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 // 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

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

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

Real wedding // Sammy & Max at Huntsham Court

Huge congratulations to Sammy & Max who tied the knot this summer at Huntsham Court. This lovely couple chose to personalise our Country Love collection adding a playful nod to one of their favourite places, Val Thoren ski resort, and the fun they have had together there. These beautiful shots were taken by Matt Bowen Photography.

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Each table was name after a special place at the resort and featured the Country Love floral motif.

Each table was name after a special place at the resort and featured the Country Love floral motif.

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Sammy & Max sent us photos of Val Thoren and we incorporated illustrations of the resort into their bespoke table plan design.

Sammy & Max sent us photos of Val Thoren and we incorporated illustrations of the resort into their bespoke table plan design.

REAL WEDDING // Lucy & Ben - An extra special Cypriot celebration

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Today's real wedding post is an extra special post for us as it features none other than Dearly Beloved's Ben's twin sister Lucy and her new husband... also called Ben (yes, family events are confusing). Lucy and Ben tied the knot earlier this year in a beautiful, relaxed ceremony on the Cypriot coast. Wedding day photography by Dom Moore Photography.

For their greetings card style wedding invitation they chose tandem bicycle illustration as a nod to one of their favourite past times (Ben is a triathlete) and asked us to combine this with the iconic Cypriot olive branch. 

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The wedding took place at one of the couple's favourite places on earth, a small sailing club near where the family used to live, with the ceremony outside an idyllic church by the sea.

Lucy and Ben planned small, intimate celebration with lots of special DIY touches; the ceremony was conducted by the groom's grandfather, flowers were sourced from a local florist, meters (and meters) and lace bunting was hand made from vintage lace curtains by the bride's mother and sister, we took care of the stationery (of course) and the whole wedding party was on hand to help with decorating the space.

As well as holding nearly a decade of memories for the Aslett family the sailing club was full of rustic charm, it was lovely to be there to add last minute touches like decorating the chalkboard with a welcome message for guests.

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We made so many great memories during the week we spent in Cyprus celebrating with Lucy and Ben, wishing them a lifetime of happiness together!

Date - 13th April 2017
Venue - Dhekelia Sailing Club, Cyprus
Photography - Dom Moore Photography
Bride's dress - Chi Chi London
Groom's suit - Moss Bros.
Flowers - Locally sourced
Stationery - Dearly Beloved
 

Happy New Year!

Will 2017 be the year you get hitched?

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

Your own unique wedding invitations start here...

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

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

Photo by frecklephotography.co.uk

Photo by frecklephotography.co.uk

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

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

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

All wedding day photographs by the talented  Abigail Steed Photography

All wedding day photographs by the talented Abigail Steed Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1960s Vogue inspired styled shoot // BESPOKE BRIDE GUIDE

The fabulous Harris twins from Bespoke Bride Guide invited us to share our Devonport Guildhall Collection in this 1960s Vogue inspired styled shoot!

We love this nail art inspired by  Lawrence West's Glassware &nbsp; and created by the glamorous ladies at &nbsp; La Beau Boutique . Photo by  Liberty Pearl

We love this nail art inspired by Lawrence West's Glassware  and created by the glamorous ladies at  La Beau Boutique. Photo by Liberty Pearl

Stunning jewels from  Drakes  alongside our stylish  invitation  design. Photo by  Liberty Pearl

Stunning jewels from Drakes alongside our stylish invitation design. Photo by Liberty Pearl

Influenced by vintage Vogue photographs and the iconic backdrop of the Devonport Guildhall, The Bespoke Bride Guide curated a look fit for any mod inspired elopement. With a pastel colour palette, circular motifs, slim silhouettes and a whole lot of fun BBG created this chic 1960s style. 

The Twiggy look was completed with make up by  Oksana &nbsp;and hair by  Gemma Clarke . Bouquet by the talented folk at  Secret Garden Flowers . Photo by  Liberty Pearl

The Twiggy look was completed with make up by Oksana and hair by Gemma Clarke. Bouquet by the talented folk at Secret Garden Flowers. Photo by Liberty Pearl

Photo by  Margo R

Photo by Margo R

Photo by  Liberty Pearl

Photo by Liberty Pearl

Photo by  Margo R

Photo by Margo R

Photo by  Liberty Pearl

Photo by Liberty Pearl

No 60s do would be complete without an original Mini, provided by  Groom2wedding &nbsp;Photo by  Margo R

No 60s do would be complete without an original Mini, provided by Groom2wedding Photo by Margo R

Beehives, minis and Twiggy - style makeup - What's not to love? We're swooning over this cool inspiration for an intimate retro ceremony.

