Under the Spotlight – Vicky Trainor Stationery

black and silver reception number and chair names from vicky trainor all from the fauna collection

Vicky Trainor Stationery are a design led studio based in North Yorkshire who specialise in fabulous unique designs and original wedding stationery ideas. Everything they produce is done so with love and care ‘in house’ enabling them to not only give the best bespoke and personal service possible but also to keep the costs down (which are then passed onto you of course!) They also offer a fab ‘off the peg’ service in their online shop The Paper Store.

amelie rose tags from the fauna collection from vicky trainor

The designs are all floral based but vastly range  in style from the feminine ‘Rose’ range to the fabulous and funky monochrome ‘Fauna’ collection (my personal favourite!) and the contrast of the retro yet modern ‘New Broadway’ design. “All my designs have been developed from drawings produced on holidays, photographs taken on weekend walks, vintage finds from car boot sales and antique fairs from Northumbria to Sussex” Vicky told me. “My obsession with everything and anything from the 50’s and 60’s and most importantly the little quiet places in my garden always comes through into my work. I am a classic hoarder of vintage haberdashery, ribbons and cotton lace, china cups and plates, table cloths and Victorian linens to 50’s ‘Babycham’ and ‘Cherry b’ coasters, Midwinter crockery – inspiration in everything (to quote Paul Smith!)”

camelia place cards from www.vickytrainor.co.uk

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Light-hearted & Personal

I love  a quirky London wedding just as much as the next person so I whooped with joy when Connie & Jonny’s was send my way. “We wanted to bring all our friends and family together for a massive party to celebrate us getting hitched” the bride began. “We kept certain traditions – getting everyone to sit down and have a big feed, and speeches etc, but we weren’t keen on all the flowery formal bits, so to keep things lighthearted and personal we had the lovely ukelele band.  We put our friends and family on a routemaster bus back to the reception (at Lena Restaurant)  Amazing food, great party space downstairs with loads of champagne.  A friend drove my dad and I to the town hall in his VW camper van, and took Jonny and I (with music booming, a healthy supply of champagne) back to the reception (we drove back via regent’s park and stopped off in the sunshine to take it all in). Not really up for flowery delicate invites, we got Hanway print centre to print us some bright orange postcards. Jonny’s dad made the wedding cake and my mom and friends organised the flowers.”

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Stop Staring

Jacquie & Robby’s fun yet sexy engagements were sent over to me today. I instantly fell in love with her funky style (her ‘Leopard Lolita Dress’ is by Stop Staring she got it from Daddy-o’s) and their ‘poking-fun’ attitude – gotta love that ‘RIP Rob’ graffiti behind them!

“We had these pictures taken in March 2010 on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland” Jacquie explained. “We explored the area and happened to come across the graffiti that said “RIP Rob” and although I usually hate that old idea that once a man is married his life is over, but I couldn’t resist taking a picture seeing that my fiance name is Robby! Also, we stumbled across that old red car and we loved the pictures near the car so much, we used one for our save the dates. If you take a look at the pictures of us near the car, you will notice that a train went by while we were shooting. That day seemed like it was really meant to be.”

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Naomi, Josh & Kingsley

Oh I have been so excited about sharing this shoot with you all! I’m sure most of you will be familiar with this gorgeous little family. Naomi is the beautiful girl behind the uber popular Rockstar Diaries blog and her husband Josh and their new dog Kingsley play a staring role in it. These guys really are wonderful people. Sweet, kind and darling. Their blog posts never fail to cheer me and they just seem so genuinely LOVELY!

OK enough gushing…you’re going to adore these images taken at the DC Cherry Blossom Festival by their wedding photographer Leo Patrone (who I’m hoping to meet when he comes over to London soon!) The light, the colours, the fashion, the fun and lurrrve…aww just so perfect.

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All the Fun of the Fair

Amy & Darren are a gorgeous, fun and music-loving couple who are getting married this June in the New Forest. The idea for their engagement shoot was just to follow them having fun and sharing the things they love. “We started the shoot at their place in Blackheath, London” photographer Sarah told me “with me shooting from the mezzanine down on them lying amongst a fraction of their 5000-strong record collection, even Martha the cat wanted a piece of the action!”

“Next, we took a trip up the road to take advantage of the gorgeous evening light at the May bank holiday fair on Blackheath, finishing with a stroll through Greenwich Park to the bandstand which holds a romantic significance to them as a couple as it’s where they spent a lot of time together when they first started courting.”

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Community Spirit

British photographer Dolly Photography may be new to the scene but she sure knows her own passions and one of her dreams is to raise awareness and support her local community. “I come from Barnsley, a very small Northern mining town that is still recovering from the depression of the pit closures” She told me “I have loads of work I’d love to submit, but this one is close to my heart. I did a Rock The Dress shoot last week for Barnsley Hospice, a charity that looks after terminal cancer patients. They have 8 charity shops and wanted to promote the fact that they sold second hand wedding dresses – some for as little as £40 a dress!”

So, she asked her sister to model for her in a gorgeous £40 dress from Barnsley Hospice and carrying a vintage umbrella that she found on ebay for £10. Her hair piece was also a bargain at £10 in the sale from Diva Bridal, Barnsley.

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