For anyone who knows me or saw the photos, my pup and best boy at our wedding was a very important element to plan for, he just made our day so perfect! If only there had been this kind of service when we were getting married. Thank fully our amazing photographer Gill Taylor managed to catch some beautiful memories.
Hurley’s Wedding Day Dogs is a relatively new business which started because they simply wanted couples to be able to share one of the most significant days of their lives with that very special hound. How amazing is that?
Essentially, Hurley’s Wedding Day Dogs are a chaperone service for your beloved dog. They make sure your dog makes it to and from your wedding venue. Prior to the day, they will arrange for a stunning floral collar to be hand-made by their local florist for your female dog or a skilfully crafted bow tie for the males. They can be customised to your wedding colour schemes, too. The dogs can also be professionally groomed at Hurley’s Dog Grooming so not only will your dog look the part, they’ll smell incredible too. They’ll even be walked!
As you can see, Hurley’s Wedding Day Dogs really do offer a completely bespoke and unique service with all their tailor-made packages.
Apparently it was the first event at which they had exhibited, so here’s lots of good luck from all at HB, we love it!
If you have a four legged friend that you’d love to have at your wedding, give Michelle a call to see how they can make your wish come true!
So it’s that time of year when all you lovely engaged couples start thinking and planning your Spring – Summer weddings. While you’re gathering inspiration and filling your Bride book with photos or madly saving ideas to your Pinterest page, here’s some inspiration that just may help! The NEW gorgeous 2016 key colours to get you started.
Pantone the colour prediction service have put together an adorable palette, a mix of fresh bright pastels, just perfect for weddings. We’re loving them! Each and everyone works so well for weddings and we can’t wait to start putting together some exciting new ideas using them. For the first time ever Pantone have released two colours of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity blue.
ROSE QUARTZ – HUMMINGBIRD COLOUR REFERNCE IS CALLED ‘PINK DEW’.
At number one our fav, the most adorable shade of pink, ‘Rose Quartz’. A sweet balletic pink which works beautifully with a little gold! Our colour for inlays and printing is called Pink Dew, you may also love the paler shade of Baby Pink and try mixing it with Gold Leaf.
Here’s the beautiful laser cut Doily Lace table plan and table numbers we made for Alexandra & Oliver’s wedding, made in pink dew.
Garden Party design.
Vintage Birdcage design.
PEACH ECHO – HUMMINGBIRD CARDS COLOUR REFERENCE IS CALLED SIMPLY ‘PEACH’.
At number 2 a stunning summery shade that works for just about every wedding you could imagine, be it garden party, hotel, castle, country house, barn, marquee or beach, this colour just works! Delicate, vibrant, romantic and cheerful.
Sugar flowers for a wedding cake in delicate shades of peach, we thought you could mix your shades of peach from pale to coral.
Here’s some of our own laser cut invitations made in Peach.
Tammy & Warrens bespoke Garden Party design with a peach inlay.
Faye’s Paris bespoke design.
Doily Lace design made with a peach insert, printed in dark grey with a quartz ivory ribbon.
Laser cut Hummingbird Save the Dates
Make Your Own designs, Dove and Wedding Cake in peach.
SERENITY – THE HUMMINGBIRD COLOUR REFERENCE IS CALLED ‘DANISH BLUE’.
At number three this timeless blue. Calming, graceful, light and airy. You’ll find it works beautifully with pure white, ivory and clotted cream to sand, stone and eco craft. You may also like slightly lighter shade of Wedgewood too!
Up and Away laser cut invitation.
Boho Bride laser cut invite with matching ribbon.
SNORKEL BLUE – HUMMINGBIRD COLOUR REFERNCE IS ‘BLUEBELL’.
At number 4 a happy, bright and cheerful shade of blue from the navy shade family. An elegant classic with a twist, its fresh and upbeat and works with gold and silver.
Bicycle Made For Two design with midnight ribbon.
Bespoke design looks stunning in this classic blue.
BUTTERCUP – THE HUMMINGBIRD SHADE REFERENCE IS ALSO ‘BUTTERCUP’.
Finally at number 5 this fun, cheerful and uplifting, oh so happy yellow is perfect for any happy occasion. Why not use daisy’s as your choice of flower, we love the simplicity of them. To soften this shade mix it with fresh summery greens.
So its our last day in the studio before the Christmas hols and chat turned to cake, well what else! We’ve been putting a creative spin on our Christmas cakes and some of us shared our photos this morning so we thought a quick festive posting would be perfect for the last day.
