Nordic Inspired Beach Wedding

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Endersby Photography Nordic Inspired Beach Shoot

Earlier in the year it was a real pleasure to be involved in this wedding shoot organised by Endersby Photography, the idea was to take the simplicity and rustic feel of a Nordic Kinfolk wedding and set it on the beautifully romantic Cornish coast. A talented group of local Cornish wedding suppliers (full list referenced below) came together and the results were pretty stunning!


Photography – Endersby Photography

Styling – Box and Cox Vintage Hire

Planner – Jenny Wren

Dress – Ailsa Munro

Jewelry – Victoria Fergusson

Cake – The Natural Cake Company

Flowers – Vintage and Bloom

Hair – Hair by Emma C

Make up – Make Up by Ione

Real Couple – Tom & Jenn


In the Spirit of Du Maurier

A Cornish Country House Shoot

enchanted_brides_photography-81Earlier this year I was invited by Gemma of Box and Cox Vintage Hire to be involved in an exciting shoot on location at the very beautiful Enys Gardens in Penryn, Cornwall. The estate has recently started taking wedding bookings with the choice of either a marquee reception at the ‘Tennis Court’ or a rustic dinner inside Enys House. It was the romantic interior of Enys House, having largely stood still in time, that was chosen as the backdrop for this stunning series of shots from Enchanted Brides Photography.

The fabulous Wed Magazine have featured the picures in this month’s edition and quite rightly elude to the 800 year old house and it’s faded grandeur seeming to be lifted from the very pages of a Daphne Du Maurier novel.  The graceful architecture of the estate no doubt informed the styling of the shoot, led by Gemma of Box and Cox, which culiminated in a luxe botanical theme with undertones of the decadent 1930s. “Taking inspiration from the rich history of Enys and its adventurous custodians who gathered plants from across the globe, we used botanicals to breathe life into dormant spaces,” explains Gemma. Inspiration for the stationery was taken from the vintage botanical drawings one might find in the journals of these very custodians and the text compliments these delicate illustrations with elegant caligraphy and the signature, decorative art deco font associated with that era.

Photography – Enchanted Brides
Props, Furniture, Styling – Box and Cox Vintage Hire
Venue – Enys House
Stationery – Laura Likes
Flowers – This Rugged Coast
Silk Ribbons – Lancaster and Cornish
Trestle Table, Chairs, stemware, crockery, cutlery and napkins – Trevarno Marquee and Event Hire
Gold Plate Chargers and sequin table cloth – Wedding Flowers in Cornwall
Brides Dress – Claire L Headdon
Shoes – Bridal House of Cornwall
Rings – Mirri Damer
Hair Accessory – Holly Young
Hair – Sheer Beauty
MUA – Katherine Rowe
Models – Megan and Billy (real couple)

Handsome Hand Lettering

modern calligraphy handlettering handlettered envelopes address addressing wedding invitations beautiful guide handwritten laura likes cornwall ukHave you been lusting over the beautifully hand-addressed envelopes all over Pinterest but thought it was beyond your own talents (or your budget)? Well the great thing about Modern Calligraphy is that it flaunts the rules of it’s traditional counterpart – all different styles of handwriting are perfectly acceptable and made more beautiful by implementing this simple technique. All you require as a starting point is joined up cursive letters.

Furthermore for the ‘cheats’ version you don’t really need any particularly special materials. Either a simple gel pen will suffice or sketch pens are a good choice because you can buy different nib thicknesses – ideally you want one fine and one thick. Once you have mastered this technique you may choose to move on to ink and a proper dip pen, but while you are learning it is quite handy to avoid the added messiness of ink!

For the purpose of this guide I have chosen to handwrite just the guests names and utilised the new address labels which can be designed to match all my stationery ranges. In this way you can achieve a personalised effect but save yourself the time it would take to write out each entire address.

