Today I am delighted to be able to introduce you to Melanie Thorn from Melanie’s Studio Designs, a stationer, illustrator and event stylist currently doing big things in the wedding industry. Melanie specialises in unique illustration and design lead stationery, which is pretty, stylish and contemporary. She also offers a bespoke service which sees her working closely with each couple to create a stationery suite, unique and individual to them.
Melanie has been kind enough to answer some questions for me today, so you can get to know her and her work much better.
‘Award winning stationery designer, specialising in unique illustration, design lead stationery and beautiful wedding styling solutions. Full collections of wedding stationery are available to order and a bespoke service is also on offer catering for the style conscious couple looking for something truly unique.
With a background in Fine Art and Design I offer originality, sensitivity and quality, creating a truly personalised service. I primarily cover the Cotswolds, Warwickshire and London. However, I welcome the opportunity to work with clients from anywhere in the UK, Europe and America.
I am committed to working closely with my clients to understand their requirements and ensure that they are delighted with my work.’
What made you start your business?
I have always enjoyed setting personal goals and challenging myself. After studying at a high level in various art and design fields I have acquired an adaptable and varied skill set. It seemed like the next logical step to create my own creative business doing what I do best.
I love working closely with my clients and having a small business of my own means I get to personally give each and every customer a personalised service.
Where areyou based and what areas do you cover?
I am based in a pretty village on the edge of the North Cotswolds. I primarily cover the Cotswolds and its surrounding counties, but often work with clients from London and further afield, including recently working with couples based in Qatar and Italy.
How would you describe your style?
My latest collections I would describe as contemporary and pretty. I focus on incorporating hand drawn illustrations throughout my designs enhanced with pretty graphics, stylish colour palettes and creative typefaces.
For my bespoke service though I can offer a whole range of styles, from industrial chic and quirky contemporary through to nostalgic vintage and understated elegance. (more…)
There’s nothing traditional about today’s wedding. The bride designed her own tattoo instead of wearing an engagement ring, the wedding was decided upon and organised in just a few short months and Carrie wore three (with an extra one just in case) yes, three dresses. Carrie and Simon’s photographs by Becky Ryan show their true characters and personalities. A barrel of laughs, a barrel (or two) of beers and all their loved ones gathered in tipis for their beautiful, personal humanist celebration.
‘Big fun in big tents fuelled by beer and beef.’
Carrie and Simon were married 10th May at Bakewell Town Hall and then had a humanist ceremony and reception in tipis in Carrie’s parents’ paddock in Hassop, Derbyshire. They then had everybody back for a buffet lunch on the Sunday. “Neither of us are particularly traditional and we really wanted to avoid the standard country house wedding. I had quite a strong idea of what I wanted from the start and although we knew having the wedding at my parents’ house would mean a lot of work, it also saved us money in a lot of ways too. “All in it was about 8 months from deciding to get married to the big day itself. But we had everything planned within about two months, then it was just six months of making stuff!”
Happy Monday folks, how was your weekend? Did it fly by as quickly as mine did? I spent some of the weekend on board a narrow boat dressed as a pirate (the things I do for friends eh!), which was thoroughly enjoyable if a little dangerous as we dodged the thunder and lightning. Today’s wedding will definitely bring cheer to the grey skies, if there are any where you are. Anna and Henry’s wedding was captured by Kev Elkins and just goes to prove that no matter what the weather, nothing is getting in the way of two people so very much in love. This wedding is truly homespun, in every sense of the word. Anna made her own dress and lace bolero. I particularly love the origami bouquets and buttonholes too.
‘The best day ever. Exactly the kind of wedding we wanted.’
Anna and Henry were married on the 24th May at Masham Methodist Church with their reception shared with 100 guests at Hill Top Farm in Masham, North Yorkshire. “The venue and the views were incredible, we wanted something a bit different.”
Now I’m a big fan of thunder storms. The heavy, sweaty, dense feeling before them and the relief and freshness that they leave behind. My children love them too, which I’m thankful for; we line up against the windows at night watching for lightning and counting the miles until the thunder erupts. It’s not the same for everyone and if you are frightened of the unpredictability of storms then I hope that you have managed to steer clear of them over the past couple of days. In the calm of this Sunday morning, I invite you to take five and enjoy this week’s Best Bits and I hope that the coming new week is the perfect start to your summer holidays.
It was the rainbow of colour that drew me to the best wedding this week. And this is only Part One from Matt Parry, I can’t wait to see the second installment. I love the traditions, the family support and especially the beautiful, delicate hand and feet painting. A sheer joy this one and I’m already looking forward to sharing part two with you, when I can.
Mike and Pinky – Part One. By Matt Parry
DIY paper flower luminaries. By 100 Layer Cake
DIY paper wisteria backdrop. By Ruffled
DIY tree branch centerpieces. By DIY Wedding Magazine
DIY glitter gem place names. By Love My Dress
A wedding in St Agnes, Cornwall. By Ann Kathrin Koch
A Tythe Barn, Dorset wedding. By Helen Lisk
A Manchester Town Hall wedding. By Nicola Thompson
An outdoor ceremony at The Crear. By Photos by Zoe
Kate & Damian’s Ibiza wedding. By Gypsy Westwood Photography
A few weeks ago we introduced you to our lovely new Boho Brides and over the coming weeks you will really get to know them inside and out. This week it’s the turn of Emily and Jonny. They are getting married next September at East Riddlesden Hall. Let’s meet them properly shall we?
Introducing the Diary of a Boho Bride…
“Well what a couple of months! Hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine.
In our last post I mentioned about going dress shopping…well, I am relived and excited to say I found ‘the one’. Here’s the story:
The dress search, I feel has gone full circle, a maze of excitement leading to the one via many others along the way and stopping off for a cuppa in between.
Today’s wedding is perfect for adding a touch of sunshine if you are currently without any. It’s full of fun and polka dots and splashes of colour and comes courtesy of photographer Lisa Howard who has really captured the personalities of Rosie and Michael and their wish to enjoy a relaxed and informal celebration. Lots and lots of laughter, big blue balloons and plenty of DIY touches to get your creative juices flowing, including a special gift of two taxidermy mice dresses as a bride and groom!
‘Relaxed, informal and fun. Reflective of our personalities, our friends and our families.’
Rosie and Michael were married on 25th April at Hope Street Hotel in Liverpool. “We’ve lived in the area near the venue for five years and always loved it but never had a reason to go. When we decided upon an urban wedding it was only the second place we viewed and expected it to be out of our price range. The package that they offered was incredible but not as stunning as the view from the room overlooking the city where the ceremony would be taking place. As soon as we saw it it was pretty much a done deal and even if it was out of our budget, we would’ve made it work. It suited our personalities and the ideas that I’d already started gathering as to what I wanted our wedding to look like.”