From buying your bridal gown to choosing your stationery, you can make a difference to the lives of young girls when planning your wedding. We are partnering with a series of wedding suppliers who support our mission to end child marriage. Today, meet Sophie Richardson, the inspiring creative and business force behind Studio Sophie.

What kind of service do you offer? 

As the designer & illustrator behind 'Studio Sophie', I offer a collection of hand-painted wedding stationery which I personalise for couples as well as a fully bespoke service creating stationery to compliment the colours, flowers or theme for their big day. This can include everything from invitations through to all the stationery and favours for the day itself. 
 

What is your creative process like? 

I take inspiration from talking to couples about their ideas for their wedding day. Whether the theme is urban or country, modern, retro or traditional, I take on board their thoughts and channel them into thoughtfully-made designs. The colours they like, the venue and flowers are all great sources of inspiration for me to create stationery that will match the whole celebration. I paint decorative borders, patterns and motifs by hand and bring together the designs with beautiful typography. Everything is printed in London on high-quality textured cards for a memorable finish.

 

How do you work with couples? 

My customers get in touch by phone or email. If they're based in the London area, we'll meet for a chat. I also work with couples all over the UK so most of the collaboration is conducted through email so I can send them designs before printing. Because I work on all their stationery requirements, we are often in contact for several months. It's a lot of fun being part of that creative journey with them!

 

Describe a few favourite projects you have worked on.

I love the variety of stylistic directions my customers take me too. I've just completed stationery for two big weddings. One will take place at Aynho House in Oxfordshire so we went for a dramatic, dark and sensual theme. I used deep tones, bold blooms and copper typography. The other was a country wedding at Trereife House in Cornwall with a fresh, summery blue palette, coastal vibes and abundant wild flowers. They were very different but equally magical to work on.

 

Why is partnering with Brides do Good (BdG) important to you?

I want to acknowledge how lucky we are in developed countries like the UK. It can be easy to take for granted the incredible freedom of choice we have here - and our weddings are just one example of that. It's not difficult to get carried away with so many beautiful details available for adorning your big day, making it personal and special. It's hard to imagine a world where you can't even choose your husband. BdG does wonderful work making use of all our worn-once wedding dresses to raise money for young girls whose choices are limited by child marriage and by being taken out of education. I feel so privileged for the education I've had and the opportunities it's given me to run my own business as I do. The opportunity to choose a career, an education or a life partner should be open to anyone no matter where they live.