Wedding Stationery Trends for 2017

These are the 2017 trends Ananya has seen dominating and inspiring the wedding stationery scene. 

Tribal Roots

Pattern is the key here, in abstract shapes and distinct, geometric designs. Choose a tribe that most fascinates you; an Aztec tribe with patterns incorporating lots of squares, diamonds, chevrons and zigzags in bold, vivid colours; an African tribe with a safari theme with a black and white arrow pattern, or an Indian tribal paisley henna pattern – animal lovers can have an elephant or tiger in the background.

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Captivating Crystals

Geodes of various colours and shapes, and crystals and rock formations have stolen the limelight in 2017. Slices of agate with their beautiful and distinct patterns come in both vibrant and soft colours. Designs of geodes and crystals with their rich texture can be incorporated into stationery such as place cards, table numbers and even envelope liners. Invitations can showcase the angles and facets of crystals in soft and plush water colour, while the unique layers of agate slices can be accented by outlining them in gold, silver or copper.

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Maximalist Fiesta

In contrast to the minimalist, ‘less is more’ more concept, the ever growing maximalist trend of ‘the more the better’ has  continued to gain traction in 2017. This trend is about flamboyance, freestyle designs and wild abandon. It’s about drama - bold, unusual colour combinations of contrasting and clashing patterns. Intricate and ornate designs are built up in layers; different styles and eras are juxtaposed. The maximalist style can be a real feast for the eyes.

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Brushed Metallic

With streaks for a brushed on feel, and a texture that glows with a soft shimmer of silk, the brushed metallic look is all about understated opulence. Gold and silver combined with white will add a touch of classic elegance, and copper combined with blush will give it a soft romantic and warm glow to the stationery. Whatever combination you choose; it is sure to be a winner.

Watercolours

Watercolours are very versatile as they work well with both a soft, muted and romantic colour scheme as well as a bold and vibrant one. Dipped or ombré, watercolours can be used as a background but can also be used to great effect in floral designs.

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Cacti and Succulents

Whether it’s a saguaro cactus or a desert cactus, succulents and cacti of every shape and size seem to have captured our imagination and become a trend that has truly flowered in 2017. They come in various shades of green, and can make a lovely backdrop to the wedding invitation. Big or small, with their bold and bright flowers, they add life to your stationery and bring the outdoors to your wedding theme.

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Greenery – Pantone Colour of the Year 2017

In response to the stressful and challenging world we find ourselves in, Pantone proposes an antidote, a haven of calm, reassurance and revitalisation as represented by Greenery, its colour of the year 2017. Nature is that anchor, with its vitality and optimism in spring when it bursts forth in all its glory. Its lushness and beauty in summer allow us to re-connect with our sense of well-being, to re-charge our batteries. A fresh, yellow-green shade, Greenery is well suited to spring and summer weddings, whether the setting is outdoors or indoors. As a colour symbolic of balance, harmony and renewal, we at Ananya think it is a great colour for weddings and will combine well with many other colours.  

Brides-to-be, these trends give you a wide range of choices to select the colour scheme that perfectly suits your style preference for your wedding stationery. Please share with us which of the trends have you found most exciting and appealing.  

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10 Tips for a Successful City Wedding

When it comes to planning a successful city wedding, you’re almost overwhelmed with choice. So, good planning and ‘insider information’ is essential for your dream day. London or Paris, Manchester or Milan, you can have a fabulous city wedding.

1.              The Venue

First up, you need somewhere to hold the ceremony and have a great party afterwards. We spoke to Lisa of Carmela Weddings for her take on city weddings. She has oodles of experience and 'insider knowledge'. Says Lisa, “when you're on the hunt for a great city wedding venue, we recommend thinking beyond the standard registry office. Albeit, there are a couple of standout registry offices too! The swift popularity of urban weddings has created amazing choices for stylish wedding couples. There are now warehouses, rooftops and railway arches that are ready to work with you to create a fantastic unique wedding”.

We couldn’t agree more! But as Lisa also mentions, if your style isn't 'industrial', take a look at boutique hotels. In London try Town Hall Hotel. It’s vibrant and gorgeous. Whilst in Manchester for example there’s Great St John Street hotel. In the heart of the city, it’s small but perfectly formed. Wherever you are, there’s bound to be a gorgeous boutique style hotel. 

We couldn’t resist asking Lisa if she has a favourite city venue. Says Lisa "I have so many favourites, but there is a new city wedding venue that has recently caught my eye. It’s God’s Own Junkyard, which is what it says on the tin! It’s a warehouse full of neon scrap, which sounds odd but is the epitome of city wedding cool!”

2.              Venue Style

Do you want sophisticated style, urban chic or urban boho? Or do you hanker after old style glamour and a grand affair?

Lisa at Carmela Weddings recommends a bold approach if you favour an industrial setting. Bring on the eclectic tables, the chairs that you love and a statement bar! It'll certainly give you that edgy city style look. Fantastic!