Let us begin…

  1. Using your fine pen write the names of your guests in your best, swirly joined up writing. Beginning and ending with a little flourish is a nice touch and I would aim to make my capitals letters slightly bigger than the lower case letters.modern calligraphy handlettering handlettered envelopes address addressing wedding invitations beautiful guide handwritten laura likes cornwall uk address label guest customised floral rustic eco
  2. Next, again with your fine pen, you want to thicken up each downstroke. A downstroke is when your pen goes down the page. Try and keep the thickness the same for each stroke (I struggled a little with this!) tapering where your additional stroke meets a curve.modern calligraphy handlettering handlettered envelopes address addressing wedding invitations beautiful guide handwritten laura likes cornwall uk address label guest customised floral rustic eco
  3. Finally, using both your thick and fine pens, fill in the downstrokes. You will find the fine pen is more useful for the tapered ends. I also handwrote the initials of the bride and groom to the back of the envelope as an added personal touch.modern calligraphy handlettering handlettered envelopes address addressing wedding invitations beautiful guide handwritten laura likes cornwall uk address label guest customised floral rustic eco

And there you have it! The final and finishing touch to your beautiful stationery. Time to get them in the post and breathe a giant sigh of relief 🙂

Check out my Handsome Hand Lettering Pinterest board by clicking on the images below for more gorgeous inspiration. Or, if all else fails, to find a lovely calligrapher on Etsy who will do it for you!

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All images from Pinterest

Enchanted Garden

organic rustic classic elegant plants leaves wedding stationery invites invitation tags stylish simple                   Led by Natalie Myra Photography, a team of local suppliers (including myself) recently joined forces on a beautiful wedding shoot set in the lush surroundings of The Japanese Garden in Cornwall.

Nature and the abundance of fresh spring blooms and greenery proved a clear inspiration for the team and these organic forms can be seen throughout my own stationery as well as the other chosen pieces. Earth tones of greens and browns mixed with bright reds & oranges were used as the colour pallet for the chosen garden scenes; my particular favourite shot is the capture on the bridge where the Koi fish swimming beneath just happened to match the colour scheme perfectly!

All suppliers are credited at the bottom of the gallery and it was a pleasure to be part of such a talented team.

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Photographer – Natalie Myra Photography, Models – Jennifer Faulks & Richard Avery, Dress – Claire Pettibone supplied by The Bridal House of Truro, Suit – Moss Bros Truro, Make-up – Beauty Boutique, Hair – Snippets, Jewellery – Tegen Jewellery, Headwear – Holly Young Headwear, Flowers – Rosewood Florist, Stationery – Laura Likes, Cake – Caroline Cakes, Location – The Japanese Garden of Cornwall


A charming French wedding

lavender topperWhen first approached by Sandie and Vince to be involved in the creation of their stationery I was thrilled, not only because the wedding itself sounded utterly delightful – set in a sleepy French village on the Northern tip of Dordogne, but also because the design they had in mind was inspired by the lavender of the neighbouring Provence area. This offered the perfect opportunity for me to update my ‘Lavender Love’ range whilst providing them with a design that was totally built around their requirements.

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Lavender Love invitation pack printed on to white hammer texture board

It began with Save the Date postcards, each strung with handmade paper bunting featuring their initials, and finished with a magnet on the back for guests to attach to their fridges’ and admire for the months to come!

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Lavender Love invitation pack printed on to white hammer texture board.

When the time came for the invitations, we decided to introduce a new and more ‘romantic’ looking font and Sandie decided she would like a square format. For a classic look the invitation was devised to be an opening card with matching satin ribbon strung along the spine. As is the case with weddings abroad there was a lot of information to include covering travel and accomodation. Thus we chose a double sided paper insert with a lavender watercolour wash, this was trimmed to square so that when folded it fitted neatly inside the invitation. In addition each invite included a double-sided RSVP postcard which featured the same yellow and lavender bunting as the Save the Date, bringing the whole package nicely together.

lavender moodboardWith it’s delicate colour, beautiful scent and being native to the UK too – Lavender continues to inspire many a wedding theme. Links to all the images above can be found on my Lovely Lavender Wedding board here on Pinterest.

Woodland Wedding

Happily ever afterThis summer I worked on the stationery for a beautiful woodland themed wedding, just down the road in one of my favourite parts of Cornwall – The Roseland Peninsula.

