September 13, 2012

Event Wrap-Up :: Byron Bay Bridal Showcase

A few months back, I was lucky enough to be asked to be part of the Byron Bay Bridal Showcase. I immediately jumped at the opportunity as I knew it was going to be something really special. Created by Jennifer Gifford, the event was created to steer clear of a typical expo or wedding fair format, leaving couples feeling inspired, not overwhelmed. It was an opportunity for vendors in the region, to showcase their work through three styled spaces, vintage, romantic and bohemian, set in the darling Ewingsdale Hall, Byron Bay. The result was a stunning visual feast of colour and creativity.

I was honoured to be paired with the lovely ladies from Lovebird Weddings (planners and stylists of original weddings), Beautiflora (florist and lover of botanical beauty) and Just Love to Give (supplier of and devotee of all things sweet) to create a styled space with a 'bohemian' theme.

As stylists and prop providers, it was Lovebird's job to put together the concept for the space, incorporating the rest of the team's ideas and ensuring that our work was showcased in the best way possible.Trudy and the girls were an absolute dream to work with and their ideas and creativity simply blew me away. As a team, we agreed that the space needed to be warm, free-spirited, relaxed, romantic and fun with a touch of elegance incorporating lovely textures - think leathers, velvets, soft cottons, crochet. The colour palette was based on dark, rustic woods, teamed with apricots, peaches and creams for a soft romantic feel and set off with bold shades of cranberry, red wine, burgundy, deep plum, mustard, orange and sage.

{side note} All images to follow by Ryder Evans Photography, also an excellent wedding photographer - you should pop on over and check out his work here ;-)

The focal points
An 8-seater reception table in rustic wood, custom designed by Lovebird Weddings was the centrepiece of the space, complimented by a gorgeous lighting installation from the clever chaps at North Coast Events. I highly recommend these guys - they were one of my personal favourites from the vendors involved. An abundance of mismatched amber, tarnished gold and glass vessels with flower stems, candles and votives and crocheted doilies appeared on the table. Each setting included matching plates, offset by handmade napkins in different floral fabrics, mismatched glassware, personal menus and place cards featuring guinea feathers and cotton twine. Adorning the bridal chairs were two amazing floral wreaths created by Beautiflora and like the napkins, each chair featured handmade cushions in different floral fabrics.

The dressing room corner set the scene of a bohemian bride getting ready. Upon a gorgeous wooden dresser was a beautiful bridal bouquet, groom's buttonhole and a handwritten love letter from the groom. A pair of weathered boots, old woodstock vinyls, vintage lamp and dreamcatcher, added to the homely feel of the space.

The decadence corner incorporating an old wooden kitchen hutch, featured the sweets selection from Just Love to Give and in and around were delicate floral stems. A home-made carrot cake was the feature dessert along with jam drops, turkish delight, coconut macaroons and more, each labelled with a sweet free-standing sign or label tied on with cotton twine.

The stationery suite
For the space, I produced a stationery suite incorporating a folded invitation, rsvp and additional information card, individual menus, place setting cards, and dessert table signage, which were displayed in and around the space and on a dark timber panel board on an easel. I wanted the stationery suite to feel personal and fun, with a sophisticated edge, through careful selection of typefaces, illustrated elements and decorative embellishments. On a combination of textured and smooth uncoated paper stocks, handwritten and sans serif style typefaces and graphic elements were printed in dark brown, cream, burnt orange and wine. Guinea feathers and cream cotton twine adding the finishing touch.

Other Highlights
I really could go on and on about this event as the calibre of talent was incredible, however here's just a small selection of the elements that really caught my eye...

Cakes :: The Cake That Ate Paris for Team Romantic - Bree is one seriously talented lady! The most darling ruffle cake designed to feature as a top tier of your cake was my favourite. Bree also provided samplers of her cakes and cake pops - let's just say they did not last long!

Blackboard artwork :: Blackboard Artworx for Team Romantic was a gorgeous feature within this space.

Florals :: Elyssium Blooms for Team Vintage. I just love Elyse's aesthetic - her arrangements were breathtaking.

Colour Palette :: Team Vintage - lavender and candy apple red (there were toffee apples!) was the base for this beautiful space. Unexpected yet stunning. Loved it!

