Chalkboard crazy

We love a spot of chalkboard (as you’ll know if you’ve visited us at a show!) so we thought these balloons would make great table numbers…

Stunning Shoes

These lovely shoes make brides stop and sigh when they are browsing our Illustries. Aren’t they just lovely? They belong to Mrs Natalie Hewitson, who was an Avant Garde Illustry bride, and she paired them with a beautiful 50s style lace and tulle dress. Image by John Alexander.

Beautiful Bouquet

I saw this and thought of my own ‘one day wedding’. I just love these colours, what a stunning bouquet, unfortunately we don’t know who made it šŸ™

Cute Wedding Invitation

We love this cute wedding invitation by Alilia. Bucking that trend for a simple, personalised, less is more approach to wedding branding. Visit or contact

Judging a book by its cover, a lovely words pick

Naturally, we’re suckers for beautiful books here at Illustries, so when we first spotted these gorgeous editions of Virago Classics we were smitten. With covers by leading textile designers cuddling all those beautiful words penned by the likes of E M Forster (A Passage to IndiaĀ is sitting on Emma’s coffee table, swathed in its juicy […]

Simply beautiful…

We’ve a soft spot here at Illustries for a little headgear, whether it be a jaunty beret or a vintage clip or two. We positively trembled with delight at this beautiful new range from Victoria Mary Vintage. CalledĀ MillĆ©sime, the range is inspired by the romance of days gone by and timeless French couture, and consists […]

The perfect example of a cwtch!

If you’re welsh, you know what it is. If you have a welsh friend, you know what it is. Probably even if you’ve watched Gavin and Stacey, you know what it is. You’ve probably heard that there’s no English equivalent to the word. Apparently, the nearest you can get to it is ‘safe place’. I […]

Amazing Cakes!!!

Emma & I were at the Discover Vintage Wedding Fayre on Sunday in Leamington Spa and as a pre-show prep session, we treated ourselves to tea and cake (a bit of a Illustries tradition, those early mornings need some sugar!). I had a white chocolate cheesecake which was THE most amazing cake, which has left […]

Cute Table Plan

Sam: After searching for some interesting ideas for my sister-in-law’s country wedding this week I came across this cute and colourful table plan design. Credit: The Merriment Blog (

The Girl with the Glass Feet, by Ali Shaw – a lovely words pick

ā€œI should take a photo.’ ‘No. Just remember it, and us in it.ā€ Midas, shy and gentle photographer, speaks to Ida, the so-calledĀ Girl with the Glass FeetĀ in the novel by Ali Shaw. Illustries’ Head of Words can’t recommend this book highly enough: beautifully written, uplifting and moving – a love story to inspire the coldest […]

Samantha Neal’s ‘BIG LOVE’ Wedding Gift

We love this stunning wedding gift by UK artist Samantha Neal – our very own Sam! Laser-cut card is layered to create this beautiful 3D effect. This pieces measures 500 x 500mm and comes in all sorts of colours. Samantha has a wonderful collection of pieces in different sizes and patterns from butterflies to botanicals […]