Claire went all ‘Festive Luxe’ with stunning gold holly and berries. Too good to eat Claire!
Ruth did a wonderful ‘Vintage Retro’ scene with cute Santa and Rudolph doing the splits. Too good to cut Ruthie!
Sally-Ann did a ‘Winter Wonderland’ with a frosty tree and sparkly birdcage! Too tall to fit in a cake tin Sal!
So we’re off to eat cake!
Have a warm and wonderful Christmas and a peaceful new year.
Oh Santa, I’d love one of these in my stocking this year!
I’ve just seen these adorable handmade calligraphy pens from Ash Bush.
These awesome handmade calligraphy nib holders, hand painted just to your custom design are absolutely divine.
Each one is created just with you in mind and there’s a choice of length, shape, type, design and flange, handcrafted by the ever so talented Zach and delicately decorated by Ashley. The shapes are so organically beautiful and elegant, you just want to hold one in your hand and write something beautiful. The fun part is deciding upon your hand-painted scene? A shimmery ombre? Natural wood? A mix of all 3?
Owww there’s ideas starting to bubble and it just has to have a Hummingbird in the design doesn’t it?
OK so we’re ever so slightly bonkers here in the HB studio about the care and attention we give to wrapping our Christmas gifts. There’s something strangely satisfying about deciding on your theme and style each year and coming up with novel and quirky ways to wrap and adorn each and everyone. We’ve even started a Pinterest board just to keep beautiful inspirations for gift wrapping.
This year we decided upon two styles of Christmas wrap ideas for our NOTHS store.
It just has to be about sparkle, frosty white with touches of gold and silver.
Wrap your gifts with a touch of luxury with our gorgeous lurex bakers twine in gold and pewter silver. Each cone is £8.95 and comes with 100 metres of twine so more than enough to lavish parcels with elegant ties and tags.
We’ve coordinated it with our stunning letter press gold foil mini luggage tags in eco craft card. We love the idea of eco manilla paper wrap with the gold sparkle twine and tags.
They come in packs of six for £4.50 per pack.
Silver pewter luxury lurex twine just works with so many colours pf wrapping paper but we love the idea of pure white paper for a ‘winter wonderland’ looking gift with silver foil heart tags!
Add a touch of sparkle to a present for loved ones.
Scandinavia’s iconic neutral colour scheme was our inspiration, with natural eco craft card and white, with a touch of red! Well you have to for a true Scandi vibe, just look to the origin of the red and white Scandi Christmas combination with the Swedish cabin, painted red, all covered in a winter’s snow.
Here’s our letter press printed tags with the iconic Scandi heart printed in white on eco card, they’re co adorable and if you don’t use them all for Christmas, hey they’ll work for birthday pressies too!
If you’re not into sparkle and have a desire for natural or Scandi style then these are for you. Beautiful eco craft mini luggage tags letter press printed with winter white hearts.
Go over board with hearts with these heart shaped tags in white or eco craft. we love them with red and white bakers twine.
Or why not have our beautiful laser cut snowflake tags, delicate little treats for your Christmas wishes.
So now you have everything you need to decorate and wrap your gifts! Make yourself a big mug of hot chocolate, add a flake, candy cane or marshmallows, put on a good movie, for us it would have to be ‘The Holiday’ and wrap happy!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is popping up everywhere!
We keep spotting Alice all over the place.
Did you know Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
turned 150 years old this year?
We love the magical story that inspires your dreams and imagination, taking you to amazing and wonderful places. The illustrations over the years created by so many artists have inspired us and so many couples who love the fairy-tale for a magical wedding theme! So if you’re a little bit bonkers and like us you’ve spent hours watching spellbound, movies with the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, mice popping out of teapots and miniature ‘drink me’ bottles or a nose pressed up against pages covered in beautiful illustrations you may want to check out the dates for all the brilliant exhibitions and events taking place across the UK, now until the early part of 2016.
If you’re a book lover you may also want to check out the newly issued collection, designed and illustrated by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, Little Women, A Little Princess and of course Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland are all part of the collection, so collect one or collect them all. (Available at our fav shop Anthropologie.)
Then we read that the recent Save the Children Secret Winter Gala held an Alice in Wonderland-themed extravaganza which raised over £1m. They has a ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ entrance and guests could visit the Caterpillar in his shisha den and meet Pinky the Flamingo too! Special guest Helena Bonham Carter wore an ever so slightly eccentric but gorgeous net fascinator, with cute rabbit ears, which went with the evening’s theme, and the film close to her heart.
