bespoke design

Photoshoot at Lapstone Barn

We have recently been lucky enough to be apart of a fantastic styled shoot at the fabulous venue,
Lapstone Barn, which is located in the heart of the Cotswolds.

The stationery we created for the shoot was solely inspired by the fabulous mood board created by Jane from Tulle & Blue. The muted blue tones mixed with the greys, burnt gold and greens were the focus for me. I wanted to design something soft, whimsical and beautiful to enhance the overall elegant and mystical tone of the shoot. Everything has been hand printed and hand made with love and also hand painted – using a watercolour wash to create the backdrop to all artworks. Everything we designed is in keeping with all the other pieces giving a natural flow; stationery items include, a pocket-fold invitation with matte gold foiling, place name tags, gold foiled menu cards, table numbers, seating plan cards which hang from the foliage hoop and a welcome sign.

We absolutely loved being involved in this shoot and seeing everything come together; it’s so important
that all elements of your Big Day matches and compliments each other and this just highlights that. Have a look at just a few of the amazing photographs taken by Joanna Briggs below… All suppliers can be found below the images.

This has been featured on Whimsical Wonderland Weddings, to view the full article, please click here.

Wedding Supplier List:

Photography - Joanna Briggs - www.joannabphotography.co.uk 

www.instagram.com/joannabriggsphoto   

www.facebook.com/joannabphoto


Creative Director and Stylist / Bridal Hair Accessories, Separates ( Capes and Veils ) and Velvet Ring Box - Jane Goldman - www.tulleandblue.co.uk   

www.instagram.com/tulleandblue   

www.facebook.com/TulleandBlue


Make Up Artist - www.kaylouisemakeup.co.uk   

www.instagram.com/kaylouisemakeup  

www.facebook.com/makeupbykaylouise


Vintage Prop Hire - all small and large props/ candlesticks/ candles  - www.rusticrentals.co.uk

www.instagram.com/rustic.rentals

www.facebook.com/rusticrentals.co.uk



Bridal Hair - hairstylistworcester.co.uk

www.instagram.com/hairstylistworcester    


Wedding Gown Supplier/Shop - www.gatehousebrides.co.uk

www.instagram.com/gatehousebrides

www.facebook.com/Gatehousebrides


Floral Artist - bouquet, buttonholes, garland and hoop foliage - damsonandvine.com

www.instagram.com/damsonandvine    

www.facebook.com/damsonandvineflorals


Stationery/ Welcome Signage  - www.retropress.org    

www.instagram.com/retropressuk   

www.facebook.com/retropresschelt



Glassware, cutlery, table linen - www.instagram.com/tabletodinefor   


Table China - www.vintagegoldchina.com    

www.instagram.com/vintagegoldchina     

www.facebook.com/vintagegoldchina



Wedding Cakes - www.cakedaydreams.co.uk 

www.instagram.com/cakedaydreams

www.facebook.com/CakeDaydreams

Venue - www.lapstonebarn.co.uk

www.instagram.com/lapstonebarn

www.facebook.com/LapstoneBarn

Real Wedding at Cripps Barn, Gloucestershire

What better way to bring in the New Year than with some images from a beautiful wedding that I am honoured to have been a part of from the end of last summer. Set in the beautiful venue of Cripps Barn, which is in the heart of the Cotswolds. It has a sense of rustic, elegant charm about it in which I wanted to capture in the stationery I created for this wonderful couple getting married.

Nicole and Chris were so great in the sense that they totally trusted my opinion and thus gave me the creative freedom to design all of their signage in which we printed onto stylish clear perspex. I wanted all the signs to be in keeping with everything else they had planned for the Big Day and also to enhance that sense of luxury yet rural nature.

There’s nothing I love more than receiving the official photos from the wedding day itself because it puts what I do into context; as I only ever see it in my studio and not in situ, surrounded by everything else that helps to make the day so magical. I also love seeing how happy my clients are and that’s what it’s all about! All photo credits go to, Jess Reeve Photography- and what a wonderful job too! Congratulations Nicole & Chris and best wishes for the future!

Other suppliers include:

Bouquets: Forage and Blossom

Floral Design: Go Wild Flowers

Cake: Anna Cake Couture

Venue: Cripps Barn

Wedding Planner: For the Love of Weddings









Bespoke Invitation Design for Lapstone Barn 🌿

Lapstone Barn is definitely up there with one of my favourite wedding venues! If you are haven’t yet decided where to get married, I would highly recommend visiting this stunning Cotswold wonderland.

