Mélanie Johnsson

Journal

New work: Sheila & George's wedding

 
 

Back in January (almost a year ago!), the wedding planners at Knot & Pop asked if I could quote for a London wedding that was meant to happen the following autumn.

 

The brief mentioned an exciting theme: Gold Industrial Luxe.

 

A lot of elements were to be designed: the expected save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards and place cards... Although the exciting bit was the wealth of special and original ideas: a table plan to be hand lettered on champagne flutes, bespoke confettis canons, wax seals for the menus, illustration of the couple's dog to be made into some Photobooth props...and so on.

After some back and forth, we settled on the quote and I was finally able to start working on the designs!

 
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Save the dates

First things first, the save the dates. I created a bookmark save the date with a burgundy wax seal proclaiming the couple's mantra that will appear throughout the wedding's stationery: Who Loves Wins. We also introduced the mix of brush lettering with a modern sans-serif typeface: Futura.

 

Main invitation suites

And then came the time to design the main invitation suite. The couple liked the idea of having layered elements: the invitation, the RSVP card, a travel card and an information sheet, brought together with an oversized gold paper clip. We also came up with the idea of having the couple's mantra printed on clear paper to finish up the suite. In terms of colour palette, it had to be bold and modern, and also suit the venue. We settled on black, white, a beautiful deep burgundy and touches of grey.

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Menus

The design of the menus was kept fairly simple, making sure they were very legible (especially under low light) and in line with the main stationery suite. They were sitting on bespoke wooden clipboard and embellished with burgundy wax seals to echo the save the dates previously received by the guests.

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Who loves wins.

Place cards

White brush lettering on black card for these little place cards to fit next to the beautiful candles, flowers and rose quartz crystals on the tables.

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Table plan

Instead of a traditional table plan, each guest received their own champagne flute when they arrived at the venue, with their name hand lettered in white onto it.

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Special ideas

Aren't these confettis poppers the cutest? On another fun note, I also drew the portrait of the couple's dog: Chip the daxi. I then crafted eye masks and sticks for people to use in the photobooth all night. Chip was here in spirit!

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Wedding planner: Knot & Pop

Stationery design: Mélanie Johnsson

Photography: Miss Gen Photography