Then we found that the Royal Mail were celebrating 150 years of Britain’s best loved story too with a set of ten iconic scenes and characters: The White Rabbit, Drink Me, The Cheshire Cat, The Queen of Hearts, Alice’s Evidence, Down the Rabbit Hole, The White Rabbit’s House, A Mad Tea Party, The Game of Croquet and A Pack of Cards.
So all this got us thinking of an Alice inspired wedding!
What could be more inspirational for 2016?
Here’s a few ideas we’ve pulled together from our designs which we think work perfectly!
On Saturday 5 December NOTHS will be celebrating their very first Colour Saturday. As a partner seller on NOTHS all of us here in the Hummingbird Cards studio are supporting this amazing event… even studio pup!
Its a day that showcases the amazing small creative businesses like us across to UK and Ireland at Christmas time and beyond. They’re going to celebrate the tens of thousands of creative entrepreneurs who put human values and skills back into the gifting season and make a vital contribution to the British economy.
There’s loads of brilliant things happening and they’ll be unveiling a giant colourful Christmas trees featuring Partner products in Manchester, London and Edinburgh. Here’s one of the trees in Edinburgh!
The day will be packed full of big, bright and colourful activities up and down the country. So if you live near any of these cities look out for the giant Christmas tress, a NOTHS sleigh full of gifts, colour confetti explosions and wonderful Partner products. Its going to be a great day!
NOTHS sent us this photo of their office pup supporting the big day so our STUDIO PUP just had to join in too!
They are not sure they’re pulling off their best looks but we think they’re gorgeous!!!
Stephanie Allin always offers a full couture experience when you buy your dress from one of their stunning collections. Their highly trained and so experienced dressmakers work from both London and Mumbles, Wales showrooms to provide you with the very best possible service. Every dress is unique to each bride with the option to personalise it to your style and shape and you can have your dress made exactly to your measurements. A Stephanie Allin dress is created from start to finish in their workrooms and each expertly overseen by their highly experienced team so you get just the dress you dreamed of.
Last year they made this stunning dress for Georgia Jones when she married Danny Jones of McBusted. Here she is at the London Showroom for her final fitting with Stephanie.
Amy from Stephanie Allin got in touch and asked us to create an invitation for an Exclusive Bridal Consultation at their beautiful London showroom. Each and every bride would enjoy champagne on arrival and receive a £100.00 accessory voucher and 10% off their chosen wedding dress. What could be better!
We’d just started designing a new collection for 2016, a watercolour print and laser cut design combination called ‘Botanicals’ and it felt the perfect moment to use it! We sent off artwork and the team at Stephanie Allin loved it. Here’s the finished design printed on luxury ivory card with an eco envelope and a pretty seal label.
This is just a little peek of the collection to come. Botanicals is so new, its not even on our website yet but please drop us a line or give us a call if you’d like to see a sample or get a quote. We’ll keep you updated on the launch or keep an eye out on our Hummingbird Cards laser cut collections!
They had a wonderful response to the exclusive event and it was a real treat to design something for them. We bet there were a few tears from Mums, the dresses are so beautiful and we know you’d feel like a princess in one!
We’re loving the new Stephanie Allin collection called ‘Love Letters‘ for 2016. There’s lots of vintage inspired elements and our favourites are these with a 20’s feel.
Christmas is coming so hopefully lots of lovely ‘snail mail’ or ‘squirrel mail’ Christmas cards will be fluttering through your letterbox anytime soon! If you’re sending a ‘little something’ to brighten up someone’s Christmas we don’t want you to miss those all important recommended delivery dates so here’s a few to pop in your diary.
If you’re sending cards overseas, you’ll need to drop them in the post box by:
Friday 4th December – Africa & Middle East
Monday 7th December – Asia, Cyprus, Far East, Japan, Eastern Europe (ex. Poland, Czech Republic & Slovakia)
Tuesday 8th December – Caribbean, Central & South America
Thursday 10th December – Greece, Australia & New Zealand
Monday 14th December – Czech Republic, Germany, Italy & Poland
Tuesday 15th December – Canada, Finland, Sweden & USA
Wednesday 16th December – Austria, Iceland, Ireland, Portugal & Spain
The fairy lights have just been brought out of storage and the festive snow globe is out on Claire’s desk, so Christmas has officially started to arrive in the Hummingbird studio! OK, we know its early… but there’s only 23 more days at work so we’re getting into the Christmas spirit. Well, we are already surrounded by all the Christmas stock!
