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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Hand painted palette sign.

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.

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!

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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!"

JEWELLERY

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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

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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!

REAL WEDDING // OUR WEDDING DAY - DEARLY BELOVED GET HITCHED

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One of the absolute highlights of 2017 was when we tied the knot, it was genuinely one of the best days we have ever had; we were lucky enough to be surrounded by the people we love for a whole weekend of celebrating and vowing to be best friends forever in our home town of Plymouth.

From beginning to end the whole weekend was about love, laughter and family and we just had the most beautiful time. EMBRACE the traditions you love and DITCH the ones you don't and above all else HAVE FUN.

We really wanted to follow the advice we give to other couples to not get bogged down with conventions that didn't suit us for our wedding; in so many ways our wedding was beautifully traditional, but we loved adding a couple of touches to keep it feeling like "us" (including a few feminist twists).

Photography by our talented friend Emma from Freckle Photography

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We kicked off the weekend with a tiny legal wedding ceremony followed by champagne by the sea and an intimate dinner with our immediate families.

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It was really important to us to get married at somewhere that meant something to us, since Plymouth has been such a huge part of our story we really wanted to get married in our hometown and it definitely had to be by the sea.

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Our flowers were created by florist and jewellery designer Clare Elizabeth Kilgour, who did an amazing job. We love the wild natural shapes she creates with her arrangements; we really left it up to her to create whatever she wanted, they just turned out beautifully.

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Abi wore earrings by East London designer  Wolf & Moon

Abi wore earrings by East London designer Wolf & Moon

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We both really wanted to feel comfortable and like the best version of ourselves on our wedding day... Ben wore his trusty Next navy wool 3 piece suit (that he already owned and always feels good in) with a mustard gold knitted skinny tie and white shirt; he also wore cufflinks stamped with with coordinates to Portminster Beach, St Ives (where we filmed our wedding announcement/engagement video) and a custom tie clip both from designer maker Copper Poppy found on Etsy.

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We didn't have a formal wedding party with bridesmaids and groomsmen but instead had our immediate family walk down the aisle with us and stand by our side while we said our vows. Our sisters wore a white dress of their choice with a flower corsage and our brothers and nephew wore blue suits and light gold knitted skinny ties.

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Abi: I knew two things before I even tried anything on ...that a traditional white dress just wouldn't feel right and that I wanted a cape! I wanted to be comfortable but still like the sassiest version of myself! Dressmaker Ailsa Munro created a wide legged jumpsuit for me with a floor length cape and rose gold leather flower detail on the shoulders. In the evening I slipped into a backless rose gold full sequin dress for dancing.

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Our official wedding began the day after with a ceremony at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard. Primarily an art gallery and artist studio space weddings are new to Ocean Studios and we were overjoyed to be the first couple to tie the knot in such a beautiful spot. We both really love the aesthetic of honest spaces that still have the charm of their original purpose, the whole of RWY is made up of old Navy buildings and Ocean Studios just had the right feel, both historical and industrial, so many of our guests commented on how it space "was SO us". We hired holiday apartments at Royal William Yard and spent the whole weekend there with our close family and friends.

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In terms of colour scheme we weren't worried about things "matching" but wanted to blend colours and styles that were right for the spaces we were in. We had lots of different golds, yellows, coppers and oranges with touches of pink and red and blue as an accent colour. We also collected over 70 glass bottles and jars of all different shapes and sizes, including Plymouth Gin bottles which Clare Kilgour filled with flowers.

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The wedding stationery we designed featured mid century inspired illustrations of birds and florals and hand drawn modern calligraphy; it was important to us to design the stationery together and so Ben drew the illustrations and Abi created the lettering. 

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We really wanted our wedding ceremony to be a celebration of us and our families coming together; we wrote the ceremony ourselves with the guidance of Abi's parents church Pastor who conducted the ceremony. Instead of hymns we sang motown songs such as 'Let's Stay Together' by Al Green and 'Higher and higher' by Jackie Wilson; we had a sand ceremony in which we mixed together sand from Jamaica and Cyprus (places important to our families' history) to symbolise our union; we also had had a ring warming where before we exchanged rings they were passed around all of our guests so that they could place well wishes upon them.

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After our ceremony we celebrated with homemade cocktails and canapés...

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The canapés included lots of olives, sun dried tomatoes and humous, and Abi's Mom's infamous spicy fried chicken.

