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Bella Figura Letterpress Stationery

by | Bride, Stationery And Paper Goods


One of our favourite New York stationers is just about to release their 2012 collection and I am so thrilled to show it off for you today! I’ve been working with Bella Figura for many years now and always loved pouring over their designs to create my favourite collection every year.

The 2012 collection has added five new designs and 83 new designs which means Bella Figura now has a massive collection of over 300 different invitations to choose from and creative works from by 31 indie designers

The new collection brings to light beautiful designs from:

Just how much the new collection has evolved, is best explained in luxurious pictures (though let’s face it nothing really beats running your fingers over a letterpress invitation – instead eye candy will have to be a good second best!)


First up – and my favourite! Bella Figura are introducing metallics. There’s twelve different colours to choose from – silver, gold or two tone. You can have foil edging for your invitations or foil stamping to go with your letterpress. You can even choose a colour (Indigo take your fancy? Perhaps teal or fuchsia?) There’s also gorgeous metallic envelopes and liners to choose from.

Next up is the introduction of six new calligraphy styles – bringing Bella Figura’s range up to 22 hand calligraphy styles (and  calligraphy is always a love of mine) because the style can instantly  change the look and feel of your stationery and make it look formal and elegant, or fun and whimsical.


Envelope liners aren’t really used much in Australian weddings, but I have to say I kind of love them. There’s that extra special jolt of colour when you open up this really important invitation that just makes it feel somehow more celebratory. Bella Figura is introducing patterned envelope liners with up to three colours! They even work with the colours of your invitation to create a liner that matches your suite. Which is just an added extra fun feature!

So for those of you who have your finger on the pulse of design, you will know that neon is emerging as a pretty big trend for 2012. While I’m a little traditional and could never pull it off, Bella Figura have taken the vibrant pinks, oranges and greens and created a modern letterpress range in bright punchy colours. They’ll even edge it for you (saves digging out your old highlighter right – just kidding!)

Bella Figura have also introduced custom postage stamp (for those of you in the USA) and a personal shopper service (allowing you to brief the team on your wedding style, colours and details and have them recommend gorgeous invitations that will suit your own personal style)

As for the designs? Here’s just some of my favourites of the 83 new ones they’ve released (every single piece from Bella Figura is completely customisable with fonts, colours, image sizing, motif, type placement you name it).

As always, Bella Figura continues their commitment to the environment by printing on 100% cotton paper made from reclaimed fibres, printing free favor cards if a couple’s wedding favor is non profit and heck, they even print from a carbon neutral wind powered print shop.

With letterpress always being such a favourite in wedding stationery, tell me dotties, which is your favourite design? What do you look for with wedding stationery?

Photos by Bella Figura

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Friday Roundup

by | Blog News, Bride


Photo from Jess & Janek Wedding Take Three Photos by Mary Canning

We only have a short little Friday Roundup today as I’ve got two more posts coming up for you (and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for some of our top posts from 2011)!

Around the blogs this week –

Youki from Sugar Bee Flowers talks about the history behind wearing of  a buttonhole and how to wear them on Polka Dot Groom

On Polka Dot Wisdom Sharon approaches the tricky question of whether to buy or sell used items for your wedding

Nerida gives us some points on getting your home photographer ready on Polka Dot Wisdom

Ice sculptures anyone? Get the low down on Polka Dot Wisdom

Ms Gingham has tested and re-tested (what a job!) Yuletide  Cherry Mojitos just for you on Polka Dot Made

Sharon has shown us how to decorate the cutest cupcakes – just in time for your Christmas table, on Polka Dot Made

Matthew and Darcie share their engagement photos taken around  beautiful Bondi on Polka Dot Weddings

Jess and Janek show off their gorgeous 50’s style wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

We share in Jessica’s delight in her lovely wedding dress from the first fitting to her walk down the aisle on Polka Dot Weddings

Danae inspires us with some beautiful images of her trip to South America – on Polka Dot Honeymoons

See you back here shortly – if you’re a stationery lover you’ll love the next post!

Sparkly Silver and Blue Celebration

by | Bride, Inspiration Boards


It’s not Christmas without the sparkle of Silver! I love silver with a cool blue, not only for winter weddings but also for Spring or Summer celebrations. This board is extra sparkly, because if a wedding isn’t a time to sparkle- when is?

Silver & blue table decorations from Better Homes & Gardens, silver bridesmaid gown from BHLDN, silver table-setting via Martha Stewart Weddings, silver brooch bouquet by Do Bouquets, cupcakes by Cottons & Crumbs, silver wedding invitation from GFSmith, shoes photo by Amy & Stuart via Snippet & Ink, Ballroom photo from Hassas Photography,  tux photo by Lori Paladino via Grey Likes Weddings


Janet and Darrell’s Whimsical Engagement Shoot

by | Bride, Engagements


Janet and Darrell

With such a festive feel in the air, I couldn’t resist sharing this absolute beauty of an engagement shoot which is nothing but fun! Bear heads? Inflatable letters? Oh let’s go have some fun!

This shoot comes today by Hailey of You Can’t Be Serious Photography. Hailey has a vivid imagination (remember Julie and Pedzi’s engagement shoot?) and she says “The shoot was an idea I had brewing for ages and was just waiting for a cool couple to come along and snap it up! I sent them three different concepts and then they chose their favourite one. I even had in mind what they should wear!! hahah! Red dress blue suit! Janet and Darrell  had so much faith in me as the heads and outfits would have cost quite a bit of MONEY!!  I would love to do more of these creative concept type shoots… not sure if you can mention that but just putting it out there all the same! ”

The rest of the story? I’m leaving this one to Janet!

“Some people say that “love is always found in the most unlikely of places” or “you don’t find love but love finds you”.  For us, our first chance acquaintance was in the year 1999 at a combined year 10 high school maths camp.  Through sharing simultaneous solutions and comparing parabolic functions, our  sine and cos waves aligned and the rest is history!”

“I’m an Art Director and Darrell  is a Lawyer based in Brisbane and we both wanted their engagement photos to be something different.  We wanted their photos to be fun and creative and to capture the love and joy that we  both share in each other’s company.  We also wanted their engagement photos to show our personalities, be whimsical and also nothing too serious.”

“We came across Hailey Bartholomew from You Can’t Be Serious and instantly fell in love with her beautiful images.  Her artistic talent, sense of humour and her ability to really capture the warmth in people’s emotions made choosing Hailey virtually a non-decision!”.”

“Hailey and the Darrell and I-to-be threw around some crazy ideas for their engagement shoot but ultimately, the idea of having a Bear and Panda costume dressed in a twirly red dress and a sharp blue suit was way too cute to refuse.  The Bear and Panda suits also featured at our  recent engagement party with guests also having the chance to pose with them on for photos!”

“We couldn’t be more happy with their engagement shoot. It was such a fun day and the photos really showed that!.  These photos truly captured our imagination and who we are as a couple and have created some wonderful memories that we will share with friends and family forever.”

Photographer: You Can't Be Serious
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