We’ve been busy designing NEW laser cut Christmas cards and we’re so excited with the final results we had to share!
We found a mirror finish card and just had to use it with laser cutting, the reflection created such magical, ‘Narnia’ Wonderland scenes. The silver white combination is simply stunning. We had to stick with one of our favourites for a second colourway, craft ‘manilla ribbed’, its a must for us!
Tying a “love lock” on to the Pont des Arts before throwing the key into the River Seine beneath became a true declaration of love. Faye and James, ‘true romantics’ got engaged and added their love lock to the Paris bridge. But part of the bridge’s railings collapsed under the weight last year, so sadly close to one million locks, weighing 45 tonnes were removed. Last February on Valentines Day Faye and James managed to add their 3rd and final lock before they were all taken away.
They asked us to create a design with the bridge to reflect their story with their love lock, the Eiffel Tower and most importantly the key date as a truly unique memento for their wedding invitations! We loved the ornate design of the lamp posts so we just had to add one of those in too.
They chose the beautiful ‘cosmetic’ inlay colour with Old Mill card which is a simply stunning combination. We created a print in the same colour for the RSVP card.
Laser cut A5 size Order of Service booklets were made to match, which hopefully looked a treat in church and would definitely be one that the girls popped in their bags rather than leaving on a pew!
Little laser cut tented place cards too!
Then we made one of our hand bound guest books with their design printed and mounted in the front cover with little transparent vellum shaped envelopes to hold those treasured keepsakes from the day. There’s always some confetti you find hidden in your dress and the little blue bow you want to keep somewhere safe!
Congratulations to the true romantics from all at HB!
Here at Hummingbird we believe a wedding invite is more than just telling your guests when you’re getting married… it’s a chance to make a wonderful statement about the special relationship that you both share and it sets the scene for your wedding! It’s also a chance to create a keepsake that you can cherish forever.
A stand-out invitation can have wonderful effect. If it’s stunning it won’t be forgotten and will become a talking point. A unique invitation excites your guest about the day ahead, even before they’ve arrived. So make it special! A wedding isn’t just about two people getting married and deciding to throw a party to celebrate. It’s also about sharing one of life’s most precious moments with family, friends and loved ones. So a wedding invitation should be warm and inviting, making your guests feel like they are really valued and their presence at your wedding would be treasured.
We think the design of your wedding invitation should reflect your unique, one-of-a-kind relationship! So find one you both love, with images that best represent the two of you and take it from there. Pick your colours, fonts and finishing touches!
Sometimes we get calls from couples who can’t quite believe they’ve found just their perfect invitation from our collection. Others want us to create a really unique and individual invitations in some way. That’s when our bespoke service comes in handy!
If you’re designing your own we don’t think you should go old school or too formal, just because you think that’s what your guests will be expecting (unless old school and formal is truly your thing, of course). Modern wedding invitations can be a lot friendlier and more casual than they used to be. So don’t be afraid to be personal, romantic, funny, or quirky if that suits your personality.
Catherine & Steve gave us a call, they’d decided they wanted a bespoke laser cut invitation. A design with creative little design elements to signify personal details, something unique, just for them. A little cat for Cat and a swallow for Steve! There married name would be Mr & Mrs Swallow after the big day. The invite was cut on Old Mill ivory card with an Eco Craft inlay.
The RSVP card was in Eco Craft with a matching envelope printed with design details from the invitation.
We also made a hand bound photograph album with a laser cut panel in the same colours as the invitation. So everything perfectly matched. These albums are gorgeous keepsake pieces and we can make guest books too!
The Order of Service was coordinated too of course! Printed on the Old Mill card with the little ‘Cat and Swallow’!
If you’re feeling inspired and would love us to create something just for your big day, we’d love to help. Just give us a a call or drop us a line to email@example.com.
This week we’ve been taking a little time out and have loved checking out this relatively NEW and amazing wedding magazine. Its just what the wedding industry, in our opinion needs, something fresh, unique & directional and above all we love the simple, clean and uncluttered layout. Its oh so simple design style makes it a joy to read and the carefully selected articles, features and photographs are stunning!
Erica the founder of Mr and Mrs Unique you can tell loves to celebrate the unusual, the quirky, the interesting and above all the unique aspect to weddings that so many couples seek these days. The offer of a colourful array of some of the very best wedding suppliers, a blend of the extraordinary, the talented, crazy and the downright amazing is perfect!
