Welcome back my lovelies!
Hopefully, you have been enjoying my collaboration series of blogging, where I get the opportunity to interview my favourite suppliers across the industry. Giving them the opportunity to share their views, back stories and for us to divulge and learn something new.
So, you’re planning a wedding..
The guest list is ready, the theme is set so, whats left? To notify the guests! The one thing I regret is not investing in a wedding stationer to create some beautiful invites and a table plan. There is so many epic ways you can add personalised touches to your day with the use of stationery!
Today, is all about Louise Ralphs who runs LouPaper. Lou is a wedding stationery designer, a bloody good one as a matter of fact!
I have worked with LouPaper on a number of occasions. We have even shared a cocktail or two over good food. LouPaper is force to be reckoned with in the industry and has created a beautiful, respected brand. Lets find out where it all started!
Five minutes with Louise – LouPaper
When did you start your business and what was your background previously?
I founded LouPaper back in 2015, merging my degree in graphic design with over a decade of experience in the wedding industry. Starting with designing for friends and colleagues, the business grew and I went full time last year. My wedding journey started at the age of 15, when I worked as a Saturday girl in a local wedding shop and I’ve loved weddings ever since!
What inspired you to work within the industry and create such beautiful stationery?
Weddings are such a big part of my life, having grown up being surrounded by them. I started out designing for people I knew and organically LouPaper grew through recommendations, and I’m now so privileged to be a small part of so many of my couple’s big day, and I love it!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I find it so important to surround myself with inspiration, whether it’s from travels to far flung destinations, or interior design magazines, I’m inspired by colour, pattern and texture. Keeping an eye on emerging trends is key, finding new materials to print on and styles to work into my stationery keeps me excited by the designs I make.
When did you figure out what your signature style was?
After going to a calligraphy course 4 years ago, I knew that hand lettering was going to play a big part in my designs. All my calligraphy is totally bespoke with everything being written by hand. I get asked so much what font I use, but it’s just me and my handwriting. I adore how it brings quirks and personality to each of the designs I create.
Which colour pallets are you loving right now?
I love any palette that combines a bold colour with a soft neutral, I’m currently working on an emerald green and nude suite and it’s stunning! Also any design that includes a metallic, pleases the magpie in me, golds, rose golds and silvers, adding gorgeous shine!
Which piece of work are you most proud of to date?
It sounds cliché but I have to say my own wedding stationery, it was such a personal journey to go on and I’m lucky that my now husband is an artist so we created our stationery together, and it was every bit us as it could be. It also allowed me to experiment with different printing techniques and finishes so was also a learning process!
How do you keep motivated on a daily basis to keep creating?
I’m so lucky that I get to work with such wonderful clients, each bringing their own personality, theme and ideas to my design process. No stationery is ever the same and that keeps me motivated to keep creating. Fundamentally, your wedding is a celebration of who you are as a couple, so it should be filled with everything that makes you, you! Because of this I strive to create designs that are truly unique and reflect my couple into paper.
What advice can you give to couples who are on the fence about finding someone to create their wedding invites/stationery?
I think you need to click with your stationer and they need to understand you and the look you’re going for. Remember your save the dates and invites are the first things your guests see, so it’s the perfect opportunity to make a big first impression and give them a little taste of what’s to come. On the day stationery brings your wedding day to life, adding colour and style to your venue and is usually the cheapest way of doing so.
Lastly, we bonded over great cocktails and good food, how valuable has networking with other suppliers been for your business?
Totally invaluable, meeting with like-minded wedding industry suppliers is a must. They totally understand what you’re going through, the highs and lows of everything and I’m able to ask and share advice. The wedding industry community is full of some amazing and inspiring people and I’m so lucky to call some of them friends now.
Head to Louise’s website to check out more of her work in detail.