Photo by  Liberty Pearl

Photo by Liberty Pearl

Cocktail connoisseur's  Tigermilk  were on hand to provide the ultimate retro cocktails including the Classic Martini. If you are ever in Plymouth head down to their underground speakeasy bar, nestled below the Duke of Cornwall Hotel it's a great night spot, you might even see some of  Abi's illustrations &nbsp;up on their walls :)&nbsp;(but ssh! don't tell them we told you it was there!) Photo by  Margo R

Cocktail connoisseur's Tigermilk were on hand to provide the ultimate retro cocktails including the Classic Martini. If you are ever in Plymouth head down to their underground speakeasy bar, nestled below the Duke of Cornwall Hotel it's a great night spot, you might even see some of Abi's illustrations up on their walls :) (but ssh! don't tell them we told you it was there!) Photo by Margo R

The beautiful tea dress style wedding gowns and accessories were from  Te Amo Bride . Photo by  Margo R

The beautiful tea dress style wedding gowns and accessories were from Te Amo Bride. Photo by Margo R

We're in love with  The Little Lark 's wedding cake design, a pretty yet sophisticated nod to the era. Photo by  Liberty Pearl

We're in love with The Little Lark's wedding cake design, a pretty yet sophisticated nod to the era. Photo by Liberty Pearl

Get in touch  to celebrate your wedding with our  Devonport Guildhall wedding stationery &nbsp;-  hello@dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk . With designs for Save the Dates, invitations, RSVP cards, place settings, menus and table numbers this exclusive collection is perfect for couples tying the knot at this modern city venue. Photo by  Liberty Pearl

Get in touch to celebrate your wedding with our Devonport Guildhall wedding stationery - hello@dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk. With designs for Save the Dates, invitations, RSVP cards, place settings, menus and table numbers this exclusive collection is perfect for couples tying the knot at this modern city venue. Photo by Liberty Pearl

Huge thanks to all the talented folk who made this shoot come together! See more over here over on The Bespoke Bride Guide blog!

Stationery by here us at Dearly Beloved
Location - Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth, Devon, UK
Photography - Liberty Pearl Photography and Margo R Photography  
Models - Ben & Emily, contact Bespoke Bride Guide for details
Hair - Gemma Clarke
Make up - Oksana Beauty Salon
Nails - La Beau Nail Boutique
Flowers - Secret Garden Flower Company 
Cake - The Little Lark Cake Company
Decor - Stargazey Wedding Decor Hire
Vintage tablecloths - Cybel’s Vintage Hire
Bride's bridal dresses & accessories - Te Amo Bride
Bride's boho dresses-  Next  and Topshop
Groom's clothing - Pretty Green, Kenneth Cole and Pretty Little Treats
Confetti - Cornish Gardens Confetti Company
Glassware - Lawrence West
Jewellery - Drakes
Cocktails - Tigermilk Events
Car, original white Mini - Groom2wedding 

NM4 GIVEAWAY WINNER

Last weekend at the Native Makers Summer Market we ran a competition to win either 50 Save the Dates or a custom portrait. Picked at random, the lucky winner is... drumroll please...

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Congratulations Jo! We have sent you an email with details of how to claim your prize! Can't wait to hear from you!

We had so much fun meeting Jo and loads of other great people at Native Makers, as always the day was a celebration of super South West makers. Here's a few snaps from the day taken by the talented Dom Moore Photography

Team DB

Team DB

Well done to the whole crew!

Well done to the whole crew!

A Great Gatsby Celebration

Bespoke wedding stationery for Laura and James' Great Gatsby style wedding

Bespoke wedding stationery for Laura and James' Great Gatsby style wedding

Our latest bespoke wedding stationery has been an absolute joy to work on! Laura and James chose a 1920s inspired theme for their wedding and already had some great ideas about the feel they wanted their stationery to have. Laura sent over an email filled their with thoughts and a few images and we worked together to refine everything into this chic collection featuring gramophone illustration and Deco inspired pattern.

The suite was inspired by Art Deco patterns and 1920s lettering

The suite was inspired by Art Deco patterns and 1920s lettering

The suite includes wedding invitations, post card style RSVPs and a card with helpful information for their guests such as dress code, taxi numbers and where to stay after the party!

The suite includes wedding invitations, post card style RSVPs and a card with helpful information for their guests such as dress code, taxi numbers and where to stay after the party!

They are due to tie the knot on Bonfire Night with a glamorous Great Gatsby style celebration and so we knew we had to pull out all the stops for this classy suite including invitations, information card and RSVP.

