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Whimsy & Wonder by Aleksandra

November 7th, 2012

Occasionally you come across someone truly creative, with more than one string to their bow. Aleksandra is such a person, a stylist, floral arranger extraordinaire, calligrapher and illustrator. With a skill set so extensive, she is able to singularly transform your wedding or event cohesively.

From the flower strewn front seat of her car, her studio interior, to the dreamy portraits of her beloved furry friends, Aleksandra’s Instagram life is perfectly put together. I only wish my own life was as wondrously whimsical as hers appears to be. Luckily for one weekend only it will be as we share space with Aleksandra at our Open Day at The Tate @ The Toxteth this weekend.

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A Sneak Peek from our Open Day Weekend

November 2nd, 2012

Our Collection has been printed to perfection, lovingly styled and photographed, and we are in the final stages of putting together what will be a celebratory Open Day Weekend reflective of our passion for specialty invitation design.

What you can expect to see from Zed & Bee is the unveiling of our long awaited 2013 Collection,
as well as many never before seen beautiful Bespoke creations, each representing the couple’s personalities, utilising the best of specialty printing.

Our friends, AleksandraBespoke BallooneryPerfect South and Pure Pops, look forward to welcoming you into our temporarily transformed home at The Tate @ The Toxteth for afternoons of printed, arranged, styled, poured and chilled loveliness.

We look forward to seeing you there!

An Open Day Weekend to Inspire Your Next Event!

October 23rd, 2012

Join us at an Open Day Weekend presenting inspired ideas, by like-minded creative types, catering for savvy brides & party planners.

With our friends, Aleksandra, Bespoke Balloonery, Perfect South and Pure Pops, the temporarily transformed The Tate @ The Toxteth promises to be the perfect place to while away the afternoon envisaging the celebration of your next milestone or event.

For more information, contact Billie at

My Painted Paddocks Invitation Suite

May 23rd, 2012

At last I present my own wedding invitation!

It’s funny looking back at this now, as what turned out to be an elegantly simple design, seemed to be the bane of my existence at the time of it’s creation.

As a fellow designer could understand, though I design wedding invitations every day, designing for myself proved near impossible. I found the conceptualisation of this suite the most daunting stage and procrastinated endlessly commencing the design. However, once I narrowed my ideas down, selected print processes and handpicked paper stocks, my invitation concept came together quite organically.

I used my previously produced Save The Date as a springboard for inspiration, a plantable letterpress card with custom whimsical calligraphy (which may I add, was a hit with guests). While the invitation would have a personality of it’s own, I wished to retain a tactile feel through the use of luxurious and unexpected paper stocks. As with my Save The Date, I went for loose typography setting a casual tone.

Set in Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland, I thought it playful to include the pineapple as a motif, which I incorporated into the styling of the event by purchasing 100 baby pineapples to intertwine with our floral arrangements.

Being a destination wedding, with events either side of the big day, I had extra information to include with my formal invitation. To house components neatly, I utilised Zed & Bee’s custom Pocket Fold knife line to create an envelope in gorgeous wood grain paper imported specially.
To complement the envelope’s tan hue, I selected a 100% cotton stock for my components.
The Pocket Fold was sealed with an ivory ‘pineapple emblem’ wax seal and housed in a matching silk lined envelope with whimsical calligraphy.

So there it is, a wonderfully over the top solution (exceeding most budgets) that couldn’t have been more fitting for my husband and I and our wedding theme. It was the perfect solution for an invitation designer, whose aim was to exceed guests’ expectations and generate excitement for a fabulous wedding weekend. Job well done, if I do say so myself!

x Bee

See wedding pics here and on Sunday Collector.

Introducing… Leon Franklin Ritch

May 1st, 2012

I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce the newest member of the Zed & Bee family, my gorgeous nephew, Leon Franklin Ritch.

He was born on Saturday the 21st of April, happy, healthy and chilled out just like his mother.
I hope you enjoy these pics as much as I do. To see more as well as what I (Bee) am up to during Zoe’s temporary hiatus from Zed & Bee, come and find me on Instagram @bee_zedandbee

Bee’s Honeymoon Highlights – Petersham Nurseries, Richmond UK

April 17th, 2012

After visiting 4 countries in just 4 weeks, I have returned to the land of Zed & Bee.

