Maybe it's just the nerd in me, but I've always said that great paper has the ability to inspire so much more than just what's on the page. A great invitation, a photo, a piece of artwork...the colors, textures, even the typography used can become the inspiration for an entire wedding if you let it! It's the entire basis of A Paper Proposal, really. I especially love when stationery is highlighted in a styled shoot because I think it just proves my point - that stationery can inspire so many ideas for details and decor besides paper.
Now, I know that styled shoots tend to be a slightly more "controversial" to many (not the right word, but I can't think of something less serious sounding at the moment). Some hate them because they're too aspirational and unrealistic; however, I think that there is just way too much creativity, too much talent and too many gorgeous ideas out there to categorize all styled shoots under one big "Hell No" category. We all have our opinions and our personal tastes, so I've always tried to judge each shoot on its own accord. Are there some shoots out there that are pure fantasy? Why, yes, of course! Barbie and Ken are never really going to get married, but what's the harm in bringing every little girl's fantasy of Barbie's dream wedding to life? It's fun to look at, and maybe there's a bride out there with a hot pink color palette that can steal an idea or two from it. I know this is an extreme example of a styled shoot, but it's staged and styled, nonetheless. Styled shoots aren't real, but so what? I've seen many real weddings that are just as unattainable! And, let's not forget that what I consider attainable isn't going to be the same as what other brides think is attainable because we all come from different walks of life. Sorry, I'm going off on a tangent. I just think the debate is a bit silly. Instead of making an issue out of pretty photographs, I think we should just appreciate the beauty and talent behind them and leave it at that.
Anyway, the whole reason I bring up the topic of styled shoots is because today, I'm featuring a small collection of photos that were shared with me by Alicia of Akimbo showcasing a new stationery suite that she has just released called, Semaphore. Inspired by the time ball tower erected in 1875 at the South Australian beachside suburb of Semaphore (see photo to right), I think the stationery is uber-stylish and distinctive.
"Perfect for the boho beach bride," as Alicia described, I love how the photos she provided below, shot by Luke Simon and styled by Mary & Gabrielle Events, can help a bride envision how she may utilize the Akimbo stationery, and pull real inspiration from it. The beach decor showcased using colored glass bottles, wooden crates, green plants and twine have an "Alone on a deserted island" / destination wedding feel that I just love. It actually really reminds me of the destination wedding inspiration board that I made a while back, and this incredible Shipwrecked photo shoot by Elizabeth Messina that I still go back and stare at from time to time!
Akimbo's new Semaphore stationery collection is printed on recycled paper, and includes wedding invitations, RSVP response postcards and extra information cards, Save the Dates, "Thank You" notes, decorative bunting, flag ceremony programs, favour tags, seating charts, menus, place cards, escort cards, and table number flags. It can actually be customized to suit your wedding destination's landmark, as well, which is really cool if you're looking for something specific! :)
New Boho Beach Style Wedding Stationery by Akimbo - Credits
***Akimbo is a Vendor on Paper, but this is not a sponsored post.***