REAL WEDDING // Ailsa & Dan - Natural Wedding in the Scottish Highlands

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Today on our blog we share the wedding day of Ailsa, a wedding dress maker, and her love Daniel, who works in marketing, who were wed on 5th May 2018 in Ailsa’s grandma’s village of Boat of Garten in the Scottish Highlands. Hear more from bride Ailsa about their celebration…

“The general feeling for the day was decided upon as the most important thing for us was that our guests had fun. We wanted to avoid awkward small talk, long waits and having to sit with people you don’t know. The style really clicked when one of my friend’s mum’s described my style as Renaissance, and my dad described our table layouts like a feast.”

“Abi from Dearly Beloved made our stationery and she was absolutely amazing to work with! She took the time to understand my vision for the day and designed beautiful invited which completely set the tone for our relaxed but beautifully styled day. The on the day stationery really helped both practically by guiding people through the day, and for decorating the venue.”

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“As a wedding dress maker, I designed and made my dress myself. The design changed quite significantly once I discovered I was pregnant! Having been told only a few months previously that I wouldn’t be able to have kids, it was a wonderful but very big surprise! I wanted to keep the dress very simple and flowing over the bump, since I didn’t know how big I was going to be, and I decided to use regency inspired shapes and details, like the silk piping and the button detail. It was perfect and almost Grecian, and it completely set off the seeded eucalyptus crown my florist made for me.”

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“I decided to base all of the styling decisions around the painting Primevera by Boticelli, which gave us the colour inspiration and mood for the day. It also helps that the central figure in the painting has a pregnant belly, and I found out I was going to 5 months pregnant by the wedding day!”

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“We wanted to keep the mood casual so Dan wore a gorgeous tween waistcoat by Slaters, a lovely white TM Lewin shirt and a pair of ASOSchinos. It was absolutely perfect for him and he was so much more relaxed that he would have been in a suit.”

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“Dan and I made our own rings at a local jeweller’s workshop. We both wanted simple, hand hammered silver rings to suit our lifestyles. Dan plays a lot of sport and I work with delicate fabric every day.”

“We spent a lovely morning making our rings, and altered our vows from ‘I give you this ring’ to ‘I made you this ring’. It became a really nice talking point during our champagne reception.”

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“Our photographer was one of the most important pieces of the wedding day to me (though not for my husband!). Lottie Ettling has photographed my family quite a bit in the last few years and she was the very first thing I booked once we had established that she and the venue were both available on the date.”

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“When it came to flowers I was really picky as I think they really set the tone for the day. I wanted big, loose, beautiful unstructured blooms and I really struggled to find a supplier in the Highlands who could do that for me. It sounds insane but I actually ended up using a florist I know from Plymouth and having my parents drive all the flowers up, overnight, 2 nights before the wedding and keeping them in a cold bathroom until the day. I wanted lots of greenery and accents of white flowers.”

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“For our evening entertainment we had a traditional Scottish Ceilidh called Eabal and they were amazing! Our English guests threw themselves into it and everyone danced all night!”

See more from this beautiful celebration over on Love My Dress

SUPPLIERS
Wedding Day Photographer - LOTTIE ETTLING
Stationery - DEARLY BELOVED
Venue - Boat of Garten
Styling - THE ARTFUL EVENT COMPANY
Wedding Dress - AILSA MUNRO
Groom - TM LEWIN and ASOS
Bridesmaids outfits - AILSA MURO
Entertainment - Eabal
Cake - The Cairngorm Cakery
Catering - TASTE OF MORAY

REAL WEDDING // Henry & Ellie - Wethele Manor Joyful Nuptials

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Last spring Henry and Ellie shared their joy with the world with this beautiful wedding celebration. We loved creating a portrait of the pair for their bespoke wedding invitations featuring burgundy and blush florals to coordinate with the decor on their big day! What more can we say, their faces really do say it all - What a wonderful day! See more from Henry & Ellie’s wedding day here on their photographer Katie Ingram’s blog.

Wedding day photography - Kate Ingram Photography
Wedding invitations by us, Dearly Beloved
Stationery photography - Miss Imagination Photography
Flowers - Sally Evans from Opulence Personal Floristry
Wedding dress - Tessa Francis Bridal
Venue - Wethele Manor

REAL WEDDING // GARY & OLGA - Modern Fairytale at The Green

Swooning over these beautiful shots of Gary & Olga’s wedding day at The Green Cornwall - This awesome couple asked to create a portrait which was featured on their order of service (we also printed up a large copy as a welcome sign which went down a treat with their guests); along with wedding day signage such as table names, a table plan, a cake menu and more all featuring modern floral illustrations. Congratulations guys and thanks for sharing with us!

Other supplier details available on request.

STYLED // Industrial Dream Wedding at Ocean Studios

It has been a little while since we have had the chance to sit down and create a post - Sorry everyone! To make up for the radio silence here is an absolute visual feast! Huge thanks to Jenny Wren for getting us involved in this awesome styled shoot at one of our favourite venues, Ocean Studios. Photography by Ben Selway Photography (Head to the end of the post to see details of the whole dream team.)

