Sunday 5th March - Bespoke Bride Guide Wedding Showcase

Just over one week to go! Spring is on it's way and love is in the air and we're getting ready for the Bespoke Bride Guide Wedding Showcase.

Devonport Guildhall Save the Date cards available  here , Photo by  Grace Elizabeth Photography

Devonport Guildhall Save the Date cards available here, Photo by Grace Elizabeth Photography

Come and talk to us about your wedding ideas - We love working on personalised projects. Photo by  Liberty Pearl Photography

Come and talk to us about your wedding ideas - We love working on personalised projects. Photo by Liberty Pearl Photography

We have two complimentary tickets up for grabs contact us get your hands on them!

Run by the fabulous Harris Twins (fellow South West Wedding Award Finalists) The Bespoke Bride Guide scouts the South West for unique wedding suppliers, so this fair is sure to feature a shed load of great wedding ideas from authentic creative makers!

Can't wait to see you there!

The Big Day Wedding Fair, 19th February 2017, Plymouth Pavilions

This Sunday Abi will be joining the rest of the Handmade Hens from Make at 140 at The Big Day wedding fair. Bringing together some of the awesome wedding suppliers the South West has to offer The Big Day is going to be a great event for Devon based engaged couples. From live demos to catwalk shows we're pretty sure it's going to be like walking into a real life Pinterest board! 

Dearly Beloved's Abi will be drawing live portraits of Brides-to-be and chatting about alternative hen party fun!

Photo by  Dom Moore

Photo by Dom Moore

Photo by  Dom Moore

Photo by Dom Moore

Photo by  Dom Moore

Photo by Dom Moore

Make at 140 hosts a range of hen parties for Brides who want something a little different! A beautiful cafe/haberdashery based next door to Plymouth's historic Barbican there are a range of party themes for Hens to want to get crafting!

Abi's portrait workshop is perfect for everyone (even if you have a complete art phobia)! A fun, laid back session where each party goer creates a hand crafted version of themselves... with cake... and prosecco! 

Photo by  Dom Moore

Photo by Dom Moore

And when the party is over Abi will put all of your portraits together to create a book for the Bride as a keepsake of the day!

See you there!

Plymouth Pavilions
19th February 2017, 10am

Here's where to find us...
Stand 54: 10am – 10.30am & 1pm - 1:30pm Come and join Lizzy from Make at 140 Vauxhall Street for an interactive workshop learning the techniques of making button bouquets and discussing your handmade hen ideas.

Stand 55: 10.30 – 11.30am & 1:30pm – 2pm Join Abi from Dearly Beloved for a quick portrait of the bride to be and to discuss hosting a fun portrait illustration party.

Stand 64: 11.30am – 12 & 2:30pm - 3pm Follow along the talented milliner Trish from Just Seven designs showing you what you can do with your hens in a fascinator workshop.

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!

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!