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

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

 

REAL BRIDE TAKEOVER // A vintage newspaper wedding

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

Photograph by  Paul Slater

Photograph by Paul Slater

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venue -  Glazebrook House Hotel , South Brent

Venue - Glazebrook House Hotel, South Brent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Table names by  Dearly Beloved .  Photograph by   Paul Slater

Table names by Dearly BelovedPhotograph by Paul Slater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eastern inspired glamour // Morocco meets India shoot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW COLLECTION // Vintage Movie inspired wedding collection

You can now celebrate your wedding in style with our brand new Vintage Movie Wedding Stationery Collection. We have been busy creating this illustrated invitations set especially for you awesome couples.

Want to know how we came up with the collection? 

For even more wedding inspiration and the links to our moodboard images check our our  Vintage Movie Pinterest board

For even more wedding inspiration and the links to our moodboard images check our our Vintage Movie Pinterest board

This, our latest design in the Dearly Beloved collections, was so much fun to create! We wanted to design an invitation set that had all the classic romance of an old fashioned film but with a modern graphic twist.

Love the design but have a different colour scheme? No problem? Just get in touch and talk to us about your wedding celebration! 

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Shop the Dearly Beloved Collections to purchase your wedding invitations today!

Our Story

Photograph by  Dom Moore

Photograph by Dom Moore

Happy Birthday to us! We have been working together as Dearly Beloved for just over a year now, but we have been "Ben and Abi" for a lot longer. We met at Plymouth University where we were both studying Illustration, fast forward 8 years and we are working together from our home studio on Plymouth's Barbican... Most days you will find us drawing, singing badly/loudly and providing other couples with great design. 

Initial sketches for a Vintage wedding on the English Riviera Photograph by  Freckle Photography

Initial sketches for a Vintage wedding on the English Riviera
Photograph by Freckle Photography

We love designing creative wedding invitations for our clients and as freelance illustrators bespoke projects are our speciality - it's always so exciting drawing those initial pencil sketches and figuring out how best to represent each couple on paper.

We obviously love making wedding specific artwork but it's not all we do!

Abi: Ben is always drawing, he makes really fun digital images but they always comes from a pencil drawing (buried in the pages of one of his sketchbooks). It never gets old peering over his shoulder to see what he's working on! I always thought it would be a nightmare working together but it's pretty great looking up and seeing your best friend!

Left:  Bros  by  Ben Aslett  Right:  Rainy Day  by  Ben Aslett

Left: Bros by Ben Aslett
Right: Rainy Day by Ben Aslett

Photograph by  Freckle Photography     Our Summer Beach collection is a great example of Ben's digital drawing

Photograph by Freckle Photography
 

Our Summer Beach collection is a great example of Ben's digital drawing

Ben: Abi is always getting messy painting shapes and lettering on big sheets to scan in later, I think the hand painted lines are what make her drawings great. 

Left: Flora and Fauna wedding invitation, photograph by  Alexa Loy  Right:  Woodlands  by  Abigail McKenzie

Left: Flora and Fauna wedding invitation, photograph by Alexa Loy
Right: Woodlands by Abigail McKenzie

Wedding portrait for a modern, destination wedding

Wedding portrait for a modern, destination wedding

We can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for us!

Hello 2016!

We said goodbye to 2015 on the Cornish coast with wonderful friends; eating too much, popping Prosecco and braving the elements. After a wonderful break exploring St Ives and Hayle we are ready to kick 2016's butt!
Get in touch with us to talk about your very own wedding stationery collection! 

And the winner is...

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of our giveaway is...

Back in November we launched a competition for one lucky couple to win either 50 Save the Date cards or a custom portrait, we thought we would kick off 2016 with announcing the winner! Well done ANNABEL POET we have emailed you with details of how to collect your prize! Look out for more great news and giveaways here on our blog! 

Last chance to win your Save the Dates!

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One lucky couple will win 5O customised Save the Date cards to share the news of their upcoming wedding! We will be announcing the lucky winner tomorrow so go go go! 

How to enter...
Subscribe to our mailing list
Enter via Twitter
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Don't forget to follow us too! Good luck everyone! If you aren't planning on getting married but love the look of our stuff why not share this competition with someone you know who is tying the knot :)

Modern Blooms in Perfect Wedding Magazine

"Beautiful wild flowers, whimsical table settings, the prettiest sweet treats and dresses that embrace 2016's 3D floral trend. Want. It. All!"