It’s essential to also think about lighting. Lisa says “Festoons and Edison Bulbs look amazing draped down from open warehouse ceilings". The exposed pipes and brick walls (crumbling or otherwise) are a great backdrop. And if you’re going for old style glamour, Art Deco style is perfect in a city setting.  You only need look as far as The Savoy in London for inspiration! 

3.              A city wedding: Getting from ‘A to B’

When choosing a city venue, don’t forget to think about your guests and how they will get there. Of course, one of the great reasons to have a city wedding is the ease of public transport. But, that public transport may not necessarily suit your guests. None of us at Ananya would want to hack through the city on a public bus in 'wedding finery'!

It’s a real help to guests if they know the best route and transport options available. Be sure to include buses, tube stations, cab services and even chauffeur services. You might even consider whether you put on transport for everyone.

As for your own transport, ring the changes with something like a motorbike and side car. Granted that this type of transport works better with a short bridal dress or trousers! Are you more traditional? Go for a black cab (or a yellow cab if it’s New York). 

4.              Choosing Stationery for a city wedding

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Photos by Amanda Karen Photography Stationery by Ananya

Photos by Amanda Karen Photography Stationery by Ananya

When choosing stationery for a city wedding, let the city provide inspiration! Think geometric shapes, metallic elements and bold statement designs that are simple yet striking. For the font, how about something Art Deco style? It’s perfect for settings like The Savoy in London. And, Art Deco can look just as fantastic in an industrial warehouse. Ananya's bold copper and geometric design is beautiful and was recently featured on B.Loved. Want things a little less structured? Try a handwritten font in bold ink and a watercolour design

5.              Aisle style: The Dress and The Suit

For a city wedding it's time to embrace your 'inner fashionista'. We love the opulent and glamorous gowns at The State of Grace . But, if you want something completely different why not work the Bianca Jagger vibe? At Ananya we love designer Caroline Herrera’s trouser suit for spring 2018.

And for the groom, it’s time to look city sharp. Try fabulous groom style at Cad and the Dandy.

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6.              Fabulous Flowers

Whatever the setting, it's important that the flowers aren’t 'lost' in or overpower the room. Think perspective. For example if you’re using country flowers in an industrial setting, show them off as big and bold lavender plants in large terracotta urns. At Ananya we love the idea of masses of peonies. They’re a favourite of every urbanite on our team!

7.              Photography

When it comes to city weddings think iconic architecture, light, and urban life. Don’t be afraid to get ‘graffiti’ couple shots. Or, if you want something more sedate, talk a walk through the city streets – you won’t believe how many people will cheer and clap their congratulations. And, if you’re feeling adventurous, stop by a coffee bar and let the photographer work their magic whilst you take a break.

8.              Food for thought

Think catering that reflects the venue you’re in and your personal preferences. For example, a cocktail party at a riverside location is stylish and contemporary. And don’t forget the cake!  Source a local supplier nearby who can bring your ideas to life. In London we love Cakes by Krishanthi and Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

9.              Let’s Drink

Photo by  Fiona Kelly Photography Stationery by Ananya

Photo by  Fiona Kelly Photography Stationery by Ananya

Drinks are the fun thing to organise for you and your guests. Simplicity is champagne and a selection of wines. But, for real style, offer a range of city cool cocktails, alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

10.              And one last tip for a successful city wedding…

Let the city you’ve chosen to get married in inspire you!

Stationery by Ananya

Stationery by Ananya

Stationery by Ananya | Flowers by Ladybird Flowers | Cakes and cookies by Elizabeth's Cake Emporium

 

Choosing a Stationery Theme for your Event

Whether your event is a summer cocktail party, an anniversary or a grand wedding, choosing a stationery theme is meant to be fun and exciting. But as with most things, good planning is essential to getting the look and feel of your event right.

So, here are Ananya’s top tips for choosing the right theme for your event.

What’s the occasion?

Seems obvious but the type of event that you’re having and how you structure or design that event will have a big influence on choosing a stationery theme. The key is to know how formal the occasion will be. It will guide you with the structure of the design, typography, font and words.

 At Ananya we design stationery for all sorts of occasions, so here are a few of our ideas for different events:

Formal black tie event

We love to see stationery for formal events designed on crisp heavyweight paper, using classic colours and typography. It gives ‘gravitas’ and immediately let’s people know that this is a ‘grand event’. A great example is from Julie and Zak's wedding in Jersey.

Garden party

A garden party immediately conjures up summer days, green lawns and English flowers. At Ananya we have a range of floral stationery designs that embrace tea roses, cornflowers and everything in between!

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Teenager birthday celebration/coming of age

In many cultures, this is a serious event. For example, a 1st birthday in Asian cultures or a bar mitzvah/bat mitzvah in Jewish cultures. But it’s definitely a time for celebration and lots of fun. Invitations that are light hearted and embrace the jubilant nature of the party are a great idea. Think bold designs that embrace fun.