Having recently just had the pleasure of exhibiting at their latest Wedding Fair on Sunday, I felt it was only appropriate to create a new, exciting, bespoke invitation design especially for couples getting married at this exquisite venue.

When it comes to your wedding invitations, it’s very important to reflect the overall theme and vibe of what you want your Big Day to be. After all, receiving your invitations is the very first insight into your wedding that your guests will get… Make sure its a good one!

With this in mind, I wanted to create an invitation for the barn that is elegant, easily adaptable (in terms of the colours) and truly unique to couples getting married there. I have hand drawn the barn which features at the top of the invitation and printed it in rose gold. You can easily change this to suit you and your theme of your Big Day- so silver, gold, copper, etc. I have hand painted a watercolour wash of green which is behind the names- again this is easily adaptable or even erasable if you’d prefer. I chose to go with this colour with the watercolour and the pocketfold envelope to reflect the vast, green landscape that surrounds the Barn.

For more details, please do get in touch, I’d love to hear more about your wedding.

And to find out more about Lapstone Barn, please click here.

Real Wedding at Cripps Barn 🌿

I truly love nothing more than receiving wedding photos from the Big Day itself… It puts everything into perspective and a vision become reality. It’s amazing to see all the stationery I produce in my little studio come together with all the other wonderful things on the day, such as the flowers, foliage, overall table layout and everything.

This post is dedicated to the awesome couple Claire & Josh who travelled all the way from sunny Sydney, Australia to get married in the beautiful Cotswold venue, Cripps Barn.

They came to me after they had done their invitations and wanted something really special and personalised to them for the wedding day. They had two very prominent themes that they wanted enhancing within their stationery; their love of craft beer & beautiful rustic antlers. As you will see in the photographs below, we incorporated both of these things very nicely into their stationery, with flashes of copper, foliage, watercolour & brown kraft goodness. I had so much fun creating everything, including: personalised place names, personalised belly bands that wrapped around the napkins, an Order of the Day sign, Table Plan Cards, Table Name Cards, menus and Order of Service booklets. Thanks for having all the faith and giving me the creative freedom to produce some really exciting stuff! Congratulations to Claire & Josh, it was an absolute pleasure!

Photo Credit to: Chris Giles Photography.

Kew Garden Wedding Invitations 🌿💍

I recently had the pleasure of designing and creating some bespoke invitations for a couple getting married at the stunning Kew Gardens. My clients wanted their invitations to reflect the elegance, sophistication and wanders of this incredible venue. Their theme was blush pink, ivory and rose gold.

There were quite a few stages to this design process, all of which were very unique to the couple. As you will see in the pictures below, we created a monogram of their initials which was wax stamped in a rose gold, rich wax on luxury vellum belly bands. They decided to go for the pocketfold invitation; this is a classic style and is great for containing lots of information in a beautiful, succinct way. The couple were having their reception in the grand Orangery in Kew Gardens, so they wanted this to be a feature on the invitations. I hand drew this magnificent building in pencil, scanned it in at a high resolution, converted it into a plate for foiling and then hand printed it in the rose gold- as you will see at the top of the invitation. The couples names and all the titles are also printed in the rose gold foil. They were printed on a textured, ivory card which only enhances that elegant feel to them.

It’s so important to set the right tone with your wedding stationery, after all, it is the first
thing your guests will see. Please do get in touch if you want to create something unique
for your Big Day.

Sea inspired Invitations 🌊

If you're planning to get married abroad or even on the beautiful British coastline, it would be a great starting point to reflect your venue choice in your wedding stationery. You should always set the tone of your Big Day with your invitations- after all, these are the very first impressions that your guests get of your wedding. The problem is, is that I've seen lots of 'nautical' and 'seaside' themed stationery and lots that I dislike! This is mainly because it's all too literal, too much of the same and can look quite tacky. Which is definitely not what you want and not what we do here at Retro! Whatever you want to have on your stationery, whether it's a starfish, an anchor or even a lobster, make sure it's done well, it's done elegantly and most importantly, it's unique to you and your Big Day.

I recently designed some bespoke invitations for an important birthday party which was taking place in a hotel on the sea in Portugal. The vibe was elegant, decadent but also fun! I wanted to reflect the sea scape with a watercolour wash which added texture and the right colour scheme to the invite. As you can see, I gold foiled "Jan's Birthday" and the 5 stars of the Hotel. This adds the sense of glamour which is heightened by the beautiful font used to create these invitations.

If you're looking for something different and bespoke to match your Wedding Day or indeed Birthday Party, please do get in touch to start discussing your ideas.

