Wedding Venue Illustrations


One of the best things about working with a wedding stationery designer is that you can personalise almost every aspect of your design, and you can have fun getting involved in the creative process. I can create bespoke wedding illustrations for your stationery suite, making the designs completely unique to you. There are plenty of options, from simple line drawings of your wedding venue, to full colour watercolour illustrations incorporating flowers or wreaths. I’m located in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees but I work with couples across the North East and North Yorkshire, and I work from photos so don’t be afraid if you live further afield! 

Bespoke wedding venue illustrations, Charlton Hall, Northumberland

Above is a watercolour illustration of Charlton Hall, Northumberland created using watercolours. I have placed a flower arrangement underneath the venue with dark pink peonies, eucalyptus and other sprigs of foliage.

About Me

I have worked in creative industries for 12 years, and line detail, colour, depth, texture and perspective has often formed part of the work I do. Before that I trained at the Northern Art College (formerly Cleveland College of Art and Design) in Fashion Enterprise, where life drawing, still life, fashion illustration and surface representation were just some of the modules I worked on. I have always enjoyed sketching and doodling, and always been interested in architecture and interesting buildings, so it gives me great pleasure to illustrate wedding venues. I spent several years working in marketing for a luxury country house  in Tees Valley, so I’m familiar with most wedding venues in the North East and North Yorkshire.

Newton Hall watercolour wedding venue illustration
What Do I Illustrate?

Wedding Venues

I can illustrate many types of wedding venues, from traditional stone churches and grand country houses to rustic barns for outdoor weddings, or even quirky venues such as lighthouses! I like to introduce some colour to venue illustrations by framing them with flowers and foliage, which can be linked to your colour scheme or flowers in your bouquet.

Le Petit Chateau Northumberland, watercolour wedding venue illustration
Watercolour wedding venue illustrations

 Other Elements From Your Wedding

My illustrations are not just limited to your wedding venue, I can also paint other elements which are special to you and your wedding, such as wedding cakes, musical instruments, cocktails, carriages etc. 

Below are some illustrations I have created for order of the day cards using watercolours / pen and ink. 

Illustrated wedding order of the day cards
How Can My Illustrations Be Used?

Hand painted wedding illustrations are fabulous for a variety of uses. They can be printed onto your save the dates and wedding invitations. They can also be incorporated into order of service booklets or order of the day cards. I also create watercolour wedding crests, which can be printed on napkins, favour tags or paper cups for outdoor weddings. 

Styles of Wedding Venue Illustration

I offer different styles of wedding illustration, depending on the look you are going for - from single colour line drawings to water colour paintings or a combination of traditional dip pen and ink.

Single Colour Line Drawings

All of my illustrations are hand drawn, I do not produce computer generated wedding venue illustrations. The line drawings are clean and simple and look quite modern. They look great printed on a variety of materials - white textured paper, vellum or sometimes it’s nice to reverse the colours and have a white venue illustration on a soft pink or blue background. I can illustrate the whole venue or just part of it. For example you may just want the chapel or pavilion where the ceremony is taking place drawing. 

Watercolour Illustrations

Some couples prefer a splash of colour and go for a watercolour illustration of their wedding venue. Again, this can be the whole venue or just part of it. As the illustration is hand rendered I can remove unwanted elements such as signs and lamp posts and I can add in pretty design details such as flowers and foliage. As most venues are constructed from brick or stone and tend to be brown or grey in colour, I do find painting the venue alone can look a little drab, so where possible I like to add in pretty details such as flowers, buds, leaves and vines. Here’s where you can get involved! You can have creative input into the colour and style of the flowers, or I can incorporate elements from your bouquet or table decorations.

My Work

Below are some examples of venue illustrations in watercolours. The bottom left is an illustration of Newton Hall in Alnwick, a quaint market town in Northumberland. One of the challenges is to ensure the brickwork resembles the real thing, so I spend time colour matching and getting the texture right. Underneath the venue, I have painted roses in soft pink watercolours, with sprigs of eucalyptus and waxflowers.

The top right illustration is of Le Petit Chateau which is positively dreamy and one of my favourite wedding venues in the North East. It’s a gorgeous salmon pink colour and I love the quirky roof! This venue is quite quirky, surrounded by exotic palm like trees, so I have incorporated hibiscus flowers, palm leaves and glade fern into the composition. I’ve also used brighter pinks and a hint of yellow, to reflect the more exotic styling of the day.

The top illustration is of Charlton Hall in Northumberland, with pinkish red peonies and eucalyptus sprigs. 

Wedding venue illustrations northumberland

Tips for Wedding Venue Illustrations

To create an illustration, I will need a high resolution photograph of the venue from the angle that you want painting. As my work is hand rendered and watercolours are very unforgiving, I can’t edit the picture at the end and remove items once they’ve been painted, or change the angle. So please ensure the photo is from the view you want.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and bring other elements into your venue illustration such as flowers, shells if you’re having a beach wedding or anything else related to your theme or styling.

Please allow plenty of time for your illustration to be completed. I recommend getting it booked in as soon as possible, and try to allow at least 4 - 6 weeks for design work.

To enquire about my bespoke wedding venue illustrations, please email Rebecca at splendidswan@gmail.com or click here.