Intimate elopement (and ‘after party’)

I guess you might be asking yourself why an elopement needs stationery. Good question! Well, there is still the matter of witnesses and maybe you want to invite them to run away too? And when you come home to face the music you might just want to appease everyone by throwing a grand party to celebrate. Wouldn’t you agree?

Pearl anniversary

A pearl anniversary is perhaps less well known than silver, ruby or golden. But, at Ananya we love anything to do with pearls! We think it’s the perfect opportunity to embrace the precious pearl in your designs.

Who’s invited?

How many people you invite will influence cost and thus your theme, to a certain extent. The age range of your guests can also influence your choice of theme. An invite to a party to celebrate a child’s 1st birthday will be quite different to an invite to an elopement ‘after party’. Or at least you would like to hope so!

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Photgraph by Holly Clark Photography

Photgraph by Holly Clark Photography

Colour me impressed…

Is there a colour or cultural theme to the day? For example, is it a golden wedding anniversary or a multicultural wedding? With Indian, Asian or multicultural weddings there may be restrictions on certain colours due to cultural requirements. For more information on this aspect take a look at Ananya’s article on Multicultural Wedding Stationery. http://secretweddingblog.com/multicultural-wedding-stationery-by-ananya-cards/

Most importantly, what’s your personal style? Are you flamboyant and colourful or more reserved but with a love of colour.  How will that influence your theme choice? Maybe you are more comfortable with a simple monochrome palette?

What do you need to include?

For a wedding you may need the whole range of stationery. This will likely include invites, RSVP cards, thank you cards, and an order of service, menu, place cards and seating plans; whereas for an informal garden party you may just want to limit things to an invite, RSVP, menu and place cards.

All this will influence your choice of stationery theme.

And finally:

Where will your design inspiration come from?

Is your event in an iconic space or building? Do you want design inspiration to come from your life and the key events that have brought you to where you are now? Or maybe you want it to reflect who you are, where you’re from and where you want to be. When Ananya celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2016 we celebrated with diamonds! After all a 10th anniversary is something to really celebrate and diamonds are still a girl’s best friend, we’ll have you know!

We hope that you have fun choosing your theme and have a great celebration!

Love what you see on Ananya? Drop the team a line at info@ananyacards.com  and let’s talk about the design vision that you have for your event!

Vaishali x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trend Alert: The Monogram

The monogram it seems is the personal ‘logo’ of the moment. From handbags to shirt cuffs and shoes, and pretty much anything else, the monogram is ‘on trend’. Want to know more? Read on for our delightful details of how to embrace this discerning trend.

Monogram: The Art of a Personal Marque

Never had a monogram? Not sure what it is or what all the fuss is about? Or maybe like us, when you first think of a monogram you connect it with the ‘old world’? Or, in a contemporary setting as something that’s reserved for upmarket hotel towels. Where once a monogram would have adorned a ‘seal’ or signet ring in a contemporary world, a monogram is your personal marque. It’s your way of defining who you are and a way of standing out from the ‘digital crowd’.

Be big and bold or delicate and discreet, monograms are definitely having their moment. Not convinced? Well, take your cue from fashion trends.  How cool is Rae Feather’s monogrammed frayed Panama hat? Or maybe the stylish Monogram Stripe Fray Denim Slide is more your thing? It’s a personalised look from head to toe (but we would recommend that you don’t overdo it!).

When you choose to have a monogram, you’re making a bold personal statement. And, many of our clients at Ananya choose a monogram to mark a life event. Our monogrammed wedding stationery is a beautiful example of that. And, as with everything in this mad, wonderful world, we do get unusual requests from time to time. Intrigued? Well, just between you and us, it's a secret! After all, we do value our client’s confidentiality. 

Whatever the reason for a monogram, there's a plethora of design options to choose from. So, although initials or a family crest are popular, you can always choose a less formal design. It might be a favourite flower or discreet monogram of a favourite pet. How gorgeous would a tiny dog or a blousy rose look, embroidered onto a shirt cuff? Whatever design you choose, it can represent your entire lifestyle.

Here at Ananya HQ we’ve come up with a list of our favourite ways to apply a monogram:

Social stationery: every smart home should have a social stationery ‘wardrobe’. Naturally, it includes monogrammed writing paper and note cards. For social occasions, the fashion forward amongst us might swap their business card for a monogrammed calling card.  

Bath linen and robes: head for the beach with a stripy monogrammed beach towel. Come home to relax in a monogrammed bath robe. How indulgent!

Monogrammed luggage: this is the ultimate luxury, redolent of a golden age. We can almost imagine ourselves boarding the Queen Mary, bound for New York. Heading for the First Class lounge at Heathrow will just have to do.

