Design

Meet The Experts: The Luxe Paper Co.

Designing stationery is such a personal journey, it sets the tone and story for such special occasions and I love being able to be a part of that process.

Hi Chloe! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you founded The Luxe Paper Co.

Hi I’m Chloe and I’m the designer behind The Luxe Paper Co. I’m obsessed with stationery, typography, luxury papers and anything with gold foil! I’m a self-professed font and paper geek and I get excited every time new orders arrive.

Design is a huge part of my life and I am lucky enough to do what I love on a daily basis. As well as designing wedding stationery, I have years of experience working in agencies collaborating with a vast array of clients from small and national companies to large global ones.

After creating stationery for family and friends weddings, I fell in love with the idea of being able to create something so special that tells such a personal story. Few belongings can better tell the story of your most important memories than special occasion stationery.

Therefore taking my design experience and passion for stationery I was inspired to take the leap and launch The Luxe Paper Co.

All images courtesy of The Luxe Paper Co.

All images courtesy of The Luxe Paper Co.

I’ve only recently this year taken the leap and launched The Luxe Paper Co. I’ve designed a lot of wedding stationery for family and friends the last few years but it was designing my own this year that led me to set up properly.

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What’s the best thing about your job?

It goes without saying that receiving feedback is one of the very best parts about my job. There is nothing better than knowing that the stationery you have put so much time and love into creating is adored by the client it has have been created for.

Designing stationery is such a personal journey, it sets the tone and story for such special occasions and I love being able to be a part of that process.

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If you could give a piece of advice to a couple planning their wedding, what would it be?

Get an early start so that you won’t feel rushed later, once you’ve found the perfect venue and secured your date, book in with a stationer, especially if you are looking for something bespoke, as they often get booked up quickly and it’s an important part in creating the theme for your day.

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What areas of the business have changed since you started? Are there certain trends making their way through this year?

I think stationery has become a massive part of the wedding industry; it’s a very personal process and defines the style and tone of the whole wedding and the couple themselves. More than ever couples are looking for something bespoke and personal.

In 2019 I think Perspex and vellum are going to continue to be massive and while pastels and pinks are commonly associated with wedding stationery, darker hues are looking to take centre stage, as a formal but more luxury option.

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What are your favourite colours or patterns to work with?

This is a really difficult question; I love really rich and deep colours, a gold foil finish is also a firm favourite of mine. With every couple comes a different brief and wedding which is always so exciting as I know I’ll get to experiment with different fonts, colours, papers and themes.

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What have you got lined up for the rest of the year?

As well as moving house, travelling America and continuing to plan my own wedding for next year, I am looking forward to meeting and working with new couples and growing The Luxe Paper Co. I am also excited to be attending a family wedding in the summer at The Granary Estates.

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I am so delighted to be a recommended supplier for The Granary Estates. It is such a stunning venue with beautiful grounds and the staff are very friendly and welcoming. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend several weddings as a guest here and feel privileged to be a supplier.

Thanks Chloe!

To see more of Chloe’s beautiful work, hit the button below!

Hall & Co - Onwards & Upwards!

The award-winning Hall & Co. Event Design have recently under taken the task of re-branding their company, formerly known as Elizabeth Hall Event Design.

As one of our recommended suppliers, we love the creativity and energy they bring to an event; whether it be through their catering options, styling methods or the enthusiasm of their wonderful team! We asked Elizabeth Hall (Owner and founder of Hall & Co.) how the re-brand has gone and how this will continue to propel their growing business...

Why have you chosen to change your name?

It’s been on the cards for a while. Four years ago Elizabeth Hall Event Design was started as a small prop hire and styling business that I did in evenings and weekends, after a year I went full time, head first into it allowing me to offer additional services and really develop the business.

From the moment, we launched catering in the summer of 2015, the business changed direction and from Summer 2016 to summer 2017, we have grown far beyond those original plans and name. We have a full-time team of amazing and talented individuals and this new brand really represents us as a whole and our plans for the future.  