Wedding Day Stationery ❤️

Your wedding invitations for your Big Day are so important because they set the tone for your wedding... They are the first little insight that your guests have, thus you don't want to be setting the wrong tone or sending out the wrong message- everything must be in keeping. This leads us on to the all important stationery for the Day itself, which again is so so important because it's in these details that brings everything together.

I often get asked if I can do Day Stationery even if I haven't done the invitations... And yes of course! I always like to see your invitations to see what you like and to get a good idea of the kind of vibe and style you are going for. I like to make my own mark on your Day Stationery whilst making sure that it all ties in together. I cannot and will not use someone else's design to create your stationery due to copyright and integrity reasons. 

I recently had the pleasure of doing this recent wedding stationery for a couple... They wanted lots of different and unique stuff to them, for instance the Speech Bingo Cards, Speech Sweepstake Cards and Personalised Reserve Tags for the ceremony. As you can see, everything has a definite style and coherence to it. Everything is totally bespoke to the couple and I can imagine that it was a very fun wedding!

Please get in touch to make your wedding dreams transformed into a reality, I always love a challenge!

Wedding Signage for the Big Day 👰🏽🤵🏼

Here at Retro Press, it's not all about the wedding invitations, but actually every little aspect of the Big Day itself. I often get asked if I can create little signs to accompany all the added extras that couples have on their wedding day... and the answer is yes of course! Whether it's a sign for your polaroid camera, bubbly bar or coffee station, we can do anything tailored to you. This means that you don't have to order generic ones online, but you can still have these designed to match your theme and style of your wedding. Here are some recent signs that I did for a lovely couple....
Please do get in touch for more details, I'd love to help.

First Birthday Invitations 💕

Here at Retro Press, it's not just about wedding stationery... It's everything; party invitations, Christening invitations, Anniversary prints, Christmas cards... You name it, I do it! And that's what I love about my job- everyday there's something new and different to design, a new client or couple to meet (whether on the phone or in person) and I embrace it all!
I recently had the pleasure of designing some First Birthday Invitations for a couple who in fact I had worked closely with on their wedding invitations from 2 years ago. The theme was gold and baby pink, to be fun but stylish (of course).
 

First Birthday Invitations

If you have something special in mind, please don't hesitate to get in touch, I'd love to hear your ideas!

Additional Luxury Wedding Stationery Embellishments ❤️

Do you get as excited about your wedding stationery as you do about your flowers, cake or even dress?! ... If you do, then adding luxury extras to your invitations or day stationery is going to be unavoidable!
Your invitations are going to be the first little insight that your guests have into your wedding. You want to set the tone and make sure that they know what kind of day to expect. Whether it's a rustic, country, elegant, urban or Indian wedding, it's important that your invites match up to the same vibe that you're going for.
There are just so many things that you can add to your invitations to make them personalised and unique to you and I often get asked about the possibilities here at Retro Press... Well they are endless and I am constantly adding new things to the list of things that I can do/ offer! Thus, I thought it might be useful however to highlight some of these things, so I have created a new page on the website especially dedicated to these luxury embellishments. The list on here at the moment:

  • Foiling
  • Blind Debossing
  • Addressed Envelopes
  • Individually printed Guest names on your invites
  • Personalised Wax Stamps
  • Hand Torn Edging
  • Belly Bands
  • Envelope Liners
  • Bull Dog Clips

You can have a read in detail about of all of these stylish, bespoke additions on the website, but here's a quick look to get you inspired...

Customisable Wedding Invitations; The Tailored Collection 💕

The Tailored Collection is a varying suite of invitations that I have designed in order to make life easy for you whilst at the same time, still being unique to you. At the moment, there are 5 very different designs, thus hopefully there is at least one that catches your eye.

I get asked lots of questions about The Tailored Collection, so I thought I would try and answer the most frequent ones in this blog post!

Think of these invitations as starting points. The colours, wording and paper stocks used are all changeable and this is how you make the design bespoke to you. This is a service in which I provide that is complimentary when ordering from this collection... If however, you wanted to add an element in, like a motif, a building, an illustration, etc, extra design charges are applicable (and it just depends upon what you want adding).

Other embellishments that you might want to add into your design / final invitations:

- Twine & tags
- Matching belly bands
- Foiling
- Matching envelope liners
- Bespoke stickers
- Bespoke Wax stamp
- Printed personalised names on your invitations

How to place an order:

This is dead easy but it's not computerised (which would take away from the personal service that I pride myself on). All you have to do is fill out a form on the Contact page and I will get back to you within 24 working hours. Once we have had a discussion about your invitations and you have sent me the wording that you require, I will create a digital proof and send it back to you for your approval. Once you are totally happy, payment is made and production begins. 