Win a Custom-Designed Monogram from Ananya

We’re nothing if not generous here at Ananya, and we’d love for you to have your own monogram. So, we’re delighted to offer you the opportunity to win a custom-designed monogram. Created by our talented design team, it's worth £200. And, your monogram comes complete with digital artwork! Fabulous, don’t you think?

All you have to do to enter is like this blog and share it across your own social media space, using the social share icons. We will choose a winner at random on 31 August. We will announce the winner on Facebook and Instagram.

Our founder Vaishali Shah says: “In a world where everything seems defined by passwords, having a monogram is something that’s reassuringly personal and unique to you". 

We hope that you enjoyed this little foray into the world of monograms. Good luck with entering the competition!

How to Incorporate Watercolours into a Spring/Summer Wedding

Thoughts of a spring or summer wedding immediately conjure up dreamy scenes...........

Pretty spring colours are illuminated against a blue sky, enhanced by a fluffy white cloud or two. People drink pink champagne or sip summer cocktails on a terrace with a fantastic view. It’s a sense of warmth and joy that envelopes you. Even if the reality sometimes doesn’t match the dream!

What better way to evoke the sense of summer than with a beautiful watercolour theme for your wedding day. ‘Watercolours’ are pigments suspended in a water based solution, an ancient form of art that has existed for centuries. By their nature they are translucent, beautiful and luminous.  

So what do you need to think about when considering watercolours for your wedding?

First of all embrace the colours of nature! Think palettes of bold yellow, blue and lilac. Or, pretty colourwashes of the palest green, blue or pink. Watercolours create a celebration that feels like an endless summer, whatever the weather.

And, of course, this palette of colours evokes the Pantone Colour of the Year 2017, Greenery. Here’s what Pantone say about Greenery:

'Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew......Greenery is nature’s neutral.'

So, without further ado here are our tips on how to have the perfect watercolour wedding.

Which weddings works best with a watercolour theme?

Pretty country, coastal or riverside weddings spring to mind. They’re chic, but with a bohemian edge. But, if you want watercolours for your wedding then have them, they are utterly gorgeous!

Watercolour Wedding Stationery

At Ananya we have designed a range of beautiful watercolour stationery for weddings. It's big on pretty and your guests will covet it, right from the moment they receive their save the date card.  

We love the design of bright green cacti against a yellow background for Aryan and Shivani. It's definitely fun! But perhaps you want something more romantic for your day? How about the turquoise colourwash that we designed for Richard and Julie? Oh, and we can’t forget our personal favourite. Fall in love with pretty poppies and lilacs painted against a simple white background. 

Do take a look at our collection; we know that you’ll love it as much as we do!

Watercolour Wedding Flowers

We see watercolour weddings as having delicate flower arrangements and simple bouquets.  You don't need big bold statement flowers! Think instead about the flowers that represent spring and summer. Freesias, blowsy roses, poppies and lilac are perfect. And maybe even use a few pretty daisies. Bring it all together with simple greenery such as rosemary or eucalyptus.

Watercolour Wedding Table Settings

When it comes to table settings, a beautifully presented table is an absolute must. For a watercolour theme wedding it's about simple and pretty. We imagine a table that nestles in its surroundings, perhaps even 'al fresco'! (Not for the faint hearted in the UK!).

Simple white or cream pretty china is a perfect backdrop for watercolours. The only embellishment perhaps is from ‘lace’ or ‘ribbon’ edge decoration. 

Glassware is simple but colours such as blush pink work well, whilst cutlery is simple silver or a soft gold. All are beautiful elements that work with the colours of nature. And of course even more so when lit up in the evening by soft candlelight.

Love the idea of a watercolour theme for your wedding? At Ananya we love to work with couples who want something special and personal. Do give us a call today on +44 (0)20 7242 1877 or e-mail us on info@ananyacards.com

 

 

 

 

 

Launching the latest addition to our wedding range: The Mandala Love Collection

Ananya's alluring Mandala Love range featuring an eye-catching combination of intricate detail and rich, vibrant colours creates spectacular stationery to wow your wedding guests.

blue and gold mandala inspired wedding stationery

The word mandala literally means circle in the ancient Indian scripture, Sanskrit. It is a symbol of the universe derived from ancient Hindu and Buddhist culture. Mandalas represent harmony, peace and union, which is why they are perfectly suited to weddings - a joyful occasion when the ultimate union is formed.

The mandala pattern can be found in the natural world around us ­– in snowflakes, dandelions and sunflowers, spiders’ webs and the solar system itself; incorporating this iconic motif into your wedding day stationery, is a way of connecting with nature. The mandala motif is also found in Western architecture – most predominantly in stained glass windows.

