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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 

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

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Make Up Artist - www.kaylouisemakeup.co.uk   

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

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Bridal Hair - hairstylistworcester.co.uk

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

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

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Stationery/ Welcome Signage  - www.retropress.org    

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


Table China - www.vintagegoldchina.com    

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Wedding Cakes - www.cakedaydreams.co.uk 

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Venue - www.lapstonebarn.co.uk

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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.

Rustic Elegant Wedding Inspiration 🌿

Rustic elegant is now a "thing" and it's definitely taking over the whole 'vintage, bunting, rustic' vibe. Think, lots of lights, candles, foliage, greenery, natural light and beautiful countryside; all make up for a beautiful, rustic yet elegant tone for your wedding. 

For styling on the Big Day, there is so much inspiration on Pinterest and here are just a few from my board that I have pinned...

I have recently designed and created some bespoke Save the Date's for a couple who are getting married in their local church and having their reception at their parents country farm house in a stunning barn. Everything is so personal to them so it was important to set the right tone with their wedding stationery from the start. They wanted to allude to the countryside aesthetic without going down the brown kraft route. As you can see, I have hand painted the wheat in the background which is subtle yet still very visible. On top of this, I have gold foiled "Save the Date" with their details written below. We decided to go with these heritage green envelopes which also nods to the country styled wedding theme. It's this attention to detail that helps create the overall tone... I cannot wait to work on their wedding invitations now!

Please do get in touch if you'd like to create something unique for you and your wedding.

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.

Bespoke Wedding Invitation Design for Lapstone Barn 🌿

I am absolutely elated to be now affiliated with the beautiful Cotswold wedding venue, Lapstone Barn. Situated close to Broadway and other neighbouring villages such as Chipping Campden, it's the perfect location for a perfect countryside wedding.

Upon visiting Lapstone, I had a clear vision of what kind of wedding invitation I was going to design for them... I was blown away by the vast, luscious green views that surrounded the barn and I wanted to capture this within the invitation. The other striking thing that hit me about this venue was that it had an air of elegance and sophistication to it, more like a stately home rather than a rustic barn type feel. Again, I wanted to reflect this in the design.

Here's a little bit of 'behind the scenes' / process shots for you...

So as you can see, I have used a few different processes to create these; the first being the hand painted watercolour element. I wanted to capture the landscape with this watercolour wash and also make it personalised to the barn by recreating their motif. The second is hot foiling; I wanted to add a bit of 'sparkle' to the invites and I wanted to illustrate the beautiful fairy lights that run down their function room. The foiled element of the invitations can be in any colour, as can the watercolour wash- it's important to reflect YOUR Big Day, so I do always suggest having the splashes of your chosen colour scheme within your invitations.

Here is the final bespoke design I came up for the Barn... If you like what you see, please do get in touch to discuss your options. I would also highly recommend giving Lapstone a visit if you haven't already- you'll fall in love with the place as much as I did!

Lapstone Barn Bespoke Invitation
Bespoke Invitation Design for Lapstone Barn

 

Autumnal Wedding Invitations 🍂

If you're getting married in the Autumn of this year (so from September onwards), I would suggest that you need to get thinking about your wedding invitations (if you haven't already). It's definitely not too late, but from experience, I would recommend sending them out 2-3 months before the Big Day itself. At the moment, I am working on lots of invitations for this time of the year as well as all the day stationery for couples getting married in the summer. It's all go!

When it comes to your wedding invites, it's important to reflect the vibe, tone & theme of your wedding. So if you're having it in the Autumnal months, think of the colours: burgundy's, golds, bronzes, burnt oranges, maroons, navy's, coppers and also reds. I'm not saying that your invites can't be a blush rose (if that's the theme running throughout your wedding) for instance and actually I would highly recommend them to be if this is the styling for your Big Day. I'm also not implying that you need to have the iconic red and orange leaves on your invites just because you're getting married in October. Have a look at some past invitations I have created for around this time of year to give you some inspiration...

