As Spring is around the corner (woo hoo!) I thought now would be the perfect opportunity to showcase this beautiful styled shoot I put together in August last year at the gorgeous Lunga House in Argyll.
The inspiration for the shoot was mainly down to my love for the west coast of Scotland and wanting to show what a spectacular location it is to have your wedding. Especially if you're considering having your ceremony outdoors, it provides a breathtaking backdrop for your day.
When putting together the team for this shoot, firstly I got in touch with the lovely Sarah from Lunga House who was delighted to be involved. Having married here myself in 2015 I knew Lunga would be the perfect setting... and yes of course I am biased about that!
I then got in touch with the wonderful LeeAnne Fraser who did my own wedding makeup, so I have first hand experience of her incredible talents. She did a fantastic job of creating a simply stunning natural look for our boho bride.
This gorgeous satin and lace dress is a bespoke creation by bridal couture designer Flossy & Dossy who is based in Glasgow.
The beautiful flowers including the flower crown where created by local florist Corrina who runs The Flower Shop based nearby in Lochgilphead.
The model in the shoot I am proud to say is my very own sister Bee Leask. I highly recommend following her if you're a lover of Scotland and the great outdoors.
It was through Bee I got in touch with the incredibly talented photographer Melody Joy from America who shared the vision I had in mind for this shoot and has captured some wonderful images.
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Venue - Lunga House
Photographer - Melody Joy
Dress - Flossy & Dossy
Hair and Makeup - LeeAnne Fraser
Flowers - The Flower Shop
Model - Bee Leask
Organiser and Stylist - Love Cat D Weddings & Events
Looking for some help or support with your own wedding planning? Then feel free to get in touch to see how I can help with your big day.
Love Cat D x
Hello to the lovely Cat D community, I’m Jo from Love Paper Crane sharing some stationery trends for 2017 for you today. Firstly a huge thank you to the beautiful Cat for asking me to share my thoughts with you.
Let’s talk stationery . . .
For some brides stationery may not be the most important element your day, however if you are anything like me and get excited by all things paper, pattern, colour, pencil, sharpies, ribbon then it’s extremely important. The little details on your invitations, and on the day stationery are the perfect way to inject your style and personality into your day and have a little fun, because that’s what life is (should be) all about.
Stationery covers more than you think . . . it’s the first glimpse into your wedding as it’s the first thing your guests will see. They may receive a Save the Date or Invitations by post and then when they arrive on your Wedding Day, they may be greeted by some welcome signage followed by table plans and table details . . . all of which give a glimpse into your style, personality and feeling you want to create on your day as well as the chance to create a keepsake for your guests.
Stationery can be kept very simple and elegant, especially if you are not sure on your overall theme but want to get your wedding date out to guests. There are so many options to choose from and it can be overwhelming. My aim when working with client whether you are looking for your own DIY printable invitations or a bespoke service is to take the overwhelm out of your planning so that you can relax, enjoy the process and remember what it’s all about . . . love, spending the rest of your life with your best friend and creating beautiful memories.
So let’s get onto some stationery trends for 2017. I think there are a lot of trends that were around last year that will continue throughout the year.
“A trend never simply emerges for a single year and then disappears in a puff of smoke. Instead, an aesthetic becomes popular gradually, even mysteriously, over time before fizzling out slowly without much notice at all.” - Madeleine Morley
Calligraphy and hand lettering is something that we’ll continue to see this year. Calligraphy can cover a variety of trends in itself, it can be simple and elegant or fun and full of colour and personality. It always adds something special to stationery.
Pantone's colour of the year for 2017 is greenery. (Check out their Pinterest board here). I think this will be a trend that follows us through 2017. Not just in weddings but as an overarching theme . . . I felt last year that we were moving towards a more simple and sustainable way of living. Particularly this time of year I feel we all look forward to spring / summer after our long Scottish winter and crave the fresh and light feeling that spring brings with it.
Think nature-inspired, botanical themes, succulents, moss which are perfect for a Scottish wedding. I can visualise spring summer weddings with beautiful bouquet and centerpieces with lots of greenery and foliage and simple cream or blush roses.
This theme can be featured on wedding stationery in either beautiful drawings, watercolour or more of a graphic feature. Both of which are continuing trends in 2017.
Greenery is the Pantone theme so what better way to reflect this in stationary than in beautiful watercolour foliage detail with a touch of calligraphy of course.
Oh how I love a geometric pattern, on paper or in my home. Keeping in with the theme of greenery but a slightly softer sea hue, I created this geometric range for 2017.
Watercolor became more popular towards the latter part of 2016 and will continue throughout this year. These are the wedding invitation I created for the styled shoot organised by Cat D at the end of 2016.
Remember whatever you decide, don’t just follow trends. The little details that make up your wedding should be true reflection of who you are as a couple.
This is a sweet and romantic reading, but may not work for all couples. If however this is how you see your future together, then it could be perfect for your ceremony!
In my future I see you and me,
And a house and garden filled with trees.
I see dinner parties surrounded by friends,
And a vegetable patch we love to tend.
I see cosy nights in front of the fire,
And a four-poster bed for when we tire.
I see our kitchen which will be the heart of the home,
And a Victorian bath brimming with foam.
I see muddy wellies by the front door,
And the kids eating cookies and asking for more.
I see nights in the garden camping under the stars,
And shelves full of mismatching local jam jars.
I see family picnics outside with the dog,
And a little blue shed containing the logs.
I see us sat by the window watching the snow,
And reading the papers and learning to grow.
I see pictures of family in quirky frames,
And letters on the kids' doors spelling out their names.
I see laughter, pain, kisses and tears,
And helping each other to confront our fears.
I see you as my friend and also my lover,
Your confidant and your children’s mother.
I see a wonderful future for you and I,
And it's cloaked in love until we die.
Author - Emma Salmon
This is a wonderful choice for sentimental book-lovers or especially if you have a child doing a reading, it has a beautiful meaning to it and appeals to those of us who are still children at heart!
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nanna came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
Author - Margery Williams
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