Welcome to Paper Willow. My name is Jacqueline. I run a small wedding stationery business in the beautiful historic village of Old Glossop in Derbyshire, UK.
I spend my days in a studio at the back of our house looking out onto the Derbyshire hills and the lovely wildlife I have here.
I've always loved drawing and painting and making things. As a child I was notorious for saying at bed time 'I'm just doing....' (something creative that had to be completed right now rather than sleeping). Not much has changed. It's taken me a fair few years and several careers teaching, printing and designing to get to the stage where I can spend all my time making pretty paper things very special wedding stationery.
I now specialise in designs using my own hand-drawn elements. This means that my work is not like many of the stationery designs available elsewhere. By doing my own paintings I can create special elements for my customers making their wedding stationery very personal and unique.
I've always loved maps and architecture. Lots of my designs include maps and paintings of beautiful wedding venues. When a couple are getting married somewhere amazing it seems such a shame not to show it off!
I have been operating on Etsy since 2013 and am proud to say that I have an excellent record of producing top quality wedding stationery. My customers also really value the quality of my customer service; I really love working with customers because it's great working with people who want to share their wedding ideas and plans and are excited about my designs. I want my customers to be thrilled with the final product and the experience of having something made by me so I work very closely with customers to achieve that.
I know that planning a wedding can be stressful and that many people have never planned an event like a wedding before. I'm very experienced at helping customers get what they need and I have very good processes in place to help them get it right.
As I have spent many years in the printing industry I am obsessed with print and paper. I have put huge time and effort into achieving high professional standards in print quality and finish and I use lovely heavy textured cardboard that really shows off my designs to their best.
I don't believe in a one size fits all approach and I don't believe in making you pay for things that you don't want or need. I offer flexible packages to suit different budgets and requirements. It's quite normal for me to completely redesign something for a customer and it's what I'm good at.
This feedback is from a customer who asked me to include watercolour paintings of their dogs as well as a painting of their wedding venue which was a castle in Scotland:
I received the invitations today.... and all I can say is WOW.
Thank you so very much - they are absolutely exquisite and so detailed. You really captured what I was looking for- i couldn't have asked for more. Thank you for all your creativity, time and patience.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about what you need.
Winner of Hitched.co.uk Breakthrough Awards (Best New Stationery Company) 2014
Winner of County Brides North West Wedding Awards (Best Stationery Company) 2015