Vintage Rose Bowl Wedding Stationery

A couple of weekends a go we exhibited at the Chosen Wedding Fair in Reading and showcased our new Wedding Stationery Range Vintage Rose Bowl, a pretty horseshoe shaped garland of roses with initials entwined.

I had wanted to do something with roses for a while and already had a stash of rose motifs but nothing was really jelling so I decided to go back to the drawing board and do a little bit of research. I am a bit of a fan of early to mid 20th century surface pattern design, and started looking at the way roses on 1950s textiles look fuller and more open, a proper old english rose. I was also looking at Susie Cooper pottery from the 30s,40s and 50s and really liked the simplified and stylised look of the flowers. Roses are quite an easy flower to get wrong in paper cutting and can look quite awkward if not designed carefully. Normally I start with a pencil sketch layout then go to full design in Illustrator  but this time I decided to hand draw out all the elements first to try and maintain a softer less symmetrical  look. I used a white pen on brown paper and drew pages and pages of rose heads until I was happy I had a handful I liked. In keeping with this hand drawn look I choose a scripty font which I have used sparingly for effect.

For the printed items I decided to add an element of illustration. Previously we have kept the typography simple as a contrast against the more complex paper cut  wedding invitations, but I felt this range needed to be full on pretty, finishing it off some items with organza ribbon. This design works well in many colours but my favourites are the metallics.

Vintage Rose Bowl wedding stationery suite in silver (my favourite!). Print in lilac and grey. all print items bacxked with the lovely silver card

Vintage Rose Bowl wedding stationery suite in silver (my favourite!). Print in lilac and grey. all print items bacxked with the lovely silver card

Vintage Rose  menu in a lovely regal purple sitting next to one on my lovely Susie Cooper plates. The name cards look good tied to cutlery, wine glasses or a vintage teacup.

Vintage Rose  menu in a lovely regal purple sitting next to one on my lovely Susie Cooper plates. The name cards look good tied to cutlery, wine glasses or a vintage teacup.

Original vintage 1950s rose textiles

Original vintage 1950s rose textiles

My original hand drawn sketches

My original hand drawn sketches

Working out the shape 

Working out the shape 

Vintage Rose Bowl suite in gold with contrasting Scuba Blue print. The gold looks equally good with Marsala Red print. Loving the gold lame ribbon!

Vintage Rose Bowl suite in gold with contrasting Scuba Blue print. The gold looks equally good with Marsala Red print. Loving the gold lame ribbon!

Rose  laser cut invitation Gold
Part of our display from the Chosen Wedding Fair in Reading. Showing Biscuit and Marsala coloured card. Plus a bit more of my Susie Cooper collection!

Part of our display from the Chosen Wedding Fair in Reading. Showing Biscuit and Marsala coloured card. Plus a bit more of my Susie Cooper collection!


Trying out lots of colour option to go with our many card colours.

Trying out lots of colour option to go with our many card colours.