REAL WEDDING: Chris & James - Taking centre stage...

Chris and James planned an awesome, personal wedding at the stunning exclusive use country house Pendrell Hall; if you're looking for some no nonsense advice from a couple that have been there then read on...

Keep track of what you've got and what you want, including budget and when payments are due - the more things you have written down out of your head, the less you have to try and remember

It might sound like a given but getting details out of your head and onto paper will give you the space you need to make those all important decisions. So... cocktails or prosecco?

Do things in advance to avoid disappointment, if there is a certain thing you want at the wedding i.e pianist, research and get it booked!

We love this one, once you have the budget and wedding date sorted start getting in touch with suppliers. It might seem like you need to have all the details ironed out before you book the creative folk you need to make your celebration happen, but we are always happy to chat to couples. Let's talk about the style of stationery you would like; we start work on the designs while you nail down the finer details. We can save your designs and give you a couple of weeks to decide on the final timings etc, just get back in touch when you're ready and we'll send everything to print once you know what time the party gets started.

The highlight...

Seeing all our friends and family in one place having the most amazing time, all to celebrate our relationship together. Seeing people laughing, crying, dancing, singing and just simply having so much fun meant the world to us and brought us the upmost amount of joy. We can remember both taking a moment during our wedding breakfast to look out across the room and take in all the faces of happiness chatting away to people they might not have even met before.

Don't be afraid to change your mind, it's a once in a lifetime day so it is important to get it right!

As well as a bespoke portrait Chris and James added a fun theme for their wedding day stationery inspired by their love of West End musicals.

Musicals are our joint hobby, we love nothing more than going to the theatre and taking in a great show - it is what makes us so happy. We wanted to bring that into our special day as it is what people know us for, so we ensured all the table names were named after our favourite musicals, made the favours linked to the table name and also ensured lots of the songs from various musicals were played. We walked down the aisle to 'Can you feel the love tonight' from the Lion King so we ensured the theme ran throughout the whole day. We loved bringing to life our passion for musicals including the fabulous table plan!

Photo by Faye Ford Photography

Photo by Faye Ford Photography

Thanks so much to Chris and James for sharing a little of what made their wedding day special - Congratulations guys!

NEW DESIGNS ARE ON THE WAY...

Here is the very first of our brand new wedding stationery designs - Herb Garden

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Now that our own wedding is done and dusted we are squirrelling away in the studio making new and exciting things. We want to keep our designs looking fresh and so our Collections are going to get a makeover - If there's anything you love and you don't want to see it go let us know :) Available on notonthehighstreet.com Product code: 741242

New greetings cards available from notonthehighstreet.com

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Pop the question to your closest girls (or guys!) with this bridesmaid card featuring watercolour olive branches and modern calligraphy lettering.

Mr & Mrs wedding card , blank inside for your own special message. Celebrate in style with this illustrated greetings card! Perfect for occasions such as weddings, anniversaries and engagements!

Mr & Mrs wedding card, blank inside for your own special message. Celebrate in style with this illustrated greetings card! Perfect for occasions such as weddings, anniversaries and engagements!

'Lovebirds' painted Valentine's Day  greetings card created from quirky illustrated colourful bird friends.

'Lovebirds' painted Valentine's Day greetings card created from quirky illustrated colourful bird friends.

Head over to our notonthehighstreet.com storefront to see more of our stationery products

NM4 GIVEAWAY WINNER

Last weekend at the Native Makers Summer Market we ran a competition to win either 50 Save the Dates or a custom portrait. Picked at random, the lucky winner is... drumroll please...

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Congratulations Jo! We have sent you an email with details of how to claim your prize! Can't wait to hear from you!

We had so much fun meeting Jo and loads of other great people at Native Makers, as always the day was a celebration of super South West makers. Here's a few snaps from the day taken by the talented Dom Moore Photography

Team DB

Team DB

Well done to the whole crew!

Well done to the whole crew!

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!

Mama McKenzie's 60th Birthday Celebration

Back in April Abi's Mom celebrated her 60th birthday and so with some stealthy organisation our family and friends got together to throw her a surprise party to remember! After rooting through old snaps we created this invitation, which secretly made it's way around the country without Mama McKenzie's knowledge (phew).

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Abi grabbed her brush pen and whipped up some hand painted signage including bunting, signage and menus...

