UK friends! Our London team will once again be exhibiting at one of the most fun and unique wedding fairs across the pond. A Most Curious Wedding Fair will be taking place in just a couple of weeks. This really is a fabulous event packed with inspiring and creative vendors. Iain and Hamad love it when our fans and friends stop by the Hello!Lucky booth to say hello, so be sure to do so if you attend the fair!Event details: 19 -21 April 2013 The Truman Brewery 91 Brick Lane, London. E1 6QL
We're still swooning over all the beautiful details of Izzy and Harry's UK wedding last December. Their save the date cards and invitations were only a fraction of the fun paper products displayed throughout their big day, so when Izzy sent us these beautiful photos by Sven Arnstein we had to share.
Custom wedding signage was created for almost every table along with matchbox favors, wild-flower seed packets, a wishing tree and a delightful 'thumb-print tree', and they all matched perfectly with the Hot Air Balloon save the date.
The couple really went above and beyond to create a whimsical space. We always love a winter wedding...
To view more photos, visit Hello! Magazine! Thanks Izzy for sharing the beautiful photos.
Hi! My name is Vanessa Mason, you may remember me as the Style Editor at You & Your Wedding and Cosmopolitan Bride magazines here in the UK. I left the world of weddings to have our two amazing babies, Scott and Sienna (now two and a half and eight months) and when Sabrina at Hello!Lucky asked me to be a guest blogger for their gorgeous company, I didn’t have to think twice, I jumped at the opportunity. What an honor! Well, enough about my details, let’s talk weddings! Just before Christmas, Harry Judd and his sweetheart Izzy Johnston tied the knot. As a nod to Harry’s Strictly Come Dancing win in December 2011, they tucked into a cake topped with a glitter ball trophy.
If you like the glitter ball touch, why not take the idea further and use them in vases as table centerpieces? To keep costs low, only place them on the head table in front of the bride and groom and special guests like the best man or your respective parents. The idea works nicely, as the vases are so tall, they don’t interrupt the flow of conversation over the table. They also provide great atmosphere thanks to the lights placed inside them and as the evening falls, the fairy lights reflect pretty twinkling light off the glasses, cutlery and tea lights! Whatever you decide to do for your wedding, just have fun and make it look beautiful!
On January 9th the London Tube celebrated its 150th anniversary! As such an intricate structure with so many historical memories, we had to pay tribute somehow. The Tube logo is one of the main inspirations for our Love London invitation suite! We had to put our own touches on the design, but we love it's classic color palette and bold type.
The Tube hasn't always been as widespread as it is today. This vintage Underground map shows some of the original railways.
Penguin released a coffee table book in 2007 titled Transit Maps of the World. Below is a map showing all the cities that currently have or are planning to build an urban rail system. Pretty impressive! Wouldn't it be nice to be connected to all these countries by train?
Of course we're not the only ones feeling inspired by the London Tube. Other companies are paying tribute to the railways as well. 1210 Apparel created this Hip Hop Roots tee-shirt, connecting all the defining forces of hip-hop music into one crazy tube/tree.
Congratulations to the London Tube! We wish you another 150 years of efficient journey through our second home.
It's not every day that celebrity couples come to us for help designing their wedding stationery. We're always sure to respect a future bride and groom's privacy before their big day, but this wedding was top secret. UK superstars Izzy Johnston and Harry Judd said their "I do's" last month on what was said to be a "the best day ever." It was covered by Hello! Magazine with exclusive photos and information about the event. We don't need exclusive photos to know this beautiful couple must have had a ball.
We recreated Eunice and Daniels's save the date for their own - including wedding bells, pet cats, and musical instruments (Harry is in the British pop band McFly and Izzy is a former member of Escala - an electronic string quartet). You may have recognized this design from our Cut Paper photo save the date, but you can order your own version of this hand-drawn beauty soon. In the mean time, feel free to contact our UK offices at firstname.lastname@example.org for more ordering info!
Congratulations to Izzy and Harry. We wish you a lifetime of health and happiness!
We have been asked on several occasions to describe what London has been like over the Olympic period but to be quite honest, for Londoners not attending the events themselves, it has been strangely quiet. Now, in the hiatus between the Olympics and Paralympics, seems a good time to reflect. There has certainly been a good deal of celebrating and decorating going on but very little with direct reference to the games themselves for fear of contravening the rules regarding use of the rings, name, date, venue and so forth. Instead the city has been awash with flags of all nations - best shown in this glorious display down Regents Street in the very centre of town.
