Monday, 30 November 2009

Christmas Sparkle...

This weekend I have been finishing off Christmas card orders, I love seeing them all packaged up ready to be delivered and thinking that they will soon be sent out to bring a little bit of Christmas sparkle to someone...

If you would like to find out more about personalised Christmas cards for 2010 then email me at info{@} and I will get back to you next year!

Friday, 27 November 2009

Invitation :: Laura & Tom

Laura and Tom chose fuchsia pink for their colour scheme so I designed this bespoke invitation set to match. The set included a front sheet, the invitation, information card, rsvp postcard and a matching pink envelope. All four cards were then tied together with satin fuchsia ribbon and a tag detailing their names and wedding date.

Here's a snippet from the kind words they sent to me...
“thank you so much for doing the stationery for our important day, it looked great and you made it so much easier for me!”

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Love Notes :: 2

The Beauty of Love

The question is asked: “Is there anything more beautiful in life than a young couple clasping hands and pure hearts in the path of marriage? Can there be anything more beautiful than young love?” And the answer is given: “Yes, there is a more beautiful thing.

“It is the spectacle of an old man and an old woman finishing their journey together on that path. Their hands are gnarled but still clasped; their faces are seamed but still radiant; their hearts are physically bowed and tired but still strong with love and devotion. Yes, there is a more beautiful thing than young love. Old love.”


Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Who caught my eye :: 3

The displays that By Appointment Only Event Design created for the wedding fair at Burghley House were truly beautiful! For their stand they had arranged a table set for an event, I stood for ages to take in the variety of colours and amazing use of flowers that worked perfectly together, the attention to detail was spot on and their whole stand just took my breath away. Their promise is to make your event magical and I believe they would do just that...

You can find out more about By Appointment Only Event Design on their website and they have a blog too!

Images By Appointment Only Event Design

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Who caught my eye :: 2

Choosing your perfect dress is such an exciting and important part of your planning. Its a time when you deserve the highest level of service to make it an experience you will remember forever and I believe that The Bridal Gallery can offer you just that...

Images The Bridal Gallery

The luxurious boutique, situated in Finedon, Northamptonshire, stocks an exclusive collection of gowns by designers such as Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford and Kate Sherford. A family owned business run by mother and daughter, they operate an appointment only service, which gives you exclusive use of the shop to view the collection in private and over an hour of one to one attention.

You can find out more about The Bridal Gallery including opening times and contact details on their website.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Who caught my eye :: 1

This week I thought I would share a round up of the top 3 suppliers that caught my eye at the recent Burghley House wedding fair...

Starting with Carellia Rose...

I really admired their stand, it was full of beautiful little tea sets, vintage tableware and cake stands all draped with bunting, ribbons and pearls. I love this english country garden look and if you are planning to have a similar theme for your wedding or event then you should definitely check out their website for further details on how they can help with vintage hiring, styling and planning... They also have a blog which features some of their recent 'real weddings'.

Images Carellia Rose

Reading their website and blog has inspired me to design a vintage themed stationery set for Beau, more on this coming soon...

If you had a vintage theme for your wedding and have some photos you would like to share then please leave a comment below and we will be in touch to find out more...

Friday, 20 November 2009

Preparation, preparation, preparation...

Today's post is written by a special friend of mine Charlotte Lynch, a one time wedding co-ordinator for various venues in Northamptonshire, she is here today to share her thoughts on 'how to use the expertise of your wedding co-ordinator'... Thanks Charlotte! x

I share Tracey’s passion for weddings … the creativity, imagination, inspiration, love and laughter blended together to create the most wonderful day to be remembered for the rest of your life. So when Tracey asked me to write a short piece for Twenty Seven Years Later about my experiences as a wedding co-ordinator, I jumped at the chance! I spent a number of years working in this field at various venues and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thrived on helping to make each couples’ wedding day as personal, memorable, enjoyable and stress free as possible … it was certainly challenging at times (!) but very rewarding.

