In The Press | Tropical-inspired countryside wedding

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Here they are!! Official photos of the stationery and navigational signage I did for the tropical-inspired wedding that took place back in May at the stunning Narborough Hall Gardens in Norfolk – many thanks to photoagher Matt Parry!

Aaaaaaand, I’m delighted to announce that the stunning wedding got featured on Green Wedding Shoes so if you’d like to check out more photos of the day, pop on over to their blog for a good ol nosey! I for one can’t stop swooning over all the photos. Everything about this wedding is complete and utter perfection. It really goes to show how taking the time to invest in designing your wedding so it’s tailored to reflect your personality makes a huge difference. It’s so worth standing out from the crowd with the right stylist and suppliers…and creatives like Knot & Pop and Jo Flowers have surely done that here. Tropical-order-of-servicetropics-wedding-01tropics-wedding-25

[Image credit: ©Matt Parry]

So if you’re looking to work with creative like-minded people in the wedding industries who think outside the box to bring you a truly bespoke event that reflects every bit of ‘you’ in it, then take the time to find them. It’s YOUR day and investing in that little extra goes a long way!

Enjoy the photos and i’ll be back with more in a few weeks with another summer wedding I’ve been designing the stationery for!! xx

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[Image credit: ©Matt Parry]

photography: Matt Parry // event design + planning: Knot & Pop // florals: Jo Flowers  // bespoke print design: Elena Boils // artwork layout, calligraphy + Signage : Made by Molu //  venue, catering + additional photography: Narborough Hall Gardens Narborough, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Real Weddings | ‘Taste of Tropics’ Work in Progress

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Remember the leafy and tropical inspired Save-the-Dates I styled and designed at the end of last year? Well, the lovely couple got hitched early this summer and so I wanted to finally get round to sharing some behind-the-scenes of the main stationery elements that I put together for their big day. Using Elena Boils tropical illustrative motifs, I designed and artworked all the layouts of each piece (from the invitation suite to the on-the-day element) by teaming it up with some modern brush-calligraphy. And yes, I did hand-cut and letter all those leaves out for their alternative seating plan….call me insane but that’s what you do to stand out from the crowd ;)

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I’ve had a ball working on these and I can’t wait to share the official photos once I get a copy! Here’s a teeny glimpse of some of the stationery elements, ranging from Order of Ceremony and schedules of the day to menus to both hand-cut/hand-lettered seating name cards and signage!

I hope you like them and if so, do stay tuned for more!! xMBM_signs 02MBM_signs 01MBM_signs 02Photo 18-05-2016, 10 29 20MBM_signs 02

 

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FIT BRIDES Event at Frame Kings Cross

FRAME-04-23-16-Fit Brides-011Last weekend, I had my first experience showcasing at an alternative wedding event, hosted by award-winning wedding planners Knot & Pop and Frame Kings Cross (a dance, fitness and holistic studio). The ‘FIT BRIDES‘ event was an alternative wedding event very much focussed on the modern bride. The afternoon offered brides to come down to get a feel for the classes Frame offer, as well as gain insights and inspiration from the best in the wedding/fashion/beauty industries….the likes of Liz Earle, Bobbi Brown, THE OUTNET, Patchwork, London Lightbox, Georgina BoyceLucy Says I Do, etc. So, on that note, here’s a few photographs from the day to give you an idea how things panned out!

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I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive at first at the thought of running a workshop AND live painting in front of people at any public event. When I work on any painting/installation jobs, it tends to require a lot of focus and normally done within the quiet realms of my studio…..and even when I’m out doing murals, I’m still relatively cut away from any interaction from people, so this definitely tested a lot of my skills…..multitasking being one of them! ;) Anyway, it turned out to be a fun experience and I’m actually so glad to have done it – not only did I get to meet both potential clients and suppliers in the industry, but my workshop turned into a little art-therapy haven on the day.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it! So yea – this may be the start of something new…who knows eh! :)

Here’s a few more photos I took of my little stand and of the workshop in progress. Enjoy the rest of your week folks, and I’ll be back with more……I’ve soon much to catch up on here! xx

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Real Weddings | Work in progress

MbM_Real Weddings_A&D 01Hey folks! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Can you believe we’re into week three of January already…!?

Anyway, further to my last post on wedding stationery, I thought I’d share another fun one I’ve been appointed to do that has some serious tropical vibes going!  It involves a lot of leafy prints, a lush colour palette and oodles of hand-lettering, which is just what I need to get through these winter months! :)

I did the couple’s Save The Date last year, where I opted to hand-letter over some rubber-tree leaves, style it across a wavy peach backdrop (an element taken from the main illustrative piece for the stationery suite) and then photograph and turn it into a postcard. The idea was that it gave a glimpse into what’s to come and setting the scene of the wedding without giving away the entire design – a teaser, so to speak.
MbM_Real Weddings_A&D 02For those of you that don’t know me as well, I’m always looking for any excuse to letter whatever surface I can find (give me a wall, floor, a rock…whatever!) and doing so on leaves was something yet to tick off the list so I was delighted to get working on this. When you are dealing with natural, raw, odd-shaped mediums like leaves, it can be tricky trying to compose the lettering perfectly and it’s not like you can do to many trial runs either as no leaves are the same. It’s these challenges that I get a kick out of so bring them on!

