Friday, 18 April 2008

Top Trend: Bold Calligraphy

Many couples planning their weddings are now becoming bolder in their colour choices especially where stationery is concerned. 
At the Designer Wedding Show in February this year, I spoke to calligrapher Paul Antonio who told me that his clients are moving away from the more traditional designs and opting for bright inks on bold shades of paper such as hot pinks, greens and blues. 
A new favourite of mine is California based artist Laura Hooper, creating stunning designs for discerning American couples and many others around the world. Having been in the industry now for some time she has since become one of the most sought after stationers in the U.S producing hand written, letterpressed and offset printed pieces.

Introducing colour through your stationery is a great way for couples opting for a vintage feel to inject a more individual feel. Vintage doesn't necessarily mean soft, muted colours, and these examples work particularly well with a kitsch 1950s theme or monochrome 1920s.

I love to include little surprise extras with invitation inserts-especially cute little memento maps of the area in which you're marrying. A popular choice in the U.S, Laura's maps are completely bespoke and made to compliment the design of your invitations. They can even be given to guests as favours...

My tip for 2008? Don't be afraid to experiment and let your calligrapher run wild with striking colours to make an impact!

Friday, 11 April 2008

Vintage Weekend at Luella's Boudoir

Grant-Riley Weddingis holding court with Luella's Boudoir in Wimbledon on the 10th and 11th of May! We're inviting brides to drop by and ask the experts for tips to make the best from their vintage wedding and we're also joined by Emma Embery, make-up artists the Simply Fabulous Company, vintage stationers Emily and Jo and gorgeous cake maker Zoe Clarke.

To join us, please book through Luella's here: Luella's Vintage Wedding Weekend.

See you there! 

Real Weddings: Warm Tones in November

Late last year we were lucky enough to have the pleasure of planning Mr and Mrs Taylor's wedding in Greenwich. They first contacted us in July having decided to tie the knot in early November, leaving us just four months to plan everything! Amazingly (or not) everything came together beautifully and Berty and Laetitia at Perrot Photo really captured the essence of the day.

The theme for the wedding took inspiration from Autumn, bringing warm, burnt tones of red and orange in from the bridesmaid dresses, bridal flowers and reception decor. Fabulous florist Rebecca Mays created apple vases each with their own gerbera inside and scattered burnished oak leaves on the tables.

The bride and groom really surprised their guests part way through their evening reception when Elvis impersonator Neil Duncan exploded into the room in his white jump suit!

A great time was had by all and we were so pleased to see the bride and groom so happy.


Thursday, 10 April 2008

The 1930s Photoshoot

You may have seen some of the gorgeous images on our website. The shoot took place at the Petersham Hotel in Richmond on a glorious morning in November last year and became an Art Deco wonderland for a few hours.
Our photographer friend Antonio Sanzari was responsible for the beautiful shots and some of our favorite suppliers contributed:

We were on quite a tight schedule as the staff at the Petersham were preparing for a wedding in the afternoon, but they were very patient and accommodating while we used their stunning banquet rooms and verandah. 

Our very talented make-up artist, Gerda Lauciute, who specialises in vintage hair and make-up transformed our model who arrived dressed as a casual 1950s pin up into a stunning Greta Garbo in a short space of time.
So, you've seen some of the polished pieces, we thought we'd show you the behind the scenes shots!


Grant-Riley Weddings: First Anniversary

I'm absolutely amazed at how quickly our first year has gone-it seems like only yesterday that we launched!
To celebrate, I decided to start our own blog to display our latest news, tips and trends and I hope it will prove an inspiration to any bride planning her wedding.