Botanical sage shoot

Rare Sage shoot

As promised, here is the full shoot from the recent Style Me Pretty feature.

It started when Gabrielle Walsh of byGabrielle got in touch this past winter. It’d been way too long since we’d collaborated (back on the Entwined shoot) and I love everything she touches so I was in even before she dropped the words ‘big US photographer’.

Enter Katelyn James, who was travelling to our fair shores to run styled photography workshops. Some of my other faves – hello to Rene, Hannah and Danielle & Nikki!– and the rest of the incredible team were also on board to bring the native botanical vision to life.

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I created a new suite of stationery called Rare Sage, with the soft green, informal calligraphy and botanical etchings combining to form a relaxed, natural look.

It will be part of the core Ciao range, but for the shoot I embellished it with a fabric belly band and kraft envelopes to add some textural layering.

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Thanks again to Katelyn and Gabrielle for inviting me to contribute to this gorgeous day. The workshop attendees must have felt they were in a photographer’s heaven!

If you are interested in the Rare Sage suite, please shoot me an email for a quote.

Photography: Katelyn James Photography | Styling: By Gabrielle | Floral Design: In Bloom Floral Art | Dress: The Vintage Bride Boutique | Stationery: Akimbo | Hair: Obsessed With Beauty | Adelaide Beach Front: Adelaide Beach Front | Makeup: Coloured Lips Makeup Artistry | Rentals: Sash Events

In the press: Style Me Pretty

SMP Katelyn James shoot

Style Me Pretty – October 2014

I’ll post the full shoot soon, including all the juicy stationery shots soon. In the meantime you can take a peek at the feature on Style Me Pretty here.

Photography: Katelyn James Photography | Styling: By Gabrielle | Floral Design: In Bloom Floral Art | Dress: The Vintage Bride Boutique | Stationery: Alicia From Akimbo | Hair: Obsessed With Beauty | Adelaide Beach Front: Adelaide Beach Front | Makeup: Coloured Lips Makeup Artistry | Rentals: Sash Events

 

Save the date: Glen Ewin Bridal Fair 2015

Glen Ewin Bridal Fair

Glen Ewin Estate is one of my favourite wedding venues in South Australia so I’m delighted to announce that I am now one of their preferred suppliers! I’ve worked on client weddings and photo shoots there – as well as been a wedding guest there – and their venue, food and service are second to none so it’s a great privilege to be working alongside them.

To kick off our partnership, I will be exhibiting at their annual Bridal Fair on 11th January 2015 along with over 30 fellow wedding dream-makers.

You can find more about this free event here.

Love Cherish Adore (October 2014)

Akimbo at Love Cherish Adore

After a couple of years of conflicting schedules, I was recently finally able to exhibit at the Love Cherish Adore bridal fair.

The Spring event was held at the oh-so-stunning historical Carclew House. Along with my trusty new crates (nifty studio storage turned expo display) I finished the stall off with the timber arbour from Rapture Events and blooms by Illume Flowers.

I was flying solo so I didn’t get a chance to pop around and take photos of the rest of the event (you can find those here) but here are the details of the Akimbo stall.

Akimbo at Love Cherish Adore

 

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As well as our own stalls, I got together with my pals Kiera, Celeste and Bree to create this darling table setup in the gorgeous bay window. It features a new contemporary foiled and letterpressed invitation created for the wedding of Liv & Tom (more on that beauty in another post).

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The classic glam look was a fun antidote to the more rustic timber feel of my own stall.

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Oh, and I posed for a quick snap in the incredible botanical photo wall set up by Life in Still and Illume Flowers.

I had an absolute blast with these ladies (and all my other vendor friends in attendance). Most of all, it was great to get out there and meet lots of sweet couples and hear about their wedding days. The timber and kraft invitations proved the biggest hits, and the new Ciao collection was also proving eye-catching.

My next event will be the Glen Ewin Estate Bridal Fair on 11th January 2015 – hope to see you there!

Thank you to… Illume Flowers for all florals, Rapture Events for the arbour and all table styling and furniture, Life in Still Photography for the table photography and Susie at Love Cherish Adore for a great event.

White Magazine – Issue 26

White Magazine Issue 26

White Magazine

“What’s hot” featuring an as yet unreleased pineapple themed invitation.

Real Weddings Style Annual 2014

Akimbo in Real Weddings Style Annual 2014

Real Weddings Style Annual 2014

“Indigo & Violet” story featuring:
Oberon menu, Oberon invitation suite, unreleased watercolour invitation

“Spring predictions” story featuring:
Nikki & Daniel couture invitation suite, Garden Path handkerchief invitation

The ‘W’ word

Garden Path wedding invitation

Every year, a news outlet will bring out a story about unsuspecting brides being charged more for weddings than they would if it were another kind of celebration. Invariably, it involves ‘mystery shoppers’ lying to vendors to gain pricing based on false information. I came across one such article today, based on a Choice study.

