supplier spotlight: louise richardson stationery
Today I have the pleasure of welcoming another exceptionally talented and lovely supplier to these pretty b.loved pages. I first came across Louise Richardson Event Stationery at the Luxury Wedding Show last year (read my post here) where her clean and modern stand caught my eye. I spent a long while admiring her contemporary graphics and inspiring attention to detail, each design completely bespoke and tailored to each couple to create something unique, personal and insanely beautiful!
With a passion for typography and all things printed, Louise studied graphic design before moving to London and working for a top design consultancy. After 5 years, when designing wedding stationery for a friend she stumbled across a new passion for the wedding industry and a talent for designing unusual and creative invitations. Still working in the corporate design world from time to time adds a different perspective to Louise’s work, keeping up to date with current trends and finding inspiration and new ideas.
“I have taken the knowledge and processes I have learned from working in the more commercial design world into my business and provide a very discreet one-to-one service for each of my clients. I believe the service they receive along the way is just as important as the finished product”
At Louise Richardson Event Stationery, each design is tailored to a specific brief and created as a one off piece. This results in a truly interesting, and eclectic collection but means that each of Louise’s clients receive a stationery suite that is completely personal to them.
“One day I might be designing stationery with a French sunflower theme and another day I might be working on a theme based around pigs!! Its all very varied work and that is the way I like it! I would get bored very quickly if I was always repeating the same designs”
What do you love most about what you do?
The variety and different tastes of my clients. Everyone is so different and what I love is clients who are willing to do something a bit different, to make their announcement in style!! My best designs always come from clients who are willing to give me a little creative freedom with ideas. It’s always wonderful to get lovely feedback about what their guests thought and the response they get when they post their invites. Some of my clients have been so appreciative and this makes my job really rewarding.
I have had the privilege to meet some lovely clients over the years and been lucky enough to work with them at one of the most exciting and exhilarating times of their lives. The relationships I have made with other like-minded companies within the wedding industry is very rewarding too. I work a lot with Love & Lord (wedding planners) who are great to work with and have interesting clients. Peggy Porschen is also very inspiring, her cakes really are works of art (and delicious!) and she is a true artist.
What trends and themes do you see emerging for 2012?
I think couples are starting to realise that invites really make a lasting impression and set the tone for their big day. I see more of that happening in 2012 with the Bride and Grooms wanting to announce their event with witty and unique themes that are really personal to them. In the US they do a lot of letterpress printed stationery and I think that is becoming more popular in the UK too.
I also work with a lot of couples who are getting married overseas. I got married myself in Italy a couple of years ago so I know that this can mean being very organised and I have personal experience of planning a long distance wedding. The destination wedding seems to be increasingly popular and I think this will continue in 2012
Where do you find your inspiration?
From anywhere, it can be the most obscure source like sitting on a bus or watching a film!! I love all things creative like Architecture, Interiors, Art, Packaging & Hotels. A trip to the V&A or stores like Liberty & Selfridges is always very inspiring. Whenever I go on a trip anywhere I tend to go on the hunt for interesting things and come back with a bag full of loveliness!
And finally, what tips or advice would you give brides when planning their wedding stationery?
Allow plenty of time!! This is where a lot of couples make a mistake. The invitations are sent out well ahead of the big day itself (normally 2 months), so these should be the first thing that is organised after the date has been set and the venue booked. Even if you decide to make and design everything yourself it will take longer than you think, so get onto it straight away!!
I prefer to start to work with couples 6-8 months before their big day (this includes mailing 2 months prior to the wedding) and if they are getting married abroad even up to a year. This means that there is no last minute rushing, the couple can enjoy the design process and I can take my time with the production so it is all perfect (and I’m not waking up in a hot sweat!!!)
Louise will be exhibiting at the Designer Wedding Show from 10th-13th February in Battersea Park, London. Pop along to her stand (196) to see some of her latest creations. More of Louise’s designs can be found on her new and updated website, which shows many of the designs showcased for the first time at the Luxury Wedding Show in London.
If you would like to speak to Louise about your wedding stationery, you can make an appointment to see her at the studio in Berkhamsted, Herts. As all designs are completely bespoke, you will have a 2 hour free consultation to define the brief, bring along as many ideas that you have, as well as any reference images you may have found!
Get in touch with Louise ~
email [email protected] or call 07712 673 456
follow on twitter @LRstationery