And if you're looking for some more inspiration for the Big Day itself, I have sieved through a lot of images on Pinterest and got a collation of some of my favourite styling ideas here... Please do get in touch with your ideas for your wedding stationery, be it invitations or on the day stationery, I cannot wait to hear from you!

⚡️ The Highlights from Retro Press in 2017

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Wow! Where did that year go?! And what a wonderful, jam- packed, exciting one it was too! I've had invitations coming out of my ears, from rustic to glam and everything in between, I've designed and produced lots of different and unique day stationery, from do not disturb signs to huge welcome signs, and then there has also been a lot of business stationery on the go and new brands that I've been working with... It's been crazy! Did I mention that there has been several collaborative photo-shoots, wedding fairs, meetings and relationships formed with wedding suppliers and wedding venues AND a re-launch of the website too?! Oh and I've moved studios/ house and got a little fur baby too- Lewi, a very naughty miniature dachshund!


WEDDING STATIONERY QUICKLOOK


PERSPEX WEDDING SIGNAGE

Now at Retro Press, I can do Table Plans and Table Names on PERSPEX. It's different, unique and a service that you can't find just anywhere. I would love to do Invitations on perspex... Maybe in 2018- any takers?! 


NEW BRANDING / LOGO DESIGNS

Logo design for new business Elm Tree Joinery based in Oxford; beautiful handmade, bespoke joinery service.

logo design

The Bump to Baby Chapter is a company based in Cheltenham, specialising in Antenatal Classes and Hypnobirthing.

Woof Woof Walkies... A dog walking company based in Paisley, Glasgow. Design of logo, new van and all clothing, including waterproof coats, hoodies and t-shirts.

naas court farm logo

Logo design for the new Wedding Venue, Naas Court Farm. Based in Lydney, Forest of Dean- I can't wait to see the wonderful things to come out of this place in the next year.


PHOTOSHOOTS & WEDDING FAIRS

Featuring the wonderful Aqua Flowers, Little Cheltenham and The Barn at Upcote.


WEDDING VENUE PARTNER : ECKINGTON MANOR

A beautiful venue in the lovely village of Eckington (near Bredon). I have collaborated with the team at Eckington and created two different bespoke wedding invitations. Looking forward to working more with them in 2018.


THE LAUNCH OF THE TAILORED COLLECTION

A small collection of Wedding Invitation Suites designed to make it easier for my clients. These are tailored to suit my clients, colours, fonts, wording, etc, thus still very much personalised; it's not like ordering off Etsy or NOTHS for example. Hopefully, there is something for everyone, if not, we go down the Bespoke route. Have a look for yourself.


SAVE THE DATE TAGS

A similar concept to the Tailored Collection, Save the Date tags, designed here at Retro Press, making it easy and affordable for my clients. View more on by clicking here...


WEDDING VENUE PARTNER : KINGSCOTE BARN

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I'm delighted to be working in association with Kingscote Barn, where I shall be exhibiting at their Wedding Fair at the beginning of this year; Sunday 18th March 2018, which I am very excited about! Lots of good things to come...


CHRISTMAS CARDS

There was a high demand for personalised Christmas cards this year, from newly wed bride & grooms to families to other suppliers, such as Vanilla Pod Bakery (Exquisite wedding cake specialists based in the Cotswolds). Here a few below...


AN OFFICIAL SUPPLIER FOR ROCK MY WEDDING

Being asked to feature on The Love List of Rock My Wedding at the end of 2017 really topped it all off and I can't wait for more to come with them...

rock my wedding

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AND THAT'S A WRAP!

Well, it's exhausted Lewi out!! Bring on 2018 I say! Looking forward to some new challenges, meeting lots of new brides & grooms to be, suppliers, venues and everything that life throws at Retro! Don't hesitate to get in touch.