 

How did you go about changing your ‘brand’?

I knew I didn’t want “Elizabeth” in it anymore, so it was then just working out how far we wanted to move from the rest of the name…turns out not that far. We had established a reputation and won some awards under the original name, so it didn’t make sense to have a complete change and name it something like golden pineapple or elegant events. Also, any of this style of name suggestions just weren’t us.

“Event Design” remained as it’s us in a nutshell and encompasses all of our service elements, and “Hall & Co” represents not only Dom & I but also everyone in our team.

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Image by Jackson & Co.

Image by Jackson & Co.

Did you have a logo idea in mind?

We wanted something bold and timeless with a clean look and the flexibility to look good on everything from the website to vans, aprons and stationary.

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How does this represent your company?

Our strapline has always been “Fresh. Imaginative. Personal.” and this needed to come across in the branding.

We’ve kept it understated and fuss free with a nod to the team behind the finished product. Our new colours and the imagery used throughout the website and new brand materials, really represent our style and the style of weddings and events that we love to be a part of.

Image by Sarah Brookes Photography

Image by Sarah Brookes Photography

Who did you task to work on the re-brand? 

After receiving some ideas from external designers we decided to take on the task of re-branding in house as we are lucky enough to have Cara, a former stationary designer, as an event manager.

As a team we all looked at the internal and external perception of who we are as a brand, different logo designs and discussed colours that best represented our style. 

Cara took the lead and instantly came up with logo ideas that were more “us”, we are so glad we went down this route and feel like really have an end product that truly reflects who we are.

We see you also have a shiny, new website...:)

Also designed and built by Cara! We love our new website and will be continuing to add new sections to it over the coming months. We are currently working on our prop catalogue and a look book section to give everyone lots of inspiration.  Our blog will be a key feature as well used to document what we are working on, industry trends and beautiful weddings.

In terms of branding and design we wanted the website to have a fresh new look with clean lines, new images and bold black fonts.

www.hallandcoeventdesign.co.uk

How has using social media helped your business?

We love a boomerang! Instagram is our jam and we love it! We have left the old Elizabeth Hall Event Design account up and as it was but with a message to come and see our new one. We wanted to start fresh with Instagram but not delete all the old images and comments. We are committed to only posting images of work that we have contributed to and use it as a mini portfolio.

The team Instagram page is still live and we have big plans for it in the new year, along with our Pinterest account and a new YouTube account. Follow the team Instagram feed for behind the scenes snippets, 4.00am van loads, over caffeinated ramblings and dog spam. 

Facebook & Twitter roll along, we aren’t really fans of these two platforms, but realise that not everyone is a passionate about Instagram as we are.

@hallandcoeventdesign

Has it been hard to leave EHED behind?

No! It’s not who we are anymore and this new stage really represents the company and the team as we continue to grow.

What does 2018 hold for Hall & Co.?

Cara is still very busy on branding materials, all of which should be finished in the new year.

For the kitchen, 2018 means expanded facilities and we will also be adding additional members to the kitchen team.

We are also renovating the showroom, meeting room & tasting room to reflect our new style (and the need for more storage). Once complete we will be holding two open days to showcase the new branding, our décor hire catalogue and of course food samples!

Image by Sarah Brookes Photography

Image by Sarah Brookes Photography

We love the re-brand and can't wait to see what 2018 holds for this talented and professional team! Check out their new website by clicking HERE!

The GG's x

Conceive & Create!

TRENDS

Definition:

'A general direction in which something is developing or changing'

 

Throughout the year as we welcome excited brides and grooms, same sex unions and blessings, we see a variety of styles and tastes when it comes to wedding decoration and styling. Each and every wedding is individual and unique, making our job a very exciting and happy one!

Over the past 12 months we have seen 2016/17 trends such as free-form bouquets and wild flower centre pieces, food stations, naked cakes, wooden detailing and an emphasis on pastel colour palettes.

