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: 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!