For that special extra touch we designed a label for Laura and James so they could tie everything together with a sophisticated, slim ribbon. We are also working with the happy couple to design some stylish wedding day signage, watch this space for more photos after their big day!

For more inspiration for a 1920s Great Gatsby themed wedding check out our Bright Young Things pinterest board

Custom portraits by Dearly Beloved

Let us illustrate you! We are now offering personalised portraits, simply send us a photo and we can draw you and your love!

Lucy and Ben have kindly let us share these super cute photos of them and their new portrait. We love illustrating characters but getting to recreate real people in our whimsical illustrated style is always especially fun. Our portraits will arrive printed onto artist quality paper (sized 8 x 10 inches) ready for you to frame.

Our artwork really is bespoke, you won't find a single stock illustration in our projects, we draw everything from scratch - Here's a little process video to show you how it's done...

Click here to order your very own custom wedding portrait straight from our shop. You could even treat your favourite couple to a super wedding gift?

 

Modern Spring Time Chic styled shoot

We have joined forces with some wonderful wedding suppliers to bring you this Spring Time Chic styled shoot. Celebrating the finer details of a wedding this inspirational shoot is focused on custom wedding invitations, wild, rustic flowers and a hand painted coordinating cake. This creative collaboration is all about vibrant styling with sweet pastels and modern rose gold tones - perfect couples looking for something a little different!

Wedding Cake by  Edible Essence . Photo by  UpArt Photography

Wedding Cake by Edible Essence. Photo by UpArt Photography

Bouquet created by  Native Flower Farm . Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Bouquet created by Native Flower Farm. Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

“This inspirational styled shoot was a great opportunity to bring together talented Devon wedding suppliers that share our ethos for creative, personalised celebrations” Ben, Dearly Beloved

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Spring Table Decor, Menu by  Dearly Beloved . Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Spring Table Decor, Menu by Dearly Beloved. Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

On the steps of  Devonport Guildhall ...&nbsp;Left to right:&nbsp;Grace from  Grace Elizabeth Photography , Lou from  Devonport Guildhall , Abi from  Dearly Beloved , Jennifer from  Edible Essence , Agata from  UpArt Photography  and Kelly from  Native Flower Farm

On the steps of Devonport Guildhall... Left to right: Grace from Grace Elizabeth Photography, Lou from Devonport Guildhall, Abi from Dearly Beloved, Jennifer from Edible Essence, Agata from UpArt Photography and Kelly from Native Flower Farm

We used the quirky wedding stationery suite we designed for Devonport Guildhall featuring a custom illustration of the historic architecture and colourful florals as a starting point for the shoot. Abi had a wonderful day working collaboratively with the amazing ladies from Edible Essence Cake Art, Native Flower Farm, Grace Elizabeth Photography and UpArt Photography to create contemporary, fun styling!

Save the Date for Devonport Guildhall . Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

Save the Date for Devonport Guildhall. Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

Table plan ladder by  Dearly Beloved . Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Table plan ladder by Dearly Beloved. Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

Couples tying the knot at this historic, city venue can choose this contemporary stationery collection for their own celebration and even customise the design to match their wedding colour scheme. Contact us for more info!

Dearly Beloved 's Abi in action. Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Native Flower Farm always uses truly seasonal flowers from their own farm and other local growers in all of their work, all year round. 

"...we knew we needed bright but delicate flowers to highlight and meld all the elements of the scheme into one big beautiful whole. Inspired by what we saw in our fields and the classic flower shapes of Dearly Beloved Guildhall designs, we created a bridal bouquet and table-scape of bright pops and fresh greens in a riotous garden-gathered style with a delicate nod to the elegance of the Regency setting of the Guildhall with our favourite trailing ribbon styling." Kelly, Native Flower Farm

Jenny from  Edible Essence  hand painting the cake's sugarcraft detail. Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Jenny from Edible Essence hand painting the cake's sugarcraft detail. Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

This luxurious cake was created by award winning couture cake designer Edible Essence. Taking inspiration from the the invitation's floral wreath, Jenny from Edible Essence, hand painted this contemporary cake with sugarcraft detail. 

We emulated the illustrated  illustrations  featured on the suite in real life florals. Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

We emulated the illustrated illustrations featured on the suite in real life florals. Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

We are swooning at this BEAUTIFUL film of the day, created by Mitch Guy over at Grace Elizabeth Photography!

We were lucky enough to have not one but two photographers capturing products AND behind the scenes images of the suppliers in action. Huge thanks to talented photographer Grace Elizabeth Photography who brought her genuine, story-teller style to the shoot. And also to the lovely Agata from UpArt Photography for her fun photography, passionate approach, friendly direction.

