cotswold wedding

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.

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.

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 πŸ‘°πŸ½πŸ€΅πŸΌ

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.

Art Deco Inspired Wedding

Art Deco as a theme for your wedding day is one that will never date... Everything about it is classy, stylish and there are so many ways that you can make it unique to you. I personally love all the dark, moody, rich colours that are associated with the Art Deco period, along with the structured, geometric shapes, patterns and beautiful textures. There are a lot of decadent features, lavish golds and it just screams luxury, elegance and extravagance!

Here are just a few inspirational images I have pinned on my Art Deco Pinterest board to get you thinking...

And here is a very recent Bespoke Save the Date card that I have designed and printed for a couple. The background is a marble wash of navy blue, with certain shapes darker than others, which really helps to create depth and texture. All the gold you see in these have been foiled to give that added WOW factor. The gold foil is amazing when it catches certain lights and it's a definitely a luxury finish that your guests are going to be impressed with. This design is totally unique to Derynn & George and I am just so so excited to create their invitations.

Art Deco Save the Date

If you're thinking of going for an Art Deco themed wedding, then please do get in touch to discuss your ideas... I just love it!

Order Of Services for the Big Day πŸ’

Gone are the days of boring, flimsy, poor quality Order of Service...  Over the years, I have designed and created many different types of Order of Services. I get asked so many different questions about these stationery items and I find that many of my couples struggle to bring these together. My job, as with all the other stationery, is to make it as painless a process as possible, whilst of course, making them perfect for you. 

The kinds of things you need to consider when it comes to ordering your Order of Service are:
- Do you want them to be in the same design and style as your invitations? So the same colours, motifs, patterns, gold foiling, paper stock etc.
- How much information are you going to have in them? Are they simply going to be timelines of the day or are they going to contain all the hymns, readings, etc.
- Do you want to provide your guests with one per couple or one per person? 

There are basically 3 different formats to choose from with Orders of Service and heres a little breakdown for you; 

  • A card, either A6 or A5 size. Single or double sided, depending upon how much information you need on them. This option is definitely one for couples that don't have much information to go on them in general. 
  • Folded card; a 4 page booklet. Again, I would suggest to go for this style if you don't have an abundance of information to go on them.
  • An 8 page Booklet; which I find is the most popular option. With this style, you have an outer cover, which can be printed on all sides and then an insert sheet which is stapled in. These are great for when there is a lot of information- like having the hymns written out etc.

In terms of design, as ever, there are so many options, but I feel like I can put them into 'categories' for you:

  • Most of my couples usually carry on their design from their invites to their Orders of Service, so including a motif, the same fonts, colours and overall vibe.
  • Others like to include a sketch of the Church/ venue that they are getting married in.
  • And sometimes, people want to go more traditional with them and keep them quite simple- so no patterns or illustrations.

At the end of the day, it's up to you. It's a personal preference. But these are so important to get right because your guests will naturally keep hold of them as a momento of your Big Day. Have a look below at just a selection of past Orders... Please do get in touch if you have any questions and need any help with sorting yours out.

Order of Service Cards

Brown Kraft Order of Service Booklets

Order of Service Booklet with Church Illustrations

Traditional Order of Service Booklets

Themed Order of Service Booklets

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 πŸ’•

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.

Autumnal Wedding Invitations πŸ‚

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!

Real Wedding at Cripps Barn πŸŒΏπŸ’

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
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Business Stationery for Vanilla Pod Bakery πŸ°πŸ‘°πŸ½

I recently had the pleasure of working with Pia from Vanilla Pod Bakery. Everything about her brand, style and cake designs scream luxury; so we wanted to resemble this with all of her stationery too.

I designed her gold foiled stickers as well as her business cards; which are triple layered, with pink edging and hand printed gold foil. Having such prestigious business cards really does set you apart from anyone else. It's the first impression someone gets of your business, so it's important to set the right tone.

If you haven't yet thought about your wedding cake, then make sure you look at all the wonderful creations www.vanillapodbakery.com Not only are Pia's designs incredible, but the huge range of flavours that she creates are just filled with mouth watering goodness!

Lapstone Barn Wedding Venue πŸ’’

So I went to visit the beautiful new wedding venue that is Lapstone Barn last week. Based in Chipping Campden, surrounded by just the most idyllic, luscious green countryside; it makes for the most perfect Cotswold Wedding venue around.


The drive up to it, in itself, was super impressive and instantly, upon arrival, I fell in love with the place straight away. It's got a very cosy, warming vibe to it, with a very cute reception area before entering the most amazing space in which the ceremonies take place. They can take up to 200 seated guests, for the ceremony and for the evening- a much larger capacity than most other barn venues. The thing that struck me the most about this barn in particular, was the light; it was exceptionally light throughout, which again, is quite unusual for this type of venue. I especially loved the old milking parlour that is now the dining/ evening space- the industrial yet country feel to it makes it so unique, vast and different. It even has it's own very cool bar area, with comfy armchairs and a log inspired fireplace - a perfect place to let your party feet have a rest! There's a fantastic courtyard in the middle of the barn, in which they can hold outside ceremonies... Amazing!!


If you haven't yet been to Lapstone to have a visit, you need to get up there! The team that run it are great, so very helpful and welcoming. I understand that dates are filling up fast, so you need to be quick! I'm very much looking forward to working with this venue in the near future and  have got some exciting things coming up... watch this space! If you have already booked and you are planning your wedding, please do get in touch about your stationery- let's make it all as dreamy as the venue πŸ’• Check out the website: www.lapstonebarn.co.uk