Nicola and Robert contacted me after seeing my stationery at the Young Farmer’s Wedding Fayre last year. The brief, in summary, was that they wanted to include Robert in his rugby kit, their horse, dog, tractor, cows, Nicola’s tug-of-war team, the church, the marquee, and their colours were brown and lime green.
It was quite a challenging mix of items to include in wedding invitations, but we knew that if we got it right it would be a really personal and beautiful representation of them and their relationship for their wedding day. I worked with photographs throughout the process.
They needed invitations for both day guests and evening guests, Order of Services for the church ceremony, a table plan and table numbers.
Nicola particularly liked the gate-fold invitations, so for the day invitations we painted them walking towards the marquee: Robert in his rugby kit and Nicola in her dress, with the horse and dog nearby and the tractor driving along the field in the background. As you opened it, the horse was on one ‘wing’ of the invitation, while the tractor was on the other and the text was centred. They needed a lot of information included due to the rural location so the information was put on the reverse along with a painting of Nicola and her tug-of-war team. I also created some lovely little personalised tags that they tied their day invitations together with.
The evening invitations were a simplified version, using the inner design and the information on the reverse printed on a flat A5 sheet.
For the Order of Service I painted their church and put the couple on the front (Robert in his suit this time!) and as you opened it, their horse and dog was on the inside cover. I created a floral border that continued throughout the booklet. This was an 8 page booklet, with gorgeous textured paper covers and a beautiful paper inside. The reverse of the Order of Service had some wedding rings tied with a green ribbon, and a little note beneath.
Their table plan and name cards were in my opinion the really exciting part. It included a lot of illustrations, and a lot of time, but I learnt a lot about cow breeds! The table plan consisted of 18 different cow illustrations, and then each table had around 10 guests. I modelled the table plan on a vintage cattle poster, with the names listed underneath each breed. The name cards were personalised by both name and cow breed, so each person had an illustration of the cow representing the table that they were sitting on, and their name. Then, these illustrations were backed onto some lovely recycled Kraft card backing.
I also got the illustration from the front of the invitation printed onto a canvas for their card and gift table, a lovely touch and a great idea of Nicola’s. She also got the images embroidered onto some aprons for her waitresses!
I have included some photographs in this post both of the stationery, and the wedding. The wedding photos show you how the brief was met and how the stationery sat in context of the day. The table plan photographs are particularly exciting as I obviously couldn’t include these in my collections. I have been given permissions to use the wedding photographs most kindly by both Nicola and Robert, and by the photographer himself, Dominic Fletcher at Cloud Nine Photography.