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 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