Lighting :: As mentioned above, the boys from North Coast Events absolutely blew me away with each lighting installation - the light that framed the stage and vendors lounge was absolutely stunning as was the feature installation for team vintage. Bravo boys!

Matt Barwick :: The uber talented Matt Barwick was there to showcase his beautiful wedding films on a large plasma screen, complete with headphones to completely absorb the experience. I could bang-on about this guy's work for days... it's bananas! This feature film is a favourite of mine...

Attire :: Jennifer Gifford's ready made gowns did not disappoint and Wil Valor showcased the most dapper suits for the stylish groom.

Entertainment :: Some super talented musicians added to the relaxed feel of the event however the sweet vocal stylings of Eliza Dear and chilled out tunes of Tim Stokes were my personal faves.

Outdoor area :: Judi from Little Gray Station (for Team Vintage) styled a relaxed seating area outside the hall for couples wishing to stay a while - my favourite pieces were her stunning french metal chairs, the beautiful 'charlotte' french sofa and long farm-house style table custom made by her talented hubby Kris!

Coffee van :: (Grind Date Coffee ) Hello caffeine fix! Need I say more...

Flower Booth :: Couples were able to purchase hand-tied flowers via the flower booth by Imbue Weddings. Adorable!

A huge thank you to Trudy, Nadia, Joelle, Britte and Claire - you are all so very talented at what you do and I'm absolutely blessed to have met you and looking forward to working with you all again soon. To Jennifer, thank you so much for putting together such an incredible showcase. I am absolutely looking forward to doing it all again next year.

Jackie xo

August 17, 2012


Why hello my pretties, thank you for stopping by after what has clearly been, quite the lengthy digital hiatus on all accounts! The last couple of months have passed in the blink of an eye… mid August already? Sheesh. Now that I'm finally on top of things, (or so it seems!) here's a little update of what I've been up to and what's to come!

Byron Bay Bridal Showcase
If you follow my facebook page, you will know about my involvement in the BBBS and let me tell you, it was AMAZING. If you didn't make it down, don't despair - I will be dedicating an entire post to this next week as a brief write up in this post certainly does not do it justice! The event was one of the most inspiring I've ever been a part of - definitely NOT your run-of-the-mill expo. It was completely jam packed with a whole lot of loveliness from lots of super-talented suppliers, including the fabulous Jennifer Gifford who organised the whole event. Massive credit and thank you to you Jen! Until next week, here's an image of the styled space that 'Team Bohemian' created (Love Bird Weddings, Just Love to Give, Beautiflora and yours truly!), shot by Ryder Evans Photography (an incredible wedding photographer too I might add).

Byron Bay Bridal Showcase Team Bohemian
{Image :: Ryder Evans Photography}

New ready-made design
In lieu of the BBBS, you may have noticed we did not release a new design last month however, an exciting NEW design will released very soon. Stay tuned for a little sneak peak and the release date...

Custom launch
WITHLOVE is now available for your custom design needs! Hooray! This has been a long-time coming and I'm so excited to offer my services to clients who want an invitation and stationery suite created just for them... from scratch! So if you dig our style, but it's not quite what you're looking for, contact me for a custom quote. More information to come on the website soon!

{Image via Move Me Quotes}

Website + VIP newsletter

Exciting news - I'll be doing a little bit of a refresh on the website over the coming months to bring you an even better WITHLOVE experience, which also includes integrating this here blog, into the site. Additionally, if you are a VIP subscriber, there's a few changes coming your way - a new and improved newsletter (I hope you'll agree!) will be landing in your inbox next month!

Phew! I'd love to hear what's been keeping you occupied this winter - maybe a fabulous diy project on the go or some exciting wedding plans?

Jackie xo

April 10, 2012

Be Inspired :: 'For the Love of Retro' Theme

This month's theme was the inspiration behind our featured design, 'She Said Yes'. This theme is a whole lot of fun with a vintage vibe {in a cool retro 50s way}.

Set the mood :: Experiment with vintage typefaces, bold and bright block colours, repurposed wood and chippy paint, mismatched frames, soda pop and striped straws, full skirts, bold red lips, chalkboards, typewriters and other vintage finds, retro cool.

Colour palette :: Red, ivory, mustard and violet.

