ENVELOPES BY OLYMPIA: AS SEEN IN VOGUE BRIDE 2017


Inspired by my own experience as a bride, two and a half years ago (it's crazy how time flies!) I saw a gap in the market for stationery and styling that was a reflection of personal style, rather than what the industry had deemed 'typically' bridal. With a Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design), five years of teaching the same Degree at Curtin University and two years visual merchandising for Australia's leading tea merchant T2, I had developed a pretty strong eye for the unusual, the sophisticated and the unexpected.

Drawing inspiration from my love of graphic design, interiors, florals and fashion I planned our wedding, with the amazing help of my now husband - Basil, my Mum & Dad and our planners. I also designed all of our wedding stationery, which ended up being a much more difficult project than I had first imagined it to be. I think most designers will agree, that when it comes to designing anything for yourself you suddenly become critical of everything and the more you stare at what you're doing, or ask others opinions, the more you want to start over. Through the whole wedding process there was one thing I really wanted to focus on, and that was being true to my personal style and Basil's. The problem was, I didn't know how to define my style. Not to Basil, not to my planners, not to my parents - not even to myself! I knew what I was drawn to and what I wasn't, so I started collecting inspiration and put together 5 different mood boards of how our wedding day could look, from florals and dresses to wedding invitations and lighting. I dived into glossy page magazines, spent late nights reading online wedding blogs, and slowly started to grasp a good idea of what I wanted. I loved looking at trends at the time, what was expected and what was traditional and then choosing which elements suited us and which didn't. I really warmed to the idea that a wedding should be about what you want, not what others expect it to be - and this was the birth of Envelopes by Olympia

'A wedding with warmth embraces grand gestures and hits of colour' - Vogue Bride, June 2017

This envelopes range was a fresh new perspective in the wedding world and I instantly wanted to share it with all who were willing to embrace it, and who wanted their celebration to deeply reflect them as an individuals. I had doubts whether a black range of decadent and dark floral envelopes would work in the bridal market, but at the same time thought that if I love it, surely there must be a niche others out there that will love them too? It was slow to start with, with people admiring the designs but not confident to use them for their wedding invites. What would their grandparents think?! My Yiayia, who I would consider to be very traditional is now my biggest fan and asks for envelopes on the regular to write letters to her relatives in Greece. This gave me the confidence to keep designing them, and to launch this online store for people across the globe to have access to my designs.

It was a dream come true to see four of my designs from the 'In Full Bloom' Collection grace the pages of Vogue Bride this month. Thank you to each and everyone of you for your ongoing support and for embracing and not being scared to be a little left of field, break a few traditions and be true to your style, no matter the occasion!

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