Check it out, we’re super excited to be included in a feature called Bones & Flowers on page 87 and page 88 in the the shoot styled by Sami from Verdigris Venue Dressing and photography by Albert Palmer.
We’ve just found the amazing Kristine Go and her amazing work, she is the Creative Director & Curator for Pattern Curator.
Pattern Curator collects images and photos to create really visual and inspirational story boards. Their goal is to inspire and connect like minded creative individuals, like us… and since finding them we have loved checking out the website for updates and new theme boards! With our fashion background and love for working on themes we have found Patter Curartor so helpful. They look at everything from print, pattern and colour trends, each board is curated visually in a way that is directional, relevant and trend-right. So whether you’re in the industry, an artist, designer, student, blogger, bride or have an interest in pretty pics, we hope you are inspired just as much as we are to create something amazing.
Here’s just a few of the boards we’re loving.
Our favourite colour theme here at The Hummingbird Card Company, we love all shades of cosmetic, nude and blush. They look stunning mixed with soft shades of silver and dove grey too.
When Alexandra and Oliver got in touch they’d already seen our Doily Lace Gatefold design and wanted to add their own personal touches for the ‘on the day stationery’. Alexandra was carefully working through every litte detail with the added problem of the logistics of planning a wedding in Santorini. The colour theme of blush, peach and pale ivory was simply beautiful and somehow from creating and organising it in the UK to bringing it all together in the South Aegean sea they managed to create something truly magical. After their wedding set under cloudless skies of Santorini, Alexandra surprised us with such a lovely email and photos from their special day. We loved them, so just had to share!
The new Mr & Mrs!
The ‘Wish Tree’ table where guests could write their little words of wisdom and best wishes for Alexandra and Oliver. We printed little cards with cut out hearts and ribbons to hang on the tree after they were written. They make the most perfect keepsakes for your wedding album too.
The ‘Wish Tree’ message card carefully perched in the white painted twisted branches.
What a great way to display the ‘Wish Tree’ cards, in a vintage trunk and on a stand all painted in white!
The laser cut Doily Lace table plan we created in a blush nude and silk card. We had many discussions about this as it had to be carefully transported to Santorini, looks like it arrived safe and sound. Phew!
Every guest had their own personal laser cut Doily Lace design menu which also held a thank you card. And the place cards were part of the same collection with calligraphy names.
Thank you Alexandra and Oliver for sharing the photographs of your stunning day!
Whilst searching for laser cut cards, Samantha Greenhalgh found our website and felt our stationery would perfectly compliment a wedding styled shoot she was planning. The theme she said was slightly unusual and would we be interested in sending something special for the shoot! ‘It’s going to be an all white colour shoot with a focus on texture and form with unusual details’ she told us. We loved the idea and soon we were sharing links to her secret Pinterest board for inspiration! Gothic touches with bones and lace and Sami had found the most stunning ethereal model, just perfect for the shoot.
Here are just a few of the many beautiful photos, styled by the ever so creative Sami and photographed by the talented Albert Palmer. We just loved them so had to share!
We laser cut a bespoke gatefold design we had created, all in pure white and the effect was stunning. The simplicity just let the design show with the rambling roses, ornate scrolls and delicate leaves. All too often we are hung up on adding too much to a design and when you leave it bare its minimalism is refreshing and effortless. As you can see from the above photos we also created a design from the laser cutting for the RSVP cards, menu and Order of the Day printed in a soft subtle silver grey.
Thank you so much Sami and Albert for such beautiful and inspiring photos!
The tandem bicycle is one of the most classic romantic symbols. It summons up images of idyllic country roads out in the fresh air with your loved one close by, what could be more romantic? Well, you can’t get much closer if you are both on a tandem bicycle!
Stylists are loving the bicycle too for weddings, they look adorable with filled baskets of flowers.
Sketches started and soon our new little creation was laser cut. Here’s a sneak peek! The rest of the collection with all the matching items is still in development but will be on our website soon. We’ll keep you posted when the rest of the range is ready. Sorry, we were loving it so much and have had some amazing comments from those who have seen it so far, we just had to share it.
Here’s one made with an eco craft inlay tied with cotton string.
This ones made with Sapphire blue with a midnight blue organza ribbon.
To see all the other colours for the inlays on the palette, the price list and to order a sample just check out Bicycle Made for Two listing.
We’ll apologise now… if you watched the YouTube clip you may just have a really annoying song spinning in your head!!!