Lia & Rhyce

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Lia, what a JOY it was to design for you. I feel like if we’d met in person, we’d be finishing each others’ sentences! Right from your initial brief – sleek, stylish with a shot of bold colour – I knew we were a match made in stationery heaven. And the most downright loveliest bride too – how could this be?? I guess I had some good karma owing :) 

Mr & Mrs invitation - Lia & Rhyce

Initial sketches for Lia & Rhyce’s names.

Mr & Mrs invitation - Lia & Rhyce

Mr & Mrs invitation - Lia & Rhyce

Nothing says sleek like simple lines, blind debossed into wonderfully thick card. 

And… that shot of colour coming right up! – bronze foil on white *sigh*

Mr & Mrs invitation - Lia & Rhyce

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My little sis turns 30!

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My little sister had her 30th birthday party over the weekend. I should stop calling her little as that makes me sound very big and old (note I am only 11 months older!). She started out wanting a Mad Men themed party, purely because she had a dress that fit the bill, then I suggested she have a Miss Universe themed pageant party, and that was shortly dismissed for reasons I fail to comprehend. I mean, come on… National Costume category?! Awesome. Swimwear, awesome for the boys. Evening Gown… you’d have at least ten things you could wear on the night and pull off without having to tell everyone within earshot you had a dress up party to get to. 

Anyways, she soon got over trying to theme the whole party and with a bit of gentle persuasion, it was agreed that it was simply to be a classy, elegant affair. I haven’t yet seen all the photos on my newsfeed so I’m not sure if my invitation was, in fact, an accurate reflection of the evening’s proceedings. Very likely not. 

Secretly, when I started designing, I still had Miss Universe on my mind – you know, that moment the host gets to open that juicy golden envelope with the winner’s name inside? Ha! She has no idea I inceptionised my pageant theme into her party.

Mr & Mrs invitation

Mr & Mrs invitation

Now for the sake of her husband who’s probably still cursing me for the cash he had to blow to honour the ‘classic cocktails & canapés’ wording – eep totally my bad – I’m sorry. *nervous laugh*
Your wife was worth every cocktail & canapé tray that swanned through that room right?!? Yep, that’s what I thought :)

Close-up of the expensive wording…Mr & Mrs invitation

I like ’em sweet

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I’m a pretty textbook Libran girl. I like the niceties. I’m thoroughly attracted to people with good manners.
Am extremely enamoured by acts of chivalry. I like emails that begin with a longer address than ‘Hi’. I don’t like emails that use too many short sentences – they just sound a bit too curt for my liking. I love when brides email me and they just exude warmth, even with the first enquiry. It makes me think they’re the sort of people that understand a real person is reading their email on the other side – that real person being me!

Jennifer was warmth personified. Another Melbourne bride of mine (I am LOVING Melbourne brides btw – our tastes seem to be very in line!). We never met, but every email from her was just as gracious as the last. I’m convinced she would also have one of those killer smiles. I gather that from our emails alone.

Here is her rustically sweet design for her vineyard perfect wedding, centred around shared plates of hearty Italian fare against a backdrop of Yarra Valley perfection.

When brides go wild (with colour!!)

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When the fiancé of a Samoan chief contacts you (a real life chief, I tell ya!) and asks you to design her wedding invitation combining her Irish background with his, and then totally digs the idea of Samoan tattoos – and hell, sends you a pic of her own man in all his blush-inducing tattooed glory – what do you say? Umm.. dream bride where do you come from and please make sure you pass my number along.

You see, Tino had spent 8 days, all painful I’m certain, using the traditional Samoan tattoo technique to accomplish his finished work of bodily art. A very special thing, when all four of his brothers, and both mum and dad had had the full traditional tattoos done this way too.

Now seeing as though their wedding was to be had in Ireland, and we certainly didn’t want to be leaving Tino’s heritage out of the whole concept, I thought it would be just perfect to incorporate as much of Tino into the design as possible. And no better way to do that than translating the above story into a Samoan-inspired tattoo pattern, brought to life with Valerie’s favourite colours. And colour she loved – I’ve never met a bride so open to COLOUR!!

Mr & Mrs stationery - Valerie & Tino