Twenty Major statues throughout the capital were also adorned with new headgear including Admiral Nelson on his column in this natty number seen above which was made for him by Lock & Co – the same company that made his real tricorn 200 years ago! (They have been going since 1676!) Smaller shops have dusted off the Union flag bunting from the Jubilee celebrations (in the best spirit of ‘Make do and Mend’) and given us charming window displays such as this one at our friend’s salon ‘The Powder Room.’
There was naturally official Olympic merchandise around and several major British artists designed posters our favourite of which was this stripe design from Pop artist Bridget Riley, but we must confess that the bold graphic simplicity of the 1948 poster is perhaps somewhat more to our tastes.
Despite – or perhaps because of – the organiser’s fierce protection of the brand some people really did go out of their way to make an alternative point… we loved the cheeky shop window of this gent’s outfitters.
We also loved these posters from New North Press are just letterpressed genius! Alas – they are not for sale but they have plenty of others in their online shop and offer hands-on courses in this most wonderful of arts at their studios in Hoxton, North London!
If all this red, white and blue has given you ideas for your own celebrations and if seeing the city in such a party mood has re-kindled your love affair with it then perhaps consider our new Love London range for your own event. If nothing else you’ll get to re-use all that bunting again!
Whilst the downside of our temperate climate here in London is that this summer has, to date, been a complete wash-out, the silver lining is that the flowers have been blooming like never before. This was so wonderfully apparent at the Cheshire wedding of Ellie and Jon in late June where cottage garden favourites like peonies, roses and delphiniums abounded and were so perfectly picked-up in our Nouveau Peonies design that they chose for all their stationery. We love the way that the lace of Ellie’s beautiful dress was echoed in the place cards and how the floral theme was continued to the cake iced simply in white rose motifs.
Even the weather stayed fair!
All of us at Hello Lucky would like to wish Ellie and Jon all the best and to thank Ellie’s Mother, Jan, for being so wonderfully organized with the stationery!
It doesn't take much to get the average Brit. thinking about holidays, especially considering the hit-and-miss wash-out Summer that we've been having recently. What could be more enticing than these charming retro-inspired posters by the French tourist board that have appeared all over the capital in the last few weeks to gently tempt us wet and weary commuters into packing our suitcases and heading South.
We love the use of the different fonts and the wonderful graphic cartoons that put us in mind of those classic Pink Panther opening sequences.
Beautifully fresh and oh so very French - who but a Frenchwoman would co-ordinate her deckchair with her son's t-shirt!
Allez...en vacances! Bon Voyage
We're over the moon about our recent nomination for the UK's Perfect Wedding Awards! You can vote for Hello!Lucky as the best Wedding Stationery in the UK. We are honored to be considered in such a talented group of stationers, and are tickled with excitement. The polls are open until August 6h so get your vote in today!
In celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee we're delighted to release our newest London wedding suite Love London! The classic lines and bold typeface make it fit to be a favorite.
Right now we only have the Save The Date available on the UK site, but be sure to look for the rest of the suite in the coming weeks. And if you'd like to order it sooner feel free to contact our UK office directly at 020 7378 9740.
We hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebration. If you're in the UK be sure to take advantage of our 20% off sale on all UK orders until midnight on June 5th. Enjoy!
Saturdays at the historic York Hall in London's East End may usually be associated with boxing matches and Turkish baths but last weekend it was the venue for the first Most Curious Wedding Fair in London. Rather than the 3-day events this was just a single afternoon but after the doors opened the hall very swiftly filled-up.
It was lovely to see so many small independent traders there nearly all with something unique and charming on display all with a distinctly vintage theme. For our own booth we created a fold-out screen in calico and then hand-drew picture frames onto them and mounted the invitations onto acetate sheets which we attached using upholstery tacks secured by a small cork at the back. Larger suites of invitations we just laid-out on the table in the front for the guests to handle to feel the quality of the cardstock.
Among the many stands that took our eye were this fantastic paper artist called Suzi McLaughlin who creates the most exquisite works from folded paper and laser-cutting. We just adored the simplicity of the bouquet made from printed paper.
