Our Wedding Invitations, Designed By Tabitha Emma!

Hip hip hooray, I can finally show you our gorgeous wedding invites. TA DAH!

Like our wedding website, our invitations were designed by creative maven/ illustrator extraordinaire Tabitha Emma (but you probably guessed that, right?) and I’m seriously so happy with how they came up.

The Creative Process

When I was talking to Tabitha initially she asked me to tell her a bit about “Rach and Ramai” so she could get some ideas on the direction we’d like to go with the invites, so I told her we’re often branded ‘R & R’ – hence the monogram – and that we love natural, rustic elements, which she took into consideration when coming up with the design.

I also shared my love of calligraphy-style type and native flowers, in particular King Proteas, and was delighted to see them included in her illustrations when she sent through the first concepts!

(It would be remiss of me not to mention here that Tabitha is an absolute dream to work with, can’t recommend her enough).

Assembling the Invites

I’ve always loved the mix of white and brown (wood/ hessian) and I wanted to give the brown kraft envelopes a bit of a “lift”, so I added a paper doily to each at the top to make the envelopes a bit special.

Let me tell you, spray adhesive is your friend if you’re thinking of doing something similar (I also managed to get it all over the carpet – hello sticky feet!)

Photos are OK, but you really need to see these “in real life” to get a proper idea – the paper stock is divine and has a bit of texture through it. It’s the perfect thickness, and Tabitha had sent me some samples prior to our invites going to print so I knew what the end result would be like which is always nice.

Finally, I haven’t shown it in these shots, but after tossing up whether to get a calligrapher to address the envelopes, we took an easier (and just as beautiful) route and used the stunning Carolyna font.

The RSVP card and the invite were tied together with some twine I picked up at Mark Tuckey Home in Avalon and we used Australia Post’s ‘Special Occasion’ stamps (vintage brown roses/ wedding ring images) on the outer envelope and on the RSVP card, which was designed to be like a postcard. Easy for guests to just pop in the mail and send back.

And that’s about it!

+ I’d love to know: what do you think? I know there are a whole bunch of stationery nerds amongst us, so please leave your thoughts below in the comments.

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Presenting: Our Wedding Website!

I’m so excited to share this with you! I’ve been seriously DYING to show everyone our beautiful wedding website for weeks now, and I just couldn’t hold on any longer, so here she is…

(drum roll please)

May I now introduce to you, the gorgeous, the fabulous, the so-pretty-it-brings-a-tear to my eye, rachandramai.com!

(confetti and cheering ensues!) 

The Backstory, Or Why We Decided To Create A Wedding Website

I got in touch with the extraordinarily talented Tabitha Patterson last year because I’ve been a ginormous fan of her work for quite some time and knew she’d be the perfect person to help us capture the mood of our wedding day creatively.

Because we’re having our wedding in Byron Bay and most people are making a weekend of it (hooray!), there are a bunch of details that didn’t quite fit on the invitations, so Ramai and I decided to pull together a website that contained all the necessary information, as well as giving us a platform to share our photos, talk about our love story (and how we got engaged) as well as write something special about each member of our bridal party. The idea is that it will give everyone a little taster and set the tone for a very special day.

I think you’ll agree Tabitha has absolutely nailed it with the site design. My favourite parts are the hand-illustrated R & R monogram and the flowers that pop up when you scroll over the main nav bar. It’s all in the details!

I’m going to let you head over and see for yourself, but I really hope you enjoy reading the words we’ve whipped up. I have to tell you that I sat at the computer sobbing on more than one occasion when I was working on this site. Writing about the most important people in your life is an emotional undertaking!

* I should also mention, I’ve made one of the pages ‘The Details’ private for now, so please excuse the strange looking text when you click that one, and also, the site looks best on a Mac. As most sites do. 

+ What do you think? Tell me in the comments! Are you swooning over Tabitha’s work as much as I am?

+ If you get a chance, I’d love you to leave us a comment in the guestbook too. All words of wisdom or ‘hi there’s’ will be gratefully received x

Introducing: Ali Mitton, Our Wedding Photographer!