First up, a note that this doesn’t actually apply to my business (but, as you’ll find out, it still really gets me fired up!). My prices are my prices, no matter if it’s your wedding or your dog’s birthday party. It takes same amount of time to design and my printer and envelope company don’t charge me less because it’s just Fido’s birthday. In fact, this is part of the reason why I only do weddings now, some people would see the price and react with, ‘Geez, it’s not like it’s a wedding‘. (Apparently the double-standard pricing was a-okay if it suited them?). So now I spend my time focusing on providing the best product and service for my amazing couples.

The Choice article glossed over – and the follow-up completely omitted – any mention of the good proportion of suppliers who provided identical quotes. I can’t say I’m surprised by this alarmist reporting but it’s still disappointing for the vast majority of ethical businesses.

While I’ve never charged more on mention of the ‘W’ word, there are some that do (gasp – it’s true!). There are two reasons why this may be the case:

One – They don’t charge more for the same product/service, they are simply recommending what they think will be most suitable for the event.

When I was doing all-occasion stationery, if a prospective client came to me for party invitations, I’m not going to suggest the custom designed, three-colour letterpress package with a hand illustrated map. I’ll recommend an off-the-shelf flat printed design because in my professional experience that is what they’ll be happy to pay for. If that client was looking for wedding invitations but told me she was planning a 30th, she’d be doing herself a disservice because she’ll wind up disappointed that the product was not up to her expectations for a wedding.

Two – Yes, they may actually charge more for a wedding.

Before you go calling Today Tonight, there are legitimate reasons why this would be the case. For example, your chauffeur missed his kid’s soccer game to clean every nook and cranny of the cars, decorate them, make sure there were umbrellas and bottles of water in the boot and arrived half an hour early because he knows how important this day is. You wouldn’t get all these hidden extras that cost him a lot of time (read: money) if you simply asked him to drive you to the airport.

Perhaps your baker includes the price of tastings, delivery and an extra ‘anniversary’ tier in her wedding quotes but not for parties. Maybe for a wedding your photographer brings a second shooter, expensive hired lenses and spends twice as long processing your precious memories to make sure they are perfect.

And that really is the moral of the story: If you have a question about their pricing, simply ask them. Anyone worth working with will be happy to explain all the inclusions and differences between their services.

I know hundreds of wedding vendors and I can tell you that not one of us is in this for the money. We are passionate about what we do and pour everything into creating beautiful weddings for our clients. But of course like any business we need to do this in a way that is financially viable in order to keep servicing our clients for many years to come.

Your wedding suppliers are there to help you. Not only does being dishonest prevent them from best serving you, it also prevents a trusting relationship, without which it is hard to enjoy your wedding planning and pull off the kind of spectacular event you’re dreaming of.

Photo credit: Jennifer Sando Photography

Big news + lucky dips

Akimbo at Bowerbird Bazaar

Today I’m sharing the bittersweet news that Akimbo will no longer be producing any off-the-shelf stationery. Yep, no more greeting cards, art prints or pre-made stationery.

Why? Akimbo is just me; one person trying to wear all the hats involved in running a small business. Custom wedding invitations have always been Akimbo’s focus but I couldn’t give it the attention it deserved while juggling wholesale accounts, production, markets, packaging and everything else that goes along with having retail products.

It may not be goodbye to Akimbo retail products for good. Perhaps there will be a time in future when I have staff or a collaborative opportunity makes it possible by handling all of the production and distribution.

But for now while this is still a solo operation, I am excited to be focussing on Akimbo’s specialty: wedding stationery.

This is great news for my lovely brides and grooms, who can expect bigger and better things as I throw myself completely into design for weddings! So you can expect lots more wedding goodness from me, including a bunch of new designs to launch this Spring.

If you need to stock up on your Akimbo goodies before they’re gone foreveryou can find clearance stock here while it lasts. There are also a limited number of themed Lucky Dip packs featuring a surprise assortment of paper goods:

Akimbo Lucky Dip pack

Card survival packview details and buy

Akimbo Lucky Dip pack

Sweet home pack - view details and buy

Akimbo Lucky Dip pack

Party animal pack - view details and buy

Akimbo Lucky Dip pack

Mixed bag pack - view details and buy

Akimbo Lucky Dip pack

Oh baby pack - view details and buy

Big love pack - view details and buy

Akimbo Lucky Dip pack

The Big Love pack also contains a bonus assortment of invitation samples. So if you’re not sure what type of invitations you want, this is the perfect first step.
Massive, huge, soppy thank yous for your continued support of Akimbo. It means so much to me and won’t be forgotten as I enter this new phase.

Bowerbird Bazaar 22-24 November

Woop! I’m excited to be at another Bowerbird Bazaar this weekend!

22nd-24th November
Friday 4-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 10-5pm

Stirling Angas Pavilion, Adelaide Showgrounds

I will be launching my summer collection, which includes these limited edition screenprints. I’ll also have Christmas cards, art prints, note cards, greeting cards and for the first time: tote bags and gift tags.

For more event details, head to the Bowerbird Bazaar website.

I look forward to seeing you there!

DIY no-sew wedding banner

There’s no celebration not improved by adding bunting, if you ask me. But sewing? Ugh!

Find out my no-sew technique for making bunting in my latest Polka Dot Bride tutorial.

READ THE FULL TUTORIAL ON POLKA DOT BRIDE