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Real Life Wedding, Tina and Bruno

We had the pleasure of creating a beautiful range of wedding stationary for the lovely couple, Tina and Bruno as they were married in Provence, France.

Tina commissioned a fab range and we always love seeing pics of our designs used on the day, including one of our super-bespoke Cute Paths, signed by guests that the happy couple can take home to remember the day! How fun!

Have a read of Tina’s memories of their Wedding day and advice for other brides-to-be!


Names: Tina & Bruno

Wedding Date: 10 September 2016

The Venue: Le Mas De La Rose, Provence, France




The vision for the day: 

To have…

  • Intimate day, just with our very best friends and immediate family.  We kept our numbers down to 70 guests.
  • Bring the best of British and French cultures to make things a bit different for everyone, for example by mixing languages in our readings at the church, speeches and music selections.
  • Provence wedding – it had been our dream for many years to get married in the South of France. We fell in love with our venue many years before, while visiting the region.
  • Amazing setting, amazing food, great wine – we chose a venue that had their own restaurant – with fresh fruits and vegetables fresh from the garden and local products.

The Planning Process:

  • Pinterest wedding board to gather ideas was pretty key.
  • Plotted decisions and kept to a rough timeline.
  • Visited region twice for church preparations and to meet local suppliers.
  • Gave many people roles in advance (helping with signage and decor on the day) – family and friends played a role in our day.
  • Took 12 months from start to finish.



The Dress and Accessories:

Dress: Delphine Manivet

Shoes: Sergio Rossi

Headband: Les cerises de mars

Grooms Attire:

Suit and waistcoat: tailored by Faubourg Saint Sulpice

Shoes: Weston





The Details and Decor:

Theme Casual Chic – touches of bunting, decorated trees with paper flowers, fresh flowers

The Flowers: pink roses and olive leaves

Music and First Dance: A Rhumba to Let’s Marvin Gaye and Get in On – Charlie Puth featuring Meghan Trainor

Entertainment and activities:

Pâte à Swing, Avignon.

Giant wooden garden games and vintage photo booth provided lots of fun throughout the day




The Food:

Starter : Tartare of cooked and raw vegetables with smoked salmon “macedonia“ way, roasted prawns, fresh herb emulsified vinaigrette

Main Course : Veal with potatoes, homemade olive oil, mushrooms, vegetables from the garden

Macaron Tower

The Cake: Macaron Tower – cut to Let There Be Love, by Nat King Cole, along with sparklers for guests.

Stationary: Cute Maps.

Cute Path – timeline of the story of our first years – that our guests were able to sign

Table plan themed in the style of our invites. Table names represented the 8 cities we visited while dating.



Your Photographer: Artaïs Studio

The Honeymoon: Tullum, Mexico – Jan 2017

Memorable Moments: Driving back from the church in our 1960s Fiat 500

The Best Man’s speech: the Sketch Show meets Euro Trash – portraying the life of the groom and all the English influences that led him to eventually marry an English woman.






Advice for Other Couples: You can’t plan the best moments but if you fill you day with the people you love dearly then it will be magical. Be prepared to make lots of decisions, it’s very hard in reality to make things simple.


The venue: Le Mas De La Rose www.mas-rose.com/fr/hotel-luxe-provence

The car: Fiat 500 Classic www.mariage-en-500.com

Photography: The talented team at www.artais.com

The videographer: Les Films Super vimeo.com/nicolasgodtschalck









Modes of Transport

Thinking about how you’re going to get from the ceremony to the venue? What mode of transport would best sum you both up? My best friends who got married 6 years ago in Manchester only needed to travel the short distance from The Place Hotel, where the ceremony took place, to the Midland Hotel for the reception. Their idea was via Manchester black cab! No, she didn’t hail one down last minute in her amazing Ian Stewart dress, it was all planned of course. The black cab was dressed with white ribbon, and five minutes later, the bride and groom had zoomed up Oxford Road to their destination.

