HELLO!

Hello and welcome to Bea & Bloom! The website is still a work in progress at the moment, but very soon I'll be open for business selling a range of illustrated wedding stationery. In the mean time you can browse my illustration portfolio or my Etsy shop where I sell a range of paper goods such as greeting cards and colouring books.

I thought I'd kick things off with my first blog post by telling you all about my own engagement story (yep, I'm getting married too!)

New Year’s Eve 2015, we were on a lovely 5 day cruise with my parents and Jamie’s Dad. Just before dinner the phone rang in the cabin, it was Dad telling me they were running a little late and they’d meet us in the bar. It turned out later that this was all part of the plan to give Jamie some time alone with me to pop the question! I then managed to make things as difficult as possible for Jamie as I kept coming up with reasons not to go for a walk on the prom deck… “let’s sort out your new pocket square”, “lets have our picture taken”… etc. Eventually he managed to drag me outside (at this point I was protesting that the wind would mess up my hair) and walk me around the deck. It was when we reached the back of the ship and he told me to close my eyes that I suddenly clocked what might be happening! I opened my eyes to find him down on one knee holding my Nan’s beautiful eternity ring. I of course said yes and everything after that is a bit of a blur! Although the grin on my face in this picture says it all. Jamie still likes to joke about how the only other time he’d seen me grin that much was earlier that same day when we’d found some rather tasty donuts in a German market!

We went inside to find our family waiting in the bar with a bottle of champagne and spent the rest of the evening celebrating (I had great fun pretending that the New Year’s fireworks and parties were in fact all in honour of our engagement!)

On New Year’s day we spent a beautiful few hours having breakfast in bed and watching the Sea from our balcony. It was perfect, and so special to have that time just the two of us. The only issue with getting engaged at Sea is having to wait 36 hours to get home and start telling everyone!

We started planning right away, deciding to marry on our 6th anniversary on 23rd September 2017. Our venue is the lovely Museum of Kent Life in Maidstone. We wanted something a little different, near to my parent’s house (I’ve always wanted to get ready at my childhood home, in fact I’ve told them on a few occasions that they can’t move until after I get married!), and that we could use as a blank canvas to make the day our own, and Kent Life ticked all of those boxes!

Of course I will be designing all of my own stationery too! As well as lots of extras like illustrated quotes for the table centre pieces, posters to go in some display cases in the ceremony room etc. Here's a little taster of one of the quotes:

We’ve booked our photographers, the lovely Catherine and Andy from White Stag Weddings. We knew we wanted two photographers (I’ve always thought the groom’s preparations should be as important as the bride’s) and their bright, natural style will suit our floral pastel theme perfectly.

That’s all we’ve done for now! We’ve started researching flowers and cars and have some appointments booked up over the next few weeks. Its all so exciting and I can’t wait for the next stage!

I'll be sharing more updates of our wedding plans here as well as information on my launch, designs in progress and wedding inspirations.

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