Have you ever dreamed of wearing your favourite leather jacket on your wedding day? You may also have pondered how you could match your jacket in with your wedding theme, so it looks like it’s designed to be part of your outfit rather than just a cover up? No worries and we would like to introduce you to Ophelia Rose who hand paint leather jackets in the most amazing way.
The process is simple, but the end result is beautiful. You supply the jacket and Suzanne will design original artwork for it based on for example, your wedding flowers or theme. You can then add a word, phrase, or short song lyric of your choice.
You send your jacket to Suzanne who then hand paints the design onto it. You will then have the most amazing, custom designed jacket to wear on your big day and for many years to come.
We love the fact that this adds such an incredibly personal touch to your day. So whether your style is boho, rock n roll or vintage, dig out that jacket and get planning your design. Over to Suzanne now to tell us more.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your business
Hello! My name is Suzanne, but when I pick up my paintbrush I become… Ophelia Rose!
Ophelia Rose offers a bespoke design and hand painting service for leather jackets – for those brides who want to be a little bit different on their wedding day!
What motivated you to start your business?
I have always enjoyed art and being creative, and even managed a degree in technical illustration (!) however, I seem to have had a lifetime of office based jobs (yawn!).
I discovered my love of painting leather (which is just a tad addictive!) and I really wanted to combine my new love with the aim of creating completely one-off, unique pieces that truly represent the brides personality – as I think it is so important for a bride to feel herself on her big day – and so, Ophelia Rose was created!
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business:
Running Ophelia Rose is the greatest thing ever!!! I love every aspect of it! From answering emails and enquiries from all the lovely brides-to-be, keeping up on the old Social Media, sketching up design ideas, painting up the final design in full colour to see what it is really going to look like (yeay!) and then the really fun bit… painting on the jacket! I even love the wrapping and packaging and then waving it off with the courier!
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
They can expect a cheerful, efficient and attentive service! I will always keep on sketching until we absolutely nail the perfect design – no matter how long it takes! It is SO important that each and every bride receives a design that truly reflects their personalities, loves and wedding day.
I am always there to chat through ideas (no matter how random!) and I promise I will do my absolute best to provide a fantastic wedding jacket that is as unique as they are!
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
I think you just have to go with your initial gut instinct every time! You always get a ‘feeling’ about a person/company and you know if they are the right fit for you and your wedding
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
All my brides so far have been super organised, and have ordered their jackets months (if not years!) ahead of the big day, so I have yet to see one of my lovely designs walk down the aisle!
I just love to think that something I have created will go towards making someone’s wedding day just that little bit more special! (eeek!)
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
Oh yes! As much as it is the loveliest warm and fuzzy feeling to think that something you have painted will be worn on one of the most important days of someone’s life – I equally know how important each and every day of our lives is– and therefore I am always happy to paint for any occasion and just every day wear! Jackets, boots, trainers, bags – I have even painted up leather dog jackets (yes indeed!) Any suggestions welcome!!
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
I would love to be able to help more and more brides to be able to wear something super personal and special on their wedding day. I just love weddings –and I think they should just be about the bride and groom and their special relationship and love, and if I can create something that helps convey that loveliness I will be SO happy! So PLEASE get in touch!
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
Without being really lame – everything around us is pretty inspiring! I love the countryside and find inspiration from all thing country and floral – the weather (who didn’t love the recent snow storms?!), I love looking at other artists work – not just floral leathers – all sorts of art throughout history (!), my family and friends are amazing, and I must say I do find endless cups of tea and a sweet accompaniments pretty inspiring too!
All images courtesy of Ophelia Rose