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Venue / Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard Plymouth | Shoot Planning and Styling / Jenny Wren Wedding & Events
Stationery /  Dearly Beloved
Photographer / Ben Selway  There by Proxy | Videographer / Baxter & Ted
Furniture / Signature Blue | Styling Items / Keeping It Vintage + Jenny Wren Wedding | Lighting / Clockwork Audio
Florals / Miranda Hackett | Cake / Cut Me Off a Slice
Tableware / Total Event Hire + Jenny Wren Wedding
Dresses / Lucy Can’t Dance + Sam Cox Bridal | Hair + Make Up / Adele Wedding Hair Plymouth
Models / Gingersnap Models

NATIONAL WEDDING AWARDS - WE ARE FINALISTS!

Wow! We are so pleased to announce that we are FINALISTS in the National Wedding Awards 2019! If you love what we do or we have worked with you to make your wedding special then we would love to have your vote.

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HOW TO VOTE FOR US…
1. Head here and keep scrolling for the stationery category
2. Click on our name
3. Scroll to end of the page to click to vote
4. Sit back and wait for all the good karma to rain down on you 😘

REAL WEDDING // Cassi & Andrew - Music lovers, retro gamers and all round fun timers

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Last season we were lucky enough to work with Cassi and Andrew to create bespoke invitations for their lovely wedding which featured SO many personal touches and activities to keep guests entertained. This fun filled celebration will definitely bring a smile to your face so read on to brighten up your day! Invitation photography by Miss Imagination Photography, wedding day photography by Simon & Maisie Photography.

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Cassi and Andrew asked us to incorporate their love of music into their stationery with these record sleeve shaped wedding invitations; featuring a portrait and their favourite flowers this was such a fun design to create.

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The ceremony took place at St Paul’s Church a community-based church local to the happy couple, after hopping on vintage double decker buses guests partied at the historical Devonport Guildhall. Read on to hear from our bride Cassi’s top tips for wedding planning…

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MAKE IT EASIER TO RELAX… “My advice for wedding planning is getting as much of it done as soon as you’ve booked the venue. Get all the deposits down and make quick decisions. That gives you time leading up to the event to relax as much as possible and work on all the little details. Also if things don’t turn out how you had planned, you’ll be relaxed enough to resolve them.”

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PAY FOR ACTIVITIES GRADUALLY… “We paid for everything slowly, each month as to not feel the total pinch of wedding costs. We thought it was very important for our guests to move around, we had lots of games and things to do/look at around the room.”

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PICK GREAT SUPPLIERS FOR PERSONAL TOUCHES… “The biggest compliment we had repeatedly, was the attention to detail. Everyone really enjoyed all the personal touches added everywhere. We cannot rate our suppliers enough!”

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HUGE thanks to Cassi & Andrew for sharing their wedding day with us!

SUPPLIERS

Photography - Simon & Maisie Photography
Invitations - Dearly Beloved
Decor, games and styling - The Prop Factory, Hire Class and Unique Designs by Tina
Make up artist - Charlotte Albert
Venue - Devonport Guildhall
Wedding cake - Hannah’s Cornish Cakes
Catering - Devon Vintage Ice Cream Van, Column Bakery and St Maurice Bakery
Florist - Rachael’s Flowers
Bridal alterations and Tailoring - Tina’s Tailoring
Wedding transport - Devon Wedding Cars and Abby Classic Bus Hire

REAL WEDDING // Jenna & Luke - Dreamy Santorini Watercolour Wedding

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Huge congratulations to Jenna and Luke who tied the knot in Santorini last summer at the STUNNING Santo Winery. If you’re anything like us, these beautiful blue sky photographs are what you need on this frosty February morning, so a grab a cuppa and read all about their seaside nuptials. Photography by Eva Rendl Photography and Dimitris Paridis Photography.

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We loved working with Jenna & Luke to create their suite of bespoke wedding day stationery including Order of Service fans, table plan, menu choice cards and place settings all finished with fresh green watercolour background, modern calligraphy and gold foiled detail.

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Their stunning location didn’t need much decoration but we love how the crisp white interior of Santo Winery mixed with the blue sky and sea echoed the traditional blue and white architecture of the region. Our stationery and the floral arrangements by Betty Flowers added the finishing pops of green to their ceremony space.

Wedding dress by  Suzanne Neville

Wedding dress by Suzanne Neville

Florist -  Betty Flowers

Florist - Betty Flowers

Bride’s shoes -  Ted Baker

Bride’s shoes - Ted Baker

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Thank you so much again for your amazing design, it added so much to our day. Everyone complimented on the order of service and the fan was certainly needed! Great service from start to finish... Thank you. 
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Jenna wore a Suzanne Neville gown with a drop dead gorgeous sleek silhouette, all Suzanne Neville dresses British made and still hand crafted in London.

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To make it easier for Jenna and Luke to take over to Santorini we created these individual cards for each table of the wedding breakfast, once at the venue they were assembled onto this hand painted backboard and finished with lush florals.