We love and promote creativity here at the barns and love it when our couples inject their own sense of style and personality in to the big day. As with all aspects of creative avenues, trends will always come and go and come back round again, but it is what best represents you and your relationship which will make it YOUR wedding day. 

In March we played host to a group of immensely talented suppliers working in the wedding and events industry, who came together on a beautiful sunny day in Suffolk to showcase their talents and promote their services within our grounds. Using white shades against fresh, lush foliage with hints of peach tones, Jenna and Leah orchestrated a stunning shoot with beautifully executed photography to capture the atmosphere on the day. By carefully selecting particular props, flowers, foliage and colours, the team of suppliers used trends and ideas rooted in 2016 which would transition easily in to 2017, enabling the resulting images and blog to remain 'current' and as an inspiration to brides this year and in to 2018.

Here are a collection of images to inspire, excite and get those creative juices flowing! (Even Mills make an appearance!) Enjoy!

 

Photography by Leah Lombardi

Concept, Stationery, Planning & Co-Ordination by Wonderland Invites

Flowers by Clare Jones Floral Design

Styling by Elizabeth Hall Event Design

Cakes by Lucky & Co.

Dresses by Rembo Styling

Boutique by Lara B

Car by The Little Vintage Car Co.

Table Runner & Ribbons by Kate Cullen

Balloons by Bubblegum Balloons

Parasols by East London Parasols

Envelope Calligraphy by The Golden Letter

Envelopes by GF Smith

Hair & Make Up by Cambridge Make Up Artist

Wood Slice Favours by The Willow Workshop UK

Golf Leaf Hair Slides by Johnny Loves Rosie

Necklace by Maria Allen

Shoes & Bracelet by ASOS

To see the full blog on Rock My Wedding, follow the link below!

'Inspiration Shoot' at The Granary Barns

Happy reading!

The GG's x

   

5 Questions: Eliza May Prints

Wedding stationery can play a massive role in the overall feel and aesthetic of your big day. From the day you send out your 'Save the Dates', to the moment your guests take their seats at the wedding breakfast, the stationery can be used to compliment both the venue and your decorations. It is a chance to bring out your creative side and add those personal touches which will make the day unique to you.  

With this creative industry taking a front seat as couples look for an affordable yet 'on-trend' option, we spoke with our recommended supplier, Eliza May Prints, about how her first year in the industry has gone...

You have a number of different and equally beautiful designs available on your website. How do you find your inspiration for the different templates and do you have a particular favourite at the moment?

Thank you! I find my inspiration everywhere, it can be from nature, interiors, magazines - literally anything! I also like to keep up to date with wedding blogs to get inspiration and all the information about upcoming wedding trends. It's really hard to pick a favourite design as it changes all the time, but I do love a good floral. I've been working on lots of new collections which will be launching over the next coming months and I am really excited about them, there may be a new favourite within them but you'll have to watch this space for now! 

'Pastel Meadow'

'Pastel Meadow'

In  November last year, you won ‘Wedding Industry Newcomer of the Year’ at The Wedding Industry Awards – Congratulations! How did you start Eliza May Prints and how have you found your first year in the industry? Do you have any advice for other small start-up businesses?

Ahhh it was an amazing night held at the gorgeous barns and one I will always remember! I started Eliza May Prints last year and at the time my sister was getting married. She had asked me to put together her save the dates and invitations as I'd always been the creative type and I really enjoyed it. My sister received so many compliments on her stationery and I loved the process so much that I decided to launch it as a small business and it just took off from there. I'm so lucky that I get to do something I love every day and I get to be a part of such a special day for my lovely couples. 

My advice for small start-up businesses would be to remember where you started and look back on the achievements you've made so far. It's easy to focus on the things you haven't achieved yet and the goals you are still reaching for, but sometimes I think we forget to be proud of what we have achieved and enjoy those accomplishments, no matter how small they may be! 

Here's the lovely Eliza receiving her award at The Wedding Industry Awards last November!

Here's the lovely Eliza receiving her award at The Wedding Industry Awards last November!

