Case Study: Vickie & Rob's Wedding - 'building a life together'

Vickie & Rob approached us last year to design their wedding invitiation. They weren't really sure what they wanted at first, but knew they wanted an invite with a black line drawing, a style that they both liked.

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After talking for a while on the phone, the idea of 'building a life together' emerged as important, and, taking on board Vickie's passion for baking, I came up with a tiered wedding cake design, which incorporated important places (the church they were to get married in, their reception venue, and Edinburgh where they have set up home); Peonies - a favourite flower; Vickie's beautiful engagement ring; barrels to signify Rob's love of whiskey and craft ale;  trees to represent Kew Gardens; all topped off with a pair of 'matroyska' dolls, to represent that they met studying Central and Eastern European History.

The invite was letterpress printed on Gmund Cotton 300gsm with a lovely deep impression. They used  bright fuschia envelopes and we digitally printed a bright RSVP card too.

In addition we had the pleasure of designing lots of extras for their big day, taking elements from the original invitation. This included an eight-page Order of Service,  Menus (which doubled as place names), a table plan, and, my favourite item, a 'guest book' poster with room for the guests to add their names/messages on pink stickers.

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If you'd like to commission something for your wedding, whether just a simple rubber stamp, or a whole set of stuff for your big day, contact us by email on orders@bloomfieldandrolfe.com.

 

Case Study: BLING! Deco inspired wedding suite with a B&R twist.

Robi and Daniel came to us with a gold foiled Art Deco design they'd seen elsewhere on the web. They liked it, but also liked the idea of creating something personal to them. Working with the Art Deco theme, the distictive square shape of Robi's engagement ring, and peacocks we got down to work designing their hand-drawn invite.

When they asked us to include their beloved 'baby', Juanita, it caused us to pause, but we think, with the addition of a smart bow tie, she fits in rather well with the design and their request for black tie attire.

The couple wanted some 'bling' on their invitations and by foil blocking the design on heavyweight 700gsm Colorplan Imperial Blue card, we think the results are rather spectacular!

To complement the invitiation we designed and digitally printed RSVPs and cards with additional information, and made an initials and 'Juanita' stamp for personalising envelopes and all those other wedding extras.

As the wedding day drew closer, we helped to provide finishing touches for their wedding reception with menus and hand-made table numbers.

The table numbers had hand-applied gold leaf on the front, and movie quotations on the back and look rather stunning en masse - ripe to be framed after the big day.

If you're interested in commissioning Bloomfield & Rolfe to create your wedding stationery, or for any other occasion, just get in touch at orders@bloomfieldandrolfe.com and we'll be happy to help.

Case Study: Chiara & Andrew's Wedding day

After creating Chiara & Andrew's wedding invitations earlier this year, they came back asking us to create accessories for the big day itself (which I had the pleasure in attending, in Umbria, at the beginning of this week).

See below for a run down of everything we designed and made for them, including place names and menus, table numbers, a bespoke guest book, and flip flops!

If you'd be interested in commissioning us to design something for your wedding day, whether it is a simple stamp or the full works, don't hesitate to get in touch at orders@bloomfieldandrolfe.com, we love a wedding!

Table plan

Following on from the invite design, we liked the idea of something hanging from a tree, and chose a birch plywood so each 'postcard' would hang nicely. The design, recalling the original invites, was Gocco printed and then handfinished with acrylic paint, while the names were handwritten (at the last minute!).

Andrew & Chiara table plan

They looked quite stunning against the Umbrian backdrop and proved quite a talking point as people gathered to find their names (and catch them as they spun in the breeze!).

Andrew & Chiara table plan
Andrew & Chiara table plan

Table numbers

Living in sunny Sydney and marrying in scorching Umbria, both the bride and groom clearly love the sun, hence the the table numbers. These were handmade and painted using foam board and oak supports (actually rather amazing giant plant labels!).  Unknowingly, they perfectly matched the bride's shoes and bouquet (although I'm sure Chiara was more than aware)!

Andrew & Chiara table numbers (in the studio)
Andrew & Chiara table numbers (in situ)

Place names and menus

We liked the idea of something the guests would wear (rather than immediately discard) so figured that the place names should be tactile and three dimensional. The result, 130 individual wired canvas leaves attached to (Yorkshire) twigs. I was thrilled that guests recognised that this referred back to the invitations, and was more thrilled to see an addition to the bride's dress!  The menus used elements from the original invites.

Andrew & Chiara menu front
Andrew & Chiara menu back
Andrew & Chiara place name leaves
Andrew & Chiara place names and menu
Andrew & Chiara place name leaves (on the bride!)

Bespoke guest book

Because the newlyweds are doing a lot of travelling after the wedding - honeymoon and then eventually back to Australia - they asked from something small that they could take and read on the plane.  The resulting book is A5 in size and bound in dyed green leather. I took the fastening used on the invites as a closure and included the image of the Castello di Montignano (by Holly) on the front page. 

Andrew & Chiara guest book
Andrew & Chiara guest book
  Andrew & Chiara guest book

However, my favourite bit  is the endpapers which I designed especially using the suns from the tables (and from the Italian summer sky!) and the leaf motif and lime green from the invitations and menus.

 

And finally....Flip flops (or thongs, for the Aussie guests) 

I can't take any credit for the idea, which was all the bride and groom's own, but I did knock up a design for them. No excuse not to dance!

Andrew & Chiara flip flops!   

Case Study: Nicola & Tom's Wedding

Nicola's brief was simple: 'Art Deco' and 'Us' (including daughter Erica, and cat Geoffrey).

I came up with this design, based on a 1930 Harpers Bazaar cover by Erté. No stamping involved this time, but the colours are just delicious!

We're always happy to take on commissions - email orders@bloomfieldandrolfe.com and we'll get back to you ASAP.

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Nicola & Tom's wedding invite

Case Study: Chiara and Andrew's Wedding

Chiara and Andrew asked us to do their wedding invites - we jumped at the chance. Although they live in Sydney, they're tying the knot in Umbria, Italy, in the rather stunning Castello di Montignano.  Such a beautiful venue begged for Bloomfield and Rolfe collaboration and, via Skype, email and text message between St Albans, Leeds and Sydney, we produced 120 handmade bi-lingual invitations, RSVPs and info postcards with both conventional printing and hand-stamped images.

The venue portrait was by Holly (see Hollys Houses for lots more lovely examples and how to order); the other bits of Illustration and the text design was by Jenny.  We used Artoz card and envelopes supplied by the lovely people at Bureau Direct to give everything a quality finish.

We're always happy to take on commissions, big or small. We can create a whole suite of wedding stationary like this, or just a stamp or set of stamps so you can make your own. Get in touch at orders@bloomfieldandrolfe.com with any ideas or questions and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

 

Invite exterior
Invite interior
Italian set

The entire Italian set comprising handmade invites, double sided info postcards, hand-stamped RSVPs, and envelopes personalised with a  matching address stamp and tree design. 

Map - hand stamped on the reverse of the main invite.

Map - hand-stamped on the reverse of each invite. 

English and Italian versions, ready to go!

The English and Italian invites ready to be sent. 

Later in the year we'll be designing extra bits for Chiara and Andrew's big day, watch this space!