Well, these are some of the behind-the scene shots of the final leaf I was styling for the Save The Date postcards. I’ll be working on phase two (the main stationery suite) very soon and cannot wait to get started. While I wont be taking on any more wedding projects this year (I’m going to be focusing on other areas of my work) I have to admit its these unconventional kinds that really make me want to do weddings. So yea, if you know of or having a wedding that takes on lots of bespoke lettering, type-based signage, backdrops and installations….then i’ll make an exception! :)

Happy weekend folks and I’ll keep you posted on progress soon xx

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Real Weddings | Work in progress

MbM_AF-Wedding-Stationery-05A quick little behind-the-scenes peek on some recent work I had done for a gorgeous couple getting married next summer. With Turkish-Cypriut backgrounds, the couple were eager to bring in Mediterranean influences to their bespoke stationery design while keeping it contemporary and elegant on the whole. In essence, setting the scene for their summer wedding day itself.
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The combination of fluid brush lettering and soft water-coloured illustrations were explored to create an organic sun-drenched feel. The designs for this phase of the stationery designs were centered around Mediterranean tiles and citrus hues in a subdued yet refreshing style, while exploring the subtle textures brought from the inks and paper used.

There’s a lot of work that goes behind bespoke, custom-designed wedding stationery but it is a lot of fun working on them particularly when you get to play around with different mediums. I most definitely enjoyed this one and cannot wait to get started on the next phase that is their main Invitation Suite which will be exploring more lettering and illustrations that involve olives and lemons!

So stay tuned for that in the new year :)

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

 

In the Press | An Elegant City Chic Wedding Shoot

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This isn’t quite Christmassy, I know but I’ve been looking forward to sharing this styled shoot on here – one, we worked on back in April this year which got featured on both Wedding Magazine (October edition) and B.Loved Blog this autumn! I’ve obviously had to wait till after we secured those features to reveal any of it to you ;)

Styled and directed by my dear friend and wedding planner Elisabetta of Linen & Silk Weddings, this shoot encapsulates all the chicness you find in a über glamorous city wedding. It infuses a lot of monochrome vibes, clean lines with bright colours and rich copper hues to bring you a harmonised combination of both masculine and feminine elements…..reflecting both your modern-day bride and groom.

My role in this shoot was to design and create all the stationery elements and key installation pieces that involved a lot of hand-lettering…which y’all know by now, is what I LOOOOOOVE especially when they involve big backdrop pieces.

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So what do you think? Don’t you just fancy a bit of monochrome love and all that copper jazz now!? I love how it oozes luxury but without it being all OTT! I think it would be perfect for New Year coming to think of it! :)

As always, it’s been freaking amazing working alongside some of the most super talented folk in the wedding industry so I do urge you guys to check them out if you’ve got a wedding on the horizon that needs planning. Oh and before I forget, here’s a beautiful little video of us working hard behind the scenes of this shoot, thanks to Edgar of Wedding Films London. Happy Monday!

 

THE TEAM:

Planning and styling: Elisabetta White, Linen and Silk Weddings:  linenandsilk-weddings.com/
Videographer: Edgar Vs, Wedding Films London: weddingfilmslondon.co.uk/
Photography: Nora Photography: nora-photography.com/
Stationery & installation design: Made By Molu: madebymolu.com/
Flowers: Bluesky Flowers: blueskyflowers.co.uk/
Cake designer: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium: elizabethscakeemporium.com/
Makeup: Ana Ospina Makeup: anaospinamakeup.co.uk/
Hair stylist: Natanja Fleckenstein: natanja-fleckenstein.com/
Jewellery: Carrie Elizabeth Jewellery
Venue: Il Bottaccio: bottaccio.co.uk/
Crockery: Amara: amara.com/
Bridal gowns: Vera Wang – Zoro, Switzerland: zoro.ch/
Shoes: Lele Pyp: lelepyp.com/ch/
Furniture: Great Hire: greathire.co.uk/
Model (bride): Rosie Meckiff Mengel
Model (groom): Ryan John Clarke

D.I.Y. FEATURE | Laura Ashley Wedding series – part 4

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Don’t you just love the versatility that you get out of wallpaper? Well, if you like to know more ways to use them, here’s how, with my final wedding installation I did for Laura Ashley. I show you how to go about creating a simple yet visually effective backdrops for your wedding, so, whether it’s for your guest book table, a photo backdrop, or behind your top table, you’d be surprised what a couple of rolls of wallpaper and props can do! Cost-effective transformations too so what’s not to like eh? :)

