Today I am thrilled to introduce Suzanne of Paper Tree Design who specialises in gorgeous papercut wedding stationery and decorations.
She is based in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.
This morning I was priviliged to share her very personal Wedding story and share some advice on how the people in your Wedding are so much more important than the details.
I hand over to Suzanne to tell about her fabulous Business….
Who are you, and what do you do?
“Hi I am Suzanne from Paper Tree Design.”
“I make wedding stationery & decorations specialising in paper cutting.”
“Everything we do is personalised and made to order, focusing on quality and attention to detail.”
“Every couple we work with has the option to customise their stationery to fit perfectly with their theme, from the card colour and texture to the ribbon & trims or personalisation with names and dates.”
“The invitation is the first thing the guests get to see and I want them to feel excited for the coming wedding by the quality of the invitation they receive.”
When and why did you start your Company?
“I started my business a year ago, launching my website last April.”
“I studied Fashion & Textile Design & Design Management at university and went on to have a 14 year career in retail buying and product development, in the clothing, home accessories & gift sectors.”
“I just love product development, but after our son was born I decided not to return to buying as travelling is extensive and I didn’t want to leave him for what can be up to a month at a time.”
“I ended up working for my husbands property business, marketing & bringing in new business.”
“I was very successful and increased turnover extensively, but hated it, and couldn’t bear not being creative!”
“To alleviate my boredom I started designing ever bigger and better corporate gifts for Christmas, hand making all the cards & packaging and sourcing local goodies to go inside.”
“They went down a storm and I began getting enquiries from other businesses about corporate gifting. At the same time I was making personalised paper cut wall art for friends and family.”
“I knew I wanted to take it further and it was actually a friend, a wedding cake designer who pushed me in the right direction.”
“I’ve always made cards and very nearly went in to stationery design after uni, before my cautious sensible side decided buying was a safer option!”
“After extensive research in to what was available and the demographics of the area we live in, I took the plunge and added wedding stationery to my portfolio of work.”
What inspires you?
“My work is very much nature inspired, I and am fascinated by how the countryside changes through the seasons and am constantly snapping away with my camera in the hedgerows and fields near our home.”
“I love looking at the structure of the flower petals and the shape of trees. I also like a bit of vintage.”
“I love the really graphic style surface pattern design of the early to mid 20th century and currently have a bit of an obsession with Susie Cooper pottery!”
Do trends influence your work?
“Trends will always influence my work but it doesn’t dictate it.”
“I am always looking at what is going on in the industry and will weave trends in to my work but in my own way.”
“What’s great about what I do is because I work with paper cuts I can react really quickly to colour trends as there as so many card inlay colours and textures to choose from.”
“Its amazing how different our designs can look with different colours and trims.”
“I’ve recently supplied our Tree of Hearts design in two totally different looks, one in a matt biscuit coloured card trimmed with bakers twine, and the other in a metallic navy with organza.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“In September I won the Something New Award from The National Vintage Wedding Fair for businesses in their first year which I was thrilled about, but I think what I am most proud of is that in such a short time I have gained repeat business and recommendations from my clients.”
“in fact just today I got a lovely email from a couple saying how many lovely comments they got from their guests about my invites, I really strive to go the extra mile and I think that shows.”
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“In the next couple of months I hope to be working from my purpose built studio, which will make a huge difference, I am hugely excited about seeing it finished.”
“Then I plan to work on extending the range I have. ”
“We have had a great reaction to our decorations and I have a few new ideas up my sleeve so watch this space!”
Thank you to Suzanne for sharing her exquisite papercut wedding stationery.
Such intricacy yet bold and making a gorgeous style statement.
Beautiful and unique Wedding stationery for the couple wanting something just a wee bit extra special.
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Image Credits: Cristina Colli – http://www.cristinacolli.com