REAL WEDDING // Jenna & Luke - Dreamy Santorini Watercolour Wedding

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Huge congratulations to Jenna and Luke who tied the knot in Santorini last summer at the STUNNING Santo Winery. If you’re anything like us, these beautiful blue sky photographs are what you need on this frosty February morning, so a grab a cuppa and read all about their seaside nuptials. Photography by Eva Rendl Photography and Dimitris Paridis Photography.

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We loved working with Jenna & Luke to create their suite of bespoke wedding day stationery including Order of Service fans, table plan, menu choice cards and place settings all finished with fresh green watercolour background, modern calligraphy and gold foiled detail.

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Their stunning location didn’t need much decoration but we love how the crisp white interior of Santo Winery mixed with the blue sky and sea echoed the traditional blue and white architecture of the region. Our stationery and the floral arrangements by Betty Flowers added the finishing pops of green to their ceremony space.

Wedding dress by  Suzanne Neville

Wedding dress by Suzanne Neville

Florist -  Betty Flowers

Florist - Betty Flowers

Bride’s shoes -  Ted Baker

Bride’s shoes - Ted Baker

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Thank you so much again for your amazing design, it added so much to our day. Everyone complimented on the order of service and the fan was certainly needed! Great service from start to finish... Thank you. 
— Jenna & Luke
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Jenna wore a Suzanne Neville gown with a drop dead gorgeous sleek silhouette, all Suzanne Neville dresses British made and still hand crafted in London.

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To make it easier for Jenna and Luke to take over to Santorini we created these individual cards for each table of the wedding breakfast, once at the venue they were assembled onto this hand painted backboard and finished with lush florals.

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Just… WOW… Huge congratulations to Jenna & Luke!

SUPPILERS
Venue - Santo Winery
Photographers - Eva Rendl Photography and Dimitris Paridis Photography
Stationery - Dearly Beloved
Wedding Planners - Weddings in Santorini
Flowers - Betty Flowers
Bride’s dress - Suzanne Neville
Bridesmaid dresses - Biba  
Make Up - Stacey Amber Ward
Hair - Milly McHugh & Kate Gotham 

REAL WEDDING // Sara & Sarah - Swallows & Amazons inspired Salcombe celebration

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We are thrilled to be sharing this joyful wedding day! Abi met with Sara & Sarah back in the wintery months of last year to begin planning their bespoke stationery, seeing these beautiful shots of their big day by Emma Barrow has brought the biggest smile to our faces. We just know you're going to love seeing how they made their celebration their own, keep on scrolling for love, laughter and a whole lot of inspiration...

We created this vintage map style invitation postcard. See more  here ...

We created this vintage map style invitation postcard. See more here...

... and the matching RSVP cards featured a homage to the Swallows and Amazons flags

... and the matching RSVP cards featured a homage to the Swallows and Amazons flags

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Arthur Ransome's 'Swallows and Amazons' was the starting point for this couple's invitation design. Sara & Sarah sent us the original map illustration and we also looked at some of the newer versions of the vintage book covers to influence their design. We decided on a mix of watercolour painting and digital drawing with a little pirate twist for their postcard style invitations and RSVP  cards.

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Fern filled botanical florals were cerated by  Holly Bee Flowers

Fern filled botanical florals were cerated by Holly Bee Flowers

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Sara & Sarah loved how their pirate map style wedding invites turned out so much they decided to get a large format version printed up as a decorative sign

Sara & Sarah loved how their pirate map style wedding invites turned out so much they decided to get a large format version printed up as a decorative sign

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It was really important to this super couple that their coastal hometown Salcombe played a big part in their wedding day; as well as hosting their celebration at seafront venue the Salcombe Harbour Hotel Sara & Sarah led their guests through the town and aboard The Rivermaid for a mini cruise before partying the night away.

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We designed pennant style table names, white for the Swallows and black for the Amazons in keeping with the wedding invitation illustration.

We designed pennant style table names, white for the Swallows and black for the Amazons in keeping with the wedding invitation illustration.

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The magnificent naked cake was created by  Edible Essence  and decorated with natural ferns and figs and other fruit, the finishing touch was a couple of cute lego brides as cake toppers. 

The magnificent naked cake was created by Edible Essence and decorated with natural ferns and figs and other fruit, the finishing touch was a couple of cute lego brides as cake toppers. 

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Check out more from the suppliers that helped create their day...

SUPPLIERS
Stationery: Dearly Beloved
Venue: Salcombe Harbour Hotel
Photography: Emma Barrow Photography
DJ: Silent Discomania
Flower children: H&M and Rocco Clothing
Bouquet: Holly-Bee Flowers
Cake: Edible Essence
Dress: Alice Temperley
Hair Stylist: Yvonne Schmidt
Pizza: South Devon Pizza Company
Sweet Station: Cranch's Sweetshop 
Boat hire: The Rivermaid

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
 

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!