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Flora & Fauna Wedding Invitation, photograph by  Alexa Loy

Flora & Fauna Wedding Invitation, photograph by Alexa Loy

For the second month in a row we have been featured in Perfect Wedding Magazine! This time our Flora and Fauna stationery from the Mr & Mrs Unique styled shoot is on the pages of the January issue. What a great start to 2016!

We collaborated with awesome Erica from alternative wedding blog Mr & Mrs Unique on this Flora and Fauna styled shoot last summer. Every time we look back at the shoot we remember the hard work, beautiful styling and creative direction from MMU; see more here!

Meet Freckle Photography

On the blog today is Emma, talented Devon based wedding photographer who works under the name  Freckle Photography .  Emma's beautiful images always manage to make you feel as though you are genuinely sharing a moment with the couple she is photographing... She is also the nicest person you will ever meet!

On the blog today is Emma, talented Devon based wedding photographer who works under the name Freckle Photography.

Emma's beautiful images always manage to make you feel as though you are genuinely sharing a moment with the couple she is photographing... She is also the nicest person you will ever meet!

"My aim is to capture love and truth in whatever way it presents itself. I love my job so much and feel so lucky to play a part in so many couple’s weddings"

"I love nothing more than when my couples say ‘the photos are so us’. That’s my main aim – to tell the real story of your wedding day but more than that is to show what makes you ‘you’ and your wedding day just yours."

Dearly Beloved have had the joy of working with Freckle in the past in styled shoots and she has even taken some of our product shots, having watched Emma work her magic in the past we can fully recommend her services. Check out more of her work here!

Tropical Destination Celebration

It has been pretty hectic here in the studio and we have some super exciting work in the pipeline for you! This is a preview of just one of the projects we will be revealing very soon so make sure you keep an eye here on our blog!

Your wedding invitations are the perfect way to give your guests a snapshot into what you have planned for your wedding day. For this tropical collection of stationery we wanted to create elegant yet modern prints and we think they would be great for a wedding celebration abroad.

See our  Pinterest board  for links to these awesome products!

See our Pinterest board for links to these awesome products!

Every time we get to work on new designs we can't help but imagine what the actual wedding day could look like too! For these we imagine plenty of succulents, gold styling and a good old BBQ on the beach. Check out our Pinterest board for more inspiration!


An invitation for a Mid Century Celebration

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Michael and Sophie came to us with a request for a wedding invitation influenced by 20th century graphic design, they wanted something clean and bold that would work with their London based wedding. We created this screenprint inspired design for them along with matching place settings and menus. It's so great to be able to give couples stationery that they feel really suits them on their wedding day!

Signed, sealed, delivered...

Just packaged up our latest commission for another awesome couple. Love the nervous excitement of sending off our work, this time we have designed place settings, invitations and menus. The couple loved the invitation design so much they have even had it printed up as poster size artwork for their home together. 

A package from Dearly Beloved could be landing on your doorstep, just contact us - hello@dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk

Valentine's Day Giveaway - Win your Save the Dates!

WIN your Save the Dates! To celebrate Valentine's Day we are having a giveaway, one lucky couple will win their own unique Save the Date cards; all you have to do is join our mailing list

Usually postcard or greetings card style Save the Dates are sent out prior to invitations to let everyone know when you are planning on tying the knot. A great idea if you still need to finalise your plans but want to secure a spot in your guests’ diaries. Why not enter this competition to get yours for free!

How to enter

For the chance to win your bespoke Dearly Beloved Save the Dates simply click here to join our mailing list and like us on Facebook!

The lucky prize winner will be announced on Valentine's Day - 14th February 2015!

Terms and Conditions

This prize includes a consultation via email/Skype, an original design, one text amendment and the printing of 50 save the date cards. The winner will be required to pay for the postage and packaging and any additional prints requested. Please allow 3 – 4 weeks for the design process.

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Drawing bridal beauties!

It's far too chilly to venture outside so I am hibernating with my sketchbook and a cuppa! Today I fancied painting some bohemian brides sporting floral crowns.

Why not use a portrait of you and your beau to decorate your wedding? Email us a photo of you and your significant other and we can create a custom illustration for your wedding invitations.