Drumroll please…

I’m so excited to introduce to you the incredibly talented lady that will be photographing our wedding day, Ali Mitton. We seriously could not be happier!

I mentioned here that changing our wedding venue meant changing our wedding date – which also meant that the photographer we’d booked was unavailable to shoot our Big Day.

I’ve had a picture in my head for so long about how I wanted our wedding photos to look, and the words that kept popping up for me were things like “dreamy,” “summery,” “magical.” It’s always been more about a feeling than a style – I wanted the photos to represent both the lightness and depth of our love, while distilling the essence of warm summer days, soft afternoon light, a touch of whimsy and daydreamers with hearts in their eyes.

I think you’ll agree we’ve found our perfect match.

Ali – who’s possibly the most humble person I’ve ever spoken to – has this magnificent way of capturing beauty so effortlessly and with a sense of honesty that completely blows me away. Her portraits are nostalgic and wistful and I don’t know about you, but I’m left wanting more each time I pore over her beautiful work. Every image has a story to tell.

Gleaming Credentials


Undoubtedly cementing herself as “one to watch,” Ali’s work has been featured in magazines like Peppermint, Monster Children, Antler, Astonish, Culture and Cake, as well as in her own sold out exhibition at the Retrospect Galleries which the Spell and The Gypsy Collective girls wrote about on their blog.

She also was selected as 1 of 5 national finalists in Projections, ‘Australia’s Best Emerging Photographer’ award, and joined the Element Eden family to shoot their Summer 11, Hi Summer 11 and Winter campaigns and the stunning Element Eden Inspired By Daydream Lily collection.

Google her name (make sure you check out her pretty site Afternoon Dreams) and you’ll find a bunch of her images to swoon over. She’s been featured around the web, including a write-up on Oracle Fox, which is one of my favourite fashion blogs. I’m telling you, the girl is a star!

To give you all a little bit of an insight into the master behind the magic, I sent a few interview questions Ali’s way and here’s what’s she had to say…

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a photographer and daydreamer. I’m 26 and, at the moment, I’m on the Gold Coast.

What age did you start taking photos? Are you self-taught or did you study (and if so, where/ what?)

I’ve taken photos for as long as I can remember! I think I got a camera from an op shop when I was very small, and chased my cat around with it. I studied a Diploma of Photography, and then went to Griffith University.

When did you start to feel photography was your “thing?”

In high school I did photography, and that was pretty much all I did. I didn’t care about much else.

What was it that drew you to a career in photography?

That is still something I’m trying to figure out to be honest. I’m a very sentimental person, I attach a lot of meaning and feeling to imagery and memories. I’m pretty overwhelmed with life most of the time, and photography allows me to express that.

What are your tools of the trade?

I shoot Canon 5D, 7D and the 50mm 1.4 is my one and only lens – my true love!

Current inspirations?

Ohhh India! Travel and summer time. Freckles and beards. Northern New South Wales. Ryan McGinley.

If you could do a shoot anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Hmm that is such a hard one! Iceland… or the Sahara.

What do you wish you knew five years ago?

I wish I knew my own worth and what it meant to truly love someone. I wish I reminded myself to experience each moment completely, instead of worrying about the future and feeling bad about the past. I wish I was more patient. Oh the list could go on!

Quick tidbits

I’ve always wanted to… shoot on the top of a tall building.

If I could raid anyone’s closet, it would be…I  should be able to answer this, but I’m not terribly fashion savvy! Yours? You have pretty clothes! (haha, thanks Ali!)

I’m obsessed with… fairy lights, pretty coloured smoke, film photography.

All-time favourite book… too many! The Source, Shantaram, The Power of Now.

Photographers/ artists/ creative I admire… lately I’ve been loving the work of Tamara Lichtenstein. Ryan McGinley is my all time favourite photographer, and I also love Sally Mann.

Words to live by… Be here now.

Big thanks Ali!

+ Now over to you guys – what do you think? I’m dying to know!

Wedding Inspiration: Simply Stunning

In the sea of weddings that appear on a slew of wedding blogs world-over, the two below are some of the most remarkable I’ve seen in a long time.

