[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 ]

[Our D.I.Y. Wedding] Order of Service

MbM_Our-Wedding_OofS_mainI came across the Order of Service we designed for our wedding last year whilst rummaging through my shoebox of sentimental things looking for something else and it only occurred to me that I never actually had anything up on the blog about it!  With our first anniversary just round the corner, this find definitely brought back so many wonderful memories of that day. I still find it surreal that it’s nearly a year since I stood at the altar, professing my love, faith, loyalty and commitment to that one man I chose to spend the rest of my life with! So, here’s to many more happier years! :) Anyway, if you remember our wedding invitation pack we designed, you’ll see how we’ve brought in the same ‘east-meets-west’ design elements and colour scheme into the Order of Service for our irish-Indian fusion wedding, keeping it simple, elegant and contemporary at the same time. I can’t tell you enough how much I (well, the both of us, being design geeks!) enjoyed designing all our stationery and I have since done a few more wedding related projects. Recently did a few things for a wedding style shoot (soon to come on the blog!) and some commissioned work. So if you have a wedding coming up or know anyone who’s planning one (UK or abroad) and in need of bespoke wedding stationery and decor…..then I’m only an email away! ;) Let me know and I’d be more than happy to work with you! xx MbM_Our-Wedding_OofS_1(web) [Image Credit: ©Made by Molu]

 

[Our D.I.Y. Wedding] The invitations

MbM_wedding-invitations (web)So after a few weeks of designing and several print runs followed by two weekends of assembling, I am pleased to say that the wedding invitations were successfully all posted out to their recipients!

Really delighted with how they turned out; we kept the overall design quite simple but still reflecting the ‘fusion’ elements with the geometric celtic-indian patterns and our chosen colour palette. And the best part of all this was having the personalised stamps made on the designs we came up with; the silouettes of our heads and the postal stamp bearing our wedding date, just to add that extra bit of personalised touch and handmade factor to the Invitation pack. FYI – I am officially a huge fan of rubber stamps!!! :) The ‘silhouette heads’ stamp was custom made by The English Stamp Co. and the ‘postal date stamp’ was ordered on Etsy.

Seeing as most of our guests were coming over to Scotland for the first time, it was essential that we provided all the information we could to make their journey and time over much easier and less daunting. No matter how many weddings you attend, and from personal experiences, you’d be surprised how lost you can be sometimes which is why I do think it’s always nice to give your guests a good idea of how the big day/weekend pans out especially if it’s a destination wedding. So along with the Invitation and the RSVP, we provided a little ‘Particulars’ booklet that included information on the venues (this was shown on a clear map so they could see exactly where they were located), accommodation, travel arrangements, wedding day itinerary and key contact details. We also decided on creating a wedding website too (the link we provided on the ‘particulars’) that provided more detailed information for our guests for the few days they were going to be over for, including ‘things to do’, ‘what to pack’, ‘dress code’ etc. B was in charge of this one and did a fabulous job at assembling it and tying in all the design elements we used on the invitations. Anyway, you can have a look yourself and tell us what you think. xx

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