Most wedding venues have an in-house wedding co-ordinator (often included in the price of the venue) to help guide you through the preparations as well as being a friendly face on the big day. The co-ordinator is there to help alleviate the stress running up to the wedding and on the day itself as a stressed bride is never a good look! Although they are often restricted by venue rules and regulations, they should be able to offer some degree of flexibility so you can have a bespoke and personalised wedding. Make time to sit down with your co-ordinator in the early stages and discuss your initial ideas as they may be able to offer insight through their experience of past wedding themes or entertainments, etc which have worked well at the particular venue or which they thought were unique or quirky ideas. It is good to bounce ideas off each other to help come to a wedding day plan that works for you and the venue.

You can make use of the venue’s wedding co-ordinator as much or as little as you want, whether it’s just to recommend a good photographer/florist or to assist with every aspect of the day … it’s entirely your call! Your co-ordinator will always make the time to see you and answer any questions you have at any point during the preparations. Do not feel afraid to ask questions … as the bride, it is certainly your prerogative! Any questions that pop into your head … no matter how small or silly you think they are, just jot them down and call/email your co-ordinator or ask at your next meeting. I was often confronted with a big long list of questions trailing to the floor!! Just remember this is “your” day.

A good wedding co-ordinator will schedule a number of meetings at the venue with you … to discuss menu/wine options (they should offer a menu and wine tasting before you decide!), guest numbers, timings and other basic details of the day, along with a “final details” meeting closer to the big date where you will run through all the intricate details of the day from start to finish … make sure you allow a good couple of hours for this!! Following this meeting, your co-ordinator will put together a running order of the day or “function sheet” which will be distributed to all parties involved, i.e. the chef, function manager, housekeeping. It is definitely worth asking for a copy of this so you can be clear in your mind exactly how the day will run.

If you do not have access to a wedding co-ordinator service, I would suggest devising your own running order of the day. Start by breaking down your day into different sections, i.e. night before, church service/civil ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast, evening function, day after and include everything you can think of … right down to the nitty gritty! Include all timings, even note times such as cake delivery, photographer’s arrival, set up of the band, etc and exact number of guests for each part of the day. Then under each section, I would include every little detail … no matter how small, i.e. who will be greeting guests, what music will be played at the ceremony, who is responsible for taking the flowers from the ceremony to the venue, which drinks will be served at the reception, the full menu details, order of the speeches, etc. Seeing your wedding plan in “black and white” will help you gain a clearer picture of the day and help to arrange and compose your thoughts. It is also a very good tool to assist you in keeping track of unfinished tasks.

I hope this goes a little way to help you gain the most from your wedding co-ordinator service and in turn, helps you organise your dream wedding. Just remember to enjoy and cherish every second of the preparations and time leading up to your wedding and I wish you a beautiful and breathtaking day.

Charlotte Xx

Thursday, 19 November 2009

5 years ago today...

I met a lovely man, a man who I had an amazing connection with and a man I knew one day I would marry... Happy 5 years Ian x

Pop back tomorrow for some great advice on how to make the most of your wedding co-ordinator!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Just perfect...

As we drove through the gatehouses and down the serpentine driveway a tingle went down my spine, without even saying a word to each other we both knew this was the place we had been searching for, a place so special, just perfect for our wedding reception.

Inside was just as spectacular, it took my breath away, full of fine paintings and beautiful architecture - I knew our guests would love it as much as we did! And so Rushton Hall became our reception venue and what a fantastic time we had!

To find out more about Rushton Hall and the wedding packages they offer visit their website.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

We are proud...

...and happy to announce that we are now Rushton Hall's recommended wedding stationery supplier! Pop back tomorrow to find out more about this gorgeous venue.

Image Rushton Hall

Monday, 16 November 2009

Short & Sweet...

I love the strong composition of this photo - I wish we had asked our photographer to take some photos like this! I also love the way the red flowers, tie and nails pop out at you... AND the oh so beautiful shoes!

