It's about time...

HOORAY! WOOP! YAHOO! HURRAH! We are getting hitched! BOOM!

After nearly 10 years together many people we work with assume we are already married; well we have known for a while that we are ready to be a Mr & Mrs unit, and so the time has come we are officially getting wed! 

Anyone that knows us will realise that we aren't always the most traditional couple and we are proud to say that we decided to get married together. Although Ben did pull a few surprises from under his hat there wasn't an elaborate one knee moment; instead we collaborated with Christian and Sean from Christian Michael Photography to create a wedding announcement film in St Ives, one of our favourite places. For us it has been the perfect way to share our news with the big wide world (and our Mums).

We went along to the beach not really knowing what we wanted the film to be, and actually pretty bashful about being in front of the camera; Christian took some beautiful still shots of us on the beach and completely put us at ease. It was lovely to meet the family behind the brand and hearing all about Christian and Samantha's own love story just cemented their genuine passion for the wedding industry and working with couples to get married their way.

Sean (the brains behind videography) was an absolute joy to be around, having never done anything like this before we had no idea what a fun day we would have! Sean came up with the 'message in a bottle' concept and this paired Ben's hidden acting talents turned out to be a winning combination.

We cannot thank all the gang enough (including the littlest members of the Christian Michael family) for making the first official day of our engagement so special. We can't wait to sit back in our floating rocking chairs when we are old and grey (we'll have the technology by then, right?) and look back on this time in our lives.

Date: 2nd April 2017
Location: St Ives
Photography: Christian from Christian Michael Photography
Videography: Sean from Christian Michael Videography and White Moon Films

Dear Little One...

We have been busy working on special designs for celebrating new humans in this big wide world!

From cards to announce new babies and invitations to celebrate their first years we have a whole host of illustrated designs. Check them out here on out notonthehighstreet.com storefront.

Want to celebrate with something a little more gender neutral? Our designs can be edited to colour schemes such as lemon yellow or even a fresh green (for grown ups and little beans who don't like pink and blue).

Parisa & Luke - Rustic, country house wedding invitations

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Parisa and Luke contacted us in late 2016 to start work on their wedding invitations; this awesome couple have a rustic, country house wedding planned filled with lots of florals and so asked us to come up with something to suit their stylish day. It was so much fun designing this 3 page invite suite complete with watercolour painted map and modern calligraphy. 

This custom Lavender and Gypsophila pattern created from hand painted florals features throughout their bespoke wedding stationery suite.

This custom Lavender and Gypsophila pattern created from hand painted florals features throughout their bespoke wedding stationery suite.

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Parisa and Luke have such beautiful shapes in their names it was really fun playing with hand painted lettering.

Photography by Freckle Photography

Lucy & Ben - Cypriot olive branches & a bicycle made for two...

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We are so lucky to have another sibling tie the knot this spring! Ben (of Dearly Beloved)'s twin sister Lucy is all set to marry her fiancé, also called Ben (confusing, right?), in Cyprus this April. We could not be more excited to celebrate with them in just one month's time!

The Aslett family previously spent many years living in Cyprus and so it was the perfect choice for Lucy and Ben's celebration. For their greetings card style wedding invitation they chose tandem bicycle illustration as a nod to one of their favourite past times (Ben is a triathlete) and asked us to combine this with the iconic Cypriot olive branch. 

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...But their custom design wouldn't be complete without a cameo appearance from their lovely pooch Ruby.

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We are SO looking forward to seeing Lucy & Ben say their wedding vows!

Product shots by Freckle Photography

REAL WEDDING // STEPHANIE & JONATHON - DOUBLE DESTINATION

We were over the moon when Stephanie and Jonathon asked to work on their wedding stationery. As friends of a previous couple it was a huge compliment to be asked to create something for them too, and when we heard they were having not one but two destination weddings we were even more excited to get to work.

Check out both their beautiful, joyful celebrations below - Stephanie wore a jewelled cape! #weddinggoals #lifegoals

They loved both geometric shapes and vibrant floral designs and so we combined the two to create a bold invitation suite with hand painted lettering and matching wedding menu. We also designed a fun portrait illustration of the couple for their wedding website.