This was a great idea in my opinion as the couple are lovers of the City of Manchester so black cab just seemed a perfect way to go. All us guests walked the short journey in our wedding gear! Which gave us the perfect opportunity to talk about the gorgeous ceremony and also the chance to meet fellow guests on route to the meal. The Manchester weather held out that afternoon, thank God! So we were at venue and dry! (totally different story at night though!)


Over a decade ago when my sister got married, my dad had his burgundy Mercedes Benz at the time, and she decided to volunteer dad as chauffeur and again dressed the car with thick white ribbon and flowers. It was just spot on. It meant so much to my sister to use my dad’s pride and joy for the day, and my dad was truly honoured. The whole thing looked fab.

Modes of transport for me are yet another way on your wedding day to show some personality. Use something that really has meaning for you both as a couple and it will be a great thing for your guests to witness, a great memory, and a there’s probably some great pictures to come out of it too! Add colourful balloons, tin cans, banners, flowers, anything that you love and this will set it off even more.

I am neither getting married, nor have a mode of transport (well apart from the tram-get the violins out) but I can imagine turning up at the venue in a little Italian car, a classic Fiat 500 or Lancia, in either black, white or pale pink or pale blue, dressed with tonnes of contrasting balloons and oodles of ribbon. (I haven’t thought about this at all) I think this would best sum me up in a mode of transport 🙂

At Cute Maps, we’ve designed some brilliant requests for our clients, whether they are travelling via motorbike, traditional Rolls Royce, tandem, tractor (?!) it’s all been part of their amazing story and so well fitting to their day.

Here are some of our favourite images of quirky and meaningful modes of transport. Have love, will travel x


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Real Life Wedding, Meg and Pete


Today we have the beautiful wedding of Meg and Pete to share with you. It is enchanting. Never have a seen such smiley, happy photos; shot after shot those smiles don’t fade! Clearly they had a wonderful day. I love their table plan idea too, each one had a rustic wooden sign and is named after a mountain; perfect for this outdoorsy couple. Their gorgeous day was captured by Lana from Love Photography, www.love-photography.co.uk


The vision for the dayWe are both countryside loving, outdoorsy people and wanted a wedding that was full of personal touches that felt like a relaxed country garden party.
The Planning Process: Very few wedding magazines, lots of online blogs and frequent reminders that we don’t have to fit to anyone else’s preferences but our own! Planning took 11 months and it was a great opportunity to spend time together as we’d only met 3 months before Pete proposed!
Budget: Pete is an accountant who occasionally requested budget discussions and maintained a very complicated looking spreadsheet. Meg just wanted a wedding that reflected who we are, without going overboard on cost…and tried to ignore the spreadsheet wherever possible! We stumped up more for what we felt was important, and tried to save on everything else.


The Venue: The ceremony was held at Meg’s family church near Skipton on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. A beautiful traditional setting. The reception was held at Utopia at Broughton Hall in Skipton, a stunning timber and glass structure set in a walled garden. The transport was a classic Land Rover Defender, a tribute to our love of the countryside.
The Dress and Accessories: It was the first dress I tried on! A very classic ivory lace Justin Alexander mermaid gown.
Grooms Attire: I always said I wanted Pete to have just as special an outfit as me, so I insisted he got a fully tailored suit. He deserves to feel a million dollars too! We picked the blue-grey cloth together, then I didn’t see it until the wedding day. It was a 3 piece custom made suit from Michelsberg Tailoring, with a tailored shirt and an intricate Liberty floral print tie.



The Readings: We found real inspiration in the words of Ruth 1: 16-17 and this was read by Pete’s Mum. Meg’s Mum took us back to our childhood days by reciting the whole of the Owl and the Pussy Cat, it ended up as a sort of bedtime story during the ceremony!
Beautiful Bridesmaids: I had 3 gorgeous bridesmaids who all played a massive part in making the day perfect. Gill, a friend I’ve known since I was 11, was one of our witnesses. Ashley and Helen are close friends from the first school I worked in. Ashley did my make up and Helen did my hair, they know exactly what suits me and getting professionals in was never something I’d wanted.



