ABOUT BEA & BLOOM
Hello! I'm Emma, the illustrator & designer behind Bea & Bloom, a small illustrated wedding stationery studio based in my home in Kent.
Here's a few things you should know about me:
-I love being creative and have been for as long as I can remember (in fact, when I was about 8 years old I wrote in an "All About Me" book that I wanted to be an illustrator when I grew up!).
-I love all things pretty, pastel, floral, which is reflected in many of my designs.
- I'm also a big fan of fairytales, Disney movies, animals, sweets and binge watching TV shows with my fiancé.
I studied illustration at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2014 with first class honours. After graduation I set up as a freelance illustrator, working on a variety of projects including designing jewellery for Jelly Button Jewellery and a range of products for Lucky Dip Club. I also started my own Etsy shop selling a range of fun illustrated paper goods such as colouring books and greeting cards.
On New Year's Eve 2015 I got engaged to my wonderful husband, Jamie (read the full story here), and embarked on the exciting journey of wedding planning. I begun designing all of our stationery myself. An illustrated map of the venue, fold-out menus to double up as place cards, illustrated quotes for the table centre pieces, the list of items I was designing for the big day just kept growing. Pages of sketches and doodles sparked an idea to set up a brand new wedding stationery design business where I could share all of my designs and ideas with other happy couples, and Bea & Bloom was born. Being in the middle of the wedding planning process myself means I know just how important all the little details are, and I am dedicated to making your wedding stationery dreams come true.
THE DESIGN PROCESS
Everything in the range is designed by me here in my home studio in Kent. I start my designs with a few rough doodles in a notebook, before drawing a final design using my favourite uni pin 0.2mm fine-liners. These designs then get scanned in to my computer where I use Adobe Illustrator and my Wacom tablet to edit, colour and add text. When everything has been put together and is looking lovely, I send the files on their way to my favourite UK based printers to turn them in to beautiful paper goods. Finally, everything is checked thoroughly before being sent on to you for your special day!
WHY BEA & BLOOM?
The name Bea & Bloom is inspired by two of my favourite things:
-Pretty blooms & florals, and my fun, playful, cuddly best friend; our lovely Westie, Beabea. She loves socks, rope toys, walks, all food (except bananas) and, as you can tell from the photo, naps.