TUSCANY, ITALY

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Italy
Date: 15 September 2016
Location: Villa Lungomonte in Pisa, Italy 
Dress: Truvelle
Photography: Lato Photography

Australia
Date: 26 November 2016
Location: Hobba in Melbourne, Australia
Dress: Elizabeth Dye
Photographer: Tessa Ross-Phelan

Sunday 5th March - Bespoke Bride Guide Wedding Showcase

Just over one week to go! Spring is on it's way and love is in the air and we're getting ready for the Bespoke Bride Guide Wedding Showcase.

Devonport Guildhall Save the Date cards available here, Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

Devonport Guildhall Save the Date cards available here, Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

Come and talk to us about your wedding ideas - We love working on personalised projects. Photo by Liberty Pearl Photography

Come and talk to us about your wedding ideas - We love working on personalised projects. Photo by Liberty Pearl Photography

We have two complimentary tickets up for grabs contact us get your hands on them!

Run by the fabulous Harris Twins (fellow South West Wedding Award Finalists) The Bespoke Bride Guide scouts the South West for unique wedding suppliers, so this fair is sure to feature a shed load of great wedding ideas from authentic creative makers!

Can't wait to see you there!

A Wanderlust Wedding design for the couple who love travel

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We are sharing a very special bespoke design today... The Groom Jeremy is actually Abi's big brother! We can't wait until the day he marries his wonderful Bride-to-be Rebecca.

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Becky and Jeremy have planned a glamorous destination wedding on the island of Rhodes and wanted personalised wedding stationery that reflected their love of travel. We wanted to give them modern a look that felt like their very own airline (if you look closely you'll see stamps that represent each country Becky and Jeremy have visited together).

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As an added touch to celebrate both families coming together we also incorporated photographs of the couple's parents on their wedding day over 30 years ago.

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We are SO excited for their wedding day this May, stay tuned for more from their big day - We've no doubt it's going to be a beautiful day filled with music, love, laughter (and some excellent dance moves!)

Photography by Freckle Photography

The Big Day Wedding Fair, 19th February 2017, Plymouth Pavilions

This Sunday Abi will be joining the rest of the Handmade Hens from Make at 140 at The Big Day wedding fair. Bringing together some of the awesome wedding suppliers the South West has to offer The Big Day is going to be a great event for Devon based engaged couples. From live demos to catwalk shows we're pretty sure it's going to be like walking into a real life Pinterest board! 

Dearly Beloved's Abi will be drawing live portraits of Brides-to-be and chatting about alternative hen party fun!

Photo by Dom Moore

Photo by Dom Moore

Photo by Dom Moore

Photo by Dom Moore

Photo by Dom Moore

Photo by Dom Moore

Make at 140 hosts a range of hen parties for Brides who want something a little different! A beautiful cafe/haberdashery based next door to Plymouth's historic Barbican there are a range of party themes for Hens to want to get crafting!

Abi's portrait workshop is perfect for everyone (even if you have a complete art phobia)! A fun, laid back session where each party goer creates a hand crafted version of themselves... with cake... and prosecco! 

Photo by Dom Moore

Photo by Dom Moore

And when the party is over Abi will put all of your portraits together to create a book for the Bride as a keepsake of the day!

See you there!

Plymouth Pavilions
19th February 2017, 10am

Here's where to find us...
Stand 54: 10am – 10.30am & 1pm - 1:30pm Come and join Lizzy from Make at 140 Vauxhall Street for an interactive workshop learning the techniques of making button bouquets and discussing your handmade hen ideas.

Stand 55: 10.30 – 11.30am & 1:30pm – 2pm Join Abi from Dearly Beloved for a quick portrait of the bride to be and to discuss hosting a fun portrait illustration party.

Stand 64: 11.30am – 12 & 2:30pm - 3pm Follow along the talented milliner Trish from Just Seven designs showing you what you can do with your hens in a fascinator workshop.

WE ARE TWO!

