Personalised Wedding Stationery

Chris and Katie White, founders of Myrtle and May -  create beautiful designs for digitally printed wedding stationery.

Katie tells us their story…

“We met at university back in 2001, where we were both on the same Graphic Design BA Hons course in the beautiful city of Bath.  We have been together for nearly twelve years now, married for six and we have two children.

How they started

Our original concept was to offer digitally printed and personalised wedding stationery to couples at affordable prices.  The reason that affordability is so important to us, is because we married on a tight budget ourselves and so we can sympathize with those in a similar situation.   Currently we’re offering a design only service which can be printed by the couple at home or via a printers of their choice.  Our only request is that a small donation is made to Marie Curie Cancer Care, via a charity page called ‘Losing the Louboutins’ or ‘@Lthel_13’ (who we met via Twitter).

We’re more than happy to support a cause like Marie Curie cancer care, as we all know someone who has been affected by cancer.  The Losing the Louboutins are cousins Natasha and Kerrie who are raising money for Marie Curie by treking across the Sahara in October and so well deserve my huge admiration.

Why they love what they do

Ever since our own wedding back in 2006, I still get excited at the prospect of a wedding.  I love all that a wedding entails. As well as the fact that people are excited and happy (and so a pleasure to work with), I also love the flowers and the endless colour combinations.  Being Graphic Design graduates Chris and I both love to create.  To be able to combine both passions is a joy.

The future

Currently Myrtle and May is a non-profitable business as we’re directing funds to the Losing the Louboutins, but our goal for the future is to continue to produce work that makes the happy couple…well, happy!  and once the Losing the Louboutins have raised their £4000 target then we hope to grow the company and begin to turn a profit.”

If you want to know more about Myrtle and May - please view their website here

You can also connect with them on facebook  and twitter

Bespoke Wedding Accessories

We are excited to introduce our first wedding accessories feature!

Meet Donna Baitey - owner and designer at Pearl & Blossom.

Donna believes every bride should have something unique to wear on her wedding day, something really special that shows her individual personality.

She tells us her story…

“I started making jewellery at the age of eleven. It’s something I’ve always done, even while studying for my degree in Graphic Design and working as an Art Director in advertising. When some of the girls in the office started getting married, I made headpieces for them to wear on their big day. All their wonderful comments made me feel like I was doing something worthwhile so, when I recently hit the big 3-0, I decided the time was right to concentrate on this obsession of mine and start doing what I love every day.

I’m a modern girl but I have a love for vintage things. So my headpieces and jewellery are hand crafted from a diverse range of materials, including beautiful Art Deco brooches, strings of antique pearls, vintage lace, tulle and crystals. Most of the items I make are one-offs, and every piece is handcrafted at my studio in London.

If you’re looking for something a little more personal, you can take advantage of my bespoke service. Many of my brides like to incorporate a brooch or something passed down from a family member; something beautiful that they might not otherwise have the chance to wear. I can custom-make a headpiece or a selection of accessories for you, and for your bridesmaids if you wish. First of all I’ll find out a bit about you, your wedding style and any ideas you may already have, before designing something exclusively for you.

I love how happy my brides are when they receive their bespoke designs. Reading their thank you emails is one of the best parts of my job”.

If you wish to shop from Pearl and Blossom, Donna is offering our readers at Secret Wedding Blog, an exclusive 10% off her products for a limited time. Please use the code SECRETWEDDINGBLOG on her website to get your 10%* off :- 

You can also follow her on twitter!

* 10% offer ends 1st September 2013


Baking your own wedding cake

Meet the bride who is baking her own wedding cake!

Jen from Unique Cake Creations, in Kent, tells us her story.

“I have always been into baking, and was often found with my sister on a Sunday afternoon baking rock cakes or fairy cakes until I think our parents were fed up with them! But it wasn’t until about 5 years ago, when I really started to decorate cakes & wanted to learn more. My partner had taken up running & was training for marathons so was often out running for hours & I was looking to find something to occupy me, when my partner’s mum suggested that I joined the local sugar art club. My very first week was making a bride & I’ve been hooked ever since! I have even now started to demonstrate & run workshops at the club to show others. I spent the next few years making cakes for friends & family & have learnt so much since the very first one. I love every cake I make & always love a challenge! I always make every cake different even if its based on a previous design. Earlier this year, I decided to get my business registered & I’m now up & running part time around my day job - it’s hard work but worth it when I see the reactions that my cakes get! My partner & I have been together for 10 years & last year, we decided to get married. Now my biggest challenge is our cake! This will be my first proper wedding cake, having only done small ones before or just bride & groom toppers but I can’t wait!”

If you want to get in touch with Jen, you can connect with her on:- All the best to Jen on her wedding day next month, and looking forward to hearing how it all goes! :)

Happy Father’s Day!

To celebrate Father’s day, we have rounded up a few of our favourite photographs of brides and father of the brides. Take a look below and let us know what you think. Happy Father’s Day!