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‘Enchanted Garden’ inspiration




Spring is round the corner and it is exciting to know that the days are getting longer. If today is anything to go by, the weather is becoming warmer too!

During a recent visit to Tatton Park in Cheshire, I was moved to create another wedding stationery collection. As mentioned in my last article, stationery inspires me and of course, the possibilities for creating new designs are endless.

I am also keen to try different styles of calligraphy. Even though I have experience of this writing technique, I want to expand the types of style that I am comfortable doing. Practising calligraphy for wedding stationery seems very appropriate because of its romantic feel. It is a skill and an art form, and it can be used in place of images, to add extra personality and points of interest.

Here are a couple of examples of calligraphy that I have produced. As you can see, the script trials are sketchy and I am continuing to practising and perfect the technique,perhaps using a finer tip to create thinner lines. Watch this space for updates and improvements!



Test 01




Test 02



An artist that has perfected calligraphy and who inspires me is Stephanie Fishwick. She has her own contemporary style, which is beautiful and I love the quality of the line too. They are refreshing compared to some traditional styles out there. Check out her blog and see what inspires her.


Stephanie Fishwick’s calligraphy examples

Stephanie Fendwick 01


Stephanie Fendwick







As well as calligraphy, my stationery designs incorporate illustration. Patterns look equally as good on the reverse of the stationery. All these facets demonstrate my knowledge and skill in graphic, illustration and surface design.

I love the contrast of black text on a white background and vise-versa. My trip to Tatton Park prompted me to create an enchanted garden wedding stationery theme. Below is a moodboard of this theme (the photographs taken whilst there) and a board demonstrating the monochrome concept.


Enchanted Garden inspiration

Moodboard_Enchanted garden



Colour theme inspiration – taken from Snippet and Ink

Garden elegance moodboard


I will often spend 1 to 2 days on a brief, (although that does depend on the complexity of the project), however for this project I intend to spend a few more days on it – researching and experimenting, keeping an open mind and seeing where my ideas take me. I am intrigued and am very much looking forward to seeing what the end results that I produce will be.




Wedding Stationery



Alice in Wonderland

Even though I got married in October 2013, I still love weddings; the romance, dresses, church and venue decoration, flowers, cakes and in particular, wedding stationery! I cannot put my finger directly onto why I find stationery appealing, other than that I love all the variety of designs, colours, graphics, typography, illustration, card shapes, themes etc….

I get regular emails from wedding blogs, such as Wedding Chicks and Snippet and Ink. They display real life wedding photographs and give you inspiration for your own wedding.

You can get really creative with weddings and there are so many themes to choose from, for example; Las Vegas, seaside, The Great Gatsby to summer floral. For my wedding, my husband and I chose a theme that was personal to us – Alice in Wonderland. We have both enjoyed both films (by Disney and Tim Burton) and have read the book. Deep down I think it is also part of each of our childhoods, reading fantasy stories and enjoying looking at John Tenniel’s illustrations. To add to this, we wanted a fun theme that would appeal to our adult and child guests.

Alice in Wonderland wedding stationery collection

A.I.W.Complete stationery range





I wanted my designs to have a ‘taste’ of Alice in Wonderland, using the rabbit character, heart icon and the queen’s crown only. Thus concentrating on the end purpose, that is for a romantic, informal wedding and not a fancy dress party!

I selected a ‘hand-drawn look’ font and chose colours that were a close match to my husband’s kilt, made in his family tartan. I also kept the images and text centre aligned (seems to be popular in wedding stationery) and added a chequered pattern on the reverse of the daytime and RSVP cards.

For the reception, I designed a seating plan and coordinating table character cards. The tables and decor were styled in Alice in Wonderland too. The overall effect was colourful and fun.


Seating plan,wedding cake and reception venue decorations

Seating plan




Top table


Other Alice in Wonderland ‘Tea Party’ invitations that I have found and liked, by Jag Nagra of Page 84 design




The cerise pink and gold colour scheme together with the type lock-ups really piqued my interest. They stand out very well against the clean white background. In addition, the way that the text and imagery fit tightly together create a visually satisfying composition and capture the fun and crazy element of the story.