Grace and Mitch - The team at  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Grace and Mitch - The team at Grace Elizabeth Photography

Agata from  UpArt Photography

Read more about the shoot in this awesome feature over at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

Stationery - Dearly Beloved
Cake - Edible Essence
Flowers - Native Flower Farm
Photography & videography - Grace Elizabeth Photography
Photography - UpArt Photography 
Venue - Devonport Guildhall

Claire & Ollie: Vintage English Riviera

It's amazing to see the bespoke wedding invitations we created for South West couple Claire & Ollie in print! We first met Claire at a vintage inspired craft fair where she picked up one of Abi's illustrations; fast forward a couple of years and we are so happy to still in be touch and working with the couple to help make their big day special! 

We illustrated not one but two wedding invitations featuring a daytime scene for guests attending the full wedding, and the same portrait of the couple, only this time at dusk, for their evening reception guests; both with names in hand painted lettering.

Claire and Ollie are pulling out all the stops with a personal celebration in their home town of Torquay. Inspired by the British seaside, classic fashion of the 1950s and colourful, retro railway posters, we are working on a suite of stationery including Save the Date post cards, invitations, wedding day signage... and... well... you'll just have to stay tuned to find out the rest!

The new Dearly Beloved Collections

We are really excited to share our brand new site with you!

For the first time you can order your wedding stationery directly from our site! Choose from our a new range of finished stationery suites - Think of them as Dearly Beloved’s 2016 Ready–to-Wear collection.

Created in the same signature style as their bespoke commissions the Dearly Beloved Collections are perfect for couples that either have a short deadline or are not quite sure what they want. With ranging themes from Bike Lovers from Summer Camp each one includes Save the Date cards, invitations, RSVPs and place settings, and can be customised to include your wedding colours as well as your names and wedding details. 

Dearly Beloved for Devonport Guildhall

Introducing the Devonport Guildhall collection... We are happy to share this custom wedding stationery suite created especially for couples tying the knot at this historic, city centre wedding venue. The full collection includes Save the Dates, invitations, RSVPs and place settings.&nbsp;

Introducing the Devonport Guildhall collection... We are happy to share this custom wedding stationery suite created especially for couples tying the knot at this historic, city centre wedding venue. The full collection includes Save the Dates, invitations, RSVPs and place settings. 

Devonport Guildhall postcard style Save the Date with floral illustrated wreath

Devonport Guildhall postcard style Save the Date with floral illustrated wreath

All items printed onto high quality artist paper; you can even let us know your chosen colour scheme and we can edit the design to match your wedding colours.

Photograph by  Little Red Book Photography   You won't find another venue in Plymouth with beautiful high ceilings, stained glass windows, period features and an irresistible sense of space and light - perfect for a modern wedding celebration!  More about Devonport Guildhall

Photograph by Little Red Book Photography

You won't find another venue in Plymouth with beautiful high ceilings, stained glass windows, period features and an irresistible sense of space and light - perfect for a modern wedding celebration! More about Devonport Guildhall

The invitation design features a delicate floral pattern on the reverse...

The invitation design features a delicate floral pattern on the reverse...

... and if you still need stationery such as menus or a table plan just let us know!&nbsp;To celebrate our collaboration all couples getting married at Devonport Guildhall receive 20% off our bespoke design!

... and if you still need stationery such as menus or a table plan just let us know! To celebrate our collaboration all couples getting married at Devonport Guildhall receive 20% off our bespoke design!

Devonport Guildhall also has an in house artisan bakery creating delicious treats for your guests.  Find out more here

Devonport Guildhall also has an in house artisan bakery creating delicious treats for your guests. Find out more here

FULL COLLECTION £6.00 per person
features Save the Date, invitation, RSVP and place setting

or

SAVE THE DATE £2.00 each (148mm x 105mm)
with white 100gsm envelope

INVITATION £2.50 each 148mm × 210mm)
with white 100gsm envelope

RSVP £2.00 each
148mm x 105mm
with white 100gsm envelope

PLACE SETTING £1.00 each
90mm x 45mm when folded
available blank for you to address (or for an additional 50p per place setting Dearly Beloved will address each place setting in a coordinating font) 

Love the collection? Talk to us to find out more!

Would you like to get married at Devonport Guildhall? Get in touch with Wedding Coordinator - Lou at guildhall@realideas.org

We're in Stationery Trends Magazine!

Stationery Trends Winter Cover 2016

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

Dearly Beloved in Stationer Trends P1
Dearly Beloved in Stationery Trends P2

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