Music and First Dance: Having Helen, a music teacher, as a bridesmaid made our job really easy when selecting music. She played the violin during the signing of the register, playing Romance from the Gadfly and Gabriel’s Oboe, leaving my Mum in floods of tears! As a wedding present she then gave us our drinks reception entertainment, which was a fabulous jazz singer and pianist. For the big party after the wedding breakfast we had an awesome band put together by an extremely talented musician friend of hers. The dance floor was never empty and they agreed to play our first dance song, ‘Everything’ by Michael Buble, live. Making the most of talented people your friends and family know really pays off. As does finding a wedding dance on You Tube that you can teach yourself in 4 weeks…nailed it!







The Food: We had Pimms and canapés on arrival at the reception and opted to have no starter for the main wedding breakfast. We had roast pork with proper crackling, roast potatoes, vegetables and roasted apples. This was followed by a trio of small desserts made up of chocolate torte, lemon tart and rhubarb crumble.
The flowers: All beautifully created by Meg’s Mum (with the exception of the buttonholes) after doing a fabulous full day course on producing bouquets and wedding arrangements. The bouquets contained anemones, veronica and ranunculus and the church and venue had arrangements of tulips, daffodils (to represent Meg’s Welsh heritage) and white roses (for Yorkshire).
The cake: The cake wasn’t a priority for us and we even considered not having one at all, so we were reluctant to spend a lot of money. Thankfully a family friend of Meg’s makes amazing cakes and so she kindly created one based on our own ideas of what we wanted. We saved a fortune and it looked fabulous. We had chocolate, vanilla and lemon sponge tiers each surrounded by white chocolate cigarellos and topped with fresh fruit.


The Details and Décor: I think even Kirsty Allsop would’ve been proud of our handmade personal touches! The place settings were hand painted giant ceramic Scrabble tiles of guest’s initials with favours of wild flower seeds. Jars wrapped in hessian held tea lights, vintage milk bottles full of loose bunches of flowers decorated the tables and the ceiling was hung with bunting handmade by Meg’s Auntie. Pete spent hours producing traditional carved footpath signs of mountain names for the tables and personalised hand painted bags contained toys and games for the kids. We covered the lawns with garden games, and outdoor heaters, fire pits and baskets of blankets drew people onto the veranda despite the cold. In the toilets we put a pamper basket packed with hand creams, hair spray, lip balm, nail files, hair brush, tissues and even condoms….and yes they were taken! The personal elements were what most people still comment on.


Your Photographer: Lana Davies, introduced to me by a friend and someone I’d known for a few years, ended up as more of a wedding guest than just a photographer. Her down to earth and genuine approach meant the guests and us were relaxed around her and at times she had people in stitches.
The Honeymoon: We had a week long mini-moon in Portugal straight after the wedding and then in the Summer holidays we spent 3 weeks in Kenya. It sounds rather extravagant but the mini-moon was a fairly budget stay in a yurt by a river in the middle of no-where with a compost toilet and outdoor shower. It suited us perfectly!


Memorable Moments: The recessional out of the church was a closely guarded secret; Coldplay’s Viva La Vida played on the church organ. It sounded amazing and only having a short aisle, we made the most of listening to it by dancing around in a loop around the church before finally exiting. We forgot to warn the photographer who says she was terrified when we just started “running at her”!
Meg’s Grandparents share a gravestone next to the path up to the church door. I had an extra bouquet made and as we left the church we laid this on the stone. It was a really moving moment to feel like they were part of the day and celebrate them as we walked past.
Between sets of the band in the evening Pete revealed a big surprise as he mysteriously ushered everyone out onto the veranda as sky started to light up with fireworks! Such a perfect climax to the perfect day!
Advice for other couples: Let your personalities show in every part of the day. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to and such enjoyment came out of creating the tiny little touches that made it ours. oh and have fun, sing, giggle, dance and kiss….it’s your party after all!