'For the Love of Retro' Theme Board by WITHLOVE

Featured wedding stationery:
1. 'She Said Yes' RSVP postcard
Also in this scene:

2. Vintage Number Labels by Present & Correct | 3. Image via In Spaces Between | 4. Image via 100 Layer Cake | 5. Image via Ever So Lovely | 6. Image via Green Wedding Shoes | 7. Image via Snippet & Ink | 8. Image via Parcel Post | 9. Image via 100 Layer Cake | 10. Image via Green Wedding Shoes | 11. Image via Bouquet Bouquet

Jackie xo

Introducing 'She Said Yes' + a special offer!

She Said Yes invitation card by WITHLOVE fine wedding stationery
She Said Yes RSVP postcard by WITHLOVE fine wedding stationery

Introducing 'She Said Yes' - a lively wedding stationery suite made for the couple who want something simplistic in design, making a bold statement. The real hero of this design is the strong typeface contrasted with a pretty script. It's a little retro, a little cutesy and a whole lot of cool. Selected pieces are supplied with satin ribbon to finish (as depicted on our website).

SPECIAL OFFER - Mention this post and receive 10% off when you place an order from our 'She Said Yes' suite of stationery! Hurry, ends 11 May, 2012.

Jackie xo

March 24, 2012

Be Inspired :: Delightful Details

Hello sunshine! I hope the weekend is treating you well. Today's wedding round up is a special one as it features an ex-colleague and friend of mine, Carolynn and her gorgeous wedding to her man Tom, captured by the amazing Karen Buckle! Congratulations once again you two! Here goes...

An alternative to a traditional wedding cake...

... a cheese cake! I am all for dessert (self-confessed sweet-tooth over here) but how amazing are these cheese towers! Yum! {from Say Cheese Towers}

This colour palette...

... grape, gold, amber and plum - so pretty! {by the clever folks Machell - styling, Bayly and Moore - photography and Fox and Rabbit - flowers - view the shoot here}

This unbelievable dress...

... the workmanship, detail, cut, draping, shade - swoon! {by Tadashi Shoji via Style Me Pretty, photographed by Kellee Walsh}

This floral installation...

... an absolute work of art {by Cecilia Fox}

And last, but certainly not least, the wedding of the aforementioned Carolynn + Tom...

... my favourite detail, aside from the gorgeous stationery of course - the sweet pea favours! A very fitting and personal touch, given Carolynn and Tom's line of work (they are the talented team behind The Small Garden). Photographed by Karen Buckle, be sure to view the full wedding over on Karen's blog. Styled to perfection!

I'm feeling extra spritely today as I'm finally getting over an icky cold - hurrah! May you enjoy what's left of the weekend - can't wait to catch up next week.


Be Inspired :: Words to Live By


Sometimes a reminder is nice, especially when one has been under the weather this week and is in need of a boost.


March 19, 2012

Caught My Eye

Good morning my pretties, hope you had a glorious weekend. You know what they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure and currently, I'm obsessed with the idea of upcycling - giving old pieces of furniture or useless objects a makeover to create something new and exciting. No, no, no, I'm not talking about sanding and slapping on some paint or stain on an op-shop find... I'm talking about taking an object and turning it into something with a new purpose - a complete reinvention. Enter my latest find, Decor Hacks, a site that showcases some of the best furniture/object transformations. Here are some of my favourites...

I love the look of this tree branch lamp...

Tree lamp
From Garden Design via Decor Hacks

How about a door-turned-coffee table...

Door coffee table
From Unskinny Boppy via Decor Hack

Book shelving (literally!)

Book shelving
From Real Simple via Decor Hack

I adore this side table made from a log slice and a cheap ikea stool...

Log slice side table
From Seakettle via Decor Hack

Working with a small backyard? Check out this space-saving planter wall made from humble cinder blocks... (side note: love the acapulco chair - this is where you can get one)

DIY Planter
From Traditionally Modern Designs via Decor Hack

How about this mismatched chair bench...

Mismatched Chair Bench
From Kindall's Creations via Decor Hack

I am sucker for old suitcases so I'm loving this vintage suitcase coffee table...

Vintage suitcase coffee table
From Design Sponge via Decor Hack

The best part about repurposing objects or furniture is creating your very own, one-of-a-kind piece - pretty awesome huh! I have a number of projects swirling around in my mind and when time permits, I'll be sure to share with you. Until then, tell me about your own 'hack' - whether it be for your home or for your wedding, I'd love to hear.

Jackie xo