Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.
I aim to breathe new life in to vintage materials where possible, using items such as genuine vintage lace, pearls, jewels and music sheets to add authenticity to each creation. Each embellishment I source holds a story of its own and the fact they are steeped in history just adds to their appeal.
That first wedding was the most tiring but fulfilling job I’d ever done and I was hooked. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to photograph some fantastic weddings and see some beautiful places. It’s a cliché but this really is one of the best jobs in the world!
Advice for nervous brides about having their photo taken all day?
I have the pleasure in presenting another fantastic florist, this time she is Yorkshire based! There are so many different and wonderful florists to chose from and its important to build a good rapport with the one that you select to make your wedding look and smell gorgeous! It helps if they like gin…
Name: Sarah Richardson
I have always enjoyed the fact that everyone is unique (or at least strive to be), but it got me wondering where we get our inspiration and ideas from. I knew for my wedding that I wanted a very mute palette, in fact that’s what I wear from day to day. I wanted splashes of purple and blues but all in all, a quiet colour affair.
As I was unpacking a few days ago, I got to the book box. Its filled to the brim with antique finds, not all in English (but they look pretty) and then my childhood books. I flicked through some of my AA Milne, then got to Beatrix Potter and realised that all the colours in her images were my exact colour scheme.
It makes you wonder doesn’t it? I thought I was choosing my colours because I was going for unique and sumptuously stylish…alas, Beatrix beat me to it over one hundred years prior.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Ever since I got married I have be fascinated with flowers. We always have fresh flowers at home, and now that I have my own home (finally) I have done the same. However, I have been struggling to find my kind of florist up in Leeds (suggestions on a postcard) so when I saw Fairy Nuff Flowers, I eagerly clicked on her location…and I was once again devestated. She lived in Hampton Hill. Damn. So here is a bit more about the wonderful Steph.
Name: Steph Turpin
I love tweed, I love everything that is associated with tweed. I have lived a very tweed clad life, and I will continue to do so. When I saw that Nikki Ward from Knots and Kisses had released her English Eccentrics range, I had to get in on the action. From country garden to country manor, this stationary range is a wonderful compliment to a vintage themed wedding. So call in the hounds, sip some tea and look out over the land…
Name: Nikki Ward
Biography: I grew up in a small village outside Birmingham and moved to London area when I was 18 to study Fashion Promotion & Illustration. After that I worked for many years as a Visual Merchandiser before taking a break for a year to travel the world! I decided to set up Knots & Kisses Wedding Stationery 2 years ago after helping style and produce all the wedding stationery for my sister’s wedding and for a few colleagues and friends weddings over the years.
Business: I work from my home in Harlow, Essex but we can provide stationery nationwide ( or even overseas with additional shipping fees! ). I also offer a bespoke service which can be done via email or phone, or if the couple are local I can come to their homes.Where do you get your inspiration from: I tend to be quite eclectic when it comes to inspiration. I read a lot of fashion and interiors magazines and often find trends from both areas filter into the wedding industry quite quickly. But mainly I have a passion for jewellery, vintage clothes, haberdashery and fabrics and like to work these into the stationery I create. I also draw inspiration from different eras, the new English Eccentrics range was based a lot on Victoriana, and I love the fifties and seventies as well.
How long does the average piece take to make: It can depend. An off the peg invitation from one of our collections on the website can usually be made in about 15 minutes. However, coming up with a new design or designing a piece of bespoke stationery for a couple can be a matter of hours or even days! I’m a bit of a perfectionist so will often reject several designs before I come up with the one I think is perfect for that couples wedding!
Name: Lee Mitchell
We are travelling stateside this afternoon to Orlando, Florida (think of all the sun, sand and sea…sigh). I have the pleasure in introducing photography couple Rudy and Marta. Below are some images from an engagement shoot of Kaelani and Rusty. Behind the lens, they have a fantasic love story, so lather on some suncream and pretend…!
Rudy and Marta first met while working at SeaWorld in Orlando, FL while they were both in school. Rudy knew that Marta was an international student from Poland, but a friendship blossomed into more. Once the summer was over, and school was beginning again, Marta had to leave to Poland and continue her studies. While she was away, they kept in contact through long distance calls and emails. Over the course of the year, they began to know each other more and more. Once Marta had finished school, she came to Orlando, FL for one last summer. At the end of that summer, it was time to say good bye. It was a shame to have such a great relationship and not see it follow through, so Rudy proposed. Quickly, thereafter, they were married. And that, as they say, is that.
After the wedding, Rudy asked Marta what she wants to do with her life. Surely, she couldn’t work at SeaWorld all her life. She told him that she wanted to be a photographer. He knew nothing about photographers, other than the ones that work with National Geographic and the newspapers. Little did he know she wanted to begin her own company.
After being married a year or so, Marta’s mother began missing her and invited both of them to Poland for a getaway in December. They both went without even thinking twice. Once there, Rudy’s brother-in-law, Maciej, let him use his Nikon DSLR to document everything. Rudy had never held a camera like that before in his life. He’d never taken so many pictures on vacation before. He’d never felt so…in love (aside from being in love with Marta, of course). He began to take more and more pictures and show his in-laws. Soon, they said that he was a very good photographer. Rudy very humbly said it was the camera and that anyone could do what he did with it.
Once they returned to the United States, Rudy went to Best Buy and bought his first DSLR. With little knowledge Marta and Rudy began taking pictures of anything and everything. After awhile, Marta began to tell Rudy what it was that made everything work in a camera. Rudy wanted to know more. He began to spend hours at a time in front of the computer. He learned about composition and exposure, and how to do them correctly.
Out of school, Rudy didn’t know what to do with his life. People were telling him that he and Marta were taking great pictures, so he decided to look into being a photographer. They both saw the joy they could capture together. The little snippets of time that were strung together to tell a story. They saw the joy that it brought other people. People began approaching them to have their pictures taken. Little by little, their portfolio grew. It wasn’t until about 8 months after taking portraits that they decided that this is what they wanted to do together.
Business background: How long you have been taking photos, been part of the wedding industry and what you offer as a business package?
We’ve been taking portraits for about a year. We’ve recently begun going towards the wedding industry. Our first wedding is on July 2, 2011. As a business, we believe that we can mix and match any of our a’la carte products to give exactly what the bride wants out of our services.
We try to go more towards the photojournalistic approach on things. We don’t go for posed pictures or matching outfits. We like individuality. If you want to wear Converse sneakers to your wedding, more power to you, we’ll be there to capture it.
Favourite place you have had the opportunity to photograph?
Poland, by far. There’s so much serenity there. There’s a lot of potential there for portraits. Anything from industrial, to religious, to nature. Very versatile scenic.
Advice for nervous brides about having their photo taken all day?
Trust your photographer(s). Go live your life. We’ll tell your story for the years to come.
Anything else you would like to add?
We do this for love. Because we love love. We love happiness. We love people.