Archive for May, 2011

70s Album Inspired CD Invitation

May 31st, 2011

With a shared passion for music and love of vintage album covers, Nell and Jo’s journey has a soundtrack. A watercolour CD was created to share their love affair with guests through images, songs and lovely anecdotes.

View Zed & Bee’s mood board for Nell and Jo’s Invitation in our previous blog.

My Recent Reconnaissance to Noosa

May 31st, 2011

If you have ever been to Noosa, you will understand why Zed and I hold it so dear. If you haven’t, I suggest you pay Noosa, in fact the entire Sunshine Coast, a visit as it is undeniably magical.

On a recent recconaisance there, in preparation for my up and coming nuptials, along with revisiting our favourite haunts, my Beyoncé (aka fiancé) and I uncovered a few wonderful places I’d like to share.

When most people think of Noosa, they only consider the main strip that runs along the beach, Hastings Street, or what I like to call ‘Double Bay of the Sunshine Coast’. Although always buzzy, with a plethora of places to eat, some find this popular stretch of coastline a bit of a tourist trap. Since our parents bought a plot of land in the Noosa Hinterland, Zed and I have discovered another side of Greater Noosa.

If you are foodies like us, some restaurants are an absolute must. If you fancy making a short trip into the Hinterland, have lunch at Spirit House in Yandina. A piece of Thailand in the tropical country side, Spirit House is a great place to spend an afternoon eating Thai cuisine made from local produce grown in the restaurant’s own organic garden. The tables are arranged around an oversized pond which is overrun by Water Monitors that will visit your table in search of food. Heed the staff’s warning and don’t feed them or be stuck with the colony for the rest of your meal.

Generally, as eating goes, you’ll be spoilt for choice in and around Noosa, particularly if you are prepared to meander around Gympie Terrace, Noosa Sound, Noosaville and Sunshine Beach.
A couple of restaurants definitely worth visiting for lunch or dinner are Humid, River Cottage, newly opened Tempo and Ricky’s River Bar + Restaurant (where Zed had her reception).

For something a little more low key after a swim at the beach, you can’t go wrong with a pub lunch and cold beer deck-side at the Sunshine Beach Surf Club. Apparently there is a new chef worth checking out.

A popular pastime for travelers and locals alike is a visit to Eumundi Markets. While I certainly understand the appeal of a bustling market selling every handicraft imaginable, my suggestion is to hit up the highlights, the Eumundi Flower Lady, the Gympie Cheese Man and any of the hippy masseuses, and spend your time at other markets instead. Yandina Markets is a well-kept secret and the bearer of brilliant bargains. A noticeably less organised market of make shift stalls with organic vegies, plants and ‘Garage Sale’ Nik Naks, there is something to be said for filling your wheel barrow with produce, the country’s take on the green shopping bag.

On Sunday, head to the Noosa Farmers Market between 7 am and 12 pm. Showcasing the finest and freshest produce from the region, the Farmers Markets is the perfect place to stock up at the start of a holiday.

If you are like me and love to do a spot of shopping when on holidays, there are a couple of cutting edge stores that you should visit. The Romantics, a new homewares come fashion concept store in Peregian Beach Shopping Square is top of my list. Margot the owner, originally from Sydney, has a unique range of products perfect for people that have everything, like myself but somehow I never leave empty handed. They also have the best coffee in Peregian. A worthy pit-stop when visiting the Hinterland is Twig & Grace, a florist and cafe full of tasty treats, that also offers an eclectic mix of old antiques and local hand made home-wares. Dezley, the owner will be lending her expertise to create whimsical floral arrangements for my wedding.

Lastly when it rains, and it often does in the afternoons, one can while away an afternoon climbing The Blackall Range (in a car) to visit a succession of quaint towns Maleny, Montville and Mapleton for sumptuous afternoon tea and spectacular views.

My ‘Painted Paddocks’ Save The Date

May 26th, 2011

It’s funny how long it has taken me, a Wedding Invitation Designer, to put together and post the Save The Dates for my own wedding. I have no trouble holding a bride’s hand through production of her invitations or turning a corporate design around at a moments notice, but when it comes time to produce a design for myself… lets just say ‘at long last’ I’ve formally asked my guests to Save The Date!

The concept is simple. A Save The Date is usually considered less of a keepsake than an invitation, and more often than not is discarded. In the spirit of my Hinterland nuptials against a lush garden setting, I chose to letterpress my design on seeded paper, to be read, planted and hopefully grow an Australian Native. Once again our talented calligrapher lent her penmanship to produce typography as whimsical and free spirited as I hope my wedding to be.

Considering the delay in making the post, I’ve wisely taken Zed’s offer to design the formal invitation, to ensure it is received before the actual event.

Watch out for tomorrow’s Adventures & Misadventures blog about my recent reconnaissance, wedding related missions around Noosa.

