A wedding stationery designer has been nominated for a prestigious award.
Bridget Marsh is in the running for a Hitched.co.uk Breakthrough Award after her Biggleswade-based firm impressed judges.
Soaring Bird – which Bridget runs from a premises in Potton Road – could scoop an award from the wedding planning website after the 45-year-old entered the competition earlier this year.
Bridget graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge in the summer with a degree in graphic design – and she has quickly established a reputation for quality with Soaring Bird.
She said: “While I was doing my course we were asked to come up with an idea for a graphic design business and I said that mine would focus on designing wedding stationary with historic designs and fonts.
“My lecturer did not seem very impressed and said that the idea would never work as a commercial operation – but I think I have proved them wrong!”
Soaring Bird designs wedding cards and invitations of different kinds. The firm can take care of all of a bride or groom-to-be’s needs, from designing the wedding invitation to the cards containing the order of service or lunch menu.
Bridget added: “I looked at a lot of wedding stationary and some of it tends to be quite restrictive.
“Many designers will limit themselves to just a small number of fairly conservative fonts and the look can end up being quite formulaic.”
The more elaborate designs of the 1800s have always inspired Bridget and she wanted to bring this to modern wedding stationary design.
She said: “If you look back at the cards from the time, everything was a lot more vibrant and certainly less restrictive.
“Sometimes you would see many fonts being used on one card and the some of designs are quite flamboyant.
“You will also see words that people just don’t use now – terms like ‘jollification’ and ‘codification’ that it would be nice to see still being used on invitations and cards today.”
Before studying at Anglia Ruskin Bridget completed an HND at Bedford College.
Bridget previously worked for the NHS in administration but she says graphic design has always been her passion.
She added: “It’s something I have always enjoyed and had a knack for.”
To vote for Bridget see www.hitched.co.uk/HBA/vote and click on Bridget Marsh in the wedding stationery designer category.