BESPOKE STATIONERY BY KATE RUTH ROMEY
It was almost 2 years ago that I first met Kate Gale of Kate Ruth Romey. She creates the most beautiful wedding stationery, specialising in bespoke suites which capture the spirit and personality of each of her couples beautifully, she never uses the same design twice! When Kate asked me to style some of her 2014 designs, I knew it would be so much fun to come up with different ideas for each suite – and I was not wrong! Kate’s passion and creativity is evident in each piece, her attention to detail bringing elements from your wedding styling into the suite making an unforgettable first impression on your guests. And with the name of her brand – Kate Ruth Romey – derived from her inspiring Grandmother’s names, you just know you’re getting a dedicated, personal approach too!
Let’s hear a little from Kate…
Tell us a little about your business? Kate Ruth Romey provides bespoke, design-led wedding stationery.
How did you get started in the industry + what prompted you to get started? It all started with a friend who had a brilliant idea for her wedding invitations (a pack of postcards each relating to a different aspect of the day – Olivia and Laurent) but didn’t have the time or knowledge to create them, so asked me to help. From there other couples who saw the finished cards asked me to design theirs, thus Kate Ruth Romey was born.
What do you think has made your business successful? I take pride in really listening to what the client wants and what they have planned for their day, drawing on inspiration from their lives and interpreting all those things for the finished designs.
Where do you work + how do you make sure your space stays inspiring? At the moment I work from home, and have a 1950s kitchen cabinet as a desk that also houses all my samples, there’s always an art and design book, or two, open for inspiration.
How would you describe your style? What attracts people to your brand + how important is this to the success of your business? My clients are firstly interested in the completely bespoke service and then also the modern style and individuality.
What inspires you + what’s your process for designing each suite? My biggest inspiration are the clients, drawing on their lives, their story, and what makes them tick. I recently worked with a Groom who is a magician, so we incorporated some sleight of hand drawings.
It all starts with an initial consultation – ideally in person, but can be done over the phone or Skype, especially now that so many Brides and Grooms are using Pinterest to demonstrate their ideas – and we chat about the plans for their day, any ideas for their stationery; colours, print type, paper selection, and just generally have a good old chat. From there I work up a few ideas sent by email for them to feedback on. Once everything is just right, the items are printed, then beautifully packaged and delivered to the Bride and Groom.
What’s your favourite suite? This is such a tricky question as it changes all the time, but I think it’s probably Kara and Anthony’s Mykonos invitations, they were so interested in the process, which makes my job even more exciting. We took inspiration from the island itself incorporating a fretwork pattern that appears in the architecture, watercolour washes to symbolise the waterside location, and fabulous silver glitter-lined envelopes to really emphasise the party vibe.
Do you pay attention to trends? What’s your advice for couples worried about not being ‘on trend’? I am aware of trends, but try to not be too directly led by them. I think it’s very easy for couples to feel completely overwhelmed at the start of their planning process, and feel that they have to comply with certain trends and rules. The most important thing to remember is that your day should be a celebration of the two of you and what you want, so if you want incorporate 1980s confetti – go for it.
Put your faith in your designer, their talent is to create something that is truly right for you.
What trend predictions do you have for 2015? There’s so much copper in interior design at the moment, and I really hope it makes it’s way in to wedding invitations. Slightly more edgy than gold, it would look great hot foiled on black or white card stock, and has a really special feel.
I also think that playbill style invitations will continue to be an exciting way for guests to get their first taste of the day.
What challenges have you set yourself for the next 12 months? I’d really like to find a lovely little studio space, it would be great to work in the company of other creatives – you never know where inspiration can come from.