The Mandala Love collection is at the forefront with the growing design trend for statement, geometric patterns. It bridges the gap between the old and the new, thereby appealing to both traditional and modern weddings. Whether you are a multicultural couple with a love for Asian design or you simply want a wedding invite that exudes charisma, the Mandala Love collection is the one for you.

pink gold lime mandala inspired wedding stationery suite

The stunning design in blue is hand printed using a silk screen, which is a process of great technical precision. Ananya’s skilled craftsmen print each emblem four times, layering the colours as they go. The mandalas must be perfectly aligned to prevent any overlap or gaps and keep a clean, crisp edge. By using silk screen printing, the Ananya team can ensure the work they produce is of optimum vibrancy – creating incredible stationery with prints that pop from the paper. The bold colours not only provide the promise of summer, but also the promise of a fun-filled, lively wedding day.

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Have you noticed any mandala patterns in nature? Which design from the collection is your favourite?

 

Congratulations On Your Engagement. What's Next?

So congratulations.  He's popped the question and you're getting married. You may be already sporting a shiny new engagement ring on your finger. Making plans, reading wedding magazines and sifting through the Internet for bridal inspiration.

There's a lot to do.  But what should you be thinking about right now and what can wait until later?

Here's a list of 10 things that you should be considering from the word go. (And if you're a bride-to-be and have any tips to add, please let us know by adding a comment in the box below.)

What To Do When You Get Engaged

  • Book a venue. If you want to, you can hold your nerve and book a venue very last minute but really, all the best venues get booked up well in advance, particularly on Saturdays in the summer months. Remember it can be cheaper to get married on a Wednesday and also you may find more availability for your chosen venue in the winter months.
  • Consider using an online wedding planning tool which will help you to sort out your guestlist, budget and to do list. You can also find wedding planning tools as an app, so you can get organised whilst on the move.
  • Once you've set a date, you should also book a photographer.  Have a look at some wedding blogs of real weddings to see the style of photography that suits you.  Reportage is very popular just now but you may want something a little more traditional and old school.
  • Ask your friends if they'll be your bridesmaids.  They'll need to put the date in their diaries!
  • Send out save-the-date cards. If you're getting married in the summer, or at Christmas, people have an annoying habit of being away on holiday!  Ananya has some beautiful save the date cards and invitations to choose from. 
  • Pinterest is a fabulous place to set up a moodboard to plan your wedding.  You can make boards of wedding dresses, wedding cakes, shoes, bridesmaid dresses, venues ... it's great fun, addictive and best of all, it gathers all your thoughts together in one place.
  • Okay. The dress.  You may already have ideas of how you'd like to look but all the top designers say that you should really keep an open mind.  Try on a dress you may not have considered and it may surprise you.   If you want to save some money, keep an eye out for wedding dress designer sample sales which can save you hundreds of pounds on your dream dress.
  • Book your caterer. As before, the good caterers book up in advance and by booking ahead, you'll find you have a lot more choice in the matter.

Perhaps most importantly of all, remember to enjoy planning your wedding! It's a wonderful time, so don't get stressed out about it.  Just relax and try to stay calm.

Ananya wedding stationery

Ananya wedding stationery

Have you any wedding planning tips to share with us?  Any advice you found invaluable?  Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Credits: Top image via Pinterest; Mint and peach image by Victoria Grech Photography with styling by Pocketful of Dreams and stationery by Ananya.

Creative Documentary Wedding Photography: Capturing Your Special Moments

We are delighted to share with you a guest blog on aspects of documentary wedding photography as explained by Kevin Scott-Wood of Scott-Wood Photography. Kevin is a creative documentary wedding photographer whose work Ananya admires, and with whom Ananya has collaborated, including contributing a guest blog on their website. Here Kevin answers some questions on his approach to documentary wedding photography that will give you some interesting insights and information.

Having been exposed to different cultures from a very young age through your travels, has your understanding of diverse cultures influenced your photography? Does it help you in how you capture memorable moments in multicultural weddings or weddings of other cultures?

Travel definitely broadens the mind. I think by living amongst different cultures it’s given me a perspective on how important it is to understand cultural etiquette. When it comes to weddings in other cultures, it’s helped me understand when to photograph and when not. A great example is when I photographed an Anglo-Japanese wedding. The bride was going to wear a traditional Japanese bridal Kimono for the first ceremony. She explained to me that the first layer of the Kimono is the equivalent of an undergarment. I was very privileged to be invited to witness and photograph the Kimono dressing ceremony, but I was discreet and respectful in terms of what I photographed. Respect of cultures is SO important………..

You are quoted as saying “I’ll work in a way that will inspire you to be yourself, capturing for you the stunning images that you dreamed of and that will make your family and friends go WOW………just as I have for many other couples." Can you give us an example, perhaps taking one wedding, of how you did that?

I photographed a particularly joyous wedding this summer in Cambridge that I think sums up how I work. It was completely documentary style and I was just able to capture the story of Robyn and Jeremy’s day freely and creatively. They gave me the freedom to do what I do best. And if that means I occasionally have to hang perilously from a bridge to get the shot that I want, I can do it. The results are gorgeous and here’s a snippet of what Robyn and Jeremy said:

On the day you embraced every challenge - from climbing up to balconies, to jumping on and off punts, and to leaning over bridges - it was clear that you would go to great lengths to get the best shots for us!.......... we felt totally relaxed and didn't have to worry about posing.

