I started Handmade By Gemma in 2008 and have been supplying Brides and Grooms to be from Hampshire and the surrounding areas with bespoke, handmade wedding stationery ever since.
All the stationery I design is completely bespoke and therefore the process starts with a face to face consultation in my Basingstoke based studio. We will discuss your wedding and share ideas before coming up with initial designs to create samples from. Due to the personal nature I tend to only supply wedding stationery regionally within Hampshire and the surrounding counties... unless you really want to travel further!
I often use my own illustrations within your stationery to enhance the design, whether that is in the form of your wedding venue, a floral design or something a bit more bespoke. Coupled with a bit of embellishment, a touch of sparkle and pops of colour. Many ideas can be found in the gallery.
In 2020 during the worldwide pandemic weddings were all cancelled and although devastated that business as I knew it was temporarily redundant it gave me a chance to set up another side to Handmade By Gemma that I've wanted to do for years.
I started sending out some happy post in the form of illustrated handmade cards and postcards to make people smile and brighten their day whilst the country was held in a nationwide lockdown. With increasing numbers of people reverting back to the magic of 'snail mail' to spread joy it seemed like a good time to open the online shop to offer the service to more people more readily.