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One of the traditions we broke was to give our wedding speech together, after all we had just vowed to spend the rest of our lives together, why not start with the speech.

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Ben's twin sister Lucy and her husband are musicians in Royal Marines Band and they played us into our reception at The Loft with a surprise rendition of some of our favourite songs on clarinet and ukulele, they included a few that had featured in our ceremony and Ben's late Grannie's favourite song. It was so special to us and a definite highlight of the day. 

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We had planned a surprise evening boat trip before our reception but when the time came around the sea was pretty rough and we had to abandon our plans - It just goes to show you can't plan for everything and you just have to "go with the flow" and everyone still had a wonderful time. After a delicious Caribbean wedding breakfast catered by Mama Rita's Afro Caribbean Pot we danced the night away to live music from 8 piece funk and soul band Freshly Squeezed.

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Our beautiful wedding cakes were baked by our amazing friend Abbi and Ben's fabulous big sister Rebecca (look out GBBO2019!)

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WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS
Having Pastor Cassius conduct our wedding ceremony will always be so important to us, the whole ceremony was very personal and an absolute joy from beginning to end, we just couldn't stop smiling. Walking down the aisle with our families; Ben chose to be given away by his Mum and Abi was given away by her Dad. Walking into our reception in such a special way ...AND we also had glitter confetti cannons which was pretty incredible.

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TOP PLANNING TIPS
Just do what makes you happy! There were many moments when people told us "you can't do that - it's a wedding!" You have to wear a dress, you can't see each other on the morning of the wedding, you should get married in a church... Many of our guests commented that it was the best wedding they had ever been to (which is just so amazing to hear) from beginning to end the whole weekend was about love, laughter and family and we just had the most beautiful time. At the end of the day a wedding is a celebration of you both and your lives coming together, EMBRACE the traditions you love and DITCH the ones you don't and above all else HAVE FUN.

SUPPLIERS
Photography - Freckle Photography

Intimate legal wedding day
Bride's dress - Oliver Bonas
Groom's suit - Ben Sherman
Venue - Plymouth Hoe & Plymouth Registry Office

Wedding celebration day
Bride's jumpsuit and cape - Ailsa Munro
Bride's jewellery - Wolf & Moon
Groom's suit - Next
Venue - Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard & The Loft, Sutton Harbour
Flowers - Clare Elizabeth Kilgour
Catering - Mama Rita's Afro Caribbean Pot
Band - Freshly Squeezed

 

VALENTINE'S SPECIAL // REAL WEDDING // Our wedding stationery

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Back in September 2017 we, Dearly Beloved, tied the knot! It was such as joyful process planning our big day but we would lying if we said that it wasn't a little nerve wracking deciding on what style of stationery to create for our wedding. We wanted to follow our own advice and create artwork that we felt represented us as a teaser of our overall celebration; it turns out once we decided on colour scheme and our little birds illustration everything else fell into place. Photography by Emma from Freckle Photography

Our Order of service booklet was the perfect place to add a personal thank you to our friends and family along with the details for our wedding ceremony and lyrics to our chosen songs for guests to join in the celebration.  (Stay tuned to see more from our wedding day very soon... Abi's jumpsuit and cape -  Ailsa Munro , Ben's suit -  Next , Flowers -  Clare Elizabeth Kilgour,  Venue -  Ocean Studios )

Our Order of service booklet was the perfect place to add a personal thank you to our friends and family along with the details for our wedding ceremony and lyrics to our chosen songs for guests to join in the celebration.

(Stay tuned to see more from our wedding day very soon... Abi's jumpsuit and cape - Ailsa Munro, Ben's suit - Next, Flowers - Clare Elizabeth Kilgour, Venue - Ocean Studios)

The autumnal colour scheme included copper foil and plenty of mustard, orange and gold, and with our illustrated birds making frequent appearances across the suite all our visuals had an element of fun.

TOP TIP - Order of the Day signs are a great way to fill guests in on what's happening when so they can enjoy the day (without wondering what time dinner is served :) )

TOP TIP - Order of the Day signs are a great way to fill guests in on what's happening when so they can enjoy the day (without wondering what time dinner is served :) )

Our wedding invitations featured copper foiled invitations, an information card with more details about the day and a small RSVP card.

Our wedding invitations featured copper foiled invitations, an information card with more details about the day and a small RSVP card.