 When the pictures arrived we were astounded. We don't just have pictures of our wedding day - we have the story of our wedding told in pictures!

You managed to capture every emotion; from laughter to tears of joy. The composition of each picture is perfect - every picture tells a story. 

Do you do any research on the couple and their background before the big day, especially if they are from a different culture, to help you know the significant moments to capture?

I’ll always do my research! Some of that is done via the pre-wedding questionnaire that my couples fill in, whilst other information comes through just getting to know each couple, either when they book or at a pre-wedding meeting or photoshoot. If there’s a cultural aspect I’m not familiar with at all it’s not uncommon for me to do a day or so research. When I did my first Russian orthodox wedding last year I spent a long time getting to know what happens during the ceremony as the service is vastly different from an Anglican wedding.

We at Ananya love your work. What are the important factors a couple should consider when choosing a wedding photographer, and who would make your dream couple to photograph?

There are five key points that I would say are the most important when choosing your wedding photographer:

1. You need to feel that you have a rapport with and feel comfortable with your chosen photographer. He or she will be with you for a good part of one of the most important days of your life.

2.   It’s important that you like and understand the style of photography that the photographer is offering. For example, the relaxed documentary style of photography is great if you want to enjoy your day without posing for lots of group and portrait photos.

3.  Set your budget but don’t choose wholly on budget. Generally, you get what you pay for, so expect to pay £1500 + for a full time professional who is experienced and insured.

4.   Don’t leave booking to the last minute. You might be lucky but the good photographers can be booked up, up to two years in advance! And, if you find one who you really like book them!

5. Do your research. A good place to start is either with a simple internet search term that relates to either your venue or the style of photographer you’re looking for i.e. London Wedding Photographers or Documentary Wedding Photographers. Wedding Blogs can be a good source particularly if they feature real weddings.  

Has wedding photography changed much over the years in terms of techniques, equipment or approach?

The digital age of photography has brought huge change to the market in the last ten years. In a sense there is more freedom with digital. There’s immediacy to it that you didn’t have with film and there are some amazing free thinking creative wedding photographers out there who perhaps wouldn’t have picked up a camera if it meant using film. 

Are there trends in wedding photography? If so, what do you see the trends being for 2017?

A recent trend over the last few years has been the beloved style of wedding photography that’s also known as fine art. It’s generally stylised, very soft colours and ‘light’. It’s in complete contrast to my style which is very strong black and white and strong colours. I think there’s something for everyone in the marketplace but there’s also been a big increase in proposal photography which I think will continue, as well as aerial photography and photo booths. Increasingly I’m seeing couples go for a hybrid style of photography- relaxed but with a shorter stylised couple’s photoshoot.  

You offer a range of packages to your clients. Could you please elaborate on that?

I think what I offer is straightforward, easy to understand and with the ability to be ‘tweaked’ if necessary. Prices start at £1495 for digital coverage that covers bridal prep to first dance and rise to £3500 for all day coverage with two photographers, digital images and album.

Kevin is certainly dedicated to his work, and it shows in the beautiful photos he produces. We hope this has inspired you to the possibilities of creative documentary photography.

Please leave us a comment. What memorable moments have you had captured?

Ananya Stationery photographed by Scott-Wood Photography

Ananya Stationery photographed by Scott-Wood Photography

Here are ways you can get in touch with Kevin:

Website: www.scott-wood.uk

Telephone: 0370 626 5200Mobile: 0796 303 3266

Email: hello@scott-wood.uk

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Ananya 2006 to 2016: Celebrating a decade of stylish stationery

Ananya is excited to be celebrating our tenth anniversary this year. Our award-winning stationery design business was established in 2006 by Vaishali Shah. The word Ananya comes from the ancient Indian language, Sanskrit, and means ‘without equal’ or ‘unparalleled’. It was the inspiration behind Vaishali’s vision to create stationery that was distinct, unique and a fusion of Asian and British styles that appeal to the modern British taste. The Ananya brand has always been synonymous with luxurious quality. 

Suite of wedding stationery

Suite of wedding stationery

Keeping up with the latest trends, over the 10 years we have designed a wide range of elegant greeting cards as well as bespoke wedding and event stationery. Ananya has gone from strength to strength innovating, researching authentic techniques and representing cultures in a way that is genuine and relevant to today’s world. Our cards are eco-friendly, with paper from sustainably managed forests.

During the 10 years Ananya has received praise not just from the couples we have designed wedding stationery for, but also from wedding planners, and have been published in leading wedding media in the UK and further afield, including Brides, Hello, Wedding, Perfect Wedding, Wedding Ideas, Asiana Wedding, and Asian Bride.

Ananya has been the recipient of various awards, including Best Invitation UK, and Best Invitation Worldwide in the Wedding Industry Experts Awards.

