ABOUT BEA & BLOOM
I'm Emma, the designer & illustrator behind Bea & Bloom, a creative design studio established in 2016, specialising in branding for small businesses, wedding stationery and illustration.
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. So I ended up in the right place!)
- I'm a big fan of fairytales, Disney movies, animals, pick 'n' mix, Italian food, markets and binge watching TV shows with my husband.
-I also love all things pastel-coloured, floral, and geometric, which is reflected in many of my designs
- I got married in 2017 ( ^ didn't we manage to find the most on-brand wedding venue??)
-Me and my husband now live in Kent where we're currently renovating our first house together, an 1880s Victorian Terrace.
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 in November 2016, Bea & Bloom was born. Having recently been through the wedding planning process myself, I know exactly how important it is to make sure everything runs smoothly and that every element of your day is perfect, starting with some beautiful invitations.
Since launching, I've expanded the studio to offer logo and branding packages for small businesses. I love working with fellow entrepreneurs and creative business owners, and work closely with you throughout the process to create a brand that you're proud of.
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 of course napping.
She lives with my parents just ten minutes from us, but she regularly comes for sleepovers and during my work day you'll often find her sitting on my desk.