One thing we knew is that it was really important for us to collaborate, Ben created the overall mid century inspired graphics and then Abi re-created Ben's floral motif in her signature brush pen along with some hand painted lettering for the wedding day signage.

As an extra special touch we included envelope liners featuring Ben's retro floral pattern.

As an extra special touch we included envelope liners featuring Ben's retro floral pattern.

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We decided it really wasn't too important to us that everything matched perfectly (we're not a perfect kinda couple) but more that our stationery suited the historic, rustic and "a little rough around the edges" feel of the space we were all set to be married in.

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Using one of our favourite photographs we designed these thank you cards so that we could get back in touch after the party and thank everyone for being a part of the BEST DAY EVER!

Using one of our favourite photographs we designed these thank you cards so that we could get back in touch after the party and thank everyone for being a part of the BEST DAY EVER!

Happy Valentine's Day for tomorrow everyone! Remember to show your love not just today, or on your wedding day, but everyday!

With love,
The Asletts

Interested in this look for your wedding celebration? Just get in touch with us hello@dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk

NEW PRODUCT // TIGER TEA PARTY

The tiger that came to tea! Introducing our brand new children's birthday party invitations - Tiger Tea Party Children's Birthday Invitations. Available exclusively via our notonthehighstreet.com store.

Personalised with your child's name and age, at special request we can also edit the colour scheme to match their favourite colour.

Musical statues anyone?

Big style for little people

Dog And Plane Personalised Children's Room Print  - £35, unframed, sized 8 x 10 inches

Dog And Plane Personalised Children's Room Print - £35, unframed, sized 8 x 10 inches

We are really excited to share a brand new product today! Personalised to suit your little one, we have created some stylish illustrated prints especially for kids favourite spaces.

Happy Rainy Days Personalised Children's Room Print  - £35, unframed, sized 8 x 10 inches

Happy Rainy Days Personalised Children's Room Print - £35, unframed, sized 8 x 10 inches

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These retro inspired prints are created in house, developed from Ben's fun illustrations; now we have the prints up online it's great to look back through sketchbooks and see how the idea developed. We wanted to create stylish, gender neutral designs that celebrated some of the simple things that kids love to do. These two designs are the first couple of bedroom signs available from our notonthehighstreet.com store - Personalised with your child's name, and customised for any gender and race. 

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Happy Monday everyone! Enjoy your week!

Real wedding // Ashley & Sean - Poppies & sunshine in Santa Barbara

We're kicking of 2018 with this out of this world wedding day! Ashley and Sean tied the knot in August 2017 with a weekend long Santa Barbara celebration. Their wedding ceremony was hosted at Santa Barbara Zoo; filled with lush greenery, pops of vibrant colour and hand painted finishing touches from us. Wedding day photography by Twin Lens

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Ashley and Sean chose to add their own special touch to our Nautical Collection  read on to see more...

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The bride's flawless gown was designed by Lihi Hod Bridal

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These beautiful blooms were created by Santa Barbara based florist Ella & Louie; we just love the natural colours and wild arrangement.

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We personalised our Nautical Collection with painted California Poppies to suit this awesome couple.

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These stunning shots were captured by fellow creative couple Twin Lens. Here's what they had to say about their photography...

We photograph together, each one using our unique eye and visual style. The result is a stunning narrative of your wedding day. 
Photographing a wedding allows us to document a pivotal day in two peoples' lives. The day is filled with subtle and overwhelming moments that, when captured well, are the authentic and visual documentation of real life.

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With the help of their planners Wild Heart Events, who sum up their style perfectly as "weddings for gypsy souls", Ashley & Sean created a stunning tablescape for their guests. Vintage items hired from Otis & Pearl

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For the perfect end to an awesome day guests danced the night away to the sounds of LA boutique DJ collective Love Tempo, and doesn't it look like they had a blast!

Happy New Year everyone! Here's hoping your year is filled with as much joy as this stunning celebration!

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. Handmade in the Dearly beloved studio this design was created by painting artist paper with deep blue ink and ripping into ocean waves.

SUPPLIERS

Photography by Twin Lens Images 
Venue - Santa Barbara Zoo 
Stationery - Our Nautical Collection customised with bespoke painted California Poppies
Wedding planners - Wild Heart Events with the help of Rincon Events from Santa Barbara Zoo
Wedding gown - Lihi Hod Bridal
Florist - Ella & Louie
DJ - Love Tempo
Make up artist - Jolie Beauty
Vintage items hired from Otis & Pearl