Vaishali is considered an expert in the industry, having truly established Ananya’s credibility, and has been asked to contribute in two books. In the recently published book Planning the Perfect Asian Wedding (by Venture Publishing International), Vaishali has contributed designs and advice in an entire chapter where she answers a range of questions related to weddings that couples may not readily find answers to. The book Celebration Graphics Sourcebook (published by RotoVision) features a selection of Ananya’s wedding stationery and greeting cards.

Retailers who have stocked Ananya stationery have included Harrods, Cards Galore, Paperchase, The Jewish Museum, Waterstones and the Museum of Islamic Art. Clients have included Michelin star chef Atul Kochhar of restaurant Benares in Mayfair.

Logo celebrating 10 years of stylish stationery

Logo celebrating 10 years of stylish stationery

Having reached this important milestone, we commissioned our sister design agency Creative ID to design a logo to reflect our ten successful years in the luxury stationery business. The new logo retains the lotus flower; its petals are now in a single burgundy colour, outlined in white, giving it a fresh and crisp look. The one colour logo is more contemporary and allows for brand evolution. In the centre of the flower, the number 10 stands proudly as a reminder of our achievements.

 

 

 

 

Ananya Reveals Wedding Stationery Trend Predictions for 2016

Set the scene for your special day with wedding stationery that is bang on trend. No matter your style preference, Ananya ensures there is a colour and style that is perfect for every couple. 

Meadow Botanicals

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Nature continues to be popular, but in 2016, it is all about wild flowers, meadows and the countryside. Floral themes have moved away from a uniformed style and take on a wilder and organic approach.

We will also see these floral themes combined with blurred water colour effects and bleached out petals. There’s something very gentle about soft focused imagery which works well with flowers in both bold colours or delicate hues. Just perfect for wedding stationery.

This theme is particularly effective with intricate illustrations and hand sketched imagery.The final result can resemble delicate filigree or a more rustic and raw finish.

As you would expect, shades of green will be popular when it comes to botanical themes. Green is a colour of nature, ecology, harmony, peace, growth, new life, and positive energy. In most western cultures green denotes luck. Green in wedding stationery can create a calming and restful mood with enough warmth to encourage a feeling of unity and togetherness among the guests.

Pink also works really well with green. Typically, pink represents universal love, romance, friendship, harmony and compassion. Pale pink emulates a gentle and loving vibe, while hot pink is bursting with energy and radiates more passion.

This trend would lend itself well to outdoor, rustic types of weddings. Imagine barns, gardens weddings and venues heavily inspired by nature.

Botanical theme in green; calming, fresh, new beginnings

Botanical theme in green; calming, fresh, new beginnings

Something Blue

In 2016 blue will be a increasingly favoured colour, and in particular, indigo. Indigo is a combination of deep blue and violet. It is said to represent dependability, trustworthiness and sincerity, and therefore makes an ideal colour for weddings and wedding stationery. Generally speaking, indigo is a cool and calming colour. In the chakra system (energy centres in the body), indigo represents the third eye for intuition and creativity.

Indigo is suitable for both men and women and is highly adaptable to one’s style preference to give interesting colour combinations and palettes.

  • Indigo and metallic silver or antique gold adds an extra sophistication and glamour.

  • Combine with white, yellow or green to create a fresh, crisp look.

  • Turquoise and grey work well with indigo and can brighten or mute your stationery.

  • Indigo and dark red are also a great combination; add sunshine yellow for those summer weddings.

  • Indigo and pink (pale or hot) create an energetic and warm ambiance.

  • Indigo, ruby and emerald can give a regal and luxurious look.

Paisley

Exotic and always in vogue, the paisley motif will be particularly on trend in 2016. The distinctive swirling pattern has a long and varied history, but its appeal is eternal.

It’s becoming popular for couples to adopt traditional patterns and motifs in their wedding and interpret them with a contemporary and personal twist. The paisley pattern is perfect for this and can be used for its traditional connotations or adapted and used in a more stylised, contemporary fashion. This is especially popular for multicultural weddings, where elements from both cultures can be seamlessly woven together in the wedding stationery.

The detail in the paisley design allows for a varied colour palette. It can be expressed in bright, vibrant colours to create a dramatic statement at a wedding. Tones of orange and yellow are on trend as positive and motivational colours and exude warmth and happiness. In particular, saffron is very popular (an auspicious colour in Hinduism) as well as toned down, earthier mustard colours.

Alternatively, soft and serene colours can convey both the joy and sanctity of the occasion. The paisley can be delicate, finely detailed or ornately swirly against a bold backdrop.

Regal tones of ruby and emerald, magenta and metallic also work well to convey opulence and grandeur through the ever-loved paisley.

Global Traveller

 

Destination weddings are on the rise and many couples are taking inspiration from their treasured travels for their wedding day. This trend presents the opportunity to combine colours and cultures. Wherever the couple would like to base their inspiration, this can be a great starting point for the wedding theme.