The usual timescale:

If you're ordering in good time (not in a rush), I would say it takes about 2-3 weeks to turn your invitations around... If however, (which seems to happen a lot), you are ordering last minute, the quickest turn around time is 1 week (7 working days).

Matching On the Day Stationery:

Lots of couples want their day stationery to match their invitations... Personally, I think it's a nice touch and something that your guests will notice and appreciate. You've set the tone with your invitations so it makes sense to carry it through to on the Big Day too. All of the Tailored Collection designs come with matching day stationery items, but as these bits seem to leave my studio straight away so I don't have much in terms of samples, but I do have a few images so fear not! The stationery items for on the wedding day is endless and I do it all:

- Orders of Service booklets/ cards
- Place Names
- Table Plan
- Table Name/ Number cards
- Welcome sign / signage
- Labels for favours
- Menus for the tables

Sample Service:

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you want to see any invitation samples- I send these out free of charge... And I do think it's always worth doing so if you've got the time- just so you can see the paper stock, quality, colours etc.

Consultation time:

I don't usually meet up with my clients for consultations for the Tailored Collection; there shouldn't be any need to. Most people order online and we communicate via email. If you want a phone consultation, that's not a problem at all. But I work with brides and grooms from all over the country, so it's not always easy to meet up, hence why ordering from this collection is easier than going for something totally bespoke.

So, to give you an idea of how one of the designs from the Collection can be altered, please see the images below; all of these started with the White Snapdragon (first image) as the selected design from the outset... 

As you can see, each invitation is bespoke to the couple- with some choosing to add a motif, some adding foil, the change of the colours etc. There are so many options, you just need to know how to explore them! Please get in touch if you'd like to have a chat about your invitations, I'm always here to help.

Real Wedding at Cripps Barn 🌿💍

There's nothing better than receiving the official photographs from a wedding that you've been so involved in... I was very excited about these ones in particular as I had worked closely with the couple from the start (on their invitations) and then I went onto create their unique stationery for the Big Day itself. I just LOVE seeing how everything comes together- it's like a jigsaw puzzle and the stationery being one of the many pieces that helps make this day so special. 
Lisa & Ben came to me about a year ago with their styling ideas and dreams of what they envisioned their wedding to be like... They had already secured their date & venue; the beautiful Cripps Barn, located in the heart of the Cotswolds... So luxe rustic was the vibe; think, foliage, lots of greenery, brown kraft, ("strictly no bunting"), whites, creams and just stylish all over! I couldn't wait to get started! Oh and, they also have a miniature dachshund in which they wanted to feature on the invitations... so here they are to show you where we started our journey...

And now for the pics you've been waiting for... Photographed by the talented Adam Drake...

How amazing?! Everything looks just perfect and I am so happy to have been a part of it all. Now, here are some photo's of the wedding stationery that I created for this wonderful couple. I designed everything in keeping with their invitations, so everything is on brown kraft card and everything has the same feel and look as the invites did. The Table Plan and Order of the Day sign are both laser engraved on wood, so just enhancing the rustic tones of the day, but in an elegant, beautiful way.

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you, Lisa & Ben, it's been an absolute please working with you both and thanks for sharing your amazing wedding pics with us!! Please see who else helped make this day special with the list of suppliers below:

Venue: Cripps Barn
Wedding Dress: Sarah Elizabeth Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Mix Bridal
Flowers: Beth from Go Wild Flowers
Hair: The Burdes Nest
Makeup: Hayley Johnson (Hayley's Boutique)
Men's suits: Mos Bross
Photography: Adam Drake
 

Business Stationery for Red Pig Coffee 🐽

Nothing says COFFEE like brown kraft cards... They just seem to go hand in hand with each other. Red Pig Coffee Roasters are a fabulous company based in the Cotswolds that supply rich, glorious coffee to well respected coffee joints all over the country. When they came to me for a little re-brand and help with both the designing and printing of some of their products, I could'nt wait to get my hands on it.
We agreed that foiling their stationery was the way forward. Giving everything a luxury feel to it but keeping it all very much 'earthy' and reflective of their products. 
I have very much enjoyed working with the team behind Red Pig and looking forward to some more exciting things to come! 
Please get in touch if you'd like help with your business stationery... there's a lot to be said for having creating the right tone with your stationery.