The original photograph we swiped from the McKenzie family album, Mrs McKenzie *cough* a few decades ago :) , "Classic Pam", in the garden showing off her latest uniform 

The original photograph we swiped from the McKenzie family album, Mrs McKenzie *cough* a few decades ago :) , "Classic Pam", in the garden showing off her latest uniform 

Happy tears were shed, plenty of food consumed and good times were had by all!

Matt & Abbi - Custom made illustrated portrait

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We surprised our buddies Matt and Abbi with their very own Dearly Beloved portrait this weekend! It was Abbi's birthday and we thought it would make the perfect gift! It was actually really nerve wracking as normally our couples get to see the artwork before printing, luckily they love it as much as we loved making it! 

"We love it so much, it captured us so well... Something this personal will have a place in our home forever."

Abbi loves stars, everything from her scarves to her furniture usually have a sneaky star pattern, to make it that extra bit special we decided to replace the usual florals with a constellation border!

Campfire Celebration! Happy 2nd Birthday Wilf!

Last month we donated our design services to the Native Makers Fundraising Auction - These amazing guys are working with local creatives to develop their practice through workshops, artisan fairs and more! 

Congratulations to the Wells Family! They were planning a campfire inspired birthday party, with a BBQ, toasted marshmallows and camping, to celebrate their son Wilf's 2nd birthday party. We were delighted to design these bespoke invitations for the celebration!

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Wishing little Wilf a wonderful 2nd Birthday! 

Planning a party? We've put together some ideas for your little wild cubs -https://uk.pinterest.com/dearlybeloved0/rumpus/

Claire & Ollie: Vintage English Riviera

It's amazing to see the bespoke wedding invitations we created for South West couple Claire & Ollie in print! We first met Claire at a vintage inspired craft fair where she picked up one of Abi's illustrations; fast forward a couple of years and we are so happy to still in be touch and working with the couple to help make their big day special! 

We illustrated not one but two wedding invitations featuring a daytime scene for guests attending the full wedding, and the same portrait of the couple, only this time at dusk, for their evening reception guests; both with names in hand painted lettering.

Claire and Ollie are pulling out all the stops with a personal celebration in their home town of Torquay. Inspired by the British seaside, classic fashion of the 1950s and colourful, retro railway posters, we are working on a suite of stationery including Save the Date post cards, invitations, wedding day signage... and... well... you'll just have to stay tuned to find out the rest!

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!

Ed & Zoe - Country Farm Florals

We were thrilled when Zoe got in touch with us before Christmas after spotting our designs on Instagram; the couple are planning a fun marquee celebration on their parents farm and asked us to create a collection to suit the laid back style of the day.

We created a portrait, hand painted lettering and a couple of fun floral patterns for their invitation, RSVP and information cards.

Get in touch if you would like your very own wedding portrait! 

5 things we love for 2016

5. Rifle Paper Co.

Evelina Journal   Rifle Paper Co. has a beautiful collection stationery and artwork, Abi's favourite is this journal featuring the signature Rifle bold, floral pattern.

Evelina Journal 
Rifle Paper Co. has a beautiful collection stationery and artwork, Abi's favourite is this journal featuring the signature Rifle bold, floral pattern.

4. Miscellaneous Adventures

Great Outdoors Embroidered Patch   Miscellaneous Adventures are on a mission to combine creativity with outdoor living; their site is a great source of inspiration with everything from great products to delicious recipes to try on your next camping trip!

Great Outdoors Embroidered Patch 
Miscellaneous Adventures are on a mission to combine creativity with outdoor living; their site is a great source of inspiration with everything from great products to delicious recipes to try on your next camping trip!

3. Orla Kiely

Cou Cou Gathered Day Dress   The Spring Summer 2016 Collection by Orla Kiely is a pattern lovers dream, feminine but not too sickly sweet

Cou Cou Gathered Day Dress 
The Spring Summer 2016 Collection by Orla Kiely is a pattern lovers dream, feminine but not too sickly sweet

2. Three Potato Four

Do Your Best  Pennant   On our recent trip to America this summer we picked up a couple of awesome pennants and now we have the bug! 

Do Your Best Pennant 
On our recent trip to America this summer we picked up a couple of awesome pennants and now we have the bug! 

1. Creative Pep Talk by Andy J Miller

A podcast of quick casual thoughts on finding your thing in the design and illustration world by illustrator and designer Andy J. Miller 
Ben's afternoon pick me up is a cup of coffee and the latest in this series of motivational creative podcasts

We're in Stationery Trends Magazine!

