Under the Spotlight – 8 Illustration

Based out of San Luis Obispo, California, August Kreowski, the man behind 8 Illustration has a passion for creative, alternative and unique Rock n Roll couples and their fabulously personalised weddings. He creates custom and one-of-a-kind invitations and paper goods for the most quirky couples out there!

“My perfect client is a couple who likes to create a theme for they’re wedding…(I love themes!)” he told me. “I love to work with someone different, someone seeking custom and something never seen before. I want couples Who want to push the envelope, I want to get more wild more imaginative. Couples like this excite me because I want to push the limits of my creativity as well.”

“I like to get to know my clients first off, talk to them about how they fell in love, what defines there relationship, and if they have a theme for there wedding. After brainstorming I like to sketch out a custom design based on the couple.”

“After approval I get to work bringing the sketch to life. Most of my designs have an interactive element so that their guests spend more time invested in the invitation. My job is to create excitement for my client’s special day. This interactive element includes anything from creative folding, custom cut outs, twine, origami and word games.”

“I pride myself on 100% custom made which means all the invitations pass through my hands (several times). I love to create fonts, use interesting paper types, draw maps and address envelopes. I have fun creating art that fits perfectly in an envelope. It’s the mystery and the excitement of love that fuels my crafts.”

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Kamela & Brian’s Organic, Vintage, Back Garden wedding

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Oh yes! I am so excited by Kamela & Brian’s vintage/eco/organic/outdoor wedding. The couple made wedding choices that were totally perfect for them and ignored a lot of the usual wedding industry rubbish. They got married at their Grandparent’s house in Vancouver and had the super personal reception in their back garden.

The bride wore a stunning 1930’s vintage dress that was actually the first and only one she tried on. It literally seemed like it was made for her as she didn’t even need to get it altered. The groom and groomsmen also wore vintage clothes (except their bow tie which were made by the bride and her Mum) but one of my favourite parts of both their outfits has got to be their shoes – no uncomfortable heels for the bride or ugly ‘dress shoes’ for the groom! They both wore their favourite trainers – Toms.

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It’s Only Rock n Roll…

Musicians Diane & Mark wanted to do something different to the usual portrait session for their engagements. They brought along their beloved instruments and rocked the hell out! I’m also totally in love with the sheet music speech bubbles, an awesome Rock n Roll take on the usual props.

“Both of them are super involved with music and so it only seemed fit to incorporate that into their shoot,” photographer Candice told me. “They had so much energy and you can tell they are madly in love. Hello Studios loves all our clients, especially the ones that love a little Rock n Roll.”

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Messing About on the River with Joanne Fleming Designs

I wanted to start this sunny and bright Monday morning with a bit of dress ‘porn’ for you all. Who doesn’t adore looking at pastel colours, short hems and gorgeous attention to detail – all perfectly modelled by a stunning rockabilly-esque model? Exactly.

The dresses are all designed and made by Brighton based, Rock n Roll Bride favourite Joanne Fleming. They are (in order of appearance) Clothilde, Audrey and Pieretta. Joanne also made the pretty damn stunning headpiece to go with the Pieretta dress. I am a particular fan of this dress in fact – made from metallic silk organza, it has the wonderful quality of tarnishing slightly over time, so the dress starts to look properly vintage very quickly.

Joanne put the model in shoes by New Look which we found for just £20 and customised with swarovski crystals and the shoot took place on a friend’s house boat.

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A Sunday Kind of Love – Gareth’s Wedding Plans

This is totally sad so you’ll have to forgive me. Also, it’s 6:30am and I’ve been awake for 3 hours. I don’t know why and maybe my mind is going a bit haywire but I just came up with this ridiculous idea for a blog post so I’m going to run with it.

I was watching ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ with Gareth the other day (for those of you who aren’t in the UK, it’s a TV programme where basically the groom plans the whole wedding – he picks and organises literally everything – the venue, the dress, the flowers, the invitations, the theme – it’s brilliant!)

I bet lots of couples do this as they watch this show, but Gareth & I got chatting about what he’d do if he had to plan our wedding. Now I’ve either subliminally trained him well or he’s been paying close attention to the blog and just not telling me but OMG his ideas were quite frankly awesome. As soon as he said “short vintage dress from Fur Coat No Knickers (yes he named the shop!), mismatched colours, a kind of summer meadow theme” I was sold! So much in fact that I totally want to marry him all over again and have him plan the whole thing.

Anyway…I thought I’d make a little montage of his vision. Can I just make it clear that I am aware, as someone who got married 2 and half years ago, how incredibly sad this is but I kinda wanted to share it all with you. Happy Sunday Lovin’ people!

Credit – Left to Right starting from top left:

Photograph by Aaron Delesie, dress with multi-coloured tulle underskirt by Stephanie James Couture
Vintage dress by Fur Coat No Knickers
Photograph of groom by Daniel Lateulade Photography
Photograph by Christine Chang, bridesmaid dresses by Betsey Johnson (Gareth actually he’d like the bridesmaids in the same dress in different colours but I found it really hard to find a photograph)
All You Need is Love cake by choccywoccydoodah
Photograph of birdcage veil by Joshua Caine
Centrepiece ideas (L-R) photograph by Tiffany Mumford, photograph by Our Labor of Love, photograph by Simply Bloom Photography

How do you think your other half would plan your wedding if you let him? Why not send me your groom’s ideas!?

The List – Retro Rockabilly Wedding

Methinks you all loved London Bride’s ‘The List’ two weeks ago so I asked the lovely blogger & wedding stylist to do us another one – this time, one of my favourite wedding themes, Retro Rockabilly. 

As always, let us know what you think in the comments and feel free to make suggestions for the next wedding theme for her to tackle. 

Enjoy!  

The Retro Rockabilly List   

  

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