Wedding Invitations : Bunting Bliss

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper with pastel watercolour information cards.

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper with pastel watercolour information cards.

One of my most enjoyable creations for the year so far has been these wedding invitations. Abi and Gary are living in the UK but are getting married in their home country, South Africa at the lovely Imperfect Perfection in Pretoria. Abi plans to have a lovely casual styled wedding with a bit of a garden party theme – bunting, baskets, bales of hay; everything that make for a cosy, personal and light-hearted atmosphere.

I was so excited when Abi mentioned that she liked the white on brown paper look. It’s a trend that I love so was keen to have my own hand at creating it. The white design embossed into the rich textured brown paper, coupled with the pastel colours and watercolour look made for a refreshing invitation design.

The invitation card came with a personalised matching envelope and two double-sided information cards, all custom designed to make a matching set that represents Abi’s style and wedding colours.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Wedding invite : white on brown paper, text close-up

Wedding invite : white on brown paper, text close-up

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper, matching brown envelope with personalised label

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper, matching brown envelope with personalised label

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper with baker's twine tie

Wedding invitation : white on brown paper with baker’s twine tie

Wedding invitation : pastel watercolour information cards

Wedding invitation : pastel watercolour information cards

Lauren and Kyle : Mosaic Merriment

I’ve never been quite as excited as I am to post this feature today. Lauren and Kyle Tee got married over the long weekend in September and Ribbon was fortunate to not only be involved with the stationery but the flowers and decor too!

The reception took place at Tony’s Fully Furnished Pizza Co in Pretoria – and it was from this unique venue that all the inspiration came. The venue’s main decor element is mosaic and so the theme was continued into the wedding’s stationery and decor. Lauren’s colour preferences were a tall order of green, blue, brown and yellow – any wedding planner’s colour scheme nightmare! Fortunately because of the mosaic theme, we were able to create an aesthetic blend of specific tones of the colours. A Moroccan touch was added with ornate lanterns as centre pieces as well as a Secret Garden feel with plenty of greenery and twinkling yellow lights. Thanks to 5 Talents Photography for the beautiful photos as well as a few from Murasaki-Ame Photography.

All-green orchid bridal bouquet and pale yellow tulip bridesmaid bouquets – Ribbon Weddings. Beautiful bridesmaid dresses by dressmaker, Anke Boersema.

Orchid boutonnieres – Ribbon Weddings with special thanks to Anelle le Roux.

Christ Church, Arcadia – flowers by Ribbon Weddings

Many thanks to all the girls who helped weave that ribbon and set up on the day. DIY coffee filter roses laboriously made by the bride.

Lanterns hired from The Decor Hire Company. Vases and runners from Nici’s Decor Hire. Flowers – Ribbon Weddings.

Invitation, menu and place card – Ribbon Weddings. Mosaic coasters made by the parents of the bride. Custom Thank You stamp for coasters – Ribbon Weddings.

Custom seating plan – Ribbon Weddings. Mosaic table numbers made by the father of the bride. Hanging votives hired from Moi Decor.

Beautifully lit photography by 5 Talents Photography.

The suppliers for this wedding are as follows:

Photography: 5 Talents Photography
Reception: Tony’s Fully Furnished Pizza Co.
Ceremony: Christ Church, Arcadia
Bride’s Dress: Olivelli                  

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Anke Boersema
Stationery: Ribbon Wedding Stationery
Flowers and Decor: Ribbon Weddings
Decor Hire: Moi Decor; Nici’s Decor Hire ; The Decor Hire Company

Wedding Stationery: Protea Invitations

I created these natural, eco inspired invitations for Mandy who is getting married in July. I came up with a simplified protea design to use as a ‘window’ on the cover. The natural cover paper was laser cut to reveal the gorgeous pastel colours of the protea.

The invitation page was printed on transparent paper to give it a soft, translucent feel. If held up to the light, the colours shine through magnificently.The booklet-type invitation had a kind of seam down the side with a mint green lace to finish it off.

Looking forward to using these colours and the protea motif again for the Mandy’s on-the-day wedding stationery!

In Studio: Working on my own Wedding Invitations

It’s two months till my wedding day and I’m finally wrapping up the creation of my wedding invitations. Being a Wedding Stationery designer, this was the most exciting part of the wedding for me. Wedding stationery is my passion and so it gave me such joy to execute what I envisioned. The envelopes are handmade so required cutting, folding and sticking…very tedious but so worth it! Thanks to my efficient bridesmaid and my obedient (hee hee) fiance, they all got done without too much back ache. All I have left now is to address the envelopes and send them out!