KATE RUTH ROMEY 2015 COLLECTION
I’m such a fan of this lovely lady’s work. Kate Gale, of Kate Ruth Romey fame is a luxury wedding stationer specialising in bespoke designs for her stylish couples. Based in London, she has her finger firmly on the design pulse, creating suites that capture the essence of her couples beautifully. After styling Kate’s 2014 range, last month I got to team up with Anneli Marinovich to shoot her latest collection. And, it’s a BEAUT! Today I get to share the results, along with a little more info from the lady herself…
Tell us about your business Kate Ruth Romey provides completely bespoke, design-led wedding stationery for couples looking for something special.
What did you do before and how does that experience help you now? I studied Theatre Design at University, and then went on to work at a big high street store in the display team. I was able to develop a wide skill set, from costume design to welding – both were great in helping to hone my style.
What motivated you to set up Kate Ruth Romey? Kate Ruth Romey started by accident really; I designed a suite of invitations for a friend of a friend back in 2010. Others who had seen the invitations began asking me to design theirs, and thus the business was born. I’m still told by guests of the first wedding that they have kept the invitations on their notice board!
What kind of couples do you work with? I tend to work with couples who are interested in non-traditional design, and that really want to tell their story through their stationery. I’m very lucky to work with clients who are happy to have a quirk or two in their designs – for one of my August couples we incorporated a frog kissing a princess logo to represent the Groom’s French roots.
What’s your starting point when designing a bespoke suite? It always starts with the couple – their story and their lives, the majority already have some idea of the direction they want to go in, and we work together to make sure it’s the best it can be.
How do you develop the designs? The work develops from frequent feedback from the couple, I often present a few different designs in the first round to establish the route they want to go down and use my own design experience to offer them the best options.
How much input do your couples have in the creative process? As much or as little as they want, some clients are happy for me to take the lead where as others are much more involved, and will send swatches, and photographs to really feed in to the process.
What techniques and options can you offer? I offer digital, letterpress and metallic foiling, as well as edge painting, and laser cutting. I also offer finishing touches such as hand applied glitter, lined envelopes and ribbons tied on around Order of Service booklets.
What makes your work unique? It’s definitely the couple – no two pieces are the same, because no two couples are the same – that’s the best part about it. I guess I also have a little something to do with it.
What’s the average time you spend creating a bespoke suite? It all depends on the complexity of the job, but the whole process from initial meeting to receiving the completed work takes around 2 months.
Who do you respect and admire in the design world? In the wedding design world I really love the work of Judy Broad, her modern calligraphy is so fresh and inviting. Outside of the wedding industry I find Alec Doherty’s work so inspiring, he’s completely carved out his own style and produces eye catching, and often thought-provoking designs.
What do you think of trends? Do you follow them or prefer to follow your own style? I have to admit I’m not great at paying attention to trends; I tend to be more influenced by exhibitions I’ve been to, and trinkets I’ve collected over the years.
Thanks Kate! Hankering after some bespoke wedding stationery lovelieness of your own? Fnd out more at www.kateruthromey.co.uk
Anneli Marinovich Photography