70s Album Inspired CD – Nell & Jo

May 19th, 2011

This mood board was created with Nell and Jo’s playful design aesthetic in mind.

Inspiration was drawn from the couple loving to laugh, travel, explore and experience all that life has to offer. Whether through music, photography or a custom emblem, each concept reflects their enthusiastic view of the world. Using peaceful sage green to springboard a kaleidoscope of happy, humourous hues, the selected palette is young at heart and a representation of the diversity of the world that Nell and Jo are busy exploring.

Quirky touches are important in both reflecting the couples nature as well as to entertain guests; Personalised Badge Escort Cards, Miniature Hobby Button Holes and Balloon Save The Dates. Thoughtful Bomboniere for the bridal party could be Travel Journals for gents and Hot Air Balloon necklaces for lasses, the message being ‘go fourth and explore’.

Row 1. Amanda and Michael’s Carmel Wedding, shot by Tanja Lippert Photography, Please Inflate This Save The Date by L’Office Optimiste, My Beautiful Balloon Necklace by mamaslittlebabies on Etsy, Bespoke Boutonnieres by Fritts Rosenow.
Row 2.
Save-the-Date Ribbon on Martha Stewart Weddings, The Beatles, EMI Studios at The Telegraph, Place Setting Balloons, Burst of Color on Santa Barbara Chic.
Row 3. Chon’s Centerpieces on Mint, Moleskine Classic Ruled Notebook available at NoteMaker, Tangerine Cascading Bouquet, Escort Card Badges.
Row 4. Screen Printed Save The Date Posters, White Chocolate Malted Shakes with Kites photographed by Caroline Tran, Erin & Jeremy’s Invitations by Hello!Lucky, Miniatures.

Fabric Inspired Letterpress Invitation

May 12th, 2011

The layers of delicate fabric on the bride’s vintage wedding belt were the inspiration for this luxuriously letterpressed design. Details are framed by florals, bordered with stitched line-work and tied with velvet ribbon.

View Zed & Bee’s mood board for Joselle and Tom’s Invitation in our previous blog.

‘Lust List’ I Love Love!

May 11th, 2011

I, Zoe am feeling the love! I’m not sure if its the new bottle green Hunter Gumboots I splashed about in this morning (Mother’s Day gift from my dogs), my Best Friend’s birthday today or my unrestrained purchase of a punnet of perfect raspberries… but love is all around.

Whether a luxurious gift for yourself, a pair of Christian Louboutin Love Flats or Lanvin’s OTT Glass Pearl and Heart Necklace (No longer available. Don’t worry, you couldn’t afford it).
A DIY Origami Heart Love Note project with which to spend a rainy Sunday, or the $30 Heart Shaped Umbrella that shields you when you give up on folding and head out instead.
My ‘Love’ inspiration is as unexpected as Mariage Frères flowering Sweetheart Tea and as edible as Boxed Chocolate Mini Cakes.

Get inspired, or don’t… there is always a broken heart Artbreaker for skeptics.

Fabric Inspired Letterpress – Joselle & Tom

May 4th, 2011

This mood board was created with Joselle and Tom’s cool but classic design aesthetic in mind. Elegantly casual and clever, inspiration was drawn from the couple’s sense of style, appreciation for ‘Old School Glamour’ as well as the colourful love affair that has seen them cross the world.

Marrying a warm palette of ivory, bronze and biscuity hues, with classic typography and a variety of printing processes and stocks, the common thread behind the four concepts pitched is a playful tone that’s classically cool. Each solution has a ‘fashion’ feel, is tactile or unfolding, pays homage to an icon (Grace Kelly) as well as Joselle’s carefully chosen fabrics.

And one last thought… An A4 unfolding Telegram Order of Service… On theme, within budget and so unexpected!

Row 1. Paris Fashion Shoot on Style Me Pretty, Real Wedding: Jennifer & Manny on Snippet & Ink, Outdoor Screening, Saunoris Boutonniere by pompandplumage on Etsy. Row 2. G F Monogram, Grace Kelly: Les images d’une vie available at Amazon France, Golden Flowers on Martha Stewart Weddings. Row 3. Stitched Fabric Invitation by Bird & Banner, Joselle’s Wedding Belt, Tule. Row 4. Shoes in Flight, DIY Project by Posh Paperie and Jackie Wonders Photography on Style Me Pretty, Telegram Wedding Programs on Ruffled.

Egg Cook Book from Peter Russell-Clarke

May 4th, 2011

Outside of designing bespoke invitations, it is no secret that Zed & Bee like to try our hand at styling the occasional photo shoot. It was culinary besties, Brie and Jane, who first familiarised me with the brilliant styling of a cookbook by none other than Australian gem, Peter Russell-Clarke.

The Egg Book pushes the boundaries of food styling (and gravity it seems) with some ‘far out’ (published in the late 70s) recipe conceptualising and old school photo trickery.

Inspiration comes from the darnedest places!