Bee Davies is an illustrator, calligrapher and much more. Bee’s wedding specific services include gorgeous hand painted jackets, bespoke stationery and wedding portraiture – phew, that’s quite an impressive list.
Naturally Bee’s work is totally bespoke. We love her hand painted leather jackets as they are something you can wear and look fabulous in on the day and continue wearing for many years to come, unlike most wedding attire.
Bee can also design a full suite of wedding stationery for you based on your wedding theme and colours. Your unique design can then be used on everything from Save the Dates right through to a personalised guest book.
We’re also super impressed that Bee offers wedding portraits in her own unique style which would make a brilliant and lasting wedding present to remind you of your special day.
To read more about these and other related services Bee offers, we’ll hand you over to this super talented lady now to tell you more.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
I am predominately a freelance illustrator, with a passion for all things floral and calligraphy – so weddings seemed to be a natural fit for me. I offer bespoke services from hand painted jackets and stationary, to wedding portraits and personalised tote bags.
What motivated you to start your business?
The passion to work for myself. I look up to my mum a lot and I see her running her own business and I’ve always wanted that.
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
It involved a big to do list, then a MUST do list (very important as I’m a huge worrier and a – got-to-get-everything-done-at-once kinda gal. I prioritise and simply start from the top! Usually getting the boring bits like emails and admin out of the way first to leave me to fully get into the creative zone after.
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
A personal, attentive, one of a kind service with the end product being something that you can see I’ve put my heart and soul into.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
Personally (as someone who is getting married herself) it’s all from the way you interact and the vibe you get. If you feel you aren’t getting each other, or they aren’t on your wavelength in terms of vision – move on.
It doesn’t mean they’re bad at their job, it just means they’re not the right fit for you. Weddings are so personal so not everyone is going to get you, but there’s someone out there that will!
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
Receiving the photos back from the big day – when I get that beaming review and a blushing bride wearing one of my jackets there’s no better feeling!
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
Indeed it does! Like I said, I am a freelance illustrator, so I complete different commissions on a regular basis, from logos to editorial work. For example I have an event coming up working for De Beers diamonds soon personalising candles at their press event, and I also host calligraphy workshops regularly. Fingers in lots of pies!
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
I intend to delve myself into the wedding industry more now that I’m able to dedicate more time to it (I also work part time so I have to juggle a lot) and also plan my own wedding! Exciting year ahead.
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
All one-woman-show women out there doing their thang! Seeing other illustrators, artists, bloggers, designers, crochet artists, MAKERS doing what they love and smashing it in the process is incredibly motivating.
Images courtesy of Bee Davies