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Just… WOW… Huge congratulations to Jenna & Luke!

SUPPILERS
Venue - Santo Winery
Photographers - Eva Rendl Photography and Dimitris Paridis Photography
Stationery - Dearly Beloved
Wedding Planners - Weddings in Santorini
Flowers - Betty Flowers
Bride’s dress - Suzanne Neville
Bridesmaid dresses - Biba  
Make Up - Stacey Amber Ward
Hair - Milly McHugh & Kate Gotham 

REAL WEDDING // Moya & Stuart - Sun, Sea and Star Wars in Aruba

Wedding day photography by  Demian Gibbs Photography

Wedding day photography by Demian Gibbs Photography

Moya and Stuart had not one but two celebrations for their marriage, the first was an intimate ceremony on the beach in beautiful Aruba; the second a big old knees up surrounded by friends and family by the sea in Devon.

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We created two separate invitation designs for this awesome couple, the first was a postcard for their nearest and dearest joining them in Aruba. Featuring a simple sunset illustration, we wanted to create something that felt like it could have been a note from the couple’s latest holiday, but with a hint to the styling for the (first) big day.

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Before they set off for Aruba Moya and Stuart created their own Pinterest board featuring sea and sunset colour scheme, this helped us get their designs just right. The rest of their styling was done by venue, Divi Aruba, who provided flowers, chairs and decorations for their stunning celebration.

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Bride Moya totally nailed her wedding look with this elegant lace gown from Asos, light enough for the hot weather but still 100% bridal.

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Stuart is a huge Star Wars fan and so it’s no surprise that fun touches like this cake copper were incorporated into the styling for their wedding.

Their second invitation was a sophisticated design featured hand painted lettering and illustrated sea waves.

UK wedding reception photography by  FIrst Light Photography

UK wedding reception photography by FIrst Light Photography

For their UK wedding celebration Moya and Stuart chose at the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club on Plymouth seafront. Although a little less sunny this time round the couple still celebrated in style. Moya chose a whole new bridal look wearing a stunning Chi Chi London dress.

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How cute are these Star Wars lego terrarium centrepieces? Hand made by the groom each table featured succulents and a different scene based on their favourite characters.

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We also used their bespoke artwork to create signage for the reception including a cover for their guestbook and a wedding post box for messages from their guests.

We also used their bespoke artwork to create signage for the reception including a cover for their guestbook and a wedding post box for messages from their guests.

Stuart and his groomsmen all teamed their suits with custom made Nike iDs; each pair personalised with text special to them adding a little extra personality to their formal look.

Stuart and his groomsmen all teamed their suits with custom made Nike iDs; each pair personalised with text special to them adding a little extra personality to their formal look.

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Thanks so much to Moya and Stuart for sharing their wedding day(s) with us! If you would like to chat about how you can add the finishing touches to your destination wedding, just get in touch to talk bespoke designs - hello@dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk.

ARUBA WEDDING SUPPLIERS
Venue, flowers, cake and styling - Divi Aruba
Wedding day photography by Demian Gibbs Photography
Bride’s dress - Asos
Groom’s suit - Next
Groom’s shoes - Custom made Nike iDs

UK WEDDING SUPPLIERS
Venue - Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club
Bride’s dress - Chi Chi London
Wedding reception photography - FIrst Light Photography
Flowers - Jamelia’s Flowers

Wedding invitation photography by Miss Imagination Photography

REAL WEDDING // Abbi & Matt - North Devon Farmhouse Glam Wedding

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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE - What better way to celebrate the beginning of 2019 than sharing a special wedding from the previous year! 5th September 2018 was the day our buddies Abbi & Matt tied the knot at the stunning North Devon venue Ash Barton Estate. Abbi & Matt chose a mix of bespoke and DIY hand made details for their wedding day which included belting out Queen songs during their ceremony, evening sparklers, home baked cakes, hand painted stationery and more. This wedding day is bound to give you the all the feels so read on for heartwarming photos, beautiful details and top tips from the bride herself - Enjoy! Wedding day photography by Grace Elizabeth Photo & Film.

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Photo by Miss Imagination Photography. Left - invitation, right Save the Date post card both featuring hand lettering and gold foiling.

Abbi was keen to use stars within the couple’s bespoke wedding designs; from her clothing and jewellery to their home furnishings stars always feature and so this is where their invitation artwork began. We had previously created a portrait for the couple and this paired with a constellation motif became the backbone of their stationery.

We met with Matt and Abbi to chat about the feel they wanted to create for their wedding day and although formal they still wanted their invitations to feel fun. The gold detail gave an element of glamour and the sleek, slim shape kept it feeling like guests were invited to a black tie affair.

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Photo by Miss Imagination Photography. Star and moon pattern which featured on the reverse of the invitation.