The first for the D & G dress skirt and top, the floral crown and the delightfully colourful table setting (not to mention the gorgeous bride and groom) and the second for the understated simplicity, the natural colour scheme and the fact they couldn’t have picked a more perfect photographer to capture the style of their day than Jonas Peterson. And yes, it doesn’t hurt that the couple are pretty damn good looking as well.

Take a look (click over to the respective sites for more images and their stories).

Mary Grace and Drew by Sarah Shreves


Cassie and Shaun by Jonas Peterson



+ What do you think? How amazing do both brides look! Loving the open “marquee” in the last shot as well – just beautiful.

Wedding Inspiration: The Ceremony


Sometimes us brides-to-be get so caught up in the table decorations (and the dress, and the invitations, and the carefully hung lanterns) that we fail to give serious thought to the decorations required for the most important part of the Big Day – the ceremony.

The styling of the ceremony really sets the tone for the overall look of your wedding day and the ideas are getting more and more creative, with theatre-style seating, vintage church pews, and strips of fabric in rainbow hues being just a few of the unique elements I’ve come across on my hunt for ceremony decor inspiration.

+ What are your top picks? If you’re married already, how did you decorate your ceremony? Was it held outside or in a church?

Images: KT Merry | Gal Meets Glam | Style Me Pretty | Style Me Pretty | Green Wedding Shoes | Ruffled | Style Me Pretty | Archive Vintage Rentals | RuffledStyle Me Pretty/ Forget Me Knot Weddings | The Found Blog | Pinterest | Our Blog of Love/ Style Me Pretty | Green Wedding Shoes | Event Lucky | The Brides Cafe/Style Me Pretty

Wedding Inspiration: Cakes

I’ve never been too fussed with having a perfectly coifed wedding cake, so for our wedding we’ve chosen to go with something really simple and rustic-y, which a dear friend is kindly whipping up for us.

We (and when I say “we” I mean “I” – my fiance couldn’t care less for cake) were inspired by the simple but pretty looking cakes above. I love the look of icing that’s been roughly applied with the back of a knife and the addition of only a few decorations, like some wildflowers or fruit.

I’d love to know: what’s your favourite cake flavour? Thinking we might go for red velvet cake with vanilla icing (yum!) but I’m also a big fan of a good ol’ moist (ekk) chocolate mudcake.

What do you think?

Images: 1. Ruffled 2. Once Wed 3. Landlocked Bride 4. Elizabeth Anne Designs 5. Oh One Fine Day  6. I love SW Mag 7. Rustic Wedding Chic 8. Martha Stewart Weddings and 100 Layer Cake

Wedding Inspiration: Feathers

There’s something really captivating about feathers. Delicate, unique and the perfect addition to a natural/ bohemian/ carefree wedding, (tasteful) feathers can be used in so many different ways, as shown above.

A few of my favourites

Save the Dates: What an innovative (and potentially cost-effective) alternative to a traditional Save the Date card! I’d love to get one of these beauties in the mail.

Boutonniere: Simply stunning! Small guinea fowl feathers are essential for these (can’t see gigantic peacock feathers looking too crash hot) and can be teamed with a subtle hair clip for the ladies.

Feathers in place of flowers: In a bouquet or as a striking centrepiece for the table. Bonus: they’ll last forever for the sentimental amongst us, unlike flowers.

Feather headdress: I love everything about Mandy from Oracle Fox’s Bali wedding, but the combination of her Sass and Bide dress and the gorgeous feather headpiece she wore for the ceremony definitely takes the cake. Insanely beautiful, or what?!

+ How about you, are you a feather fan? Would you incorporate feathers into your wedding?

Images: 1. Birds of a Feather 2. Martha Stewart Weddings 3. Inspired By This 4. Treasured Dress 5. Briton Loves It 6. Gardener and Marks 7. Green Wedding Shoes 8. Budget Savvy Bride 9. Anavictoriana 10. Green Wedding Shoes 11, 12. Once Wed  13, 14. Jonas Peterson