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Definitely the wonderful feedback I receive from my clients - it really means the world to me! I'm very lucky to have the loveliest clients who are always so kind - one of my clients recently forwarded on some of the feedback she had received from her friends about her invitations and it was so lovely to read.

Being an organised bride (or groom!) takes a lot of dedication. Save the dates, RSVPs and table stationary are all part of the big day and can set the theme and feel of the day. In your opinion, how far in advance should couples be thinking about sending their save the dates and/or invites before the wedding day?

I always advise my couples to aim to get their invitations out at least 3 months ahead of the wedding day, but I think it depends on the time of the year. If you're getting married in Summer it's best to give your guests as much notice as possible as most people will want to book their holidays throughout the summer period. With save the dates it's nice to send them out a year in advance but this all depends on how organised you have been with securing your venue! 

'Country Charm'

'Country Charm'

What are the new trends in stationery for 2017?

I’m finding that the new trends for 2017 are very minimalist and natural. It’s all about the delicate calligraphy and neutral tones -   less is definitely more! With the pantone colour of the year being Greenery, Botanical designs are very in at the moment. Green foliage and leaves are replacing traditional florals for a relaxed rustic look. Watch this space for a brand new botanical design I’m launching soon!

Thanks Eliza! To see more of Eliza's work or to get in touch, head over to her website!

www.elizamayprints.com

The GG's x

Flower Fairies Workshop

The Flower Fairies descended on the Flint Barn on Wednesday evening to spread their floral fairy dust over the barns!

With endless amounts of eucalyptus, beautiful blooms of ranunculus and elegant stems of calla lilies, Clare and Julie transformed the barn in to a flower heaven for our thirteen wannabe florists.

The girls kicked off proceedings by introducing their new students to the array of flowers they were going to be working with and explaining how to prepare and condition the different types of flowers ready for assembly. It was a great insight in to the time and knowledge that florists use and need everyday to create the specific arrangements their customers require - a real art form!

After preparing and conditioning then came composition. As full-time florists, the two Flower Fairies made gathering the stems together look effortless and in a matter of minutes, Julie had produced a stunning bouquet of seasonal blooms and foliage.

After a lot of practice and starting again from scratch, our florists-in-training created 13 exquisite bouquets all of which the Flower Fairies were extremely impressed with! Even though everyone started with exactly the same stems, each bouquet was different to the next and equally as gorgeous :)

With their flowers tied and trimmed, Clare and Julie then walked the ladies through wrapping and finishing their bouquets, adding that final professional touch. 

The Flower Fairies were excellent teachers, always on hand to guide their students and lend a (strong) hand if the ladies needed it! A fantastic evening was had by all :) We hope that these talented ladies will continue to use all of the new skills they learnt from the evening in their  future floral endeavours and visit us at the barns again soon for the next workshop on Wednesday 3rd May!

Before Wednesday's Workshop took place, we spoke with the Clare and Julie about their new joint venture and a little insight in to the life of a florist....

Why did you form ‘Flower Fairies’? 

J: Me and Clare first met working in a flower shop together (The Flower House, Cambridge) and our friendship blossomed from there. We have worked together many times over the years but have always wanted a project to work on and build together. We came up with Flower Fairies as we loved the idea of sharing our passion for flowers with others through teaching. It means we can both carry on our floristry careers and have Flower Fairies as a fun and enjoyable side project. Being best friends it doesn’t even feel like work.

What ‘floral trends’ are you loving at the moment? 

C & J: More weird and wonderful ways of displaying flowers at venues and for table decorations are becoming a trend we love. We particularly like the use of copper piping framework for ceremony backdrops teamed with geometric terrarium table centres, a way to bring some quirkiness to the floral décor. Combining this with wild, natural and overflowing bouquets incorporating lots of greenery and interesting textures is a gorgeous combination, softening the harsh angles with romantic blooms.

As full-time Florists, you both have a fantastic knowledge of flowers, an understanding of composition and an all-important creative eye! What flowers are in season at the moment and what would be your favourite way to use/display these? 