Photographer: Love Photography by Lana Davies http://www.love-photography.co.uk
Reception venue: Utopia at Broughton Hall http://www.broughtonhall.co.uk/utopia/
Wedding night: The Tempest Arms http://www.tempestarms.co.uk
Catering: GFS Catering http://www.gfscatering.co.uk
Wine: Martinez Wines http://martinez.co.uk
Groom’s outfit: Michelsberg Tailoring http://www.michelsberg.co.uk
Dress: Brides of Harrogate
Hair piece: Liberty In Love http://www.libertyinlove.co.uk
Bridesmaids dresses: JJs House http://www.jjshouse.com
Transport: Land Rover Experiencehttp://www.yorkshire.landroverexperience.co.uk/Centre/Weddings
Invitations: Cute Maps https://www.cutemaps.co.uk

Real Life Wedding, Victoria and Brendan

I hope you are all having fantastic festive seasons and are enjoying all the post Christmas relaxing as much as the pre-Christmas partying. There’s still lots of turkey to eat, movies to watch and mulled wine is definitely appropriate until March! (promise). So while you are enjoying this extended nap time, we have another incredible real life wedding to share with you. Brendan and Victoria got married in November 2012 and they did it in style. The whole seamless elegance of the day is so apparent, a beautiful occasion captured by the talented Matt Bishop(www.mbishopphotography.co.uk) so curl up on your Christmas couch and have a read.




Names: Brendan and Victoria

Wedding Date: 24th November 2012

The vision for the day: Elegant and English Rustic with a hint of vintage glamour

The Proposal: Brenden proposed to Victoria in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris on an Easter Break in 2012. We have been to Paris every year since we met so it is a place which holds many happy memories for us both.





The Venue: Ceremony at The Lanesborough and food at The Bull and Last. We specifically wanted two different styles of venue – somewhere elegant for the ceremony and somewhere relaxing for the evening. Both venues had to meet our high standards of quality for food and drink.

The Dress and Accessories: Firenze wedding dress from Phase Eight, I wanted a cream coloured vintage-style dress with embroidery over the dress I accessorised it with Vintage-style earrings and bracelet from Fur Coat No Knickers, Shoes from Manolo Blahnik (bought on my hen weekend in New York), diamond necklace was borrowed from my sister, a silver-jewelled hairpin to wear in the evening when I removed my veil.




Grooms Attire: GiorgioArmani navy blue suit. Tie by Penrose

Music: Brenden chose the songs that the pianist played at The Lanesborough. At the Bull and Last we played Horace Silver (jazz) from an ipod.

The flowers: At the Lanesborough in the ceremony room, on every other pew end, there was a small posy of roses tied with cream ribbon. In the reception area there were small silver goblets arranged with roses. These flowers were then carried by friends to the Bull and Last where they were placed in silver tankards to put on the tables at the pub.



The Cake: Cupcakes from Primrose Hill Bakery to take away

Your Photographer:Matt Bishop, www.mbishopphotography.co.uk

The Details and Décor: Tea lights on the mantelpiece in the ceremony room and around the statue at The Lanesborough during the drinks/canapé reception. We had a table outside the ceremony room with photos in vintage frames of family weddings and Brenden and Victoria when they were young. Other than that we did not feel that any additional decoration was required as the venues carried themselves perfectly.







The Honeymoon: We went on a road trip to California working our way down Highway 1 from San Francisco to LA for a month over Christmas and New Year.

Memorable Moments: Brenden’s speech. Standing back from our guests and seeing them all having a good time.Victoria’s father ordering a brandy to calm her nerves before the ceremony and then proceeding to drink most of it himself.What made our day truly special was all the people closest to us in our lives being in one place at the same time helping us to celebrate our wedding.