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Ash Barton Estate is an exclusive use venue nestled in the North Devon countryside; chapel, party barn, farmhouse with kitchen and rooms for guests to stay, pool, games room, not to mention the view; this venue was perfect for Abbi & Matt who, with the help of friends and family, did everything from a big welcome BBQ to baking their own wedding cake before the official celebrations had even begun.

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Their day had all the glamour of a (big) vintage white wedding - tuxedoes and all, but with the warmth of an intimate family celebration; this couple took their time spending a couple of years planning a day right for them. Read on for top tips from the DIY bride herself, our beautiful pal Abbi…

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Bridesmaid dresses - Next.

Find a venue that works for you: We knew from day one that we did not want a venue that you rock up to, in a hotel, and stay for 10 hours whilst making small talk at the shared bar with another wedding, or worse some sort of business convention. No, no, no. Luckily the year before we got engaged one of my best friends got married at a venue with accommodation for guests and it helped in our wedding venue hunt so much.

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Bride’s gown - Wed2Be. Bridesmaid dresses - Asos.

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More than just one day: We knew we wanted our guests there to celebrate with us the night before and night of the wedding; with ours being a DIY wedding this venue also gave us the chance to get in and decorate the day before (which actually turned into 2 days before, what a dream!). Also having guests coming from such a mix of locations from Birmingham, Bristol, Torquay and Plymouth we tried to find a venue somewhat in the middle, and chanced upon North Devon and our incredible venue, Ash Barton Estate.

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Hand painted palette sign.

Order of Service featuring hand painted lettering and illustrated constellation motif.

Order of Service featuring hand painted lettering and illustrated constellation motif.

Groom Matt created the hexagon backdrop himself which added a contemporary twist to the chapel space at Ash Barton.

Groom Matt created the hexagon backdrop himself which added a contemporary twist to the chapel space at Ash Barton.

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Groom’s Tuxedo - Next.

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Look and feel: Think about what you want your day to look and feel like, do you want guests there over night all mucking in, having a bbq and sitting by the fire pit. Do you want kids (and many adults) running around, playing on trampolines and fighting about air hockey. Do you want a self serving bar for your guests to enjoy… because we did!

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For these guys the party started right from the ceremony with guests taking part singing some of their favourite Queen songs.

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Order of the Day signage.

Order of the Day signage.

For big family weddings having guests stay on site at the venue is a great idea, everyone was free to head back to their rooms to change out of heels/grab a jumper/take kids for a nap, but of course you don’t want anyone to miss any of the action. We created this Order of the Day sign featuring their bespoke constellation illustration to keep all the guests up to date with what was happening when.

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Pastel florals with coral pink pops of colour created by Sophie Millington looked beautiful throughout the venue across the stone buildings and hanging foliage.

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You cannot ever re-do you wedding photos: … so make damn sure your photographer can create what you are looking for. As you might have guessed from above, our wedding was a family affair, full of kids and so many of our friends chipping in and becoming immersed in the whole experience with us. We were not going to be able to capture the feel of this in posed, poised photos. We needed natural, candid shots throughout the day, and this is exactly why we went with Grace and Mitch. I had met them even before we got engaged, whilst Grace was still a student, as I helped on a styled shoot (with none other than Dearly Beloved). Grace and Mitch were shooting me throughout the day and made me feel so comfortable, when the photos came back in I felt she had captured me so well, laughing, joking, and relaxed. So, as soon as we got engaged we contacted Grace and as soon as the venue had confirmed dates we booked her there and then. Not only does Grace have this ability, but so does her (now) husband Mitch, and having them both there on the day meant while Grace stayed with the bridal party Mitch could shoot the boys, guests arriving, last minute touches to the venue, etc. When getting the photos back these were all the moments I’d missed but now could some how relive. Grace’s style is dreamy, relaxed and natural and Matt knew early on he wanted something like this. Getting those photos back a month all two later will bring it all back to you, emotions will be running high! There is nothing like it, these are the tokens from the day you will keep forever so again, make it work for you!

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Plan a wedding you can afford: Unless you have been told, do not assume your family have been squirrelling away pennies for your big day. It’s not the 1950s! We decided on a budget of £6000 and for that we know we could get all the things we really wanted. Also our venue was a beautiful setting and completely DIY so it did some of the work for us but also allowed us to put out stamp on it. The £6000 did turn into £9000 after family members did want to contribute, but this money went on adding those finishing touches. We paid for the registrar to come to the venue (costing £500, instead of a 2 witness ceremony the day before which would have been £45), for the band to stay on for an extra hour, for a bigger hog roast to feed our guests, more flowers to help set off the tables during high tea as well as hiring more crockery and buying in all the majority of the high tea food. All these things made the day a little easier on me (the bride) too as many of these things were on my list of things to beg, borrow, make or steal!

Hand painted signage by Dearly Beloved.

Hand painted signage by Dearly Beloved.

Semi naked cakes lovingly made by the bride and finished with coordinating flowers.

Semi naked cakes lovingly made by the bride and finished with coordinating flowers.

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To tie all the visuals together we created hand painted signage that not only helped guests in the absence of more formal serving staff but decorated the space with the illustrated elements featured on invitations.

