Archive for April, 2011

Rustic Retro Reception Table Names

April 29th, 2011

Zed & Bee would like to congratulate Kristy and Hamish on tying the knot a couple of weeks ago. From start to finish, their wedding stationery components were a joy to produce and have a fun personality to match the couple themselves. That said, we couldn’t help but post a sample of the quirky, 50s illustrated Table Name Signs that were created for their Wedding Reception.

View Zed & Bee’s Wedding Invitation for Kristy and Hamish in our previous blog.

View Zed & Bee’s Save The Date for Kristy and Hamish in our previous blog.

Minimalist Byron Bay Invitation

April 18th, 2011

The stylishly modern interior of the Michelle and John’s home, as well as their memories of traveling to Japan, together were inspiration for this letterpressed design with decorative shimmering silver lined envelope. Byron Bay’s natural vibe inspired the using of a thick, handmade stock.

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

E is for Envelopes

April 15th, 2011

The bane of my working existence funnily enough (Bee) is sourcing envelopes. Uniquely folded formats on sumptuous stocks in an inspiring palette of colours simply aren’t available in Australia. And as an invitation company with looming deadlines, waiting for imported envelopes to arrive in bulk (with astronomical shipping costs) is simply a luxury we cant afford.

Also funnily enough, a dream of mine is to design and sell my own killer creations at Zed & Bee. Until we’re ready to showcase our own collection… E is for Envelopes… from elsewhere.

Image 1. Golf Club Viesturi Illustrated Envelope, source unknown.

Image 2. Shapes Series Envelope + Card by Drop Around studio in Japan, available at upon a fold.

Image 3. Tori Pochi – Jiro Envelope available at upon a fold.

Image 4. Trine Lise Nedreaas (Dead Lift) by Event10.

Image 5. Midori Kraft Envelope – Horizontal String available at Vetted.

Image 6. The National 3 color screen print by Jason Munn.

Image 7. Presentation Style Folded Envelope, source unknown.

Just Coz… Who Said Romance Was Dead

April 14th, 2011

Who said romance was dead? Not I, or will I ever again as my husband Simon has guaranteed.

I’m not ashamed to admit it, I (Zed) love classical music, rely on the unusually soothing voices of ABC’s disc jockeys in moments of stress and occasionally frequent the Balmain Sinfonia for a Sunday afternoon of utter relaxation… and teacake!

There is a piece of music that brings me to tears and is a soundtrack of sorts to some moments shared between us, The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Simon recently rushed me back from a weekend in Bundanoon to catch Sunday’s Sinfonia. My wine fog deterred me but his enthusiasm ensured we made the pilgrimage.

Imagine my surprise when conductor Gary Stavrou announced a special piece commissioned by a young man for his wife Zoe on their second wedding anniversary. The audience was delighted as we were pointed out from amongst the crowd, and were particularly touched as I sobbed messily throughout the most incredible 16 minutes (elated and embarrassed beyond belief). Sydney Conservatorium of Music scholarship winner Emily Sun was brought in specially for the piece’s haunting solo violin melodies.

I’m outdone… period!

Image 1. For those Romeo’s on a budget (with a magnify glass handy) here is another fine idea from The World’s Smallest Postal Service.

Retro Country Wandin Valley Invitation

April 6th, 2011

A country wedding at Wandin Valley Estate in the Hunter’s wine region was sure to be a casually cool affair. Against a picturesque setting, Cricket Brunch included, the wedding weekend lent itself for a lovely rustic Retro spin.

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

Retro Country Wandin Valley – Kristy & Hamish

April 6th, 2011

This mood board was created with Kristy and Hamish’s Wandin Valley countryside wedding setting in mind. Combining Retro typefaces, traditionally printed in the couple’s festive palette on recycled stocks, the result is ‘Country Fair’ in the Australian Bush with a little ‘Rock and Roll’ thrown in for good measure.

A shared passion for music influenced one printing method suggested, a screen printed solution in keeping with gig posters.

Whether it be stacked Retro Typographic Card Components, an Illustrated Poster or a Letterpressed Wedding Invitation Set with Screen Printed Overlay, the solution is classic Retro with a slightly playful, unexpected sway. Each invitation concept is as bright in personality as the couple and as casually elegant as their day intends to be.

Row 1. Country Barn, Patterned Flags on Martha Stewart Weddings, Blue Buttonhole, Paper Place Mats on Martha Stewart Weddings. Row 2. Bouquet of Australian Natives, Gala Wedding Tea Towel by The Original Wedding Tea Towel,  Royal French Corded Lace Wedding Dress by Collette Dinnigan, Retro Milkshake Bar on The Sweetest Occasion by Kellie Kano and Elissa Keno. Row 3. Lemonade Favors on Project Wedding by Jordan Ferney, Pinwheel Buttonhole, A Hundred Monkeys Business Cards by Croxton Design.
Row 4.
Real Wedding: Tasha and D.W, Ghent, New York on Martha Stewart Weddings,
Bright Wedding Invitation on Martha Stewart Weddings, Croquet Game photographed by Lydle foto, West Coast Seed Bombs by visualingual on Etsy.