C & J: In early spring the flower markets are full of beautiful bright colours and gorgeous blooms such as tulips, anemones, ranunculus, daffodils, mimosa, hyacinths, muscari, hellebores and narcissi. We especially love the striking giant-headed ranunuclus called Cloony ranunculus, so pretty! Spring flowers are great for adding splashes of colour to any room and look lovely displayed in fun, mismatched containers such as jugs, teapots, tin cans, colourful bottles and mason jars. 

Clare, we loved having yourself and your now hubby Rich (aka Biscuit!) tie the knot here at the barns last October. As your best friend and fellow FF, Julie worked alongside you to create your stunning floral arrangements (including bouquets, button holes and garlands to drape along the beams), totally transforming the venue and putting your talents on display throughout, simply stunning! Where did the inspiration for your wedding flowers come from and how did you both find the whole experience? 

C: There is so much beautiful floral inspiration in autumn and I have always loved the gorgeous flower varieties, colours and textures that are available. We let what was in season guide our flower choices and we choose designs that we felt complimented the time of year. Flowers were the main and most important décor for our wedding and we had a lot of fun working out ways to have flowers dress the barns from the floor to the beams. 

C & J: We always really enjoy working together but on this occasion it meant so much to us both. From the planning stages months before, right down until the final finishing touches on the morning. We love bouncing ideas off each other and sharing our creativity, and to see it all come together on the day was incredibly special. Walking down the aisle together as bridesmaid and bride and seeing all our creations adorning the barns, it really was magical.

Julie what was your favourite part to work on? 

J: For me, it had to be Clare’s bridal bouquet! To create the bouquet that Clare would carry down the aisle to marry the man of her dreams was a huge honour and meant so much to me. Being best friends and fellow florists, there’s a great passion for flowers that we share and have a unique bond over. I made the bouquet with such thought and love, I even put a crab apple from her garden in there for a little piece of her home with Rich. I kept Clare’s bouquet hidden from her until she was in her dress on the morning, the moment I handed it over to her was probably my most treasured memory of our friendship to date, it was such an emotional exchange for us and I will never forget it. Also, the giant flower balls deserve a mention, they looked stunning!

Images by Ben Minnaar Photography

From wreath making to flower crowns to bouquets, you have covered many aspects of floristry in your previous workshops. What’s next on the agenda for the Flower Fairies and how can people sign up?! 

C & J: We are currently in the process of putting together bespoke packages for special occasions such as hen dos and birthdays. We love the idea of making flower crowns with hens as their afternoon entertainment before their big night out, providing not only the fun activity itself but a floral accessory to wear out too! We also run regular workshops at The Little Acre Kitchen in St Ives. Our next one is a floral foam arrangement workshop and will take place on Wednesday 22nd March. We are also delighted to announce another Flower Crown Workshop at The Granary Barns on Wednesday 17th May. For details or to book onto these classes, or for more information about private classes, email us on flowerfairiesworkshops@outlook.com.

You can also keep up to date with The Flower Fairies on their Facebook page - The Flower Fairies Workshop

The GG's x

Guest Blog: Elizabeth Hall

As the cold wind blew, no snow fell and bells were rung, time for our Elizabeth Hall events team flew by in the mix of festivities and weddings this past December. Catering and styling for two weddings the week before Christmas and for three during Christmas and New Year, our team worked closely with the Granary Girls to give that extra sparkle on our five bride and groom’s special day.

 

Elizabeth and her husband, Dominic, took their team of waitresses and chefs to set up camp at The Granary Estates on the 10th of December right through to the moment the clock stuck midnight on New Year. From lantern installations to 3 course meals, the team were multitasking in the kitchen, juggling their canape trays and of course, boomeranging for Instagram.

 

KATIE & STEPHEN - 12TH DECEMBER 2016

Katie first came to us with inquiries about our chiffon draping she had seen at Granary. With or without fairy light’s, the simplistic white drapes give the barns an elegant touch against the flint paved walls and decadent chandeliers.