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Photo by Miss Imagination Photography. Save the Date post card featuring portrait, hand lettering and gold foiling.

Working with Dearly Beloved: Well as Abi and Ben have been dear friends of mine for 7 years this was a no-brainer for me, but when I met Matt his love of illustration made it even more clear that their work was the perfect fit for us. So, disclaimer, we love these guys… and might be a little bit biased, so I have written this more as a ‘tips’ during the bespoke design process. The beauty of working with a husband and wife team is that you get the best of both worlds. In this case, it is the blend of two styles: Abi being much more free, traditionally feminine and mostly hand painted; Ben being more clear, clean and digitally created - Abi and Ben married the clean and hand painted perfectly. We also kept in some of the hand painted elements I loved by using the portrait Abi had made for us for our save the dates (P.S if you are reading this as a wedding guest rather than bride, buy a freaking portrait for a wedding present, it is the best thing ever and so personal!). Also, if you want to be a fancy pants like us, get the gold foiling, it is delicious and your friends will swoon over it! the biggest lesson we learned was to have conversations and ask questions in those first few meetings/chats, the more you ask in the beginning the more you will love your designs.

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CONGRATULATIONS and huge thanks to Abbi and Matt for letting us share their wedding story.

SUPPLIERS
Stationery – Dearly Beloved
Photography - Grace Elizabeth Photo & Film
Flowers - Sophie Millington
Venue - Ash Barton Estate
Bride’s dress - Wed2Be
Bridesmaid dresses: Asos
Suits: Next
Flower Girls: Next
Hair and Make Up: Bride
Cake: Bride

Relaxed yet decadent, Art Deco wedding inspiration

We are so excited to finally share these stunning photos from Margo R Photography’s latest styled shoot. This is Great Gatsby but not as you’ve imagined it before; the team created a beautiful look inspired by the classic 1920s styles we know and love but with a relaxed vibe perfect for modern couples.

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Here’s what Margo had to say… “I wanted to create something different and unique, using a style that I love – one that is darker than the classical wedding – yet alternative, elegant & glamourous. So, I moved away from conventional whites, creams, reds and pinks. I chose the colour Gold to have the starring role… associated with… sparkle, glitz and glamour.”

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For couples that want to ditch the ballroom suite in favour of a good old fashioned knees up booking a pub as a wedding reception venue is the perfect choice (and it’s easy on the bank balance too). With just a few details Margo and this team of talented suppliers transformed their favourite local pub, community arts hub Bread and Roses, into a reception venue with vintage charm.

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These navy and gold wedding invitations were originally designed for Laura and James’ wedding day, featuring a gramophone illustration and sleek deco fonts it’s one of our favourite to date. Get in touch to talk about what we could design for your wedding day.

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The gold dress from Missguided is a great alternative for brides who don’t want to splash out on a dress they may never wear again - sequinned, sultry and no less special.

See more from this styled shoot over on the Unconventional Wedding Blog.

SUPPLIERS
Venue: Bread & Roses Pub
Photographer: Margo R Photography  
Model: Roksana Skrabka
Make up artist: Sandra Smolarek
Dress: Missguided
Florist: The Secret Garden Flowers
Cake: Little Lark Cakes
Stationery: Dearly Beloved

Looking for more deco wedding inspiration? Check out our Bright Young Things Pinterest Board

Gifts to give for your first wedding anniversary

Did you know that traditionally the first year of marriage is celebrated with paper?

Illustrated prints are a great way to incorporate special memories from your wedding day and collect some keepsakes for your home.

Here are our top picks for celebrating the first year of wedded bliss.

'You And Me' Personalised Flower Print Wedding Gift
Personalised with your names and wedding date the ‘You and Me’ Personalised Print was created from hand drawn lettering and flower illustration. Sized 8 x 10 inches, printed onto high quality paper (300gsm).

Bespoke Illustrated Portrait Couple Print  - £75, available from  notonthehighsteet.com  Product code: 665725

Bespoke Illustrated Portrait Couple Print - £75, available from notonthehighsteet.com Product code: 665725

Bespoke Illustrated Portrait Couple Print
Celebrate with whimsical illustration of you and your love. Once you have placed your order simply send over some photos and let us know what you both would like to be wearing in your bespoke illustration. Sized 8 x 10 inches, printed onto high quality paper (300gsm).

'Tandem Bike Lovers' Personalised Illustrated Print
A great choice for couples that love cycling. Personalised with your names and wedding date. Sized 8 x 10 inches, printed onto high quality paper (300gsm).

Bespoke First Dance Song Print
And these brand new custom prints to celebrate ‘your song’ are made to order for only £25 each. Get in touch to place your order.

REAL WEDDING // Bethan & Peter - Bringing Peru to Cornwall

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Bethan and Peter tied the knot in a beautiful ceremony at the leafy Boconnoc Estate in Cornwall. After choosing our hand painted collection Quartz Watercolour Wash, this awesome couple added their own personal touches with a soft shade of green and illustrated animals from the place they met - Peru. Read on as we chat to bride Bethan about their big day…

“Remember to have fun, it should be a fun experience planning your dream day.”

