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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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British, Quirky, Laid Back Pub Wedding

I adore featuring weddings like Alexa & Andy’s the most. British, quirky, emotional and fun! The couple got married at Birmingham Registry Office on Easter Sunday and had the awesome Steve Gerrard on hand to take all their photographs. The room was really modern and had a gorgeous courtyard outside which made for some beautiful portraits.

The reception was held at The Bell, at Tamworth in Arden which they selected for it’s informal and carefree nature. They knew their friends and family would have fun in the pub’s relaxed atmosphere. The cake was made by Alexa’s Mum after they saw something similar in a magazine and decided to have a go at making it themselves (that’s exactly what we did!)

Alexa wore a dress, gorgeous little hat and corset were all custom designed and made by Jo at The Couture Company, at The Custard Factory in Birmingham. “I knew straight away that I wouldn’t have a traditional wedding dress and I really like the 50s style full circle dress so did a bit of internet research and found Jo” she told me. She teamed this with shoes from Dune for the day time and pink, shiny Doc Martens for the evening! Love….!

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Carnival Crazy

Dina & Gary’s 1920’s vaudeville carnival themed wedding makes me wanna squeal. I wish wish wish we’d done something as fabulous as this when we got hitched. The wedding took place at Asbury Park, New Jersey and the pair really went to town with their theme – from popcorn and candy for the guests, a sideshow performance, goldfish in bowls… in fact everything you might expect to find at a carnival! Dina wore a custom dress (made by a friend) and wore jewellery and carried a candy bouquet made by another friend Melissa Heid.

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Under the Spotlight – I Do Cake Toppers

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Have you been looking for that perfect cake topper? One that’s funky, cool, original and suits you down to a tee? Well my dears I have the answer! I’m sure you’ve all heard of custom cake toppers before, but I think the ones by I Do Cake Toppers are by far the best I’ve seen.

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You simply send a photograph with your order and Christina will make a custom cake topper which is a perfect reflection of you. Your ‘mini-yous’ are the perfect touch for your special day depicting your likeness, outfits, hairstyle, pets, hobbies and everything in between. They stand approximately 8 inches high which makes them the perfect size for a keepsake after the last of the cake is gone.
Go check out the gallery of past examples and you won’t be short of inspiration.

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Speakeasy Swing Wedding

I’ve got a feeling you’re going to love this detail-heavy dance-fest. The moody light, the swing band, the bride in her stunning yellow gown, the cupcakes, the portraits…yep this is one pretty damn cool wedding.

Andrew & Aye got married atThe Thaxton in Louis, MO. They converted the indie venue into their speakeasy and swing-dance themed wedding. Both the bride & groom wore custom made outfits  – the dress was made by Toni Whitaker and his suit was by Duchess Clothier. The fabulousKim Massie band provided the entertainment. 

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A Most Curious Party

Rebecca & John’s summer wedding was so eclectic, so English and just so fabulously unique that I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Rebecca told me all about their ideas and inspiration behind their amazing day, so I’m just going to hand over to her for this one!

John didn’t want to get married in a church, as he is not religious so I had my heart set on getting married outside, because we felt there was a more powerful spirituality in the earth and nature that would bring us together with more meaning than just a civil ceremony. Almost a pagan idea I guess… The marriage scene at the end of Robin Hood Prince of thieves was a major inspiration!

We got married at Hedingham Castle, an 11th century fort in Essex, England. The castle were quite strict in what we could do so we put most of our effort into making the reception at Belchamp St Paul Community Hall, Suffolk, our own. We had said the ‘theme’ of the wedding would be ‘vintage inspired –from the 20s to the 50s’ on the invitation,  mainly because I love the fashions, music, style and glamour of those eras – but I suppose starting the proceedings in a Medieval castle fit in with ‘vintage as well.’

We felt it was really important that throughout the day everything should reflect who we were, rather than conforming to any idea of how weddings should be, Our whole wedding ethos was that it showed our personalities, as it was  day about us after all! and you don’t get a chance to do that again… many traditions stand the test of time because they are lovely traditions such as the cake, the rings and getting dressed up etc, but we didn’t want it to be a generic cookie cutter wedding – and many people said that it showed, it couldn’t have been anyone else’s wedding!


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A Most Curious Party

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Rebecca & John's summer wedding was so eclectic, so English and just so fabulously unique that I couldn't wait to share it with you. Rebecca told me all about their ideas and inspiration behind their amazing day, so I'm just going to hand over to her for this one! John didn’t want to get married in a church, as he is not religious so I had my heart set on getting married outside, because we felt there was a more powerful spirituality in the earth and nature that would bring us together with more meaning than just a civil ceremony. Almost a pagan idea I guess… The marriage scene at the end of Robin Hood Prince of thieves was a major inspiration! We got married at Hedingham Castle, an 11th century fort in Essex, England. The castle were quite strict in what we could do so we put most of our effort into making the reception at Belchamp St Paul Community Hall, Suffolk, our own. We had said the ‘theme’ of the wedding would be ‘vintage inspired –from the 20s to the 50s’ on the invitation, mainly because I love the fashions, music, style and glamour of those eras – but I suppose starting the proceedings in a Medieval castle fit in with ‘vintage as well.’ We felt it was really important that throughout the day everything should reflect who we were, rather than conforming to any idea of how weddings should be, Our whole wedding ethos was that it showed our personalities, as it was day about us after all! and you don’t get a chance to do that again… many traditions stand the test of time because they are lovely traditions such as the cake, the rings and getting dressed up etc, but we didn’t want it to be a generic cookie cutter wedding – and many people said that it showed, it couldn’t have been anyone else’s wedding!

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