Happy birthday to us!

We are thrilled to be celebrating the end of our 2nd year in business this January. We are so grateful for support from some amazing couples, clients, judges, photographers, bloggers, magazines and fellow creatives. This 2nd year has definitely been a challenge but it has been an absolute blinder!

We can't wait to get work on more unique designs for future brides and grooms in 2017 - Onwards and upwards!

New greetings cards available from notonthehighstreet.com

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Pop the question to your closest girls (or guys!) with this bridesmaid card featuring watercolour olive branches and modern calligraphy lettering.

Mr & Mrs wedding card, blank inside for your own special message. Celebrate in style with this illustrated greetings card! Perfect for occasions such as weddings, anniversaries and engagements!

Mr & Mrs wedding card, blank inside for your own special message. Celebrate in style with this illustrated greetings card! Perfect for occasions such as weddings, anniversaries and engagements!

'Lovebirds' painted Valentine's Day greetings card created from quirky illustrated colourful bird friends.

'Lovebirds' painted Valentine's Day greetings card created from quirky illustrated colourful bird friends.

Head over to our notonthehighstreet.com storefront to see more of our stationery products

Happy New Year!

Will 2017 be the year you get hitched?

With exciting wedding planning underway (and hopefully not too much stress) it feels great to reach the year you tie the knot... If that's you and your partner then a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS - The celebration is nearly here! Here at Dearly Beloved we know the most important thing is that you are getting married, no matter how big or small the ceremony or who sits next to who at the wedding breakfast it's important to remember one thing... It's all about you as a couple!

Your own unique wedding invitations start here...

We are proud to say that after a fantastic 2016 we are award winning designers and 100% of our couples were happy with our work.

 "Dearly Beloved was recognised by the notonthehighstreet.com Make Awards judges for its contemporary look and feel whilst still capturing the classical romance element all couples-to-be are after. The judges were delighted to see on-trend colours being used (rather than cream and gold) and there is also the opportunity to tailor to same-sex couples."
Notonthehighstreet.com Creative Product Director Sally Bendelow

Photo by frecklephotography.co.uk

Photo by frecklephotography.co.uk

All our bespoke designs start with a conversation and a sketch. As experienced designers interpreting your wedding day into beautiful visuals is what we do best. Want to know more? Check out our FAQs

We can't wait to work with you to make your wedding day special, get in touch!

The Decidedly Different Vintage Wedding Fair, 14th - 15th January 2017

We are really excited to be exhibiting at this year’s Blue Fizz Decidedly Different Wedding Fair.

The fair is on from 14 – 15th January 2017 at the beautiful Exeter Castle from 11 – 4. With some the best alternative suppliers from all over the South West exhibiting their wedding wares it’s set to be a great weekend for couples planning a celebration with a difference. We will be there showcasing both our bespoke wedding artwork and ready-to-go, personalised stationery collections.

We are offering 20% off for couples who order with us between 14 January – 22 February. So if you spot something you like at our stall you have the chance to go home and think it over before placing your order.

Simply pick up a sample pack from us at the fair for the exclusive voucher code.

Create your own unique stationery with our bespoke design service...

Photo by Weddings by Two

Photo by Weddings by Two

Want something personal? We enjoy celebrating the start of our clients’ life together by creating something personal to them, at the fair there will be a chance to chat to us about how we can represent you as couple on paper.

All our bespoke designs start with a conversation and a sketch. As experienced designers interpreting your wedding day into beautiful visuals is what we do best.


Tie the knot in style with the Dearly Beloved Collections...

Created with the same care and attention as our bespoke designs the Dearly Beloved Collections are a series of wedding stationery suites ready to be printed for your celebration. Simply choose your design and we can customise with your names, details and even edit to match your wedding colours.

BLUE FIZZ GIVEAWAY...

There's also the chance to win 50 Save the Date cards from one of the Dearly Beloved Collections as part of the Blue Fizz giveaway, for the chance to win this and even more amazing wedding prizes head over to the Blue Fizz site

We can't wait to see you there! 

