something along the lines of "your presence is present enough" we all know that at the end of the day, if you host a wedding celebration you can expect that your guests will bring something with them whether it's a present or money in a card. This is just wedding etiquette passed on from generations.
In my opinion the best way to work out this dilemma is to honestly figure out what you would like to receive on your wedding day. Unless you imply a very strict no presents rule, it's better to have your guests give you something you would want and use rather than a shed full of useless items that you will probably re-gift later on. If you prefer to have cash over anything else then by all means use a wishing well. The fact is that your guests are probably quite close to you and will understand your request. This will also free up their time of looking for a gift for you.
If having a wishing well is not your thing (and that's completely fine) I think a gift registry is a great option where you can choose what items you would like and control how much your guests spend. Most department stores and specialty stores have gift registries so you can choose to your heart's desire. It's sort of a win-win situation for everyone.
Another option is going digital through Envelope Registry. It takes the awkwardness out of asking for money and is a great concept!
In conclusion I don't think the wishing well is a terrible thing. It saves your guests a lot of time and wasted money. You can be creative with the text on the wishing well making it a fun thing rather than an awkward request!
Krystal and Natt's wedding was a Spring vintage-inspired affair. Their wedding was held at The Substation in Newport, Victoria - An amazing space that reminds me of a cool industrial warehouse. (Think exposed bricks, wooden floors, very high ceilings, large windows and light-filled rooms).
The invitation set I designed for them was a combination of two of my previous designs integrated. They loved elements from both designs so I combined parts of each and used a new typography combination to personalise theirs.
The result was a design that represented Krystal and Natt perfectly. I love their Wishing Well photo as I think it's super cute and it shows their personality!
I also designed an Order of Service handout and some wedding signage as well.
These are examples of extra items that can contribute to keeping the theme consistent for your wedding.
What do you get when your client is a jet-setting couple with serious wanderlust?
An awesome travel-themed wedding of course!
Louise approached me with an idea of a wedding invitation that resembled a boarding pass. She wanted something modern and fun without the formalities of a traditional invitation set. We decided on a colour scheme that was reminiscent of atlas maps using a light blue-green hue as the base. From there I used 3 other colours to complement the base colour - sky blue, sapphire blue and cream.
The invitation set was enclosed in a pocketfold envelope with an illustrated image of a city on the front. A very cute touch to the envelope! Instead of a wishing well card, the information was printed and cut to resemble a luggage tag.
This is another example of endless possibilities with wedding invitations. There are no set rules and you can have lots of fun in the creative process! It all depends on what you want and what style you are after.
Everyone has to start somewhere. As cliched as it sounds, sometimes the best opportunities come in the most unexpected way.
Michelle was my first ever client for wedding invitations. She found me when I was doing my weekly markets around Perth selling my handmade cards and stationery (back then my business was called L'amour des Lapins). She had faith in me when I doubted myself because wedding invitations was a completely new concept to me. Sure, I had designed invitations for parties and birthdays but I had never taken on something of this scale. But I am forever thankful that she did take a chance on me!
The idea for her invitations was simple - a bit rustic and cute. She wanted to have a pretty patterned fabric band around the pocket with a tag with the couples' names and wedding date.
The actual invitation itself was mostly typography based and I had to play around with the typesetting to get everything justified. I added a simple imagery of two silhouetted birds on a branch as a top border.
Everything was printed in black on brown recycled paper to keep the neutral, earthy feel of the whole invitation.
Overall it came together really well and I was super happy with the final product! I enjoyed the process of designing and making the wedding invitations a lot which led me to research and develop more ideas. Not long after, I realised this is something that I love to do and thus The Hello Bureau was established 😃
Something I've learnt along the way is to not take chance meetings for granted. Everyone you meet will contribute to your life somehow or they will know people who can help you get to where you want to be. Take every meeting as an opportunity and who knows how far it may take you!
I am super excited to let you all know that I have teamed up with some friends of mine who are illustrators to work on new and exciting invitation ideas and paper goods! I don't want to limit myself when it comes to creativity and I am always looking for ways to create unique and beautiful bespoke items.
Up until now I have worked mainly with typography and with very limited illustrated options. This is partly because my strength is in graphics and handmade items and not so much in fine arts. So what better way than to collaborate with those who are talented in the fine arts! I am very excited to see what we come up with and to offer you more choices when it comes to designs!
An artist I am collaborating with is Yeli who also resides in Melbourne. Her watercolour illustrations are beautifully light and delicate with a hint of edginess. She can paint anything from washes and florals to landscape scenery. We are currently working on some designs and maps which I will post in the coming weeks!
Here is our first collaboration piece and a taste of what to expect!
If you are interested in getting a personalised illustration for your wedding invitation (or any occasion) please feel free to send me an email through the Contact page. We would love to hear from you!
One of the first ever set of wedding invitations I created was for Jess and Codi back in 2013. This was a challenge for me because up until then I had only been designing my own products for retail and not to a brief. But I am very grateful to Jess and Codi for giving me the opportunity to push my design limits and to work on something outside of my comfort zone. This project opened up a whole new door for me and helped me realise that I really enjoy making wedding invitations.
The wedding was set outdoors amidst the beautiful Swan River in Perth. We decided upon a soft and almost neutral colour scheme for the invitation. Greys, soft pinks and ivory white. The look we were going for was elegant and classy but not too old-school or formal. The typography I chose was very important as it had to convey all this. To achieve these requirements I stayed away from OTT scripted fonts and dark colours. I added flourishes and hearts as a sweet touch to the design and to highlight the title texts.
I created a customised header with the couple's names and wedding date and carried the flourish along to all the other pages. The same text from the header was used to create the tag that tied the invitation together in the end. The invitation was enclosed in a square shimmery ivory white pocketfold finished with a cream ribbon.
I feel this design is the perfect example of modern day weddings. It's elegant enough to pass as formal but has a pinch of fun and sweetness too.
Elyse and Mathew's wedding was held in a lush garden with a rustic theme. The main colour scheme was cream, white and yellow. The emphasis of this invitation design was on the typography and layout of words.
I chose a script typeface that was modern and fun. I wanted to stay away from the classic Edwardian style script fonts as they were too formal. A serif typeface was used for the body text to contrast against the script.
The invitation was printed on ice gold shimmer paper and placed onto a kraft brown card backing. A paper band with the couple's names and wedding date held all the pieces together.
The invitation is a simple yet elegant design. It has just enough elements to make it formal whilst still leaving room for fun. The perfect combination for a no-fuss rustic wedding.
The direction I took for Thy and Robert's wedding invitation was classic elegance mixed with a hint of contemporary. I played around with different script typefaces and chose one that was still classic but bolder than the typical script typefaces.
If you look closely at the names you'll see the addition of a tiny heart within Thy Thy's name and a four leaf clover in Robert's name. This was the couple's idea and it is a cute way to lighten up the heavy text.
We chose a rich deep red and two shades of neutral gray to create contrast between the text in the invitation. I used ice white metallic shimmer paper for the invitations and enclosed them in a white square metallic pocket-fold envelope.
The couple added their own final touch to the invitation by using a hot seal wax with their personalised monogram to seal the pocket-fold. A very awesome old-school way to send out the invitation!
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