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Describe your wedding just in three words.
Best day ever!

Quartz Watercolour Wash Save the Date, Invitation and RSVP card  alongside illustrated map by close friend of Bethan and Peter -  Hattie

Quartz Watercolour Wash Save the Date, Invitation and RSVP card alongside illustrated map by close friend of Bethan and Peter - Hattie

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Nestled in the picture perfect Cornish countryside the Boconnoc House and Estate is steeped in history with beautiful Georgian details.

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Beautiful hand tied bouquets and floral arrangements by  The Garden Gate Flower Company

Beautiful hand tied bouquets and floral arrangements by The Garden Gate Flower Company

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Bridesmaid dresses were designed by design  Sorella Vita  and purchased from  Puure Bridal  in Lymm.

Bridesmaid dresses were designed by design Sorella Vita and purchased from Puure Bridal in Lymm.

Peter’s stylish blue suit was tailored by  Hawes and Curtis

Peter’s stylish blue suit was tailored by Hawes and Curtis

If you had to choose one highlight from the big day what would it be?
There are so many wonderful memories but definitely meeting Pete after walking down the aisle.

Wedding ceremony conducted by  Cornish Celebrants  who specialise in bespoke ceremonies.

Wedding ceremony conducted by Cornish Celebrants who specialise in bespoke ceremonies.

Do you have any tips for couples in the process of wedding planning?
Don’t get too bogged down with Fashionable  items or the current Fad, stick to classic designs and decor that you can look back on in in years to come. Also try and make it personal and include things that tell your story. Remember to have fun, it should be a fun experience planning your dream day.

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To coordinate with their invitations we created table names, menus and a table plan all featuring the signature green watercolour paint pattern.

To coordinate with their invitations we created table names, menus and a table plan all featuring the signature green watercolour paint pattern.

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As well as cake Bethan and Peter treated their guests to a tower of cheese by the Cornish Gouda Company.

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There were many personal touches in your wedding decor including the illustrations we created for your table names of animals from Peru, what is your connection?
Pete and I actually met in Peru, we were both travelling on a G adventures tour and have been inseparable since. So Peru is a very important part of our story.

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We were honoured that you chose us to create the stationery for your wedding day, what did you enjoy about working with us?
You were amazing, you produce unique, innovative and fun designs that are still beautiful and elegant. Everyone at Dearly Beloved was happy to be creative with our Peru theme and was so quick and efficient. The products were beautiful and excellent quality. We will definitely be using you again.

Bethan’s stunning lace gown is by  Pronovias  and purchased at  Kuntsford Wedding Gallery .

Bethan’s stunning lace gown is by Pronovias and purchased at Kuntsford Wedding Gallery.

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What a day! We just love the way Bethan and Peter personalised one of our collections. Get in touch to chat to us about your wedding ideas hello@dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk

SUPPLIERS
Stationery - Dearly Beloved
Venue - Boconnoc Estate
Photography - Nick Walker
Florist - The Garden Gate Flower Co
Bride’s Dress - Pronovias, Knutsford Wedding Gallery
Groom’s suit - Hawes and Curtis
Bridesmaid Dresses - Sorella Vita, Puure Bride
Celebrant - Cornish Celebrants
Catering - The Round Kitchen 
Cheese Tower - Cornish Gouda Company

REAL WEDDING // Summer elegance for Sarah & Chris

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Sarah & Chris planned a sophisticated wedding day filled with all the class of a traditional big white wedding but with an injection of fun including ice cream in the church grounds, lawn games and even a bouncy castle... and it wasn't just for the kids! Wedding day photography by Nicola Gough Photography.

We created a wedding invitation bundle complete with silver foiled monogram, RSVP card all fastened with an illustrated belly band.

Invitation detail, photograph by  Miss Imagination Photography

Invitation detail, photograph by Miss Imagination Photography

Sarah & Chris' personal style is all about simple design done well as we found out when we chatted to the couple about how best to represent them in their wedding stationery. As well as snaps of their bridesmaid's dresses, wedding flowers and cake topper they sent over some photos of how they have decorated their home to give us an idea of the things they love. We put all those visuals together to create this clean, elegant design with silver foiled, hand drawn monogram and contemporary typography.

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This large format welcome sign featuring hand painted lettering lead guests into the celebrations

This large format welcome sign featuring hand painted lettering lead guests into the celebrations

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When couples are lucky enough to have children weddings are so much more than two people coming together, it was really important that Sarah and Chris involved their daughter in the announcement of their marriage and we were honoured to create this portrait of the three of them together for their Save the Date cards.

Family portrait Save the Date card, photograph by  Freckle Photography

Family portrait Save the Date card, photograph by Freckle Photography

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Order of service booklets with coordinating minimal monogram illustration

Order of service booklets with coordinating minimal monogram illustration

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After saying watching the couple say their 'I do's' at their local church guests were treated to Dan and Wills traditional english ice creams in the church grounds before heading to glamorous Somerford Hall to get the party started.