Hand-painted Watercolour & Rose Gold Wedding Suite

Here at Retro Press, I'd like to think that ANYTHING is possible- I get people coming to me with requests that I couldn't even dream up of. And I love it! I love the challenge and I love how every single client is different and unique- that's what it's all about.

This post shows a recent invitation suite, in which I designed their Invitations, Orders of Service, Name Place Cards and Table Plan- all with the same theme running through it; the hand-painted green watercolour being the most prominent feature. The couple wanted a hint of glamour, so we decided on this rose gold bunting to finish everything off. The personalised green wax stamp also sets a very elegant tone and I would always recommend having something like this on the envelopes, or personalised stickers alternatively (which are less expensive) - it's in the little touches that really make your stationery/ wedding stand out. 

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Bespoke Wedding Stationery Package

Imagine what Santa feels like in the run the up to Christmas... With all his little elves working their magic and everything being packaged up beautifully, all in time for delivery- absolute chaos! Well, this is what it feels like here at Retro; I'm just in a different season, my clientele is slightly older and I don't have as many elves! It is indeed... ALL GO!

I love designing all the stationery items for the wedding day itself- there's nothing better than seeing a complete, whole package, especially when it all matches. It's these finer details that will not go unnoticed by your guests; it's that personal touch in which they will be wowed. As I always say, the invitations should set the tone and vibe for the wedding, and in turn, the stationery that you see on the day should be reflective of this too and help to create the atmosphere that you originally intended. 

Some people decide that they want to go a little off-piste with their on-the-day stationery and make it a little different to their invitations- which is also fine, as I can do anything here- there are no restrictions; your day should be just as you want it. Even if I haven't designed your invitations, I  can still design anything you need me to.

Please take a look at the pics below, in which I'm showing off a recent wedding stationery package- from the invitations to the table plan, it was a pleasure from the start to finish. Congrats Jenny & Ross! 
 

Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair 2017

So it's nearly that time of year again... My favourite time- Wedding Fair season!! This is my third year doing the Bristol Vintage Wedding Fair at Bristol zoo and I just love it! It's a bit different to your normal fair; it's got such great exhibitors, such a great vibe and it's organised by the best in the industry. It's definitely worth a trip as I know you'll find the best suppliers around, which is why Retro Press is very proud to be exhibiting here. I'll be exhibiting lots of new work and I'm very excited to meet lots of new brides & grooms to be, so do come along if it's not too far from you!

SUNDAY 29th January 2017
10.30am - 4pm
Bristol Zoo

 

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Kraft Pocketfold Wedding Invitations

The pocketfold style wedding invitations are so popular because they work on so many levels; they are beautiful, sturdy, hard- wearing, (hard to loose!), practical in the sense that they can contain so much information whilst still looking elegant, and you can have them designed in any style you wish to match your big day. For example, I have designed many traditional looking pocketfold invitations but then these ones exhibited in this post are more rustic and 'crafty' looking. These are totally bespoke to the bride and groom and match the vibe and theme of their wedding day. The hand- drawn flowers which run throughout the invitations match the flowers and colours of the flowers for the big day. I very much believe it's these little touches that tie this one big day altogether and makes it special. The invitations should set the tone for the day and it's nice when your guests get to your wedding and can see this.

If you haven't quite found what you're looking for in terms of wedding stationery, or you are unsure on what you want/ need, please do get in touch, we'd love to help create your dream wedding suite.

Watercolour Wedding Invitations

It was our absolute pleasure to get the watercolours out for these wedding invitations... To get your hands dirty, is what its all about. To go back to basics and pick up a paintbrush is so satisfying. When creating such invitations by hand, it ensures that they are absolutely unique to the couple and they will not be able to be recreated anywhere. On top of the hand painted watercolour, we have gold foiled some tea lights/ bunting which finishes of the design very nicely and makes them even more special/ luxurious. 
We love anything design, bespoke and unique here at Retro Press, so please do get in touch if you share the same sentiment and want your invitations especially designed for you.