Want to chat to us before the fair? Just drop us an email, we’d love to talk to you. hello@dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk

We WON! Wedding Styling Product of the Year 2016 - Vintage Movie Wedding Stationery

Last month we were absolutely OVER THE MOON to be awarded a notonthehighstreet.com Make Award for our Vintage Movie wedding stationery. Judged by the top minds at notonthehighstreet.comElle Decoration and Telegraph Connect our design was selected as the Wedding Styling Product of the Year for 2016. We donned our gladrags and headed to the beautiful Sky Garden for the award ceremony!

Sally Bendelow, NOTHS Creative Product Director and one of the judges of the Make Awards chose our design because of the fresh colour scheme and the ability to personalise the invitaions for both same sex and straight couples alike. Here's what she had to say...

"The Vintage Movie Collection of wedding stationery by Dearly Beloved was recognised by the notonthehighstreet.com Make Awards judges for its contemporary look and feel whilst still capturing the classical romance element all couples-to-be are after. We liked that the collection included save the date, RSVP and table cards as well, making it easy for couples as it satisfies all their stationery requirements at once. In particular, the judges were delighted to see on-trend colours being used (rather than cream and gold for example) and commented on its versatility as it is suited to every season and as there is also the opportunity to tailor it to same-sex couples."

Thanks so much for the recognition notonthehighstreet.com!

Thanks so much for the recognition notonthehighstreet.com!

Black Friday Promotion - Creative wedding invitations for less this November!

To help you make the most of your wedding budget we are offering 20% off everything on our website from Friday 25th - Monday 28th November, 2016 - Simply enter: BLACKFRIYAY2016 at the checkout!

We know how hard it can be budget for your dream wedding so we're joining the Black Friday madness so that we can share our award winning designs for less. Choose one of our creatively designed and beautifully finished invitation Collections for your wedding head to www.dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk/collections

For all these designs and more check out the Dearly Beloved Collections

Looking for something extra special to remember your wedding day? We are also offering 20% our custom portraits!

MORE NEWS...
Click here to hear from real bride Claire about planning an unconventional wedding and breaking the rules when it comes to budgets! She spent no money on cars and had (several) homemade cakes so she could save money for the things that mattered to her and her husband to be - 2 gowns, bespoke design, a sailboat of beer and more!

Ed & Zoe - A real Cornish Country Farm Wedding

Ed & Zoe got in touch with us after spotting our designs on Instagram; the couple were planning a traditional church ceremony followed by fun marquee celebration on their parents farm and asked us to create stationery to suit the laid back style of their big day. Read on to see how their beautiful Cornish country farm wedding came together... Wedding day photography by the talented Christian Michael Photography.

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Here's what Zoe had to say about working with us... "Having Dearly Beloved create our wedding stationery is something I'm truly thankful for. From the initial meeting with Abi our vision was perfectly captured and it was so exciting when our beautiful invites finally arrived. So many of our guests contacted us once they'd received their invites to say how fabulous they were and that they'd not seen anything like them before (yay). It gave people a little taster of our wedding style and what was to come. The stationery for the wedding day itself was just incredible. Again, we received so much positive feedback from guests with how quirky it looked."

St Hydroc's Church, Landhydrock, Cornwall

St Hydroc's Church, Landhydrock, Cornwall

We don't often get to illustrate such grand architecture, so we really enjoyed including their church venue as an added touch to the order of service.

We don't often get to illustrate such grand architecture, so we really enjoyed including their church venue as an added touch to the order of service.

Marquee by LPM Bohemia

Marquee by LPM Bohemia

Washing line table plans are such a great idea, with each table being printed on a separate sheet you are able to add in any last minute guests without the cost of reprinting the entire plan - perfect for those late RSVPs :)

Washing line table plans are such a great idea, with each table being printed on a separate sheet you are able to add in any last minute guests without the cost of reprinting the entire plan - perfect for those late RSVPs :)

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In memory of Zoe's father donations were made to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, such a lovely way to remember a loved one who sadly couldn't be at the celebration and raise funds for a very worthy cause. To represent his farming background Zoe asked us to paint a simple pair of green wellies. 

