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Paper & Mirrors – watercolour wedding style ideas with Vickerstaff Photography

Paper fetish, anyone? [blogger pauses to raise hands] – it’s often part of wedding planning: you start looking at invitations and favours and see so many beautiful things you get hooked.

Welcome to my world!…  I’m Claire and I’m a paper addict 🙂 so when I planned my first styled wedding shoot this year it had to be focused on the prettiest paper details.

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Button and brooch bouquet by the fabulous Natasha at Pumpkin & Pye | Love quote flags by lovely Jo at Vintage Twee

We began with a simple concept: paper and mirrors. I would provide the paper and calligraphy details; photographer Jamie Vickerstaff would do his thing with mirrors and reflections. And wow, didn’t he just…

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Watercolour paper flowers, coloured calligraphy tags and handwritten love letter by Claire Gould, Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com

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I wanted to show how you can create a wedding style around two simple ideas, and build on it to create an exciting and colourful display. Beginning with watercolour paper and calligraphy we added vintage stationery and china, a brooch bouquet in pastel colours, cakes with watercolour tiers and more details to create a cohesive look. I loved every second!

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Paper flower wedding cake by the very wonderful Caroline’s Cake Company, Manchester

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Styling and props by our super stylist Christa at Beautifully Vintage China Hire

Paper and mirrors styled wedding shoot (8)We styled the day around pastels and watercolours. Paper flowers were coloured with water based paints (tutorial here) and place name cards were written to match.

I designed three options for place name cards and tags, all of which are easy to make at home:

  1. Folded place name cards, painted with a quick watercolour wash before adding calligraphy
  2. Circle tags for milk bottles – use these for wedding favours or drinks. I wrote mine with watercolour ink to match the other details
  3. Coloured card tags in purple, red, blue and pink with white calligraphy lettering

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We accessorised with calligraphy lettering on mirrors – these make lovely welcome signs or signing around the venue. Use window markers in various sizes for effect!

See more calligraphy ideas at Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com
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Paper and mirrors styled wedding shoot (5)The tables were styled with lots of help from Christa at Beautifully Vintage. Christa has a fascinating and irresistible collection of vintage plates, brooches and jewellery, mirrors, frames and more…

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Paper and mirrors styled wedding shoot (9)Caroline brought three stunning tiered wedding cakes with the loveliest details to match our theme. This cake has its very own paper flowers: meticulously crafted from edible rice paper and arranged on the top tier of the cake. Caroline is amazing! Find her here: www.CarolinesCakeCo.co.uk
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We added the loveliest brooch and button bouquet from Pumpkin & Pye. The tiny jewels and buttons were sparkly and silver, with soft colours and pretty details and we all adored the bouquet on the day.

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Paper and mirrors styled wedding shoot (14)Vintage Twee‘s pretty English wedding invitation was the perfect finishing touch, nestling amongst the paper flowers and pearls to set the scene. Joanne Linder is one of my favourite wedding stationers – always coming up with new ideas and designs via her bespoke collection, she also sells at Not On The High Street.
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Paper and mirrors styled wedding shoot (16)Kevin from Brackens of Bowness made us this exquisite, good-enough-to-eat peony bouquet – it starred in its own feature on the English Wedding Blog in September: Pink Peonies & Pretty Pastels
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Paper and mirrors styled wedding shoot (18)Our model Kelsey was made for this theme: she wears a lace dress by Sassi Holford from Julia Tasker Bridal Couture, and a peony in her hair. Thanks to Gareth from Aqua for styling Kelsey’s hair so beautifully, and to Helen at Definitions for creating such a pretty natural make up look.
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Paper and mirrors styled wedding shoot (20)The shoot took place at Broadoaks Country House wedding venue in the Lake District. Broadoaks has a beautiful Victorian Orangery with these lovely white tables – the drawers came in very handy! and chairs – they were perfect.
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Paper and mirrors styled wedding shoot (23)With a starring cast:

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in 2011 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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