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Coordinating table plan featuring their bespoke stationery design...

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Sorella Decor styled the venue with punches of vibrant florals and layers of soft fabrics

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... table numbers and place settings also featured their cornflower blue illustrated leaf motif.

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We love the way their pink florals popped against the silver accents that carried throughout Sarah and Chris' wedding decor.

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Elegant. Classy. Traditional... and FUN. What a day! Congratulations guys!

SUPPLIERS
Photographer: Nicola Gough Photography
Reception venue: Somerford Hall
Flowers and chair covers: Sorella Decor
Bouncy castle: A Class Inflatables
Balloons: Telford Balloons
Ice-cream bike: Dan and Wills
Brides dress: Allure Bridal 
Grooms suits: Peter Posh 
Bridesmaid dresses: Davids Bridal and Monsoon 
Make up by Preen Make Up
Hair by Beth Hutton

 

REAL WEDDING // Cara & Dan - Cycling celebration on Rutland waters

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Cara and Dan's beautifully bespoke wedding day can only be described as... EPIC! Keep scrolling to see highlights from their celebration, we promise you won't be disappointed.
Photography by Red on Blonde Photography.

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Cara and Dan found some really awesome ways to incorporate their love of cycling into their wedding day; one of which was the illustrated wedding stationery suite we designed for the couple. We mixed a modern portrait featuring Cara and Dan tandem cycling with deco inspired font to create their fun wedding invitation, here it is framed up in their home.

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...we also designed this custom sign to welcome guests to the party.

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Cara and Dan said their 'I dos' at the breathtaking Normanton Church with views of the reservoir, a string quartet and their nearest and dearest singing their hearts out.

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Order of Service sheets featuring details of their wedding ceremony and lyrics for their guests when it was time to sing.

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Brass band Das Brass led guests in a procession to board the Rutland Belle for a boat trip to the wedding reception. 

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The rest of their stationery included table names, menus and cards for this vintage penny farthing table plan featuring their custom illustrated flowers.

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We are so honoured to have played a part in making Cara & Dan's big day, and what an amazing day it was! Congratulations guys!

If you would like to work with us to create your vision for your wedding day just get in touch to talk about your wedding stationery - hello@dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk

SUPPLIERS
Photography by Red on Blonde Photography
Stationery by us Dearly Beloved
Sailcloth tent by Shades
Flowers by Violets and Velvet
Make up by Hannah Dora
Hair by Alison Jenner
Brass band: Das Brass
String Quartet: Highly Strung
Boat trip: Rutland Belle

REAL WEDDING // Sara & Sarah - Swallows & Amazons inspired Salcombe celebration

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We are thrilled to be sharing this joyful wedding day! Abi met with Sara & Sarah back in the wintery months of last year to begin planning their bespoke stationery, seeing these beautiful shots of their big day by Emma Barrow has brought the biggest smile to our faces. We just know you're going to love seeing how they made their celebration their own, keep on scrolling for love, laughter and a whole lot of inspiration...

We created this vintage map style invitation postcard. See more  here ...

We created this vintage map style invitation postcard. See more here...

... and the matching RSVP cards featured a homage to the Swallows and Amazons flags

... and the matching RSVP cards featured a homage to the Swallows and Amazons flags

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Arthur Ransome's 'Swallows and Amazons' was the starting point for this couple's invitation design. Sara & Sarah sent us the original map illustration and we also looked at some of the newer versions of the vintage book covers to influence their design. We decided on a mix of watercolour painting and digital drawing with a little pirate twist for their postcard style invitations and RSVP  cards.

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Fern filled botanical florals were cerated by  Holly Bee Flowers

Fern filled botanical florals were cerated by Holly Bee Flowers

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Sara & Sarah loved how their pirate map style wedding invites turned out so much they decided to get a large format version printed up as a decorative sign

Sara & Sarah loved how their pirate map style wedding invites turned out so much they decided to get a large format version printed up as a decorative sign

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It was really important to this super couple that their coastal hometown Salcombe played a big part in their wedding day; as well as hosting their celebration at seafront venue the Salcombe Harbour Hotel Sara & Sarah led their guests through the town and aboard The Rivermaid for a mini cruise before partying the night away.

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We designed pennant style table names, white for the Swallows and black for the Amazons in keeping with the wedding invitation illustration.

We designed pennant style table names, white for the Swallows and black for the Amazons in keeping with the wedding invitation illustration.

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The magnificent naked cake was created by  Edible Essence  and decorated with natural ferns and figs and other fruit, the finishing touch was a couple of cute lego brides as cake toppers. 

The magnificent naked cake was created by Edible Essence and decorated with natural ferns and figs and other fruit, the finishing touch was a couple of cute lego brides as cake toppers. 

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Check out more from the suppliers that helped create their day...

