HELLO 2018

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Hello! And a slightly belated Happy New Year! Hope you've all had a wonderful start to 2018.

I've been a little quiet on the blog again lately. I've got so many ideas for things I want to do and where I want to take the business, finding time to write for the blog too is proving tricky! But the new year also comes with hopes of getting more organised and settling in to a better routine, so hopefully you'll see a bit more of me here in the near future.

As always you can keep up to date with what I'm up to over on Instagram. I'll be continuing to share, quotes, illustrations and work in progress over there.

The biggest change I'll be making this year is to merge Bea & Bloom with my original business, Emma Margaret Illustration. So this will become a space for all of my illustration and design work as well as the wedding stationery. It will take me a while to get it all sorted but I hope to have it completed by April.

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As well as all that, just to make things even more hectic, we're renovating a house! We spent most of last year going through long months of paperwork and arguing with solicitors (as well as planning the wedding! We actually moved out of our flat just one week before the big day, which was more than a little bit stressful, especially with  dose of food poisoning added in at the same time!) and finally completed on our little house on 6th December.
We've got lots of plans for the house, so we'll be working on it every weekend and any spare weekdays for the foreseeable future! I've started a separate blog to share our progress along the way: Number Fifty One

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So there's a very brief overview of whats been happening lately! I'll be back with more very soon!

WEBB WEDDING V

I thought I'd break up all the wedding related posts full of pictures of our faces, and share something a bit different with you in the form of all the stationery I designed for our day (all photographed beautifully by Catherine & Andy at White Stag Weddings)

First up is our invitation suite. The theme of the wedding had changed quite a bit since I sent out the save the dates, so I had to come up with a new design for the invites. I started out by drawing a selection of flowers (all varieties that we had discussed including in our floral arrangements with the florist, Heather & Wood) and created the pretty pink colour palette. I designed a double sided invitation, with our initials on the front and lots of florals on either side. This was accompanied by an RSVP card with a song request on the reverse, and a double sided additional information sheet. My favourite part of the whole suite was the origami inspired fold out map. It folded down into a little square with just our initials on the front, but opened up to reveal a map of how to find the venue, and information on parking, accommodation and taxis. Everything was packaged in a translucent envelope and sealed with a matching sticker with our guests' names written on.

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For the ceremony space, I designed a selection of illustrated quotes and posters to display around the room. They were all based on things that mean something to us, including favourite song lyrics, florals, fairytales, our own love story, and one inspired by our favourite TV show, Game of Thrones. There was also an order of service placed on each seat, and reserved seat signs for the bridal party.

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We went back and forth on so many ideas for our table names, but eventually settled on romantic film names. Jamie works in the film industry so it seemed a perfect fit to combine with my illustrations. We picked out 10 favourite films and I illustrated a table name in the style of the DVD cover for each one. These were accompanied by a romantic quote from each film and they were all displayed on the tables in double sided frames from Ikea.
The table plan itself was made on a board created by Dad (thank you!) with a handwritten title drawn by me. Lisa also added a small branch of eucalyptus to the corner of each table name.
The place settings were designed in the same style as the fold-out maps, but this time there was a menu inside each one. Each guest also received a mini bottle of home-made Irish cream, and a paper sweet bag (which they could fill up from the sweet table) with a little thank you note, and 2 advice cards to fill in. The children also got a set of wedding activity sheets with colouring pages and a crossword.

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We were offering a limited open bar during the reception and wanted to let our guests know what drinks were on us, so I designed a "This one's on us" poster to be displayed on the bar along with jars of pretty paper straws and a "shall we dance?" sign.

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I had so much fun creating everything for our wedding day. As you can imagine I can't bear to part with any of it so I've got boxes full of it all! I'm planning to display some of the quotes/illustrations in our home and I'll be putting some of the other stationery in an album along with our wedding photos (when I get around to managing to narrow them down!)

If you see anything you'd like for your own wedding, get in touch and I can see what I can create for you!

Photography: White Stag Weddings
Venue: Kent Life
Florist: Heather & Wood

FREE PRINTABLE WORDSEARCH

I've got a little treat for you today in the form of a free printable! Finding ways to entertain any children at a wedding can be tricky, especially during the food & speeches! Activity sheets are a great way to keep the little ones busy for a while, so I've created a wedding word search for you.

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I've created the word search in two colour palettes, so you can pick the one that best suits your wedding theme. There's 18 words to find, all related to theme of weddings, including "Bride", "Flowers", "Cake" and "Dance".

To download the pink version, click here.
And for the blue version, click here.

The files are designed to be printed on A4, and they'll work best on a good quality white paper or thin card. If you have any problems downloading then let me know!