For the offbeat, bohemian or exotic bride, the promise of the East with its motifs, heritage prints, famed markets, intoxicating spices and boldly colourful tapestries is most alluring. Rich in inspiration, they are perfect for a gorgeous and opulent wedding when combined with intricate, vibrant, bold, jewel tones.

Moroccan palaces create the perfect silhouettes that can be emulated through wedding stationery. Inspiration from mosaics, tiles, traditional prints and patterns also presents and opportunity to combine bold and contrasting colours to evoke a rich atmosphere.

The colour purple is particularly popular in this trend. Purple has strong, historical associations with royalty, especially in sacred contexts. It is also the colour of magic, mystery and spirituality.

Geometric

For those who like to make a bold statement, the trend for geometric designs is a perfect fit. There are no rules when it comes to the design and colour combinations. Patterns can be as complicated, simple or ornate as you like. Be as bold as your personality.

From stripes and checks, to traditional mosaics and ethnic patterns, geometric stationery is the perfect way to set the scene for a contemporary wedding. Why not start with the shapes and try as many or as few colours as you like, to see how they alter the overall feel of the stationery. Soft pastels can emulate a dreamy fairy-tale wedding, while rich colours will create a more dramatic wedding day.

Geometric patterns are also great to use if your husband-to-be doesn’t want anything too flowery.

Foliage and Fruit

Vibrant tropical prints are on the rise and are great for a summer and exotic wedding. There has been an increased appeal for tropical flowers, lush foliage and orchids.

Even tropical fruit is expected to make an appearance in stationery as its popularity thrives in the fashion world. In particular, pineapple prints can be a fun way to have a tropical theme that suggests a far more relaxed and playful approach. Pineapples are also more than just a yummy fruit; they are also a symbol of hospitality and welcome - befitting a wedding theme.

Monochrome and Metallic

Black and Gold

Black and Gold


Rose Gold and Lace

Rose Gold and Lace

Monochrome stationery is a great way to convey elegance throughout a wedding. Black and white or black and champagne are very popular choices. Champagne is a lovely, elegant and sophisticated colour that has a slightly vintage feel. It works well with black and adds a warmer touch than white.

Other metallic colours are also popular throughout wedding stationery, in particular rose gold with its soft glow. Rose gold has definitely caught the imagination of the fashion world, and its popularity has encouraged its adoption into the world of wedding stationery. With its versatility, rose gold is equally stunning when combined with deep, rich colours such as claret, burgundy or even purple, as well as soft pastels such as peach, blush pink and grey. Rose gold is sure to continue to cast its spell in 2016.

Which of the trends above are you likely to follow? Do any of them represent your style and personality? We'd love to hear from you.

 

 

A Wedding Planning Guide For The Fridge Door

When you're planning your wedding, it's easy sometimes to feel rather overwhelmed by the whole thing. You might even be waking up in the night thinking "have I told the florist exactly which roses I want" or "did I book the photographer".

Okay, so you might have checklists galore, special apps on your phone and a long-suffering chief bridesmaid/best friend/mother to let off steam to.

The thing is, you're probably doing just fine. And it's important that you enjoy the build-up to your wedding because it's actually a very special time. You've a wonderful day ahead to look forward to, you've found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with ... so don't spoil it by getting over-stressed.

That also means not taking on too much. For example, you may be dreaming of having a DIY wedding and planning to make wedding favours, cakes, decorations yourself. This isn't a great idea because you'll almost certainly underestimate the amount of time all this is going to take you. So work out what is genuinely do-able and outsource the rest.

If you really feel the need for a visual checklist, then we've created these handy two visuals which you can print out and stick on your fridge door so that you can assure yourself you're doing all the right things by the right time.

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Look at it month by month and know that you're keeping up with everything (or there are a few things you still need to be thinking about).

wedding planning chart

For example, you don't really need to have sorted out a florist until about 9 months before the wedding - although if you're choosing one who is particularly popular it's best to sign them up as soon as possible.

Interestingly, one of the most important things to get sorted early isn't choosing your wedding dress, booking your venue or asking your friends to be your bridesmaids. It's actually setting a budget for your wedding day. It's key because it's actually going to affect many aspects of your big day - the sort of venue you can afford, whether you have a wedding breakfast and a dinner, how many guests you have, what wine you serve and of course, what you wear. So set a realistic wedding budget between the two of you and stick to it - you don't want to start off married life in debt.

Get everything sorted calmly and coolly before your big day and you'll see that on the day before your wedding you can actually have a bit of a relax. Help to decorate the venue and enjoy some beauty treatments (a mani-pedi - but don't have a facial the day before your wedding in case of breakouts).

We'd love to help you with your wedding stationery so if there is anything special you have in mind do get in touch.

In the meantime, cut out these two handy wedding planning guides and pin them to your noticeboard or fridge door!