Archive for May, 2012

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.

Still Life Stylist Sonia Rentsch

May 21st, 2012

An interview on The Design Files caught my eye recently and lead me to the very talented, elegantly quirky styling style of Sonia Rentsch.

Sonia is a still life stylist and art director. She is young, Melbourne based, with an impressive portfolio of playful projects with coveted collectables in dreamy palettes.

‘Her weltanschauung is to find the beauty in everything’. Sonia does just that and arranges those independently beautiful objects, unexpectedly bring new meaning.

NYE Confetti Creation

May 15th, 2012

What better way to inject festive spirit into an already joyous occasion, the wedding, than to hold it on New Years Eve.

Dene and Alessandro did just that, at dramatic Sergeants Mess overlooking the Harbour no less.
This fabulously fun wedding called for a Confetti Creation. The invitation suite Zed & Bee came to married pretty pale pink letterpress, with slick silver foiling, on toothy ivory stock.

Tassel Garland from CONFETTISYSTEM.

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