26_1280149Advice for other couples: Focus on what is important to you when planning your wedding. Do not conform to preconceived notions of what a wedding should or should not entail.


Venues:Ceremony and drinks/canapé reception, www.lanesborough.com, Charlie Williams at The Lanesborough email: cwilliams@lanesborough.com. Evening Reception, www.thebullandlast.co.uk, Sarah at The Bull and Last email: thebullandlast@googlemail.com. Wedding Night for Bride and Groom,www.deanstreettownhouse.com

Photographer: www.mbishopphotography.co.uk

Brides outfit: Wedding dress: www.phase-eight.co.uk. Wedding dress alterations:www.deisgneralterations.com.

Accessories: Short sleeve marabou cream fur (fake) jacket: Biba at House of Fraser. Earrings, bracelet and vintage compact: www.furcoatnoknickers.co.uk.

Shoes: Silver Sedaraby pumps purchased at the Manolo Blahnik store in New York. These can be bought at Liberty in London. Necklace: borrowed from my sister Catherine.

Veil: modelled on Kate Moss’s wedding veil and made by Arin Hopkins email: vegasveils@gmail.com who is a US-based supplier that I found on Etsy. Bag: www.vintagebridalaccessories.co.uk. Hair pin:www.libertyinlove.co.uk

Hair and make-up: Hair: Grace at Charles Worthington in Percy Street www.charlesworthington.com. Makeup: www.sadafmakeup.comSadaf Ahmad email: sadaf@sadafmakeup.com

Groom’s outfit: www.selfridges.co.uk, Armani at Selfridges.

Wedding cake: Wedding cupcakes and boxes, www.primrosebakery.org.uk

Flowers: www.chivers.co.uk, Robyn at Chivers in Charlotte Street email: sales@chiversflowers.co.uk. Flowers the The Lanesborough which were taken to The Bull and Last were prepared by the in-house florist

Transport: London Bus, www.timebus.co.ukTimebus Travel email: book@timebus.co.uk

Stationery: Wedding Invitations: www.piccolopress.co.uk.

Wedding Map + Information: www.cutemaps.co.uk. Sheree Willis email, info@cutemaps.co.uk.

Calligraphy for addressing invitations: www.calligraphycompany.com, Angelo Meola email, angelo@calligraphycompany.com

Entertainment: Pianist at The Lanesborough – John Pickup, www.johnpickup.org

Catering: The Lanesborough and The Bull and Last


Welcome to the Cute Maps Blog!

Eggnog lattes are back, evenings are gone and I’ve spent many hours lusting after (and maybe buying) knitwear. Winter is here! And with it it brings a brand spanking new Cute Maps blog, designed to fill you in on everything going down at the cute maps hub, bringing you all the best in wedding inspiration and keeping you up to date on all things cute.

This has been a brilliant month at cute maps HQ with two sparkling blog posts going live from our fantastic new friends at elle maverick events and the charming Matthew Oliver, you can read what these guys had to say about your favourite stationers here:


Decadent, extravagant, vintage style weddings have been catching my eye and with the discovery of pinterest I have captured all this wonder onto a board. Chic headpieces, lace details and classic decorations all capture this old-timely vintage feel. While the boundless amounts of materials involved; beads, glass, sequins of stunning embellishment really keep it fresh and new. Everything glitters. I especially liked the idea of using vintage broaches instead of flowers for a bouquet; such a unique touch and much longer lasting that a standard bouquet; just be careful if you throw it, yikes! 1_1747466_orig

These musings have also and for the first time EVER had me dreaming about my perfect wedding dress; a beaded, twenties, vintage style creation…This is extremely dangerous, Gatsby inspired champagne fountains and wedding dresses are definitely not on my agenda. More likely a theme party with some classic Aldi cava; bubbles are bubbles right?