I’m well rested, feeling very inspired but perhaps a little wider round the middle, thanks to all the delicious food we ate along the way. As promised in my blog Trick Travel Essentials, over the following weeks I will be blogging about some of the amazing and unusual things my husband and I unearthed whilst meandering about.

Kicking it off with our first destination, London, we were lucky enough to secure a booking at the One Michelin Star Restaurant, Petersham Nurseries Cafe thanks to a nifty connection, also known as a family friends of ours.

Set in an actual garden nursery on the grounds of Petersham Park on the River Thames (20 mins outside of London), this cafe come french antique adorned greenhouse is quite possibly the most beautiful place I have ever set foot in. Words nor photos can express just how elegantly relaxed and unpretentious this setting truly is. Hopefully my amateur photos give a rough indication.

Petersham Nurseries sell a gorgeous array of unique plants, designer tools, antiques and giftware, sourced from many exotic locations around the world. The Cafe, within the nursery, is headed up by talented Australian chef, Greg Malouf, and offers a lunch only menu of delicate dishes with Middle Eastern flavours. The Seared Scallops (photographed) is one of several dishes I sampled, washed down with my wine of choice for the trips entirety, a Rosé from Provence in France,
as you do!

For anyone travelling to London in the near future, I recommend visiting Petersham Nurseries… and booking well in advance! If unable to secure your seat, you can always eat at The Teahouse connected to the Cafe, for light refreshments while you contemplate your purchases.

x Bee

Billie’s 1930′s Hens High Tea

March 26th, 2012

As I race against time to finish Zed & Bee’s soon to be launched Invitation Collection, in my final 25 days of pregnancy, I thought it time to pull from the company archives to showcase some of the invitations we’ve been particularly proud of.

Last December Billie celebrated her Hens High Tea with family and friends at Manly Pavilion. Over canapés and bubbles her guests, in 30′s French inspired garb, handed the Bride beautifully wrapped vintage tea cups to make up a sentimental, eclectic set to last a lifetime.

The invitation for this stylish event aimed to conger an essence of glamour by combining bold, classic typography foiled on sumptuously weighty jet black card stock. The formal invitation was poster wrapped in a collage of Hollywood Siren Pin Ups illustrating fashion of the time. The folded package was housed and posted in a tissue lined envelope with gold calligraphy adorning it’s front.

For further insight into this magic day, visit my cousin’s post on Sunday Collector.

We Love Yellow & Our Pig Planter

March 5th, 2012

We love yellow. It is my personal favourite colour, symbolic of a sunny day or disposition and therefore an easy choice when selecting a hue to represent Zed & Bee. Bee and I are always on the lookout for yellow bits and pieces to warm our lovely white walled studio. When this lemon yellow Ceramic Pig Planter was spied on Etsy we knew we could provide the perfect home, and our landscape designing mother would provide the appropriate succulent.

Background. Teaching Card purchased some ago from DavidmetNicole (own frame).

Subscribe If You ‘Like’

February 23rd, 2012

This year, our New Year’s Resolution was to blog more consistently. What better way to keep us on our toes than to offer loyal followers the opportunity to subscribe to our blog.

By entering your email address on our site in the ‘Subscribe for updates’ section, you’ll receive email notification when we post. To repay your support, we can ensure inspirational content and pretty pictures each and every time.

Billie Elliott ‘The Ceremony’

January 11th, 2012

We made the decision in 2012 for no more apologies. It would be a waste of time to mention that Zoe and I moved houses. You wouldn’t believe that we simultaneously moved studio. And you couldn’t comprehend that I somehow found the time to get married… in Noosa… at Christmas! Yep, no need to mention my juggling act of late, as pictures speak a thousand words and my smile says it all. An epic 2011 leading into my biggest adventure to date, wedded bliss!

Today launches an onslaught of photographic coverage depicting Elliott and my time away.
There was the careful construction of Family Heirloom Bunting (as seen on my Matron of Honour, Sunday Collector‘s blog), Red Velvet Cupcake cooking in the lead up to a Welcome Picnic on the The Sound and Miniature Pineapple picking at Yandina Markets, our quirky Hinterland styling.

Then came the day itself, so magical that it lends itself to numerous posts. I’ve begun with the Ceremony, a custom built deck overlooking my mother’s manicured garden oasis, unstructured vintage blooms, shimmering Tolix chairs, bow ties and braces for boys and a transitional palette of summery hues and soft gathering for girls. The highlight, my husband, how he looked and what he said.

Images courtesy of Carine Thevenau.