I first met Hayley about maybe 8 or 9 years ago when we both worked on perfumery and cosmetics in a department store. Even when the company went into administration and all the stores closed down (very sad times) the group of us that worked together remained friends to this day.
So when in late 2009/early 2010 Hayley told me her and her partner Craig were engaged I was over the moon for them both. Particularly as we had always told her Craig was ‘a keeper’! I was even more thrilled when she asked me to create their stationery for them – very brave indeed on their part as I had literally only just started the business and hadn’t had designs printed yet, been to any wedding fairs or even completed a single order as Lemon Pie Design. They were to be my guinea pigs.
I got together with Hayley one evening when she was having a ‘Gold Party’ at her mums house. Not as in a party when everyone wears gold but a party where a jeweller comes along and weighs any unwanted gold you have and gives you a price for it! So I took along my (very) rough print outs of the designs I had so far and Hayley had a look through (as did her friends and sister, mum and nan) and decided on Lexie. Unbeknown to either of us by her choosing Lexie she was to start a bit of a trend. (More on that later.)
A colour palette of purple and silver was chosen and we decided to alternate the colours for the day and the evening invitations. So the day were silver background and purple text and the evening were purple background and silver text. Hayley also decided that she preferred the strips of diamantes to be stuck halfway along the bottom of the cover opposed to the individual diamantes.
Once all the RSVPs were back it was time to move onto the ‘on the day’ stationery. The colours and the diamantes strips were carried over onto the ‘on the day’ stationery and all in all we created name tags to be tied around the favour boxes, table numbers and a table plan. We used purple satin ribbon threaded through the name tags and the favour boxes were silver with a single diamante in each corner. The biggest talking point of the stationery on the wedding day itself and at wedding fayres afterwards was the choice of names for the tables. Conveniently guests were sat at ten tables and Hayley and Craig had been together for ten years, so each table was therefore named after a year they had been together, i.e 1999/2000 – first met, first date, first kiss.
When we started attending wedding fayres we took a copy of Hayley & Craig’s table plan with us to display and found everyone loved the idea as it was so personal and individual. Everyone would stop to read it and comment on it. We also displayed copies of Hayley & Craig’s other stationery at the fayres and, as I mentioned earlier, we quickly realised that Lexie was going to be a very popular design indeed. We were amazed at the number of couples who chose Lexie as their design in the following few months and it was a great boost for us as a new business to be providing such a popular design.
Hayley and Craig got married at the gorgeous Haughley Park Barn and the reception looked stunning in this converted barn. The ceilings were draped with voil and fairy lights creating a really pretty atmosphere that perfectly completed the sparkle of the diamantes on the stationery and the purple and silver colour palette. One of the absolute best bits about being a wedding stationer is being able to create stationery for my family and friends. I love it when they tell me the design they want before they have even started planning their wedding or before they are even engaged!