Hop over to the Laura Ashley blog to read more about it, and if you fancy checking the other DIYs I did for their Make & Do Wedding series. I really do hope you’ve enjoyed these and that I’ve managed to inspire you all to be a lot more savvy and creative when it comes to DIY weddings. Oh and these can apply to any occasion and not just weddings by the way! :)
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**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

D.I.Y. FEATURE | Laura Ashley Wedding series – part 3

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Remember the wedding DIYs I was doing for Laura Ashley over the Summer (the table place settings and wedding love sign)? Well, here’s the third instalment for their ‘Make & Do’ wedding series, that shows you how to make fun paper pinwheel fans out of wallpaper! So, if you’re getting hitched somewhere tropical, in enviable warmer climates, then these will be a right little treat for your guests – they’re both practical and make lovely little keepsakes that they will no doubt enjoy!

You’ll find the full tutorial over on the Laura Ashley blog.  Let me know what you think and share away if you know anyone who may like this one! :) xx

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[All Images: ©MadebyMolu]

**This post was sponsored by Laura Ashley, however all words and opinions are my own, dictated completely by my love for  DIY and styling**

[Real Weddings] when East-meets-West

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One of the many things I’ve been meaning to share on here since the summer, is this fun ‘fusion’ wedding project I did back in May. Some of you may have seen a few behind-the-scenes snippets back around springtime so I’ve now complied a few images of the finished elements to give you an idea of the project as a whole.

The couple (she’s of Indian descent and he’s of english-irish descent) had got in touch looking for bespoke wedding stationery to fit their ‘east-meets-west’ wedding after stumbling across ours on the blog (the power of search engines never ceases to amaze me!) They wanted something that signified them as a couple (fun, fresh, modern) and their cultural backgrounds, but one that also tied in elegantly with their quintessentially english country house setting in Oxfordshire where they were to get married in. With this being my first wedding job of the year, and the first ‘fusion’ one since our wedding, I was excited at the prospects (and challenges) the job presented…so instantly agreed to take it on. Plus, it’s not often you find clients you instantly get on with and wholeheartedly trust your judgement! :)
MbM_M&N-INVITATIONS-04 MbM_M&N-INVITATIONS-07So, inspired by folklore illustrations and patterns traditionally found on Indian textiles, murals, and religious occasions that depict poetry and enchanted tales, the final design route created brought a sense of romance and mystic to the couple’s fusion countryside wedding. The Stationery suite consisted of 5 elements: Invitations for both Civil & Hindu Ceremonies, RSVPs and Order of Services for both ceremonies. Once the illustrative designs were finalised, we decided that each stationery element would be distinguished by colour from the colour palette we agreed on for this project (A ‘thank you’ card was added later in the same style and fashion)

I also made on-the-day elements and hand painted signage, which for me is the most fun part being so tangible, particularly with the welcome sign and the large photo-backdrop. Again, the folklore-inspired illustrative designs were incorporated so that all the pieces looked completely unified.

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Well, the overall experience of this project was simply amazing – not only did I get to explore avenues I didn’t think I’d envisage doing much of (i.e. illustration), but I was also extremely fortunate to work with a truly delightful couple who made the entire process seamless for me. It’s people like them that make all the hard work so worth while! A huge heartfelt thank you to Mita & Nathan for being a.w.e.s.o.m.e. in every way possible and for letting me be a part of their gorgeous fusion wedding!! And of course, for the lovely professional photos you see below (courtesy of Matt Horan Photgraphy) that shows some of the signs in-situ. :)

Until next time..! xx

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[Image credit: Matt Horan Photgraphy ]

In the Press | You & Your Wedding Magazine feature

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So…do you remember me telling you last summer that one of the wedding styled shoots i worked on (the Modern Baroque) got featured in Bridal Musings? Well, it got featured again, on a 3-page spread in You & Your Wedding Magazine!!! First feature for me in print!! As you can imagine i’m so stoked about it….literally shrieked and danced like a mad woman when i got the news. I was still in DC when the news was confirmed and it took me two weeks to get my hands on a copy……and here it is!!! It’s even got a little column in the top right corner that shows you how to create my DIY gold-dipped feathers, which really was and extra bit of icing on the cake!! :D

So yea, happy days all around and as always, a huge heartfelt thank you to Elisabetta for making this happen and to the fabulous dream team I got to work with!!

if you want to check it out yourselves, you’ll find it in next month’s (July/AUG) issue!!!  Enjoy the rest of your folk lovelies xxMbM_Y&YWED-FEATURE-03MbM_Y&YWED-FEATURE-04MbM_Y&YWED-FEATURE-02