In memory of Zoe's father donations were made to the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, such a lovely way to remember a loved one who sadly couldn't be at the celebration and raise funds for a very worthy cause. To represent his farming background Zoe asked us to paint a simple pair of green wellies. 

Signage like the table names and menus also featured the signature painted lettering and illustrated florals.

Signage like the table names and menus also featured the signature painted lettering and illustrated florals.

What a glorious naked cake! Created by Cupcakemama 

What a glorious naked cake! Created by Cupcakemama 

"The whole journey was easy from start to finish. They were always at the end of an email and no change or alternative style was too much hassle. The company's creative knowledge is second to none. I wholeheartedly recommend Dearly Beloved to my friends and family."

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Portrait wedding stationery is one of our favourite things to do and Ed & Zoe's wedding was no exception! Get in touch with us to talk about what we can do for your wedding day - hello@dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk

REAL BRIDE TAKEOVER // Claire & Ollie, Vintage English Riviera Wedding

All wedding day photographs by the talented Abigail Steed Photography

All wedding day photographs by the talented Abigail Steed Photography

Today real bride Claire is taking over our blog to tell you more about planning their vintage inspired seaside wedding and what made the day so special.

Some guests (cough *parents* cough) were quite sceptical about the idea of a humanist wedding. A non traditional venue. Spending money on design. Spending NO money on cars (I got a taxi). No money on cake (I asked 20 friends to bring a cake). Spending money printing things to hang from the ceiling and a palm tree. It was all a bit backwards for them. But you know what. Everyone LOVED the wedding. Moral of the wedding. Do what makes you happy. If what makes you happy is unique, personal, hand drawn designs. DO IT.

I had thought quite a lot about what my wedding would be like (fun, unique and lots of cake), look like (beautiful, glam and colourful), the sort of shoes I'd wear (blue) and lots of other things you can get carried away with (oh the lost hours spent building dream wedding boards). It wasn't until I met with the florist and I showed her my idea for flowers that this came tumbling down a bit.

The flowers I had carefully selected would all die, were fake, not available at the time of year or not available in Devon (unless I had a private jet to transport them in - I had grand ideas, but maybe not that grand). So I stopped referring to all my wedding boards, wedding magazines (now there's a mine field we do not have time to talk about. Short hand: step away from the white dress book) and I looked at all the people around me were are experts in things that I needed to create a dream wedding. Friends, family, people who have businesses in Devon (some minutes walk from my house) and others that I'd bump into along the way who knew exactly what I was banging on about. This is how I came to ask Abi of Dearly Beloved to help me out.

I knew I needed invitations, a menu, seating plan and all the usual things. But more than that, I knew I wanted someone uber talented, fresh with ideas, great style and with both computer and paint brush illustration techniques to help me make my wedding look like I imagined. Abi doesn't just give you the bits of paper that you need logistically. She breathes life and beauty into the tactile things people touch, keep and hold on to as lasting mementos of your day. When all the Facebook pics have disappeared off the news feed. You can bet your programme of service will be loving treasured in a drawer (or else forgotten, ready to be found and loved again in years to come). Here are some of the things I especially loved about the day and where you can really see Dearly Beloved at the wedding.

Each of the wedding invitations (day and evening) were illustrated with a portrait of Claire & Ollie looking out across Torquay Bay. Liberty Pearl Photography

Each of the wedding invitations (day and evening) were illustrated with a portrait of Claire & Ollie looking out across Torquay Bay.
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Everyone who was invited to the wedding was super special to me and Ollie. However Ollie and I had quite different ideas for ideal number of guests. We comprised by having day guests and evening guests. We really wanted to give folk a beautiful invitation as it was their first glimpse of the wedding. That's when I spoke to Abi about two different invites, to really reflect the experience the guest would have. I so love both. They're still up in my house!
Abi also hand painted their names and other lettering which featured throughout the wedding styling Liberty Pearl Photography

Abi also hand painted their names and other lettering which featured throughout the wedding styling
Liberty Pearl Photography

