Winter Wedding Inspiration at Dartington Hall

Winter berries, armfuls of foliage and a little sparkle... Today we share Christmas wedding inspiration at the beautiful Devonshire house, Dartington Hall. Based on the edge of Totnes, this atmospheric venue was the perfect setting for a winter wedding styled shoot. 

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Christmas always feels like such a beautiful time of the year but it can be one of the trickiest to style tastefully. This stationery is one of our newest designs, featuring hand drawn lettering and subtle floral and berry illustrations it's a great choice for couples planning Yuletide nuptials.

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Beautiful baking was created by duo  Two Ginger Nuts .

Beautiful baking was created by duo Two Ginger Nuts.

We are so in love with these natural British florals created by  Native Flower Farm .

We are so in love with these natural British florals created by Native Flower Farm.

Model Abbi's mermaid locks were styled by by  April Wagner .

Model Abbi's mermaid locks were styled by by April Wagner.

If sequins aren't your thing then there's nothing better than natural wood.

If sequins aren't your thing then there's nothing better than natural wood.

Sophisticated gowns from  Truly Delightful  based in Totnes.

Sophisticated gowns from Truly Delightful based in Totnes.

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If you've never tried them S'mores should be the next on your list of American traditions to taste, think marshmallows toasted over an open fire and smushed in between biscuit with a layer (or two) of chocolate - Erm, yes please! Proper Job Parties hire out their portable S'mores bar for the ultimate winter sweet treat at weddings and events.

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Get in touch to celebrate your love with our Winter wedding stationery collection - hello@dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk

Photography by UpArt Photography
Stationery by us, Dearly Beloved
Venue - Dartington Hall
Wedding cake - Two Ginger Nuts
Wedding gowns from Truly Delightful
Flowers by Native Flower Farm
Make up by Gemma Ryder
Hair stylist - April Wagner
Sequin tablecloths - Pudding Bride & The Pretty Accessory
S'mores bar - Proper Job Parties
Model - Abbi Jackson

 

NEW DESIGNS ARE ON THE WAY...

Here is the very first of our brand new wedding stationery designs - Herb Garden

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Now that our own wedding is done and dusted we are squirrelling away in the studio making new and exciting things. We want to keep our designs looking fresh and so our Collections are going to get a makeover - If there's anything you love and you don't want to see it go let us know :) Available on notonthehighstreet.com Product code: 741242

Ed & Zoe - A real Cornish Country Farm Wedding

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

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

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St Hydroc's Church, Landhydrock, Cornwall

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

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

Marquee by  LPM Bohemia

Marquee by LPM Bohemia

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

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

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

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

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

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

What a glorious naked cake! Created by  Cupcakemama  

What a glorious naked cake! Created by Cupcakemama 

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

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

REAL BRIDE TAKEOVER // 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

Campfire Celebration! Happy 2nd Birthday Wilf!

Last month we donated our design services to the Native Makers Fundraising Auction - These amazing guys are working with local creatives to develop their practice through workshops, artisan fairs and more! 

Congratulations to the Wells Family! They were planning a campfire inspired birthday party, with a BBQ, toasted marshmallows and camping, to celebrate their son Wilf's 2nd birthday party. We were delighted to design these bespoke invitations for the celebration!

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Wishing little Wilf a wonderful 2nd Birthday! 

Planning a party? We've put together some ideas for your little wild cubs -https://uk.pinterest.com/dearlybeloved0/rumpus/

We're in Stationery Trends Magazine!

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Our New York Ombre bespoke invitation has been featured in the latest issue of Stationery Trends Magazine!

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Stationery Trends is an award winning American magazine dedicated to sharing greetings cards gifts and all things stationery. We're really proud of the work we did for Manjil & Brad so it's awesome their invite celebrated alongside so much other great stationery! Huge thanks to editor Sarah from Stationery Trends