SUPPLIERS
Stationery: Dearly Beloved
Venue: Salcombe Harbour Hotel
Photography: Emma Barrow Photography
DJ: Silent Discomania
Flower children: H&M and Rocco Clothing
Bouquet: Holly-Bee Flowers
Cake: Edible Essence
Dress: Alice Temperley
Hair Stylist: Yvonne Schmidt
Pizza: South Devon Pizza Company
Sweet Station: Cranch's Sweetshop 
Boat hire: The Rivermaid

The summer sale is on over at notonthehighstreet.com

Summer is our FAVOURITE time of year and we are feeling like treating all our lovely followers. Head over to our notonthehighstreet.com store to pick up some amazing deals for your celebration! 

It would be rude not to, right? Enjoy!

REAL WEDDING: Chris & James - Taking centre stage...

Chris and James planned an awesome, personal wedding at the stunning exclusive use country house Pendrell Hall; if you're looking for some no nonsense advice from a couple that have been there then read on...

Keep track of what you've got and what you want, including budget and when payments are due - the more things you have written down out of your head, the less you have to try and remember

It might sound like a given but getting details out of your head and onto paper will give you the space you need to make those all important decisions. So... cocktails or prosecco?

Do things in advance to avoid disappointment, if there is a certain thing you want at the wedding i.e pianist, research and get it booked!

We love this one, once you have the budget and wedding date sorted start getting in touch with suppliers. It might seem like you need to have all the details ironed out before you book the creative folk you need to make your celebration happen, but we are always happy to chat to couples. Let's talk about the style of stationery you would like; we start work on the designs while you nail down the finer details. We can save your designs and give you a couple of weeks to decide on the final timings etc, just get back in touch when you're ready and we'll send everything to print once you know what time the party gets started.

The highlight...

Seeing all our friends and family in one place having the most amazing time, all to celebrate our relationship together. Seeing people laughing, crying, dancing, singing and just simply having so much fun meant the world to us and brought us the upmost amount of joy. We can remember both taking a moment during our wedding breakfast to look out across the room and take in all the faces of happiness chatting away to people they might not have even met before.

Don't be afraid to change your mind, it's a once in a lifetime day so it is important to get it right!

As well as a bespoke portrait Chris and James added a fun theme for their wedding day stationery inspired by their love of West End musicals.

Musicals are our joint hobby, we love nothing more than going to the theatre and taking in a great show - it is what makes us so happy. We wanted to bring that into our special day as it is what people know us for, so we ensured all the table names were named after our favourite musicals, made the favours linked to the table name and also ensured lots of the songs from various musicals were played. We walked down the aisle to 'Can you feel the love tonight' from the Lion King so we ensured the theme ran throughout the whole day. We loved bringing to life our passion for musicals including the fabulous table plan!

Photo by Faye Ford Photography

Photo by Faye Ford Photography

Thanks so much to Chris and James for sharing a little of what made their wedding day special - Congratulations guys!

Personalised signs for your wedding day!

We have just launched two brand new designs over on our notonthehighstreet.com store!
Let your guests know your wedding day timeline and where they need to be throughout the festivities with these stylish wedding day signs.

Personalised Order Of The Day Wedding Sign available on  notonthehighstreet.com

Personalised Order Of The Day Wedding Sign available on notonthehighstreet.com

Graphic Floral Wedding Table Plan available on  notonthehighstreet.com

Graphic Floral Wedding Table Plan available on notonthehighstreet.com

Featuring graphic floral illustrations and customised to suit any colour scheme these coordinating Order of the Day and Table Plan signs are mounted onto A2 (594 x 420mm) sized foam board.

Simply let us know the details of your big day and your preferred colour scheme and we'll create personalised decorations for your celebration.

Photography by Freckle Photography

MEET CLARE ELIZABETH KILGOUR

Every once and a while we like to feature a friend of Dearly Beloved, today we introduce florist, jewellery designer and all round talented lady Clare Elizabeth Kilgour.

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Clare works with the most ethical materials she can including eco silver, brass, wood, locally sourced flowers and even found botanicals.

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Although known for her beautifully wild bridal bouquets and charming buttonholes Clare has a diverse portfolio including more alternative creations such as flower crowns and floral jewellery.

We had been admiring Clare's florals for a while now and so when the time came for us to choose someone to create the floral arrangements for our wedding day she was the perfect choice. 

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Abi: "She created all of our wedding flowers including a beautiful mantelpiece garland which we said our vows in front of; we didn't really have a solid plan of the flowers we wanted her to use but when I picked up my bouquet I can honestly say it just "felt like me" - 100% nailed it!"

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Margo R Photography

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How amazing are the floral jewellery pieces Clare creates? See more over on her site

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UNIT FIFTEEN is not only home to Clare's personal studio but also a creative hub for jewellery, glass and mix media design. When she's not working on personal commission she offers out her awesome space for open access hire for Jewellery, mix media processes , lamp working torches and a glass finishing too. You can find a list of what's on here

Photo by  Lucy Savage

Photo by Lucy Savage

Here's Abi's very own memory necklace, set with the real petal confetti from our wedding day. Thanks so much Clare!