The overall ideas for the wedding fell into these camps: sailing, glamorous English Riviera (in it's 1950s heyday), flowers and colours of (white, grey, various blues, yellow and a purpley-pink < I even had a Pantone chart for all the suppliers with the 8 colours).
It was super important to feel that the wedding had its particular look and feel. Perhaps this is because my day job is marketing, so I know how important 'brand' is to a persons experience. Brand is not a logo. It's design, colour, the formality or informality of the words, the way the staff at the reception greet guests, it's everything. Everything came back to: sailing, glam, English Riviera, 8 colours.

I had imagined my bridesmaids being topped by oversized flower head hats. Along comes Rivka of Rivka Jacobs Millinery. She made all the hats for me, mum, sister and bridesmaids.

Claire & Olli'es Order of Service booklets Abigail Steed Photography

Claire & Olli'es Order of Service booklets
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Using the seaside theme we created hanging mobiles that were used to decorate the reception space and dancefloor Abigail Steed Photography

Using the seaside theme we created hanging mobiles that were used to decorate the reception space and dancefloor
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We wanted to keep the wedding menu clean and sophisticated for Claire and Ollie, yet still in line with the rest of the wedding stationery, and so we incorporated the palm tree painting but this time in a classy white silhouette Abigail Steed Photography

We wanted to keep the wedding menu clean and sophisticated for Claire and Ollie, yet still in line with the rest of the wedding stationery, and so we incorporated the palm tree painting but this time in a classy white silhouette
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What happens when you know exactly what you'd like to wear to your wedding, but traditional wedding dress shops have no clue what you're talking about? You draw your dress and find someone who can make it for you! Que Lesley of Feathers of Isca. I loved my dress. Best thing - it's now two dresses I can wear again! 

The day was a celebration of creativity and all the things Ollie and I love best (including each other). When else do you get to spend a crazy amount of money on things like a beer boat, flower hats and paintings of clouds?!

We just loved working with Claire and Ollie, they had a real vision for the feel they wanted to create on their wedding day. It's (more often than not) coming from a place of love when family and friends are a little sceptical of your ideas but they stuck to their guns and we know you'll agree that it was a BEAUTIFUL celebration, what an inspiration!

SNEAK PREVIEW // Wanderlust Wedding Save the Date

Happy Friday everyone! We just couldn't resist sharing a little peek at one of our latest bespoke projects. This travel inspired luggage label Save the Date is especially close to us as it was created for Abi's brother and his awesome Bride-to-be, due to marry next Spring - HURRAH!

With Ben's digital design skills we created this clean, travel inspired luggage label Save the Date to mark their luxury wedding celebration

With Ben's digital design skills we created this clean, travel inspired luggage label Save the Date to mark their luxury wedding celebration

Becky and Jeremy have a glamorous destination wedding planned on the island of Rhodes and wanted personalised wedding stationery that reflected their love of travel. They had seen a few ideas that incorporated suitcase style tags but we wanted to give them modern a look that felt like their very own airline.

It was so much fun coming up with rubber stamp style details, like the 'Come fly with us' illustration featured on the back of the design.

It was so much fun coming up with rubber stamp style details, like the 'Come fly with us' illustration featured on the back of the design.

We are SO looking forward to their big day (look out for many inevitable pics of Abi weeping in her bridesmaid dress)! The full suite is under wraps at the moment but we can't wait to share more of their 'Wanderlust' wedding stationery very soon!

NEW DESIGNS // Dearly Beloved, designs for kids!

OK so everyone knows we love creating invites for weddings but we are super excited to be branching out into designs for kid's birthdays! 

So far we have a range of themes suitable for both boys and girls including 'Pirate Fun', 'By the campfire' and 'Dinosaurs'. Available in packs of 6 with coordinating envelopes from our notonthehighstreet.com store.

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We have a whole host of ideas for more designs in the pipeline, but if you have any ideas for parties you know your little cubs would love send us an email - we are always on the look out for inspiration. 