For an equally beautiful keep-sake Suzi also makes 3d books where the pages are folded over and have a cloud of butterflies (or anything else you may want) flocking out of them. Or this beautifully simple open book with a simple corsage. Just stunning!
Entertainment was provided on the stage throughout the afternoon with ballerina models giving a fashion show of vintage dresses, music from The Old Time String Band and from a couple of very saucy burlesque dancers! It was good to be at a show where there was most certainly something for grooms!
There were a couple of bakers and caterers that caught our eye. Christina at Feast Food certainly did both with her wonderful dress, fantastic display of delicious-looking goodies and the lovely old kitchen dresser . They cater any event and can provide the crockery and service to if needs be!
Pom Poms of a different sort from BeauButtons who create these fantastic bouquets from vintage buttons and notions; a truly inspired way to put Granny's old button box to good use and to serve as a lasting memento to all those much-loved dresses and coats.
A couple of wonderful characters couldn't fail but to catch our eye! For those of you wanting a totally unique service provided at your wedding, look no further than Reginald Spleen and his travelling snuff bar. Like a living cameo from a 19th Century state fair Mr. Spleen brings a wide selection of this delicacy from tobacco-free lemon snuff to deep, rich 'knock your socks off' Cafe Noir...the taste of which stays with the taker for several hours...trust me!
Lastly we couldn't help but mention Pearls and Swine and its particularly colourful designer Bink. From all the wonderful fascinators and headpieces on her stall she chose this spectacular fruity model - and we are all very glad she did as it kept a smile on our faces all afternoon!
Congratulations to Gemma and Becky from Most Curious for putting-on such a pleasurable and successful event - here's to the next one!
Photography Credit: Alex Dimopoulos of My Love Story
We can think of fewer ways to start a married life together than with the sun shining and the whole city laid out beneath you! These photos taken by Marianne Taylor so beautifully capture the setting for the midsummer wedding of Beth and Julian.
The venue for the ceremony took place at the upper deck of the National Theatre on the south Bank of the Thames which boasts views of the whole city from East to West across the river. We also agree with Beth's choice of invitation as she opted for our London Skyline design but chose to have it in a soft coral and stone combination which looked beautiful.
After the ceremony the guests were treated to a ride through central London on a vintage Routemaster double-decker bus to the reception at one of Soho's most established and best-loved restaurants, Kettner's in Romily Street.
Here the table stationery carried-on the skyline theme with each table being designated by an iconic London building. We're not sure if being sent to the tower ever held such happy connotations!
We would like to wish Beth and Julian all the very best for their future together; may the city always be theirs!
Can you spot the Hello!Lucky card? It's in there along with all the other charming and romantic home accessories! Iain sent us this snippet inside the February issue of Good Homes magazine and we were tickled that they chose to include our Main Squeeze letterpress Valentine's Day card. Thanks Good Homes!
We are loving these oh-so-chic messenger bags from Ulster Weavers that we found whilst looking for tea-towels for the London office. Having images of London, New York and Paris, they coordinate rather well with our own invitations and we can think of no better way of keeping all ones' wedding paraphernalia together than in one of these beauties! Of course, for all those readers in a non-wedding frame of mind, they are equally good for popping to the supermarket whilst retaining ones' street cred! We are also rather taken by some of their aprons in wonderful retro designs; perfect for releasing your inner Doris Day for a spot of afternoon cake baking!
Christmas came early to the San Francisco office! A large package arrived at our studio the other day, and who could it be from? None other than our friends Iain and Hamad over in London! We were squealing like kids when we found bunches of simple brown wrapped presents, each attached with a handwritten song lyric.
Hmm, what could it be?
Scarves for all!
We've got to give a big "hip hip hooray!" to our UK General Manager Iain! He went above and beyond to hand deliver a day-of wedding piece to the bride & groom, one day before the wedding - now that's customer service! Forever and Ever Events gave a super sweet shout out to Iain - the US team couldn't be more proud!
Way to go Iain!
Okay, okay - so we're clearly not over the Royal Wedding (and its related details)...check out this amazing plate designed by HL longtime favorite, Rob Ryan. We're also pretty smitten with these tea towels from Thornback and Peel:
It may seem as though we are just a wee bit obsessed with The Royal Wedding, but when we found these plates designed by our most favorite, Jonathan Adler, we couldn't resist! They are part of a series of designer commemorative plates that will be auctioned off on April 29th to benefit Shelter, a British housing and homelessness charity.