The bride and groom chose my Tweetheart range, featuring songbirds and tree branches, to compliment the rustic, woodland theme they had in mind.
I am thrilled with how well the natural manilla board and illustrative graphics work with the woodland styling. I have just recieved these gorgeous pictures from their big day and thought I’d pop them up online:

woodland wedding rustic birds trees recycledIt is worth noting that Save the Dates and Invitation packs are also available in the Tweetheart style:

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Tweetheart wedding invitation on recycled board (manilla) and hammered board (cream)

I love the idea of a woodland wedding… wild native flowers, rustic decorations, a bohemian lace-clad bride. Dappled shade in the day followed by fairy lights hanging from the trees at night. The woodland setting definitely promises a magical atmostphere for a fairy tale wedding…

I have just created a Pinterest board of Woodland Wedding ideas and here is a taster moodboard:

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All images found on Pinterest

Real Wedding – Ath & Liz

vintage wedding inspiration travel keys lock stationeryWithout a doubt the best thing about my job is working on bespoke projects and being able to make a reality of the fabulous ideas that customers come to me with. When I was approached by Ath and Liz last year I was amazed, not only, by the amount of thought that had gone into the aesthetic details they wanted for their big day but also how these details reflected the nuances of their lives together.1-284Ath had proposed with a love lock on holiday and they wanted the wedding invitations to incorporate this theme with a bit of a vintage twist; the invitation postcard featured a padlock design with a scratch panel which, once scratched, revealed the date of the wedding. hand drawn map scratch panel card wedding invitation new penny vintage recycledBound together with twine each package included an information card with a hand drawn map, an RSVP postcard featuring a sepia photo of Great Malvern Priory where they were to be married and a tiny velum envelope containing a new penny with which to scratch and reveal the wedding date. All elements were enclosed within a rustic looking recycled envelope with a pretty floral envelope liner. The end result was really quite special 🙂

The concept of vintage locks and keys was carried through to the table plan at the reception with each guest finding their name hanging with a key in a beautiful old leather suitcase. vintage suitcase table plan wedding keys postcards tags pegsTheir tables were named after places of importance to them both and I created old-fashioned-looking postcards for each table on the back of which Ath and Liz explained why that location was so special to them. Such an idea is a lovely personal touch and sure to get conversation round the table started too.vintage wedding locks keys tea cups pegs suitcase table plan place cardsAth had found a brilliant old toy red London bus to accessorise the cake table and commissioned me to design some bespoke stickers to turn it into their own local bus – the No. 94!cake collage 11-224I provided the Order of Service, all other signage, present tags and the artwork for a giant Polaroid frame which hung from a tree and created a fabulous photo booth. vintage wedding order of service signs recycled polaroid photo boothAth and Liz had a clear vision for the styling of their wedding and no detail was forgotten or compromised on. It was a joy to work with them on their wedding stationery and I’d like to thank them for letting me use their beautiful photos!

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Inspiration for a Winter Wedding

Spring has kind of sprung here in Cornwall in the last couple of days and so it may seem a strange blog post for this time of year but when a customer contacted me for some winter themed cupcake flags last week I felt compelled to create a mood board of all things bridal and well…brrrrrr! So for all of you planning weddings for later in the year, here are some pretty pictures which I hope will get your creative juices flowing…

ImageDetails and links can all be found on my Winter Wedding board here on Pinterest


It’s all in the detail…


It is all the small touches that make each wedding so unique and your wedding stationery can certainly set the mood for your wedding day. Whether you choose to send out Save the Dates or go straight in with Invitations – these will make the first impressions on your guests and so we like to offer you as many different ways to get your style and theme across. Now offering envelope liners to match any design, guest name tags and the choice to have all your pieces bound in twine, ribbon or lace we aim to create wedding stationery as personal and unique as you are.

We have also just started using scratch panels in our designs which add a really fun element to any Save the Date or Invitation, with the choice to include mini vellum envelopes with a shiny new penny allowing your guests to scratch and reveal your hidden names or wedding date!

Don’t hesitate to get in touch for any information on prices and how these elements can be worked in to your own stationery plans 🙂