REAL BRIDE TAKEOVER // A vintage newspaper wedding

Today we hear from Jayne Freer our real bride, PR guru and now Dearly Beloved guest blogger, read on to hear how she found planning her glamorous, newspaper inspired wedding day.

Photograph by Paul Slater

Photograph by Paul Slater

Guest wedding blogger Jayne Freer works as a PR Consultant in Devon helping small businesses promote their brand through media exposure whether it be digital, in print, TV, radio or through social media channels.

"Planning and organising your wedding is an exciting time of your life, but can also be very time consuming and stressful. One minute your partner is down on one knee, the next you’re buried waist-high in piles of cuttings from bridal magazines, juggling ideas for themes, creating colourful online mood boards, and wondering ‘Do I really have enough time to plan it all to perfection?’

Dearly Beloved designed a newspaper style header which featured across the bespoke stationery including the table plan. Photograph by Paul Slater

Dearly Beloved designed a newspaper style header which featured across the bespoke stationery including the table plan. Photograph by Paul Slater

As a journalist my entire working life has revolved around being organised and working to strict deadlines. It was no different in planning our big day. When it came to finding wedding service providers a crucial element was finding people that were as organised as me, and that I could trust to deliver the goods on time.

It was also essential for us to use as many regional suppliers as possible to ensure the cash we were splashing (and trust me, it was a lot) supported some of the fabulous local businesses we have in the South West.

Venue - Glazebrook House Hotel, South Brent

Venue - Glazebrook House Hotel, South Brent

With so many stunning locations and potential wedding venues to choose from in the Westcountry, we were spoilt for choice. We opted for the eight-bedroomed Glazebrook House Hotel in South Brent. Behind the quintessentially English facade lies an interior that is an artistic triumph. It was its quirky British vintage vibe and restaurant headed up by Michelin-starred chef and former Masterchef winner Anton Piotrowski, that won us over.

So with venue booked it was time to piece together the rest of the day, from wedding dress and accessories, to cake, flowers and stationery, it was full steam ahead.

Jewelled headdress created by Kye Tew Jewellery. Photograph by Paul Slater

Jewelled headdress created by Kye Tew Jewellery. Photograph by Paul Slater

I am delighted to say that the small, local businesses I found to help me pull together the remaining elements of our wedding were professional to the core. They included Kye Tew Jewellery of Exeter who handmade my gorgeous vintage bridal headpiece and back necklace, talented cake maker Laura, of Sugar Mamas Cakery in Tavistock, who raved about my rather unconventional but funky three-tiered cube cake complete with flakes of gold leaf, and Honors Flowers who put together stunning bouquets for my bridal party.

Each table was decorated with vintage newspaper style menus and table names, books and polaroid snaps of guests. Photograph by Paul Slater

Each table was decorated with vintage newspaper style menus and table names, books and polaroid snaps of guests. Photograph by Paul Slater

To help us relive the memories of our fabulous day in months and years to come, we chose the visionary eye of Paul Slater Images Ltd (a former newspaper photographer colleague of ours) to take the pictures along with ex-Royal Marine Sean Clee as a our videographer. Both captured our day perfectly and exactly to our specification.

To add the finishing touches to our vintage newspaper-themed wedding (my husband also a journalist) we needed someone with a creative eye to design our stationery.

Table names by Dearly Beloved. Photograph by Paul Slater

Table names by Dearly BelovedPhotograph by Paul Slater

It was then I discovered Abi & Ben of Dearly Beloved in Plymouth. From the outset she was genuinely thrilled to take our rather unusual brief and get cracking in creating a uniform style for all our invites, menus, table plan and Orders of Service.

"We had so much fun working with Jayne & Bill. To include their journalism background they embraced their love of words with a series of quotes about love and life which featured on invitations, order of service booklets, menus and table plan." Abi & Ben, Dearly Beloved

"We had so much fun working with Jayne & Bill. To include their journalism background they embraced their love of words with a series of quotes about love and life which featured on invitations, order of service booklets, menus and table plan." Abi & Ben, Dearly Beloved

Nothing was too much trouble and any tweaks we needed were instantly done and together we came up with something quite unique that our guests absolutely adored.