Stationery Trends Winter Cover 2016

Our New York Ombre bespoke invitation has been featured in the latest issue of Stationery Trends Magazine!

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Stationery Trends is an award winning American magazine dedicated to sharing greetings cards gifts and all things stationery. We're really proud of the work we did for Manjil & Brad so it's awesome their invite celebrated alongside so much other great stationery! Huge thanks to editor Sarah from Stationery Trends

Pantone 2016 // Rose Quartz & Serenity

Pantone Colours of 2016, Rose Quartz & Serenity

Pantone Colours of 2016, Rose Quartz & Serenity

The Pantone colours for this year create such a cool wedding colour palette; check out our inspiration for a simple, modern celebration - perfect for a cool, low key wedding day! Who says pink is just for Princesses?  These beautiful images come from some of our favourite sources from The Grand Budapest Hotel to We The People's candy floss locks, for image credits see the full collection on our Pinterest board

Meet Jessica Charleston

Photograph by  Albert Palmer

Photograph by Albert Palmer

Based in Bath Jessica Charleston designs beautiful, bespoke wedding gowns; we love the modern shapes featured in her designs and we know you will too. As the dresses she creates are truly couture she actually handcrafts each dress not once but twice; once as a toile prototype and then, only when she has perfected the pattern to fit your body perfectly does she create your wedding dress in the fabrics of your choice.

Photograph by  Andrea Pennington

Photograph by Andrea Pennington

Photograph by  Albert Palmer

Photograph by Albert Palmer

Photograph by  Andrea Pennington

Photograph by Andrea Pennington

"I believe a wedding dress should be unique to you, your style and your wedding. From my shop in Bath I make couture wedding dresses tailored to fit perfectly and designed with you to be your perfect wedding dress."

Recently we worked with Jessica to create an illustration inspired by the recent Paper, Scissors, Stone collection. This bespoke project was a wonderful challenge; initially we created a whimsical image in the style of our custom portraits. However, interpreting the vision of our client is something we do best and after speaking to Jessica it was clear a softer more feminine painting was better suited to her brand.  

Photograph by  Freckle  

Photograph by Freckle 

Photograph by  Andrea Pennington

Photograph by Andrea Pennington

Our initial ink drawing

Our initial ink drawing

Final illustration by  Dearly Beloved  for Jessica Charleston

Final illustration by Dearly Beloved for Jessica Charleston

Here is the final image, a painterly fashion illustration in the steely colour palette requested by Jessica; it was so much fun getting messy with inks and painting this image!

Pop into Jessica's at her boutique in London Street, Bath and see her wonderful gowns for yourself, we are also offering all of Jessica's brides an exclusive 20% off our stationery design services.

And the winner is...

We are thrilled to announce that the winner of our giveaway is...

Back in November we launched a competition for one lucky couple to win either 50 Save the Date cards or a custom portrait, we thought we would kick off 2016 with announcing the winner! Well done ANNABEL POET we have emailed you with details of how to collect your prize! Look out for more great news and giveaways here on our blog! 

Last chance to win your Save the Dates!

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One lucky couple will win 5O customised Save the Date cards to share the news of their upcoming wedding! We will be announcing the lucky winner tomorrow so go go go! 

How to enter...
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Don't forget to follow us too! Good luck everyone! If you aren't planning on getting married but love the look of our stuff why not share this competition with someone you know who is tying the knot :)

Modern Blooms in Perfect Wedding Magazine

"Beautiful wild flowers, whimsical table settings, the prettiest sweet treats and dresses that embrace 2016's 3D floral trend. Want. It. All!"

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Flora & Fauna Wedding Invitation, photograph by  Alexa Loy

Flora & Fauna Wedding Invitation, photograph by Alexa Loy

For the second month in a row we have been featured in Perfect Wedding Magazine! This time our Flora and Fauna stationery from the Mr & Mrs Unique styled shoot is on the pages of the January issue. What a great start to 2016!

We collaborated with awesome Erica from alternative wedding blog Mr & Mrs Unique on this Flora and Fauna styled shoot last summer. Every time we look back at the shoot we remember the hard work, beautiful styling and creative direction from MMU; see more here!

Greetings cards from Dearly Beloved

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Alongside our wedding stationery we have been developing a collection of illustrated paper goods; we are super excited to be selling a range of wares such as notebooks, greetings cards and artist prints. We will be updating our shop frequently so favourite our shop keep an eye out for new products!