Photography by James McGrillis Photography

 

RACHAEL & GAVIN - 17TH DECEMBER 2016

Going for a fun & interactive roast dinner sharing board, where one guest from each table was welcomed with a surprise apron on their seat and asked to carve, Rachel & Gavin wanted to bring in their own reared meat to serve to their party of 80. Fairy lights draped in the Flint Barn across the beams giving that starry night light during the evening.

Photography by Neal Laver Photography

 

KAYLEIGH & NATHAN - 22ND DECEMBER 2016

With silver sparkle sequin table cloths and a candle lit corridor amongst a hot chocolate station with marshmallows to roast over Granary’s outside fire pit, Kayleigh & Gavin went for a cosy winter atmosphere with slippers available to rest those dancing feet!

Photography by Terri Brice Wedding & Portrait Photography

 

EMMA & JAMIE - 28TH DECEMBER 2016

After a winter inspired 3 course meal, mince pies followed along with a tea & coffee station. Emma and Jamie wanted a relaxed and fun evening food option, and so we circulated with our canape trays with mini beef sliders and mac n cheese bites, which did not last long!

Photography by Scotts of Cambridge

 

CHANTAL & JAMES - 29TH DECEMBER 2016

‘LOVE’ letters spread across the back wall of the barns enhancing the already romantic ambience as Chantal & James had their first dance together on Granary’s very own black and white styled chequered dance floor.

Photography by Chris Brudenell Photography

 

SOPHIE & ROSS - 31ST DECEMBER 2016

What a way to send off 2016 and dive into 2017 with glitz and glam, and a confetti canon for extra measure supplied by Granary. Starting the night with canapes and a Mediterranean inspired antipasti board, the guests were captivated by Sophie & Ross’ glamorous décor and the anticipation in the count down to the new year.

Photography by Peter Oliver Photography

 

The Granary Estates holds up to 180 guests in its stunning main barn, equipped with LED lighting and a bar to help get your martini glasses on. Up to 88 guests can experience the true beauty of an intimate wedding ceremony held in the flint barn. With rustic wooden beams cascading above and around the barns and a courtyard great for group photos, it truly is a beautiful venue and we couldn’t be happier to work with the venue and the Granary Girls.

Elizabeth & Jo x

Elizabeth Hall Event Design

Re-brand. Re-fresh. Re-new.

Back in early 2016, we put the wheels in motion to give our website and branding an 'image overhaul'! With our logos and trusty, old website starting to look slightly dated, it was time to move forward and give our entire brand a much needed refresh. 

Our Creative & Marketing Co-Ordinator Lynne took the reins and began working on the rebrand, always keeping the Granary's identity true to it's roots but looking to drive our company and aesthetic brand in to 2017 with a current, versatile appearance, beginning with the company logos.

The website was next up and there began our working relationship with Studio 1850! This studio was highly recommended and would help design and build our new site and it was the best decision we could have made! From day one, Elaine (Creative Director of Studio 1850) understood where we were taking the brand/site and how we would like it to look and interact. Working alongside Lynne, by August 2016 Elaine had created a beautiful online presence for our company (baised we know, but it is dreamy!) that made it much easier for our audience to navigate through the different areas of the website, whilst integrating our values and brand requirements.

If you love beautiful packaging, stunning design work and all things creative, you must visit the studio's website - www.studio1850.com. 

After work had finished on the new website and back online, we began to focus our attention to our company stationary. Using the same aesthetics and brand guidelines, Lynne redesigned our stationary whilst also producing a new brochure for 2017 focusing specifically on weddings at our barn venue. Take a look...

We have worked closely with local, Suffolk based printers Leiston Press to achieve a beautiful high quality finish with both our brochures and A4 folders and couldn't be happier with the finished product.

Having already welcomed many new faces to the barns since the start of the year, its been fantastic to hand out our new brochures and stationary to you all! We have more packs waiting for those of you visiting this weekend and beyond and we can't wait to see you all soon :)

The GG's x