Native Makers 4 - Summer Market, 16th July, 10 - 6

Next Saturday is NM4! Native Makers celebrate all of the creative magic that the South West has to offer and we are super excited to have a stall with them again! Join us at the Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard on July 16th 10am-6pm. Entry is FREE!

Alongside awesome designer makers this time there'll be foodie exhibitors, live music from Knee Deep Festival and all kinds of creative entertainment - Oh the shopping opportunities! These snaps of us from the last market were taken by the talented Dom Moore Photography

Us at NM3 last year! 

Us at NM3 last year! 

We will be selling illustrated treats you can take away with you on the day as well as taking orders for our bespoke portraits and stationery!

We will be selling illustrated treats you can take away with you on the day as well as taking orders for our bespoke portraits and stationery!

We can't wait to see you there! Head over to the Native Makers Facebook page to find out more!

Handmade Hens: Creative Portraits

Photograph by  Beth Neil

Photograph by Beth Neil

Laura was the first Bride-to-be to take part in our creative workshop, we are super excited to be running Handmade Hen Party sessions at MAKE in sunny Plymouth! In this half a day workshop Abi will teach you simple (but no less awesome) techniques for creating quirky portraits using drawing, collage and hand lettering. If you are looking for a fun way to celebrate with your girls (or guys!) then read on...

Photograph by  Freckle

Photograph by Freckle

Photograph by  Freckle

Photograph by Freckle

So here's what you'll get up to - Hens will join together to make the pages of an illustrated portrait book for the bride, each page becoming a handmade likeness of everyone at the celebration. After the party Abi will use copies of your illustrations to make a handcrafted book and send it to the Bride-to-be as a keepsake of the day!

Photograph by  Beth Neil

Photograph by Beth Neil

Photograph by  Beth Neil

Photograph by Beth Neil

This party is suitable for everyone from absolute drawing novices to crafting masterminds and as part of the Hen Do MAKE at 140 provide a super tasty high tea, with gluten free and vegan options. 

Photo by  Dom Moore

Photo by Dom Moore

(At Laura's party we had a selection of delicious treats, I dare you to resist the Almond Chocolate Brownie!) Although the cafe does not have a license to serve cocktails feel free to bring along some bubbly - it's a party after all!

Photograph by  Beth Neil

Photograph by Beth Neil

Photograph by  Beth Neil

Photograph by Beth Neil

Laura chose to make her portrait out of the same fabric she used to sew her favourite dress! How cool is that? If you have any material that holds a special memory then bring it along! 

Cost: £29.50 per person or £42 per person with high tea (materials provided)
Venue: MAKE AT 140 Vauxhall Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 0DF

To book call Lizzy at MAKE on 01752 600130
Got questions? Talk to Abi from Dearly Beloved - Call 07731368329 or email us
 

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! 

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!

Native Makers

Native Makers is the brainchild of Devon based duo Rosie Drake-Knight and Emily Dymond. Founded as a platform for creative folk in Devon they curate quality makers markets and workshops in the South West. We came across Native Makers last year at their first Christmas market, the work on sale was all so beautifully crafted it genuinely got us excited about the talent in Devon. You can imagine how chuffed we are to have been selected as an exhibitor for their upcoming fair on 28th November, Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth!

The Native Maker gals don't just organise events they are also creatives themselves...
Rosie is a designer / maker and graduated from Falmouth University in 2013 with a BA Hons in Textile Design. You can find more information about Rosie here: rosiedrake-knight. Emily graduated from Plymouth College of Art in 2013 with a BA Hons in Illustration, and now works as a freelance illustrator and designer maker in the South West. You can find more information about Emily here: emilydymondillustration

Screenprinted 'Adventure' cushion cover, Emily Dymond

Screenprinted 'Adventure' cushion cover, Emily Dymond

Large mustard drawstring bag, Rosie Drake-Knight

Large mustard drawstring bag, Rosie Drake-Knight

Alongside our bespoke wedding stationery we will also be selling some products for people who are not planning on tying the knot, we have been busy making greetings cards, notebooks and artist prints to fill your stockings. Rumour has it we will also be offering an exclusive discount for all couples who find us at Native Makers, so come along and say Hello!

YEE-HAW greetings card, Dearly Beloved

YEE-HAW greetings card, Dearly Beloved

Find out more here - Native Makers

See you there everyone! 

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

Mike & Ellen, A picture made for two

This has been our favourite commission to date!

London couple Mike and Ellen are planning a beautiful wedding in Cornwall inspired by the English countryside. After speaking to the couple it was clear they wanted an invitation that gave their guests a preview into their celebration and what better way to get guests imagining the day than representing the couple in a portrait. Their invitation also features the colour of Ellen's favourite flower, the Cornflower. 

We are really looking forward to sharing more of the designs we have created, menus, signage, place settings... But you'll have to wait until after their big day to see those!