Image Anna Kuperberg via Snippet & Ink

Friday, 13 November 2009

Pretty Polka Dots...

'Pretty up' a plain envelope with this wrap around address label.

Download the artwork here, print it onto a sheet of sticker paper and trim using the guides.

a. Use the guide to position the sticker to the left hand side of the envelope.
b. Stick the 'please deliver to:' side to the front.
c. Wrap the 'sender:' side round to the back.

Hope you enjoy this little freebie!

This weekend I am looking forward to a little bit of Christmas, spending time with friends at a double Christening and then a house warming...

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

A favourite of mine...

Foxtail Lilly is a sweet little barn shop based in Oundle, Northamptonshire. Its one of my favourite places to go when I am looking to buy a gift for someone special - the mix of vintage treasures, accessories for the home and local handmade gifts always make me smile - perfect gifts for bridesmaids or mother of the bride / groom! You can find out more about Foxtail Lilly here and here - take a look on their website for details of their wedding flowers like the gorgeous peonie rose bouquet above!

This Friday and Saturday (13th/14th) they are having their Christmas preview, all of the above plus mulled wine, mince pies and Christmas cookies! I will definitely be popping by...

Images Foxtail Lilly

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Love Notes :: 1

May your love be modern enough to survive the times
and old fashioned enough to last forever...

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Real Wedding :: Caroline & Matt

Today I am excited to be sharing these beautiful photographs taken by Issi of Issi Greig Photography and Direction. Caroline and Matt were married on the 1st of August 2009 at Rothwell Church, Northamptonshire. I especially love the photo of them blowing confetti at each other and the close ups that capture the special little details of their big day. You can find out more about Issi and see some of the other lovely weddings she has photographed here. Congratulations to Caroline and Matt!

Monday, 9 November 2009

A little note to say...

... to everyone who visited our stand at The Essential Wedding Show at Burghley House on Sunday. We had a great day, it was fantastic to meet so many nice people and have lots of lovely comments made about our stationery! Huge thanks to Jordana and Janet for helping me out on the day!

Friday, 6 November 2009

A stand in the making...

Here is a sneeky peek at what we have been up to today, this was at the start of the day, the stand will have a lot more going on on Sunday! My weekend is jam packed, I'm off to celebrate my sweet friend Sues 30th Birthday in London and then straight up to the show on Sunday - Hope you all have a lovely weekend, see you at the show if your attending!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

The Essential Wedding Show - Burghley House

Image Burghley House

Beau is attending The Essential Wedding Show at Burghley House this Sunday (8th November)... You can find out more about the show here and here.

This week has been full of preparations and I am really excited to be showcasing the new 2010 collection at the show, if you are attending then please pop over and say hello, we'd love to meet you!

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Instead of a traditional gift list...

...My husband (Ian) and I decided upon 'donations gratefully received towards our fireplace renovation' and I am so happy to say that renovation day has finally arrived! I'm sorry these 'before' images are not the prettiest images to look at but hopefully the 'after' images will be warm and inviting - just how we want our living room to feel!

So its out with the old...

Have you chosen to have a non-traditional gift list?

Monday, 2 November 2009

Why Twenty Seven Years Later?

Two babies, a boy and a girl, born a few hours apart and for those first precious moments of life, placed in cots next to each other... Twenty seven years later, fate brought them back together! At first they didn't realise they had already met, but as they got to know each other they soon figured out their special connection. Four years later he asked her to marry him... (she said yes!) and one year later after a perfect wedding day surrounded by all the people they love she is now called Tracey Sharp.

This is our love story, we would love to hear yours!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

A little bit about me...

I am so lucky to have a job where I can combine two of my favourite things - design and weddings. My passion is creating stationery that couples love to send and their guests love to receive. Twenty Seven Years Later is a collection of the things that inspire me and my stationery designs for Beau... I hope you enjoy the blog, leave inspired and return often! Tracey