REAL WEDDING // Cara & Dan - Cycling celebration on Rutland waters

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Cara and Dan's beautifully bespoke wedding day can only be described as... EPIC! Keep scrolling to see highlights from their celebration, we promise you won't be disappointed.
Photography by Red on Blonde Photography.

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Cara and Dan found some really awesome ways to incorporate their love of cycling into their wedding day; one of which was the illustrated wedding stationery suite we designed for the couple. We mixed a modern portrait featuring Cara and Dan tandem cycling with deco inspired font to create their fun wedding invitation, here it is framed up in their home.

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...we also designed this custom sign to welcome guests to the party.

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Cara and Dan said their 'I dos' at the breathtaking Normanton Church with views of the reservoir, a string quartet and their nearest and dearest singing their hearts out.

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Order of Service sheets featuring details of their wedding ceremony and lyrics for their guests when it was time to sing.

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Brass band Das Brass led guests in a procession to board the Rutland Belle for a boat trip to the wedding reception. 

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The rest of their stationery included table names, menus and cards for this vintage penny farthing table plan featuring their custom illustrated flowers.

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We are so honoured to have played a part in making Cara & Dan's big day, and what an amazing day it was! Congratulations guys!

If you would like to work with us to create your vision for your wedding day just get in touch to talk about your wedding stationery - hello@dearlybeloveddesign.co.uk

SUPPLIERS
Photography by Red on Blonde Photography
Stationery by us Dearly Beloved
Sailcloth tent by Shades
Flowers by Violets and Velvet
Make up by Hannah Dora
Hair by Alison Jenner
Brass band: Das Brass
String Quartet: Highly Strung
Boat trip: Rutland Belle

REAL 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

Making your wedding personal

Photograph by  Freckle Photography

Photograph by Freckle Photography

HOORAY you're getting married! BUT now you have to plan the darn wedding!

It can seem like an impossible task, our advice is... Your wedding is a celebration of your the beginning of your lives together - So do it your way! 

We loved working with this couple to create their  NYC edgy, colourful collection .   Photograph by  Weddingbytwo

We loved working with this couple to create their NYC edgy, colourful collection. Photograph by Weddingbytwo

Your invitations set the tone for your wedding day; they are the first snippet of the wedding you get to share with your loved ones. There are so many options, how do you decide? Ignore the norm and stay true to you! What do you like? What are your interests? Favourite colours, films, places?

Classic 1950s  Order of Ceremony programme. Photograph by  Sarah Lauren Photography

Classic 1950s Order of Ceremony programme. Photograph by Sarah Lauren Photography

This couple came to us with ideas inspired by their parents, favourite film and the Groom's Malaysian heritage.

Images from the couple that inspired the collection

Images from the couple that inspired the collection

The Bride's mother on her wedding day

The Bride's mother on her wedding day

Their  Classic 1950s bespoke collection  included everything from illustrated compact mirrors for favours to the menus, all featuring painted herb inspired foliage and clean classic typography. 

Their Classic 1950s bespoke collection included everything from illustrated compact mirrors for favours to the menus, all featuring painted herb inspired foliage and clean classic typography. 

The happy couple on their big day!  See more here on Sarah Lauren's blog

The happy couple on their big day! See more here on Sarah Lauren's blog

Use your wedding to celebrate yourselves! Choose your best friend to give you away... Ditch the cake and eat wedding donuts! We're here to help!