Looking back over the last 12 months of planning our big day I can honestly say I’ve worked with some of the most experienced and professional people here in the Westcountry. Who needs to look elsewhere which such talent on our doorsteps?"

Huge thanks to Jayne for sharing her story; personalised wedding's like Jayne and Bill's are what we at Dearly Beloved are all about.  Get in touch to talk about how we can create a bespoke look for your wedding celebration.

If you need help promoting your business contact Jayne on jaynefreerpr@gmail.com or log on to www.jaynefreerpr.co.uk

Eastern inspired glamour // Morocco meets India shoot

Venue - Worden House. Styling by Best Day Ever. Make up by Gemma Ryder. Photo by Freckle Photography

Venue - Worden House. Styling by Best Day Ever. Make up by Gemma Ryder. Photo by Freckle Photography

When Emma from Best Day Ever was on the look out for creative suppliers to help out with an alternative styled shoot we jumped at the chance to get involved. Influenced by her love of rich Eastern fabrics and colour this look has all the glamour of a traditional Indian wedding but with a laid back modern twist. 

Florals by Bloom & Florish. Photo by Freckle Photography

We looked to everything from indian mandalas, jewelled sarees and moroccan henna to design this fresh suite of stationery. And for that extra special touch we collaborated with the talented folk over at The Foil Invite Co. who added the delicate gold foiling.

Hair by The Hair Lounge. Wedding gowns from Angel Face Bridal. Photo by Freckle Photography

Hair by The Hair Lounge. Wedding gowns from Angel Face Bridal. Photo by Freckle Photography

Invitation, RSVP and place setting with hand lettering by Dearly Beloved and gold foiling by the Foil Invite Co. Photo by Freckle Photography

Invitation, RSVP and place setting with hand lettering by Dearly Beloved and gold foiling by the Foil Invite Co. Photo by Freckle Photography

Best Day Ever are experts in alternative wedding ceremonies including same sex couples, we just love this shot of both brides surrounded by lush fabrics and vibrant florals by Bloom & Flourish. 

Table numbers featuring hand painted lettering and indian inspired illustrated pattern. Photo by Clare Kinchin Photography

Table numbers featuring hand painted lettering and indian inspired illustrated pattern. Photo by Clare Kinchin Photography

This style has so much scope for lavish special detail, the decorative pattern continue onto the wedding cake designed and created by Cut Me Off a Slice.

The stationery featured in this shoot is available in not only hot pink but also purple and turquoise. Why not mix and match for your celebration? Photo by Clare Kinchin Photography

The stationery featured in this shoot is available in not only hot pink but also purple and turquoise. Why not mix and match for your celebration? Photo by Clare Kinchin Photography

RSVP with gold envelope and illustrated envelope liner by Dearly Beloved. Photo by Clare Kinchin Photography

RSVP with gold envelope and illustrated envelope liner by Dearly Beloved. Photo by Clare Kinchin Photography

We were lucky enough to attend the shoot and have a little wander around the gorgeous venue, Worden House - It's safe to say Abi is in love with the views of rolling hills, pool side dining area and extra party shed decked out with vintage industrial interior.

Want to create this look for your wedding? The stationery will be available from our website very soon as one of the Dearly Beloved Collections! But if you can't wait just get in touch and we can send you more info via email.

And a special shout out to the talented Devon based team that made the shoot possible - Make sure you head over to their websites to see more of their creative wedding skills!

Stationery designed by us here at Dearly Beloved and foiled by The Foil Co. 
Styling by Best Day Ever
Photography at Worden House by Freckle Photography 
Photography of table decor by Clare Kinchin Photography
Wedding gowns by Angel Face Bridal
Headpieces by Kye Tew Jewellery
Venue: Worden House Dartmouth 
Make Up by Gemma Ryder
Cake by Cut Me of a Slice 
Hair stylist: The Hair Lounge 
Florals by Bloom & Flourish
Catering by Elaine Day Entertaining Food