When I first discovered www.noolibird.co.uk I was so excited; it was exactly what we had been looking for!
We had just started planning our wedding and we wanted to create something really personal & homemade from the start. We loved the idea of having our own stamp that we could use on our invitations and perhaps later on on our thank you cards etc. We chose our favourite design from the website and contacted Noolibird to discuss personalising it. We wanted to have our names and date of our wedding of course but, as we are both musical, we wanted to incorporate that into our design too. Nula presented us with an idea of using the first few notes of a very special song to us within the design! Needless to say, we were thrilled with the result. When the stamp finally arrived, Nula had wrapped it beautifully with the chosen colour ink we wanted for our invitations. It was a special moment and we couldn't wait to start stamping!
Using the stamp is a doddle and once you have got the hang of how much ink to use and how hard to stamp we were off!! I loved seeing them all lined up to dry and there was a real sense of excitement from this moment on for our big day.
The invitations were a hit with everyone who received one and we decided it would be lovely to use the stamp within the wedding somehow. We were going for a vintage, garden party feel with a recycled or handmade theme. I had already started making a mobile for the centre of the marquee which was a flock of origami birds made out my recycled bride magazines. I was collecting jam jars and sweetie jars for candles and flowers. It was a real rustic collection of up-cycled products that would also save us money.
We liked the idea of having the stamp on the napkins so people could take them away as a little memento so I contacted Nula again who was so helpful and full of ideas. First we discussed having them professionally printed onto napkins but, apart from being quoted extortionate prices from various different companies, it just didn't feel right as the beauty of the product is the fact that it is a handmade stamp that, in turn, creates handmade items such as cards etc. So Nula suggested increasing the size of the stamp and using fabric paint so we could stamp the napkins ourselves. The result was perfect and we loved that fact that each one was slightly different which added to the homemade effect.
The napkins became part of the whole design for the table settings and the marquee was transformed with the beautiful pink napkins laid out on every table!
The stamp gave our wedding real identity and we will cherish it forever. It was so much a part of our memory of the day that my Mum embroidered it and had it framed as a wedding present for us and it now hangs proudly in our hall so we see it every day!
Nula, thank you so much for all your hard work and wonderful ideas. Your little stamp has become our wedding logo from which the whole theme for our wedding began.
Ginni, thank you so much for sending me all these beautiful photos and documenting the whole process of how you used the noolibird stamps, I really enjoyed working on it with you and its lovely to see how it all turned out and of course how gorgeous and happy you looked on your on your big day. I'm sure this will be very inspiring and useful for lots of brides to be.