I breathe a sigh of relief when I come across something different in the world of weddings. in fact there was probably a little giggle and clap of the hands when I first spied the Wedding in a Teacup site, as it is all I love about being creative… Lots of little bits and bobs to inspire you for wedding stationery ideas, little details, and general lovliness.
And if DIY isn’t your style, or you just really don’t have the time, then Hester has some original, quirky and fun stationery designs with lovely typography and graphic elements, inspired by Victorian music hall flyers… Based in Brighton she’s surrounded by inspiration and a very creative hub!
So, lets meet the face behind the site, and creator in residence at Wedding in a Teacup, Hester Lear.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
My name is Hester, I’m 28 years old and I live in Brighton with my husband. I’m a bit of a fashion junky and I love nothing more than eating out with friends and family.
How did you start doing what you do now?
So many people say their own wedding inspired them to work in the wedding industry, and it was the same for me. My (now) husband proposed in February last year, and we were keen to tie the knot that summer, so we had to move fast. The wedding world was completely new to me – I discovered wild and wonderful blogs showcasing a dazzling variety of inspirational weddings, and I fell in love with the creativity and diversity of it all.
However, most of the retail world was miles away from these exciting blogs – still only catering for the very traditional bride with lots of sparkles, white, and silver. I found myself spending hours trawling the Internet for the simplest of things – such as a classy, unfussy Guest Book, or printed pure cotton ribbon – and I kept thinking how wonderful it would be to have unusual, non-mainstream products, creative tools and ideas all under one appealing roof!
I have a background in fashion buying – a career I chose with the dream of one day having my own boutique – and an alternative wedding boutique seemed like my dream made reality. Not only did I get to combine my passion for style, stationery, all things natural, craft, and quirky bits and bobs, but I could be involved in helping people create such a happy and special event. It’s a real honour and such a positive thing to be doing every day!
What makes you get up in the morning and do what you do?
It’s the opposite for me – I have to force myself to stop and go to bed!! It’s just the pure excitement of starting your own business and seeing everything you have had in your head out there for all to see, and the best bit – people seem to get and like what you’re doing! There really is nothing better than getting a thank you email from a happy customer.
What is your favourite part of your job?
I honestly don’t mind any part – packing orders or stuffing seed packets can be quite soothing – and every day is different. I love the creative bits best, though – designing and making new things. And it’s always a thrill when you find a new supplier whose items fit perfectly with what you’re trying to achieve.
Where do you look for inspiration?
What makes you smile?
The sea, stormy or sunny. Unlocking the door to my own office every morning. And my brand new god daughter – and my husband.
What is a particular favourite moment from your job so far?
The day that sticks out is when my first orders really started to come in. It was my dad’s birthday, just after Christmas 2011, and I’d launched the site a couple of weeks earlier. I’d already had a few orders (mostly from friends!) but suddenly on this particular day they started to stream in – it was wonderful! I was with the three people who’d really helped me make it happen – my mum, dad and husband – and I’d squeal ‘Got another one!’ and they’d all cheer – we had double celebrations that day!